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  • 5 months Laredo is home to some of the safest drivers in the U.S., according to Allstate LMTonline
    According to Allstate's national Best Drivers Report, the Gateway City is home to some of the safest drivers in the United States. ... more
  • 5 months Colin breaks barrier as Laredo’s 1st female football coach LMTonline
    Growing up in a household of coaches, Robyn Colin was inspired to follow in her parents’ footsteps. She is hoping to inspire others as her journey comes full circle going from Nixon’s ball girl 18 years ago to becoming Laredo’s first female football coach. “I think about the little girls out there who are going to see me out there and think they can do it too,” Colin said. “That inspires me. Sometimes I don’t realize it. When I’m with the other coaches, we’re all just coaches.” While the full impact of her foray into football is a work in ... more
  • 5 months TAMIU TexPREP students place second at STEM symposium LMTonline
    Fourteen Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) TexPREP fourth-year students were awarded top accolades at the recent TexPREP Fourth Year Symposium, held at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). READ MORE: TAMIU graduate student earns national grant The annual Symposium invites participants who have a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to present independent group projects that encourage real-world problem-solving. Out of 19 projects submitted, the top three projects were recognized. TAMIU’s TexPREP project, “Bring Me the Microplastics,” a prototype developed to help solve the issue of microplastics in oceans, placed second. The project was made ... more
  • 5 months Power of Partnership Program talks candidates LMTonline
    Since 2011, the Power of Partnership Program has recognized people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community. ... more
  • 6 months Retornan casi 2.000 migrantes en 3 semanas LMTonline
    NUEVO LAREDO, México — Derivado del acuerdo migratorio entre México y Estados Unidos sobre el régimen de espera a la petición de asilo político, el gobierno municipal reportó que en tres semanas han retornado a casi 2.000 migrantes por esta frontera, de los cuales 1.055 fueron trasladados a la ciudad de Monterrey. El secretario del Ayuntamiento, Raúl Cárdenas Thomae rindió un informe ante medios de comunicación, este lunes, donde detalló el programa Protocolos de Protección al Migrante. Señaló que este inició hace tres semanas y es el que ha causado polémica por el retorno de ciudadanos a territorio nacional para ... more
  • 6 months Local company donates electronic billboards worth $100k each to Laredo College campuses LMTonline
    When driving up to both of Laredo College campuses, there are prominent black and yellow marquees that flash the day’s message and upcoming events for the school and community. READ MORE: 'Best place for carne asada': Locals react to report ranking Laredo 'worst' TX town to raise family Uni-Trade donated tens of thousands of dollars to LC last year for these tall signs through their partnership. The college held a brief press conference thanking Uni-Trade on Monday morning, and administrators said the marquees will attract community members to events. “As we have transformed our vision, we have deliberately opened up ... more
  • 6 months How a $400k home in Laredo compares to 6 other Texas cities LMTonline
    We looked at homes in seven different cities across the Lone Star state, to see what you'd find if you dove into the market with a $400,000 budget. ... more
  • 6 months What you can and cannot donate to Goodwill LMTonline
    From children's clothing to computers, Goodwill accepts a variety of gently used items as long as they are working and in sell-able condition. However, the nonprofit does not accept everything. ... more
  • 6 months Man arrested after allegedly stealing vehicle from Mall del Norte parking lot LMTonline
    A man landed behind bars for allegedly stealing a vehicle from the Mall Del Norte parking lot. ... more
  • 7 months Imaginarium to celebrate Apollo 11 landing LMTonline
    Fifty years ago on July 20, brave souls went where no man has gone before — the surface of the moon. The Imaginarium of South Texas will be holding an event next Saturday between 2-4 p.m. at their location in Mall del Norte to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of one of the greatest feats in modern history, the Apollo 11 landing. “It was and is still something very important to our history,” Executive Director of the Imaginarium of South Texas Sandra Cavazos Ayala. “I remember watching it when I was little. We focus on trying to inspire youth to focus ... more
  • 7 months Standoff at local motel nets charges of terroristic threats LMTonline
    A male barricaded himself Sunday morning at a local motel for about an hour, according to Laredo police. Authorities responded to a disturbance report at about 11:26 a.m. at the Siesta Motel in the 4100 block of San Bernardo Avenue. Responding officers learned that the male had barricaded himself inside the bathroom. Police also received unconfirmed reports that the male was armed. The suspect was refusing to come out. He allegedly made threats to harm himself and the officers, according to police. “The SWAT team was called out because of the potential threat,” said Investigator Joe E. Baeza, police spokesman. ... more
  • 7 months Temporary tents for asylum seekers on Laredo City Council agenda LMTonline
