Pharr, TX

Man arrested after Mission bank robbery

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A man was arrested attempting to cross into Mexico after police say he robbed a bank. On Friday around 11:59 a.m., Mission police received a call about a robbery at Vantage Bank on East Tom Landry Street. Police say a man entered the bank and demanded the teller put money […]
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One dead after motorcycle crash in Pharr

PHARR, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Pharr police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred on Thursday night. Pharr PD responded to a call for help at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday at the intersection of N. Jackson Road and W. El Dora Road, according to a release from the City of Pharr. Upon arrival, officers saw […]

La Joya man startled by 2 dozen migrants hiding below house

EL PASO, Texas — "These people came, and I heard something," said La Joya resident Ruberto Cantu. "These people," Cantu references, are what Border Patrol would consider encounters; migrants, people who cross the Rio Grande into the United States without permission. A week ago, Cantu was startled by noises...

Motorcyclist killed in Pharr crash Thursday night

The Pharr Police Department is investigating a crash that killed a 26-year-old motorcyclist. According to a news release, police responded to the intersection of North Jackson Road and West El Dora Road at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday. Once at the scene, police saw a gray Ford Focus and a blue...

Motorcyclist Killed In 2-Vehicle Wreck

A 2-vehicle crash claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Pharr last night. Police say 26-year-old Jesus Flores was traveling south on Jackson Road when he collided with a sedan as it made a left turn onto Fern Avenue. Flores was pronounced dead on the scene. Pharr police say the...

PVAS offers many initiatives to get pets adopted

Those looking for a pet to add to their family can find one at Valley shelters. Every Thursday, channel 5 News features a Pet of the Week from Palm Valley Animal Shelter, with the goal of getting the hundreds of dogs and cats adopted. Workers at the shelter say now...

8 McAllen Restaurants to Celebrate the Graduate!

It’s the end of another school year, and for some scholars, it’s time to graduate to the next phase of their lives. If you need things to do in McAllen after the commencement ceremonies, be sure to celebrate by taking your grad to these eight restaurants in McAllen, each offering their unique cuisine for the special grad in your life.

GPZ to hold ‘Brew at the Zoo’

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Gladys Porter Zoo will hold an event offering premium craft beers and activities, with the proceeds going towards animal conservation efforts. “Brew at the Zoo” will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at The Gladys Porter Zoo. The event will feature “specially selected premium […]

McAllen ISD Receives ITT State Health Award

McAllen ISD is receiving recognition for its attention to fitness and health with the recent awarding of a state award from It’s Time Texas Community Challenge. For the second straight year, the district finished first in the Medium School District category across the state in the annual health challenge.

Animal shelters seek help with pet influx, vet shortage

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Shelters like the Harlingen Humane Society and Palm Valley Animal Society said they are struggling to keep up with the influx of stray animals.  Luis Quintanilla, Executive Director for the Harlingen Humane Society, said they have been a no-kill shelter for the past two years.  “It’s all thanks to the supporters, […]

Events Calendar

May 15 & 29– Bentsen-RGV State Park Bird Walks are scheduled twice this month at 8:30 a.m. The park is located at 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr. in Mission. Programs are free with park admission. Meet at the tram turnaround at park headquarters. Call ahead to confirm program schedule and details at 956-584-9156.

Coming Attractions

The City of McAllen invites the public to discover McAllen’s cultural heritage on a bus tour of historic city sites and landmarks on one of two trolley tours. Space is limited and registration is required. May 21, the tour runs from 10 to 11 a.m., and on May 31, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Departure is at the McAllen Development Center, 311 N. 15th St. Registration form must be completed at For more information, contact the Planning Department at 956-681-1250 or via email at

Warmer, humid weather causes increase in flea numbers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — As the Rio Grande Valley sees more humidity and warmer temperatures, it makes the perfect breeding season for fleas. Man dies at Pharr gun range Esparza Pest Control reports once there’s one, there could be hundreds that follow. According to MyPet, a female flea can lay up to 40 […]

Valley restaurants looking to hire teens for the summer

With the summer break right around the corner, some high school students might be looking for a part time job. Valley businesses have also been looking to hire during the pandemic. Channel 5's Santiago Caicedo has the report on places looking to hire. Workforce Solutions (Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties)

Rare, destructive pest discovered for the first time at Texas-Mexico border

PHARR, Texas — A rare pest never before seen at a U.S. port of entry was discovered this month at the Texas-Mexico border. The Cochabamba sp., a leaf beetle usually found in Central and South America, hitched a ride in a shipment of fresh fruit at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the insect’s travel pattern indicates it is migrating north.