Willacy County, TX

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Planning for tropical storms, hurricanes reviewed Thursday

Planning for tropical storms and hurricanes must be constant in a coastal county like Willacy, local government leaders and concerned citizens learned Thursday at an annual storm preparation meeting held at the Raymondville Rural Technology Center. County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra, Raymondville City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia and San Perlita Mayor George Guadiana reviewed several drainage improvement projects taking place […]
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Willacy authorities looking for missing young man

Willacy County sheriff’s officers have issued a report on a Sebastian man who has gone missing. Angelo Wilfredo Gonzalez, 18, has not been seen since May 29, when he was last seen at his grandparents’ home on Poinciana Road, the sheriff’s department said in a statement released on social media. The 18-year-old is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs […]
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Willacy residents, Gold Star families, veterans gather on courthouse lawn to honor Iraq KIAs

After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Willacy County veterans, Gold Star families and others paid tribute on Friday to three men lost in action in Iraq. Gold Star families, those who lost soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in wartime have a special status, especially Gold Star mothers, American Legion Post 390 Commander George Solis and Veterans of Foreign Wars […]
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Willacy County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing teen

The Willacy County Sheriff’s Office is asking the for the public’s help in locating a missing 18-year-old. Angelo Wilfredo Gonzalez was last seen Saturday, May 29 at his grandparent’s residence on Poinciana Road in the city of Sebastian, a social media post from the WCSO stated. He was wearing a...
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WILLACY COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER DANIEL GOMEZ, left, hears praise from Cameron County VSO Salvador Castillo for bringing two programs to Willacy that will greatly help veterans. Castillo is president of a statewide group of veterans service officers.
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Heavy May rains break back of persistent drought

The months-long drought which has been throttling the Rio Grande Valley has broken. Heavy rains of the past month, unusual by historical climate averages, managed to disperse drought conditions across practically the entire region, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report issued Thursday. Just six weeks ago, the entire...
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Two men arrested, charged in death of man found May 12 at I69E frontage road and Spur 56

Willacy County Sheriff’s deputies, Texas DPS troopers and Texas Rangers arrested two men Thursday for allegedly killing Martin Benjamin Pena, whose body was found May 12 on the northbound frontage road of I69E at Spur 56, the sheriff’s department said. Fernando Abundez, 35, and Alejandro Rubio, 27, were each charged with murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. The warrants were […]
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FLAGS PLACED BY AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERS line the sidewalk of the Willacy County courthouse in preparation for Memorial Day. On Monday, the Post 390 American Legion Honor Guard will gather at the Sebastian Cemetery at 8: 30 a.m. and the Raymondville Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. to pay tribute to those who died in wars since the nation’s beginnings. At 9 […]
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Deadly Willacy County hit-and-run upgraded to murder investigation; 2 men arrested

Willacy County authorities say they have upgraded a deadly hit-and-run to a murder investigation and have arrested two men. Fernando Abundez, 35, and Alejandro Rubio, 27, were arrested in connection with the death of Benjamin Pena. Pena’s body was found at the Intersection of Interstate 69 Northbound Frontage Road and Spur 56 last week. His vehicle was found within five miles of where his body was found, according to the sheriff's office.
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LYFORD POLICE outside a home on Chapote Street where they had been called on about an assault. A pitbull dog got out of its kennel and started biting an officer, who shot it twice, Police Chief Armin “Mino” Martinez said. The dog died. The officer was treated by Willacy County Emergency Medical Service who said he had only minor injuries.
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Cities, Willacy County providing sandbags ahead of storm

Raymondville, Lyford and San Perlita, as well as Willacy County began distributing sandbags to prepare for heavy rain expected today (Wednesday). Raymondville is providing the bags and sand in the area near the railroad tracks at Hidalgo Avenue between City Hall and American Legion Post 390. The limit is 10 bags for businesses and six for households, City Secretary Delma […]
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DURING LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL WEEK, VTX1 Companies presented a sponsorship to Willacy County law enforcement. Shown, from left to right, are Denise Zamora, VTX1 representatives Dora Vargas and Denise Barrientes. Law enforcement represented in the photo are Raymondville PD, Department of Public Safety, Texas Game Wardens, W.C. Sheriff’s Office, and the W.C. DA’s Office.
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Willacy County sheriff, Texas Rangers investigating death of man found Wednesday along I69E

The identity of a man whose body was found last Wednesday on the northbound frontage road of I69E near the intersection of Spur 56 has been released by the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department. The victim has been identified as Martin Benjamin Peña, 52, of Los Fresnos. “There is some evidence indicating that this was not an auto-pedestrian crash as we […]
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Flood advisories remain in effect

The National Weather Service in Brownsville has issued a flood advisory for west central Cameron County, southeastern Hidalgo County and southwestern Willacy County. The advisory will last until Saturday, May 15 at 2:45 p.m. Can't see the video? Click here. According to the NWS, some locations that will experience flooding...
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Willacy County Sheriff's Office IDs man killed in auto-ped crash

The victim in a fatal hit and run that occurred in Willacy County was identified by authorities. Martin Benjamin Peña, 52, was killed in an auto-pedestrian crash Wednesday, May 12 at the Intersection of Interstate 69 Northbound Frontage Road and Spur 56, the Willacy county Sheriff’s Office announced. The cause...

Hurricane season fast approaching, Willacy people better get ready

It is that time of year and most Willacy County residents, used to living next to the Gulf of Mexico, know the importance of having a plan and preparing well ahead of time. Depending on the intensity of the approaching tropical weather, there may be a call for everyone to evacuate from this coastal county. Everyone should remember to never […]