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RGV RAS to aid hunt for missing people

A Brownsville man wanted on outstanding warrants for sexual assault and kidnapping fled to Mexico with his 5-year-old daughter through the Anzalduas Bridge two months ago.

The Department of Public Safety wasn’t able to issue an Amber Alert until well after Miguel Angel Flores had disappeared into Mexico, and local law enforcement agencies hope a movement to create a regional alert system will give officers the time they need to find missing people before they cross into Mexico.


Monday last day for voter registration

everal items on the November ballot will affect residents locally and countywide, and Monday is the deadline to register to vote.

Not only are key statewide seats, like the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s offices, up for grabs, but the Hidalgo County Sheriff will be on the ballot as well as the 92nd District Court judge bench. Three trustees on La Joya Independent School District Board are up for reelection and all have opposition.


County considers financing options for capital needs, courthouse

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court heard a report from Estrada-Hinojosa for financing capital improvement needs for the County for 2015 and looked at possible financing for the proposed new courthouse at its Tuesday meeting.

The firm of Estrada-Hinojosa told the court refinancing outstanding loans at lower interest rates and freeing cash on hand would give the county $32 million to do needed projects. By using certifications of obligation series 2014 for long-term assets, the county could get up $22 million for projects. By refinancing the 2014 tax notes for vehicles, road, parks and community center, another $6 million could be freed. The county could also get an additional $4 million to have as cash on hand by freeing $4 million of the $4.8 million the county received in a lawsuit for repairs to the county jail.


STC tax rate hike opponents rally for rollback election

Hidalgo County watchdogs vowed to take action when the South Texas College board followed through with plans to increase the tax rate Tuesday night.

The approved tax rate is 18.5 cents per $100 property valuation–that’s a 3.5-cent increase, which would increase property tax revenue by 26 percent. The figure opponents seem most focused on is the 26 percent.


Mission seeks dog lovers

Mission city employees said the biggest reason dogs aren’t adopted out of the kennels is the requirement to have those pets spayed and neutered.

Last month, the city started featuring a pet of the week, a dog they deemed friendly and adoptable, to raise community awareness about dogs picked up by animal control. Dogs can be adopted free, but the new pet owners must show proof that they’ve taken care of vaccines and spaying/neutering within 30 days.


Republican hopes to turn county

With 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.


County confirms West Nile virus fatality

EDINBURG – 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.


Sheriff’s office makes arrest in 2012 shootings

The 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.


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