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  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months 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
  • 5 months Carrizo Springs High School counselor found stabbed to death LMTonline
    A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing a Carrizo Springs High School counselor. ... more
  • 6 months Texas mother accused of selling son gets 6 years in prison LMTonline
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman accused of selling her 7-year-old son and planning to sell her two other children to settle a drug debt has been sentenced to six years in prison. Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi was sentenced Friday after taking a plea deal. She was convicted on three counts of selling or purchasing a child. She also was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to sell or purchase a child. Last June investigators discovered her son had been sold for $2,500. Investigators also learned that she had planned to sell her two daughters, ages 2 ... more
  • 6 months HOMERO RAMOS LMTonline
    Homero Ramos ,67, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Laredo, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paz and Amparo Ramos. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Graciela Sotelo de Ramos, children: Homero Ramos Jr., Raquel Valencia, Juan Robles, Ruby Robles (Carlos Sanchez), Eloy Robles, Irene (Omar) Ortiz, Jerry (Martha) Robles, mother-in-law, Consuelo Sotelo, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, sister, Irma Martinez, sister, Petra Ramos, and brother, Fernando (Debbie) Ramos. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A visitation was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to ... more
  • 6 months ANDRES I. GARCIA LMTonline
    Andres I. Garcia, 90 went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 25, 2019. He is preceded in death by his father Andres Garcia Ramos; mother Maria Ancira de Garcia and wife, Sara Dee Garcia. Left behind to cherish his memories are his three sisters; Maria Luisa Garcia Hensley, Teresita Garcia Gutierrez and Laura Garcia Jacaman and five sons who he loved very much are as follows: Andres (Maribel) Garcia III, Gustavo (Annette) Garcia, Gerald (Donna) Garcia, Bobby (Tish) Garcia, and Patrick (Yezbel) Garcia. Grandchildren: Priscilla (Mike) Garcia Salinas, Elizabeth (Henry) Estrella, Andres D Garcia IV, Kristina Garcia, ... more
  • 6 months JUAN CASTILLO, JR. LMTonline
    Mr. Juan Castillo, Jr., 73, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Pending services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 719 Loring at Cortez, Laredo, Texas 78040; (956)722-0001. www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com. ... more
  • 6 months FELICIANO C. MARTINEZ LMTonline
    Feliciano C. Martinez, 50, entered into eternal rest, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Mr. Martinez is survived by his wife; Juanita Martinez, children; Norma Martinez, Aristeo Martinez, Jovani Martinez, Angel Daniel Martinez, Brenda Vega Martinez, Teresa Vega Martinez, Yesi (Fred) Dickey, Luis Angel (Blanca) Duenas, grandchildren; Marianely, Luis, Jasmin, Brandon, Alejandro, Emanuel, Diego, Charlie, Edwin, Gael, Angel and Anthony; as well as other family members and friends that will greatly miss him. Visitation will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Nieto Funeral Home & Crematory, where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 ... more
  • 6 months CONRADO MONTEMAYOR LMTonline
    Conrado Montemayor, 87, went to join our Lord and his loved ones in Heaven, Saturday, March 30, 2019, surrounded by his family. Conrado was a humble man of great faith and integrity who lived his life accordingly. As a founding member of the San Martin de Porres and St. Vincent de Paul parishes, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, he served both the church and its community with great fidelity. He demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the less fortunate and charitable causes. A graduate of Martin HS, Conrado was an active member of many organizations such as FFA, ROTC, ... more
  • 6 months CARLOS GARZA LMTonline
    Carlos Garza, 67, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Laredo, Texas. Carlos was the most interesting person. He was the original strong and quiet type. Even through his severe and debilitating illness he never complained about anything. He was an extremely private person but very, very considerate about everyone. Carlos was a rancher and loved the outdoors. Carlos, take your final ride into the sunset and into heaven, Mr. Cowboy! Carlos is preceded in death by his father, Martin C. Garza; paternal grandparents, Martiniano and Luisa Garza; maternal grandparents, Abel and Felicidad Ramirez. Mr. Garza is ... more
  • 6 months RAYMUNDO ANTONIO FLORES LMTonline
