Edinburg judge honored by St. Mary’s University School of Law 

Judge Mario E. Ramirez Jr., who presides over the 332nd District Court, was honored as one of the 2019 Distinguished Law Graduates by St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association on Nov. 2.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Emergency preparedness training scheduled for Wednesday

The Hidalgo County Office of Emergency Management is teaming up with the Sheriff’s Office to provide free preparedness training for rural residents of Hidalgo County. Under the name “Prepared Not Scared,” the initiative is intended to help rural residents be proactive in preparing themselves and their households for potentially devastating weather events, fires and other types of emergencies. The training will introduce participants to basic information on personal and family preparedness as well as response priorities and strategies for working with family members and neighbors. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Valley leaders continue census push, implementation

In a little less than five months, 13,000 census takers will descend on the Rio Grande Valley to ask residents a series of personal, but innocuous questions. On Monday, local political leaders, community activists and U.S. Census Bureau representatives met in an open forum to discuss the importance of receiving the answers to those questions and how to best encourage Valley residents to take part in the census. U.S. Census Bureau Associate Director for Field Operations Tim Olson was the forum’s keynote speaker. “The 2020 census is one of the most important things each of us will do in the 2020 decade,” Olson said. Visit themonitor.com for the full story.

Long way to go for full service commercial truck traffic at Anzalduas Bridge

Mayor Jim Darling stared into the distance and shook his head. He took off his glasses and rubbed his face. A city engineer had just told the board of directors for the Anzalduas International Bridge at their monthly meeting on Monday that the design and environmental study for commercial traffic at the bridge would take 12 months. Darling then asked the engineer what coordination there needs to be with Mexican officials about the process for commercial implementation. “That’s something we didn’t discuss,” the engineer said. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ex-state court judge to report to prison

A former judge is expected to report for his first day in federal prison Tuesday to begin his 60-month sentence. After unsuccessfully requesting two additional months to turn himself in, Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado is set to report to the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth in connection with his guilty conviction on federal bribery charges. The court denied Delgado’s extension request on Nov. 8, denying his request to surrender at a later time, specifically Jan. 18, as Delgado, according to a filing, was in the process of selling his home. Find the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg man accused of aggravated assault

Police here arrested a man on accusations of aggravated assault on November 18.  According to the press release, officers responded to gunshots at the 2000 block of Ash Circle around 2:51 a.m.  The victim, who is unidentified, reported a disturbance between an unidentified woman and his neighbor outside. The neighbor was identified as James Aldair Tennefoss, 23.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

DPS: Rangers investigating 2016 Starr Co. murders

Following questions about whether they were investigating a 2016 double homicide in Starr County, the Texas Department of Public Safety clarified Monday that the Texas Rangers — its investigative arm — are, in fact, leading the investigation. Maria Montalvo, spokesperson for DPS, confirmed that the Rangers are indeed heading the case, which stems from the deaths of two employees of the Rio Grande City school district — Oneida Balderas Garza, 44, and Lourdes Elizondo, 33 — in March 2016. The clarification came after The Monitor published a story Sunday in which DPS had stated it had only assisted the Rio Grande City Police Department in the investigation. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Man arraigned on charges stemming from deadly Alton shooting

A 22-year-old man accused of gunning two men down in Alton 10 days ago received a total of $2.5 million in bonds Monday morning. Oscar Armando Velasquez is charged with capital murder of multiple persons and three counts of criminal attempt murder. The Alton Police Department announced Sunday night that authorities took Velasquez into custody at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Man accused in deadly drunk driving crash wants job

A judge presiding over the case of a 34-year-old man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a Hidalgo County EMS ambulance and killing two people strongly admonished the man’s aunt in open court. The woman grabbed a victim advocate’s name badge in the hallway outside of the courtroom, telling the woman she wanted to know who she was because she was going to get in trouble. State District Judge Keno Vasquez rebuked the woman, telling her he warned the parties about behavior in the case of Mitchell Garcia Treviño, who is accused of killing 32-year-old Felipe Huerta Jr., an EMS medic, and 68-year-old Delia Cortines, a patient, who died in the fatal accident on Dec. 16, 2018. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen police investigating man’s death at warehouse

Police here are investigating the death of a 32-year-old man, whose body was found Monday inside a warehouse located off Military Highway. According to Sgt. John Saenz of the McAllen Police Department, officers were called to the 4300 block of West Military Highway, where the man’s body was found inside Plateros Produce, a warehouse. The remains of a dog were also recovered in the same location. Saenz said the man’s body showed no immediate signs of external trauma, but that an autopsy has been ordered as the death is currently under investigation. Read the full story at themonitor.com.