A 39-year-old Mission man won’t be allowed to appeal the denial of his federal writ of habeas corpus seeking to have his conviction and 45-year sentence for killing his wife tossed. State District Judge Letty Lopez handed down the sentence to Abel Jaimes Sanchez in September 2015 after he entered a plea deal to a single count of murder for killing his 27-year-old wife Daniela Ramos in June 2014. The woman died during a struggle with Ramos over his gun, which accidentally fired and struck her in her torso, according to a criminal complaint. Read more at The Monitor.com.
The operations of the Port Isabel Lighthouse officially changed hands this month with the Texas Historical Commission now taking the reigns from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The iconic lighthouse, which is the only one along the Texas coast open to the public, was built on the grounds of Fort Polk in 1852 and was decommissioned in 1905. It’s part of Port Isabel’s branding. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
A 26-year-old Progreso man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and then escaping that city’s jail, nearly took a plea deal Monday that would have sent him to prison for six years. Adrian Edwardo Garcia had been scheduled to take a plea to two counts of sexual assault and a count of escape from custody, but his attorney Jose Martinez instead told state District Judge Rose Guerra Reyna that Garcia’s DNA needed to be tested before he could accept a plea. That ran counter to Garcia’s hearing last Friday, where the parties agreed to the plea without DNA testing. Read the full story at themonitor.com
The last Kmart in Texas stands in South McAllen, on the corner of 10th and the expressway, just across the parking lot from Furr’s Fresh Buffet. It won’t be there for long though; Transformco, the company that bought out Kmart and Sears in a bankruptcy sale last year, announced the McAllen store would be closing earlier this month. In its prime, the hundred-plus-year-old retailer operated thousands of stores across the world. By summer, the number of Kmarts left will be winnowed down to a few dozen. Read the full story at themonitor.com
An undocumented man with Parkinson’s disease has filed suit against a Willacy County ICE detention center and the private, for-profit prison contractor that manages the facility for failing to provide him with adequate access to medical care. Juan Carlos Lara-Arguelles filed the lawsuit in federal court in Brownsville earlier this month via correspondence from the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in Raymondville. The complaint charges the facility, alongside Management and Training Corporation, with violating Lara-Arguelles’ federal constitutional rights by denying him access to quality healthcare throughout his incarceration. Read the full story at themonitor.com
Last week, Judge Ysmael Fonseca, current presiding judge of the 464th state District Court, announced his intention to keep the seat he was appointed to earlier this year. In August, Gov. Gregg Abbott appointed Fonseca, a McAllen native, to the seat after the governor had appointed the 464th seat’s judge at the time, Jaime Tijerina, to take the seat left vacant at the 13th Court of Appeals by recently convicted former judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado. On Nov. 6, Fonseca officially announced that he will be seeking election to keep his seat during the Hidalgo County Republican Party primary in March 2020 If Fonseca secures the GOP nomination, he would be on the ballot in Hidalgo County during the November 2020 general election. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
The woman known as “Guera La Trailera” was handed a 10-year prison sentence for her role in a human smuggling scheme, records show. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Brenda Yadira Gamez-Castaneda on Wednesday to a 120-month prison sentence in connection with harboring charges she was facing as part of a 12-count indictment involving herself, and two others. In addition, Gamez received a 24-month prison sentence for an illegal re-entry charge to run concurrently with the sentence, records show. Read the full story at themonitor.com
An arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of an 8-year-old girl killed in an early morning wreck earlier this month. Elia De La Cruz is set to turn herself in Monday, according to 229th District Attorney Omar Escobar, after which she will be arraigned on a charge of intoxication manslaughter. De La Cruz had been injured in the crash that killed her daughter, Leah Marie Gonzalez, early on Feb. 8. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
Candidates for national, state and county offices gathered here Monday to speak their minds on a variety of topics in a candidate forum hosted by Futuro RGV. Politicians at the event included candidates for U.S. Congressional District 15, Texas House District 36, Texas House District 41, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra responded to questions alongside Democratic primary challengers Frank Guerrero and Raul Salinas at the forum. Read the full story at themonitor.com
A grand jury indicted a 22-year-old Rio Grande City man this week who is accused of t-boning an SUV on Aug. 25, causing a severe crash which killed a toddler and a 52-year-old woman. David Garcia Jr. is charged in the indictment issued Oct. 22 with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and seven counts of intoxication assault. McAllen police arrested the man after the accident happened in the 800 block of North 10th Street at approximately 2:44 a.m. Patricias Vargas, 2, and Alma Patricia Rodriguez, 52, died in the crash, which sent seven others to hospitals with serious injuries. Read the full story at themonitor.com.