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.

Multiple Valley DPS offices identified for possible closure

MCALLEN — Some Rio Grande Valley drivers could have to drive to a neighboring county to apply for driver license renewal if a state...

McAllen chief: social media chatter added extra layer in attempted robbery case

McALLEN — Social media was already abuzz with accounts of an emergency situation at La Plaza Mall on July 28, when a local county...

Off-duty officers key in foiling mall heist

McALLEN — The presence of multiple off-duty police officers at La Plaza Mall on Saturday likely led to the quick apprehension of seven men...

Third arrest made in Alamo security leak investigation

ALAMO — Police here made another arrest Wednesday night in an ongoing investigation into an alleged security leak that put sensitive narcotics information into...

Groups unite over human trafficking

PHARR — While the Rio Grande Valley’s status as a major smuggling corridor is no secret, law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations are working...

Alamo executive secretary accused of leaking sensitive police info to drug traffickers

Updated 3:35 p.m.ALAMO — The executive secretary for the city of Alamo was arrested Thursday night for engaging in organized criminal activity after allegedly...

Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño released from federal prison

Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Guadalupe “Lupe” Treviño has been released from a federal prison, six months before his five-year sentence on federal bribery charges...

Pretrial hearing in Olivarez murder pushed back

RIO GRANDE CITY — The final pretrial hearing in the Chayse Olivarez murder has been pushed back to August after a 16-year-old defendant in...

Relative of Tamaulipas governor arrested on bulk cash smuggling charge

The cousin of the Tamaulipas governor’s wife was arrested early Monday morning in San Antonio on a bulk-cash smuggling charge after allegedly attempting to...

Rebuilding hope: Weslaco residents show resilience during recovery efforts

BY MOLLY SMITHSTAFF WRITERWESLACO — From her seat on a folding chair in her front lawn, Blanca Esparza can see an assortment of discarded...