Molly Smith

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Molly Smith covers public safety and the Hidalgo County District Courthouse for The Monitor. She can be reached at msmith@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4437.

Police union seeks investigation into misuse of funds by assistant chief

EDINBURG — The police union here voted Thursday to investigate an assistant police chief for allegedly purchasing Jennifer Lopez concert tickets with the union’s...

Pharr woman arrested after 33 dead dogs found in U-Haul

PHARR — A traffic stop on a U-Haul truck last week resulted in a gruesome discovery: 33 dead dogs inside the truck's cargo area. The...

Hidalgo County confirms 39 mumps cases; more expected

MCALLEN — Hidalgo County is seeing a “second wave” of confirmed mumps case that brings the total to 39, the county announced Tuesday, making this...

Recall petition hits snag

EDINBURG — A resident seeking to bring a recall election against Mayor Richard Molina is in limbo after the city determined it has no...

Mission teacher charged with improper relationship

MISSION — A teacher who was placed on leave following accusations of having a relationship with an underage student turned herself in to police...

Man charged after child struck by car, killed

PHARR — Brandon Adame was arraigned here Saturday on one count of injury to a child after police allege he fatally struck a child...

‘Rosie’s Law’: Providing Medicaid-paid abortions honors McAllen woman

McALLEN — A small group of reproductive rights activists stood in front of city hall here Thursday morning, each clutching a single pink rose...

‘Rosie’s Law’

McALLEN — A small group of reproductive rights activists stood in front of city hall here Thursday morning, each clutching a single pink rose...

Former ICE attorney working in Valley to reunite families

Peña wrote of her fear that in the wake of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, children would be deported to Central America without...

FEMA disaster assistance application deadline imminent

Home and business owners affected by June storms, which flooded large parts of the Rio Grande Valley, have only a few more days to...