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  • 6 months City of Laredo concerned about impact of reassignment of CBP officers LMTonline
    The city government said Thursday that it is concerned about the potential negative impact the reassignment of CBP officers will have on trade and tourism in Laredo. Kevin McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said Wednesday he would transfer 750 officers from ports of entry across the border to help with the influx of families. He acknowledged the move would slow daily trade and tourism traffic, especially in the lead-up to the busy Easter weekend. It’s unclear how many officers from the Laredo area will be transferred. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection has informed us that 750 agents from ... more
  • 6 months ‘Discover TAMIU’ event set for April 6, 90-plus activities offered LMTonline
    A day full of fun and educational activities for the entire family will be offered at Discover TAMIU from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 6 at Texas A&M International University. Now in its fifth year, Discover TAMIU is a campus-wide annual open house featuring over 90 activities for all ages. The event serves as an opportunity for community members to engage with the university in a meaningful way, while enjoying the sights and sounds of campus life. Gina González, associate vice president of student success and one of the event’s key organizers, said Discover TAMIU truly offers something fun for ... more
  • 6 months Two Laredo social workers recognized by nonprofit LMTonline
    Local nonprofit organization Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center is celebrating Social Work Month. Each day, nearly 700,000 social workers nationwide work to elevate and empower others, giving them the ability to solve life’s problems, cope with personal roadblocks and get the services they need. Social workers are needed now more than ever as the nation grapples with serious issues such as income equality, preventing suicide, ensuring access to good health care for all, as well as addressing the growing opioid addiction now gripping the nation. Two of those extraordinary individuals working at the Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center are Denise ... more
  • 6 months LMC recognizes medical educators during event LMTonline
    Medical educators at LMC who train students and doctors in their final steps of residency were honored Wednesday. Robyn Madson, University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine of San Antonio’s dean, recognized the volunteers who dedicate countless hours educating future physicians specializing in family medicine and internal medicine. She said she remembered when she helped start two residency programs in the small town of Mount Vernon, Washington. “In a very short period of time, our graduates had graduated from those programs and they are practicing in the community,” Madson said. “I’ll never forget when I first came to ... more
  • 6 months DEA seeking Laredoans to burn 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour LMTonline
    The federal force tasked with hunting down drug traffickers and illegal substances is looking for a Laredo contractor to help incinerate evidence held by the DEA, including papers, cassette tapes, bulk marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and other incidental controlled substances. ... more
  • 6 months Texas school district moves to a four-day school week LMTonline
    School district officials say the switch will make students more productive, and 92.6 percent of surveyed parents agreed. ... more
  • 6 months Texas is the ‘Most Instagrammable’ state in the U.S., with help from Laredo — kind of LMTonline
    Texas tops for two taps on Instagram, according to a global list. ... more
  • 6 months Police: Texas Uber driver in ‘dire’ condition after he was shot by 2 passengers LMTonline
    An Uber driver is in "dire" condition after he was shot Thursday by two passengers on San Antonio's Southwest Side, police said. ... more
  • 6 months Laredo colleges among top nursing schools in Texas LMTonline
    As a result the demand for nurses in Texas is high. The median salary for a nurse in the Lone Star state was $69,890 a year (according to data collected by the United States Department of Labor). ... more
  • 6 months Laredo high school senior class donates to Bethany House LMTonline
    The civic-minded Alexander High School Class of 2020 collected several articles of clothing, personal care products and bedding for donation to the Bethany House of Laredo. The students received praise from Cindy Leyendecker, director of community relations for the charitable organization. "We are grateful for the support we receive from Alexander High School students. They are always helpful and volunteer their time to help us accomplish our mission to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless," Leyendecker said. The Alexander High School Class of 2020 is sponsored by Elizabeth Peña, Ceci Alaniz, Margie Campos and Angelique Garcia. ... more
  • 6 months Registration ongoing for ‘Dusty’s Junior University’ LMTonline
