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  • 8 hours Doctors Hospital updates visitation policy LMTonline
    Doctors Hospital has revised its visitation policy effective Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. All visitors are subject to screening upon arrival and will be required to wear a facemask while visiting any of the DHL facilities. Bandanas, neck huggers and any masks with valves or vents are not appropriate face coverings as they provide very limited source control and therefore are prohibited from use. Any individual who has been in contact with someone with fever, cough or influenza-like symptoms within the last 48 hours will be prohibited from visiting. Travel history will be queried; those who have had travel to ... more
  • 8 hours Registered child molester arrested near Zapata LMTonline
    U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Zapata Station arrested a registered child sex offender north of Zapata, Texas. The incident occurred on the morning of Oct. 23, when agents arrested a group of eight individuals near Mendoza Road and U.S. Highway 83 who were in the United States illegally. During processing, one of the individuals was identified as Horacio Camacho-Garcia, a 32-year-old Mexican national who was arrested in November 2011 by the Austin, Texas Police Department on the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was convicted in July 2011 on the second degree felony of indecency ... more
  • 8 hours Over 100 immigrants arrested in 30 hours LMTonline
    In a period of just over 30 hours, numerous human smuggling events were intercepted throughout the Laredo Sector’s area of operations that resulted in the arrest of over 100 individuals who were illegally in the United States. The incidents cover a timeframe between the very early morning hours of Oct. 21 through the mid-morning of Oct. 22. The incidents involved the disruption of multiple stash houses, vehicle stops, checkpoint operations including commercial vehicles, train check operations, brush cases, vehicle bailouts, and the recovery of a stolen vehicle which was turned over to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office. A ... more
  • 8 hours City of Laredo amends emergency order for vehicle parade application and event plans LMTonline
    City Council amended the City of Laredo’s Emergency Order on Monday as it pertained to vehicle parades. Effective immediately, all vehicle parades anticipated to gather more than 20 vehicles, or whose procession requires right-of-way and exemption of traffic laws, will require a city permit. This pertains to those parades requiring the closure of streets or which block intersections. They will need a police presence, similar to the rules of funeral processions. There must be a “designated host” who is responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the order, and they must submit the permit and an event plan ... more
  • 8 hours City of Laredo announces Jovita Idar’s ‘El Progreso’ Park and unveiling of mural LMTonline
    On Friday, the City of Laredo and District V council member Nelly Vielma held a press conference to announce the new Jovita Idar “El Progreso” Park, formerly known as Bartlett Park, located at 6002 Thomas Ave. Mayor Pete Saenz, District III council member Mercurio Martinez III and assistant city manager Riazul Mia joined Vielma to share the details and list the amenities available at this park. They all recognized the effort and gesture of naming the park after such an iconic woman in Jovita Idar — a Mexican-American journalist, activist and suffragist born and raised in Laredo in 1885. ... more
  • 24 hours Border Patrol agent involved in shooting LMTonline
    On Friday, Oct. 23, U.S. Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement agencies investigating a significant human smuggling case were involved in an officer involved shooting incident on Green Street in Laredo at approximately 10 p.m. Further information will be released as available. ... more
  • 24 hours Webb County surpasses 350 deaths due to COVID LMTonline
    Over 350 people have died in Webb County due to the novel coronavirus. On Saturday, City of Laredo and Webb County officials confirmed the 350th and 351st deaths due to the virus. The 350th death was a male resident in his late-80s, while the 351st was male resident in his mid-70s. Overall, there have been 192 men who have died in the area from COVID-19 compared to 159 women. Along with the two deaths, city and county officials announced 53 new additional cases, pushing the total to 15,064. Crossing 15,000 cases took 222 days since the first positive case ... more
  • 2 days Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of two drainage channels LMTonline
    Webb County's completion of two drainage canals brings much needed flood relief to residents of Las Lomas. The county celebrated a ribbon cutting today to mark the completion of the drainage channels which also provide additional road access. The Webb County Road and Bridge Department completed the project, which broke ground last year. “This is the first major road project that Webb County has completed all in house,” said Judge Tijerina. By not outsourcing the project Webb County saved taxpayers over $2 million. Tijerina highlighted that the bridge is a demonstration of the engineering talent and expertise within Webb ... more
  • 2 days Teen suspected of shooting at vehicle with 4 children inside LMTonline
    A road rage incident turned potentially deadly as a teenager allegedly opened fire in south Laredo on another vehicle filled with six people, including four children under the age of 5. Roberto Hernandez was arrested on Friday morning. The 19-year-old was placed under arrest and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. At 3:53 a.m. on Friday morning, the Laredo Police Department responded to the 5600 block of St. David Lane for a road rage incident. A woman called police stating that a gray Jeep SUV had shot at her vehicle. She said that she ... more
  • 2 days TAMIU awarded over $1.6M in grants for VITA and TRIO LMTonline
