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.

PSJA ISD paraprofessional fired amid sexual assault allegations

A high school paraprofessional was terminated earlier this month by the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district days prior to his arrest for sexual assault of...

Three arrested in Hidalgo runoff voter fraud investigation

EDINBURG — The wife of a Hidalgo school board trustee and two other women were arrested this week on voter fraud charges tied to...

U.S., Mexico officials launch campaign on info sharing

HIDALGO — Border Patrol leadership and the governor of Tamaulipas stood feet from the U.S.-Mexico border here Thursday to announce the launch of what...

Judge denies bondsman’s request for new forfeiture trial

EDINBURG — A county court-at-law judge denied a local bondsman’s request for a new trial Monday, leaving the bondsman with two options, both of...

Bondsman in Guerrero case to argue for new trial

EDINBURG — The attorney for a bondsman facing a forfeited $50,000 bond will appear in court Monday to argue why his client should receive...

McAllen police investigating credit card skimming scheme

McALLEN — Two Cuban nationals were arrested late last month for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from McAllen residents by planting credit card skimming...

Dilemma of EMS transports at border checkpoints

EDINBURG — Ten thousand vehicles pass through the Falfurrias checkpoint every day, most of them personal vehicles, commuter buses and commercial tractor trailers.While not...

House subcommittee approves 100 new immigration judges

A subcommittee of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the hiring of 100 new immigration judges today in the 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations...

Family of cyclist killed in McAllen sues driver in fatal collision

EDINBURG — The family of an avid cyclist who was killed in an accident earlier this year filed a wrongful death lawsuit with the...

IDEA Public Schools bus driver faces child abuse charges

A local charter school bus driver was arrested last week for allegedly sexually abusing at least three children he drove to school.Jose Luis Garza,...