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Mission offers deferred adjudication deal to former Palmview cop

A former Palmview police corporal accused of drunkenly firing a pistol may be placed on deferred adjudication. The Mission Police Department arrested Palmview police Cpl. Jorge Padron in December, when officers responded to a call about shots fired on the 1500 block of Elm Street. Officers said that Padron, who was off duty and “highly…

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Federal agents execute search warrant at McAllen law office

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at the Villalobos Law Center in McAllen on Thursday. Attorney Javier Villalobos said agents searched an office he rents to attorney Eric Jarvis. At least 10 law enforcement officers visited the Villalobos Law Center on Thursday morning. They left at about 11:30 a.m. Asked why agents…

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Judge approves plan for Pharr to buy Hidalgo County EMS assets

A bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a plan for the city of Pharr to buy the assets of Hidalgo County EMS for $1 million. The city agreed to pay $1 million for Hidalgo County EMS assets, including ambulances and equipment. Pharr will not acquire the company’s debt, liabilities or accounts receivable. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David…

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Former sheriff’s deputy charged with criminal trespass

Officers arrested a former Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputy Saturday in Edinburg. Roberto “Bobby” Rivera — a former sheriff’s deputy — is charged with criminal trespass. After his arrest on Saturday morning, Rivera was released from the city jail and transported to a medical facility. He was booked at the Hidalgo County jail on Wednesday.…

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City council discusses stimulus guidelines

Mission City Council gathered for a workshop on April 14 to discuss the preliminary guidelines for the $24.3 million in recovery funds the city will receive from the U.S. Department of Treasury. Last month President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, providing $1.9 trillion for COVID-19 relief. The U.S Treasury has specific…

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Peñitas plans to catch up on years of long-delayed audits

The city of Peñitas plans to catch up on four years of long-delayed audits by June. Peñitas switched accountants and discovered problems with the 2015-2016 audit, which delayed audits for the next four fiscal years. The City Council finally approved the 2016-2017 audit in February. Audits for the 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 fiscal years should…

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