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  • Video: Donald Trump Speaks To Border Patrol & Police at Border

    07/23/2015 1:27:40 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 17 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 7-23-15 | Donald Trump
    July 23, 2015: Donald Trump Speaks To Border Patrol and Police In Laredo, TX at a press conference near the U.S. Mexico Border. There's also a pretty funny moment when he scolds a Mexican reporter for asking a stupid question- "You're done."
  • KSAT to feature live coverage on-air, online of Trump's visit to Laredo

    07/23/2015 12:01:37 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/23/15 | RJ Marquez
    Live reports to begin at noon; to livestream Trump speech at 2 p.m. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make a highly anticipated visit to the Texas-Mexico border today. KSAT will have full coverage of Trump's visit throughout the day beginning with live reports from Laredo during KSAT's News at Noon. Trump is scheduled to arrive at Laredo International Airport at 1 p.m. then travel to the border. will then livestream Trump's speech to the media which is scheduled for 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., Trump is scheduled to meet with the local law enforcement community at location...
  • **UPDATES** BREAKING: US CBP Chopper Down at Texas Border, Fired on from Mexico

    06/05/2015 10:21:43 PM PDT · by exbrit · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/5/15 | Brandon Darby
    Breitbart Texas has learned that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was shot down or forced to initiate an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas due to receiving gunfire from the Mexican side of the border
  • Laredo Mayor: No Taxpayer Money to Help Illegal Immigrants (Won't raise taxes on citizens)

    07/07/2014 9:36:26 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    KRGV Rio Grande ^ | 07/07/2014 | Staff
    LAREDO - City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said the city has to look out for its own citizens. Laredo's position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen, which has spent thousands in tax dollars helping Central Americans released from Border Patrol custody.
  • California city is latest immigration flashpoint

    07/05/2014 3:40:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    Star Democrat ^ | 7-3-14 | AP Story
    When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying immigration debate that could heat up even more as patriotism surges on the Fourth of July. *** snip *** “We’ve had it,” said Carol Schlaepfer, a retired Pomona resident who protested Tuesday in Murrieta. “We all want a better life. ... You can’t come to our country and expect American citizens to dole out what you need, from grade school till death.” People on both sides of the issue want immigration reform, but immigrant rights...
  • Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Bused Across US into Cities

    06/30/2014 8:37:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2014 | Brandon Darby
    LAREDO, Texas--A glimpse into the reality of the thousands of illegal immigrants being released into the U.S. by the Obama Administration was captured on video in a Greyhound Bus station in Laredo, Texas this weekend. The illegal immigrants who cross as incomplete family units simply enter the U.S. illegally, turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents, are processed, and then released with a notice to appear at a future date for court proceedings. U.S. taxpayers then fund bus tickets for the illegal immigrants to go to the U.S. city of their choosing. Approximately 95 percent of the illegal immigrants...
  • Two Men Charged with Assaulting a Border Patrol Agent

    11/14/2013 2:21:19 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRGV ^ | November 14, 2013
    LAREDO - One man from Mexico and another man from Ecuador have been charged with assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Mexican National Jose Luis Zavala-Rodrigue, 22, and Johnny Jose Redrovan-Pesantez, 23, of Ecuador are both in custody. Rodriquez is also charged with conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants for financial gain. Both men are expected to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Hacker, Friday. The agent required medical attention but survived the attack. Each faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Zavala-Rodriguez further faces an additional 10-year possible sentence on each of...
  • Grenade attack at U.S. Consulate in Mexico

    02/11/2013 4:54:41 PM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | FEb. 8, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Thursday, the Dallas News reported: Three grenades exploded Thursday evening in Nuevo Laredo, just feet from the U.S. Consulate office, sources in the Mexican border city said. No injuries were reported, but the explosions rattled the neighborhood, as locals scurried for cover amid a firefight between what’s believed to be members of the Zetas criminal group and their former allies, the Gulf cartel, which is making a push to reclaim the territory. The two groups appear to be battling, leaving a trail of killings and burned houses. In recent days, sources said, seven people have been killed — three...
  • Border Wars Premieres Wednesday; Will Feature Laredo

