Mark Reagan

Mark Reagan is a reporter for The Monitor. He can be reached at or at (956) 683-4437.

Sheriff: Jail taking steps to prevent COVID-19 from taking hold

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has released nearly 400 low-level non-violent inmates and is prohibiting visitors, among other efforts, to keep COVID-19 out of...

Records: 18-year-old shot in face; juvenile witnesses shooting

The lifeless body of 18-year-old Angel Gonzalez had laid in the street for nearly nine hours after Edinburg police allege two teens shot him during a drug deal, according to probable cause affidavits. The shooting happened at 2:30 a.m. on March 23, according to Edinburg police, who later arrested Tanner Charles Dickerson-Rodriguez, 19, and Ryan Jet Rodriguez, 17. Edinburg police discovered Gonzalez's body with gunshot wounds to the face in the 1000 block of Esperanza Street, police said on Monday. Read the full story at

Hidalgo County asks for AG opinion on COVID-19 public info request

Hidalgo County has requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General's office on whether it has to release communications about COVID-19 to The Monitor after the newspaper sought the information through a Texas Public Information Act. The newspaper filed the request in an effort to learn more about the county's response to and in preparation for COVID-19. In the last week, closures and postponements have swelled across the county. People have been sent home from work and some businesses have been ordered to close doors. Read the full story at

RGV reps. respond to suspension of Census field operations

The Rio Grande Valley's congressional delegates in Washington both expressed concern about the two-week postponement of Census field operations and its impact on hard-to-count communities, such as Hidalgo and Cameron counties. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham made the announcement last week, saying in a press reelase that field operations are suspended to April 1, though most field operations don't begin until May. "The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions," Dillingham said in the release. Read the full story at

Email: All UTRGV classes to be offered online starting Monday, staff to telecommute

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is transitioning to become a "telecommuting workforce" in response to COVID-19. In an email sent to employees Friday afternoon that was obtained by The Monitor, UTRGV President Guy Bailey said Governor Greg Abbott directed government entities, including universities, to remain open, to ask for essential employees to report to work and, where feasible, to encourge employees to work from home or other remote sites. Read the full story at

Docs: Mother identified son who died, murder suspect at crime scene

San Juan detectives believe a 38-year-old man shot and killed a 27-year-old man last Thursday after becoming upset when he saw the man hug the suspect's ex-girlfriend. The allegation is levied in probable cause affidavits for the arrest of San Juan resident Jacob Arroyo, who is charged with murder and aggravated assault. He remains jailed on $1 million in bonds, according to jail records. Read the full story at

Judge addresses family behavior during intox manslaughter hearings

EDINBURG — State District Judge Keno Vasquez on Wednesday gave a “final warning” to representatives of a man accused of a fatal drunk driving...

Child sex case remanded to state court after hard drive damaged

An appeals court has sent the case of a 22-year-old McAllen man back to the 92nd state District Court after learning a hard drive containing notes was dropped and damaged, making it impossible for a court reporter to provide a transcript. The 13th Court of Appeals made the ruling Tuesday in the case of Eddie Guadalupe Rodriguez, who is serving a 12-year prison term for assaulting two minors at a municipal swimming pool in 2014. The offenses occurred at the South Park swimming pool in Edinburg. Read the full story at

Case against former sheriff’s commander turned over to DA

The credit card abuse and forgery case against a former Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office commander who is a federal convict is in the hands of the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office. An unopposed motion for a continuance filed Monday in federal supervised release revocations proceedings against Jose “Joe” Padilla asks for his hearing to be delayed so that he can see whether the 10 counts of credit card abuse and three counts of forgery financial instrument could be adjudicated or dismissed. “Jose Padilla seeks to continue this hearing because The Pharr Police Department just recently submitted its investigative file over to Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office,” the motion stated. “The decision to indict or not against Mr. Padilla has not been presented to a grand jury.” Read the full story at

Border Patrol arrests 24 people near wildlife refuge

Border Patrol arrested 24 undocumented immigrants and charged two people in the country illegally with smuggling charges after spotting the group walking north Saturday on the eastern edge of the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Mexican citizens Rafael Guerrero-Lorenzo, born in 1992, and Tomas Garcia-Padilla, born in 1991, waived detention and probable cause hearings scheduled in their case for Wednesday. The men are facing federal charges for attempting to transport undocumented immigrants. Read the full story at