4 residents, 1 employee test positive for COVID-19 at Alamo nursing home

The company that owns a nursing home in Alamo has confirmed that at least five people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. Touchstone Communities, which owns and operates The Heights of Alamo Nursing Home, released a statement Friday confirming that four residents and one employee tested positive for the virus. “Our residents and team members continue to do well in the midst of COVID-19, and there is no evidence the virus is spreading in our community,” the statement read. “As a part of the Governor’s directive for full testing of skilled nursing facility residents and staff, which we fully support, we recently learned that four residents and an individual team member from our community have tested positive for COVID-19 despite showing no symptoms.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Three arraigned in Edinburg stabbing, shooting incident

The Edinburg Police Department has arrested the final suspect involved in a stabbing and shooting incident that took place at a motel in Edinburg Wednesday. All three men made their initial appearances in court this afternoon.  Cornelio Mata Jr., 26, is facing one count of capital murder and was assessed a bond of $1 million. He sustained no injuries during the incident and was arrested Thursday in Pharr.   Read the full story at themonitor.com

Sullivan City man files federal complaint against McAllen police

A 41-year-old Sullivan City man grazed by a bullet that struck a police officer in the arm in 2018 has filed a federal civil rights prisoner complaint against the McAllen Police Department. Ricardo Villalon, who is incarcerated in the Dominguez State Jail by San Antonio, made the filing Friday, alleging his rights were violated when officer Edgar Devora did not disarm 31-year-old McAllen resident Michael Garza on Dec. 24, 2018. Villalon had broken into Garza’s residence in the 3200 block of Guadalupe Street in McAllen when Garza struggled with Villalon, who was trying to rob him. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen police: Man wielding chainsaw at protestors in custody; charges pending

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez confirmed Friday afternoon that an individual seen shouting and brandishing a chainsaw at protestors downtown had been detained. “Thus far it’s been the only incident we’ve had at today’s event,” he said. “We’ve identified that person, we’ve detained that person and are continuing our investigation into the particular incident.” Rodriguez later added that the man is in custody and the department is assessing what charges will be filed. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Zoo reopens to general public on Monday

The Gladys Porter Zoo began rolling out a members-only soft reopening on Thursday and will open to the general public starting Monday. Reservations through an online ticketing system are required, as are proper social distancing and facial covering for everyone except visitors younger than 5 and those with special medical conditions. The zoo has been closed since the coronavirus pandemic hit the Rio Grande Valley in March. But the animals haven’t gone anywhere, and the popular Brownsville attraction has been laying the groundwork to reopen for weeks. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Appeals court issues ruling in voting suit

A federal appeals court stayed an injunction issued by a lower court last month in one of two ongoing lawsuits seeking to allow voters to obtain mail-in ballots who normally wouldn’t qualify under Texas’ strict election code. Judges at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a temporary injunction granted against the wishes of Gov. Greg Abbott, Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, and Attorney General Ken Paxton by U.S. District Judge Fred Biery of San Antonio in May. Texas’ primary runoff elections are scheduled for July 14. The Fifth Circuit ultimately determined that the district court had erred in issuing the injunction so close to the election date and stayed the injunction until the appeal is determined. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Capital murder suspect burned clothing; accomplice believed to be in Mexico

Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra says investigators have learned the nickname of an individual they believe participated in the murder of a 59-year-old man last Sunday. Authorities believe that person fled to Mexico the same day Gerardo Gonzalez was killed, Guerra said, adding that the sheriff’s office is working with its federal partners to contact authorities in Mexico. Guerra said further steps are being taken to identify the individual. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Pharr freeway lane closures happening this weekend

The city of Pharr has announced single lane closures of the I-2 and I-69C main lains over the weekend as part of the I-2/I-69C Interchange Project. The closures are expected to take place on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Pharr mobile testing site for COVID-19 to operate through Sunday

The COVID-19 mobile testing site in Pharr has extended its days of operation to Sunday. U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, announced the site will be testing today through Sunday at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd. Testing is being performed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Military Department, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and is expecting to last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Health officials confirm 22nd case in Willacy County

State health officials confirmed an additional case of COVID-19 in Willacy County on Friday morning, bringing the county's total confirmed cases of the disease...