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  • Texas county worker arrested for $1.2 million fajitas theft

    10/16/2017 6:58:09 AM PDT · by bgill · 59 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 16, 2017 | AP
    Gilberto Escaramilla was fired in August and arrested after authorities obtained a search warrant and found packages of the Tex-Mex food in his refrigerator. Investigators subsequently checked vendor invoices and determined he would intercept county-funded food deliveries and deliver them to his own customers. The scheme imploded when he missed work one day in August for a medical appointment and a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, but officials said the juvenile department didn't serve fajitas.
  • Texas Congressman to Trump: Shove Border Wall "Up Your...

    06/06/2016 11:32:54 AM PDT · by proust · 181 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 6/6/2016 | Abby Livinston
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela took a poison pen to the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in an open letter Monday morning. "Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass," the Brownsville Democrat wrote in a lengthy missive to the real estate magnate.
  • U.S. escalates ethics battle with judge in immigration case

    06/05/2016 7:40:26 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 6/4/2016 | Lyle Denniston
    Escalating its constitutional battle with a federal judge over the ethics of government lawyers in the major test case on presidential power over immigration, the Justice Department late Friday night asked a federal appeals court to swiftly nullify the judge’s order of sanctions. In a massive filing of nearly four hundred pages, the department also asked that the judge’s order be put on hold while it is being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This new conflict between the Obama administration and U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, is separate but related...
  • 3 Suspects in Brooklyn Rape Are in Custody (NYT)

    01/10/2016 6:46:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 75 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 10, 2015 | By BENJAMIN MUELLER and NATE SCHWEBER
    Three teenagers suspected of taking part in a brazen gang rape at a Brooklyn playground were taken into police custody on Sunday, a law enforcement official said. The attack on Thursday night, in which the police said five young men with a gun separated a father from his 18-year-old daughter and then took turns raping the woman, set off waves of anger and uncertainty in the Brownsville neighborhood where it happened. Elected officials also questioned whether the police notified the public quickly enough after the attack, a suggestion the Police Department strongly contested on Sunday night. Two teenagers, a 14-year-old...
  • Vermont law officer charged in road-rage incident in Maine

    04/23/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | April 22, 2015 | Craig Crosby (Kennebec Journal)
    AUGUSTA — A federal law enforcement officer from Vermont was arrested in West Gardiner on Wednesday after allegedly aiming a loaded handgun at another vehicle on Interstate 95. Maine State Police officers arrested Demitria Buhalis, 41, of Brownsville, Vermont, and charged her with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, said Lt. Aaron Hayden. Buhalis is a police officer at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, Hayden said. Hayden said a man driving south on I-95 in Sidney called police just before noon to report that a woman who drove past him in...
  • Mexico border Televisa station suffers grenade attack

    02/07/2015 12:27:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2015 12:37 AM EST
    A Tamaulipas state official says a Televisa station in the border city of Matamoros suffered a grenade attack that injured two guards, one seriously. […] The attack came after a week of violence in the city across from Brownsville, Texas. Enrique Juarez Torres, editor of El Manana in Matamoros, was kidnapped and released on Wednesday, a warning he said from the Gulf Cartel for reporting on gunfights that killed nine people. Fifteen people reportedly have died since last weekend in cartel violence. …
  • Obama amnesty in jeopardy with Bush judicial appointee hearing states’ challenge

    12/07/2014 7:08:10 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-7-2014 | Stephan Dinan
    The states challenging President Obama’s deportation amnesty have already won the first round in court after the case landed in the lap of Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a Bush appointee who issued a scorching rebuke to the Department of Homeland Security last year, accusing it of refusing to follow border security laws. It could hardly have been a worse outcome for Mr. Obama, who, in order to preserve his policy, will now have to convince a judge who is on record calling his previous, less-extensive nondeportation policies “dangerous and unconscionable.” Led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the 20 states...
  • SpaceX chief: Commercial launch sites necessary step to Mars