    Laredo City Council meets Monday evening at City Hall to discuss, among other items, allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use the old import lot at bridge II for a temporary tent complex for the processing of asylum seekers. READ MORE: Community remembers impact and generosity of Carlos Mejia Councilman Alberto Torres said he understands that the federal government wants to set up tents by the ports of entry to be used for magistration and hearing proceedings for people who claim asylum at the border. He’s concerned about the image this would give to commuters and tourists who are ... more
  • 7 months Quiroz represents Mexico at FIBA 16U championships LMTonline
    Laredoan Evelyn Quiroz has been away from the Gateway City for a month representing Mexico at the FIBA 16U Americas Women’s Championships in Aysen, Chile. After training in Mexico City for two weeks, they flew to South America. Quiroz helped the Mexican national team finish in seventh place in the week-long tournament that concluded on Saturday. Quiroz finished third overall in 3-point shooting making 41.7% of her attempts at 10-for-24 in the tournament. USA’s Londynn Jones led the way going 18-for-38 (47.4%), and Chile’s Barbara Torres was 13-for-30 (43.3 %). Playing for the Mexican National team allowed the United High ... more
  • 7 months 0626 LMT A1 Charter Revisions Commission LMTonline
    Laredo’s Charter Revision Commission met for the first time in over a year on Tuesday, instigating an extensive analysis of the city’s guiding document leading up to the November 2020 elections. Last year, City Council tasked the commission with reviewing 25 amendments they requested to be made to the City Charter — in three days. The group voted to not even consider these proposals due to the lack of time they were given and the weight of the assignment. This time around, the Charter Revision Commission will have over a year to review the document before they give their recommendations ... more
  • 7 months Laredoan to be honored with library dedication in Washington LMTonline
    There was nothing Dr. Antonio “Tony” Cantu could not do. ... more
  • 7 months Taylor announces TAMIU basketball schedule LMTonline
    As a new member of the Lone Star Conference, the Texas A&M International men's basketball team has set a challenging schedule before itself for the 2019-2020 season which head coach Joel Taylor announced on Wednesday. The slate features eight teams who made the Division II NCAA Tournament last season. “We always look to schedule the best teams we can find,” Taylor said. “The majority of teams in our non-conference schedule are Top 25-caliber teams, and we will have to play well to win. Playing against the best teams in the country will allow our team to grow much quicker. It ... more
  • 7 months Two men arrested after tips lead police to drug bust LMTonline
    Authorities arrested two people and seized street-level narcotics thanks to tips provided to the Laredo Crime Stoppers. LPD’s narcotics and vice unit assisted by the patrol division raided two homes on Thursday in unrelated cases. The first seizure occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Authorities executed the search warrant in the 3900 block of Guadalajara Street. Officers located three plastic baggies and a $1 bill containing cocaine, according to police. Jose Martin Pedraza, 26, was arrested and charged with manufacture, delivery of a controlled substance in connection with the case. A second search warrant was executed at about 11:20 a.m. in ... more
  • 8 months Laredoan helps Team USA earn Best Team honors in Hungary LMTonline
    Emilio Garcia from Baby Joey’s Boxing Club is an international champion after winning by unanimous decision Friday to capture the gold medal at the 69th Bornemissza Tournament in Eger, Hungary. His effort helped the USA Junior Olympics team earn the Best Team of the Tournament honors. “It feels amazing because becoming an international champion is way more satisfying than winning a national tournament,” Garcia said. “I got to see a lot of stuff that you don’t get the see in America. It feels great being able to represent my country and also the gym that made me who I am ... more
  • 8 months Toscano competing at New Balance Outdoor Nationals LMTonline
    Long distance runner Carlos Toscano will be competing among the best middle school runners in the nation Thursday. The Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School student is one of 48 athletes who met the standard to run by invitation only at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet at North Carolina AT&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina. “At the beginning of the school year, we weren’t aware of meeting standards for New Balance Outdoor Nationals,” Rangel XC coach Carlos Rangel said. “We were just focused on setting new personal records for the school year. In March, we found out about this event ... more
  • 8 months Struggles continue for Tecos in 7-4 loss LMTonline
    It was rough sledding for the Tecolotes Dos Laredos on Monday night. The Tecos (32-26) allowed nine hits and committed three errors in a 7-4 loss to the Acereros de Monclova (38-20) at Parque La Junta, marking their fourth defeat in the last five games and seventh in the past nine contests. With the loss, the Tecolotes are 6.5 games back of the Sultanes de Monterrey in the LMB’s North division standings as they currently sit in fourth place. Everything came to fruition for the Acereros during a five-run fourth inning. Juan Carlos Perez scored on an error to make ... more
  • 8 months Texas’ Piperi wins title as Track & Field Championships open LMTonline
