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Records: Convicted gang member sent lewd photos to child

A previously convicted gang member faces federal child porn charges after he allegedly sent explicit photos to a minor, records show. On Tuesday, a court remanded Lee Roy Huerta Guerrero into federal custody pending a detention hearing Friday after a brief initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis. The court also made a motion to have a federal public defender assigned to Huerta. According to the criminal complaint filed on behalf of the U.S. government Monday, Huerta sent sexually explicit photos to and solicited a picture from a child, according to information gathered by federal agents. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Detainee files complaint alleging lack of adequate medical care

An undocumented man with Parkinson’s disease has filed suit against a Willacy County ICE detention center and the private, for-profit prison contractor that manages the facility for failing to provide him with adequate access to medical care. Juan Carlos Lara-Arguelles filed the lawsuit in federal court in Brownsville earlier this month via correspondence from the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in Raymondville. The complaint charges the facility, alongside Management and Training Corporation, with violating Lara-Arguelles’ federal constitutional rights by denying him access to quality healthcare throughout his incarceration. Read the full story at themonitor.com

New Braunfels police charges Alton woman with stabbing murder

The New Braunfels Police Department announced Wednesday that authorities there arrested a 29-year-old Alton resident on a charge of murder. In a news release, police report being called to a residence at 12:30 a.m. for a stabbing report where authorities discovered 32-year-old Iris Velasquez, of New Braunfels, who had died. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

BISD to name Castro’s replacement

The Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees will convene a special called board meeting on Friday to appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy created when former trustee Erasmo Castro resigned. Castro resigned “effectively immediately” in a letter to the district delivered Jan 10. At its Jan. 14 meeting the board accepted the resignation by unanimous vote. The appointment appears to be aimed at addressing concerns Castro could continue to serve in a “holdover” capacity until a successor is appointed or an election held for his former Place 2 seat on the board. Board attorney Baltazar Salazar said the person appointed Friday would serve until November, when an election would be held for the remaining two years of Castro’s term. The terms of board members Sylvia Atkinson, Philip Cowen, Minerva Peña and Laura Perez-Reyes are up for election in November and the remainder of Castro’s term would be added to the list. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Photo Gallery: After holding bloodless bullfights for more than 20 years, Renk plans final...

The curtains are dropping on Fred Renk’s bloodless bullfights in La Gloria. The Starr County arena has pitted bulls against matadors in northern Starr...
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Sharyland school board meeting erupts with public unrest over abuse claims

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McAllen Medical earns top honors for its stroke center

McAllen Medical Center is now equipped to handle the most complex neurological needs in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. South Texas Health System announced Tuesday the hospital received a DNV-GL Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, which means it can quickly and efficiently treat all kinds of strokes. The designation is the highest level of stroke certification available and it encompasses the full spectrum of care — diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education. The distinction is awarded by the Det Norske Veritas, or DNV group, a Norwegian risk management company founded in 1864 and approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cougar girls win Grapefruit Bowl

BY RAUL GARCIA STAFF WRITER MISSION — Edinburg North’s Ashley Sierra had to wait three hours for her championship match at the Sharyland Pioneer Grapefruit Bowl...

Museum, brewery, others combine Empty Barrels benefit efforts

The International Museum of Art & Science kicked off its Empty Barrels campaign, which will help collect donations for the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, with a small ceremony here at the 5x5 Brewing Co. on Tuesday. The campaign consists of empty barrels donated by 5x5 Brewing Company in Mission and Hilmy Cellars out of Fredericksburg being decorated by local artists to help promote IMAS and the Food Bank RGV. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hidalgo County slated to get over $58M after June floods

Hidalgo County will soon see more than $58 million in federal disaster recovery funds appropriated by Congress in response to the June 2018 and June 2019 floods. Even more funding will be heading to Cameron County and half a dozen more that also suffered disasters those years. Sen. John Cornyn announced the funding allocation in a news release Tuesday. “Texans have endured relentless storms in the past two years and many are still recovering from the resulting damage,” Cornyn said in the statement. Read the full story at themonitor.com.