January 26, 2012, News Center 23 Morning Update

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 11:51am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 Update, today is Thursday, January 26, 2012.

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department is on the lookout for a man they say shot and killed another man.
It happened in La Paloma late Wednesday afternoon.
The sheriff’s department says the suspect is on the loose.
Deputies say he was last seeing driving a red Buick pickup truck.
Call police if you have any information on the suspect's whereabouts.

Adrian Lara is expected to face a judge this morning after engaging officers in a standoff Wednesday.
Brownsville police say the standoff started after police went to the teen's home to arrest him on a juvenile warrant, where they found him holding a handgun.
The standoff lasted about two hours putting two nearby schools, Bistero and Aiken, on lockdown.
Negotiators were eventually able to talk him down and take him into custody.
He's facing unlawful carrying of a handgun and deadly conduct charges.

In another case, charges of online harassment and phone harassment against a Brownsville police dispatcher have been dropped. Laura DeLeon was arrested last month after a woman accused her of posting pictures on Facebook without consent. The report also said that text messages between DeLeon's husband and the alleged victim were also posted. The District Attorney’s office has dropped the charges after the woman refused to continue with the complaint. DeLeon has since resigned from her job at the police department.

Well Cameron County's unemployment rate is the second highest in the state of Texas.
With the state average falling to 7.8%, Cameron County currently sits at 11.2%.
The executive director of Texas Workforce Solutions of Cameron County says the problem isn't so much a lack of jobs, but it's a lack of qualified people for the available jobs that are out there.
There are currently 11,000 people in Cameron County collecting unemployment benefits.

Gulf Coast Liquid Natural Gas has signed a lease option with the Port of Brownsville for 500 acres that are located just east of the fishing harbor.
Gulf coast LNG will bring domestic, natural gas to the port via pipeline.
The gas will be transported by vessels and used for energy.
If the proposal is passed, the new liquefaction facility would generate more than six billion dollars of direct investment. The tentative date to start construction will begin in 2014.
This project will employ up to 3,000 employees during the construction phase and hundreds of employees once it is operational.

Well check this out; the Texas Municipal Police Association is introducing "Force Options" throughout the state. The high tech computerized firearm simulator has over a hundred different scenarios preparing officers for the dangers that lie in our streets. Mission officers are some of the first in the valley to train on this technology. The association hopes to bring the simulator to even more cities in the valley.

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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