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  • 20 hours 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
  • 1 week 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
  • 1 week 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
  • 1 week 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 2 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks 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
  • 3 weeks City to discuss outreach program for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder LMTonline
    City of Laredo District 5 Council Member Nelly Vielma, the Laredo Police Department and several non-profit entities will host a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday at City Council Chambers to discuss an outreach program for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Recently, the Laredo Educational Autism Foundation and Laredo College hosted a two day workshop for law enforcement to craft a safety plan to use when engaging with persons with ASD. Vielma will also issue a proclamation in support of community-wide activities and partnerships that took place in the month of April for Autism Awareness Month. ... more
  • 3 weeks Laredo College to honor outstanding student organizations LMTonline
    Laredo College Office of Student Life will be hosting the Student Leadership Awards Night on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kazen Student Center at the Fort McIntosh Campus. Laredo College student organizations keep campus life invigorated and vibrant year-round. It is these organizations and clubs that not only bring school spirit to life, but also encourage the student population to get involved and make a difference. The Office of Student Life organizes the annual event to reward the dedicated individuals running these student organizations. The Student Leadership Awards recognizes outstanding sponsored and registered student organizations. These awards are intended ... more
  • 3 weeks Rep. Cuellar addresses pay parity for CBP agents LMTonline
    Rep. Cuellar Introduces Bipartisan Border Patrol Pay Security Act of 2019 Legislation allows Border Patrol Agents to qualify for overtime pay guaranteed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, ensuring pay parity with other law enforcement agencies WASHINGTON— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) introduced H.R. 2335, the Border Patrol Pay Security Act of 2019, a bill amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to reinstate Border Patrol agent compensation for overtime for certain hours of work. Specifically, this bipartisan piece of legislation provides federal labor pay standards to those who are among both our most deserving and critically needed workers, maintaining the ... more
  • 3 weeks Man accused of sexually assaulting two sisters out on bond LMTonline
    The man accused of sexually assaulting two sisters in 2002 has been released on bond, according to Webb County Jail records. Fernando Aguillon, 50, was released on bond on April 13. Two days prior on April 11, he had been served with an arrest warrant that charged him with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Laredo Morning Times has obtained an arrest affidavit for one case. On Jan. 9, an aggravated sexual assault report was filed in the lobby are of the Laredo Police Department. Authorities identified the suspect as Aguillon. A child stated that when she ... more
  • 3 weeks Rep. King pushes to alter property code LMTonline
    Back in November, dozens of homeowners in La Bota Ranch, a gated community in northwest Laredo, met with state Rep. Tracy King to voice their numerous concerns regarding the lack of representation on their homeowners association. Two years before, this HOA, made up solely of the neighborhood’s developers, had decided to raise the homeowners’ annual dues dramatically, a 70 percent increase. The developers had also, without notifying homeowners, voted to extend their control of the HOA board until 2050. The board remains under declarant — or developer — control because the owners of the subdivision claim they have not finished ... more
  • 4 weeks Man accused of kicking woman arrested by police LMTonline
    A man landed behind bars for allegedly kicking a woman in central Laredo. Gino Alejandro Mendoza, 25, was arrested and charged with assault, family violence, violation of a protective order and possession of a controlled substance. Laredo police officers responded to the alleged assault at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. They encountered a woman in the 300 block of Sanchez Street who told them that a man had assaulted her and that he fled from the area. Officers said they canvassed the area and found him underneath the overpass on Park Street by Zacate Creek. They identified him as Mendoza. The ... more
  • 4 weeks Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest, seizure LMTonline