    While school may still be in session, it’s not too early to think about all the fun and excitement of the summer. TAMIU said that this year, why not consider spending time at Texas A&M International University by enrolling in Dusty’s Junior University. Whether it be creating colorful masterpieces in the Little Picassos class, studying marine biology in Extreme Sharks and Sea Creatures course, exercising budding musical skills as Dusty’s Musicians or building and racing a soap box car, this year’s summer camp offers classes for all interests and grade levels, ranging from K-12. Additionally, high school students can begin ... more
  • 6 months Agent seize 12 pounds of meth at I-35 checkpoint LMTonline
    U.S. Border Patrol agents said about 12 pounds of methamphetamine hydrochloride was seized after it was found concealed in a vehicle at the Interstate 35 checkpoint. The incident occurred when a silver Lexus approached the primary lane of inspection. A service canine alerted agents to the possible presence of hidden people or narcotics. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection. A search of the vehicle revealed five bundles containing 12.17 pounds of methamphetamine hydrochloride with a street value of $389,632.19. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and escorted into the checkpoint to be processed. He was subsequently turned over ... more
  • 6 months LISD hosts Family Reading Night to promote literacy LMTonline
    Laredo Independent School District elementary school libraries recently hosted the seventh annual Elementary Family Reading Night. Family Reading Night is held each year to promote English language arts and family involvement with activities that enhance literacy skill development. The event, which is held during Read Across America Week, gives families an opportunity to pick up a book and read together at their child’s school. This year’s Family Reading Night’s theme, “Wild About Reading,” allowed campuses to organize activities with picture books, songs, poetry, games, crafts, and storytelling. Children were afforded an opportunity to get ahead with their Accelerated Reader points ... more
  • 6 months Lawsuit against City of Laredo, council members dismissed LMTonline
    Rancho Viejo Waste Management, which is trying to open a landfill 20 miles east of town, sued the City of Laredo and four of its council members last year after a private equity firm backed out of a deal to buy or invest in the business, according to an order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, in which she also dismissed the case. In May 2016, Laredo City Council penned a resolution to oppose the proposed landfill. After it was passed, negotiations between Rancho Viejo and the potential investor, Bernhard Capital Management LP, allegedly broke down. “When ... more
  • 6 months Just how unhappy is Laredo compared to other cities in Texas? One study has answers LMTonline
    But which city in the Lone Star state is the "most unhappy?" attempted to answer that very question in a recent study. ... more
  • 6 months LMT DRUGGED COFFEE LMTonline
    A man is accused of drugging a woman’s coffee and then sexually assaulting her in her bedroom, according to Laredo police. When the woman noticed something that appeared to be pink sugar on her drink, Arli Araiza allegedly told her that it was caramel. Araiza, 25, was served with an arrest warrant on Monday. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault. Webb County Jail records show he was released on bond on Tuesday. The case unfolded Nov. 17, when officers responded to a sexual assault report at Doctors Hospital. LPD special investigations unit took over the case. A woman stated ... more
  • 6 months Shootouts in Nuevo Laredo leave six dead, including civilian LMTonline
    Shootouts between soldiers and presumed organized crime members left six dead in and around Nuevo Laredo on Saturday and resulted in the temporary closure of the highway between the city and Monterrey. ... more
  • 7 months 50 weird things Laredo riders leave behind in their Uber LMTonline
    Forgetting something in car and going back to get it can be pretty annoying. However what happens when you leave something in your Uber? We've compiled a list of things Laredoans have left behind in their ride-share. ... more
  • 7 months Invitan a lectura de poetisa neoleonesa LMTonline
    NUEVO LAREDO, México—“Vike. Un animal dentro de mí”, es el título del libro elegido para extraer fragmentos y compartirlos en los Círculos de Lectura que realiza la Coordinación de Bibliotecas de Nuevo Laredo, a cargo del maestro Alfredo Arcos Fernández. Esta literatura es la más reciente obra de la escritora Minerva Margarita Villarreal, nacida en Montemorelos, Nuevo León, quien fue galardonada en 2016 con el Premio Nacional de Poesía Aguascalientes. ... more
  • 7 months Woman gets 15 years for hitting 91-year-old man with brick LMTonline
