Willacy County, TX

One vehicle crash in Willacy County

WILLACY COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Willacy County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a one-vehicle crash. In a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, the location of the accident is at FM 490 and 1425 towards Lasara. Sheriff’s deputies are assisting Texas DPS, EMS, and Raymondville Fire Department and have closed the roadway. Authorities ask that […]
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Garza: Wear a mask if traveling this holiday weekend

WESLACO, Texas – With the 4th of July holiday weekend coming up, Cameron County Commissioner David A. Garza has urged Rio Grande Valley residents to wear masks, especially if traveling. Garza spoke about a recent increase rise in Covid-19 cases in the Rio Grande Valley while attending a Lower...
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Food Bank RGV in need of volunteers, donations

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — An anonymous donor to the Food Bank RGV will match up to $10,000 in donations, according to the Food Bank RGV. Regularly at any time of the year, $1 equals five meals. Thanks to the donor, $1 now equals 10 meals, according to Rosie Martinez, media contact for Food Bank RGV. […]
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CDC cites high rate in Valley

By the looks of things inside most Rio Grande Valley stores, the use of facemasks is dropping like flies even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently labeled Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy counties as areas with a “high” rate of COVID-19 transmission.Does anyone still care or is just the new normal?The main people you see wearing face masks these days are those with obvious health problems, or people around the age of 21 who look like they may live with a grandparent or two. You see some middle-aged people or older still sporting one, but that just may ...
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Mexican Citizen Wanted for Lewd Child Crimes Arrested Attempting to Sneak Back into the Country

On June 26, 2022, 77-year-old Jesus Maria Velazquez Guerra arrived from Mexico at the Anzalduas International Bridge and a CBP officer immediately secured him after discovering Velazquez was a possible match to an arrest warrant. Once in secondary, biometric verification confirmed his identity along with the active arrest warrant from Willacy County Sheriff’s Office. Velazquez had an outstanding warrant stemming from allegations from an incident earlier this month. He is charged with two counts of indecency with a child, a second-degree felony in the State of Texas.

Stolen vehicle leads authorities in pursuit

WILLACY COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Willacy County Sheriffs’ Office (WCSO) assisted in stopping a vehicle pursuit after a chase through multiple counties. Saturday morning, WCSO deputies assisted in ending a long-running pursuit of a stolen vehicle just inside the north county line. According to authorities, the stolen vehicle reached speeds over 100 miles per […]

CDC reports 3 Valley counties have high Covid transmission rates

Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties are reporting a new spike in COVID-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that those counties are now showing high Covid transmission rates. “Hidalgo County was the first county in the whole state that was red, and now there's other counties...

Raymondville man charged with killing wife

RAYMONDVILLE — A Raymondville man is facing charges of killing his wife in a case in which he was released from jail hours before the shooting. Rolando Chavarria, 33, of the 1000 block of Hidalgo Avenue, is being held without bond in the Willacy County Jail, charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife Elizabeth Alejandra Chavarria, 37, and tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony.
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The possum cop chronicles

According to Wikipedia, money laundering is the process of concealing the origin of money, often obtained from illicit activities such as drug trafficking, corruption, embezzlement or gambling, by converting it into a legitimate source. Everybody has heard of money laundering, right? But, what about deer laundering? Yeah, I didn’t think so. But back when shows like “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “Roseanne” were all the rage on network television, former Willacy County Game Warden Bruce Biederman broke up a potential “deer laundering” ring in Port Mansfield before it had a chance to get out of hand.

WCSO: Murder suspect captured in Matamoros

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Willacy County Sheriff’s Office reported a murder suspect is in custody. According to the sheriff’s office, Rolando Chavarria was captured in Matamoros, Mexico on Sunday. Police said they were looking for an individual involved in a domestic shooting in the area of east Main street in Raymondville. Chavarria was turned […]