    A tip to Laredo Crime Stoppers resulted in an arrest and the seizure of narcotics, authorities said. George Gonzalez, 28, was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery of a controlled substance and one count of tampering with evidence. On Tuesday, the Laredo Police Department’s narcotics unit along with the patrol division raided a home in the 2200 block of San Enrique Avenue. Authorities said the search warrant was obtained after an investigation into the possible selling of narcotics. As officers executed the search warrant, a man later identified as Gonzalez was spotted running toward the back of ... more
  • 4 weeks Man accused of using a gun to hit a person in the head LMTonline
    A man has been arrested for hitting a person in the back of the head with a handgun, according to Laredo police. Carlos Cruz, 20, was served with an arrest warrant Wednesday that charged him with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. At about 4 p.m. Monday, police officers responded to an assault in the 300 block of Bruni Street. A man stated to police that Cruz had hit him in the back of the head with a handgun. The case unfolded when Cruz arrived at the location in a dark-colored Chevy Cruze and pointed the weapon at ... more
  • 4 weeks Assistant band director accused of pawing over $10K worth of musical instruments LMTonline
    An assistant band director has been arrested for allegedly pawning over $10,000 in musical instruments that belonged to a middle school, according to the Laredo Independent School District. Antonio Roberto Alvarez, 43, turned himself in Tuesday morning to LISD police. He was served with an arrest warrant that charged him with theft of property. Alvarez was later released on bond, according to Webb County Jail records. He resigned in January, which is when the investigation began. On Jan. 10, LISD’s fine arts director learned from a United ISD employee that there was a trumpet at a local pawn shop that ... more
  • 4 weeks Assistant band director accused of pawning over $10K worth of musical instruments LMTonline
    An assistant band director has been arrested for allegedly pawning over $10,000 in musical instruments that belonged to a middle school, according to the Laredo Independent School District. Antonio Roberto Alvarez, 43, turned himself in Tuesday morning to LISD police. He was served with an arrest warrant that charged him with theft of property. Alvarez was later released on bond, according to Webb County Jail records. He resigned in January, which is when the investigation began. On Jan. 10, LISD’s fine arts director learned from a United ISD employee that there was a trumpet at a local pawn shop that ... more
  • 4 weeks Redevelopment issues discussed at housing summit LMTonline
    All day Wednesday, elected officials, city leaders, architects, private developers, builders and dozens of other stakeholders listened to panelists of wide and varying backgrounds speak to one common goal: the redevelopment of Laredo’s inner city and downtown. This was Laredo’s first Inner City Housing Summit, an event eight months in the making, held by the Laredo Housing Authority, the city’s Community Development Department, Habitat of Laredo, Laredo Main Street, and various other nonprofits and sponsors. The day’s keynote speaker was Joe Minicozzi, architect and principal of Urban3, a consulting firm. Minicozzi specializes in reframing and mapping out the economics of ... more
  • 4 weeks Four men killed in gunfight with Mexican troops LMTonline
    Four suspected gunmen died Tuesday afternoon in an armed confrontation with Mexican troops in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, authorities said. At about 3 p.m., gunmen in a gray Chevrolet Tahoe fired shots at soldiers with the Secretariat of the National Defense, also known as SEDENA, by the intersection of Paseo Colon and Avenida Reforma in central Nuevo Laredo. A chase ensued, and ut ended by the intersection of Antigua Carretera Nuevo Laredo and Calle Paseo Loma Real, near the high school Preparatoria Juvenal Boone Flores, authorities said. Soldiers said they returned fire and killed four suspected gunmen. Authorities did not identify ... more
  • 1 month Migrant accused of attacking Border Patrol agents LMTonline
    A man is facing up to 20 years in prison after being indicted in a Laredo federal court for allegedly assaulting three Border Patrol agents. A grand jury returned the indictment against 23-year-old Luis Gustavo Ramirez-Saucedo, a Mexican citizen. Ramirez-Saucedo was originally charged by criminal complaint and ordered into custody pending further criminal proceedings. On Tuesday, a grand jury handed down the indictment. Ramirez-Saucedo is expected to make an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon in the near future. The complaint alleges that on March 29, Border Patrol agents working their assigned duties in Laredo were alerted at about ... more
  • 1 month Suspect accused of using knife in attempted burglary LMTonline
    A man was arrested for breaking into a home, displaying a knife and demanding money, according to Laredo police. Oscar Melendez, 43, was charged with burglary of habitation with the intention of committing another felony. Laredo police officers responded to an armed person report at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Meadow Avenue. Responding officers immediately detained a man identified Melendez. Witnesses told police that Melendez had barged into a residence and demanded money from the complainant, LPD said. When the complainant refused, Melendez brandished a knife and threatened the complainant with violence, according to police. A ... more
  • 1 month Driscoll Health Plan announces early Mother’s Day LMTonline
    Driscoll Health Plan is sponsoring a Mother’s Day Expo & Resource Fair in Laredo, an event where mothers, moms-to-be and families can relax and enjoy a Saturday morning. The fair will be held May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Haynes Recreation Center, 2102 Clarks Crossing Drive. The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on women’s health and offer health screenings, prenatal programs, Zumba, door prizes, a Mariachi band and more. For more information, contact 956-728-6300 or 956-269-2042. Driscoll Health Plan is a nonprofit, community-based health insurance plan offering health care coverage to ... more
  • 1 month PD: Man wielding knife charged with aggravated assault LMTonline
    A man landed behind bars for allegedly pulling out a knife on two people in south Laredo. At about 3:15 p.m. Monday, police officers responded to an armed person report in the 3100 block of Bismark Street. Preliminary information indicated that that there was a man wielding a knife and acting belligerent. Police officers met with a man who was identified as David Mata, 23. He allegedly got into an argument with the mother of his children. When the complainants tried to calm him down, Mata pulled out a knife, police said. No injuries were reported. Mata was arrested and ... more
  • 1 month Husband accused of assaulting wife during argument LMTonline
    A man has been accused of assaulting his wife following an argument, according to Laredo police. Gustavo Muñoz, 43, was arrested and charged assault, family violence. LPD officers were dispatched to the assault report at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday in the 2700 block of San Jorge Avenue. Police arrived at the scene and found multiple people outside a home, including a woman who appeared to have pain to her arm. She stated to police that she was in a heated argument with her husband, who was identified as Muñoz, LPD said. He then allegedly started breaking her vehicle’s windows. Muñoz ... more
  • 1 month 21 motions heard in capital murder case involving BP agent LMTonline
    The Border Patrol agent indicted on two counts of capital murder in connection to the slaying of Grizelda Hernandez, 27, and their 1-year-old son, Dominic Alexander Hernandez, appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing on motions filed by his attorney. Ronald Anthony Burgos-Aviles is charged with two counts of capital murder after Hernandez and Dominic were found stabbed to death in April 2018 near Father Charles McNaboe Park in northwest Laredo. Eddie Peña, attorney for Burgos-Aviles, filed 21 motions this month with 49th District Court Judge Joe Lopez. The judge heard and granted 14 motions that would dictate jury selection, ... more
  • 1 month Rep. Cuellar announces over $2M for Veteran Court Program LMTonline
    Over $2 million in federal funding for the 406th District Court was announced Tuesday. In making the announcement, Congressman Henry Cuellar said the funding will be distributed over the next five years for the Veterans Court Program. The 406th District Court administers the program. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funds will go to support the continuation of services the Webb County Veteran Court Program offers, including mental health and substance abuse services, but they will also support Zapata veterans. Other areas the ... more
  • 1 month Commissioners Court conducts meeting at VMT campus LMTonline
    Webb County Commissioners Court on Tuesday held their regular biweekly meeting before an auditorium full of students at the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts. Commissioners went through a standard agenda while concurrently explaining to students some of the basic realities of county governments, such as the general fund, a fiscal year, elected and appointed officials, revenues and expenses. The court approved some noteworthy items in this setting: the funding of a second magistrate judge for the rest of the fiscal year, a list of capital projects to be funded through a $15 million bond that was ... more
  • 1 month PD: Man arrested for evading arrest LMTonline
    A man allegedly led Laredo police officers on a chase and crashed into two vehicles, including a police unit, authorities said. An LPD officer on routine patrol observed a red Dodge Caliber traveling the wrong way on a one-way street in the 400 block of Juarez Avenue. The officer pulled over the vehicle for a traffic violation. As the officer approached the Dodge, the driver sped off. A pursuit ensued in the downtown area. Police said the Dodge crashed with another vehicle on Matamoros Street. The driver then fled the scene and continued traveling onto Interstate 35. Police said he ... more
  • 1 month LC employee honored as ‘Person of the Year’ LMTonline
