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  • U.S. Secret Service visits refrigeration company in Target probe

    02/05/2014 4:43:06 PM PST · by John W · 9 replies
    Reuters via The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 5, 2014 | Mark Hosenball and Dhanya Skariachan
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service visited the office of a Pennsylvania-based refrigeration contractor, Fazio Mechanical Services, in connection with an investigation of the Target Corp consumer data breach, a spokesman for the agency said on Wednesday. Fazio is the largest refrigeration contractor in the Western Pennsylvania region, and Target is one of its clients, according to the Sharpsburg-based company's website. A law enforcement source told Reuters that evidence suggests the hackers stole login credentials from Fazio and may have used the credentials to break into Target's network. The source added, however, that investigators were not sure that...
  • [Mexico:]Human rights agency investigates after Mexican army denies chase killed 5 teens in Reynosa

    12/20/2013 8:16:48 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    The Monitor ^ | December 19, 2013 | Jared Taylor
    Mexico’s human rights commission said Thursday it launched an investigation into what had been reported as five teenage students who were fatally run down Wednesday by suspected criminals fleeing army soldiers giving chase. The declaration came the same day that the Tamaulipas attorney general’s office backed off its initial report that the five children — between 13 and 15 years old — were killed as they waited for a school bus along the Reynosa-San Fernando highway early Wednesday afternoon. Instead, state prosecutors now say that there’s nothing that shows the truck that killed the students was being pursued by army...
  • 'Four trucks filled with bodies' after Reynosa firefight

    03/12/2013 10:34:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 3/11/13 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    REYNOSA — Fear and panic filled the streets of Reynosa on Sunday night as rival gunmen battled during a three-hour firefight that saw automatic weapons and grenades used. Surprisingly, Mexican authorities were absent for most of the melee. The opening clashes were reported just before 9 p.m. Sunday, when rival factions of the Gulf Cartel consummated what appeared to be a yet another rift within the criminal organization. During the protracted gunbattle, dozens of gunmen were killed, but authorities Monday would only confirm the deaths of two bystanders and the injury of a third. A Tamaulipas law enforcement official, who...
  • American grazed by bullet fleeing from gunmen in Reynosa

    10/02/2012 3:16:55 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/02/12 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities are investigating an incident where an American citizen was grazed by a bullet while fleeing from gunmen in the outskirts of Reynosa. Pharr police reported that it happened on the Mexican border city's eastside early Sunday morning. Investigators told Action 4 News that a wounded 38-year-old man drove up from Mexico at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge around 8:20 a.m. Sunday. The Pharr man told customs officers that a bullet grazed his head while fleeing from gunmen in his red Ford Ranger pickup truck. It's not clear why the man was in Mexico or what he was doing but he...
  • [Mexico:]Gunmen open fire on Reynosa newspaper

    05/08/2012 9:45:08 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    The Monitor ^ | May 07, 2012 | Staff
    No injuries have been reported after unknown gunmen fired several gunshots at a Reynosa newspaper Monday afternoon. The unidentified shooters opened fire at political tabloid Hora Cero about 1 p.m. Monday, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who requested anonymity. A reporter familiar with the Hora Cero attack said “every part” of the newspaper’s building along the Ribereña highway had been hit with bullets, though none of its staff suffered injuries. “They shot up the whole ... building,” the reporter said in Spanish, adding that Hora Cero’s editors had received threats in recent weeks. Hector Hugo Jimenez, the general director...
  • [Mexico:]U.S. woman killed in Reynosa firefight, sources say

    04/18/2012 11:40:02 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    The Monitor ^ | April 18, 2012 | Staff
    An unidentified woman believed to be a U.S. citizen was killed Saturday night during a firefight between the Mexican military and a group of gunmen near the Plaza Niños Heroes in downtown Reynosa, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who asked not to be named for security reasons. On Sunday, the Mexican military raided a stash house just two blocks away from where the woman had been killed, said a source outside law enforcement with direct knowledge. It remained unclear whether the woman was a bystander Saturday night or played a role in the clash. Mexican authorities have not released...
  • [Mexico:]Soldiers ambushed in Reynosa, sources say