    09/28/2014 11:45:03 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | 27SEP2014 | Steve Clark
    It was a surreal moment, listening to the founder and chief designer of SpaceX talk about flying to Mars from Boca Chica beach, but talk about it he did at the Sept. 22 official groundbreaking for the world’s first commercial orbital rocket launch site. From the stage, under a tent set up for the occasion near the actual site where the launch pad will be built, Elon Musk fielded questions from reporters, who couldn’t have been blamed for not quite believing what they were hearing at certain junctures. “I’d like to fly to Mars,” Musk said. “But I think the...
  • Smugglers Threaten Landowners in Cameron County

    07/02/2014 10:45:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    KRGV.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | KRGV.com
    BROWNSVILLE - Ranchers along the Rio Grande say immigrant smugglers threaten them constantly. One Cameron County rancher said smugglers ordered him to look the other way or face the consequences.
  • Alleged brutal kick leaves dog with damaged eye

    05/24/2014 10:42:26 PM PDT · by Altariel · 28 replies
    Action 4 News (Brownsville, TX) ^ | May 23, 2014 | Daisy Barrera
    It's hard for Donna Kaffenderger to imagine that anyone would hurt her dog Cookie. He's been part of the family for six years and not once, she said, has he ever bit or attacked anyone. "If he's barking at somebody, you never hear him growl,” she said. Kaffenderger said Cookie might not ever be able to see out of his left eye again, and she blames it on a Public Utilities Board meter reader. She was not home when it happened, but Kaffenderger said her daughter-in-law and neighbors report Cookie was outside on the street waiting for some family members...
  • Crime is down, but NY neighborhood doesn’t feel it (Brownsville, Brooklyn)

    12/30/2013 12:01:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2013 2:23 PM EST | Tom Hays and Colleen Long
    Year-end boasts by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that New York is the safest big city in America can ring hollow in Brownsville, a Brooklyn neighborhood where the cycle of violence, silence and retribution feels entrenched and where crime seems immune to strategies that have brought record lows across the city. A burst of gunfire on neighborhood streets this past summer typified the frustrating cycle. A baby boy was struck in the head by a stray bullet and killed as he sat in his stroller. His father, who police believe was the intended target, refused to help police identify the gunman. […]...
  • [South Texas:]South Korean man jailed in to plot to smuggle Asian immigrants

    11/07/2013 1:16:20 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGBT ^ | November 07, 2013 | Sergio Chapa
    A South Korean man is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after being arrested in a failed to plot to smuggle Asian immigrants. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 53-year-old Gwang Jun Han in Brownsville on Sunday evening. Federal court records show Han was involved in a disturbance with two men. Brownsville police detained three illegal immigrants from China and another one from South Korea at the scene. Border Patrol agents learned that one man at the scene had paid Han to smuggle two of his adult children from China. Han appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville...
  • Boy, 1, shot to death in stroller on NYC street

    09/02/2013 8:54:22 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) — A 1-year-old boy in a stroller was fatally shot in the face as his parents pushed him across a city street, and police continued looking for the gunman Monday. Antiq Hennis and his parents were walking across a street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when shots were fired and the boy was hit, police said. Investigators have yet to determine who was the intended target, and no arrests have been made, police said Monday.
  • Border Patrol defends actions of agents in shooting (South Texas)

    07/10/2012 7:56:40 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | July 09, 2012 | LAURA B.MARTINEZ and ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    Mexican officials have condemned Saturday’s shooting of a Mexican citizen by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville. The Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry has questioned the way the U.S. government handles security along the Southwest border. “The Mexican government has said once again that the disproportionate use of force for purposes of immigration enforcement is unacceptable under any circumstances,” the Foreign Ministry said. Juan Pablo Perez Santillán, 30, died Saturday morning on the banks of the Rio Grande, reportedly from a bullet fired by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on the Brownsville side of the river....
  • Mexican officials condemn Border Patrol shooting