    TAMIU and Rep. Henry Cuellar announced that the university was awarded two grants totaling over $1.6 million for its VITA and TRIO STEM program from the Department of Education’s Student Support Services STEM Program and the IRS on Friday morning. “We are part of this community, and programs like VITA which benefit this community are things we enjoy doing and having,” TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz said. “We are part of this community because we are the Laredo community’s university, and I think that is something we need to exploit.” According to the university, the grants will impact the ... more
  • 2 days Guatemalan man sentenced for role in immigration event leading to death LMTonline
    A 33-year-old man is now headed to federal prison after admitting to transporting immigrants resulting in death, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Luis Morales-Melendez, a Guatemalan national who illegally entered the United States himself, pleaded guilty on Dec. 2, 2019. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo handed him a 48-month sentence. Not a U.S. citizen, Morales-Melendez is expected to face removal proceedings following the sentence. At the hearing, the court noted that while there’s no indication Morales-Melendez intended for the death to happen, he was still responsible for their safety as they crossed the river. “Illegally ... more
  • 2 days Traffic stop yields crystal meth and heroin LMTonline
    A routine traffic stop resulted in the seizure of crystal meth and heroin, according to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. On Oct. 15, deputies pulled over a black Ford Ranger for a traffic violation at the intersection of Santa Ursula Avenue and Lafayette Street. Authorities identified the driver as Arturo Alvarez Carrizalez, 50. He allegedly had a 24-ounce alcoholic beverage open container in plain view. Deputies said there were inconsistencies in Alvarez Carrizalez’s statements. Then, a K-9 unit allegedly alerted to possible contraband in a battery located in the bed of the Ford. Deputies said they observed four packages ... more
  • 2 days Affidavit: Man had 37 immigrants in shipment of fresh produce LMTonline
    A man was transporting 37 immigrants in a box truck loaded with fresh produce, states an arrest affidavit filed on Thursday. A white commercial box truck arrived at about 8:45 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Interstate 35 checkpoint. Authorities identified the driver as Rodrigo Sanchez. He stated he was on his way to San Antonio. Agents said Sanchez was avoiding eye contact and was fidgeting in his seat while nodding his head. Sanchez was referred to secondary inspection following a K-9 positive alert. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and agents inspected the box truck and discovered 37 ... more
  • 2 days Man faces charges in train car smuggling attempt LMTonline
    A man is facing charges for the recent smuggling attempt of 14 immigrants inside a grain hopper train car, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Wednesday. The case unfolded at about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, when Kansas City Southern notified U.S. Border Patrol agents about possible immigrants on board the train. Agents told KCS to stop in Bruni to conduct a train check. Further inspection revealed one grain hopper train car with unlatched covers partially opened by a rope. Agents opened the cover and discovered multiple people inside. The 14 individuals found were determined to be immigrants who ... more
  • 2 days Human smuggler sentenced in rollover crash that injured 11 immigrants LMTonline
    A human smuggler involved in a rollover crash that injured 11 immigrants has been sentenced to prison, according to U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Oziel Rodriguez, 24, had pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2019, to conspiracy to transport an undocumented alien within the United States, causing serious bodily injury or placing another in jeopardy of life. U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced Rodriguez on Wednesday to 72 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court noted this was one of the worst cases she has seen, according to the U.S. Attorney’s ... more
  • 2 days Mexican nationals get significant sentences for trafficking meth LMTonline
    Two Mexican nationals have been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute approximately 30 pounds of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Julio Cesar Salinas-Saucedo, 40, and his nephew Juan Manuel Lira-Salinas, 32, pleaded guilty Feb. 4. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered Lira-Salinas to serve 168 months in federal prison for being a leader-organizer. Salinas-Saucedo received a 60-month sentence for his role in the scheme. Not U.S. citizens, both are expected to face removal proceedings following their terms of imprisonment. In handing down the sentence, the court noted ... more
  • 2 days Border Patrol seizes narcotics in separate smuggling attempts LMTonline
    U.S. Border Patrol agents seized several narcotics during smuggling attempts reported at a checkpoint near Freer and another incident reported near the City of El Cenizo. The first case occurred Oct. 16, when a van approached the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. 59 east of Freer. A K-9 allegedly made a positive alert during the immigration inspection of the occupants. Agents referred the van to secondary inspection. Further inspection of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of over a pound of marijuana, more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, and 59 Xanax pills, according to Border Patrol. A passenger, ... more
  • 2 days Immigrants found inside the trunk of a car LMTonline
