February 29, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:17pm

Good morning, I'm Na'Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

Just over a year after being accused of killing his wife Pedro Villalobos stood trial in Edinburg.
Villalobos rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 40-years.
He and his brother Daniel are accused of severely beating Pedro's former wife, Farrah Lynn Villalobos, last February. The beating landed her in a coma and she died a week later. Both brothers face the death penalty if convicted.

A toddler is recovering this morning after falling into a pool of water at a house on Tapachula Dr. yesterday. She was under the supervision of her uncle and guardian at the time. Another man happened to spot the toddler and administered CPR. At this time no charges have been filed against the guardian...

Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip the Brownsville Police Department made a drug bust.
Thirty year-old Martina Garcia Franco has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
Police say they found more than 57 pounds of weed in her home off California Rd.

Well, it looks like you'll be able to vote in the primary election in three months.
A federal court in San Antonio settled the redistricting issue yesterday paving the way for a May 29th election date. The new maps create a district-34 anchored in Cameron County.
Outlying parts of Cameron and Hidalgo County make up a new district 35. The new maps are a victory for civil rights groups, who argued that latinos needed greater representation.

The Brownsville Police Department has received a grant of more than 80-thousand dollars from TX Dot.
Police say the money is earmarked for the STEP or Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.
STEP focuses on catching drunk drivers, safety belt violators and speeders.

McAllen city leaders are raising the sales tax on electric and gas bills. Starting July first a two-percent tax will be added to your bill. The extra revenue will be funneled into the city's general fund and its development fund. The tax will cost the average homeowner three-dollars a month. It should raise about 1-million dollars a year.The general fund pays for the police department, fire department, parks & recreation and the library.

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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