Mexican citizen expected to plead to growing pot

One of two Mexican citizens accused of running a marijuana farm in Willacy County – one of the largest such operations in this part of South Texas – is expected to enter a plea to the offense he and another man were charged with. Miguel Echevarria-Guizar, 21, is scheduled to appear before a jugde Thursday in federal court in Brownsville. […]

County projects on hold due to poor financial situation

Developing the 90-plus acres the county bought east of Raymondville and restoring the old courthouse are two projects sent to the back burner in light of the financial situation Willacy County faces today. The land east of town was bought in 2011 for nearly $800,000 with the idea of building a center to hold big events such as concerts, a […]

Woman who accused police detective of assault arrested

A local woman who claims a police detective assaulted her was arrested Monday for disorderly conduct, authorities said. Karen Rose-Ann Conely Rahouni was cited for disorderly conduct after she was reportedly yelling and using profane language at the manager of La Luz Apartments where she has been living. The 46-year-old woman logged a complaint against Andres Maldonado for allegedly assaulting […]


Life’s truths - Part 1

The older I get, the more I know that I didn’t know what I thought I used to know back when I knew it all. As hum- bling as it is to not be the know-it-all I once thought I was, I have acquired bits of information and logic along the way that can be loosely characterized as knowledge. I […]


Texas cities lead census in growth

DALLAS ( AP) – Two Texas cities are among the top five fasted-growing cities by percentage growth in the past year. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the Austin- Round Rock area in Texas is the nation’s third-fastest growing metropolitan area at 3 percent, followed by fourth- place Odessa, Texas, at 2.9 percent. Texas snagged the top spots in both numerical […]

Behind the Badge

He is risen!

I’m sitting here ready to write an Easter column, but I find myself not able to write the normal stories of Easter bunnies and family time together, Easter egg hunts and Easter bonnets and parades Although I believe the holy week of Easter should have a special meaning for us, I believe we have travelled far from its meaning and […]

Former Hidalgo County deputy faces bribery charges

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) – A grand jury has indicted a former Hidalgo County sheriffs deputy on bribery charges. Court records show 39- year-old Michael Lee Serrano of Mercedes is charged with intentionally and knowingly soliciting and agreeing to accept a benefit. Serrano is accused of soliciting sexual contact from a woman in January 2014 in exchange for his help in […]

Arlington woman charged with 10 bank robberies

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Prosecutors say a woman suspected of as many as 10 North Texas bank robberies had notes in her vehicle saying “This is a robbery.” Dana Campbell of Arlington appeared Friday in federal court in Fort Worth. She’s held pending a detention hearing next week. Campbell was arrested Monday following an Arlington traffic stop. Police determined […]