    A California woman who attacked a 91-year-old Mexican man with a concrete brick last year has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Laquisha Jones, of Los Angeles, had pleaded no contest in December to one count of elder abuse, infliction of injury. She also admitted to using a deadly weapon — a brick — and that she inflicted great bodily injury upon the victim, Rodolfo Rodriguez. "We were able to reach a disposition that I believe accurately reflects her conduct," Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick told CNN affiliate KABC. "It provides a significant punishment. And it sends a message ... more
  • 7 months Mexico’s National Guard proposal goes to state legislatures LMTonline
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's lower chamber of Congress approved constitutional changes Thursday allowing the creation of a National Guard that the new government wants to lead the fight against rising crime. The Chamber of Deputies voted 463 to 1 to approve the Senate's version of the legislation. The Senate amended the measure to ensure the new force would be under civilian command, answering to the public safety secretary. To go into effect, the constitutional changes must still be approved by at least 17 of Mexico's 32 state legislatures and signed by the president. ... more
  • 7 months San Antonio police ID baby killed when alleged drunk driver struck shopping cart LMTonline
    Authorities identified the 1-year-old girl who was killed when a suspected drunk driver rammed into a shopping cart she was sitting in on Monday. ... more
  • 7 months Missing 9-year-old boy found safe in neighborhood backyard LMTonline
    The 9-year-old who went missing while walking home from school on San Antonio's Southwest Side Tuesday has been found safe, officials said. ... more
  • 7 months Fort Bend County man arrested in connection with videos of him allegedly sexually assaulting a child LMTonline
    The man was arrested by Lufkin police during a traffic stop. ... more
  • 7 months 16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration LMTonline
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution. "President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt," Becerra said. "He knows there is no border crisis, he knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court. ... more
  • 7 months Veterinarians revive cat that nearly froze in Montana LMTonline
    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Veterinarians in Montana revived a cat named Fluffy that nearly froze to death after being found in a snowbank covered from head to tail in ice and snow. Dr. Jevon Clark of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell said Thursday that Fluffy was unresponsive and her body temperature didn't register on the clinic's thermometers when her owners brought her in a week earlier. Staff warmed the cat using towels, cage warmers and intravenous fluids. Fluffy is normally a little crabby, so when she began growling after about an hour, Clark knew she would be fine, he said. ... more
  • 8 months ‘I feel like I failed’: Texas father distraught after 4-year-old daughter dies from flu, pneumonia LMTonline
    A Texas family is mourning the loss of a 4-year-old girl who died from the flu and pneumonia. ... more
  • 8 months Photos: Central American asylum-seekers cross Rio Grande to El Paso border LMTonline
    Central American migrant families continue to turn themselves in at the US-Mexico border, recent images show. ... more
  • 8 months Laredo officials aim for zero traffic-related fatalities LMTonline
    Within a year, the City of Laredo aims to come up with a data-driven action plan to reduce traffic fatalities in the city, and eventually for that number to reach zero. This is Vision Zero, a road safety project that began in Sweden over 20 years ago and has since been adopted by cities across the U.S. City Council voted to take on the initiative at their first meeting this year. “Vision Zero promises and states that not a single life that’s lost is unavoidable, and not a single life lost is acceptable,” said Alec Martinez, the city’s bicycle pedestrian ... more
  • 8 months Webb County Sheriff’s Office demonstrates new state-of-the-art patrol units LMTonline
    The Webb County Sheriff’s Office has some new wheels. Authorities recently showcased 10 units that include the latest state-of-the-art technology. Sheriff Martin Cuellar thanked county leaders for their support to public safety. “We want to thank the Commissioners Court and Judge Tano Tijerina for looking at our needs,” he said. Cuellar said the units cost about $825,000 in total. Some features include rear and front cameras with radar system, touch screens and better lighting system. “The camera system is awesome,” said Sgt. Pete Mosqueda, of the Sheriff’s Office patrol division. “The cameras activate automatically when the emergency lights are turned ... more
  • 8 months Laredo man arrested for allegedly throwing hammer at woman LMTonline
    A man has been arrested for allegedly throwing a hammer at a woman in west central Laredo. Tomas Banda, 41, was arrested Saturday on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence. Laredo police officers were dispatched to an assault report at about 1:40 p.m. in the 1900 block of Juarez Avenue. Upon arriving at the scene, officers saw a man, Banda, holding a hammer outside the residence and detained him, LPD said. A police report states that Banda and a woman were involved in an argument. It escalated when Banda threw a hammer in her direction, ... more