    AUSTIN — The 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships opened with an altered schedule after Mother Nature had an assault on the meet with early rain. On the opening day, a total of five national champions were crowned at Mike A. Myers Stadium. University of Texas sophomore Adrian Piperi headed into the national meet as the top seed, and he did not disappoint on his home track. Piperi picked up the national title in the shot put to become only the fourth Longhorns thrower to win an NCAA Outdoor Championship in the program’s history. He unleashed a ... more
    Mr. Juan Antonio Rebolloso went to eternal rest on Monday, June 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 86 in Laredo, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents Pedro Rebolloso Chacon and Antonia Pizaña Reyna de Chacon, sister Pilar Rebolloso and brothers Miguel, Pedro, Raul and Benito Rebolloso. Mr. Rebolloso is survived by his beloved wife Rosa Rebolloso; their four children Juan Antonio (Maria) Rebolloso, Elsa Beatriz Rebolloso (Raul) Barcelata, Jorge Alejandro (Socorro Guadalupe) Rebolloso and Rosa Maria (Jose Luis) Villarreal. He is also survived by his sister Teresa Rebolloso, Ofelia (Jesus) Garcia, Yolanda, ... more
  • 8 months ANA MARIA SALINAS LMTonline
    Ana Maria Salinas, 95, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Laredo, Texas. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched. She will be truly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband Daniel Salinas Sr., sons Javier Salinas, Gerardo Salinas, and Servando Salinas. She is survived by her children; Annie Patricia Salinas Dodd (James), Norma Gerardina Salinas Saldana (Joe), Irma Leticia Salinas de Gutierrez (Efrain), Daniel Salinas Jr. (Maria Castro), and Guillermo Salinas (Martha); brother-in-law, Cesar Salinas; sisters-in-law, Sara Salinas, and Sylvia Salinas. She ... more
  • 8 months OFELIA MATA LMTonline
    Ofelia Mata, 87, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Laredo, Texas. Mrs. Mata was born in Laredo, Texas and was a life long resident. She is preceded in death by her great-grandson, Jonathan Evan Adams. Parents, Romulo Manzanares and Maria E. Manzanares. Brothers, Daniel Manzanares, Cesario Manzanares, Sylvestre Manzanares, Juan Hernandez, Romulo Jr. and Alberto Esparza. Sisters, Constantina Ledesma, Susie Soto and Margarita Ortiz. She is survived by her children, Armando (Elizabeth) Mata, Olivia Mata, Fernando Mata and Ricardo Mata. Grandchildren, Ramiro (Estrellita) Mata, Sara (Joel) Chapa, Claudia Mata, Armando Gabriel Mata, Erika Mata, Jessica (Valeria) Mata, Araceli ... more
  • 8 months GLORIA N. DE LEON LMTonline
    Gloria N. De Leon passed away Friday, May 31, 2019 at the age of 74 years at a local hospital. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Nieto Funeral Home & Crematory, where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be Friday, June 7, 2019 from the funeral home to Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church. Funeral mass will begin at 9:00 am. Interment will follow immediately at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jesse De Leon, Roberto De Leon, Juan Jose De Leon, Luis Martinez, Miguel Flores, ... more
  • 8 months RICARDO BUSTAMANTE, SR. LMTonline
    NOVEMBER 20, 1960 - JUNE 1, 2019 Ricardo Bustamante, Sr., 58, joined our Lord in His heavenly kingdom, Saturday, June 1, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert G. and Fernanda Bustamante. Left to cherish his memory is his loving spouse, Thelma P. Bustamante, children: Ricardo (Dora) Bustamante, Jr., Cristina (Rody) Bustamante-Roel, David Bustamante, and Gerardo Bustamante; grandchildren: Ricardo III, Melina, Elayna, Desi, Brianna, Cassie, Rowdy, and Brody; siblings: Amely (Alton) Sauls, Fernanda Bustamante, Roberto (Janie) Bustamante, Jr., Yolanda (Enrique) Calzadias, Irma Alvarado, Danny (Nora) Bustamante, Mario (Joanne) Bustamante, Rogelio Bustamante, Velma Bustamante, Gabriel Bustamante, Ramiro Bustamante, ... more
  • 8 months FRANCISCO R. BARRERA LMTonline
    Mr. Francisco R. Barrera passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the age of 56 in Laredo, Texas. He is preceded in death by his father Francisco Barrera, Jr. and his sister Maria Francisca Medina. Mr. Barrera is survived by his loving wife Eulogia Barrera; his children Ricardo (Celia), Gerardo, Mariana and Emilio Barrera and his mother Ernestina R. Barrera. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Genoveva (Lauro) De La Rosa, Miguel (Mary Elizabeth) Barrera, Eliza (Javier) Aranda, Sylvia (Juan Antonio) Molina, Bertha (Jorge) Martinez and Jose Luis (Cindy) Barrera and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. ... more
  • 8 months Patricia Soto LMTonline
    Patricia Soto, 50, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. She was an avid photographer and she enjoyed her occupation as a dental assistant with Imagine Dental North. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Julio Soto Jr., son, Anthony (Clarissa) Guerra, grandchildren: Adam Guerra, Nayelly Guerra, Noe Guerra, Brian Guerra, parents, Gustavo & Manuela Guerra, siblings: Gustavo (Gabriela) Guerra, Griselda (Julian) Garza, Corina (Ricardo) Mata, Diego (Mary) Hernandez, Marisela Hernandez, Rachael Barrientos. She is also survived by other relatives and friends. A prayer service will be ... more
  • 8 months ORALIA RITA LAUREL LMTonline
    May 22, 1926 - May 31, 2019 “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 Oralia Rita Laurel went to be with our Lord on May 31, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Visitaiton will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., where a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral procession will depart at 9:40 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 to St. Patrick Catholic Church, for a funeral mass to be ... more
