Team USA Olympian christens McAllen’s new softball complex

Ushered in by an Olympian, the completely renovated softball complex next to McAllen High School opened Monday with six fields, new restrooms, concessions and scoreboards. “Being a young female athlete and having the opportunity to play on a team, to develop life skills, to develop teamwork, confidence — these types of things are so valuable in young women,” said Monica Abbott, who has pitched for Team USA and was a member of the silver medalist team in the 2008 Olympics. Abbott was on hand Monday to throw the first pitch at the new complex. Also in attendance was Mayor Jim Darling and City Commissioners Victor “Seby” Haddad and Omar Quintanilla. This complex received the last of the bond money from a $15 million proposition that McAllen voters approved in 2013. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

2 more La Plaza Mall robbery suspects sentenced

A man who brandished a BB gun and one who smashed glass cases at a jewelry story in McAllen's La Plaza Mall last July are heading to prison. On Monday morning, 430th state District Judge Israel Ramon Jr. sentenced 23-year-old Javier Leobardo Olvera to 12 years in prison and 29-year-old Jorge Angel Mejia to 15 years in prison. A total of four of seven suspects have now been sentenced in the case that caused panic in McAllen during the summer of 2018 as the men stormed into the Deutsch & Deutsch jewelry store at La Plaza Mall and smashed glass cases with “mini sledge hammers” as they attempted to run off with designer watches worth millions. Read the full story on themonitor.com.

Mission man tied to human trafficking case back in court

A Mission man accused of raping a minor at a bar owned by his mother in rural Mission is due back in court in an attempt to get his current bond reduced. Genaro Fuentes is expected to appear before state District Judge Mario E. Ramirez Jr. on Tuesday for the hearing in which his counsel will argue to lower the current $350,000 bond. Ramirez set the aforementioned bond on Aug. 8, during the 36-year-old man’s formal arraignment hearing, in which he pleaded not guilty to both charges against him, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault of a child. The charges stem from a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission investigation into Fuentes’ mother’s bar, Rita’s Sports Bar in rural Mission. Visit themonitor.com for the full story.

Texas Land Commissioner asks HUD for RGV disaster designation

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush asked HUD for a disaster recovery designation to help the Rio Grande Valley rebuild following a 500-year thunderstorm that pounded the area in June. The torrential downpour broke rainfall records dating back 100 years, with up to a foot of water dropped in less than six hours time, Bush said in a letter he sent to Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bush requested the designation be applied to congressional appropriations of Community Development Block Grants, arguing the storm mirrored another 500-year weather event that struck the region in June 2018, for which HUD earmarked $46 million in recovery efforts. Visit themonitor.com for the full story.

Former Hidalgo city employee facing new bribery charge

A former code enforcement with the City of Hidalgo entered a not guilty plea Monday morning two new charges of bribery and abuse of official capacity. A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted Francisco Neftali Vasquez Martinez, 61, on the charges Aug. 1. This latest indictment is the fourth in a series levied against the man since his arrest last July. The charging document accuses Martinez of accepting a bribe on May 1, 2018, from Jose Jimenez to ensure that the City of Hidalgo would issue a building permit. On May 30, Martinez was also indicted on a charge or bribery over allegations he accepted a bribe on May 7, 2018, from Irma Balderas for the consideration or recommendation for the issuance of a building permit. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Fatal shooting suspect to be arraigned today

HARLINGEN – A 28-year-old male suspect remains in custody and is expected to be arraigned today in connection to an early Sunday morning shooting...

La Joya Housing Authority Vice Chairwoman charged with bribery

McALLEN — The La Joya Housing Authority vice chairwoman formally pleaded not guilty of bribing a city official with cash in an alleged quid...

Power restored at Agua SUD offices

Update: 7:30 p.m. Power has been restored to Agua SUD by AEP, according to an emailed statement, which also announced that as of about 6...

FBI arrests La Joya Housing Authority Vice Chairwoman

FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee confirmed Monday morning the arrest of the La Joya’s Housing Authority Vice Chairwoman.  Lee said she couldn’t go into details about the arrest of Sylvia Garces Valdez, but added the La Joya woman would make her initial appearance in federal court Monday morning before a federal magistrate.  The arrest of the 38-year-old woman comes only days after FBI agents executed a search warrant at city offices.  Read the full story on themonitor.com.

Volunteers teach classes for asylum seekers in Matamoros

When Team Brownsville volunteers saw the need for interactive activities for children seeking asylum waiting at the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, they decided...