    On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, our beloved Raymundo Antonio Flores, 78, went to join our Lord in Heaven. “Grandpa Cat”, as he was affectionately known by everyone who knew and loved him was preceded in death by his wife, Yolanda Flores; parents, Nabor and Paula Flores and niece, Amy Rendon. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cristina R. Flores; children, Reymundo (Maggie) Flores, Roberto Rogelio Flores and Ricardo J. (Rosa) Flores; grandchildren, Reymundo Flores, III, Marcos Flores, Rene Flores, Roberto Rogelio Flores Jr., Juan Alberto Flores, Karyna G. Flores, Rebecca Flores, Julissa Flores, Ricardo “Pappas” Flores and Favyolli ... more
  • 6 months Trump’s threat to close ports of entry stirs fears of economic depression LMTonline
    President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the southern border raised fears Monday of dire economic consequences in the U.S. and an upheaval of daily life in a corner of the country that relies on the international flow of not just goods and services but also students, families and workers. ... more
  • 6 months CONRADO MONTEMAYOR LMTonline
    Conrado Montemayor, 87, went to join our Lord and loved ones in Heaven, Saturday, March 30, 2019, surrounded by his family. The family will be receiving guests on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019, at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey ... more
  • 6 months LPD: Man cuts his wrist after he assaulted his wife LMTonline
    A man cut his wrist as Laredo police were en route to a domestic disturbance, authorities said. The man, Gabriel Montes, 42, was later arrested on the charge of assault, family violence. Laredo police responded to the assault at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of East San Pedro Street. Responding officers met with Montes, who was bleeding from a laceration to his wrist. A woman also complained of pain to her back and head. Police said the couple were drinking when Montes brought up past issues. She tried to go inside the residence when Montes allegedly started ... more
  • 6 months LPD: Man assaults wife for dancing with another man LMTonline
    A man who was having drinks with two women at a bar has been arrested after he assaulted his wife for dancing with another man, Laredo police said. Julio Cavazos, 35, was charged with assault, family violence. He was later released on bond, according to Webb County Jail records. At about 2:10 a.m. March 23, police officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Urbahn Avenue. A woman stated to police that her common-law husband, Cavazos, had assaulted her, according to LPD. She told police that she had discovered Cavazos having drinks at a bar with ... more
  • 6 months Laredo man served with warrant for allegedly assaulting wife LMTonline
    A domestic disturbance landed a man behind bars, according to Laredo police. Daniel Garza, 23, was served with an arrest warrant Saturday in the 1500 block of Santa Maria Avenue. He was charged with assault, family violence. At about 9 p.m. March 6, officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Santa Maria. A woman stated to police that her husband, Garza, was upset about an argument they had the day before, according to LPD. The argument escalated when she told Garza she would call for help, police said. Garza then allegedly threw her phone against the wall and broke ... more
  • 6 months ‘Hegemony and Inter-American Trade Relations’ topic of TAMIU Keynote Speaker Series LMTonline
    As world powers struggled for leadership and dominance during the last century, the United States saw itself fending off challenges from rivals such as the former Soviet Union and Japan. This century, however, is witnessing an entirely different scenario, as the country engages in a full-spectrum competition with China. Craig VanGrasstek, adjunct lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will discuss these hegemonic struggles in the context of inter-American trade for the IBC and Commerce Bank 2018-2019 Keynote Speaker Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom. A reception will begin ... more
  • 6 months Laredo College announces scholarship opportunities for students LMTonline
    Laredo College says it is proud to announce that the Accelerate Texas Grant IV, or ATX IV, Integrated and Training Grant will be offered to qualified students beginning this month. Those interested in enrolling in certificate level I and continuing education programs, such as welder assistant, logistics technician, nursing assistant, phlebotomy certification, network and data security, electrocardiograph technician and dental assistant, will have the opportunity to receive scholarships to complete their desired career. The Continuing Education Department has housed ATX grants aimed at expanding these career pathways. ATX is a joint effort by higher education agencies and the Texas Workforce ... more
  • 6 months El Metro now offers Google Transit LMTonline
    El Metro said Monday it is pleased to partner with Google Maps to offer enhanced trip planning capabilities across the City of Laredo. Google Transit is a feature of Google Maps that allows people to plan a trip using public transportation. “Our El Metro’s integration of Google Transit (at no cost to the city) into the day-to-day operations of our public bus system will enhance the predictability of when buses will arrive at the over 1,200 bus stops throughout the city. This is a big step in making mass transit a viable option for those that want to ride the ... more
  • 6 months Students advance to State Theatrical Design Contest LMTonline
    UIL 2019 Theatrical Design State Qualifiers from Alexander High School and United High School recently advanced to the State Theatrical Design Contest. This year’s design prompt was based on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. The purpose of the Theatrical Design Contest is to foster appreciation of good theatrical design, to increase the number of schools which have adapted technical theater as an academic subject in school curriculum, to learn to lose or win graciously — accepting with good sportsmanship the decision and critique with a view to improve future projects — and to satisfy the competitive, artistic ... more
  • 6 months Invasive fruit fly detected in Webb, Zapata counties LMTonline
    An invasive fruit fly has been detected in Webb and Zapata counties. Due to its proximity to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and commercially grown citrus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has launched a rapid response campaign to raise awareness about what the public can do to help keep this pest from spreading. Help is especially needed in Webb and Zapata counties, where a federal quarantine is now in place to restrict the movement of fruit that may be infected. While commercial citrus growers are taking steps to ensure their fruit can be moved ... more
  • 6 months LULAC 12 receives $20K donation for scholarships LMTonline
    LULAC Council No. 12 recently received a $20,000 donation from Uni-Trade Forwarding to be used for scholarships. Every year, LULAC Council No. 12 awards thousands of dollars’ worth of scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the Laredo area. These scholarships help local students attending college for the first time pay for expenses such as tuition, books and housing. LULAC’s mission is to empower Latino students and to help provide the tools and resources necessary for them to succeed. Nationally, LULAC has assisted almost 10 percent of the 1.1 million Hispanic students who have gone to college. This year, LULAC ... more
  • 6 months LPD: Man arrested for breaking into east Laredo home LMTonline
    A man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a home east Laredo. Andres Guadalupe Barrientos, 31, was arrested Wednesday in the 1200 block of Oakmont Street. He was served with warrants that charged him with burglary of habitation and theft. A burglary was reported at about 8:30 p.m. March 12 in the 5900 block of Colt Drive, located off East Saunders Street. The complainant stated to police that someone broke into the residence and stole assorted items. Police noticed forced entry through the front door. Authorities also noticed that the master bedroom was ransacked. Crimes against property detectives opened ... more
  • 6 months Bailout near Bruni yields arrest of 11 undocumented immigrants LMTonline
    Border Patrol agents arrested 11 undocumented immigrants following a vehicle bailout near Bruni. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning when agents saw a Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck letting people out on Texas Highway 359 near a private ranch property. The agents apprehended a total of 11 migrants. Four were from Guatemala, three from Mexico, two from El Salvador and two from Honduras. The pickup truck was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. ... more
  • 6 months TAMIU graduate student part of historic spring semester LMTonline
    While he’s had a lifelong fascination with literature, TAMIU graduate English student James Buckley is making a little history this semester. Buckley is the 1,000th student in TAMIU’s graduate programs and part of TAMIU’s record spring enrollment with 7,436 combined undergraduate and graduate students — a 6 percent increase over last spring’s 7,017 enrollment. Dean of the Graduate School, Jennifer Coronado, said Buckley is also part of a larger record: a 25 percent increase in Graduate School enrollment. Of this spring’s total TAMIU enrollment, 1,013 are graduate or doctoral students. “Mr. Buckley is expanding on his family’s history and legacy ... more
  • 6 months LPD reports number of DWI arrests made during spring break enforcement period LMTonline
    Laredo police said they arrested 11 suspected intoxicated drivers during a recent two-week enforcement period. Those arrested were charged with driving while intoxicated. A first offense can be punishable with a fine of up to $2,000 or up to 180 days in jail, loss of a driver license for up to a year and an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. LPD officers worked the impaired driver mobilization grant funded by TxDOT from March 7 to March 23. Officer were tasked with working overtime and targeting ... more
  • 6 months TAMIU to host Celebration of Life memorial April 2 LMTonline
    Texas A&M International University will host its annual Celebration of Life memorial at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. This year’s event will celebrate and remember the lives of 35 alumni, students, faculty and staff who have passed away in the past year. The celebration will include musical performances by university organist Colin Campbell, the TAMIU Choir and the Memorial Bells of First United Methodist Church. After the service, participants will join the U.S. Border Patrol Pipe and Drum Honor Guard for a procession to the university’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Memorial Garden. ... more
  • 6 months Social media tip received by Webb County sheriff leads to wanted man LMTonline
    Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar received a social media tip that led to the apprehension of a wanted individual. Cuellar gave the order to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and they executed an arrest warrant on suspect Emmanuel Michael Martins, 27, at a local hotel in north Laredo. Martins had 10 warrants out for his arrest, including two for possession of controlled substance, four for possession of marijuana, one for evading arrest and detention, one for aggravated robbery, one for burglary of habitation and one for harassment. Martins was remanded without bond to the Webb County Jail. “I ... more
  • 6 months Class in the Courtroom: East R. Bunny is not guilty LMTonline
    The second Civil Mock Trial of Cluck E. Chicken versus East R. Bunny in Webb County Court at Law II ended Friday with unanimous decisions that the bunny, portrayed by Mike Angel, did not steal 12 eggs from the chicken, portrayed by Lola Quesada. Third graders from Blessed Sacrament and from UISD’s Zaffirini Elementary schools also unanimously decided that the bunny did not trespass into the chicken’s coop and need not pay her $500 in damages. Non-jurors comprising the court of public opinion came to the same conclusion, as did Laredo ISD students from Gallego, Ligarde, Sanchez Ochoa and Santa ... more
  • 6 months LPD: scammers spoofing LPD’s non-emergency number to ask for money LMTonline
    Laredo police are warning the community about scammers who are using LPD’s non-emergency number to ask for money. Authorities said they have been made aware of recent calls where the 795-2800 number has been spoofed by scammers. “We want to advise the community that the Laredo Police Department does not request any payments over the phone, require money to be wired into certain accounts or accept payments for pending warrants, tickets,” police said in statement. Authorities added, “If the person on the line claims to be a member of the Laredo Police Department, advise them that you would like to ... more
  • 6 months Agents discover 12 migrants harbored inside Laredo stash house LMTonline
    Border Patrol agents recently discovered 12 undocumented immigrants being harbored at a residence in Laredo. The incident occurred on the evening of March 28, when after receiving credible information, Border Patrol conducted an enforcement action at a residence in the 300 block of East San Carlos. Law Enforcement officials obtained legal entry into the residence and discovered the migrants being harbored inside the house in deplorable conditions. Record checks determined the 12 migrants — 10 men, a woman and a juvenile — were from Mexico and Guatemala. ... more
  • 6 months Pixar animator among special guests for STEM Week at Laredo College LMTonline
    Laredo College is excited to kick off the STEM Week festivities filled an array of fun, educational activities for students and the public this upcoming April. The Laredo College Ft. McIntosh Campus will welcome more than 1,000 students from local school districts that will be participating in the three-day celebration. An LC math bee, STEM carnival and remarkable presentations from renowned personalities in science, technology, engineering and math careers are some of the activities these students will enjoy as they partake in this grand event. The students will also be able to take a tour of the historic campus and ... more
  • 6 months LPD: Man chased down woman who broke into his car LMTonline
    A woman has been arrested for breaking into a vehicle in El Santo Niño neighborhood, according to Laredo police. Rebecca Menchaca, 21, was charged with burglary of a vehicle. She remained behind bars as of Friday evening, according to Webb County Jail records. The burglary was reported at about 1:25 a.m. Thursday in the 3000 block of Pine Street. Officers met with a man who had detained a female suspect. She was identified as Menchaca. The man stated to police that he was inside his residence when he heard hid dogs barking. He went outside and saw two people inside ... more
  • 6 months Laredo man accused of pressing gun to woman’s stomach during assault LMTonline
    A man is accused of placing a handgun to a woman’s stomach, according to Laredo police. Joaquin Montemayor, 38, was arrested Friday on the charge of aggravated assault with a weapon. Webb County Jail records show he was behind bars as of Friday evening. Laredo police officers responded to the assault report at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Garfield Street. Responding officers said they saw a white GMC Sierra leaving the scene. They pulled over the vehicle in the 1500 block of Lexington Avenue. Police identified the occupant as Montemayor and placed him in the back ... more
  • 6 months LPD: Woman stabbed man during jealous rage LMTonline
