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DEA arrests Donna police sergeant on drug charges

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested a Donna police sergeant on Tuesday after a four-month investigation. The DEA arrested Donna police Sgt. Alejandro Martinez on drug charges Tuesday morning, said Richard Sanchez, the assistant special agent in charge of the McAllen Office. The DEA also arrested a man named Victor Vallejo. “And we anticipate additional…

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City of Mission called out for violating their ordinance

“This article first appeared in the April 30 issue of the Progress Times.” When the City of Mission released butterflies during their National Crime Victims’ Rights ceremony last week, they broke their own city ordinance. Mission, which is home to the Texas Butterfly Festival and the National Butterfly Center, signed Ordinance 4158 into law in…

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McAllen mayoral election heads to runoff between Commissioner Villalobos and Commissioner Vela Whitacre

The five-way race for mayor of McAllen will head to a runoff between City Commissioner Javier Villalobos and City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre. About 26% of voters supported Villalobos, who placed first among the five candidates, according to preliminary results announced by the city of McAllen on Saturday. Vela Whitacre placed second with support from…

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Mission PD hosts National Crime Victims’ Walk and Ceremony

The Mission police department held a remembrance walk and ceremony for victims of crime and their family members on Thursday. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is from April 18th-24th. It’s a week for those affected to show support for one another and gain support and resources from their community. This year it was held at…

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Mission woman pleads not guilty to theft

A woman accused of scamming people in western Hidalgo County pleaded not guilty to theft Wednesday. Sylvia Rodriguez Flores, 49, of Mission pleaded not guilty to theft during a hearing Wednesday morning before state District Judge Marla Cuellar. During the hearing, the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office informed Cuellar that another theft case against Flores…

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La Joya ISD authorizes feasibility study on ‘clean technology’

The La Joya school board plans to study the costs and benefits of installing ultraviolet disinfection technology in school ventilation systems. During a school board meeting on Wednesday, trustees authorized Indiana-based Performance Services Inc. to conduct a feasibility study on “clean technology,” including ultraviolet disinfection systems that kill viruses and bacteria. School board President Oscar…

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Questions linger after federal agents search McAllen law office

A week after federal agents searched a McAllen law office, the focus of their investigation remains a mystery. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at attorney Eric Jarvis’ office on April 22. News about the search rocketed through the legal community — and left many attorneys stunned. “I’ve known Eric a long…

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