    01/30/2012 3:37:07 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 26, 2012
    Several Mexican soldiers were killed when gunmen ambushed them Thursday afternoon in Reynosa, said sources outside law enforcement familiar with organized crime. The ambush came in response to heavy casualties the military inflicted on gunmen Thursday morning, the sources said. The clashes continued a violent week along the northern Tamaulipas border, which had experienced weeks of relative calm until a reported push by the Zetas drug cartel to take over Gulf Cartel territory in Reynosa and Matamoros. In Thursday’s clashes in Reynosa, roads were blockaded and gunbattles pitted the Mexican military against gunmen, and rival groups of gunmen against each...
  • [Mexico:]Grenades, bullets fly in Reynosa; Gulf lieutenant may have been captured

    12/22/2011 1:06:40 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    The Monitor ^ | December 21, 2011
    Firefights, grenade explosions and chases broke out in Reynosa once again Wednesday night defying regular assurances by state officials that all was well. And unconfirmed reports from sources outside law enforcement point to the capture of a ranking lieutenant in the Gulf Cartel, possibly a plaza boss. Mexican authorities wouldn’t confirm or deny the capture. The clashes began as a chase between gunmen shortly after 7:30 p.m. before authorities got involved, according to preliminary information released by a local law enforcement official not authorized to speak publicly. The official wouldn’t comment on the gunmen’s affiliation but said the fighting was...
  • Kidnapping victim found in trunk of car at international bridge(in South Texas)

    11/02/2011 1:01:39 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    The Brownsville Herald/ Monitor ^ | November 02, 2011 | NAXIELY LOPEZ
    HIDALGO — Police here rescued a kidnapping victim from the trunk of a car bound for Mexico Tuesday morning. Police are not releasing many details about the kidnapping because it is still under investigation and officers want to protect the victim from further danger, Captain Robert Vela of the Hidalgo Police Department said. A police officer stationed at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge was inspecting southbound traffic when he came across a driver who looked younger than the average licensed driver, investigators said. At least one patrolman is always on duty at the port of entry to secure the toll booths...
  • Gulf Cartel infighting ignites in streets of Reynosa, Matamoros, Valle Hermoso(Mexico)

    10/27/2011 4:05:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch
    The Monitor ^ | October 27, 2011
    As the Gulf Cartel’s internal struggle continues, the residents of Reynosa, Matamoros and Valle Hermoso have been subjected to various firefights. In one of those firefights, the plaza boss of Valle Hermoso — a man known as Comandante Guerra — reportedly was gunned down. The firefights between the Gulf Cartel’s warring factions — the Rojos and the Metros — began Tuesday evening and continued into late Wednesday morning, said a source outside law enforcement familiar with the situation. The first clash was reported in Valle Hermoso, some 18 miles south of Brownsville, where Comandante Guerra was gunned down. About 8...
  • 94,000 pounds of marijuana destroyed in Reynosa (Mexico)

    10/14/2011 11:32:52 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 13, 2011 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Authorities destroyed close to 94,000 pounds of marijuana Thursday morning in Reynosa, according to Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office, known as the PGR. The destruction took place under heavy guard at the Shooting and Fishing Club in Reynosa, which lies along the highway to San Fernando, Tamps. In addition to the marijuana, the PGR also destroyed about a half-pound of cocaine, one pound of methamphetamines and 324 marijuana plants. The drugs were seized as part of 74 different investigations.
  • Mexican soldiers arrest Edinburg shooting suspect (South Texas)

    10/14/2011 8:20:27 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 14, 2011 | Naxiely Lopez
    EDINBURG — Mexican federal authorities arrested a suspect who fled to Mexico Wednesday morning after he allegedly shot a man and stole his truck in Edinburg. Mexican soldiers arrested the suspect and another man as they crossed the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge because they were in possession of a firearm, which is illegal in Mexico, Edinburg police Lt. Oscar Treviño said. Police did not release the men’s identities. Edinburg investigators believe the handgun found inside the stolen truck those two men drove was the one used in a shooting earlier that day in the 1000 block of Denver St. in Edinburg....
  • Tommy gun among weapons traded for food during Reynosa buyback

    10/12/2011 4:07:11 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 12, 2011 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    McALLEN — A joint venture between the Mexican Army and the city of Reynosa has resulted in citizens turning in 23 firearms in exchange for food rations. The program kicked off Monday morning as a way to get guns off the streets, with city officials inviting the public to visit either of the two trade centers and exchange weapons or ammunition for food. The program is expected to run until 6 p.m. Friday, but on Tuesday alone, 11 rifles had been traded in, including a Tommy gun. The exchange booths are at the March 21 Plaza in the Benito Juarez...
  • [Mexico:]Four reported wounded in Reynosa grenade attack

    09/27/2011 3:25:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KGBT ^ | 09.26.2011
    At least four people have been reported as wounded following the explosion of a grenade at a bar in a central Reynosa neighborhood. It all happened at the Gallo de Oro bar near the intersection of Avenida Heron Rodriguez and Calle Toluca in the Colonia Simon Ramirez shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday. Authorities told Action 4 News that at least four people were reported as wounded and taken to local hospitals for treatment. The medical condition of the wounded was not immediately available but the case remains under investigation by Tamaulipas State Police. Reynosa residents were the first to report...
  • No injuries in overnight grenade attack in Reynosa(Mexico)

    06/29/2011 5:29:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 29, 2011
    A grenade exploded outside of Reynosa’s city hall early Tuesday, but reportedly no one was injured. Two explosive devices were thrown by unknown individuals near the Reynosa city hall about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, said a Mexican law enforcement official, who added that only one of the devices exploded. Authorities quickly responded to the area to conduct the necessary investigations and to try to identify those responsible for the attack, he said. The official wouldn’t comment on whether members of organized crime were behind the attack or if the grenade was thrown as a message or as a way to discredit...
  • Source: Young Zeta foot soldiers hunted in Reynosa[Mexico]

    06/06/2011 12:50:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 06, 2011
    Zetitas sought by gov't, cartel foes Authorities were out in force patrolling the streets of Reynosa after a string of attacks allegedly carried out by Zetitas — young Zeta foot soldiers — that caused panic among its residents. Details were not readily available, but authorities and a group of gunmen clashed Sunday morning in the Anzalduas residential area. Tamaulipas state authorities said the brief clash left no one injured or dead. Those patrolling the streets included Mexican Federal Police, the Mexican Army, the Mexican Navy, Tamaulipas State Police and Reynosa Municipal Police, said a Mexican law enforcement official. And two...
  • Gulf Cartel leader 'El Tocayo' caught in Reynosa(Mexico)

    05/21/2011 9:22:34 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 1+ views
    KGBT ^ | 05.20.2011
    Mexican authorities are reporting the arrest of a high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel south of the border in Reynosa. Mexico's National Ministry of Public Safety (SSP) reported that federal police arrested Gilberto Barragan-Balderas and two other men on Friday afternoon. Residents used Twitter to report gunfire and a heavy police presence in a neighborhood on the city's westside. SSP officials confirmed that Barragan-Balderas was captured along Gulf Cartel gunment Sergio Gutierrez-Castañon and Romeo Eduardo Mejia. Mejia is the brother of Juan Reyes Mejia, a lead Gulf Cartel gunman known as "El R1." Barragan-Balderas, who goes by the nicknames of...
  • Intelligence Agency Predicts Escalated Violence in Northern Mexico

    05/03/2011 1:35:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    KRGV ^ | 05/03/2011 | Kirk Chaisson
    WESLACO - A new report from the global intelligence agency STRATFOR says the ongoing struggle between the Gulf Cartel and Zetas will likely lead to escalating violence in the city of Reynosa in the coming months. The report says the Sinaloa Cartel continues to grow, while many other cartels are weakening. With the breakdown in the structure of organizations, it will make gangs like the Zetas even more dangerous in the coming months. "Fragmented cells of the basic command structure of the organization are now pretty much running amok. As you look at that, it's a very dangerous environment to...
  • 51 Migrants Rescued in Mexican Border City (Reynosa)

    04/26/2011 11:57:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 26, 2011
    From mass graves to mass kidnappings, the situation in parts of Mexico continues to look grim. Mexico's federal police rescued 51 people, including six Chinese and 18 Central American migrants, who were captive in the same border city where more than five dozen people were freed last week, authorities said Monday night. Police investigators were led to the latest group while following up on last week's rescue of 68 people in Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, federal officials said. Authorities gave no motives or identified the kidnappers or drug gang involved, but drug cartels have been accused of pulling people...
  • [South Texas/Mexico:]Reynosa Man Waiting on Sentence After Conviction in Deadly Shooting

    04/13/2011 4:19:46 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    KRGV ^ | April 13, 2011
    MCALLEN - A Reynosa man convicted in a deadly shooting in McAllen is waiting to learn his sentence. Twenty-one-year old Irving Garcia was found guilty in the shooting death of Cristian de los Santos. De los Santos was shot and killed in the parking lot of a north McAllen shopping center last June. Police believe the killing was the result of an ongoing family feud. A jury is hearing witness testimony. Then they'll decide Garcia’s sentence. He faces two to 99 years in prison.
  • [South Texas:]Family of Man Murdered in Reynosa Speaks

    04/04/2011 11:49:02 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KRGV ^ | 04/04/2011 | Bill Barajas
    ALAMO - Sadness fills the home of the Valdez family. The loss of a loved one has them holding on to each other for strength in these trying times. Elizabeth Vega is the younger sister of Robert Valdez, a man murdered in cold blood south of the border. Vega tells us her family is in unimaginable pain. She said, "They are distraught they can't believe it. They are still in shock." Vega says her brother went to Mexico to visit a girlfriend. He was found stabbed 10 times; he was also run over by a car. Vega tells CHANNEL 5...
  • [South Texas:]Man claims Mexican gunmen pushed him to smuggle machine gun

    02/09/2011 7:38:07 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Monitor ^ | February 08, 2011 | JARED TAYLOR
    PHARR — Federal authorities arrested a 21-year-old Pharr man who allegedly tried to smuggle a machine gun into Mexico. A Pharr police officer stopped Julio Cesar Ramirez's in a white 2006 Hummer H3 as he attempted enter the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, according to a criminal complaint. The officer said he noticed a black gun case in the back seat of the Hummer and called U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to the scene. Ramirez claimed he had no guns inside the vehicle, but when officers opened the case, they found a Browning .30-caliber machine gun with a tripod inside, the...
  • [South Texas:]U.S. missionary dies from gunshot after crossing to U.S. from Mexico

    01/26/2011 3:30:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 26, 2011 | Jared Taylor
    PHARR — A woman died after she suffered a gunshot wound to the head in Mexico earlier today. The woman, identified as Nancy Davis, 59, was rushed to the hospital after she showed up at the Pharr point of entry with a gunshot wound late Wednesday morning. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered Davis and her husband, Sam, both U.S. citizens. Only Nancy Davis had suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to an area hospital via ambulance. "She arrived at the Pharr point of entry and emergency procedures took over and she was...
  • Spike Strips Fail to Stop Chase at Anzalduas Bridge(2 escape into Reynosa, Mexico, video)

    01/12/2011 2:52:27 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KRGV ^ | 01/12/2011 | Farrah Fazal
    HIDALGO COUNTY - Two men are on the run at this hour after they crashed through the international crossing at Anzalduas. It began as a traffic stop at about noon on Tuesday. Alamo police officers pulled over a SUV after the drivers were suspiciously driving around the Alamo Plaza parking lot. At first the men seemed to cooperate with the officer. At one point, the officer asked the passenger to exit the vehicle when he began fidgeting. Sgt. Lupita Valdez says the driver had a Georgia license. The passenger had a Reynosa drivers license and local identification. All their documents...
  • Despite Violence Workers Still Head South of the Border (video)

    01/11/2011 10:21:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KRGV ^ | 01/11/2011 | Camaron Abundes
    MCALLEN - Despite violence in Mexico, Executive recruiters say they're having no problems filling top jobs. One employee CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with says there's not much attention paid to the security issues. Thousands of Americans cross the border every d(a)y to go to work. "I know there have been loses of key managers here and there due to concerns. I would say most managers still go to Reynosa to work every day," says Mike Willis. Willis is the Vice President of Business Partnerships for Workforce Solutions. He says despite the violence, there's several U.S. Companies looking to relocate into...
  • Pharr man killed in Reynosa's first murder of the year(South Texas/Mexico)

    01/03/2011 2:57:03 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGBT ^ | 01/03/2011
    The family of a Pharr man is in mourning after their loved one was killed south of the border in Reynosa. The El Universal newspaper is reporting that 35-year-old Ricardo Hugarin Garcia was killed over the weekend. El Universal reported that Garcia went missing on Thursday, December 30th. The newspaper reported that Garcia's body was found in Reynosa's Colonia Francisco Villa on Sunday. El Universal reported that Garcia's body was found in a bag. He had been strangled with a chord that was still tied around his neck. The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office (PGJE) told El Universal that Garcia lived...
  • Mexican Government Calling Up Reinforcements(Northern Tamaulipas)

    11/17/2010 3:30:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KRGV ^ | 11/16/2010 | Will Ripley
    NORTHERN TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO - The Mexican government has called in federal reinforcements to try to stop a surge in violence between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas. The troop surge is happening in northern Tamaulipas, the area right next to the Valley. The Mexican army and federal police are moving in now. The reinforcements are expected to bring the number of federal security forces in the region to nearly 3,000. The troops have been arriving since Saturday to patrol the areas between Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo. This includes Ciudad Mier, where the Zetas forced about 300 people from their homes...
  • [Mexico:]Chase, gunfire reported on busy Reynosa highway

    10/20/2010 1:27:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/12/2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities are urging caution following reports of gunfire and a chase on a busy Reynosa highway. Users of the social media network Twitter reported gunfire and heavy movement of law enforcement officials shortly after noon on Wednesday. Reynosa city officials confirmed a "situation of risk" due to a chase around 12:21 p.m. Wednesday. City officials said the chase started in front of the Hospital Materno Infantil off Bulevar Hidalgo and went down towards Avenida Mil Cumbres. A large mobilization of law enforcement officials was reported in the area. City officials asked residents to stay away from the area for their...
  • 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....
  • [South Texas:]Hidalgo County deputies on alert following Reynosa jailbreak

    09/10/2010 4:16:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KGBT ^ | 9/10/2010 | Katie Lopez
    Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies are on alert after 85 prisoners escaped from a prison south of the border in Reynosa. Mexican officials reported that 85 prisoners used a ladder to scale a fence at the CEDES prison in Reynosa around 4:15 a.m. Friday. Mexico's Attorney General's Office is questioning 44 guards and what role they may had in the jailbreak. CNN Mexico reported that 66 of the guards were being housed for federal crimes while the other 19 were jailed for common crimes. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño told Action 4 News that American law enforcement officials were nofified...
  • [Mexico:]Explosion at Downtown Reynosa Bar

    08/28/2010 9:40:46 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies
    KRGV ^ | 8/28/10
    MEXICO - Mexican authorities are investigating an explosion at a Reynosa bar. The blast happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the La Quebradita bar near Calle Colon and Calle Juarez in the downtown area. Few details are being released. Officials were urging residents to stay away from the area. It is unknown what type of explosive device was used or if anyone was hurt. In the resort town of Acapulco Mexico 14 bodies have have been discovered in different parts of the city. Mexican officials say the victims were bound, blindfolded and shot. Two bodies were found in...
  • [Mexico:]Several reportedly dead in Reynosa violence

