South Texas Briefs

Two Indicted for Murder of Rousseau

KINGSVILLE–The Kleberg County District Attorney announced two people have been indicted for the 2005 murder of Susan Ann Rousseau, who was beaten to death in her home.

George Garza III, 26,  of Alice and Corina Lopez, 48, of Austin were indicted by a grand jury earlier this month. Records shw Rousseau had filed four harassment charges against Lopez

Prosecutors said Rousseau was bludgeoned to death with a bat in her mobile home back in December of 2005. Investigators described it as a robbery gone bad.

Garza confessed during an interrogation last August. It’s believed Lopez told Garza to robbed Rousseau’s and he agreed to do it. The relationship between Lopez and Garza is unknown.

Photo of Alexis Espinoza

 The DA also announced the mother of a 11 month old daughter who was left inside of hot car and died was indicted by the Kleberg County Grand Jury on Thursday.

Angelica Ortiz of Kingsville will face a charge of criminal negligence resulting in death. Police said she came home and forget she left Alexis Espinoza in the car last June 16. A coroner’s report showed Espinoza died from heat exhaustion.


First Confirmation Wood is Winner in Cameron Co. Judge's Race

BROWNSVILLE–The first Cameron County official has come out to say Democrat John Wood beat Republican and current Judge Carlos Cascos by five votes, but there is a recount left to do and the election hasn’t been canvassed.

District Attorney Armando Villalobos was told by Elections Administrator Roger Ortiz during his investigation of any wrongdoing that Wood won by five votes.

Cascos was named the winner of the race by 50 votes last Saturday night, but it was later determined one precincted was accidentally not incuded in the recount. If you included Precinct 54 from Burns Elementary in Brownsville, Democrats claimed victory in the race for county judge.

Ortiz sought advice from the Texas Secretary’s State of Office and announced on Thursday they would recount Precinct 54 and only that precinct, but they don’t know when that recount will happen.

Whatever the case or result, the county DA said you can expect the courts will decide this election one way or another. Canvassing of the election is set for Monday at 8 a.m. in Cameron County.

U.S. State Dept. Issues Travel Warning into Mexico

RIO GRANDE VALLEY–If you are thinking about travelling into Mexico for the Thanksgiving Holidays, you better think again, according to the U.S. State Department.

The agency has issued a travel warning for Americans, citing the high level of drug, gang violence and other crimes.

Across in the state of Tamulipias, Mexico near the Rio Grande Valley, there are reports of armed gunmen committing carjackings and robberies. Authorities confirm these reports in San Fernando, Ciudad Victoria and the small towns near Matamoros.

Last month, authorities said a UT-Brownsville student was murdered during a hijacking of a bus in southern Tamulipias.

The travel warning was issued on Thursday. It’s believed the violence may get worse as there is a power struggle going on between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas.

File Photo of Victoria Veterans at Ceremony

VICTORIA–The Victoria ISD Board of Trustees honored five veterans (not shown in photo) who couldn’t get their high school diploma to go fight in the warzone at their meeting on Thursday night.

The five veterans were given honorary diplomas and considered graduates of either Stroman or Victoria High School where they were attending before the call of the duty came. They neve came back to earn their diploma officially.

The five were honored to have the chance to get their diplomas and went through this ceremony to be role models to their grandchildren and others.

Under Texas education code, veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War are eligible for their honorary diplomas if they were in school and set to graduate, but were drafted into those wars.

King HS plays in state semi tonight in San Marcos

CORPUS CHRISTI–The King High School girls volleyball team plays tonight at 7 pm vs. The Woodlands at Texas State in San Marcos. They are trying to become the first CCISD girls volleyball team to bring home a state championship.

The team received a big sendoff from the community on Thursday afternoon. If you can’t make the game tonight, it will be shown on Time Warner Cable Channel 100. If King wins tonight, they’ll play in the final on Saturday at 7 pm.

(South Texas Briefs compiled from media and wire reports)

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune,


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