February 23, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 9:28am

Good morning, I'm Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Thursday, February 23, 2012.

Weslaco police have arrested three people after an aggravated robbery turned into a chase.
When police arrived at Valley Gold Exchange, the suspects fled and a chase ensued.
The chase ended when the suspects drove into a canal near Mile 11 and Mile 10 Rd.
Investigators say they have identified one of the suspects as the same person allegedly involved in another aggravated robbery from Tuesday night.

A recent routine traffic stop in Brownsville led officers to a huge stash of cash. Police say after searching a van with Mexican license plates officers discovered nearly 370-thousand dollars in the gas tank.
The 41-year old driver of the van denied he knew about or owned the alleged drug money.
The investigation is ongoing to find out whom the cash belongs to and if the van was stolen.
As of now no charges have been filed.

There's been systemic corruption at all levels in the Brownsville Independent School District.
That's according to a recent audit released Tuesday.
Firm Defenbaugh and Associates performed the audit and cites "fraud abuse waste" in multiple areas over the last three years. According to the report, it's recommended that BISD change their corporate culture and establish their own ethics policy. Brownsville ISD reps would not comment on the specific details but they did release a statement saying the current administration is taking immediate steps to improve these areas of the district.

A mother has filed a complaint against a San Benito middle school teacher who's been under scrutiny before. The district superintendent has written a letter of response to the parent.
Sandra Tumberlinson, an eighth grade teacher at Berta Cabaza middle School, is accused of grabbing the boy's arm and forcefully taking him to the principal's office.
Tumberlinson has denied any wrongdoing in the alleged incident that happened last October.
We're told the teacher has had several complaints filed against her dating back to 2003.

After serving nearly 22 years as mayor of Hidalgo, John David Franz is stepping down from office.
The Hidalgo mayor made the announcement at a commission meeting Tuesday night.
This follows months of controversy regarding Franz and his service.
Even though Franz has put in his resignation he will remain mayor until a replacement is chosen during a special election on May 12th.

Arath de la Torre has arrived. The telenovela star known for his role as Pancho Lopez in the hit show “Una Familia con Suerte” will now be known for his new role…Mr. Amigo 2012. He arrived in the lower valley yesterday. Mr. Amigo must be a Mexican citizen who has contributed to the friendship and understanding of the valley and la Frontera and must excel in his respective profession.
De la Torre will be in town for the next four days attending two parades, several festivals and the annual Hands Across the Border celebration at the Gateway International Bridge.
This year marks the 48th Mr. Amigo event.

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

Have a great Thursday; take care!

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