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Republican hopes to turn county

20140919 Al-PerezWith 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Al Perez believes the “R” next to his name on the November ballot shouldn’t dissuade voters from supporting him in the race to be Hidalgo County’s next sheriff.

Perez said he retired from the sheriff’s office in June with a vision of what the department could be free of corruption, focused on public safety. He wants to put more deputies on patrol and restore accountability internally.

The former sergeant is the Republican nominee for the office, which was vacated by Lupe Treviño earlier this year, shortly before Treviño pleaded guilty to money laundering. The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court took applications for interim sheriff before appointing then-Pct. 4 Constable Eddie Guerra to the open position in April. Guerra was later chosen by the Hidalgo County Democratic Party as its nominee for the November election.

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County confirms West Nile virus fatality

Hidalgo-County-SealEDINBURG – Authorities have confirmed an 83-year-old Donna man died last week of the West Nile virus, and a 92-year-old Pharr area man has been hospitalized with what is expected to be the second local case of West Nile.

The Hidalgo County death is the third West Nile virus fatality in Texas this year.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. People more than 50 years old and those with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable; however, all residents are urged to take precautions when working or playing outdoors.

Read more: County confirms West Nile virus fatality


Sheriff’s office makes arrest in 2012 shootings

20140912 MISSION Homicide-arrest Jose-Carlos-MartinezThe Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest this week in a homicide that occurred in 2012 in rural Mission.

On Nov. 18, 2012, deputies responded to a shooting in the 3100 block or West 5 Mile Line Road. When deputies arrived at the scene, they observed multiple victims with gunshot wounds. The victims were later identified as: Casto De Los Santos, 52; Ramiro Rodriguez , 40; Aurora De La Pena, 19; a 13-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old boy.

The victims were transported to hospitals for immediate medical treatment; however, De Los Santos and Rodriguez died due to their injuries.

Read more: Sheriff’s office makes arrest in 2012 shootings


Democrat endorses Republican Tijerina in 92nd District Judge race

20140912 COUNTY Ortiz-endorses-TijerinaHidalgo County Democrat Rey Ortiz has endorsed 92nd District Judge Jaime Tijerina, a republican, in his campaign to remain on the bench.

Ortiz, who ran for the democratic nomination to the post in the March primaries, lost to Luis Singleterry. In his letter of endorsement, Ortiz states he’s known Tijerina, of Mission, for 20 years and Ortiz notes Tijerina’s service through the U.S. Army Reserves.

“We have come a long way, but we have much more to accomplish,” Ortiz states. “Restoring public trust and integrity to our judicial system is critical to our mission to accomplish that goal. Judge Tijerina is the public servant who will be a fair judge, who will serve the public well and who will uphold the law.”

Read more: Democrat endorses Republican Tijerina in 92nd District Judge race


Skeet and Trap Club offers education, competition and fellowship

20140816 Mission Skeet Trap Club lg-07When it comes to hitting the mark on recreational and competitive shooting, hunter education and good fellowship, the Mission Skeet and Trap Club is on target. Located half a mile south of Expressway 83 on Conway Avenue in Mission, the club features a skeet, trap and sporting clays range, a pistol range and a 3-D archery range.

Formerly known as the McAllen Gun Club, the club is a nonprofit organization offering three types of memberships and three associate memberships to all qualified individuals. Membership types include; Member, Member – Senior Citizen, Junior Member, Associate Member – Pistol, Associate Member – Archery and Associate Member – Winter Texan. Member and Member – Senior Citizen memberships include full club privileges and voting rights. Annual dues range from a high of $200 for members to a low of $50 for Winter Texans. National Rifle Association membership is required prior to becoming a member of the club.

“The gun club originally started in McAllen in the 1960s,” said Lester Tisdale, club board member and handgun director. “In 1988 the club made a deal with the city of Mission to lease part of the sanitary landfill, where we are located now, since nothing else could be done there. We are a private, nonprofit 501c4 organization so anything we make we have to put back into the facilities at the club whether it be machinery, buildings, salaries or anything needed to make the club work.”

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Gov. Perry names Mission doctor to Texas Medical Board

20140905 Dr-Guerra-PhotoAUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has named Michael Arambula of San Antonio chair and appointed John Guerra of Mission to the Texas Medical Board. The board protects and enhances the public's health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for Texans.

“It’s going to be an honor and a privilege to serve the great State of Texas in this manner,” Guerra said of the appointment. He previously had served on one of the board’s committees.

Arambula is a psychiatrist in private practice and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at San Antonio. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, American Psychiatric Association, National Hispanic Medical Association and the Federation of State Medical Boards. He is also a member of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, Bexar County Medical Society, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Read more: Gov. Perry names Mission doctor to Texas Medical Board


County warns public of jury duty scam

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra and District Clerk Laura Hinojosa are warning the public about a scam to extort money from Hidalgo County residents.

Criminals, posing as county court or law enforcement officials, are calling victims to collect fines for failing to appear for jury service. In most cases the impersonator(s) instruct their victims to pay the “fine” by using prepaid debit cards. Victims are further instructed to provide the card number and 3-digit card security code located on the back of the card, all while the impersonator remains on the line with the victim. The victims are then directed to the courthouse where a supposed court official will remove the warrant for arrest as a result of the payment.

Hinojosa said the county does not call residents and ask them to pay fines over the phone.

Read more: County warns public of jury duty scam


Trooper Eduardo Chavez Memorial Highway

20140829 IN Trooper-Eduardo-Chavez-highwayAt a roadside ceremony near the Starr/Hidalgo County Line, State Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr. unveiled a roadside marker dedicating a five-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 as a memorial to fallen Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Eduardo Chavez.

Surrounded by family of Chavez, state and local leaders and fellow law enforcement officers, Muñoz officially recognized the five-mile stretch, starting near the Starr/Hidalgo County line and proceeding northwest to Farm-to-Market Road 2360, as the “Trooper Eduardo Chavez Memorial Highway."

Among those in attendance were Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, Texas DPS Regional Commander Jose Rodriguez, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra, Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra, Pct. 3 Constable Larry Gallardo and Pct. 4 Constable Atanacio "J.R." Gaitan.

Read more: Trooper Eduardo Chavez Memorial Highway


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