    Two men landed behind bars for allegedly transporting immigrants in the trunk of a car. A silver Chevrolet Malibu arrived on Oct. 15 at the Interstate 35 checkpoint. U.S. Border Patrol agents identified the driver as Timothy Michael Poe and Manuel Alaquinez as the passenger, both U.S. citizens, during an immigration inspection. Then, a K-9 unit allegedly alerted to possible contraband in the trunk of the vehicle. Poe allegedly allowed agents to open the trunk. Authorities then discovered three people inside the trunk. All were identified as immigrants who were in the country illegally. An immigrant held as a ... more
  • 2 days CBP: Man tried smuggling firearms, ammo into Mexico LMTonline
    A man tried to smuggle 11 firearms, 16 magazines and more than 4,700 rounds of ammo into Mexico, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Monday. Jose Rafael Vasquez, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and charged with export and attempt to export firearms, magazines and ammunition. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting outbound operations at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge encountered Vasquez driving a Chevrolet Suburban with Texas license plates. He allegedly declared he did not have weapons, ammunition or more than $10,000 in cash. Vasquez stated he was on his way to Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, from ... more
  • 2 days Man expected $2K for smuggling one immigrant LMTonline
    A man said he was to be paid $2,000 for transporting an immigrant illegally present in the country to San Antonio, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Monday. Jose Carlos Vasquez arrived in a black Kia sedan at the Interstate 35 checkpoint at about 4:20 p.m. Oct. 15. He declared he was a U.S. citizen. Meanwhile, his passenger appeared to be nervous. The passenger provided a Texas birth certificate when an agent requested identification. Authorities referred the vehicle to secondary inspection, where the passenger admitted to being a citizen of Mexico who had crossed the border illegally. Homeland ... more
  • 2 days Convicted murderer arrested at checkpoint LMTonline
    A convicted murderer was arrested as he tried to be smuggled through the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35, authorities said. U.S. Border Patrol agents detained more than 30 immigrants attempting to be smuggled through the Interstate 35 checkpoint. Authorities identified one immigrant as Roger Amilcar Perez-Mejia, a 39-year old Honduran national. A records check revealed he was convicted of murder in the State of Washington in 2004 and sentenced to 200 months in prison. Further investigation revealed a previous deportation. Perez-Mejia was charged for his immigration violation. He remained in custody pending federal prosecution. “Immigration checkpoints remain ... more
  • 2 days Three sent to prison for smuggling 24 in hidden compartment LMTonline
    Two men and one woman have been sentenced for their part in a conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A Laredo federal jury deliberated for eight hours following a one-day trial on Jan. 16 before convicting Clarence James Lee, 61, of San Antonio. Co-conspirators Ellis Levaughn Boston, 48, of San Antonio, and Julie Perez, 34, of Elmendorf, pleaded guilty Dec. 3, 2019. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña ordered Lee to serve a total of 46 months in federal prison, while Boston and Perez were sentenced to respective terms of 24 and 15 ... more
  • 3 days Laredo street murals will no longer be allowed LMTonline
    After two street murals were painted on prominent blocks in downtown Laredo this summer, city council on Monday voted to not introduce a street painting policy that would have regulated this activity. In July, council approved a concept by the No Border Wall Coalition to paint “Defund the Wall, Fund our Future” outside of the federal courthouse on Victoria Street. Then in September, a group of law enforcement advocates called Beauties Behind the Badge funded the painting of “Back the Blue” outside City Hall. Councilman Roberto Balli noted that the first mural was very controversial. Although it had a ... more
  • 3 days Black bear cub captured in Nuevo Laredo LMTonline
    First responders in Nuevo Laredo captured a black bear cub in a truck yard located in a southern part of the city, officials said. The Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters responded to a citizen report at the Linea de Transportes Sega Carriers located on kilometer marker 22.5 of the Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey highway. Civil protection crews encountered the bear and took him to the city’s zoo. Authorities said this is the first time in several years that a bear is captured in the Sister City. ... more
  • 3 days Civilian vehicle strikes juvenile LMTonline
    A juvenile was struck by a vehicle along U.S. 83 in Laredo, authorities said. The case unravelled at about 11:56 p.m. Oct. 19. U.S. Border Patrol agent conducting observation duties witnessed the juvenile get struck by a civilian vehicle. The juvenile was a Mexican citizen. “Agents immediately responded and rendered aid to the individual who after being flown to a hospital in San Antonio is now in stable condition,” Border Patrol said in a statement. Laredo police are investigating the accident. ... more
  • 3 days Woman seriously hurt in crash LMTonline
    A crash reported along Interstate 35 left a woman seriously injured, according to first responders. Laredo Fire Department crews responded to an accident with injuries at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to mile marker 2 of North Interstate 35. First responders said they encountered a 30-year-old woman with life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Laredo Medical Center in critical condition, according to first responders. ... more
  • 3 days Enforcement actions at World Trade Bridge yields $6.9M in cocaine LMTonline
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized cocaine worth $6.9 million in separate enforcement actions reported over the weekend at the World Trade Bridge, authorities said. The first case unfolded on Oct. 16 when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of aluminum scrap to secondary inspection. K-9 and X-ray inspections yielded 135 packages containing 337 pounds of cocaine within the shipment. A second seizure was reported later that day when authorities referred another tractor hauling a trailer with a shipment of aluminum scrap. Further inspection revealed 223 packages containing 567 pounds of cocaine within the ... more