    11/14/2012 2:02:30 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGNS ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    Bordertown Laredo will not be back for a second season. But Laredo will be featured on the majority of the national geographic hit, Border Wars, which will premiere Wednesday night. Border Wars is back and the city of Laredo is set to be featured on seven of the ten episodes this season. You can expect some changes from what was seen on Bordertown Laredo. "The difference between Bordertown and Border Wars is one, Bordertown consistently concentrated on Laredo PD, Border Wars actually expands a little bit and bring in U.S. Border Patrol, Customs, other law enforcement agencies, and Laredo PD...
  • [Texas:]Laredo Named Least Diverse City in U.S

    09/11/2012 3:38:12 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies
    KGNS ^ | Sep 10, 2012
    Laredo has landed itself on several lists over the past few years. Now it's grabbing national attention in an article by the Huffington Post. Our Lauren Kendrick has more in our top story tonight at six. "No I don't take it as negative." Mayor of Laredo, Raul Salinas says he's not surprised to hear that Laredo is ranked the least diverse city in the United States. But he's not worried about it. "In Laredo, it's a unique border city...a great city. The minority is actually the majority." The article in the Huffington Post states there is 95.7% Hispanics in laredo....
  • [Texas Congressman]Henry Cuellar Invites New Mexican President To Laredo

    07/05/2012 4:04:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGNS ^ | July 4, 2012
    Congressman Henry Cuellar is extending an invitation for Mexico's newly elected president to visit the gateway city. Congressman Cuellar was one of the only Americans to greet Enrique Peña Nieto on Sunday. the congressman says he hopes relations between the u-s and Mexico strengthen and improve with the new administration. Cuellar says he and Nieto spoke about several potential projects. He also says he invited the president-elect to visit Texas especially Laredo as soon as possible. Mexican electoral authorities said today that they will recount more than half of the ballot boxes used in Sunday's elections after finding inconsistent vote...
  • 2 Mexicans plead guilty over 27,000 rounds of ammo [caught in Laredo, TX]

    05/16/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT · by kevcol · 36 replies
    KTRK (Houston, TX) ^ | May 14, 2012 | AP
    LAREDO, Texas (AP) - A man and a woman from Mexico face up to 10 years in prison for illegally having about 27,000 rounds of ammunition in South Texas.
  • [Texas:]New Title Proposed for those of Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic-Latino

    05/03/2012 8:57:57 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies
    KGNS ^ | May 1, 2012 | Carolina Garcia
    State Representative Richard Peña Raymond speaks to us about a proposal he is taking to the capitol in a couple of months. The proposal aims to eliminate denominations such as Hispanic, Latino, or Chicano and identify all those of Hispanic descendents as Hispanic-Latinos. Our reporter Carolina Garcia has that story. Armando Garcia says he is Hispanic because he was born in the U.S. if you've ever filled out a survey asking for your ethnicity you may be among the thousands that for a second stop and wonder what box the should select Hispanic, Latino, Chicano perhaps Mexican American or even...
  • Former soldiers caught in DEA sting[ one killed in Laredo, Texas shooting]

    03/27/2012 10:55:08 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies ^ | March 27, 2012 | Jason Buch
    A South Carolina man was gunned down by federal agents Saturday in Laredo after a sting targeting U.S. soldiers who wanted to work for the Zetas drug cartel went wrong, federal prosecutors said. Former Army 1st Lt. Kevin Corley, 29; Army Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Shavar Davis, 29, of Denver; and Jerome Corley, of South Carolina, drove into Laredo Saturday armed with two semiautomatic rifles, a knife and a .300-caliber bolt-action rifle equipped with a scope and a bipod, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. They were in Laredo, prosecutors allege, to...
  • Zeta hit man details killings on both sides of border

    01/24/2012 3:46:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies ^ | January 24, 2012 | Jason Buch
    LAREDO — A former hit man for the Zetas cartel calmly related to jurors his role in killings on both sides of the border, testifying Monday in the drug conspiracy trial of a man prosecutors say was also a hired killer. From the witness stand in U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez's courtroom here, Rosalio Reta pointed to Gerardo Castillo Chavez, 25, and identified him as a fellow Zeta. Pressing his fingertips together and speaking in a slow, soft voice, Reta, 22, told jurors that he had been in a team of hit men headed by Gabriel Cardona, an admitted Zeta...
  • 5 nabbed in deaths linked to the Zetas[in South Texas/Mexico Spillover]

    11/10/2011 8:43:51 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 10, 2011 | Jason Buch
    Laredo police on Tuesday and Wednesday rounded up five people they say carried out hits for the notorious Zetas drug cartel on this side of the Rio Grande. Customs officers on Tuesday night detained Nicolas Reyes Sanchez, 48, identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as the supervisor of a group of Zetas operating in Laredo, as he attempted to enter the U.S. at one of the city's international bridges. Starting early Wednesday, police launched a series of raids nabbing four more people accused of being Sanchez's subordinates and taking part in three homicides last year. Another man was arrested on...
  • [Texas: Laredo]Mayor Salinas and Congressman Cuellar Speak Out Against the Border Security Report

    09/29/2011 4:13:09 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KGNS ^ | Sep 29, 2011
    More state and local officials are speaking out about that report issued Monday by Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. The independent study co-authored by a retired general and a retired major general stated that conducting business in a Texas border county was like living in a war zone, and citizens are under attack around the clock. The report also stated that hundreds of people had been killed in Texas border counties because of spillover violence. When asked where that information came from, an official wasn't able to give proof to support the claim but said about 500 people are...
  • [South Texas:]Extreme Heat Claiming the Lives of Dozens of Undocumented Immigrants

    08/30/2011 9:54:25 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 39 replies
    KGNS ^ | Aug 29, 2011
    The heat continues claiming the lives of dozens of illegal immigrants facing extreme temperatures day after day out in area ranches. For the Webb County Medical Examiner, more deaths poses a bigger task of identifying all those people who were left stranded to die alone. Our Annette Garcia spoke with her about the illegal crossers their tragic story and chances of being reunited with their loved ones. Dozens try but never make it. This is one who illegally crossed the border who walked for miles most likely days, but fell victim to the blistering heat. “We understand why they want...
  • [South Texas]Border Partrol agent attacked

    08/10/2011 3:16:24 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    The Laredo Sun ^ | August 10, 2011
    An illegal alien from Guatemala was charged with attacking a Border Patrol agent when the agent found him walking through the bush. LAREDO, TX .- Edgar Acevedo , a native of Barrio Villalobos in Guatemala, was placed under arrest after an investigation by members of the FBI because it involved an attack on a federal agent. According to the report of the case , two agents were on surveillance on northwest of Laredo, in the area of ​​Rancho La Mesa, near the Colombia Bridge Road in the area of ​​Mines road. The officers saw signs of at least 12 people...
  • [South Texas:]Residents React to Mexican Military Helicopter

    08/08/2011 3:00:16 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Pro 8 News ^ | Aug 7, 2011 | Lauren Kendrick
    "Yesterday, a Mexican Military helicopter landed at the Laredo airport. it has some residents wondering just how safe our border is." "I just really worry for my family. Without security, everyone would come in here unauthorized and make a lot of chaos." The Mexican officers apparently landed at the Laredo airport after mistaking the landing strip for the one in Nuevo Laredo. One woman doubts it was a mistake. "Well I am a little upset that it happened. I think they knew what they were doing. I don't think it was a mistake. I think they were here to find...
  • [South Texas:]Muslim Mosque to be Built in Laredo

    07/20/2011 3:29:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies
    KGNS News ^ | Jul 19, 2011
    A new religious center is being built here in Laredo, finally giving people of the Muslim faith their own place to worship. Previously the Islamic group here in Laredo had been renting a location but soon construction will begin on their own mosque. The space will be close to 2,000 sq. feet and will be able to accommodate the school they are currently running. Dr. Zakariah Hamdan, "for many years there hasn't been a place for the Muslim community to perform their prayers and practice aspects of the religion. So this will be a very important step." Leaders also said...
  • [Texas:]DPS: U.S. residents should avoid Nuevo Laredo this weekend

    07/02/2011 11:42:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 34 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | July 2, 2011 | Steve McCraw
    LAREDO, July 2 - U.S. residents are being advised not to visit Nuevo Laredo this Fourth of July Weekend. The advisory comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Both agencies say they have received credible intelligence from multiple sources indicating that the Zetas Cartel is planning to target U.S. citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend. “According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “We...
  • Mexican Convoy of Soldiers, Weapons Gets ‘Lost’ & Ends Up Crossing U.S. Border

