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Valley citrus greening quarantine expands

20131004 ACP-adults-laying-eggsMISSION—The Texas Department of Agriculture announced Sept. 24 that a new area in the Rio Grande Valley would be quarantined due to the spread of citrus greening in Mission.

In January 2012, San Juan was the first city in South Texas to find citrus greening in two groves.

The quarantined area begins at Mile 6 Road and drops south to just north of Anzalduas Park. It runs west up to Showers Road in Palmview and ends in the east at 23rd Street in McAllen.

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Palmhurst National Night Out education, fun

20131004 PALMHURST National-Night-Out 0041PALMHURST—Melanie Turrubiates sat in the back of a Mission police tactical unit, trying out equipment Tuesday night.

“This helmet’s heavy,” the 12-year-old called out.

“I’m tipping over,” Jaydy Barbosa, 11, chimed in while holding a protective shield emblazoned with SWAT in big white letters.

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City of Mission releases details on excessive force allegation in officer’s suspension

Mission-PDA Mission officer accused of excessive force and facing indefinite suspension once received commendations for his accomplishments with the U.S. Air Force.

On Sept. 13, Omar Diaz De Villegas, 29, was handed a letter from Interim Chief Robert Dominguez stating Diaz de Villegas was indefinitely suspended after an investigation into an incident in April. In the letter Dominguez states he has affidavits from officers who saw Diaz De Villegas hit a suspect on the head with his service weapon and then throw him in the back of a police vehicle.

Diaz de Villegas was born in Mission and joined the Air Force in 2005. He worked primarily as a security forces journeyman through 2009, according to documents in his personnel file.

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Peñitas officers shut down two gambling rooms

City-of-Penitas-logoPEÑITAS—Twice in September, Peñitas officers received calls of suspicious activity. Both incidents ended up as cases of illegal gambling establishments, Police Chief Roel Bermea said.

“These are the first ones (gamerooms) we’ve seen here,” Bermea said.

In the first incident, a caller thought a house might be a stash house because of all the traffic. When officers showed up at the scene, they were given permission to enter and found 24 8-liner machines. Officers are still looking for the owner of the establishment.

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Mission officer says drug test gave false positive

Mission-PDA Mission officer placed on indefinite suspension after testing positive for marijuana and hydrocodone said the test gave off a false positive, according to documents released Thursday.

Walter Sigler, 46, received a letter from Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez, placing him on indefinite suspension Sept. 13.

In the letter, Dominguez states the police department received a call from a man whose house Sigler was staying at on Aug. 19. The man, who knew Sigler from church, said Sigler was staying with him after an incident with his girlfriend.

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City of Mission releases details on excessive force in officer's suspension

Mission-PDA Mission officer accused of excessive force and facing indefinite suspension once received commendations for his accomplishments with the U.S. Air Force.

On Sept. 13, Omar Diaz De Villegas, 29, was handed a letter from Interim Chief Robert Dominguez stating Diaz de Villegas was indefinitely suspended after an investigation into an incident in April. In the letter Dominguez states he has affidavits from officers who saw Diaz De Villegas hit a suspect on the head with his service weapon and then throw him in the back of a police vehicle.

 Diaz de Villegas was born in Mission and joined the Air Force in 2005. He worked primarily as a security forces journeyman through 2009, according to documents in his personnel file.

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RGV soldier surprises son at Peñitas elementary school

20130920-Soldier-Reunion-with-Son dy-041 featurePEÑITAS—Army Spc. Anthony Garza tugged down a coyote mascot uniform and joked that it smelled like fungus.

“Aren’t you glad you came to surprise your son?” his wife, Julisa Marie Garza teased as they waited with a small entourage hidden in an office hallway at Corina Peña Elementary School on Friday morning.

When Julisa Garza called the school to see if her husband, home from Ft. Hood for a few days, could surprise his son, kindergartener Anthony David Garza, she hadn’t expected the school to go all out to welcome the hometown hero. But if the gleam in her eyes was any indication, the young wife didn’t mind seeing her husband don a coyote head, readying to see his son.

Anthony Garza said he just couldn’t wait to see the smile on his son’s face when he took the mascot head off.

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TxDOT opens FM 396 in Mission

20130925 TxDOT-opens-Bryan-rd AF  1904MISSION—Local leaders celebrated the expansion of the first mile of FM 396, also known as Bryan Road, at a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at the corner of Bryan and Trinity Road.

“The opening of FM 396 will reduce congestion and save time for international travelers,” said Phil Wilson, Texas Department of Transportation executive director. “Enhancing the mobility of goods across national boundaries is mutually beneficial and offers great promise for creating jobs in the region of our state.”

When the entire project is complete, FM 396 will be a four-lane highway leading from the Anzalduas International Bridge with overpasses at FM 1016, Trinity Street, FM 494 and U.S. 83.

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