Delay in local shooting case

BROWNSVILLE — A judge has pushed back the trial of the father of San Benito City Commissioner Carol Lynn Sanchez’s children, who is accused...

Rio Grande Valley culture inspires legacy alum’s first novel

By Priscilla Ramirez, Special to the Star Experts say to write about what you know. So Rubén Degollado has done just that. Degollado, an alumnus of...

County celebrates completion of structural components of courthouse

Hidalgo County celebrated the completion of the structural components of its new courthouse with a topping off ceremony Tuesday, with representatives from construction manager-at-risk Morganti Texas Inc. noting that the project was 50% complete and on track to be finished on schedule. Construction workers, county officials and guests had the opportunity to sign the final beam for the project before it was hoisted to the top of the building and added to the structure. Read the full story at

Zamora Quezada convicted on multiple counts of healthcare fraud; wife acquitted

A jury found Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada guilty of healthcare fraud Wednesday following a month-long trial during which the government presented evidence alleging he intentionally misdiagnosed patients for profit. The Edinburg-based rheumatologist was convicted of counts 1 through 11 of the superseding indictment, with the exception of count 5, in which he was found not guilty, and count 10, which was dismissed before the start of deliberations. Read the full story at

Convict in ‘Edinburg Massacre’ successfully has state appeal re-opened

A 40-year-old San Juan man who has spent 15 years on death row for his role in one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most heinous crimes is coming back to Hidalgo County. A federal magistrate judge ruled Monday that Rodolfo Alvarez Medrano’s capital murder case must be re-opened in state court so that the man can challenge the state’s “gang expert,” who has since been stripped of his law enforcement license after being convicted of abuse of official capacity and being arrested for having oral sex with a woman in custody for robbery. Medrano was sentenced to death in 2005 for his role in the “Edinburg Massacre” where multiple men in 2003 stormed two rural homes and shot six men to death while attempting to steal money and drugs. Read the full story at

Ex-Edinburg city manager charged with assault

Former Edinburg City Manager Juan Guerra has now turned himself in to local police after defending himself against accusations of assault from his former fiance, Miriam Cepeda. Read the full story at

Airport banking on extending main runway to 9,300 feet

HARLINGEN — When it comes to airport runways, longer is definitely better. Valley International Airport officials are waiting for their plan to create the longest...

Sheriff’s office arrests 17-year-old suspect in Donna Lakes shooting death

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a Donna teenager. Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra announced via Twitter that sheriff’s investigators had arrested 17-year-old Carlos Julian Contreras of Alamo for the shooting death of 18-year-old Genaro Isaiah Castillo, which is being investigated as a murder. Castillo’s body was discovered Tuesday on a caliche road near a sugarcane field off of Valley View Road in the Donna Lakes area. Guerra said that his office received a 9-1-1 call at around 5:47 p.m. from a farmer reporting that one of his field workers found Castillo’s body. Read the full story at

Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez is announced as Mr. Amigo 2019

  Legendary boxing icon Julio Cesar Chavez was announced as Mr. Amigo 2019 Wednesday at the ITEC Center in Brownsville in front of an audience...

BISD, Castro part ways

By unanimous vote Tuesday night the Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees accepted former trustee Erasmo Castro’s resignation and asked Castro to leave...