    A woman landed behind bars after she stabbed a man over jealousy issues, according to Laredo police. At about 3 p.m. March 23, LPD police officers responded to an assault report in the 1000 block of Emerald Valley Drive. Officers encountered a man who had a laceration to his neck and upper back area. They placed him in the back of a unit. Police also saw a woman who had a bite mark. An investigation revealed that the woman, Selena Lizette Aguilar, 29, was the suspect, authorities said. The man stated to police that he was at a basketball game ... more
  • 6 months City of Laredo to use metal detectors at council meetings LMTonline
    Beginning Monday, citizens who arrive for Laredo City Council meetings will have to go through one of two metal detectors directly before entering the council chambers — either through the City Hall first floor lobby, or through the council chamber entrance on Flores Avenue. Citizens who have a license to carry and wish to enter the council chamber during a designated council meeting will be given a key to place their handgun in a gun locker before entering the council chamber. They can use the same key to retrieve their handgun when they leave the chamber. Only law enforcement will ... more
  • 6 months $2.8M in marijuana seized in north Laredo LMTonline
    A routine traffic yielded approximately $2.8 million in marijuana in the Tejas Industrial Park in north Laredo, police said. At about 3:25 p.m. Thursday, a Laredo police K-9 officer pulled over an 18-wheeler for a traffic violation in the 8900 block of San Mateo Drive. Police said the vehicle failed to signal a left turn. Authorities noticed that the driver was “acting nervously.” He was shaking as he was speaking to an officer, according to police. LPD identified the driver as Jose Omar Montoya Castillo, 38. He told police that he got lost while looking for a warehouse, according to ... more
  • 6 months Taco Palenque raises funds and awareness for St. Jude LMTonline
    This spring, Taco Palenque is kicking off its fundraising efforts to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continue to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Through the St. Jude Give thanks. Give hope. campaign, customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more at the register to support the life-saving mission of the hospital. Taco Palenque invites patrons to join in on the pin-up action at their Laredo, Cotulla, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and New Braunfels, starting April 1 to jumpstart fundraising so patients never receive a bill from St. Jude ... more
  • 6 months Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project set for April 13 at Tres Laredos Park LMTonline
    This year, the Rio Grande International Study Center’s annual Earth Day Festival will join forces with the community of Laredo in celebrating a Day of Action, as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project from 2-7 p.m. April 13 at Tres Laredos Park. A world famous cellist and classical musician, Yo-Yo Ma is also a humanitarian. Last year, he began the Bach Project, a 36-city world tour. Each stop involves two elements - a performance of Bach’s six suites and a Day of Action. In Texas, Laredo-Nuevo Laredo was selected for the Day of Action given the dynamic interplay of culture ... more
  • 6 months Rep. Cuellar votes in support of Paycheck Fairness Act LMTonline
    Congressman Henry Cuellar said Thursday that he voted in favor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help close the wage gap and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Cuellar joined all 239 members of the House Democratic Caucus as an original co-sponsor of the bill for the 116th Congress. “Gender discrimination in the workforce is unacceptable and we must do everything to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work,” Cuellar said. “I am an original co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act for this important reason — I am committed to ensuring that women have the ... more
  • 6 months CARMELITA RILEY PEÑA LMTonline
    Carmelita Riley Peña, 84, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 23, 2019, after a long, debilitating illness. She passed in the tranquility of her home with her loving family by her side. Carmelita was born in Laredo where she lived for most of her life. She enjoyed traveling extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She will be missed by her many relatives and friends. “To know her is to love her”, many have said, others have commented that she was, “an Angel in disguise”. Carmelita was an accomplished scholar and a Registered Nurse who was extremely beautiful inside ... more
  • 6 months JESUS FLORES LMTonline
    Jesus Flores, 96, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Flores was born in Veracruz, Mexico and was a longlife resident of Laredo, Texas. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a Vigil of the Deceased will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons, Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. on San Bernardo Ave. Funeral services will begin departing the funeral home chapel at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. ... more
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