Camargo man’s double homicide trial could last for months

A Mexican national, who was arrested after McAllen police found a man crying for help while running down a street with rope tied around his arms and legs, will have to wait another month before he faces trial in Edinburg on accusations he committed a double homicide. Martin Margarito, a 33-year-old resident of Camargo, Tamaulipas, appeared in 430th state District Court Tuesday afternoon for a pre-trial hearing before jury selection in his trial, which was scheduled for Monday, only to learn his trial, which is expected to last two to three months, would be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Hidalgo County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Lauren Sepulveda filed a last-minute motion for continuance Tuesday after a federal prosecutor told her Monday night that all of the agencies she subpoenaed for the case are also subpoenaed in a federal trial that starts Monday and is scheduled to last four weeks. Read the full story on

A United Front: Four counties stand ready to stop drunk drivers

The fifth annual “No Refusal” weekend begins on Thursday, Aug. 29, and runs through Monday, Sept. 2. Officers will not be taking no for an answer when it comes from suspected drunk drivers who refuse a breathalyzer or a blood draw. Law enforcement will get a warrant. “We’re in this fight together because it does matter what our communities do,” said Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. “It does matter what our citizens do.” And this year, in a first, Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties will all be participating to create what Willacy County District Attorney Annette C. Hinojosa calls a “four-county stronghold.” Read the full story on

Topgolf set to open in coming weeks

PHARR — The newest addition to the upper Rio Grande Valley skyline is scheduled to open in mid-November, and Topgolf, the sports entertainment venue,...

Starhopper completes successful 150-meter flight

At one minute past 5 p.m. on Tuesday, SpaceX flew its Starhopper test vehicle to an altitude of 150 meters, about 500 feet, at the company’s Boca Chica Beach launch/test site. The successful hop came a day after SpaceX aborted the planned launch on Monday with less than one second to go, which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk blamed on ignition issues. Tuesday’s flight, which lasted 57.36 seconds, saw the hopper lift off amid billowing fire and dust, hover atop a column of blue and orange flame from the craft’s single liquid-oxygen and -methane powered Raptor engine, and manuever sideways to a smooth touchdown on a nearby landing pad. About half an hour after the flight, Musk tweeted, "Congrats SpaceX team!!" along with a still shot of Starhopper in flight. The event was live-streamed by SpaceX as well as by Everyday Astronaut and LabPadre on YouTube. Read the full story on

On November election day, no municipal elections in McAllen

McAllen, a city long hampered by low voter turnout, holds its municipal elections in May. Historically, that’s the way it’s been.But voter turnout has...

Elsa PD: Man admits to making video threatening local teacher

Elsa police this week arrested a 31-year-old Weslaco man accused of threatening an Edcouch-Elsa High School teacher, according to a probable cause affidavit. David Martinez, a 2006 EEHS graduate, admitted to police he posted a video on Facebook with a gun on his lap with the caption, “just let tio know,” the affidavit states. He was arrested Wednesday on a terroristic threat charge. Martinez, according to the affidavit, was reacting to his brother’s Facebook post from earlier that day, which was critical of an educator at EEHS. Before posting his video, Martinez commented on that post. Read the full story on

Records lacking for computer attack on sheriff’s office

Records of a ransomware attack on the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office are nonexistent, leaving little details available with the exception of an investigator’s testimony...

VA to host POW/MIA recognition ceremonies

The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, or VCB, will be hosting two POW/MIA recognition ceremonies in the Rio Grande Valley this month. The VA will host a ceremony at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 in Harlingen at the Outpatient Clinic at 2106 Treasure Hills Blvd. An additional ceremony will be held in McAllen at 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Outpatient Clinic at 901 E. Hackberry Ave. Read the full story at

Donna man pleads guilty to importing cocaine

McALLEN — A man residing in Donna who attempted to sneak in nearly 5 kilos of cocaine pleaded guilty to a federal import charge,...

Weslaco man killed in Saturday night wreck

Weslaco resident Horacio Reyes, 27, was killed in a rollover car crash Saturday evening in Weslaco, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety...