South Texas Crime/Court News

File Photo of Progreso International Bridge

PROGRESO–The Progreso International Bridge was shut down temporarily on Thursday morning after a bomb threat was called in. 

The bridge was shut down for about a half-hour and traffic redirected to other international port of entry crossings.

During the shut down, Customs and Border Protection Agents inspected every car to make sure there was no danger to the border or the crossing.

Once the inspections finished, the Progreso International Bridge was reopened.

Deputy Constable Fatal Accident in Pharr Photo courtesy of ValleyCentral.com

PHARR–A criminal investigation is being conducted after there was a fatal collision involving a deputy constable who was leading  a funeral procession in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Hidalgo County Deputy Constable, whose name hasn’t been released,  was travelling on the 3900 block of Veteran’s Blvd. shortly before 2 pm Wednesday afternoon when some in the funeral procession allowed a car to turn into an apartment complex.

Witnesses report the law enforcement officer was speeding up to direct traffic, but didn’t see the car and t-bone it. The passenger in the car, an Alamo resident, who hasn’t been identified, was hit by the deputy constable.

She was taken to McAllen Medical Center where she died from her injuries suffered in the accident.

Pharr Police are investigating the case to see if the deputy constable will face any criminal charges related to the accident.

CORPUS CHRISTI–A domestic disturbance call leads to a man getting tased and then sent to jail on a variety of charges on Wednesday afternoon.

Police report Robert Gallegos, 23, was involved in a fight with his girlfriend after she said he punched a wall in the home around 4 pm on the 3900 block of Santa Elena St.

Officers were forced to use the taser to subdue Gallegos, then found a baggie of marijuana on him. 

Gallegos was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

Authorities also report a man working at home in Corpus Christi gets beat up and robbed of his belongings.

Marcus Archer, 48, was working on an air conditioner in a vacant home on the 1800 block of Leslie Lane around 1  pm on Wednesday afternoon.

That’s when two men walked in, according to Archer. He said one hit him several times, while the second one held a knife to his ribs. They took his wallet and his cell phone.

Archer was taken to the hospital for treatment, meanwhile officers are looking for the two men involved in this aggravaged robbery case.

Cartel Leader Captured in Reynosa

REYNOSA–Mexican Federal officials announced they have arrested a key cartel leader outside of a restaurant in Reynosa.

Mario Armando Briones-Muniz AKA Eduardo Flores Borrego AKA El Negro is behind bars and it’s considered a big victory for Mexican law enforcement to get him off the streets.

Authorities report Briones-Muniz was a key member of the Gulf Cartel whose main job was to eliminate the Zetas in Ciudad Mier and Reynosa in Tamaulipias. 

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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