    A Laredo College faculty member was recently awarded an accolade at the annual Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education conference in Houston. Olivia Ramos has been an adjunct faculty member for the Adult Education & Literacy Program/Continuing Education Department at Laredo College for 27 years. Her almost three decades of dedicated service have paid off. She was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Support Person of the Year Award. This honor is awarded to a practitioner with five or more years of adult education experience in a support role that participates in school and community activities. Ramos said ... more
  • 1 month LISD Early Childhood registration begins Tuesday LMTonline
    Laredo Independent School District’s Early Childhood pre-registration for the 2019-2020 begins Tuesday and continues through May 3. Parents may register their children for PreK3, Prek4 and Kindergarten Programs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during this two-week period at the nearest LISD elementary school. To be considered eligible for enrollment into the free full day prek3 and prek4 program, a child must be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1 and unable to speak and comprehend the English language. Children may also be eligible for prek3 and prek4 if they are educationally ... more
  • 1 month Brothers sentenced in smuggling conspiracy LMTonline
    Two Laredo brothers have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to smuggle bulk cash from Mexico. Mario Luis Quiroga-Trevino, 43, a Mexican national who was illegally residing in Laredo, and his brother Javier Quiroga, 48, of Laredo, pleaded guilty Nov. 6. Visiting U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle sentenced Quiroga to a total of 70 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court noted that although not as highly-involved in the conspiracy as was his brother, Quiroga could not justify ... more
  • 1 month Survivor celebrates life, mourns her losses LMTonline
    Editor’s note: This is the sixth of eight stories about the ambassadors for the 2019 Relay for Life of Webb County. In this series, they explain in their own words their journey with cancer. Relay for Life will be held April 26-27 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the UISD Student Activity Complex. I am extremely grateful to my god, the medical profession, and all medical advancement in our society. Good medical help came to me from Dr. Rudolfo Lozano. In May of 2005, this gynecologist gave me a diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Further testing was needed and ... more
  • 1 month End in sight for school after 115 years LMTonline
    The small school located on the 400 block of Callaghan Street in the middle of a quiet and close-knit neighborhood is celebrated its 115th anniversary last week. Our Lady of Guadalupe School was founded April 11, 1904 as the first Catholic school in Laredo when Luis Quintanilla, a local contractor, built a two-story building for $600. Since its inception, Guadalupe school’s mission has been to give the children of both Laredos a good Catholic education. In late January, the Diocese of Laredo said it will consolidate St. Peter’s Memorial and Our Lady of Guadalupe schools into one campus due to ... more
  • 1 month Bishop Tamayo responds to letter sent by concerned parents LMTonline
    The Diocese of Laredo bishop responded to a letter sent by the Our Lady of Guadalupe school parents earlier this month requesting a meeting to discuss parents’ concerns over the decision to close the campus. In late January, the diocese said it will consolidate St. Peter’s Memorial and Our Lady of Guadalupe schools into one campus due to low enrollment numbers. The campus will be located at Our Lady of Guadalupe, which will be renamed to San Juan Diego Catholic School. In a letter dated Feb. 28, the board of directors outlined theirs and parents’ grievances and showed a timeline ... more
  • 1 month Webb to host Commissioners Court meeting at VMT school LMTonline
    In celebration of National County Government Month, Webb County will host the Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday at Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts. Commissioners took action at their last meeting to move the location of the April 23, 2019 meeting to VMT located at 2102 E. Lyon St. The theme for this year’s celebration of National County Government Month is “Connecting the Unconnected,” demonstrating how counties deliver “people-centered” services and connect communities. This marks the second year in a row that Commissioners Court is hosted before an audience of high school students. This dynamic format allows students ... more
  • 1 month Male worker falls to death at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Texas LMTonline
    A man has fallen to his death at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. ... more
  • 1 month Teen said he killed Carrizo Springs High School counselor after he tried to grab his private part LMTonline
    A student killed a Carrizo Springs High School counselor after he tried to grab his private part, according to an arrest affidavit. ... more
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