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Sepulveda to be new county judge

March 5, 2015

The Cameron County Commissioners Court took outgoing County Judge Carlos Cascos’ suggestion and on Thursday named  Pete Sepulveda Jr.  to be the next county judge. Meanwhile, Cascos will be sworn in as  the 110th secretary of state of  Texas at the State Capitol in Austin Saturday afternoon. The vote for Sepulveda, who will serve for two years,  was 4-1 after Cascos nominated  Sepulveda. Pct. 3 Commissioner  David  Garza  cast the only negative vote. A special election will be held...
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Chambers resigns as police chief of Indian Lake

March 5, 2015

John Chambers,  under indictment,  on Thursday night submitted his resignation as police chief of Indian Lake. Chambers, who has been chief at the small community near Los Fresnos for  half a decade,  recently was indicted on 14 counts  of filing false information in a governmental record concerning  firearms qualifications  for his deputies. He said by resigning he can  reveal more information  and  better present his...
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Ferguson, Mo., not alone, racism one of our major problens

March 5, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL When the expected federal report  came  out  chastising Ferguson, Mo.,   in the city  that   the cop shot and killed an unarmed black kid,  was released, it was not surprising.  Plus,  it certainly did not help that community’s image. That is just part of the overall problem in  our nation concerning all this. The U.S.  Attorney’s office probed  Ferguson and found...
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Cascos to be sworn in as Texas Secretary of State on Saturday

March 2, 2015

BRIEF UPDATE” Swearing  in will be Saturday as reazrlier reported here.   jd Cameron County will lose its present county judge on March 7. But, the state of Texas will gain a new secretary  of state on that date. That is when present County Judge Carlos Cascos  will be sworn...
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Guards at Raymondville prison prove saying ‘Stupid is as stupid does’

February 27, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL (Editor’s Note: The incident involving the guards pointing weapons at Raymondville firefighters, as well as the uprising , are going to to be investigated by federal authorities.) Just how stupid can you get? Those prison guards at the  troubled federal prison at Raymondville proved...
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Now the campaigning begins for Harlingen City Commission

February 27, 2015

Campaigning for three positions on the Harlingen City  Commission can officially begin, with the filing deadline o  now past. All three incumbents are seeking re-election  and  each has  an opponent. District 3 Commissioner  Mike Mezmar  faces retired police Lt. Joe Rubio. Educator Ruben  de  Rosa is challenging incumbent District 4...
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New Edinburg arena ground breaking held, to be named after Bert Ogden

February 26, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Every time  there is some news about  Edinburg’s soon to be built $68 million  arena — Bert Ogden Arena, that is — I do a slow burn, remembering that   Harlingen had a chance  to build a facility like that a few years ago,...
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Hidden 8-liner operation busted by Operation Bishop investigators

February 26, 2015

THE REAL DEAKL By JERRY DEAL Some would-be  illegal gambling operators just do not get the message — “Not in Cameron County.” The Cameron County District Attorney’s office Operation  Bishop   investigators  have  busted a hidden 8-liner operation located   behind a shopping strip center in  Brownsville and confiscated  motherboards...
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Six candidates filed for Harlingen City Commission by Thursday

February 26, 2015

With  one day in which to file, , there are  six candidates for the three city commission positions  for the May 9 Harlingen city election. All three incumbents have filed for re-election.  They are Michael Mezmar, in District 3; Chino Sanchez, in District 4; and Victor Leal, in District 5. Also...
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Indian Lake police chief busted for tampering with records — did he?

February 25, 2015

THE REAL DEAL] By JERRY DEAL I very likely could be wrong, but I  am a bit skeptical  about any guilt by Indian Lake  Police Chief  John Chambers, arrested Wednesday  afternoon  on 14 counts of tampering with governmental  records. Whew, 14 counts   sounds pretty impressing or bad for the...
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ANOTHER UPDATE: Move continues to relocate prisoners from Willacy County jail due to riot damage

February 25, 2015

About half of the nearly 3,000  inmates at  the  Willacy County Detention Center had been moved by late Wednesday with  the rest  expected  to be relocated  to other prisons by this weekend, in the wake of damage done during the recent riot at the Willacy County facility. Also, an...
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Why are McAllen and Brownsviille getting more air traffic, but not Harlingen’s VIA?

February 24, 2015

THE  REAL DEAL By JERRY  DEAL Recent  announcements involving  McAllen and Brownsville getting  additional flights at their airports , but no word from Harlingen’s Valley International Airport,  except  it no longer has a direct flight to Dallas,  certainly and rightfully so make me among those who ask  – What...
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