  • 8 months Child in critical condition after being shocked by electricity in north Laredo LMTonline
    A child is in critical condition after being shocked by electricity, according to the Laredo Fire Department. First responders were dispatched to a food truck area off Del Mar Boulevard, east of Bob Bullock Loop, on Friday night. Paramedics said they found him with no pulse. He was not breathing, crews said. Paramedics revived him and took him to Doctors Hospital. He was later airlifted to a San Antonio hospital. He remained in critical condition, according to the Fire Department. ... more
  • 8 months UISD students welcome author Shawn Elliot Russell LMTonline
    Author and motivational speaker Shawn Elliott Russell recently visited Los Obispos and Washington Middle schools to make presentations based oh his book entitled “Be Still, Little Tree, Be Still.” The author wrote the book after overcoming anxiety and health issues that left him jobless, home-bound, and terrified. "I was desperate to live a normal life again. Over the course of two years, I faced my deepest fears and got my life back, becoming braver and stronger than ever before. I felt grateful and I wanted to share what I had learned so that maybe it could help other people,” Russell ... more
  • 8 months Recall: Infant pain reliever sold at CVS and Walmart could result in vomiting, bleeding LMTonline
    A company says more of its products for infant ibuprofen, which could result in health problems, should be recalled. ... more
  • 8 months Woman photographs cold front rolling through Central Texas LMTonline
    A woman in Austin captured a vivid photograph of Monday evening's cold front passing over Central Texas. ... more
  • 8 months Shutdown projected to cause $3B permanent hit to economy LMTonline
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shutdown will cause slight permanent harm to the economy — about $3 billion — according to a report Monday by the Congressional Budget Office. The report says the five-week shutdown has slowed growth in the near term but that most of the lost growth "will eventually be recovered." Overall, CBO predicts that just $3 billion in lost gross domestic product will be permanently lost, a modest figure in a $20 trillion-plus economy. By year's end, CBO says, GDP would be just 0.02 smaller because of the shutdown, which shuttered many domestic agencies. Most of ... more
  • 8 months 14 maquinitas, 7 homes in Laredo raided by law enforcement LMTonline
    Local, state and federal authorities raided 14 8-liner establishments and seven homes Friday on allegations of illegal gambling. Four people were arrested as of Friday evening, according to police. Authorities said they also seized money from various locations. The names of those arrested and the amount of cash seized were not released. With the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Marshals, LPD’s narcotics and vice unit guided by the Webb County District Attorney’s Office executed the 21 warrants throughout the city. The raids occurred simultaneously at about 5 p.m. ... more
  • 8 months Autistic teen wins a lifetime supply of peanut butter, gives jars away to furloughed workers LMTonline
    Eric McKay, 15, really, really likes peanut butter. He prefers it with jelly slathered on two English muffins each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. His mother, Tracy McKay, said he goes through a jar every three days. But his supply was running low. Eric, who has autism, tweeted to grocery store chain Lidl to ask when peanut butter would go on sale again. His mother had bought 72 jars last February at their local store's grand opening. The company responded with a challenge: Get 72,000 retweets, and in exchange they would give him a lifetime supply of store-brand peanut ... more
  • 8 months Ex-Dallas Cowboys player arrested on DWI charge after falling asleep in Whataburger drive-through LMTonline
    DALLAS (AP) — Former NFL player Darren McFadden has posted bond after authorities say he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge when he fell asleep in the drive-through lane at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Dallas. Collin County court records show the 31-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest after being found early Monday at a Whataburger in McKinney. McFadden was taken to the county jail. McFadden played 10 years in the NFL. He was a running back at the University of Arkansas before being drafted in 2008 by the Oakland Raiders. He spent seven seasons with ... more
  • 8 months First Buc-ee’s outside of Texas opens this week LMTonline
    Beaver Nuggets are coming to Alabama ... more
  • 8 months Mother sues Texas prisons after ‘egregious’ failure to prevent son’s suicide LMTonline
    While he was in prison, Sawyer Letcher hallucinated on a regular basis. He heard voices, banged his head against the walls and cut himself just to “feel good” as the blood ran down. He was “openly suicidal” and gave repeated warnings of his destructive intent. But still, according to a legal claim filed this month, prison officials and medical providers did not do enough to intervene, allegedly leaving the 19-year-old alone in a cell with the means to kill himself. And, just after noon on May 26, 2017, that’s exactly what he did. NEWS WHEN YOU NEED IT: Text CHRON ... more
