The sentencing for a former Rio Grande City municipal judge who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges is back on after his previous July sentencing date had been postponed indefinitely. Leonel Lopez Jr. pleaded guilty to federal programs bribery in March stemming from an alleged bribery scheme surrounding the rehabilitation of the Weslaco water treatment facilities. His sentencing, now scheduled for early December, was initially scheduled for July 15. Just a few days before the hearing, though, it was canceled until further notice. Read the full story on themonitor.com.
A 54-year-old Mission man was arrested by Edinburg police for allegedly assaulting three women after forcing his way into their house, according to a probable cause affidavit. Edinburg police responded to an assault in progress at a residence located in the 2500 block of North Sugar Road on Sunday, July 14, at approximately 2:49 p.m., the affidavit read. The responding officer made contact with the homeowner, who accused Mission resident Ramon Cardenas of assaulting her girlfriend and girlfriend’s mother. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
McALLEN — Jesiah Ramirez, 5, sits in a barber chair squeezing a squishy toy in each hand. Clippers buzz as hair from the side...
On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the appointment of Ysmael D. Fonseca Jr. to the bench of the 464th state District Court, according to a news release. The appointment comes as the current state district judge Jaime Tijerina, is set to be sworn in Thursday as judge for the Place 4 seat on the 13th Court of Appeals. Abbott appointed Tijerina to the spot on July 24, shortly following the resignation of recently elected Place 4 Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, who was convicted of bribery during a federal trial in early July. Fonseca, 38, of McAllen, is currently a junior partner at Guerra, Leeds, Sabo & Hernandez, PLLC, which has offices in McAllen and Brownsville. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
A 26-year-old man received a 45-year prison sentence Tuesday morning for his role in a drug deal that ended with the death of two men found dead in a burning car along a canal near Delta Lake in May 2015. Edwin Adrian Salinas, of Edinburg, said nothing as state District Judge Marla Cuellar accepted his guilty plea to two counts of murder and handed down the near five-decade sentence. The state agreed to dismiss one charge of capital murder in exchange for the guilty pleas. Salinas had initially been charged with three counts of capital murder. Salinas admitted to participating in the May 1, 2015, murder of Jose Luis Salinas Torres, 23, and Lazaro Alejandro Martinez Esparza, 26, who had both been shot in the back. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
The mayor and his political allies conspired to fire city employees and replace them with campaign supporters after gaining control of the council, according to court documents filed in two wrongful termination lawsuits. Former city spokeswoman Irma Garza and former municipal court clerk Maribel Velasquez filed similar claims in federal court against the city and four councilmembers. They allege the “Molina Faction” — comprised of Mayor Richard Molina, Mayor Pro-Tem David Torres, and council members Jorge Salinas and Gilbert Enriquez — targeted their employment because of their close relationships with the faction’s political opponents. All four declined to comment due to pending litigation. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Moises Sanchez has died following complications from surgery this week stemming from gunshot wounds he sustained in April. State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, confirmed his passing on Facebook Saturday afternoon. "Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Sanchez who has made the ultimate sacrifice for our families. I also appreciate the healthcare teams that cared for Trooper Sanchez while he fought bravely and courageously these past four months. May he Rest in Peace and be in Heaven. Semper Fi to a former Marine," Hinojosa said. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
Texas Roadhouse restaurants across the Rio Grande Valley and the state will hold a fundraising event for victims and families of the El Paso shooting. On Thursday, the restaurants will donate 100 percent of profits to the El Paso Community Foundation. Additional donations will be accepted at the hostess stand for the organization. The profits will be collected between 4 and 10 p.m. Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the RGV are at the following locations: Brownsville, 3400 N. Expressway 77/83 Harlingen, 4805 S. Expressway 77/83 McAllen, 1224 E. Jackson Edinburg, 501 E. Trenton Rd.
A former Robert Vela High School track star sued the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District after fracturing his skull and losing a part of his brain following a pole vaulting accident. According to the lawsuit filed in June, Nick Larsen was seriously injured preparing for the Region IV meet in April, when he was a senior at Vela High School. Larsen, 18, earned the 2019 District 31-6A and 31 and 32-6A area pole vaulting championship his senior year. The suit alleges that on April 24, during an attempt to clear the 14-foot, 6-inch bar during competition, Larsen was “propelled” off the mat and hit his head on the concrete. Read the full story on themonitor.com.
EDINBURG — Juan Manuel Hernandez showed no emotion Friday from the time he was found guilty in the 2017 strangulation death of a 61-year-old...