  • 8 months WWE legends Goldberg, Undertaker coming to Laredo LMTonline
    A big show is coming to Laredo this week as a pair of World Wrestling Entertainment legends are making their way to the city while the company’s heavyweight title will be defended on the same night. WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg and undoubtedly a future Hall of Famer in the Undertaker are scheduled to appear on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown LIVE. The duo will be facing off in a match for the first time in their careers later this week during Friday’s Super ShowDown pay-per-view in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Undertaker, 54, is a native Texan as he was born ... more
  • 8 months Two meth smuggling suspects sentenced to prison LMTonline
    Two suspected meth smugglers from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have been sentenced to federal prison. Jesus Francisco Perez-Lumbreras, 36, and Gerardo Cervantes-Valenzuela, 27, pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to conspiracy to import methamphetamine, according to court documents. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña sentenced Cervantes-Valenzuela to 120 months while Perez-Lumbreras received a 57-month sentence. Both are expected to be deported following their sentences. Federal authorities said the case unfolded Nov. 26, 2018. Perez-Lumbreras arrived at the World Trade Bridge in a white box truck. He was transporting a shipment of safety valves from Nuevo Laredo to Laredo. He was then referred ... more
  • 9 months ELOISA LERMA LMTonline
    Mrs. Eloisa Lerma beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the age of 58. She was preceded in death by her parents Guadalupe Claudio and Ampelia Trujillo de Claudio, brothers Gustavo and Antonio Claudio and sister Isabel Claudio de Martinez. Mrs. Lerma is survived by her children Edmundo (Yeseñia) Lerma and Erica (Samuel) Garcia, grandchildren Edgar, Giselle, Eric and Vanessa Lerma, David Longoria, Guillermo Antonio and Samantha Garcia. She is also survived by her mother Rebecca Claudio, brothers Miguel (+Rosa) Claudio, Jaime (Jackie) Claudio, David (Dinorah) Claudio, sisters Melida ... more
  • 9 months PD: Man bites another after hotel argument LMTonline
    A man bit and scratched another male during a struggle they had in the room of a local hotel, according to police. Jesus Mata, 25, was arrested and charged with assault, family violence. The assault was reported at about 5:10 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Bob Bullock Loop. Officers met with a man who stated that a male had assaulted him. He stated that he and Mata got into an argument in their hotel room. Mata chased down the male when he left the room. During the struggle, Mata allegedly bit him in the arm and scratched him. ... more
  • 9 months LISD admin building plans unveiled LMTonline
    LISD’s new administration building will feature three stories of offices and meeting rooms, and will have a large conference room and a ballroom, according to the latest designs presented during the district’s operations committee meeting. Much of the Jesus Martinez Performing Arts Complex has been demolished renovation which will be attached to the new administration building. LISD Assistant Superintendent for Plant Facilities and Support Services Angel Velazquez said the two projects are being bundled into one so that they can start at the same time. He also said the department is expected to present a guaranteed maximum price to the ... more
  • 9 months LC breaks graduation record with 1.8K graduates LMTonline
    Laredo College broke its graduation record this year with more than 1,843 graduates and honored UISD Early College High School students during its 72nd commencement ceremony Friday. “This is a monumental and historical event,” LC President Ricardo Solis said during the ceremony. “Laredo College has transformed and empowered your life, giving you the power to disrupt and change your destiny and to make a positive impact for generations to come. We are all behind you. We are innovators working together to make sure you learn well and finish strong.” About 93 LBJ Early College High School students graduated from high ... more
  • 9 months Suspect arrested for alleged assault and robbery at a local park LMTonline
    A man landed behind bars on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting and stealing from another man, according to authorities. Nathan Eliud Hernandez, 18, was served with an arrest warrant charging him with robbery. On April 11, Laredo police responded to a robbery call on the 10200 block of McPherson Road. A man stated that a male he knew assaulted him and stole his property. According to the man, he was asked to meet a friend at a local park where he was then assaulted by four individuals who then took his cellphone, a pair of binoculars and his shoes, according to ... more
  • 9 months 2 males found dead in unrelated cases LMTonline
    Laredo police are investigating two unrelated deaths that occurred about one hour apart from each other at different businesses. Authorities did not release the identities of the males, pending the notification of next kin. No foul play is suspected on these cases. Crimes against persons detectives are investigating both. The first case was reported at about 2:41 p.m. Thursday, when Laredo Fire Department crews and police officers responded to a possible shots fired report at the Fuel America Travel Center on 13602 FM 1472. Officers said they located a male with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to ... more
