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Edinburg police arrest trio suspected of theft of mail

Edinburg police arrested a trio of suspects they say were driving around in late May while looking for packages to steal. The investigation began after a man called police on May 27 to report that a package containing an Apple Macbook Pro that was delivered to his house was missing. He reviewed his security footage, which showed a woman exiting a Chevy Spark before taking the package from his front door, according to a probable cause affidavit. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mercedes, former city attorney locked in legal battle

The city of Mercedes has embroiled itself in a bitter legal battle with a man who once served as its chief legal counsel, lobbing multiple allegations against the man in a trio of lawsuits, including attorney malpractice, fraud and breach of contract. The city filed the three suits in recent months against Juan R. Molina, who served as Mercedes’ city attorney for 14 years until his resignation in January 2019. Molina has fired back, calling the litigation “a political witch hunt, and an attempt to burn at the stake (Mercedes’) perceived enemies.” The attorney also claims the suits are an attempt by the city to commit a fraud of its own in relation to two plots of land it sold in 2011 and 2012. However, Molina isn’t the only defendant being sued by the Queen City. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen gauges lasting effects of border commerce losses

A billion dollar a year industry here has dried up because of the pandemic and according to local officials, if things don’t change soon it may never come back. McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said the city has seen its sales tax revenues drop nearly six times as much as other Rio Grande Valley cities during the pandemic, a phenomenon he attributes to the city’s reliance on international shoppers from Mexico. Those shoppers have been barred from crossing the border to spend money in the city since March 21. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security extended the closure to nonessential travel through July 21. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Village in the Valley hosts Juneteenth events amid national discourse

When Village in the Valley held its first meet and greet to introduce themselves in November 2019, an event they expected would be a small gathering, ViVa Chair and physical therapist Dr. Theresa Gatling noted it proved how the Rio Grande Valley needed this organization. Instead of a small gathering, the event drew more than 60 attendees, Gatling, a Rio Grande Valley resident for more than 20 years, said she was surprised by the turnout, and also noted 90% of the attendees were black residents she had never met before. Read the full story at themonitor.com

DACA recipients breathe sigh of relief … for now

More than 700,000 people can breathe a little easier after the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was illegally rescinded and must remain in place for now. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Trump administration violated the Administrative Procedures Act when it “arbitrarily and capriciously” rescinded the DACA program in September 2017 for more than 700,000 recipients across the country, and an estimated nearly 30,000 recipients in the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Report: CBP struggled to meet detention standards for migrants

During the influx of migrant families to the U.S.-Mexico border last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials failed to meet certain detention standards for those in their care. According to a recently published report from the Office of the Inspector General, the largest inspector general’s office in the federal government tasked with combating fraud, waste and abuse, and to improve the efficiency of Health and Human Services programs, CBP facilities “struggled” to meet detention standards for migrants in their care during the months of May and June 2019. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cameron joins Hidalgo County in mandating masks all businesses 

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, orders for facial coverings in businesses by employees and customers were signed by county judges of Cameron and Hidalgo counties on Wednesday. Cameron’s order will be effective on Friday, while Hidalgo County’s mandate will be implemented Wednesday. However, Hidalgo County businesses are not required to comply until Friday. The order will be active until further notice. Read the full story at themonitor.com

City removes Jefferson Davis Memorial from Washington Park

Hours afters the Brownsville City Commission voted unanimously to remove the Jefferson Davis Memorial Boulder from Washington Park city crews removed the boulder. The memorial is being held in storage pending determination of ownership. Read the full story at themonitor.com