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Former police chief running for Sheriff

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS San Benito’s former police chief has filed to run for Cameron County Sheriff in 2020. Michael R. Galvan, who was San Benito’s police chief from 2016 up until October of this year, will be on the Democratic ballot running against long-time incumbent Omar Lucio and former Cameron County …

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Court Date: Hernandez pleads not guilty

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Mayor Pro Tem Carol Lynn Sanchez’s ex-husband, David Lee Hernandez, faced arraignment Tuesday afternoon at the 107th district court presided by State District Judge Benjamin Euresti. According to court staff, Hernandez is scheduled for announcements on Jan. 14, 2020 while his trial is set for Jan. 21, 2020. Prosecuting and defending …

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Minor Assaulted: Former IDEA, San Benito CISD Bus Driver Faces Child Sex Crimes

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A former San Benito IDEA bus driver is facing a 15-count indictment for a series of charges in relation to child sex crimes. Antonio Nino also worked for the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District twice during a period spanning almost two decades. Antonio Nino, 39, is …

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Hernandez charged with assault, arraignment set for Dec. 10

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Mayor Pro Tem Carol Lynn Sanchez’s ex-husband, David Lee Hernandez, was indicted by a Cameron County grand jury on Nov. 20 at the Cameron County Court in relation to an earlier case in which Hernandez was accused of shooting at Sanchez’s father. State District Judge Benjamin Euresti set an arraignment hearing …

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Southside Park completion behind schedule

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS It was meant to be one of San Benito’s most versatile attractions. However, it appears the new park has reached a halt. Being built south of Expressway I-69 and next to Fire Station No. 1 on Sam Houston, the long-awaited Southside Park, also referred to as South Park, …

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Judge waives Vargas’s arraignment, schedules trial for February 6

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Assigned Judge Leonel Alejandro has set a Feb. 6 jury trial for San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas. The decision took place on Monday at the Cameron County Court At Law #5 in Brownsville after an unclear and confusing situation …

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No Comments: Board majority unwilling to add general ‘public comments’ during meetings

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS At an administrative committee meeting on Tuesday, the majority of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District board members attempted to stop the addition of an item to the board agenda that could bring general “public comments” back during board meetings. SBCISD Board President Michael Vargas, who’s …

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Adjusting focus: former combat photographer reminisces on service

By HANNAH SALDAÑA Special to the NEWS Joining the army at the age of 22, Lorraine “Stevie” Mendoza felt eager for the new experiences and friendships that she would not have otherwise experienced as a resident of San Benito. Mendoza is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a combat photographer. Her assignments varied from …

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Cameron County voters overwhelmingly approve State constitution changes

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On November 5, Cameron County voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the ten proposed Texas constitutional amendments proposed on Election Day. In all, 10,568 votes were collected from 62 precincts. In all, 210,335 people are registered to vote in Cameron County. Only 12 percent of registered voters in Texas voted this …

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Catch him if you can: Leaving his mark in Cross Country, Medina heads to state

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the NEWS Everything started spontaneously by chasing loose goats at home. That’s how San Benito High School’s cross country prodigy Joaquin Medina described his initial immersion into the sport of running, specifically cross country distance. After his father saw him running once, he recommended Medina to join a running team …

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