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The Pumpkin Patch: The Upper Rio Grande Valley’s scene for fall fun

Even though temperatures are still reaching above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the Rio Grande Valley is gearing up for fall with pumpkin patches across the...

‘A Beacon of Hope’ – Remembrance event provides support for murder victims

As people slowly entered the Pharr Events Center, they were greeted with a makeshift altar at the back of the room topped with hundreds of photos of murder victims. Some people, many wearing shirts with tributes to their departed loved ones, stopped to observe the photos. Others made their way to the perimeter of the room, where some 20 tables lined the sides of the events center. Each table was a tribute to an individual victim of murder or a violent crime. Some people greeted each other, others offered consolation to more emotional individuals as they walked by the memorial tables. These memorials displayed photos of the deceased, some with small mementos. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

The RGV Sports Pick-It Line: Week 5

Here are our panel's picks for Week 5 of Rio Grande Valley high school football:

Day 1 of murder trial reveals graphic details of crime scene

Three-year-old Julian Garcia was still alive when a Starr County sheriff’s deputy discovered him in the aftermath of a shooting in 2016, his father’s body protectively slouched over him, as the boy’s intestines protruded out his abdomen. The graphic details were revealed during the first day of testimony in the trial of Jesus Angel Rebollar, the man facing capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of Julian and his father, 41-year-old Hector Garcia. The older Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene on the corner of Woods Brothers Road and La Sagunada Road in Rio Grande City on Nov. 6, 2016, while his son was later pronounced dead at Starr County Memorial Hospital later that day. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Weslaco OKs budget, Mercedes edges deadline

As the statutory deadline nears for municipalities to approve their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, the Weslaco and Mercedes city commissions gathered in their respective chambers Wednesday to hammer out the final details. While officials in Weslaco wrapped up their budget process Wednesday, officials in Mercedes met for one final budget workshop before they put the matter to a vote at the end of this week. Cities must approve their tax rate for the upcoming year by Sept. 29, according to guidance issued by the Texas Municipal League regarding statutory deadlines for taxes and budgets. As a result, the deadline for adopting a tax rate ultimately informs the timeline a city must follow to adopt its budget, as well. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Attorney, informant in Delgado case sentenced

The man who helped the government convict a state district judge on bribery charges was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his role in the scheme that led to the investigation. U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett sentenced Noe Perez to a 24-month prison term for bribing former state District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, which also led to Delgado’s arrest and conviction after a federal trial in July. But just before handing down Perez’s punishment, Bennett paused and stared out the courtroom’s windows, providing a bird’s-eye view of McAllen and the surrounding cities from the 10th floor of the Bentsen Federal Courthouse. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Brothers arraigned, accused of stealing car with child inside

Brothers Eric and Ovidio Zamora were arraigned Wednesday at the Hidalgo County Courthouse on charges related to allegedly stealing a car with a 2-year-old child inside. Eric, 18, and Ovidio, 24, listened, shackled and expressionless, as Justice of the Peace Jason Peña read identical charges for the brothers. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Rep. Gonzalez says he supports Trump impeachment inquiry

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, said on Wednesday that he supports the formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, which U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the day before. “I am deeply disturbed by the documents disclosed by the White House today,” Gonzalez said in a statement Wednesday evening. “The documents detail the President of the United States seeking political and personal gain through an investigation by foreign powers. The context in which these statements were made is as telling as the statements themselves. “The law is clear: the Acting Director of National Intelligence must provide the complete, unredacted, whistleblower complaint to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at once. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Delgado sentenced to 5 years

Disgraced ex-judge Rodolfo Delgado will be in his 70s when his 60-month prison term expires. Nearly 18 months after FBI agents raided the Hidalgo County Courthouse looking to remove evidence from Delgado’s courtroom and office in connection with a bribery investigation, the former judge was sentenced to prison. Delgado, 66, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon, more than two months after jurors found the ex-judge guilty in a case involving bribes that he accepted from a local attorney in exchange for favorable consideration in his courtroom. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen man accused of soliciting detective posing as 15-year-old

McAllen police arrested a local man Monday accused of trying to meet and engage in sexual acts with someone he believed was 15, according to a probable cause affidavit. Using the anonymous social media application Whisper, Ricardo Dario Ramos sent a message to “TX Gina,” using the handle “Instanity_Jack,” asking if she needed a ride and inquiring about her age. TX Gina wrote that she was 15, but TX Gina was actually a McAllen detective, according to the affidavit. “Want to get pregnant?” Ramos replied, according to police. Read the full story at themonitor.com.