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Man faces manslaughter charge in Sullivan City shooting

A 27-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after he said his gun went off while he was cleaning it, killing his 25-year-old girlfriend, according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

Sullivan City police officers responded to a house on Loma Street on Friday, Sept. 26, around 9 p.m. and found Federico Cantu pulling a woman out of the house. The woman, Viridiana Hernandez, appeared to have been shot in the face, states a criminal complaint. Cantu told officers it was an accident that occurred while cleaning the weapon.


Alton Memorial Jr. High teachers receive special invite

In less than two years, students from Alton Memorial Jr. High School’s (AMJH) after school robotics program have made a name for themselves not only in the region, but also at the national level when their team placed 10th at the National Science Bowl competition.

This success also caught the attention of officials at Lego, which is the robotics platform used by the school. Lego has invited teachers Robert Granados and Sammy Rivera to present at the annual Texas Computer Educators Association (TCEA) conference to be held in February 2015.


Mission museum honors Wall of Fame inductees

From a man that makes the news to the man that reports the news, with businessmen and volunteers in between, Mission residents with decades of service to the community were honored last week.

Six honorees were recognized by the Mission Historical Museum as the 2014 Wall of Fame inductees at a banquet Sept. 18. Honorees were Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa; Don Riter Lester, chair of barbecue at the Texas Citrus Fiesta since 1995; Blanca Vazquez Marroquin, longtime volunteer for the Texas Citrus Fiesta and the museum; Amador and Alicia Esqueda Requenez, owners of Valley Welding Services.


Students, families honor the 21

ALTON–The ceremony to remember the 21 was solemn, but families and students couldn’t help but smile as they released butterflies Friday morning to honor the students who died in a bus accident 25 years ago.

“We chose the butterflies because like our 21 students, although their lifespan is short, it is long enough to leave its legacy for others to follow,” Carla Femat, chairwoman of Alton Memorial Junior High’s Remembering the 21 Committee.


La Joya, Sullivan City officers join SWAT team

Seven officers from La Joya and Sullivan City will receive increased training and new equipment after they join the San Juan Police Department Law Enforcement Emergency Region Response Team.

LEERRT is the San Juan SWAT team, composed of smaller agencies and trained to respond to violent incidents.


Mission to join Run, Ride and Share program

The city of Mission is looking at joining the local Run, Ride and Share program to help protect riders and cyclists on the road.

Citing the death of a 50-year-old man by a motorist in Harlingen two weeks ago, McAllen City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre told members of the Mission council the Valley needs to work together to make streets safe. The Run, Ride and Share program is intended to do just that. Vela Whitacre said she’d like to see it gain statewide support.

“What we’d like to do now is try to reduce the number of fatalities and accidents tht take place on our streets,” she said.


La Joya ISD approves natatorium contract

LA JOYA–The price tag for the proposed natatorium at La Joya Independent School District has increased from $9.5 million when it was introduced in June 2013 to more than $16 million.

Last month, the district’s board of trustees agreed to negotiate with the lowest bidder, Texas Descon, on construction of the facility, which will be built on the district’s new Howling Trails Golf Course. However, Monday, the board approved the full bid of $16,386,833 million. It’s expected to take 12 to 14 months to construct.


MCISD Trustee Faces Theft Charges

Irma Patricia "Patty" Bazaldua, vice president of the Mission CISD school board, was arrested Monday afternoon.

According to a Mission Police spokesman, Bazaldua has been charged with two counts of theft and two counts of forgery.

Bazaldua, an entrepreneur, was elected to office in 2008.

Mission Consolidated Independent School District  released a statement Monday night emphasizing that Patricia Bazaldua is not an employee of the district.

“Therefore, any criminal charges filed against her are a matter for the full board to address once a final determination is made regarding allegations or charges against Ms. Bazaldua,” reads the statement. “Mission CISD will continue to focus on providing its students with educational opportunities in order to prepare them for college and careers.”


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