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Michael Rodriguez is the deputy editor for The Monitor. He can be reached at mrodriguez@themonitor.com or at (956) 683-4439.

Edinburg police rescue man threatening to jump from crane

EDINBURG — A man threatening to jump from a crane at the Hidalgo County Courthouse job site at 100 North Closner Blvd. was safely escorted down by local police officers Wednesday evening. Officer Trisha Wattigny with the department said the individual, an 18-year-old male, dialed 9-1-1 at 8:24 p.m. after climbing to the top of the crane. “He was planning on jumping — suicidal. Although when he got there he had second thoughts, called 9-1-1, said he was going to jump,” Wattigny said. According to Wattigny, the department then sent officers to the location and contacted the Edinburg Fire Department and Morganti Construction. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Selena tribute singer released from ICE custody after arrest at Harlingen airport

Karol Posadas, singer of the Selena tribute band Anything for Salinas, has been released from federal custody after being held in an ICE detention...

Edinburg PD event widens support for domestic violence victims; fire chief shares personal account

The entrance of the Edinburg Police Department was awash in the red and blue lights of police cars and firetrucks Wednesday night as members of the public holding purple balloons and electric candles gathered to hear speeches from domestic violence survivors and support organizations at the agency’s Domestic Violence Awareness Walk. After hearing from the event’s speakers, the crowd embarked on a mile-long walk to the county courthouse. Police Chief Cesar Torres says it was the first time the department has hosted the event. “We’ve never done it before, so I’m very amazed by our turnout,” he said. Torres says the event was meant to serve several purposes. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Starr Co. outsources capital murder cases

Burdened by the cost of a recent capital murder case, Starr County will be partnering with Lubbock County which will represent Starr County’s indigent defendants in capital murder cases. For the defense of Jesus Angel Rebollar, who was convicted on two counts of capital murder earlier this month, the county spent an estimated $200,000 — about $50,000 in attorney’s fees and $150,000 that the county had to deposit in an escrow account. “Capital murders are very expensive,” Starr County Judge Eloy Vera said during Commissioners Court on Tuesday, pointing out the county had two other capital murder cases that are expected to go to trial. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Sen. Cornyn assures federal reimbursement coming soon for McAllen’s migrant aid costs

Walking through a warehouse in Weslaco on Monday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn turned to McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and asked the same question officials at city hall have been asking for years: When will the city receive its federal reimbursement? McAllen officials submitted a request last month to the federal government in hopes of receiving reimbursement for a chunk of the money the city has spent to assist Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in caring for asylum-seeking migrants who are dropped off by federal authorities in downtown McAllen. After all, Catholic Charities has already received $601,557.88, which Cornyn praised on Friday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey named 2019 Border Texan of the Year

President Guy Bailey of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday was named the 2019 Border Texan of the Year, a prestigious annual recognition that has been awarded to the likes of former Texas Gov. George W. Bush, H-E-B owner Charles C. Butt and late U.S. Rep. Kika De La Garza. Read the full story on themonitor.com.

Seven in custody after robbery attempt at La Plaza Mall

Updated at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, July 28McALLEN — A robbery attempt at a local jewelry store here inside La Plaza Mall has ended with...

Grandpa’s promise fulfilled for man with cerebral palsy

HARLINGEN — It was 17 years in the making for 22-year-old Dominik Torres. On May 2, he waited impatiently at the Union Pacific Rail...

Alamo municipal judge sues city

ALAMO — The municipal court judge here filed a lawsuit against the city for what she alleges are false accusations made against her to...

Valley resident in Mexico D.F. describes monster quake

McALLEN — It was just before midnight on Thursday when McAllen businessman Adrian A. Arriaga awoke to his bed trembling and the eerie sound...