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Preliminary autopsy shows cause of death in RGC house fire

The Starr County Sheriff’s Office says the 82-year-old woman found dead after a Rio Grande City house fire this weekend died from asphyxiation by monoxide poisoning. Bartola Davila was declared dead just after 5 a.m. on Jan. 4, according to a news release. The fire, which began at around 1:12 a.m. on Palm St. in Las Lomas, a subdivision east of Rio Grande City, is being handled as a homicide. After responding to the home, family told deputies that everyone except Davila managed to escape. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

ESPN report: Cowboys, Garrett to part ways

ESPN reported Thursday evening that Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones have decided that Jason Garrett will no longer be coach of the Dallas Cowboys....

Edinburg police nab suspect in stabbing death

EDINBURG — Police here have arrested the suspect believed responsible for the murder of a 44-year-old man on Wednesday. The Edinburg Police Department announced Thursday that Ramiro Escobar, 31, has been arrested in the murder of Miguel Adrian Ramirez Alonzo, 44. Alonzo was stabbed several times Wednesday morning at 1200 N. First Ave. at the Lantana Apartment complex. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. According to a news release, the motive for the murder is still under investigation.  Escobar will be charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and faces five to 99 years in prison as well as a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted. Investigators continue to look for persons of interest or anyone who may have more information pertaining to the crime. Edinburg police are asking the public to contact them at (956) 289-7700. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Edinburg Crime Stoppers at (956) 383-8477.

DPS searching for potential vehicle involved in Palmview fatal hit and run

The Texas Department of Public Safety is searching for a sedan investigators believe may have been involved in a hit-and-run that claimed one man’s life here Wednesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Masked man robs Elsa Whataburger

The Elsa Police Department is looking for a masked man who robbed a Whataburger at 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning. In a Facebook post, Elsa police say the man entered the restaurant at 100 E. Highway 107 with a black shotgun while demanding money. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Pharr man leads DPS on chase, crashes in McAllen canal

A Pharr man is charged with driving while intoxicated and evading arrest after leading Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on a pursuit early Thursday morning. The chase started just after 5 a.m. when a trooper attempted to pull over 36-year-old Joe Omar Guerrero on 10th Street and Pecan in McAllen, according to a news release. DPS arrested Guerrero after he crashed into a canal.

Car chase ends with driver in custody, 1 on the run

The Texas Department of Public Safety is searching for a man who fled from authorities after a vehicle pursuit Sunday. The pursuit began at 11:24 a.m. and DPS was able to detain a female driver, but a male passenger remains at large. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Weslaco man killed in morning crash

A Weslaco man has died following a single vehicle crash Thursday morning in Mercedes, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release. A black Ford pickup was traveling northbound on FM 1425 at about 11:53 a.m. when the driver of the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into a canal, DPS stated. The driver of the pickup, identified as 53-year-old Homero Herrera, sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Herrera was the only occupant of the vehicle. The crash remains under investigation by DPS.

New details emerge in arrest of former La Joya housing official

The arrest of a former interim executive director of the La Joya Housing Authority earlier this week is tied to the arrest of another housing authority official earlier this year, according to new details that emerged Thursday. Frances A. Salinas, 52, was arrested Monday in San Antonio on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Estrella’s House awarded $50,000 and other resources

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court awarded $50,000 to a nonprofit that advocates for children who have been abused or neglected. Last week, the governing body awarded the grant to Estrella’s House, an extension of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County. “Estrella's House provides a safe haven with a child-friendly, non-institutional environment where young victims are not afraid to tell their story,” the organization’s website stated. Read the full story at themonitor.com.