    06/24/2011 8:11:10 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 34 replies ^ | June 24, 2011 at 10:26am | by Jonathon M. Seidl
    A convoy of three Mexican military trucks loaded down with soldiers and weapons may have violated territorial sovereignty near Laredo, TX on Thursday, driving through a border checkpoint and crossing into the United States. KGNS-TV reports the crossing happened at a section known as Bridge Number Two: Mexican leaders say the soldiers, who had just been deployed to Nuevo Laredo, didn’t know the area, got lost and then made their way through Bridge Two.
  • Nuevo Laredo Goes Missing from Freeway Signs(in Laredo, TX)

    05/19/2011 11:36:23 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KGNS News ^ | May 17, 2011
    Signs informing travelers on I-35 of the distance they are from Laredo can be seen along the freeway, but motorists traveling south have begun to notice a change over the past few weeks. Signs that proudly displayed the distance's carried both Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, but recently our sister city to the south has been blacked out. Ryan Bailey has more on this controversial decision. It may look like this sign was vandalized with spray paint, but TX-DOT says they are the ones blacking out Nuevo Laredo in an effort to distance the two neighboring cities, and it started as...
  • U.S. expands truck crossing on Mexico border (Laredo, Texas, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico)

    05/06/2011 10:51:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/6/11 | Tim Gaynor - Reuters
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A program to expand the busiest commercial crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border was inaugurated on Friday, nearly doubling the capacity for trucks entering Laredo, Texas, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, authorities said. The program increased the number of truck lanes at the World Trade Bridge into Laredo, to 15 from eight, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said. The expansion also added an additional exit lane for vehicles leaving the facility, which currently handles around 5,000 trucks a day and has been so busy that trucks were delayed several hours. "It is going to be a...
  • SSNs of All Laredo ISD Students Missing In Data Breach [Texas Education Agency]

    03/23/2011 7:25:01 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 03/22/2011 | Morgan Smith and Julian Aguilar
    A disk holding the Social Security numbers of every student in the Laredo Independent School District — a total of 24,903 — has gone missing, according to the Texas Education Agency. TEA spokeswoman Suzanne Marchman said the agency first became aware of the situation in January, when officials with the University of Texas at Dallas' Education Research Center contacted the TEA looking for sensitive data they had requested from Laredo ISD — data that was supposed to be sent to the TEA first. At that point, the TEA contacted Laredo ISD for the package tracking number, only to learn that...
  • 148 prisoners flee jail on Mexico-US border: report

    12/17/2010 10:59:59 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2010
    More than 140 prisoners escaped from a prison near the U.S. border on Friday, media said, the latest breach of Mexico's notoriously insecure jails that are helping to feed a violent drug war... on the outskirts of Nuevo Laredo across from Laredo, Texas. In September, 85 prisoners escaped from jail in the nearby border city of Reynosa. Authorities discovered in July that prison officials had allowed convicts out of jail in northwestern Durango state to carry out revenge attacks before returning to cells for the night.
  • Mexican jailbreak planned to swell cartel ranks, sheriff says

    12/20/2010 1:59:52 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    tusconsentinel ^ | 20 Dec 2010 | Julian Aguilar
    The inmates who escaped from a Nuevo Laredo prison this week are likely part of a plan to bolster the ranks of the Zetas cartel, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said Saturday. Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, sits just across from Laredo, at the southern end of the I-35 corridor. It is the county seat of Webb County. Cuellar said Saturday that intelligence gathered by Texas law enforcement indicates the break was orchestrated by Orlando Monsisvais Treviño, 28, the nephew of Miguel Treviño Morales, "El 40," believed to be the Zetas' second in command. The Tamaulipas state government said in a news...
  • Update: Mexican Officials Not Releasing Details On Laredo Students Shot

    12/01/2010 11:03:27 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KGNS ^ | Nov 30, 2010
    One of the teenagers shot in Nuevo Laredo Monday morning reportedly remains in critical condition. The 14-year-old is currently in a hospital in Nuevo Laredo, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back and the side of his body. The victim's family said soldiers shot at a group of teenagers and attacked them early Monday morning believing it to have been a case of mistaken identity. Once they realized their mistake they took the victim to the hospital. Sources told Pro 8 News officials in Mexico refuse to offer any information in the case.
  • Carjacker Caught on Camera[Laredo/Mexico]

