Former police chief wins La Joya runoff election, ousts mayor

Former police Chief Isidro Casanova crushed Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas during the La Joya City Commission runoff election Tuesday. Casanova — who campaigned with Agua Special Utility District board member Roger Hernandez and real estate agent Laura Mendiola Macias as “We are La Joya” — won nearly 61 percent of 1,500 ballots cast during…

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Fueled by Facebook posts, La Joya runoff election turns negative

In May, a La Joya Police Department investigator approached state District Judge Luis Singleterry with a search warrant. A pseudonymous author writing under the name “Benito Camela” had spent the past few months attacking the Salinas family — Jose A. “Fito” Salinas, the mayor of La Joya; his wife, City Commissioner Mary Salinas; and their…

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Records show La Joya approved two-year contract with police chief

The La Joya City Commission approved a two-year employment contract with police Chief Adolfo Arriaga in October — and kept the details secret for nearly two months. Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas, who is running for re-election with Chief Arriaga’s wife, Dalia, signed the contract on Oct. 8. La Joya agreed to employ Chief Arriaga…

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Federal judge approves temporary restraining order, stops construction on private border wall

At the request of the federal government, a judge on Thursday temporarily stopped a construction company from building a privately owned border wall south of Mission. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane approved a temporary restraining order against North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, which plans to build more than 3 miles of privately owned border wall near Madero.…

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Mission CISD will pay $20,000 to settle federal lawsuit

The Mission Consolidated Independent School District will pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former student who claims she was sexually assaulted by a classmate. The former student — a woman with a “severe disability,” according to court records, which identify her by the pseudonym “Jane Doe” — and her mother filed the…

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Voters return to the polls for La Joya runoff election

Voters returned to La Joya City Hall on Monday for a runoff election that pits the mayor against the former police chief. When the polls closed Monday night, 342 people had cast ballots — more than 10 percent of the registered voters in La Joya, according to preliminary data released by the Hidalgo County Elections…

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La Joya ISD terminates agreement with nonprofit

This article originally appeared in the Friday Nov. 22, 2019 issue of the Progress Times. The La Joya school board terminated a partnership with a nonprofit organization last week after trustees determined the district — not the nonprofit organization — should feed students after school. RGV Read and Feed, a local nonprofit organization, provides free…

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Mission approves 2-year agreement with ‘Live PD’

The Mission City Council approved a two-year agreement with the production company behind the A&E television show “Live PD” on Monday. Mayor Armando “Doc” O’caña and the City Council unanimously approved the agreement with Big Fish Entertainment on Monday afternoon, extending the contract until July 31, 2020. “I think, in general, this program has been…

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Mission lawyer arrested on drug charge

This article originally appeared in the Friday Nov. 8, 2019 issue of the Progress Times. Officers arrested a Mission attorney last week after they caught her with nitrous oxide cartridges and a “half burnt cigar filled with marihuana,” according to court records. The Mission Police Department arrested Krystal Starowitz, 27, of Mission — a municipal…

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Attorneys hold going-away party for disgraced former state District Judge Rudy Delgado

Attorneys, judges and lawmakers attended a “get together” Tuesday for Rudy Delgado, the former state district judge convicted on bribery and obstruction of justice charges. Members of the Hidalgo County legal community packed the bar at Don Pepe’s Cantina in McAllen on Tuesday night, when Delgado joined them for drinks. “I don’t think lawyers and…

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