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Ordered to Five Days Jail

José Luis Garcia Jr., one of the suspects accused in the murder of 17-year-old Chayse Olivarez was ordered to spend five days in the Hidalgo County jail. The prosecution had raised questions of a violation of his bond conditions and sought to have his bond revoked.   Chayse Olivarez made headlines when he reported missing by family members at the […]

City of Rio Grande City Remembers Former Employee

Late last week the City of Rio Grande City announced the unexpected passing of one of their employees.   Cruz Garcia, who was a member of their public works department, was a veteran of the entity.  He had been employed with the city 24 years.  During those years he had earned the respect and affection of the community that he […]

Progreso Officer to be Arraigned 

Matthew Sepulveda, a former officer of Progreso Police Department was arraigned on two felonies last Wednesday afternoon.  Sepulveda is accused of violation of civil rights on a person in custody and sexual assault.  His bond was set at $225,000.   The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they were investigating a case of official oppression involving an officer in a […]

Falcon Port of Entry Under Active Operation

CBPCustomsandBorderProtectionagents remain highalertafter getting information of a large group of Cuban asylum seekers expected to attempt to enter the  UnitedStates.   The unofficial information was released over the weekend. Although there was no sign of a large group of people trying to cross preventive measures were taken. A protective barrier was erected with portable fencing near the middle of the […]

Hearing in Petition to Remove RGCCISD Board Member Rescheduled

The court date to hear the petition to remove RGCCISD Board Member Daniel J. Garcia was rescheduled.  Originally Garcia was scheduled to appear in the 229th District court on July 5th at 10am however, the date was rescheduled for July 19th.   A response to the petition was filed by defense attorney G. Allen Ramirez on July 8th on behalf […]

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

A 20-year-old U.S. citizen from Houston, Texas, has entered a guilty plea to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick for the Southern District of Texas made the announcement. From August 2017 until […]

Sentencing Hearing for Former Municipal Judge Cancelled 

The sentencing hearing scheduled for Monday, July 15th in the case against Leonel Julian “Pino” López has been cancelled until further notice. Judge Ricardo Hinojosa signed a sealed motion on Tuesday, July 10th that allows for the hearing to be cancelled until further notice. Lopez (52), the former Municipal Judge for the City of Río Grande City agreed to enter […]

Murder Suspect to Appear in Court

Jose Luis Garcia Jr., one of several suspects in the brutal murder of 17-year-old Chayse Olivarez is expected in court today, Thursday.   Garcia Jr., who was released on bond, faces a new challenge; the possibilities of being arrested.  New allegations have surfaced that Garcia violated bond conditions set earlier this year.  Although details have not been released authorities believe […]

CBP Responds to Allegations of Offensive Social Media Group for Agents

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement Monday in regard to the news of a secret Facebook group for agents that included offensive material.  The statement attributed to Matthew Klein, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Responsibility reads:   “Today, CBP was made aware of disturbing social media activity hosted on a private Facebook group that may include a number […]

Grand Jury Results

Filed June 2019 Jose Javier Varela-Sanchez for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, TRUE BILL. David Michael Saenz for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, TRUE BILL. Amanda Rose Barras for credit card debit card abuse, TRUE BILL. Amanda Rose Barras for credit card debit card abuse, TRUE BILL. Amanda Rose Barras for credit card debit card […]


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