  • 9 months Authorities seize more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana LMTonline
    County authorities recently seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested one person. Webb County Sheriff’s Office officials said an investigation led them on May 2 to the 4700 block of Chibcha Court in south Laredo. There, authorities said they found Mauricio Guerra, 44, in possession of large bundles of marijuana. Authorities said the marijuana weighed 2,041 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,632,800. Guerra was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana. Webb County Jail records show he was released on bond the following day. Records show Guerra is from Roma, about 94 miles southwest ... more
  • 9 months CBP seizes $177K of cocaine at Gateway to the Americas bridge LMTonline
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a noteworthy narcotics load with an estimated street value of more than $177,000 in one enforcement action. “CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. The seizure occurred on Tuesday, Apr. 29, when a CBP officer referred a 2008 Ford pick-up driven by a 53-year-old female United States citizen resident of Dallas, Texas for a secondary examination. Upon a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection by CBP officers, a total of nine packages containing 23 pounds of alleged cocaine were discovered. ... more
  • 9 months Local student welcomed back after battle with leukemia LMTonline
    Muller Elementary School held a celebration for kindergarten student Juan Jose Nevares recently. The young student had been away for several months so that he could receive treatment for leukemia. Upon returning to his beloved Muller campus, Principal Mayra Ramirez greeted Juan with an embrace as fellow students, teachers, counselors and administrators cheered and displayed “Welcome Back” signs. Accompanied by his parents, Nidia and Rafael Nevares, and other family members, Juan was visibly moved by the reception he got from his Muller family, UISD Police, U.S. Border Patrol and the Laredo Fire Department. “For children like Juan, returning to school ... more
  • 9 months After water tax rises, tax rate may be set to drop LMTonline
    In an effort to compensate for the higher cost of water in Laredo, City Council on Monday discussed lowering the tax rate by either one penny or three pennies per $100 property valuation. They asked to have both scenarios presented to them during the budget workshops that typically take place in August. Last year, Council dropped the tax rate by one third of a penny, from $0.637 to $0.634 per $100 value. This saved the owner of a $150,000 home about $4 this year. Citizen David Cardwell, who spoke before Council on this issue, said a 1-cent decrease is not ... more
  • 9 months LMT names new managing and sports editors LMTonline
    The Laredo Morning Times recently promoted two individuals to leadership positions on its staff. LMT has appointed former sports editor Zach Davis to the vacant managing editor position to lead its news section. He replaces Nick Georgiou, who recently returned to his hometown of Houston to be closer to his family. Assistant sports editor Jason Mack will also be moving up to take Davis’ former position of sports editor. “I am pleased to announce promotion of sports editor Zach Davis to managing editor as he replaces Nick Georgiou,” LMT publisher Bill Green said. “In his five-plus years as sports editor, ... more
  • 9 months Suspect accused of breaking into a vehicle and stealing a purse LMTonline
    A man was arrested Thursday for breaking into a vehicle and stealing a purse, according to Laredo police. Cesar Alberto Villarreal, 23, was served with arrest warrants charging him with burglary of a vehicle and theft. Laredo police officers were dispatched to the burglary of a vehicle report on April 16 in the 4000 block of Logan Avenue. A woman stated to LPD that she was visiting her friend and left her vehicle unlocked, according to police. She returned and noticed her purse missing. Her purse contained a cellphone, currency, bank cards and wedding bands, LPD said. Auto-theft task force ... more
  • 9 months Housing residents asked to participate in survey LMTonline
    The City of Laredo Community Development Department is in the process of developing its 2019-2020 One-Year Action Plan, which will be submitted to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This plan will describe the projects planned to be funded through the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Investment Partnership Program, and the Emergency Solutions Grant. The City of Laredo is asking residents to please fill out a quick online survey to let us know what the needs in your neighborhood are. The information is confidential and will help identify the City of Laredo understand how federal funds ... more
  • 9 months PD: Woman arrested for alleged assault of another woman during dispute LMTonline
    A woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another woman in central Laredo. Police responded to the assault report at about 12:15 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Alamo Street. Responding officers saw a woman crying near the front door of a home. She stated to police that a woman identified as Yahida Yadira Galvan had assaulted her, LPD said. Police told Galvan to exit the home, so they could speak to her regarding the allegations. Galvan, however, refused to exit the house, and police had to detain her inside. She was escorted into the back of a patrol ... more