    11/24/2010 10:01:34 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    KGNS ^ | Nov 23, 2010
    Laredo police are asking for help finding a man who allegedly carjacked a person at gunpoint. It all happened early this morning in downtown Laredo. Authorities say an employee of a downtown Laredo business was carjacked around 5:25 this morning in the 800 block of Santa Ursula. Police say this man, who was caught on surveillance camera, held the victim at gunpoint. Authorities say the suspect took the white 2-door Ford SUV immediately across the bridge into Mexico. If anyone knows who this man is, you are asked to please call police at 795-2800. Calls will remain anonymous.
  • Zetas hitman arrested in Reynosa

    09/25/2010 8:13:56 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 09.24.2010 | Daisy Martinez
    Mexican police made another big arrest early this morning. Authorities said a top henchman for the Los Zetas Cartel and the Mexican Mafia is finally behind bars after being on the run for the least four years. Mexican and American authorities said they are glad that Joseph Allen Garcia is off the streets. They said he is a reputed hit man for both the Zetas and the Mexican Mafia. The 23-year old was arrested in Reynosa at 2 a.m. Friday and was taken to Hidalgo County. Within hours, Garcia was escorted back to Laredo under heavy security by the U.S....
  • Laredoan accused of raping child in Mexico

    09/23/2010 3:06:22 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGNS ^ | Sep 23, 2010
    A Laredo man sits in a Mexican jail cell, accused of raping and terrorizing a twelve-year-old girl. Authorities say 58-year-old James Hodge held the girl captive in Nuevo Laredo, sexually abusing her for several days. Police spotted the two, with Hodge heavily intoxicated and the girl at the wheel of his car. She told officers that Hodge threatened her, saying if she said anything to anyone, he would do the same to her sister.
  • [Laredo, Texas:]Local District Reports 50% Drop Out Rate; City Leaders Respond

    08/02/2010 10:06:19 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 11+ views
    KGNS ^ | August 1, 2010
    City leaders, along with local school district officials are planning on sitting down and taking a good look at what's going on with the high school drop out rate in Laredo. Mayor Raul Salinas says with one district reporting a 50% drop out rate, the situation is alarming. City leaders, along with school district officials are hoping to ban together and change that rate quickly. "Both superintendents from UISD and LISD have agreed to be in partnership along with the private sector. We will need to make sure these kids, at the very least, obtain a high school diploma and...
  • Officials know nothing of rumored Zeta standoff on Mines Road (Hoax)

    07/24/2010 4:13:26 PM PDT · by epithermal · 93 replies · 10+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | July 24, 2010 | Nick Georgiou
    Local law enforcement was bombarded with calls from across the country Saturday asking about a report that the Zetas had taken over two ranches off Mines Road. But officials with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol said they knew nothing about such an incident, while Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said the agency does not comment on rumors.
  • BREAKING: Multiple Ranches in Laredo Texas Taken Over By Los Zetas (HOAX)

    07/24/2010 8:46:47 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 282 replies · 11+ views ^ | 07/24/2010 | Digger
    ... The ranches are said to be "near Mines Rd. and Minerales Rd. about 10 miles NW of I-35". Whether it is lone members or squads is not certain. Anonymous sources in law enforcement in the Laredo area tonight have passed on word that US law enforcement agencies are in the area and are weighing their options regarding the ranches. The media has been silent on this incident and some law enforcement in the area says that they are furious that the media is not reporting the whole story of the continued violence along the border. Their frustrations are understandable...
  • Agents find 48 immigrants locked in tractor trailer

    06/17/2010 6:04:31 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies · 507+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 06/15/2010 | Lynn Brezosky
    BROWNSVILLE -- Forty-eight unauthorized immigrants were found locked in tractor trailer passing through an immigration checkpoint just north of Laredo, Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday. They all declined medical attention and were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 72-year-old driver of the rig was arrested and charged with felony alien smuggling. Border Patrol agents working with a dog trained to detect hidden people or contraband discovered the immigrants Friday at about 10:45 p.m., a Border Patrol spokeswoman said. Nineteen immigrants died from sweltering conditions within a tractor trailer during a May 2003 smuggling attempt discovered near Victoria.
  • [South Texas:] Fake Webb County Sheriff's unit used in drug smuggling attempt