    08/25/2010 2:48:01 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    The Monitor ^ | August 25, 2010
    REYNOSA — At least six people are reportedly dead after several vehicles exploded during an apparent shootout Tuesday evening. Gunfire and explosions erupted about 5 p.m. Tuesday along the highway between Monterrey and Reynosa on the city’s far west side, near the Anzalduas International Bridge, sources said. Apparently slain in the battle were two Mexican army soldiers and four suspected drug cartel members who were burned to death inside an SUV. A woman was also reportedly shot in the rear end and was rushed to an area hospital for surgery, a source said. The apparent explosions along the Reynosa-Monterrey highway...
  • Police: San Juan teen randomly kidnapped, found in Reynosa (Texas Spillover Violence Alert)

    08/24/2010 6:25:07 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 31 replies
    The Monitor ^ | August 23, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    SAN JUAN —Police reunited a teenage woman with her family Monday afternoon, nearly 19 hours after she was abducted, blindfolded and dumped in a Reynosa field. The 18-year-old woman, whose name was not disclosed by police, was walking to a friend’s house about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. A black van pulled up alongside her and three men hopped out, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said. They snatched the girl, blindfolded her and took her to Reynosa. The kidnappers began calling the woman’s family demanding ransom money. “The kidnappers somehow missed it that she had a cell phone,” Gonzalez said. “We...
  • [Mexico]Reynosa isn't safe for visitors, city's economic secretary says

    08/20/2010 4:05:42 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Brownsville Herald/Monitor ^ | August 20, 2010 | MARTHA L. HERNANDEZ
    MISSION – Reynosa cannot guarantee the safety of its visitors amid recent fighting between the military and drug smuggling groups, an official from the Mexican city said Thursday. “We don’t have the access or the resources,” Armando Zertuche Zuani, Reynosa’s secretary of economic development and employment, said in Spanish. “(Mexican President Felipe) Calderón put us in a war for which the citizens were not trained to respond. We are prepared to respond to flooding or hurricane emergencies but not a war.” Zertuche Zuani’s statements came during the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Summit 2010, in which he touted Reynosa’s economic...
  • 7 gunmen, 1 soldier dead in clashes in Mexico (Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo)

    07/14/2010 3:57:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | July 14, 2010
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — The Mexican army says seven gunmen and one soldier have died this week in gunbattles in two cities bordering Texas. According to army statements, the first shootout killed a soldier in Reynosa on Sunday. Four gunmen died Tuesday in the same city, and another three were killed in Nuevo Laredo.
  • [Mexico:]Gunfire, grenades trap Reynosa shoppers inside stores

    07/12/2010 8:26:07 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 1+ views
    KGBT ^ | 07.11.2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Mutliple shootouts and grenade explosions throughout Reynosa left some residents trapped inside stores and prompted authorities to ask others to stay indoors. It all started around 8 p.m. Sunday but Reynosa city officials reported that the incidents ended around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. City officials were urging caution late Sunday night and had asked area residents to stay indoors because the violence was so widespread. Reynosa officials specifically asked residents avoid Bulevar Hidalgo between the Broncos Baseball Stadium to Avenida Mil Cumbres. Authorities also warned residents to avoid the area on the highway to Matamoros and Bulevar Colosio. Many residents reported...
  • [Mexico:]12 killed in Miguel Alemán, Reynosa street battles

    06/21/2010 4:30:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 21, 2010 | JARED TAYLOR
    MIGUEL ALEMÁN, Tamps. — Nine suspected cartel gunmen and three Mexican army soldiers died during separate gun battles Thursday in Tamaulipas border cities. The Mexican Defense Ministry said eight attackers were killed during a shootout with army soldiers on a ranch near Miguel Alemán on Thursday. Three soldiers were killed during the gunfight. Soldiers said suspected cartel gunmen attacked them during a patrol near the Pato de Oro ranch south of the city, near the Marte R. Gomez dam. Soldiers fired back at the assailants. No further details about that attack were immediately available. The incident remains under investigation. In...
  • [South Texas:]Fatal shooting at north McAllen shopping center

