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Donna teen sentenced to 50 years in restaurant murder

A man who was 16 when he stabbed 69-year-old Arturo Hermes Hernandez 11 times, killing the man, entered a guilty plea Monday to charges of murder and attempted capital murder. State District Judge Letty Lopez sentenced Pedro Gaspar Rocha, now 17, to 50 years in prison. Rocha, who agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a capital murder charge, declined to address the court at sentencing. Rocha broke into Pollos y Costillas Asadas Estilo Veracruz in rural Donna at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 13. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hotel bribery case on hold; Attorney might have a conflict of interest

The federal bribery case against a McAllen hotelier is on hold pending concerns that his defense attorney may have a conflict of interest in continuing to represent him. Hotel owner and operator Sunil Wadhwani appeared in federal court Monday afternoon for what should have been a final pretrial conference before jury selection was slated to begin Tuesday; however, the case was temporarily derailed after federal prosecutors raised conflict concerns regarding Wadhwani’s attorney, Michael Wynne. The issue superseded several others that could also have resulted in delays, including motions by the government to declare the case complex and to seek a continuance. Though the government’s motions remain under seal, some of their details came to light via responses Wynne filed Monday morning in opposition to the government’s efforts. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mercedes activist alleges arrest fueled by political retaliation

A community activist is saying his arrest here Tuesday evening was fueled by political retaliation in response to his criticism of the Mercedes city commission. Israel Coronado — a prominent and vocal fixture of Mercedes meetings — was arrested here shortly after he left city hall and while the commission was still in session. Speaking just hours after he made an initial appearance before a judge and posted bond Wednesday, Coronado said he felt targeted and “hunted down.” “This was definitely a political attack. I have been very vocal against the mayor, the mayor pro-tem, as well as the chief of police, where I have pointed out many of the deficiencies that keep happening left and right in our town,” Coronado said of his arrest. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

EDITORIAL: Rio Grande Valley cities right in helping meet migrants’ needs

The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to release possibly 5,600 immigrants, many of them complete families, across the Rio Grande Valley. The...

Weslaco businessman arrested in bribery scheme tied to water plant

BY BERENICE GARCIA | STAFF WRITER McALLEN — Ricardo “Rick” Quintanilla, a Weslaco businessman, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday evening in connection with...

Feds detail multi-million dollar water plant bribery scheme entangling Weslaco officials

BY BERENICE GARCIA | STAFF WRITER Speculation over whether Weslaco city commissioners were involved in an alleged bribery scheme involving the city’s $38 million overhaul...

Resignation automatic for judge who pleaded guilty to Weslaco water plant bribery

BY BERENICE GARCIA | STAFF WRITER Following his guilty plea to federal bribery charges, Rio Grande City Municipal Judge Leo Lopez Jr. will not be...

RGC judge pleads guilty in Weslaco water plant bribery case

BY BERENICE GARCIA | STAFF WRITER Rio Grande City Municipal Judge Leonel Lopez Jr. pleaded guilty last week to a bribery charge in connection with...

Weslaco school’s support for veterans earns Purple Heart distinction

BY JOHN HOANG | STAFF WRITER WESLACO — A school here has received the Purple Heart School distinction recognizing the campus’ dedication to veterans and...

COMMENTARY: Rep. Vela: Fight the president’s land grab on border

U.S. REP. FILEMON VELA | SPECIAL TO MVTC Last week, President Donald Trump stood in the Rose Garden, declared a national emergency on our country’s southern...