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Mission mayoral race heads to runoff between Mayor O’caña, Councilwoman Gonzalez Garza

The four-way race for mayor of Mission will head to a runoff between City Councilwoman Norie Gonzalez Garza and Mayor Armando “Doc” O’caña. Gonzalez Garza received nearly 37% of 7,576 ballots cast during the mayoral election, according to preliminary results published by the Hidalgo County Elections Department on Saturday night. “I just think that our…

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La Joya school board trustee pleads guilty to extortion charge in western Hidalgo County corruption case

La Joya school board Trustee Oscar “Coach” Salinas pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge Thursday, when he confessed to shaking down an engineering firm and threatening to cancel an insurance contract for political reasons. Oscar “Coach” Salinas, 52, of Sullivan City — an influential player in western Hidalgo County politics — pleaded guilty Thursday…

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Exclusive: Mission CISD received federal grand jury subpoena

The Mission Consolidated Independent School District received a federal grand jury subpoena in June for records on Performance Services Inc., an Indiana-based company that specializes in energy savings contracts. Issued on June 1, the subpoena instructed Mission CISD to provide the FBI with audits, documents reviewed by the school board and other records. “Mission CISD…

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Exclusive: Grand jury subpoena requested documents on mayors and judges in western Hidalgo County

The city of Peñitas received a federal grand jury subpoena in May for information on mayors, judges and other politicians from western Hidalgo County. FBI agents hand-delivered the subpoena to Peñitas City Hall on May 20.   The subpoena requested information on La Joya school board President Oscar “Coach” Salinas, Mission Mayor Armando “Doc” O’caña,…

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2 men charged with bribing Border Patrol agent

Two men bribed a U.S. Border Patrol agent to allow unauthorized migrants through the Falfurrias checkpoint, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Edwin Alejandro Castillo, 22, of Sullivan City and Jose Luis Duran, 25, of Mission paid the Border Patrol agent $2,000 on June 11, according to the indictment. Three days later, they participated in…

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Border Patrol agent charged with drug trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent Friday after conducting a sting operation at the Falfurrias checkpoint. Border Patrol Agent Oberlin Cortez Peña Jr., 22, of La Joya told an informant how to trick drug-sniffing dogs and hide cocaine, according to the criminal complaint against him.…

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