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Attorney Noe Perez, informant at heart of Delgado bribery case, gets 2 years in...

The man who helped the government convict a state district judge on bribery charges was finally sentenced for his role in the scheme that led to the investigation.  U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett sentenced Noe Perez to two years in prison for his role in giving bribes to former state District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, which also led to his arrest and conviction after a federal trial in July.  Perez was the government’s star witness in the aforementioned trial, during which he testified to bribing Delgado in exchange for judicial favors in Delgado’s courtroom.  Read the full article at themonitor.com.

Valley Interfaith to launch local parish ID strategy

Valley Interfaith announced the launch of the parish identification strategy at a meeting on Tuesday. The parish identification strategy is intended to provide all members of parishes with a way to identify themselves to local law enforcement, particularly those individuals who have immigrated to the United States and do not have a state-issued ID. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Pharr Development and Research Center. Among those in attendance were Bishop Daniel Flores from the Diocese of Brownsville, Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director for Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, and law enforcement representatives from Pharr, McAllen and Edinburg. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Bears volleyball takes down Warriors on the road

By RAUL GARCIA STAFF WRITER McALLEN — The PSJA High Bears’ Victoria Fuentes sent a vicious spike to the back row of the McAllen Rowe Warriors’...

Mission Veterans takes down Sharyland Pioneer

MISSION — Fans filled Mission Veterans High School’s gymnasium Tuesday night to catch a glimpse of the Patriots and Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks in a...

Local support group to honor murder victims

The Rio Grande Valley Families and Friends of Murdered Children Inc. will be hosting an event to honor victims of murder and violent crimes. The organization will be hosting their 7th annual National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pharr Events Center. The event will feature the testimonies from victims who have experienced traumatic events. There will be a candlelight vigil and release of balloons at the end of the event.  Read the full story online at themonitor.com.

FEMA closing RGV Disaster Recovery Centers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is closing its Disaster Recovery Center locations in the Rio Grande Valley after providing support since July. “We are closing the Disaster Recovery Center in La Villa, and (Wednesday) we’re going to close the one in Raymondville, and on Thursday we’re closing the one in La Feria,” Said FEMA media specialist Maria Prado. “Even though we are closing, survivors can stay in touch with FEMA through the internet and by phone if they want to check the status of their application and do any updates to their contact information or their own application.” The three Disaster Recovery Center locations opened in late July after a torrential rainstorm caused millions of dollars in flood and wind damage in June. FEMA was able to open the locations after President Donald Trump declared Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron Counties disaster areas. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

RGV border patrol seizes large quantities of marijuana, cocaine

U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector seized more than $3 million dollars worth of narcotics in the past several days, according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday afternoon. According to the release, agents from the Rio Grande City station working near Escobares observed several people illegally enter the United States Saturday morning. As agents attempted to arrest them, the individuals fled back into Mexico, abandoning bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 350 pounds and worth an estimated $280,000. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Last defendant in cocaine case sentenced

The final defendant in a drug conspiracy case was sentenced Tuesday.   U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced the fifth and final defendant, Mario Gerardo Elliard-Garcia, to a 28-month prison sentence in connection with a drug conspiracy case involving the man and four others.  Elliard-Garcia, 35, joins Karla Yuliana Hernandez-Dominguez, 35; Joan Alejandro Armendariz-Fuentes, 36; Claudia Vanessa Arias-Torres, 27; and Alfonso Torres Jr., 24, all of Mexico, and all sentenced earlier this month.  Elliard-Garcia and Hernandez-Dominguez, who each pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in July, were the last two defendants to plead guilty, court records show.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

DA’s Office weighing death penalty in Trooper Sanchez case

The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office will be meeting with the family of late Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Moises Sanchez to talk about whether to pursue the death penalty for the man accused of shooting the trooper. “Our office has tentatively decided how they want to handle this case, but is meeting with Mr. Sanchez’s wife and family before the decision is made official,” Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez said. He said he could not comment further on the case. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

No. 3 McHi, No. 9 Mission Vets with big matches tonight

It’s a big night for the two highest ranked volleyball teams in the Rio Grande Valley. Two teams stand above McAllen High in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association volleyball poll as the latest poll ranks the Bulldogs No. 3 in the state, one spot up from last week’s poll. For the second straight week, five Rio Grande Valley teams were ranked in their specific classes — San Isidro (1A-2A), Mission Veterans (5A), Edcouch-Elsa (5A), Los Fresnos (6A) and McHi. Read the full story at themonitor.com or RGVSports.com.