CORPUS CHRISTI–The election may still be unofficial and votes are being recounted, but U.S. 27th District Congressman-elect Blake Farenthold is moving forward. Farenthold leads the current U.S. Congresman Solomon Ortiz by nearly 800 votes. He announced his transition team. It included a number of leaders from the Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend. Farenthold said these people represent the makeup of his district and guide him over the next two months until he takes the position offiicially.
STARR COUNTY– Media reports and video show fighting between the cartels and the Mexican military are forcing hundreds of residents to flee a small border town near the Starr County in South Texas. Ever since the death of Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, the reputed leader of the Gulf Cartel, last Friday, there have been ongoing battles in Ciudad Mier. Cartels members have threatened to kill residents. Even though the military has promised their safety, many are coming across the border into Starr County to get away from the violence.
ALICE–A Jim Wells County District Judge refuses to take a plea deal for a man who authorities said was involved with a 2008 murder of an Alice man. Robert Farias, 27, provided testimony that helped link the two brothers to the murder of 61-year-old Enrique Hughest. Farias testified, telling jurors exactly what happened when Ismael Gonzalez, 27, and his half brother, Justin Lopez, 21, murdered Hughes. He also told investigators where to find the remains of Hughes, which were found 8 monts later in a shallow grave. The brothers were convicted and sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Farias had agreed to be sentenced to 20 years in prison for assisting in the crime, though he didn’t kill Hughes, but the Judge Richard Terrell said it wasn’t a long enough sentence for what his role in the crime.