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

Justice delayed Info requests reveal DPS crime lab backlog exceeds 2,500 cases

The Texas Department of Public Safety recognizes that its crime lab system across the state has been unable to meet the demands of the...

McAllen seeks AG ruling on reports detailing suicide

The city of McAllen is asking the Texas Attorney General to determine whether it must release police reports detailing the public suicide of a...

McAllen seeks AG ruling on reports detailing suicide

The city of McAllen is asking the Texas Attorney General to determine whether it must release police reports detailing the public suicide of a man down the street from McAllen High School that occurred as authorities tried to arrest him on a charge of online solicitation of a minor. Antonio Eloy Cruz, a 25-year-old Brownsville resident enrolled at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sept. 25 after he arrived at the La Vista Apartments to have sex with someone he thought was a minor, according to authorities. As police approached Cruz, he ran back to his vehicle and tried to open its door before pulling out a handgun from a holster, firing two shots in the air and then fatally shooting himself on the right side of the head sometime after 4:07 p.m. that day, according to a press release. Read more at the monitor.com.

Attorney: DNA proves woman didn’t cast illegal vote in Starr County

The attorney for a former Starr County District Attorney’s Office employee accused of illegal voting is asking a judge to toss the case because...

McAllen police ID man who shot himself before arrest

McAllen police arrested at least one other man on charges of online solicitation of minor at an apartment complex where a Brownsville man shot...

DA’s Office weighing death penalty in Trooper Sanchez case

The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office will be meeting with the family of late Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Moises Sanchez to talk about whether to pursue the death penalty for the man accused of shooting the trooper. “Our office has tentatively decided how they want to handle this case, but is meeting with Mr. Sanchez’s wife and family before the decision is made official,” Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez said. He said he could not comment further on the case. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Valley man connected to Harlingen law firm arrested for barratry

The Texas Rangers on Tuesday arrested a paralegal who works for a Harlingen-based law firm which specializes in personal injury litigation stemming from auto...

Man gets 14 years for role in La Plaza mall robbery

EDINBURG — A Mexico City man who says he was coerced into participating in the La Plaza Mall robbery last summer was sentenced Thursday...

Fatal hit-and-run driver sentenced for motorcyclist’s death

Adrian Segovia wants the man responsible for hitting and killing his brother to remember one thing as he heads to prison for 14 years. “I just want you to remember his name,” Adrian said. “Pedro Segovia.” During a tearful hearing Tuesday morning, members of Pedro’s family addressed 67-year-old Edinburg resident Francisco Vanegas, who held his head down as he listened to several family members after learning his sentence. Vanegas, who was shackled as he stood in front of state District Judge Fernando Mancias, entered a guilty plea to accident involving death on July 10, a week shy of the third anniversary of Pedro’s death. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg, Pharr men arraigned on Medicaid fraud charges

EDINBURG — Two men accused of defrauding Texas Medicaid nearly a decade ago entered not guilty pleas to charges of fraud Monday morning. Edinburg resident...