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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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Villalobos wins McAllen mayoral election by just 206 votes

McAllen elected a new mayor on Saturday. City Commissioner Javier Villalobos won 51% of the vote during the mayoral runoff election — and defeated City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre by just 206 votes, according to results announced by the City Secretary’s Office on Saturday night. “It was a tight one, so I congratulate my opponent,”…

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Judge sets bond at $75,000 for Peñitas chief of staff

A judge set bond at $75,000 for Peñitas Chief of Staff Andy Morales on Thursday — two days after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested him. During a hearing on Thursday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker set bond at $75,000 with a $3,500 cash deposit. Morales, who is jailed…

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