  • 3 days Vehicle pursuit ends with crash into Laredo airport gate, aircraft LMTonline
    A car chase ended with the suspect vehicle crashing into an airport gate and then into a small aircraft, according to Laredo police. LPD officers responded to a hit-and-run report at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday in the intersection of East Hillside and McPherson roads. An officer spotted the suspect vehicle, a black Ford F-150, and attempted to pull it over. The driver refused to stop and led the officer on a brief pursuit, according to police. The suspect then crashed into the Laredo International Airport gate by Maher Avenue and Hillside and crashed with a small unmanned aircraft, according to ... more
  • 3 days LPD receives $636K in funding from governor’s office LMTonline
    Laredo police announced on Wednesday that they were awarded a combined amount of $636,181.93 through a number of grants from the Office of the Governor of Texas. Authorities said they’ll allocate these funds to programs ranging from victim services, domestic violence investigations, first responder mental health initiatives, and border security to name a few. In addition, the governor’s office also awarded LPD supplemental funding that will augment LPD resources and assist the department in preventing, preparing for and responding to the coronavirus pandemic, according to police. “This money will supplement our budget and help keep our community and officers ... more
  • 3 days Man tried to smuggle $139K out of the country LMTonline
    A man tried to exit the country with more than $139,000 concealed in his vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Monday. Ever Carranza, 20, attempted to exit the country on Oct. 16 in a Ford Expedition via the Juarez-Lincoln International Boulevard. Carranza declared that he did not have more than $10,000 in cash. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducted a secondary physical inspection of the vehicle. A K-9 unit alerted to the odor of currency or firearms within the vehicle. Further inspection resulted in the discovery of numerous bundles of money hidden within the rear quarter ... more
  • 3 days Two women jailed for smuggling 15 pounds of cocaine LMTonline
    Two women were arrested for attempting to smuggle more than 15 pounds of cocaine, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Monday. On Oct. 18, Dahlia Delene Herrera and Sharon Morim arrived at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge as the driver and passenger of a motor vehicle. Herrera gave a negative declaration to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. A K-9 unit then allegedly alerted to narcotics odor emitting from the vehicle. When CBP officers questioned Herrera about her itinerary, Morin interrupted answering instead of Herrera, according to court documents. An X-ray of the vehicle yielded anomalies in the bottom ... more
  • 4 days LMC promotes helpline to assist Medicare beneficiaries LMTonline
    Laredo Medical Center announced Tuesday the availability of a toll-free helpline designed to help Medicare beneficiaries select a health plan that fits their needs and budget. The free helpline connects callers with licensed agents who can assist in comparing traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Supplement and Prescription plans, and then facilitate enrollment in the plan selected. Through this program, it will be easier for Medicare beneficiaries to find a plan that is best for them during Medicare annual enrollment from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Licensed insurance agents are available at no cost or obligation to help consumers find a ... more
  • 4 days Zapata reports three additional COVID-19 cases LMTonline
    A man and two women are the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Zapata County, officials said. The following patients are currently isolated: Case No. 341: Man in his 70s. Case No. 342: Woman in her 70s. Case No. 343: Woman in her 50s. The Texas Department of State Health Services is conducting a contact investigation on persons who have tested positive to determine possible exposure to others. The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information and what to do if they’re sick, testing information at County officials emphasized the importance of prevention and shared the following steps to ... more
  • 4 days Laredo Health Authority restricts access to Cigarroa’s gym due to COVID-19 infection LMTonline
    A quarantine advisory was issued on Tuesday by Laredo Health Authority Dr. Victor Treviño which has restricted access to Cigarroa High School’s Montemayor Competition Gym due to a COVID-19 outbreak. According to Treviño , the advisory is in effect until Oct. 26 but tests are pending. Efforts to disinfect and contact tracing will continue, as well as daily reporting and quarantining positive cases. This is a result of a series of positive test results, both staff and students, over the past several days. Notices are expected to be placed in the gym warning of the circumstances. “LISD continues working ... more
  • 4 days Man sentenced in smuggling attempt that killed an immigrant LMTonline
    A San Antonio man was sentenced to prison for a smuggling attempt that resulted in the death of an immigrant who had crossed the border illegally, according to U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced Andres Jonathan Yeverino to 48 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release. Yeverino, 28, had pleaded guilty on March 3 to conspiring to transport an undocumented immigrant resulting in death. The case unfolded at about 6:20 p.m. Oct. 21, 2019, when a U.S. Border Patrol agent observed a white Ford F-150 traveling north on ... more
  • 4 days Cocaine smuggler sentenced to prison LMTonline