  • 9 months Chick-Fil-A employee accused of threatening a co-worker LMTonline
    An employee of a Chick-Fil-A in north Laredo has been arrested for allegedly threatening a co-worker. Johnny Joe Gonzalez, 25, was arrested on an arrest warrant that charged him with making a terroristic threat. He remained behind bars as of Friday afternoon, Webb County Jail records show. The case unfolded April 24 when a harassment report was filed at Chick-Fil-A, 2460 Monarch Drive. An employee identified as Gonzalez insulted a co-worker while they were in the restroom, according to LPD. Gonzalez was then asked to leave. But he returned about 30 minutes later and threatened another employee before leaving the ... more
  • 9 months PD: Man charged with breaking into used car dealership LMTonline
    A man landed behind bars for breaking into a used car dealership, Laredo police said. On Friday, Javier Rodolfo Pedroza, 26, was served with warrants that charged him with three counts of burglary of a building. Laredo police officers responded to the burglary on April 23 at 3G Motors, 1719 San Dario Ave. A complainant stated to police that someone broke into the business and a storage shed. Several tires and wheels were stolen from the business, according to police. Crimes against property investigators followed up on the case. An investigation yielded Pedroza as the suspect, LPD said. Investigators presented ... more
  • 9 months City of Laredo proclaims May National Bike Month LMTonline
    City of Laredo Mayor Pro Tempore Roberto Balli proclaimed May as National Bike Month in Laredo, kicking off a month full of activities in which the City of Laredo, local advocates and organizations invite the community to celebrate while learning bicycle safety. The City of Laredo has been working with the community to meet, discuss and plan better ways in which citizens can benefit from diversified modes of transportation, like bicycles. The city is also working with local organizations such as Bike Laredo, the Laredo Cycling Association, 9-Bike-6 and others to encourage the public to use their bicycles to commute ... more
  • 9 months Man pleads guilty to one count of sexual assault in another case involving a child LMTonline
    After pleading guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl in 2017, a former United ISD teacher pleaded guilty in the 49th District Court on Friday to sexual assault of a child. Ruben Guillermo Ulloa, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. On April 15, U.S. District Court Judge Keith P. Ellison sentenced Ulloa to 15 years in prison. He was indicted on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child in January ... more
  • 9 months Councilman changes mind on raising water rates LMTonline
    The final reading of an ordinance in Laredo’s City Council chambers is usually perfunctory. The votes would already have been decided from when the ordinance was introduced two weeks before. Council members would have already debated and landed on a consensus or at least a majority. The final readings are often approved all in one fell swoop. However on Monday, when City Council is set to approve a new water rate structure for commercial and residential users, this final hoop may not be cleared after all. Councilman George Altgelt, the fifth vote needed for the majority to approve the rate ... more
  • 9 months Police arrest trucker for allegedly smuggling meth LMTonline
    A routine traffic stop landed a truck driver behind bars on drug charges, according to Laredo police. An LPD K-9 officer pulled over an 18-wheeler for a traffic violation at about 1 a.m. Thursday in the 7500 block of FM 1472. The driver started acting nervously and sweating profusely when the officer approached him, according to police. LPD said the driver, who was identified as Jose Juan Garcia Lerma, gave police consent to search the vehicle. Then, the K-9 unit alerted several times to two steel containers on the passenger side of the tractor, according to police. Police seized the ... more
  • 9 months Man wanted for failure to register as sex offender LMTonline
    A man is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, Laredo police said. LPD identified him as Jose Julio Arce Jr., 58. He has a warrant out for his arrest on the charge of sex offender’s duty to register. Arce stands about 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 235 pounds. His last known address was in the 2700 block of Springfield Avenue. To report his whereabouts, call Laredo Crime Stoppers at 727-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest may be rewarded with up to $1,000. ... more
  • 9 months Police warn of phone scam targeting businesses LMTonline
    Laredo police warned the business community Thursday about a trend of fraudulent calls. They said that businesses, especially those open 24 hours, are receiving calls from a person posing as a representative of the company or franchise. “They lure the employee by mentioning the name of the store manager or business owner. They convince the employee to go remove the money deposit and make a bank transaction depositing the deposit into another account,” LPD said in a statement. Police said the money is hard to recover because it is deposited into a foreign account. “Business managers and supervisors are encouraged ... more
  • 9 months Roadway improvements at World Trade Bridge begin LMTonline
