January 27, 2012, News Center 23 Morning Update

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 11:11am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Friday, January 27, 2012.

Pedro Rodriguez is accused of killing Jose Garza.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio says the pair argued over tires near the intersection of 281 and 732 in La Paloma Wednesday. Garza accused Rodriguez of owing him about 10-thousand dollars.
That's when deputies say Rodriguez took out a gun and shot Garza in the head, chest and finger.
Garza was taken the hospital where he died several hours later.
After being on the run for some time authorities were able to find Rodriguez at a San Benito Walmart.

Seventeen year old Adrian Lara has been charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and deadly conduct.
He's the teenager who police say caused a standoff in south Brownsville Wednesday.
Police found him on the 3000 block of La Plaza with what appeared to be a small loaded handgun.
Officer JJ Trevino says despite Lara's unwillingness to give up the handgun during the standoff, he did not threaten the officers in any way. Lara's bond has been set at 53-thousand dollars.

A suspicious fire near Sam Houston and Fernando Road in Rio Hondo has fire investigators questioning a person of interest. According to reports from fire officials two homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure before the blaze was contained several hours later. We'll keep you updated if an arrest is made in this case.

There's a real push here in Cameron County to get young adults looking to enter the workforce, and those unemployed, to get trained in specific skills sets. Welding is just one of 42 in demand jobs that Texas Workforce Solutions has identified. The executive director at Workforce Solutions says if a person is looking to get into the workforce fast, an associate degree or certification is the best option as of now.

Several colonia residents in Hidalgo County now have street lights.
County officials, along with the Lupe and Arise Organizations, have been pushing for these lights for almost a decade. The new lights are solar powered and cost effective.
Organizers believe dark communities attract dark crimes.
They hope these lights will fix a number of problems.
At least ten neighborhoods will have street lights by the end of this year.

Well check this deal out! For $125 and a passed application, anyone can take home a wild horse or burrow. These horses are brought in every year by the US Department of Bureau of Land Management. They're now at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show. Every burrow and mustang is freeze branded, it works like a social security card, so that if anyone ever wants to look up all the information on that horse, they can.

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

Have a great weekend; take care!


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