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Mission City Council concerned about mayor’s letter to Mazatlan, requests new rules for official communication

Amid concern about a letter Mayor Armando “Doc” O’caña sent to his counterpart in Mazatlan, Mexico, the Mission City Council voted Monday to create a formal system for official communication. The City Council asked City Attorney Gus Martinez to create a system for reviewing and approving official communication. “Essentially, what that means is: That if…

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La Joya City Council abruptly fires city manager

The La Joya City Council abruptly fired City Manager Jacqueline Bazan on Tuesday. Former Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas and the City Council hired Bazan in 2019. Her two-year employment contract expired in July. “Two years have come and gone,” said Mayor Isidro Casanova, who replaced Fito Salinas in December 2019. “Opportunities were given. And…

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Mission Public Works director accepts top job at Agua SUD

The Agua Special Utility District hired a new general manager on Monday. After meeting with three applicants, the utility board selected Mission Public Works Director Roberto J. Salinas for the job. “He was the most qualified,” said utility board President Homer Tijerina. The utility board agreed — and voted 6-0 to make Salinas the general…

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Former medical assistant who accepted bribes sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison

A federal judge sentenced a former medical assistant to two-and-half years in prison Thursday for smuggling marijuana into the East Hidalgo Detention Center. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Veronica Ortega, 45, of McAllen to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. In exchange for cash, Ortega provided inmates with marijuana.…

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Alabama National Guard soldier caught with 1 kilogram of cocaine during sting operation

Homeland Security Investigations caught an Alabama National Guard soldier with a kilogram of cocaine on Monday, according to the criminal complaint against him. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, arrested Derrick Terelle Sankey, 21, of Montgomery, Alabama, after conducting an undercover operation. Sankey and other Alabama National Guard…

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