Edinburg police rescue man threatening to jump from crane

EDINBURG — A man threatening to jump from a crane at the Hidalgo County Courthouse job site at 100 North Closner Blvd. was safely escorted down by local police officers Wednesday evening. Officer Trisha Wattigny with the department said the individual, an 18-year-old male, dialed 9-1-1 at 8:24 p.m. after climbing to the top of the crane. “He was planning on jumping — suicidal. Although when he got there he had second thoughts, called 9-1-1, said he was going to jump,” Wattigny said. According to Wattigny, the department then sent officers to the location and contacted the Edinburg Fire Department and Morganti Construction. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Two die in overnight blazes, Pharr chief warns of fire hazards during winter

When the first real cold fronts arrive at the border, fires often break out in houses across the Rio Grande Valley. That proved tragically true late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for two people in two separate fires. Pharr Fire Chief Lenny Perez said his department responded to a blaze at 125 W. Guerra St. after receiving a call of a house fire at 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen moving on northward expansion of Bicentennial Blvd.

Construction is imminent north of the intersection of Bicentennial Boulevard and Trenton Road, where crews are expected to break ground in the coming weeks for a 2.8-mile extension of Bicentennial Boulevard from Trenton Road to State Highway 107. City officials had estimated the construction would cost roughly $19 million. Texas Cordia Construction, LLC., of Edinburg, submitted a $12.6 million bid that surprised city officials to the extent to City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez recommending to city commissioners at a commission meeting on Monday to vote on the contract not by indicating “yes” or “no.” “Our recommendation is going to be applause,” said Rodriguez, smiling. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Woman who trusted man named “The Rat,” sentenced on drug import charge

Be careful of trusting a man nicknamed “the rat.” That’s likely the lesson a woman learned in May of this year after she was found with nearly 15 kilos of methamphetamine at a port of entry attempting to enter from Mexico. The 44-year-old woman, a resident of Rio Grande City, was arrested May 29 upon attempting to cross from Mexico at the Rio Grande City port of entry. She claimed that a man agreed to pay her $200 to take a vehicle from Mexico into the U.S. for car repairs — instead port officers found the narcotic hidden within the vehicle. Read the full story at themonitor.com

RGC man arrested after Border Patrol finds 145 roosters

A Rio Grande City man is facing a charge of cockfighting after Border Patrol agents discovered 145 roosters on a Starr County property. The sheriff’s office arrested Joseias Flores on Monday at approximately 4:37 p.m. after Border Patrol agents requested assistance with the case. The agents had received consent to search the property, which is redacted in the probable cause affidavit, and discovered the birds. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Man claims Alamo falsifying water reports to state agency

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirms it is investigating the city of Alamo’s water supply system. “TCEQ records show that the agency has an open investigation of the city’s public water supply system that was initiated in response to a complaint received on Aug. 12, 2019, alleging concerns with the city’s documentation reported to the TCEQ,” agency spokesman Brian McGovern said. A lawsuit filed on Nov. 6 by Francisco Javier Osorio against the city of Alamo claims that he reported allegations to TCEQ that the city of Alamo submitted false reports of chemical readings for water quality. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

La Plaza Mall, Outlets release hours for Black Friday

With Black Friday approaching, Simon has announced their hours at La Plaza Mall and the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets.  On Thanksgiving, La Plaza Mall will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 a.m. and the outlets will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Black Friday, La Plaza Mall will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the outlets will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen schools awarded federal funds for school violence prevention

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced Tuesday schools across the 15th District of Texas will receive a total of $1,493,168 federal funds, thanks to the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act. Funded in order to improve school security so students and teachers have access to tools to recognize, quickly respond, and prevent acts of violence, STOP was co-sponsored by Gonzalez in 2018.  “We need to do all that we can to give students and teachers the resources they need to identify potentially harmful scenarios and prevent school violence,” Gonzalez said in a press release.  Visit themonitor.com for the full story.

Librarian awarded $1,000 prize, plans to use it for books

PHARR — A local elementary school librarian will be awarded a monetary prize from H-E-B. Linda Hinojosa, a librarian at Berta Palacios Elementary, will be awarded $1,000 through the H-E-B Read 3 program. The money will be used to purchase books for students during campus literacy events. “I was surprised when I received the news on our most recent prize, but I was also extremely happy,” Hinojosa said in a news release. “I would like to thank our PSJA Library Director Mrs. Nora Galvan for the support she has shown me. She has always encouraged librarians to apply for grants that will benefit our students.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg to mull city manager, secretary posts

Elections have consequences, and for some high-ranking city officials here, it could spell trouble as the power on the council shifts. Edinburg City Manager Juan Guerra, City Secretary Ludivina Leal, and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation board appear to be first on the chopping block. That’s according to Wednesday’s council agenda, which marks the first meeting since Mayor Richard Molina lost his majority last week.  Those positions, which the current majority either hired or appointed, have been a point of contention for various reasons.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.