    07/09/2012 1:23:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | July 09, 2012 | LAURA B. MARTINEZ
    Mexican officials are condemning the shooting of a young Mexican citizen by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Saturday near Veteran International Bridge in Brownsville. The Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry has questioned the way the U.S. government handles security along the U.S.-Mexico border. The agency states the shooting happened Saturday near the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville. It also reports the Mexican Consulate in Brownsville is assisting the young man’s family in having the incident investigated. Two Border Patrol agents, in separate incidents, fired off their service weapons in self defense Saturday morning after coming under attack, authorities said. One agent...
  • Environment Texas attempts to stop SpaceX spaceport

    06/01/2012 7:04:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    chron.com ^ | 1 June 2012 | Eric Berger
    As Texas appears to be getting more serious about enticing SpaceX to build a spaceport near Brownsville an environmental group has stepped forward to oppose the project.At issue is the threat of “noise, heat, vibration, fencing and hazardous material spills” from the proposed spaceport that could lower the value of nearby Boca Chica Park and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Natural Wildlife Refuge.Here’s the full text of a news release issued today by Environment Texas: Environment Texas launched a petition drive today to stop the proposed construction of a spaceport on private land almost completely surrounded by a south Texas...
  • Mexican chamber issues advisory for Brownsville(Texas)

    01/11/2012 8:10:38 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    The Matamoros office of the National Chamber of Commerce of Mexico has issued, for the second time, an advisory for travel to South Texas, particularly Brownsville. “It is because of the violent event that happened this past Sunday at Sunrise Mall, where a shooting took place, as well as many other events of extreme violence taking place in the (Rio Grande) Valley,” the statement from the chamber said. It said it was issuing the alert for businessmen and Mexican nationals and stated that people “should take maximum precaution and avoid as much as possible being out late at night.” Roberto...
  • IED found on road in Brownsville, Texas (w/video)

    04/27/2011 9:23:07 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 14 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 27th, 2011 9:30 am ET | Dave Gibson
    On Sunday afternoon, a motorist spotted a suspicious device along U.S. Expressway 77/83 in Brownsville and reported it to police. The device turned out to be an improvised explosive device. The expressway was shut down for about three hours Sunday, as the bomb squad “rendered the device safe," Brownsville police spokesman Eddie Garcia said. It is still unknown exactly how the explosive device ended up on the roadway, but IEDs are sometimes used by the drug cartels in their ongoing war. Of course, drug gangs are battling one another just across the border in Matamoros. According to an April 13th...
  • Retired Ontario officers fight off gunmen in Mexico

    04/05/2011 9:24:28 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 46 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | April 05, 2011 | Alexandra Posadzki
    TORONTO — A retired Ontario couple who spent the winter touring Mexico in a Winnebago says their years of police training helped them fend off eight gunmen during an ambush near the U.S. border. Jack and Eileen Appleton were a few miles from the bridge that would take them from Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas last Thursday when a gold SUV sped up beside them and a man wearing a balaclava and waving a rifle ordered the Canadians to pull over. That's when their police instincts kicked in -- both the Niagara Falls residents spent 26 years in law enforcement. As...
  • [South Texas:]'El Boy' gets 35 years in prison for triple murder case

    01/07/2011 12:42:09 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    KGBT ^ | 01/07/2011 | Staff
    A Brownsville man pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the 1998 shooting deaths of three teens. Ricardo Hernandez appeared before Judge Arturo Nelson in the 138th State District Court on Friday morning. Hernandez, who went by the nickname "El Boy," was accused in 1998 deaths of 14-year-old Jason Sexton, 18-year-old Roberto Moreno and 19-year-old Ricardo Mata. Hernandez was only 15 years old at the time of the triple murder but later certified to be tried as an adult in the case. Hernandez is an American citizen but was arrested in Mexico back in March...