Prosecutors opt against appealing Zamora’s release

The release of Meisy Zamora may just be a matter of time as government prosecutors declined to appeal the decision to release her after all. In an email Friday, Zamora’s defense attorney, Christopher Sully, said the government decided against appealing her release further and is now pending the fulfillment of the preconditions set by the court. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edcouch man faces serious federal drug charges

The owner of a Edcouch trucking company faces at least one drug smuggling charge after he was found with more than 115 kilograms of cocaine in his tractor trailer, court records show. Napoleon Posadas is due in a federal courtroom Friday where a U.S. magistrate will decide whether or not to grant him a bond in connection with allegations that he used his trucking company to traffic a large quantity of cocaine from the Rio Grande Valley to destinations up north. Posadas, who was originally arrested in Victoria and made his initial federal court appearance in Corpus Christi, remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled Friday in McAllen. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Person of interest identified in deadly Donna rollover

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified a person of interest in Thursday’s deadly rollover in Donna. DPS troopers are searching for Donna resident Mateo Cristante-Gonzalez, 37, in connection with the crash that left Fernando Arellano dead. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Elsa capital murder suspect gets lower bond, new charge

An Elsa man accused of shooting and killing someone while trying to steal drugs last November is now facing an obstruction charge. Hidalgo County Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sepulveda revealed during a bond reduction hearing for 18-year-old Jose Angel Becerra that as defense attorneys for the man sought a lower bond, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office was working on a warrant for the man for the obstruction charge. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edcouch disqualifies two political candidates

The fate of two Edcouch political hopefuls is uncertain after city officials moved to reject their applications to run for office in the upcoming November election. The city, via elections administrator Manuel Hernandez, rejected the applications of Jose Calin Guzman and Alicia Segura just days after they submitted their candidate applications on the Aug. 19 filing deadline. The city sent Guzman, who is seeking the office of mayor, and Segura, who applied to run for alderwoman Place 4, certified letters on Aug. 22 notifying them of their disqualification. Both have previously served on the city council. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

PSJA school district to celebrate 100 years

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District is marking its 100th anniversary with a celebration slated Saturday evening. The school district announced a Community Kick-Off Event which will feature a special parade of schools, a performance by all the PSJA high school bands and a fireworks show grand finale. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen and Houston EB-5 programs announce alliance

For foreign investors interested in becoming United States citizens, the EB-5 immigrant investor program offers that opportunity, at the right price. Multiple foreign investors put down $500,000 to help build the Cambria Hotel next to the McAllen Convention Center, the site of Wednesday’s announcement of an alliance between McAllen’s EB-5 program and Houston’s. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Pharr auto dealer sentenced in federal fraud case

A longtime local auto dealer accused of defrauding banks in an attempt to generate cash was ordered to pay back nearly $1 million in restitution, sentenced to one year in prison, and another year of home confinement, Thursday, court notes show. Joe Blackwell, the owner of Auto Sense in Pharr, will serve the first 12 months of a 24-month sentence in prison, while the remaining 12 months will be served under home confinement. In addition, Blackwell is required to serve three years of supervised release after the completion of his prison term. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Man gets 9 years in La Plaza Mall robbery case

Five of the seven La Plaza Mall robbery defendants have been sentenced to state prison. On Thursday morning, state District Judge Israel Ramon Jr. sentenced 33-year-old Alberto Rafael Barrera to nine years in prison, court records show. The group of men caused panic in McAllen in July of 2018 when they rushed into the Deutsch & Deutsch jewelry store and smashed glass cases with “mini sledge hammers” as they tried to make off with designer watches worth millions. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

History museum chooses new CEO

Francisco Guajardo was named the new CEO of the Museum of South Texas History in an announcement made by the museum’s board of trustees Thursday. An Edinburg resident, Guajardo is the former executive director of the B3 Institute at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full story at themonitor.com.