March 1, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:07am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Forty-five year old Juan Carlos Sanchez faces arson and attempted capital murder charges after Hidalgo County deputies say he torched his ex-girlfriend's home last Sunday. Maria Castaneda and her daughter were inside the trailer. Castaneda suffered severe leg burns. She remains hospitalized in San Antonio.
Sanchez's bond has been set at 3-million dollars. He also faces a separate capital murder charge from two years ago.

A routine traffic stop by Cameron County deputies led to the discovery of a quarter million dollars and authorities are still trying to determine where all that money came from. According to reports the estimated 250-thousand dollars were confiscated from two unidentified men. The two suspects were stopped in a pickup truck near Old Port Isabel Rd. and Boca Chica Blvd. in Brownsville. The men denied possession of the money and were taken in for questioning. Sheriff Lucio believes the cash might be drug money, but at this time no charges have been filed

A man accused of a hit and run involving a six year-old boy has been charged for the crime. Police say Jaime Gonzalez was heading west Tuesday on the 600 block of Citrana when he struck a child crossing the street in front of Castro Elementary. Witnesses say Gonzalez was speeding. The boy escaped serious injury. Gonzalez is charged with accident involving personal injury, a felony.

Sullivan city is the most recent city to enact the no texting while driving law.
Sending or reading texts or accessing the internet will cost you. The first offense is a warning, but then it will cost you anywhere from 100 to 500 bucks. The city is going to give residents a two week period to adjust to the law; in that time they will be posting signs along the roads.

South Padre Island is gearing up for the annual onslaught known as spring break.
College students from all over the country will be arriving in a few weeks and law enforcement is preparing too. The police chief says his agency will get help from other departments including state police. Observation towers on the beach will also be set up to help spot any problems. This year’s Texas Week runs from March 10th to the 17th.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley opened its new location in the upper valley yesterday. It sits on 14 acres in San Juan at the Valley fruit and Vegetable Facility.
One in six Americans is still food insecure and that includes one in four children.
The new location will help expand the distribution of goods across 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 first day of Spring. Take care!

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