Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

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Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro covers immigration and federal courts for The Monitor. He can be reached at lzazueta@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4452.

Child porn charge against attorney who died in suicide dismissed

A court dismissed a federal pornography charge for a McAllen attorney who died last week, records show. U.S. Magistrate Juan F. Alanis granted the government’s motion to have the criminal complaint against Francisco “Frank” Enriquez more than a week after he died as a result of jumping from a high-rise property in San Antonio. “It is ordered that the criminal complaint numbered M-19-2665-M against (Enriquez) be dismissed without prejudice,” the court document signed by Alaniz Nov. 19 reads. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Disbarred attorney accused of leaving threatening message on judge’s voicemail

A currently disbarred local attorney faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly threatening a state district judge last month. According to a criminal complaint filed last week, Mark Alberto Cantu, of McAllen, left a voicemail on 332nd state District Judge Mario Ramirez’s office phone line on Oct. 8, stating he would go to federal authorities about his dealings with local attorneys Carlos Guerra and Michael Moore. The probable cause affidavit, which was signed Nov. 14 by Justice of the Peace Jaime “Jerry” Muñoz, stated a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper interviewed Ramirez Nov. 7, during which Ramirez said he felt threatened by a voicemail left by Cantu in which he threatened to go to federal authorities if he signed an order related to Cantu’s civil case against Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ex-state court judge to report to prison

McALLEN — A former judge is expected to report for his first day in federal prison Tuesday to begin his 60-month sentence. After unsuccessfully requesting...

Woman who trusted man named “The Rat,” sentenced on drug import charge

Be careful of trusting a man nicknamed “the rat.” That’s likely the lesson a woman learned in May of this year after she was found with nearly 15 kilos of methamphetamine at a port of entry attempting to enter from Mexico. The 44-year-old woman, a resident of Rio Grande City, was arrested May 29 upon attempting to cross from Mexico at the Rio Grande City port of entry. She claimed that a man agreed to pay her $200 to take a vehicle from Mexico into the U.S. for car repairs — instead port officers found the narcotic hidden within the vehicle. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Attorney: Client facing child porn charge dead from suicide

McAllen attorney Francisco “Frank” Enriquez died Monday after jumping from a high-rise building Monday evening, according to the man’s attorney, Carlos A. Garcia. On Tuesday...

Death penalty off table in Weslaco infant murder

EDINBURG — The state announced Thursday it would not seek the death penalty against a Weslaco man accused of causing the death of his...

January trial set for suspect in Edinburg man’s shooting death

The suspect accused of shooting a 67-year-old man to death will go to trial in late January, records show. Joseph Woodrow Wilson, 26, of St. Peters, Missouri, is scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 27 on a murder charge connected to the shooting death of 67-year-old Glenn Sohl, whose body was found by authorities Feb. 11, records show. Facing life in prison, Wilson was present for a pretrial hearing Thursday, during which his attorney, Ted L. Lopez, and the state, represented by Hidalgo County Assistant District Attorney Alexandria Barrera, asked for the hearing to be reset. The court granted the request. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Weslaco murder suspect seeks bond reduction

A Weslaco man is scheduled to appear in state court Thursday to potentially have his bond reduced in a murder case. Jose Roberto Mena Dominguez, 36, is scheduled to appear before 92nd state District Judge Luis M. Singleterry to request a bond reduction as he currently awaits trial in custody on a more than $2.1 million bond. Dominguez has been in custody since September 2017 after he was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 49-year-old Elsa woman. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Single vehicle crash sends five to local hospitals

The Texas Department of Transportation is investigating a single vehicle crash which occurred today at approximately 10:50 a.m. According to a news release, a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop with a green 2004 Ford Explorer on U.S. 281 north of F.M. 490 over a traffic violation.  The driver of the Ford Explorer initially complied and pulled over, but when the sheriff’s deputy attempted to make contact with the driver, he continued driving.  The Ford was traveling northbound on U.S. 281 when it made a turn-around and began traveling southbound on U.S. 281.  It was at this time the driver reportedly lost control of the Ford Explorer and veered off the roadway before striking a tree. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

New wall waivers would expedite construction in RGV counties

Link to register for waivers: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/31/2019-23725/determination-pursuant-to-section-102-of-the-illegal-immigration-reform-and-immigrant-responsibility BY LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO STAFF WRITER A month after the last set, the Trump administration issued a new set of waivers Thursday for...