  • 8 months LMT CARJACKING LMTonline
    A man has been arrested in connection with a carjacking that occurred early Thursday in central Laredo. Alexander Brandon Lopez, 20, was charged with aggravated assault. At about 1:55 a.m., police officers responded to the intersection of McPherson Road and East Saunders Avenue. A man told police that a man had entered his Ford Focus, struck him in the face and demanded his vehicle. Police said the complainant sustained minor injuries. Officers located the vehicle in the 3900 block of Black Kettle Lane and arrested the occupant, who was identified as Lopez, according to police. ... more
  • 8 months Teen calls police after father takes away cellphone for disciplinary reasons LMTonline
    Officers in Ohio were surprised to find a teenager upset over her phone being taken away when they responded to a call about an emergency. ... more
  • 8 months Texas woman arrested during traffic stop allegedly tried to bribe trooper LMTonline
    Hailey Marie Akin, 22, of Conroe was charged with a felony for evading arrest with a vehicle and misdemeanors for bribery and driving while intoxicated second offense. ... more
  • 8 months Missouri boy missing for 5 months found in attic crawl space LMTonline
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy who was reported missing by his father in August has been found safe, hidden in an attic crawl space in the southwest Missouri home of his mother and her boyfriend, authorities said Wednesday. Braedence Jones was found Tuesday in the crawl space with his mother, Aubrey Ferguson, at a home south of Camdenton in rural LaClede County, the Camden County Sheriff's Department said. Ferguson's boyfriend, Woodrow Ziegler, had nailed the entrance of the crawl space shut, put carpet over it and pushed furniture against it before officers from the U.S. Marshal's service ... more
  • 8 months South Texas police chief fired over domestic violence arrest LMTonline
    HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — A South Texas police chief has been fired following his domestic violence arrest. The Monitor reports Hidalgo's city manager said in a letter that Rodolfo "Rudy" Espinoza's termination was effective Tuesday, noting Espinoza's Dec. 27 arrest on a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member was a contract violation. Espinoza's attorneys deny the allegations, saying the probable cause affidavit had factual inaccuracies. They say the alleged victim was Espinoza's girlfriend, not common-law wife. The Hidalgo County sheriff's office had no comment on the inaccuracy allegation. District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. ... more
  • 9 months Trump to visit border after vowing to go to Texas this month LMTonline
    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the trip on Twitter, saying Trump will travel on Thursday to "meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis." ... more
  • 9 months The IRS can’t pay out tax refunds due to the government shutdown LMTonline
    Americans might find themselves missing an agency they usually love to hate if the government shutdown persists: the Internal Revenue Service. A protracted fight between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders to fund the government could delay payouts of tax refunds to millions of Americans who are owed money. The country's tax collector is among the federal agencies affected by the government shutdown, as it enters its third week. The IRS is currently working under non-filing season shutdown plans and will be updating those plans ahead of the upcoming tax season as soon as Friday, according to a person ... more
  • 9 months Photo of pickup truck key in finding 7-year-old girl’s killer, police say LMTonline
    A blurry photo of a red pickup truck taken moments before the pre-dawn slaying of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes near a Walmart in east Harris County is one of the few clues detectives hope will lead to her killer's capture. ... more
  • 9 months Laredo College’s fall semester yields record-breaking milestones LMTonline
    Students, instructors and staff at Laredo College said they have enjoyed an eventful and record-breaking fall semester this year. As the academic term has come to an end, it’s important to review all the accomplishments this semester has brought, LC said. Starting off with the institution’s name change and unveiling of its first-ever logo, LC also received an important national designation, being selected as one of only seven Texas colleges to be a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the college said in a news release. Additionally, during the fall ... more
  • 9 months San Antonio breastaurant Redneck Heaven has closed LMTonline
    There’s one less promised land for a certain kind of thrill seeker in San Antonio. ... more
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