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Brownsville man gets 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
Remember the Brownsville man who stole $1.2 million worth of fajitas?Well, the fajita felon has been sentenced to 50 years in prison!
Harlingen Woman Arrested for Bringing Prohibited Substance into Jail
A Harlingen woman is behind bars for bringing a prohibited substance into the county jail. Police say 35-year-old Sandra Lucia Mendoza-Perez came into the jail to drop off a jacket to a man who was incarcerated. When a jailer searched the jacket as part of policy, marijuana was found in the front po
Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas
FILE - Fajita plate (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. Fifty-three-year-old Gilberto Escamilla was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant.
WATCH: Former Mexican Cartel-Linked Governor Claims He Will Secure Border State
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A former governor for the border state of Tamaulipas is currently facing close to a dozen charges in a U.S. court accusing him of drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering. Prosecutors claim the Mexican politician worked with the Gulf, Los Zetas, and Beltran Leyva Car
Two Drivers Killed in Monte Alto Crash
MONTE ALTO - A two vehicle crash left two people dead Saturday. DPS Lieutenant Johnny Hernandez tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the crash happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday, off FM 88, north of Mile 21. He says one vehicle was traveling north, the other south when one of the drivers lost control. Hernandez s
Former Mexican Governor Accused of Federal Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering, Faces Judge
Brownsville, TX - Former Mexican Governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba told U.S. District Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in federal court he didn't have the money to hire an attorney Monday afternoon. Yarrington is back in the U.S. after being extradited from Italy to face 11 charges of racketeering,
Trial to begin in man's death - Brownsville Herald: Premium
Man accused of beating alleged cartel member A man accused of beating another man he believed to be a member of the Gulf Cartel to death with a bat in 2016 is scheduled to go to trial today. Jesus Ruben Vela Jr., 27, is charged with killing 25-year-old Victor Manuel Campos Loo on Aug. 6, 2016. Camer
Alamo woman joins husband in federal prison
San Juanita Garcia, 36, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, who determined she was involved in a conspiracy to move meth despite her claim that she didn’t know drugs were being trafficked.
2 killed in Hidalgo County crash, Texas DPS investigating
Photo from deadly accident. (Source: Texas Department of Public Safety.) Two people are dead following a crash late Saturday night in Hidalgo County. The crash happened on FM 88, north of Mile 21 Road, after 10:15 p.m. Saturday. Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers said a preliminary investiga
"Fajita Bandit" Sentenced to 50 Years for Stealing, Selling $1.2M in Beef
Brownsville, TX - A former juvenile detention center employee was sentenced to 50 years in prison for theft by a public servant. Gilberto Escamilla, the former purchaser for Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, confessed he used taxpayer money to buy fajita meat and sell it for profit. Accor
Lois Riess held without bond, authorities discover two pistols in motel room
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (KMSP)- Lois Riess, the Minnesota fugitive grandmother accused of killing two people was arraigned by South Padre Island Municipal Court Saturday morning.
PHOTOS: Fugitive Cartel-Linked Mexican Governor Enjoyed Life of Luxury
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A former governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico, is finally expected to appear in a U.S. federal court after spending close to five years on the run from U.S. federal authorities. The cartel-connected governor will face a U.S. federal judge for his initial hearing in connection with 11
Pharr Man with Outstanding Warrant for Indecency with a Child Arrested at Progreso Bridge
PROGRESO - A Pharr man is in custody of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office after Customs and Border Protection officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant for indecency with a child. CBP says 55-year-old Raul Rene Villarreal was crossing back on the Progreso International Bridge from Mexico w
First Ever All Inclusive Park In Brownsville Now Open
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - For the first time in Brownsville's history, children with disabilities now have a playground they can call their own. The highly anticipated All Inclusive playground at La Esperanza Park is now in operation. Lawmakers, community leaders, and most of all... the children expresse
'Killer Grandmother' Arrested at South Padre Island
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Lois Ann Riess, 56, was arrested at a local restaurant on South Padre Island on April 19 after a nationwide search. Authorities received a tip from an eyewitness who recognized Riess. Around 8 P.M. officers made contact with Riess, confirmed her identity and conducted a
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with family of Harlingen shooting victims
While the case is still under investigation, the brother of two of the victims is shedding light on what happened that night. A shooting in Harlingen left two dead and 1 injured Wednesday after a seven-hour-long standoff with police. While the case is still under investigation, the brother of two of
Garza ready for stage tonight - Brownsville Herald: Valley
SAN BENITO - Ruben Garza was born July 8, 1948, in Harlingen. As a teenager, he began playing with Conjunto Hermanos Ramos and also jammed with other conjunto artists like Chuy Villegas, Martin Zapata and Issac Villegas. Garza returns to the Rio Grande Valley tonight for a 3rd Thursday Conjunto Nigh
Former county employee sentenced to 50 years for fajita theft
Jason HoekemaDefendant Gilberto Escamilla looks back before the start of a sentencing hearing Friday, April 20, 2018, in the 107th state District Courtroom in Brownsville, Texas. Escamilla entered two pleas of guilty for charges related to the theft of over 1-million dollars of meats he stole and re
Fugitive MN grandmother caught in Texas
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Authorities have arrested fugitive Lois Riess Thursday night on South Padre Island, Texas.
Multi-Vehicle Crash on US 77 Sends 8 to Hospital
NEAR COMBES - Police say heavy smoke from a grassfire caused an accident that tied up traffic on US 77 north of Combes over the weekend. The crash happened Sunday around 5 p.m. near FM 508. A press release issued out Monday by the Combes Police Department says due to low visibility from the smoke, t