    06/14/2010 3:10:42 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 615+ views
    KGBT ^ | 6/13/2010
    Four Mexican nationals are in custody following a fatal Saturday night shooting at a north McAllen shopping center. The shooting took place at the Northcross Shopping Center at the northwest corner of North 10th Street and Nolana Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. McAllen police told Action 4 News that a 24-year-old man died after being shot near a nail salon in the far end of the the shopping center. Investigators said the four suspects fled the scene and tried head into Mexico but authorities were in pursuit. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez told Action 4 News that the four men...
  • [Mexico:]Two Men Shot and Killed Outside Reynosa High School

    06/03/2010 3:14:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 267+ views
    KRGV ^ | 6/03/2010
    REYNOSA - Two people are dead following a shooting outside a Reynosa high school. According to reports by the Mexican media, the Mexican military spotted four young men in a suspicious white truck. The truck was parked near General Francisco Mugica high school Wednesday afternoon. The four young men tried to drive away but the military chased them down. The army opened fire killing two of the young men in the truck. The other two men were taken away into police custody. Witnesses on the scene say the men in the truck were high school students; however, federal officials haven't...
  • Federal police building attacked in Reynosa[Mexico]

    05/20/2010 8:32:30 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 233+ views
    KGBT ^ | May 19, 2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Mexican authorities are reporting an attack on a federal police building in Reynosa. City officials reported an explosion at the Federal Preventative Police (PFP) building off Bulevar Hidalgo on the city's westside around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities reported that the explosion was caused by an explosive device. Officials did not specify what kind of device was used in the attack but previous attacks against police buildings in Reynosa have involved everything ranging from molotov cocktails to grenades to rockets. No injuries were reported but Reynosa city officials temporarily asked residents to avoid the area. Authorities lifted their warning around 11:30...
  • [South Texas:]‘A Day Without Mexicans' has message, but little impact

    05/14/2010 2:53:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 667+ views
    The Monitor ^ | May 14, 2010 | Sean Gaffney
    McALLEN — A protest dubbed “A Day Without Mexicans” could have devastated Rio Grande Valley retailers Thursday if people had participated in large numbers. Ramiro Cienfuegos, president of the Reynosa Chamber of Commerce, said only a few Mexican nationals avoided crossing international bridges and shunned U.S. stores in protest of Arizona’s divisive new immigration law. “This was above all a protest against the Arizona law,” he said. “A symbol.” If successful, the boycott would have assailed stores in the U.S. But in an area where the economy is not bound by borders and Mexicans traditionally spend more than $1 billion...
  • Former Federal Police Officer Gunned Down in Mexico

    05/14/2010 12:25:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 357+ views
    KRGV ^ | 05/14/2010 | Lisa Cortez
    REYNOSA, Tamaulipas, Mexico - Reports out of Mexico say the director of public works for the city of Reynosa was gunned down in his truck. Roberto Ramos was gunned down this afternoon a few blocks west of the Reynosa-Hidalgo International Bridge. Authorities have not released any solid information on why Ramos was targeted, but they do say he was a former federal police officer. Mexican authorities are looking for those responsible.
  • Police station attacked in Reynosa's 'Boystown'

    04/29/2010 3:42:38 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 419+ views
    KGBT ^ | April 28, 2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities are investigating an attack using at least two explosive devices thrown at a police station in an area of Reynosa known to Americans as "Boystown". Reynosa city officials issued an alert about the incident on their Twitter account around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday. Tamaulipas state officials officials confirmed that two explosive devices were thrown at a city police station in Reynosa's Colonia Aquiles Serdan. Investigators reported there no injuries during the attack, only material damages. Reynosa city officials said at least one explosion was reported from a manmade device. A second explosive device was found undetonated in a plaza in...
  • [Mexico:]Explosive device remains under Reynosa bridge

    04/28/2010 8:22:26 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 375+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 28, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    REYNOSA — Authorities continue to tell the public to avoid a bridge near Reynosa's baseball stadium after at least one unexploded grenade was discovered beneath it Tuesday night. City officials announced about 9 p.m. Tuesday that the explosives were found beneath the Broncos bridge, which runs along the city's baseball stadium. Officials said Wednesday morning the "situation of risk" remains. The bridge remains open and officials say municipal police are monitoring the area, but motorists should avoid the area, officials said. At least one person died late last month after two shootouts near the Broncos bridge. At least seven unexploded...
  • [Mexico:]Reynosa officials urge people to stay indoors after grenade attack near police station

