Charge, bond set for suspect in religious vandalism attack

A woman accused in the high-profile vandalizing of religious sites in Hidalgo County was arraigned here Wednesday afternoon. Erica Yme Garza, 38, of McAllen was brought before municipal court Judge Kathleen Henley just before 2 p.m. As she entered the arraignment room, Garza appeared to be upset and shouted at someone outside of the room. Then, as Henley attempted to read the accused her rights, a visibly agitated Garza pointed her finger at the judge while shouting at her. Garza was then escorted out of the room, temporarily interrupting the proceeding. At 2:24 p.m., a much calmer Garza was brought back into the room, and Henley was able to continue with the proceeding. Read the full story at

Hidalgo Co. starts $7.5M rent, mortgage relief program

Hidalgo County commissioners allocated $7.5 million of the coronavirus relief fund to a program that will help struggling residents pay up to two months of rent or mortgage payments.  Commissioners unanimously approved the Mortgage and Rent Relief Program during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.   The program, which was initially going to be called the Homestead Relief Program, will be administered by the Hidalgo County Community Service Agency (CSA). And in order to move it forward, commissioners approved the hiring of 13 additional staff members: eight case study managers, four eligibility workers and an accountant. Read the full story at

Tuesday Morning becomes 5th big retailer to file Chapter 11

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Discount goods retailer Tuesday Morning has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the fifth major retailer...

Starr County attorney seeks to crack down on illegal online raffles

Illegal raffles, loterías and pyramid schemes are the focus of a new effort by the Starr County attorney’s office to prosecute illegal gambling which has been popping up more online as a result of the global pandemic, according to Starr County Attorney Victor Canales. Canales’ office announced they would begin enlisting local law enforcement to help investigate those types of gambling which he said had increased over the past months on Facebook. “Ways of entertainment suddenly popped up, new ways that we hadn’t seen before,” Canales said. “Among them were raffles and the loterías, which is the Mexican version of Bingo, and they were doing it electronically.” Read the full story at

Former La Villa detention center staffer pleads guilty to sex abuse

A former employee of the East Hidalgo Detention Center has pleaded guilty to carrying out a sexual relationship with a detainee housed at the La Villa facility. Brenda Alicia Fuentes, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday afternoon to one count of sex abuse of an inmate after reaching an agreement with federal prosecutors earlier this month. In exchange for her plea, the government has agreed to recommend that the “offense level will decrease by two levels,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Greenbaum said during Fuentes’ rearraignment hearing Tuesday. Read the full story at

5 more plead guilty in drug conspiracy case

Five more co-defendants connected to a 19-person indictment have pleaded guilty to conspiracy, records show. Jose Eduardo Olvera-Guerrero, Maribel Gasser-Castillo, Pedro Enrique Sanchez-Vazquez, Gabriela Salinas and Javier Osorno-Rodriguez all pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy in the case involving drugs, money and weapons, court documents show. Filed Tuesday, the defendants join Jessica Rosas Lopez, Manuel Alonso Solis and Porfirio Luciano-Garcia, as the only other defendants to plead guilty in the multi-indictment case. Lopez, Solis and Luciano-Garcia pleaded guilty earlier in May. Read the full story at

Food distribution continues weekly at Ozanam Center during COVID-19

    A line of vehicles packed with families stretched nearly half a mile down Minnesota Avenue, around the corner, and up Boca Chica Boulevard on...

Local barber offers free haircuts to residents affected by COVID-19

In tight-knit communities such as Brownsville, businesses look for ways in which they can help those who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19...

Lawyers partner in face mask giveaway

SAN BENITO — Hector Castillo of Weslaco rolled into the line of cars on his new remodeled motorcycle. As he entered rumbling, Castillo was wearing...

215 of 537 coronavirus cases active in Hidalgo Co.

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County announced another 21 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday evening, bringing the total for the county to 537. Of those cases, 215...