February 28, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 9:03am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

A 5-year-old girl has died after police say another child shot her with a shotgun.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department says the shooting happened at a home near Mile 11 North and Mile 2 West. According to reports investigators found the shotgun in the home's bathroom. The girl suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. The weapon has been identified as a 410 pump action shotgun.
At this time investigators say the incident appears to be accidental.

A warrant is out for the arrest of an alleged arson suspect. Hidalgo Sheriff's Deputies are looking for 45-year old Juan Carlos Sanchez after police say he tried to burn down a mobile home in Alamo. The victim, Maria Castaneda, suffered second degree burns to her leg after the suspect allegedly threw a gas container into the mobile home starting the fire. Luckily, she's expected to recover. Sanchez is also wanted for a 2010 capital murder charge. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

A Weslaco couple is behind bars this morning. After allegedly tying up their three-year-old daughter and beating her. According to reports authorities arrested Maria Zuniga and Jose Luis Reyes after responding to McAllen Medical Center where the three-year-old was being treating for a skull fracture and multiple bruises.
Both parents were interviewed and admitted to hitting and kicking the girl because she had misbehaved.
The couple has been charged with injury to a child and serious bodily injury.
Both of which are first degree felonies.

A research firm from Austin says that privatizing Cameron County Jail would save the county money.
Austin firm MGT of America Incorporated gave the report to county commissioners during a recent meeting.
The report recommends consolidating jails under privatization and addressing its staffing issues. Judge Carlos Cascos says that workshop to discuss the jail issue is scheduled for Thursday.

McAllen police are warning you they'll be going after people who produce or try to sell unauthorized recordings.
Ten people were arrested Saturday at a flea market on South 23rd St. Police seized duplicating equipment used to make bootleg CDs and DVDs. They also found more than 65-thousand unauthorized recordings.

Cameron County Parks and Rec. is getting ready for its 3rd annual "Trash for Cash" program. It starts march first and runs until September 9th. During this time beachgoers will be charged nine-bucks to hang out at beach accesses 5 or 6. That's five-dollars more than usual, but you can get those five-bucks back if you fill up a bag of trash and return it to the gate on your way out. In the past this program has helped remove more than 200-tons of trash.

Preparations for the 36th annual Borderfest 2012 are underway.
Volunteers are working to transform the area in and around the State Farm Arena into a festival people are sure to remember. Last year's Hawaiian themed festival brought in just under ninety-thousand people over the four day period. This year they're hoping to hit that 90-thousand mark. Illuminated parades , world famous entertainers, food, rides and much more is set to begin Thursday.

Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on News Center 23 at five and ten. Have a great Tuesday; take care!


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