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laredo Port of Entry, together with partners from the City of Laredo, is advising the international trade community that work began Monday on a paved road in the Inspiration Point area designed to increase the throughput at World Trade Bridge. This is a roadway improvement that will ultimately support the Donations Acceptance Program project which will be finalized later this year. The first phase of the project includes a paved lane by the City of Laredo for empty trailers to run directly from the bridge through the area formerly known as Inspiration Point under the ... more
  • 9 months UISD names Rosana Arizola as new United Middle School principal LMTonline
    UISD has named a new principal for United Middle School. Rosana Arizola, a 28-year veteran with UISD, has experience in the classroom and at the district and school administrative level. She earned a bachelor of science in elementary education from Laredo State University and a master of science in education from Texas A&M International University. For the past three years, she has served as an assistant principal at United High School. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal at Trautmann Middle School’s sixth-grade campus, a secondary recruiting administrator in the human resources department, and as a No Child Left ... more
  • 9 months Consul general of Mexico in Laredo announces departure LMTonline
    The leadership of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce bid farewell to Carolina Zaragoza, consul general of Mexico in Laredo, this past Thursday at their monthly board of directors meeting. Although Zaragoza is not leaving her post immediately, she has announced that she will be departing within the next month as she has been given a new assignment by Mexico’s State Department. The chamber’s members of the board of directors decided to seize this opportunity to invite her and thank her for her support and collaboration during her four-year stay in Laredo. LMC CEO Enrique Gallegos, chairman of the board, presented ... more
  • 9 months Cooking pan assault lands man in jail LMTonline
    A man has been arrested for allegedly hitting a person in the head with a cooking pan in south Laredo. Jesus Castañeda Jr., 42, was arrested on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence. Webb County Jail records show he was released on bond on Tuesday. Laredo police officers were dispatched at about 2:20 p.m. Sunday to an assault report in the 2300 block of Chacon Street. Dispatch advised responding officers that there was an unconscious man at the scene. Officers said he was unresponsive and had blood around his mouth. An investigation revealed that Castañeda ... more
  • 9 months Carjacking suspect shoots self in hand LMTonline
    A carjacking went wrong when the suspect shot himself in the hand during a struggle with the victim, according to Laredo police. Samuel Becerril Alatorre, 29, was served with an arrest warrant Tuesday that charged him with aggravated robbery. He remained behind bars as of Wednesday evening, according to custody records. The shooting was reported April 16 in the 5200 block of San Francisco Avenue. A man stated to police that someone had attempted to carjack him. He told LPD that a man had entered his vehicle while he was driving and ordered him out at gunpoint, according to police. ... more
  • 9 months TAMIU students, faculty awarded at ACS event LMTonline
    Four Texas A&M International University undergraduate students alongside faculty Kameron Jorgensen and Keith Combrink, assistant professors of chemistry, were awarded and presented at this year’s American Chemical Society national meeting recently in Orlando, Florida. The students are members of the TAMIU’s American Chemical Society student chapter, as well as the National American Chemical Society, a professional organization of more than 200,000 chemists, chemical engineers and chemical service providers from around the world. During the meeting, the student chapter members received an Honorable Mention Award. Accepting the award were students Karen Murillo, Karimeh Ortiz, Franchesca Ramírez and Nicolette Valdez. In addition ... more
  • 9 months Heritage foundation sets Founders’ Day luncheon LMTonline
    Celebrating the 264th anniversary of Laredo’s founding, the Webb County Heritage Foundation will host a Founders’ Day luncheon honoring the descendants of founder Don Tomás Sánchez and all the founding families of this historic community on May 18. The luncheon is set to begin at noon at the Laredo Center for the Arts. The event is open to the public and all descendants of founding families as well as all friends of preservation are invited to attend. A special part of the celebration every year is the inauguration of the president of the Republic of the Rio Grande. For her ... more
  • 9 months Bond reduction sought for BP agent charged with capital murder LMTonline
    The attorney for the Border Patrol agent indicted on a capital murder charge for allegedly killing four Laredo women in September filed a writ of habeas corpus asking the judge to reduce his client’s bond. Joel Perez, Juan David Ortiz’s attorney, filed an application for writ of habeas corpus seeking bond reduction Thursday after a pretrial hearing scheduled that same day in the 406th District Court. According to the writ of habeas corpus, Ortiz’s incarceration with excessive bail is oppressive and cruel, constitutes unusual punishment and violates the U.S. Constitution. The court record adds, “The applicant has only minimal financial ... more
  • 9 months Laredo high school ranked in Top 10 through Texas, top 100 in nation LMTonline
    For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News and World Report named the Laredo Independent School District’s Hector J. Garcia Early College High School as one of the best high schools in the nation in their 2019 Best High School Rankings. ... more