    A man from Durango, Mexico, has been sentenced to prison for the smuggling attempt of 33 pounds of cocaine through the Colombia Solidarity International Bridge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced Jaime Barraza-Peña to 46 months in prison. He is expected to be deported following his sentence. Barraza-Peña, 47, had pleaded guilty on July 8 to conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States. “Cocaine is a vicious drug that destroys lives, devastates our communities and compromises the public’s safety,” said Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden of Immigration and ... more
  • 4 days Investigation yields one arrest, 206 pounds of pot LMTonline
    A Webb County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigation yielded one arrest and the seizure of more than 200 pounds of marijuana, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Office with the assistance from the Webb County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office received information that narcotics were being stored at a house in the 400 block of Ponderosa Place in central Laredo. A search of the home on Tuesday led to the seizure of nine bundles of marijuana. The contraband weighed 206 pounds and had an estimated street value of $61,800, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Authorities also arrested Andres Gonzalez, 20, and charged him ... more
  • 4 days CBP: Woman tried to smuggle child via bridge 2 LMTonline
    A woman from Garland has been arrested for trying to smuggle a child via the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Tuesday. Jaqueline Anylu Rodriguez, a U.S. citizen, was charged with transport, attempt to transport and conspire to transport an immigrant illegally present in the country. Rodriguez arrived at the international bridge at about 12:25 a.m. Monday in a commercial bus. She was traveling with a minor female whom she identified as her U.S. citizen niece. Rodriguez presented a City of Baytown birth certificate and social security on behalf of the child, according to court ... more
  • 4 days 1021 LMT LIQUID METH LMTonline
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized liquid methamphetamine worth $1.4 million, authorities said. The incident unfolded on Oct. 15 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 1999 GMC Yukon for secondary inspection. Authorities then discovered 73 pounds of liquid meth following K-9 and X-ray inspections. The contraband had an estimated street value of $1,464,736. “Our frontline CBP officers maintain a constant focus on our border security mission and this methamphetamine seizure perfectly illustrates that commitment,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. Homeland ... more
  • 5 days Laredo College to host virtual forum for trustee candidates LMTonline
    A Laredo College virtual forum will be held on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. to provide time for candidates for the Laredo College Board of Trustee positions to speak publicly about their platforms. According to LC, the event will be moderated by the Laredo College Faculty Senate, Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society, and they will serve as representatives of the employees and students. The college invites the public to view the forum through its website, as well as find more information about candidates, qualifications and important dates. “With Laredo College’s outstanding rankings, impactful renovations and ... more
  • 5 days Laredo breaks ground on new water storage tank on Lyon LMTonline
    On Friday, the City of Laredo and DN Tanks Inc. conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on New Lyon St. Water Storage Tank. The current tank was first built in the late 1970s and will now undergo a much-needed re-construction. The Lyon Street Booster Pump Station and ground storage tanks are the heart of the city's water distribution system for central, south and parts of west Laredo. With this in mind, the Utilities Department decided to make an investment to the city’s water system at this location with a brand-new four million gallon tank. The demolition of the existent tank will ... more
  • 5 days Council: Some Laredo park areas reopening LMTonline
    Laredo City Council on Monday voted to reopen several areas of city parks that have been closed for the length of the pandemic: playgrounds and playscapes; outdoor volleyball and basketball courts; and fields for use by soccer, baseball and volleyball leagues. This was done against the wishes of City Manager Robert Eads and Laredo Health Authority Victor Treviño. Treviño said before he signed off on reopening any of these spaces that he would first like to visit them personally and gauge the safety of doing so. And the city balanced its budget this year on the back of the ... more
  • 5 days LULAC No. 7 donates to TAMIU-LBV Literacy Partnership LMTonline
    The TAMIU-LBV Literacy Partnership received a generous donation of $2,000 recently from Laredo’s League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council No. 7 in support of literacy tutoring services provided to students whose first language is Spanish. José González, LULAC Council No. 7 vice president, and Nora Montemayor, the Council’s education committee chair, met with TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz and Dr. Xuesong Wang, TAMIU associate professor of education and TAMIU-LBV Partnership executive director, at TAMIU’s campus to deliver the donation. Dr. Arenaz noted that the TAMIU-LBV Partnership is a collaborative effort and appreciates community support. “The TAMIU-LBV Partnership ... more
  • 5 days Is Texas, on the cusp of another COVID-19 surge, better prepared to handle it? LMTonline
    Cases of COVID-19 in parts of Texas surged to near catastrophic levels this summer as some hospitals were forced to put beds in hallways, intensive care units exceeded capacity and health officials struggled to stem the tide of the virus. After peaking in late July and August, cases fell and leveled off in September, and the state’s seven-day positivity rate — or the proportion of positive tests — reached its lowest point since early June. But health officials are now eyeing a worrying trend: New infections are rising again, and the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is also ... more
