One dead after Rio Grande City fire

A woman here is dead after a structure fire in the 600 block of Old El Sauz Road in the early hours of Friday morning. A statement released by Rio Grande City spokesperson Ashly Custer read that authorities were notified of the fire between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. “An unresponsive person was pulled from the building and taken to Starr. Co Memorial Hospital where they were later pronounced dead,” Custer wrote in the statement. The identity of the 31-year-old victim is not currently being released pending notification of her family, the statement read. An autopsy has been ordered. Custer stated that the fire occurred at a restaurant. “The state fire marshal will be heading out to the scene today to investigate what caused the fire,” Custer wrote Friday. “The building is a total loss.” The incident remains under investigation.

Police records reveal identities in triple homicide

Three days after police responded to a 9-1-1 call at 301 W. Kuhn St. in Edinburg where they discovered three bodies and an unharmed toddler, authorities have not yet detailed what happened when a man gained entry into the residence and murdered the trio. Hours later, investigators found the suspect’s body at a separate location. The suspect, who police have not identified, would have been charged with capital murder of multiple persons, according to the first page of a police report obtained Friday through a Texas Public Information Act request. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Post Office to offer extended hours

The United States Postal Service is extending its hours from today through Dec. 23 as customers continue to prepare for the holidays. Brownsville’s Main Post...

Local law enforcement stepping up patrols for holiday season

The McAllen Police Department has announced an increase enforcement of impaired drivers throughout the rest of the holiday season. McAllen PD is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation and other Hidalgo County law enforcement agencies to conduct an Impaired Driver Enforcement detail starting today and running through Wednesday, Jan. 1.  According to a news release, the local law enforcement agencies have planned, coordinated and will implement law enforcement patrols in an effort to make a regional impact against driving under the influence.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Police records reveal identities in Edinburg triple homicide

A Texas Public Information Act request has revealed the identities of the three individuals killed Tuesday morning in Edinburg in what investigators believe is a triple homicide with the suspect committing suicide. The victims include 19-year-old Rebecca Lee Cantu, 48-year-old Magdalena Cantu and 30-year-old Aaron Cortez. The one-page police report does not include the suspect's name. The Edinburg Police Department responded to 301 W. Kuhn St. at 6:49 a.m. Tuesday after a 9-1-1 caller reported finding three bodies inside the apartment. A police report lists Magdalena and Rebecca Lee as residents of the address. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Weslaco man is third charged in home invasion death

A Weslaco man arrested on a murder charge Thursday afternoon is the third person accused in the fatal shooting death of 32-year-old Mercedes resident Emanuel Alvarado. Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Frank Medrano said investigators arrested 23-year-old Martin Torres Perez Jr. without incident at 4 p.m. Thursday. Torres, 21-year-old Mercedes resident Juan Jesus Hernandez and 32-year-old Mercedes resident Noel Alvarado are all charged with murder for Emanuel’s death. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Parishioners flock to Basilica by the thousands to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thousands flocked to an evening mass here in celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday. Held at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, the celebrations began Wednesday evening with bands, mariachis and choirs from local parishes performing in front of a Virgen de Guadalupe painting near the main altar. Also making appearances at the Basilica were traditional matachines dancers, who wore feathers and danced with maracas. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen opens all-inclusive Miracle Field

The first all-inclusive Miracle Field in the Rio Grande Valley opened on Thursday at McAllen’s youth baseball complex, the final component of the sprawling baseball facility to be ready for use. “When the city of McAllen can build facilities that allows every citizen in our community to utilize, then we are doing something right,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said. “The Miracle Field here at our McAllen Youth Baseball Complex is something that I am extremely proud of because here in McAllen, everybody matters.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Former employees testify of unusual practices in healthcare fraud case

Two former employees of the Centers for Arthritis and Osteoporosis, the clinic owned by Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada, testified Thursday about what they perceived to be unusual practices at the clinic as part of the ongoing trial. Zamora Quezada, a rheumatologist is currently on trial for allegations that he participated in a scheme to defraud health insurers by misdiagnosing and over-treating patients. Co-defendants in the case are his wife, Meisy Zamora, and two of their employees, Estella Santos Natera and Felix Ramos. They are accused of also participating in the scheme which allegedly included tampering with medical records and money laundering to conceal the source of the funds they made from the alleged scheme. Read the full story at themonitor.com