    04/23/2010 8:58:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 362+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 22, 2010 | Ana Ley
    REYNOSA — Reynosa authorities urged residents to stay home after reports of violence across the city Thursday night, including what one police officer described as a grenade attack near the municipal police station. The city began posting alerts about 9:30 p.m. via Twitter about “situations of risk” along Miguel Alemán Boulevard and in the Narciso Mendoza and Canada neighborhoods on the city’s west side. Minutes later, officials informed residents that an explosion had occurred in the Canada neighborhood and told people to avoid the area. The city later announced via Twitter that there had been an attack on the municipal...
  • Somalis with terrorist links feared headed to U.S. border

    04/06/2010 3:29:06 PM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 1,314+ views
    WASHINGTON EXAMINER.com ^ | April 6, 2010 | Sara A. Carter
    SNIPPET: "Somalis with ties to a terrorist organization are believed to be plotting to illegally enter the United States after being mistakenly released from custody in Mexico, a confidential federal law enforcement report said." SNIPPET: "Included in the group is Mohamed Osman Noor, 35, of Somalia, who U.S. officials suspect has strong ties to Al-Shabaab Mujahideen, an Islamist insurgency group in the ongoing war in Somalia with ties to al Qaeda. The report was written by an intelligence official with the Laredo Sector Border Intelligence Center, a joint federal task force under the Department of Homeland Security that operates on...
  • [Mexico:]Official: Gang raid freed 13 held in Reynosa prison

    04/05/2010 2:56:38 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 325+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/AP ^ | April 05, 2010 | JORGE VARGAS
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Thirteen inmates escaped when armed men stormed a prison in Reynosa, an official with the federal Attorney General's Office said Sunday. It was the second mass jailbreak in less than two weeks in Tamaulipas state, which has been wracked by a new wave of battles between feuding drug gangs. Last week, 40 inmates escaped from a prison in Matamoros, a Tamaulipas city across the border from Brownsville, Texas. The prison director was under investigation, and 50 employees were held for questioning. In the Reynosa incident, 31 guards have been detained for questioning in the Friday prison...
  • Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling

    03/31/2010 2:54:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 223+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | March 30, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 30, 2010 Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling WASHINGTON - Samuel Abrahaley Fessahazion, 23, an Eritrean national, has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle illegal aliens to the United States for private financial gain, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Fessahazion, aka "Sami," aka "Sammy," aka "Alex" and aka "Alex Williams" pleaded guilty on March 29, 2010, in Houston to one count of conspiracy and two counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to come to, enter or reside in the United...
  • [Mexico:]Pharr bridge, other points blocked, amid shootouts across Reynosa

    03/30/2010 10:54:20 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 831+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 30, 2010
    REYNOSA — City officials say northbound access to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and other points throughout the city are blocked. Mexican authorities said there are unconfirmed reports of several street battles have occurred across the city, including near Boulevard Morelos, Rio Purificacion, Mexico Highway 2 near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and Mexico Highway 40 — the highway to Monterrey. Information about casualties was not immediately available. "There are some violent events happening," said a Mexican official who was not authorized to comment. Photos posted by Twitter users today show tour buses being used to block traffic and federal police along...
  • [Mexico:]Violence the result of fractured arrangement between Zetas and Gulf Cartel, authorities say

    03/10/2010 4:32:45 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 320+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 10, 2010 | JEREMY ROEBUCK
    REYNOSA — At dusk the city’s center drains of life. Classrooms remain half full during the day and businesses surrounding the main plaza shutter with the first twinge of twilight. The shooting has largely quieted but Reynosa’s residents stand one mass e-mail, one Internet posting or one YouTube video away from descending into panic again. Three weeks after a series of daily shootouts left dozens dead in the Mexican cities that border the Rio Grande Valley, the details behind the violence remain hazy — obfuscated by an almost complete Mexican media and government blackout on information. What is clear, however,...