  • 5 days City Council approves development to expand city’s air cargo traffic LMTonline
    Laredo City Council on Monday signed off on an initiative to develop several parcels of land around the airport, about 1,000 acres combined, with the aim of expanding the city’s air cargo traffic. Several council members, touting Laredo’s position as the No. 1 inland port, hoped these efforts could one day make Laredo the No. 1 airport as well. “I liken this to not just building a new bridge for the City of Laredo. I liken this to when we built the first bridge,” City Manager Robert Eads said. Council approved a joint bid from 270 Development Group; Aviation ... more
  • 5 days Texas schools tell at-risk teachers they must return to classrooms during pandemic LMTonline
    After several miscarriages over the last few years, Joy Tucker is finally pregnant with her third child at the age of 37. A school counselor at the Houston-based Windmill Lakes campus at the International Leadership of Texas charter school, Tucker talked to her doctor about the risks she and her child would face if she were to contract COVID-19 from students or other employees. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that pregnant people may be at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness, or even preterm birth. At her doctor’s recommendation, Tucker turned in a note ... more
  • 5 days Laredo Police searching for suspected gun thief LMTonline
    Laredo police need the community’s assistance to solve a theft of a gun case. LPD auto-theft task force investigators said a woman reported that she had left her car parked overnight in the 4000 block of Salinas Avenue. She stated she noticed that a black handgun had been stolen. She thought she had locked her car but there were no signs of forced entry, according to police. “Someone is running around out there with a gun they illegally obtained after burglarizing a vehicle last night,” LPD said in a statement. To provide information on the case, call police at ... more
  • 5 days Shooting investigated after Laredo man injured by shotgun LMTonline
    The investigation continues into the shooting of a man in his early 20s over the weekend, according to Laredo police. The assailant and a 21-year-old man had a disagreement. Then, authorities said the men fought over a shotgun. As they fought over the weapon, the shotgun went off and injured the 21-year-old on a leg. It was a non-life threatening injury, according to police. Investigators will present the findings of the case to the Webb County District Attorney. Laredo Fire Department crews responded to treat the wounded man. He was taken to Laredo Medical Center in stable condition. ... more
  • 5 days Border Patrol: Immigrants found trapped in train cars LMTonline
    U.S. Border patrol agents rescued 27 people who were found trapped in two train cars in unrelated cases reported near Bruni, authorities said. Hebbronville Station agents encountered the first case on Sunday evening. Agents conducting a routine freight train check found 14 individuals trapped inside a grain hopper train car. Early Monday, agents discovered another 13 individuals trapped in another similar train car. All 27 individuals were immigrants from the countries of Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala who had crossed the border illegally. Agents said that in both cases, they had to use a ladder to rescue the individuals from ... more
  • 5 days Smuggling cases foiled, stolen vehicle recovered LMTonline
    U.S. Border Patrol agents foiled two unrelated human smuggling attempts and seized a vehicle that was reported stolen out of San Antonio, authorities said. The first incident occurred early Saturday, when agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station spotted a suspicious Dodge Ram traveling north on Texas 359 near Realitos. As authorities approached the Dodge, the driver stopped abruptly on the side of the road and several people ran out of the vehicle. Agents said they caught up to 11 immigrants from Mexico who were determined to be illegally present in the country. Further investigation revealed that the Dodge had ... more
  • 5 days Immigrants found in the bed of a pickup LMTonline
    Two people were arrested for transporting eight immigrants in the bed of a pickup, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. On Sunday evening, agents assigned to the Cotulla Station responded to reports of a black pickup loading up people on the side of the highway. Agents received reports that the suspect vehicle was traveling east on FM 133 toward Interstate 35. Authorities intercepted the vehicle at mile marker 61 of I-35 and conducted a vehicle stop. Agents then discovered eight people lying down in the bed of the pickup. All were Mexican citizens who had crossed the border illegally. ... more
  • 5 days Mexican immigrant dies in Border Patrol custody LMTonline
    A male who had crossed the border illegally died in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol at the Laredo Medical Center, authorities said over the weekend. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a 36-year-old Mexican national male on Saturday afternoon in a Laredo, Texas area hospital. We extend our condolences to his family,” CBP said in a statement. On Oct. 15, agents encountered a group of immigrants south of Laredo. One individual was unresponsive. Agents rendered aid to the immigrant and requested EMS services. Angel Care Ambulance Service responded at about 3:13 ... more
  • 6 days Despite Laredo officials’ optimism, travel restrictions extended for another month LMTonline
    The restriction of non-essential travel at the U.S.-Mexico border will remain in place for another month, according to a Monday morning tweet from Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Laredo officials on Friday said they expected bridges would open to Mexican tourists again this week after seven months of the government barring their travel through land ports such as Laredo’s. The Laredo Health Department had already begun working with officials at the bridges to create health guidelines intended to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as the implementation of sanitation arches and rerouting traffic. Earlier ... more