    05/27/2010 4:13:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 412+ views
    KGNS ^ | May 27, 2010
    A fake Webb County Sheriff''s vehicle carrying over 1-thousand pounds of marijuana is seized after being spotted by a Border Patrol agent out of the Freer station. The driver arrested was even wearing an authentic Sheriff's Deputy uniform used in previous administrations. Border Patrol officials say agents began investigating the suspicious truck, noticing that a few details of the vehicle didn't look quite right. After verifying that all sheriff's vehicles had been accounted for, Border Patrol agents conducted a traffic stop on the cloned sheriff's unit. The driver immediately pulled over and attempted to pass himself off as a deputy,...
  • Laredo now No. 1 in auto thefts

    05/18/2010 8:01:28 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 482+ views
    Despite seeing a decrease in stolen vehicles in 2009, Laredo has passed Modesto, Calif. to become the No. 1 auto theft hot spot in the country, according to a report released Monday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The report showed that Laredo had 1,792 auto theft cases last year. That means a rate of about 742 vehicles were stolen per 100,000 inhabitants. Modesto, meanwhile, had 3,712 auto theft cases in 2009 with a rate of about 727. Laredo claimed the No. 6 spot in 2007 and jumped to No. 2 in 2008 while Modesto maintained the highest auto theft...
  • [Laredo:]Mayor Comments on N.L. Consulate Blast: "I'm Very Concerned"

    04/12/2010 11:23:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 460+ views
    KGNS ^ | April 11, 2010 | Annette Garcia
    There is new footage out of Nuevo Laredo this evening of officers guarding the American Consulate Office a day after their building was bombed. Laredo city officials say the attack is alarming; and people on our side of the border are now worried about what may come next. Annette Garcia visits one Laredo neighborhood where people say the sounds of gunshots are all too familiar. She has our top story tonight. "Soldiers surrounding the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo two days afer an explosive was thrown over the fence breaking the windows of the building. Authorities say the A.T.F. and...
  • [Laredo Texas:]Police: Man shot had history of border entry

    04/06/2010 12:16:09 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 636+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 6, 2010
    LAREDO, Texas — Investigators say the 36-year-old man shot to death by a Border Patrol agent on the banks of the Rio Grande had a long history of illegal entry and was found as recently as January with drugs. Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza said Victor Hugo de la Cruz was deported at least five times previously before he was confronted by a Border Patrol agent Wednesday night.
  • Border violence blamed for "worst Spring Break" in Laredo

    03/25/2010 10:44:11 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 772+ views
    KGNS News ^ | Mar 24, 2010
    Cities like San Antonio are reporting spring break tourism was a big success, but officials here this is the worst spring break they have ever seen for Laredo. The Laredo Hotel Association president says the border violence is to blame. Noraida Negron has more in this Pro 8 Investigation. (INTERESTING NEWS VIDEO )
  • El Salvadoran Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Border Patrol Agent

    02/05/2010 3:02:24 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 389+ views
    FBI San Antonio ^ | February 4, 2010
    LAREDO, TX—Rigoberto Torres-Gomez, a native of El Salvador illegally in the United States, has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Border Patrol (BP) agent, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Torres-Gomez, 29, entered his guilty plea today before United States District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez. On Feb. 15, 2009, two BP agents were on foot inside the Triple S Ranch near mile-marker 35, north of Laredo searching for illegal aliens. The agents then received information that a group of illegal aliens were heading east toward IH-35. Both agents jumped the fence and began running east toward IH-35 to apprehend the...
  • [Texas:]Laredo is Ready to Receive the Paisanos

    12/15/2009 2:49:43 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 1,060+ views
    Laredo Sun ^ | December 15, 2009 | FRANCISCO DÍAZ
    The Municipal authoritiees are expecting more than 100 thosuand vehicles of "paisanos" to start crossing through this land port into Mexico. LAREDO, Tx.- Local authorities are expecting over 100 thousand paisanos to arrive next weekend to this land port. "We are ready to receive them, we have established a plan together with the Mexican Consulate General in Laredo, with the Police Department, the Sherriff's Office, the Bridge System and the Customs Port of Laredo, as well as with the Texas Department of Transportation and Nuevo Laredo authorities, in order to assist the paisanos," Salinas mentioned. The first part of the...
  • [South Texas:]Mexican congressman sees one America on one continent

