A Brownsville man pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, records show. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez accepted the plea to one count of illegally being in possession of a firearm from Alberto De Leon during a hearing Monday morning, records show. De Leon, 26, was arrested in May in connection with a federal investigation into the purchase of multiple firearms in what was believed to be a straw-purchase scheme. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
A 22-year-old man accused of hitting and killing a college student who was working his car on the side of the highway entered a not guilty plea Thursday to accident involving death. Mauro Esparza made his first appearance since his Sept. 5 indictment in Auxiliary Court, authorities confirmed. Mission police say Mauro fatally struck 22-year-old Jesus Eduardo Zamudio in the 900 block of West Interstate 2 on July 27 after a night of drinking in downtown McAllen with his cousin, Ruby Esparza, who is also charged in the case. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
The city is hosting yet another Coffee with the Mayor event next week as the municipal election draws near. Mayor Richard Molina and city staff will be on hand Tuesday at Mario’s Supermarket, 5120 N. Doolittle Road., to hear from constituents from 9 to 11 a.m. The event gives residents the opportunity to voice their concerns and speak directly with the mayor, who has been under scrutiny for about two years for his alleged voter fraud scheme. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
Reta Durham grew up listening to stories about her grandfather and the Texas Rangers who helped tame what he called “The Nueces Strip.” To carry on George Durham Sr.’s legacy, his son George Durham Jr. also wore the Texas Rangers badge. Today, Reta Durham and about 85 family members will gather at the Raymondville Memorial Cemetery, where the Former Texas Rangers Association has christened the graves of father and son with iron crosses, marking the sites as hallowed ground for the two former Texas Rangers. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
City officials are preparing for two parades that will be held throughout the day Saturday. Walk for Women will host its 16th annual awareness walk, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the SPI Convention Centre and will end at Louie’s Backyard. An SPI Pride Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will start at the SPI Post Office and end at Dolphin Street. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying three men who robbed a drive-through store Thursday evening, according to an agency statement issued via social media. At approximately 9:07 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to Time Out Drive-Thru Store, located at 1002 Valley Blvd. in Alamo, over reports of an aggravated robbery, the sheriff’s office said in the statement. At the scene, deputies made contact with a store clerk who reported that two men entered the store and stole money, beer and cigarettes. One of the two men was carrying a long rifle with a silver barrel. Sheriff’s investigators obtained video surveillance footage of the incident. One of the suspects was described as wearing a gray hoodie with camouflage pants and tennis shoes. The other suspect was described as wearing a blue Houston Texans cap, a black and gray hoodie, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Both men had their faces concealed. Anyone with any information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office at (956) 383-8114. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (956) 668-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the smartphone application “P3 TIPS.”
A mission woman has been arrested after her storage unit was discovered to have illegal narcotics. The Mission Police Department received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force that a storage facility in Mission may contain illegal narcotics. Further investigation by the police department identified the facility as The Storage Depot, located at 304 West Griffin Parkway. According to the police report, the manager of the storage facility granted permission for police to be on the premises of the storage facility. A K9 officer was called to the location, and a free air search determined the storage unit in question may contain illegal narcotics. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
A McAllen man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash and denying his involvement by telling police he had been working as a mariachi. According to the police report, officers responded to a hit and run at 2:06 a.m. in the vicinity of the 2800 block of North Second Street. Upon arrival, the officers observed three individuals who had sustained numerous injuries. One of the individuals, who was trapped in the back seat of the vehicle, sustained the most severe injuries, including a broken neck, a broken face and bleeding in the brain. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley will receive $601,557.88 in migrant aid reimbursements from the federal government, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar announced late Thursday. Also receiving federal reimbursements from the pot of $30 million passed by Congress in for money spent on immigration assistance, Cuellar announced, were McAllen’s Salvation Army Corps Center ($108.371.25) and the United Way of South Texas ($2,599.32). Since 2014, the Catholic Charities, with assistance from other non-profits and the city of McAllen, has temporarily taken in asylum-seeking migrants who federal authorities drop off downtown as they await their immigration court hearings. Read the full story at themonitor.com.