  • 6 days TAMIU nursing students, Laredo stroke support group share COVID-19 outreach initiative LMTonline
    Knowing that someone is listening and cares is important to everyone. The importance of communicating that care has never been more needed than during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. Texas A&M International University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing students are reaching out to a segment of Laredo that has the potential to be even more isolated than others: stroke survivors and caregivers. And by reaching out, they have tapped into a mutually fulfilling initiative that’s warming hearts and minds. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nursing program faced the challenge of ... more
  • 6 days Laredo City Council to discuss reopening all park activity, rec centers LMTonline
    At the Laredo City Council meeting Monday, council members are set to discuss reopening all outdoor events and all city park facilities, many of which have remained closed throughout the pandemic. Since August, only certain areas of the city’s park system have opened to the public, such as jogging trails, dog parks, tennis courts, skate parks and sports fields. However playgrounds, picnic tables, basketball and volleyball courts, swimming pools, recreation centers, restrooms and many other city amenities have remained closed for the length of the pandemic. Councilman Vidal Rodriguez is requesting that council consider reopening these activities and spaces. ... more
  • 6 days Districts update COVID-19 results as return of students continues LMTonline
    According to the Texas Health and Human Services, a cumulative number of 9,719 student cases and 6,454 staff cases have been reported since early August. Despite Kinder and 12th-grade students being allowed to return to campus this week, a lower number of positive cases have been seen on campus than at home. At UISD, the district reported six COVID-19 positive employees and four on-campus instruction students. As of Friday, approximately 5.8% of the approximately 42,000 students have returned to campuses with the addition of Kinder and 12th-grade students who opted in to return this week. Last week, UISD submitted ... more
  • 6 days Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Laredo LMTonline
    Only two more positive COVID-19 cases were reported by the City of Laredo on Sunday, but two new deaths were reported as well. This brings the number of active cases in the community to 505 and the number of total deceased to 343. A man in his early 70s died Friday and a woman in her early 70s died Saturday from the novel coronavirus, according to the city. Laredo’s hospitalization rate remains below 15%, which is the state’s threshold for allowing businesses to expand their indoor capacity. With 58 people hospitalized, 31 of whom are in the ICU, COVID-19 ... more
  • 7 days UISD to provide one-time payment to full-time employees LMTonline
    During a special call meeting on Monday, an Employee Retention Incentive payment was voted for to provide a supplemental payment to full-time, paraprofessional and auxiliary employees. According to the district, teachers and professional staff can expect a payment of $1,000 while paraprofessionals and auxiliary employees will get $800. Full-time employees who were employed by Oct. 30 can expect to receive the payment by Dec. 7 but must remain employed until the end of the 2020-21 school year. David Garcia, UISD’s Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, said that the one-time incentive is the result of monetary shortfalls that did not ... more
  • 1 week Man shot in right upper thigh LMTonline
    A shooting was reported in the Three Points neighborhood, according to first responders. Laredo Fire Department crews responded to a shooting at about 1 p.m. Saturday in the 3200 block of Chihuahua Street. Paramedics encountered a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the right upper thigh. He was treated and taken to Laredo Medical Center in stable condition. Laredo police said the case remains under investigation. No other details were available as of Saturday evening. ... more
  • 1 week Smuggling attempts via car trunks foiled LMTonline
    U.S. Border Patrol agents halted two human smuggling attempts via car trunk at the Interstate 35 checkpoint, authorities said. The first case was reported on Thursday evening. A sedan approached the checkpoint. A K-9 unit alerted to possible contraband within the vehicle. Agents then discovered three people in the trunk. Border Patrol determined that they were immigrants who had crossed the border illegally. A second case unfolded about 1 ½ hours later. Agents said they discovered two people inside the trunk of a vehicle. They were immigrants who were in the country illegally. The five immigrants were from the ... more
  • 1 week Laredo’s hospitalization rate slightly increases LMTonline
    City of Laredo and Webb County officials confirmed on Saturday 93 positive cases and three new deaths due to the novel coronavirus. Since the emergence of the pandemic locally, 14,821 people have tested positive and 341 people have died from COVID-19. The 339th was a male in his late-40s, while the 340th death was a female in her late-30s. The 341st death was a female in her late-60s. All three deaths occurred Friday. Hospitalizations saw another rise Saturday, with 62 people now reported to be under treatment in Laredo hospitals with the virus. There are currently 33 people in ... more
  • 1 week Laredo Fire Department shares tips on bee attacks LMTonline
