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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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Palmview High School makes coaching change

20130927 Coach-ReassignedFor the first time in school history, La Joya Palmview High School will have a head coach other than Manuel Flores on the sidelines of the Lobos’ football games. Flores was reassigned Monday to the athletic department and Margarito “Mage” Requenez, defensive coach, was named interim head coach.

“The leadership of the Lobo football has changed; however, the Lobo football program still stands strong as our athletes prepare to face the Donna Redskins in this week’s match-up,” said Victor Garza, athletic director, in a statement. “We expect that our coaches make this transition as easy as possible for our athletes.”

In his sixth season with the Lobos, Flores compiled a 16-38-0 overall record and 9-29-0 within the district. After a winless inaugural season in 2008, the Lobos showed steady improvement in the following two seasons with records of 3-7-0 and 5-5-0 in 2009 and 2010, respectively. However Palmview failed to surpass the .500 mark in subsequent seasons going 4-6-0 in 2011 and 2012.

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Thousands flock to Peñitas festival

20130927 Penitas-WhiteWing-Festival 1672Crowds lined up to see Los Guadalupos, children swung in a pirate ship and a car show lined the street.

Nine-year-old Yareli Olivares, of Peñitas, climbed the rock wall with a line of children behind her, waiting their turn.

“Good job!” her mom cried out as she slipped off and was dropped carefully to the ground. Olivares immediately climbed back up again, struggling to reach the top.

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