  • 9 months Suspect busted for allegedly stealing cash register LMTonline
    A man was arrested Wednesday for stealing a cash register from a local store, according to Laredo police. Alfredo Alejandro Espinoza, 27, was served with an arrest warrant charging him with burglary of a building. Webb County Jail records show he remained behind bars as of Thursday afternoon. At about 3:25 a.m. March 17, police officers responded to a burglary report in the 1600 block of Chihuahua Street. Officers said they noticed a hole in the front glass door that was used to gain entry. An investigation showed that the suspect went inside the business and took the cash register ... more
  • 9 months Veterans museum nears starting line LMTonline
    After over a decade of inaction, infighting and lawsuits, ground could break as soon as a few weeks from now on a veterans museum for residents of Laredo and Webb County. At a news conference Thursday, Webb County, two architecture firms and local veteran Hector Farias unveiled the architectural renderings planned to convert his family’s 133-year-old downtown home into a museum for veterans past and present. The City of Laredo and Webb County filed an interlocal agreement in 2010 pledging to create a public veterans museum at the Juan Francisco Farias House on San Bernardo and Iturbide. Each entity pledged ... more
  • 9 months City marks Holocaust Remembrance Day LMTonline
    The City of Laredo, the Joe A. Guerra Laredo Public Library and Congregation Agudas Achim hosted the Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony on Thursday. John Valls, a World War II veteran, who served in the European theater in 1944-45, was the keynote speaker for the event, which was held at the library. He was among the soldiers who participated in the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Before Valls spoke about his experience, a proclamation was announced by Marte Martinez, Laredo city councilman. “It’s important to remember that these sorts of tragedies, these sorts of horrible events, didn’t just happen 50 ... more
  • 9 months RBC celebrates National Occupational Therapy Month LMTonline
    Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center kicked off and acknowledged April 2019 as National Occupational Therapy Month. The center held various in house events/activities throughout the month — geared at bringing awareness about the benefits of occupational therapy. “It is important to bring awareness to our community that there are individuals around us living with disabilities and that occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants play a vital role in helping this population,” said Executive Director Jacqueline Rodriguez. The Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center said it is proud and fortunate to have a dedicated team of therapists offering exceptional expertise in ... more
  • 9 months PD: Shoplifter attempts to stab officer at Sears LMTonline
    A suspected thief has been arrested for attempting to stab a loss prevention officer at Sears, according to Laredo police. Roberto Esparza, 38, was arrested on Thursday. He was served with a warrant charging him with aggravated robbery with knife or cutting instrument. LPD officers were dispatched at about 4:47 p.m. April 9 to Sears on 5300 San Dario Ave. A man walked into the store and concealed property inside his shorts. Loss prevention personnel attempted to detain him as he was exiting the store. Police said the male pulled out a box cutter and displayed the blade. He allegedly ... more
  • 9 months Man arrested for allegedly breaking into vehicle in central Laredo LMTonline
    A man has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a vehicle in the Siete Viejo neighborhood in central Laredo. The burglary was reported at about 8:20 a.m. April 10 in the 2300 block of San Leonardo Avenue. Responding officers canvassed the area and located a man matching the description of the suspect in the 100 block of Park Street. Officers returned to the scene with the man. The complainant stated that someone had entered her vehicle and that when the suspect saw her, he fled from the scene, authorities said. LPD said it identified Porfirio Sanchez, 37, as the ... more
  • 9 months CBP seizes $728K in fentanyl at port of entry LMTonline
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers maintained strict vigilance and recently seized more than $728,000 in fentanyl in a single enforcement action at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge. “Our frontline CBP officers continued to remain vigilant amid heavy Semana Santa traffic and that dedication to the border security mission yielded a significant seizure of fentanyl,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. The seizure occurred on Thursday, April 18 at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging ... more
  • 9 months City offers Special Destination Training Program LMTonline
    Laredoans and tourists alike can tour the historic sites of the city and learn its culture through a new guided city tour called Destination Training. In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a special Destination Training Program on May 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting and ending point will be at the Laredo Water Museum. The Destination Training Program is a tour with useful information that will help community members learn the ins and outs of Laredo. The Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau team will introduce and—in ... more
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