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Documents reveal Mission suspended 8 police officers after high-speed chase

The Mission Police Department suspended eight officers in March after investigating a high-speed chase that injured an innocent bystander. Officers failed to follow department policy in September, when they chased a Dodge Durango from Mission to San Juan at speeds of up to 125 mph, according to documents released under the Texas Public Information Act.
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Accused rapist arrested at Texas-Mexico border after 18 years on the run

HIDALGO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican citizen at the southern border wanted for rape in Kansas.Law enforcement officials said Roberto Gallardo, 37, was taken into custody at the Hidalgo International Bridge on June 28."CBP Field Operations is always ready to assist our law enforcement partners in locating those persons with outstanding warrants," said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas. "This man will face his day in court thanks to our vigilant officers who screen all travelers entering the United States."Gallardo arrived from Mexico at the bridge and a CBP officer immediately secured him after discovering he was a possible match to an arrest warrant from Ford County Sheriff's Office. He had an outstanding warrant stemming from allegations from an incident in 2004. Gallardo was considered a fugitive ever since, officers said. Rape is a first-degree felony in the State of Kansas.A Hidalgo police officer arrived to take custody of Gallardo and transported him to the county jail to await extradition to Kansas.
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Community comes together after fire destroys home of Donna police officer

Community members are working together to raise money for a Donna police officer and his family after they lost their home in a fire. No one was injured in the Wednesday fire. “Thank God nothing happened to our police officer. His family is OK, he was actually working when his house started burning,” Donna police Chief Gilbert Guerrero said. “The fire department went out there and they tried their best but unfortunately, the house was too long gone. I burned down"

Identities of men killed in fatal rollover released

WESLACO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Texas Department of Public Safety released the identities of the men killed in Wednesday’s fatal rollover crash. Two men died from their injuries in the crash and two others were hospitalized in critical condition. Gabriel Salas Sifuentes, a 29-year-old from Mexico, died at the scene of the crash. Jose Ismael […]

‘Remodeled’ campsites open at Bentsen-RGV State Park

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Newly “remodeled” campsites are now open for reservation at the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. The Texas Parks and Wildlife department at Bentsen-RGV State Park is proudly welcoming visitors to their campsite this summer. According to a social media post, staff at the park have made efforts to enhance the camping […]

Large Travel Center & New Restaurants Coming To Mercedes

The Expressway 83 space near the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets will soon have a major restaurant and fueling stop development as a 12,000-square-foot travel center comes to Mercedes. Waxahachie-based Victron Energy Inc. has broken ground on the development, which will be located on the intersection of the expressway’s frontage...

Retired Florida Largemouth Bass Broodfish Headed to Rio Grande Valley Community Fishing Lakes

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Division will stock several retired Florida largemouth bass broodfish into three Rio Grande Valley community fishing lakes in June. Dean Porter Park Resaca in Brownsville, Town Lake at Fireman’s Park in McAllen and the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Channel in Hidalgo will receive these special fish.

Pet of the Week: Sid Arthur

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Looking to add a new member to the family, or know someone who is? This might be the sign you are looking for. Get to meet this week’s pet of the week, available for adoption:. Trenton Center: 2501 W Trenton Rd. Edinburg, TX 78539....

New Development to Bring Travel Center & Restaurants to Mercedes

Mercedes, TX: One of the nation’s premier fuel distributors will develop and open a 12,000-square-foot travel center in Mercedes – a first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley. Victron Energy, Inc., plans to break ground on the project this summer and open its travel center in...

Wing resturant continues to expand in the RGV

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A local-owned wing restaurant is opening its tenth restaurant in the Valley this week. Since opening its first location in Brownsville in 2010, Wing Barn has expanded to several locations in the Rio Grande Valley. Brownsville, Olmito, McAllen, San Juan, and Weslaco are all home to the now 10 locations. The […]

Mission to install Fitness Court this summer

This article originally ran in the June 3 issue of the Progress Times. Mission will soon add a new attraction to its parks and recreation amenities — a Fitness Court. Through the National Fitness Campaign and sponsorship from BlueCross BlueShield, the city of Mission received a $50,000 grant to make the Fitness Court possible.

Coming Attractions

McAllen’s 94th Annual Independence Day Celebration begins with an early morning patriotic program at 8 a.m., followed by the Main Street Parade at 9 a.m. along Main St. from Houston Ave. to Beech Ave. and then the Freedom Festival at Archer Park, 101 N. Main, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for classic family fun, music, food, and games. The day ends at Municipal Park, 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., from 6 to 10 p.m., for more food, live music and entertainment. Starting at 9 p.m., the H-E-B Concert in the Sky fireworks extravaganza will go live from Municipal Park; listen to the fireworks set to patriotic music by tuning in to 710-AM KURV.