    The Laredo Fire Department shared a word of advice in light of a recent bee attack reported in the community. On Wednesday, Laredo Fire Department crews responded to a bee sting call at about 7 p.m. in the 2600 block of Price Street. An elderly couple was in the backyard watering plants when they got surrounded by bees, according to first responders. Crews encountered an 89-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman on the ground being stung by bees. Each was stung at least 100 times, according to the fire department. Firefighters said they used foam to help stop the ... more
  • 1 week Texas DPS rescues sex trafficking victim, arrests two suspects LMTonline
    State police in Laredo have arrested two people in connection with a sex trafficking case linked to San Antonio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The case unfolded at about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, when a trooper pulled over a 2012 Subaru sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation on mile marker 24 of Interstate 35. Authorities said the trooper found narcotics inside the vehicle. The two occupants then admitted to DPS investigators that they were traveling to Laredo to pick up a woman that would later be delivered to a prostitution ring in San Antonio. Troopers ... more
  • 1 week CBP officers exposed to liquid meth during vehicle inspection at Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge LMTonline
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers had a close call with liquid meth. At about 10 p.m. Thursday, Laredo Fire Department crews responded to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge to a reported hazardous exposure. Paramedics found two CBP officers who had been exposed to liquid meth. Both were treated on the scene and refused transportation. CBP officials said the officers were conducting a vehicle inspection at the bridge when they encountered liquid methamphetamine and a small quantity of the substance had spilled onto an officer’s clothing. “As per protocol, Laredo Fire Department was immediately contacted. The clothing was removed, secured. ... more
  • 1 week Man ID’d in deadly house fire reported in El Trompe LMTonline
    Authorities have identified the elderly male who died in a house fire reported in the El Trompe neighborhood in central Laredo. He was identified as Juan Arriaga, 87. The Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine his cause of death. The house was reported at about 5:18 a.m. Thursday in the 500 block of Guerrero Street. Firefighters observed smoke coming out of the residence and evacuated it immediately. Firefighters then searched the property and found Arriaga dead, according to first responders. The investigation continues. ... more
  • 1 week LPD: Underground maquinitas raided LMTonline
    A maquinitas manager and three customers were cited after authorities raided an amusement center that was operating underground, according to the Laredo Police Department. On Thursday, the LPD narcotics and vice unit along with the Webb County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant at an amusement center located in the 5500 block of McPherson Road. Authorities said they raided the location after responding to several anonymous tips submitted to LPD regarding the underground operation of a “pay-to-play” business also known as maquinitas. Officers located 25 unregistered slot machines, approximately $6,917 and eight patrons inside. Officers also noticed the ... more
  • 1 week LPD, BP find 63 immigrants inside trailer parked behind Burlington Coat Factory LMTonline
    A report of a suspicious vehicle parked behind Burlington Coat Factory on San Bernardo Avenue led to the discovery of 63 people inside a trailer. Laredo police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle report at about 6:21 p.m. Thursday behind the Burlington Coat Factory in the 4500 block of San Bernardo Avenue. Police learned that two people were seen being placed inside a trailer and the doors being closed behind them. First officers on the scene encountered an abandoned tractor-trailer that had the motor running. Officers said they could hear voices coming from inside the trailer. Authorities ... more
  • 1 week Woman says she was threatened into smuggling an immigrant LMTonline
    A woman claimed that she was threatened into smuggling an immigrant to San Antonio, according to an arrest affidavit. Christelle Laura Rodriguez was arrested and charged with transport, attempt to transport and conspire to transport an immigrant who was in the country illegally. At about 12:40 a.m. Oct. 12, Rodriguez and a female passenger arrived in a car at the Interstate 35 checkpoint. Rodriguez declared she was a U.S. citizen while her passenger was unable to answer. Further investigation revealed that the passenger was a Mexican citizen who had crossed the border illegally. In a post-arrest interview, Rodriguez stated ... more
  • 1 week Immigrants found under blankets inside sleeper area of tractor LMTonline
    A truck driver tried to smuggle six immigrants who were hidden under blankets in the sleeper area of the tractor, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Oct. 13. Damien Salvonte Renfroe and a female passenger, both U.S. citizens, arrived in a tractor hauling a flatbed trailer at the Interstate 35 checkpoint. Renfroe then allegedly allowed agents to X-ray the vehicle. Agents said they noticed anomalies in the sleeper area of the tractor. Renfroe allegedly allowed authorities to search the vehicle. The search yielded six people concealed under blankets. All were Mexican citizens who had crossed the border illegally. ... more
  • 1 week Immigrants found under bags of mulch LMTonline
    A man has been arrested for smuggling immigrants who were hidden under bags of mulch, states and arrest affidavit filed on Oct. 14. Jose Hughes was arrested and charged with transport, attempt to transport and conspire to transport the immigrants. A gray 2006 Ford F-150 arrived at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. 59 west of Freer. Authorities identified the driver as Hughes during an immigration inspection. He then allowed agents to search the bed area of the Ford. “The (agent) observed a large amount of potting soil and mulch that were resting on top of a piece ... more
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