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Former Jailer Charged For Striking a Detainee

Willacy County(KFXV) — A jailer faces charges for violating the civil rights of a person in custody. 32 year old, former officer, Bobby Vela was arrested for allegedly striking a prisoner several times after an argument between them both. According to the Willacy County Sheriff, after bonding out, Vela resigned from his duty as a Willacy County jailer. The case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers. Recommended: Community Pays Respects to Slain RGC School District Employees Sullivan City Police Chief Resigns amid Criminal...

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Officials Investigate Officer Involved Shooting

Brownsville (KFXV) — Sheriff investigators also looking into an officer involved shooting. They say it happened when they were called out to a domestic violence incident. When deputies arrived at the home on Paredes Road, a man identified as David Garcia tried to run one of them over causing the officer to open fire. Garcia remains at a Brownsville Hospital and will be taken into custody when released and will facing charges for trying to run over the officer and evading arrest. In the meantime, the officer involved is on administrative leave as the Texas Rangers investigate the use...

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Sullivan City Police Chief Resigns amid Criminal Charges

Miguel Angel Martinez has resigned as Sullivan City’s Police Chief amid criminal charges The announcement was made by city officials today, who assure residents that police will continue providing service as they search for a new replacement. Sullivan City Police Department loses yet another police chief. In a statement issued to FOX 2 news, City Manager Judy Davila says 36-year-old Miguel Angel Martinez tendered his letter of resignation, ending nearly 12-years of service with the department. Martinez became chief of police in late 2013, but was indicted by a grand jury over two months ago after Texas Rangers raided...

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Community Pays Respects to Slain RGC School District Employees

School district officials held a memorial ceremony in honor of the victims of Wednesday’s double homicide. Family, friends and district personnel gathered outside the multi-purpose center to remember the two district employees who were found tied up and shot in the head. Oneida Balderas Garza, 44, and Lourdes Luna, 33, were found dead by Garza’s husband Wednesday morning at their home on 263 Ebony Circle, across the street from the Rio Grande high school. Both women worked at the business department. School district officials offered a prayer and their condolences to family members attending the memorial service. Luna’s husband,...

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Donna Inmate Dies in Police Custody

DONNA — Another person dies in the custody of Donna police. This is the second case being investigated by the Texas Rangers this week. According to a statement released by the Donna Police Chief, 28-year-old José Luis Garza was found unconscious in his cell after an attempt to hang himself this morning. Garza was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was arrested for family violence assault at a home located on the 2900 block of Yanez Street. The case will continue to be investigated by the Texas Rangers. Recommended: Donna Man Convicted of...

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Former Priest Arrested for 1960 Murder of McAllen Resident, Irene Garza

A McAllen murder case from 60’s, is back in the spotlight tonight. Former priest, John Feit, was arrested at his Arizona apartment by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department today. Feit is facing murder charges for the 1960 murder of McAllen resident, Irene Garza. Garza, 25-years-old at the time, was found dead in a McAllen canal with signs of sexual assault. Hidalgo County District Attorney, Ricardo Rodriguez says the arrest comes after his office, along with Texas Rangers and McAllen investigators presented the case again to a Grand Jury. The jury came back with an indictment last week, which was...

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15 Arrested in Starr County Tax Office Raid

We begin tonight in Rio Grande City, where the Starr County District Attorney’s office raided the county’s tax collector’s office arresting 15 people including tax assessor Maria del Carmen Pena and six government employees. The arrests are part of two separate 3-year-long investigations by the DA’s office along with seven other agencies including the Texas Rangers and the FBI. Authorities were looking into the theft of over $700,000, acts of bribery and the fraudulent issuance of vehicle registration stickers. “The Starr County auditor noted in 2012 a growing concern about an imbalance of funds at the tax collector’s office....

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Texas Ranger Testifies In Day 3 Of Fmr. Pharr Cop’s Trial

Jurors listened to 10 testimonies in day 3 of trial of a former Pharr police officer, charged with sexual assault of a minor. Twenty-six-year-old Erasmo Mata returned to the 389th court where testimony was heard from a variety of witnesses, including IT techs, forensic analysts and one of the lead investigators from the Texas Rangers, agent Melba Molina. The state continued building their case for the jurors, presenting DNA evidence obtained from clothing along with the agent’s testimony of when she interrogated the alleged victim in November of 2013. The defense drew focus on text messages between the girl...

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Trial Starts For Fmr. Pharr Cop Accused Of Having Sex With Minor

The trial of a former Pharr police officer began today. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 2013. Twenty-six-year-old Erasmo Mata Jr. was present before a 12-member jury that listened to testimony from the alleged victim’s parents and 3 Pharr police officers. The state alleges that Mata had sex with the underage girl while on police duty between July and November of 2013. The defense on the other hand argues that Mata was under the impression that the girl was 17 at the time, providing evidence to the jury, pictures of the alleged victim holding a beer...

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