June 12, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 7:52am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

We'll be working today to figure out whether or not anything suspicious was found at the T-Mobile call center here in Brownsville. Employees evacuated the call center yesterday afternoon after someone called in a bomb threat warning staff to be out within seven minutes. Staffers lined up outside as police and other emergency personnel secured the area. Brownsville's Hazardous Devices unit was also called to investigate. We’ll have more on that when details are released.

A driver in EdCouch has a lot to answer for. Officers tried pulling over his SUV but the driver took off.He led officers on a chase near the intersection of highway 107 and FM 1015.Investigators say the driver threw spikes at the police units.
"They are going to do everything in their power to get the job done, for law enforcement it's very dangerous and for anyone nearby it's dangerous because sometimes they may be the victim of circumstance," says Edcouch Police Chief, Eloy Cardenas. Police caught the suspect after the weekend chase and found 8-undocumented immigrants. An additional 10 were found at a stash house outside of Edcouch.

SWAT member and veteran officer with the San Benito Police Department, 51 year old Candido Ortiz, has been arrested. Cameron County Sheriff's deputies say the 51-year-old pointed a gun at them when they came to his home on a disturbance call. Deputies eventually talked him down and arrested him for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant and family violence. Deputies say alcohol was involved.

Changing winds on the island are forcing more sea creatures ashore.
Some of them venomous marine life like the jellyfish, others not so common, like the Blue Button Jellyfish. Hundreds and hundreds of those washed ashore over the weekend. Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife say they don't actually sting, but could cause a person skin irritation if they came in contact with the Blue Button. Officials say there is no real harm in swimming among the sea creatures.
As of Monday, the majority of the Blue Button Jellyfish had washed back into the ocean.

Brownsville Utility regulators are conducting an odor study. It's being conducted at nine lift stations throughout the city. Officials at PUB say customers will not see any impact in their utility service and the study raises no health concerns. The study is expected to last until June 26th.

Join us tonight for News Center 23 at five and ten. Have a great Tuesday! Take care.


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