April 4, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 10:15am

Good morning, I'm Na'Tassia Finley with your news center 23 update. Today is Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Weslaco police have arrested a man witnesses said took a woman by knife point yesterday. Witnesses told authorities the man forced the victim out of her car, into his car. Police aren't releasing the suspects name at this time they are only saying he is in his early 20's. When searching his vehicle police did find a knife similar to the one seen by witnesses. Police say the victim was unharmed and doing well.

Twenty five-year-old Palmview resident Aaron Solorzano has been arrested in Nuevo Progreso and transferred to the McAllen jail. Police say he tried to shoplift items from the WalMart on Jackson Avenue last Saturday night and when a security guard followed him out of the store, he shot the guard and stabbed another man, in the hand. Luckily, they're both expected to recover.

Border Patrol with the help of DPS and La Villa police took in more than 40 undocumented immigrants after they were found in a stash house in North La Villa. Authorities say men, women and even two children were staying for the last four days. DPS came upon two of the illegal immigrants walking down the road yesterday morning. The pair led DPS to the home where the others were found.

Sixteen people are in custody after a sweep by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's part of a nationwide sweep that targeted fugitive immigration violators, particularly those with criminal pasts. Nationally, the operation named "Cross Check” netted more than 31-hundred fugitives. Of the 16 Rio Grande Valley arrests, seven came from Cameron County and nine from Hidalgo County. ICE officials say this was the third and largest national operation since 2009.

The clean up continues in McAllen following last week's storm. Homeowners are repairing roofs, cutting down damaged trees, and taking out damaged materials from inside their homes.  The city of McAllen says more than a thousand homes were damaged. They ask if you have brush, please leave it in on the curb and keep it out of the alleyways.

Crashes and fatalities caused by distractions are going down.
That's according to a recent study by the National highway Traffic Safety Administration, but that hasn't stopped TX-Dot officials from launching their second annual "Talk...Text...Crash" campaign. They want to discourage drivers from using their cell phones. According to a recent study 54-percent of motorists say their driving was no different when talking on the phone, but statistics show that nearly one in four crashes in Texas involves driver distraction.

That big two hundred million dollar wind turbine project in Willacy county is moving right along. This past week the first of an expected one-hundred and twelve wind turbines was erected near FM 490 and 1420 just south of San Perlita. It's expected that two hundred people will be hired during the construction period and then six to ten permanent jobs after construction ends. Willacy County was chosen as the ideal location for Magic Valley because the area provides high winds and good transmission lines capable of handling the electrical energy generated from each turbine.

Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on news center 23 at five and ten.

Have a great Wednesday. Take care!

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