    10/28/2009 7:38:17 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 32 replies · 1,631+ views
    KGNS ^ | Oct 27, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    Laredo Community College got a visit from a Mexican congressman today who talked about Mexico’s stance on the United States immigration reform. Congressman Jose Medina says the immigration crisis is a human problem that begs a human solution and that the U.S., Mexico and other nations should work together to become one America on one continent. Medina also stated his own views on immigration reform. "I think legalization is the solution for people asking for permission to work legally in this country." Medina was elected as a member in Mexico’s lower house of congress in 2000.
  • Trooper seizes over 5,400 lbs. of marijuana in fake school bus near Laredo

    10/13/2009 6:27:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 43 replies · 1,838+ views
    KVIA ^ | Oct 12, 2009 | Annette Arrigucci
    LAREDO, Texas -- A Texas Highway Patrol trooper found 5,408 lbs. of marijuana inside a school bus after pulling over the vehicle north of Laredo, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said. The driver fled on foot from the scene. The bus was marked to resemble a United Independent School District bus. DPS officials estimate the marijuana is worth more than $1.7 million. DPS continues to investigate leads in the case.
  • South Texas solider missing[in Laredo] [Updates in #11,13 - In custody]

    07/21/2009 4:31:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 648+ views
    KENS 5 ^ | July 21, 2009 | Deborah Knapp
    On July 11th, PFC James Gonzalez told his family he was heading to Laredo to hang out with friends before returning to the Ft Hood. But on July 13th Gonzalez' commander called looking for the private. "They've asked what our thoughts are about him going AWOL. It just doesn't add up with the goes straight to voice mail. If he would have done it he would have contacted somebody," said Jason Gonzalez, who is James' brother. The Gonzalez family says the FBI called them to say the Army had received a call saying the private had been kidnapped. The...
  • Pro 8 News Exclusive: Interim Martin principal says English is top priority[Laredo, Texas HS]

    07/15/2009 11:48:51 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 683+ views
    Pro 8 News ^ | Jul 15, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    It's no secret that Martin High School has been in trouble academically for several years. In fact, the state has threatened to take the school over if things don't change. Some say it's so bad that most students are having a tough time graduating, let alone getting ready for college. That’s why interim principal Dr. Severita Sanchez has been put in place. As our Concetta Callahan reports she's ready to get Martin High on the right track by having students speak English. Dr. Sanchez says her team has already started working on a plan of action because she says there...
  • Mexican Cartels Lure American Teens as Killers

    06/23/2009 2:56:55 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 792+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | James C. McKinley
    LAREDO, Tex. — When he was finally caught, Rosalio Reta told detectives here that he had felt a thrill each time he killed. It was like being Superman or James Bond, he said. “I like what I do,” he told the police in a videotaped confession. “I don’t deny it.” ... The young men all paid a heavy price. Jesus Gonzalez III was beaten and knifed to death in a Mexican jail at 23. Mr. Reta, now 19, and his boyhood friend, Gabriel Cardona, 22, are serving what amounts to life sentences in prisons in the United States. Other young...
  • Too much Spanish [Laredo, Texas High School]

    06/10/2009 5:14:14 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 905+ views
    Martin High will focus on teaching English Painfully aware that Martin High School likely will fail federal standards for the sixth year in a row, LISD officials say they will redouble their efforts to teach English to a hard-core group of students who are not learning the language of their adopted country. "We need to speak as much English as possible," said Severita Sanchez, Laredo Independent School District's executive director of compliance and accountability. "(Freshmen) are coming in with a very weak English foundation. The comprehension is not there." According to LISD, the federally mandated restructuring plan at Martin High...
  • Port runners sentenced to lengthy prison terms

    04/24/2009 4:36:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 378+ views
    ICE.GOV - News Release ^ | April 24, 2009 | n/a
    Note: the following text is a quote: Port runners sentenced to lengthy prison terms LAREDO, Texas - Four people who broke through barriers at the Laredo Port of Entry in October, while trying to smuggle more than 700 kilograms of marijuana, were sentenced Thursday to prison terms ranging from almost 6 years to 16 years in federal prison without parole. U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced the sentences; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the investigation. On Oct. 14, 2008, Jesus Rodriguez-Jasso, 28, drove a large Suburban SUV from Mexico into the United States loaded with 718 kilograms (1,580 lbs.)...