May 3, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update
BROWNSVILLE — Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Thursday, May 3, 2012.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they believe to be a retaliation shooting among teens yesterday. Shots rang out at a bus stop south of Alamo. They say two teens drove by a group of students waiting for the bus, stopped the car, got out and fired one shot into the crowd. That shot hit a 15 year old in the stomach and grazed another 14 year old. As of now they do have two juveniles in custody. The sheriff says the shooting stemmed from a previous fight between two rival gangs.
Edinburg police say about 100 undocumented immigrants were found locked inside three stash houses. A caller from inside one of the homes reported they were being held against their will. When officers arrived they observed chains and pad locks around the home. When officers cut the locks to get the undocumented out police say some of them ran. With assistance from helicopters, police were able to catch most of them, but are still searching for more. As of now police do have two people in custody in connection to the stash houses.
A Cameron County jury will continue deliberating today on the fate of Javier de la Rosa who pleaded guilty to murdering Tiffany Galvan last year. The former Lopez high school football player was Galvan's ex-boyfriend at the time of the murder. Galvan's body was found in a wooded area near Benavidez Park. De la Rosa will likely face life in prison.
A man accused of capital murder and sexual assault has pleaded guilty on both counts. Thirty-five-year old Miguel Trejo admitted to murdering an 82-year old woman in Harlingen last July during a home invasion. The woman identified as Flavia Araiza was found beaten and strangled in her home on West Buchanan.
Trejo also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 62-year-old Harlingen woman in January of last year. He is expected to be sentenced next Monday.
The skeletal remains found last week near the Brownsville Ship Channel have been identified. The Cameron County Sheriff's Office and Mexican Consulate officials say Carlos de la Cruz Marin died when he tried to cross the ship channel with a group of illegal immigrants and got lost. The man was reported missing about three months ago.
Marijuana use is up among teens. That's according to a new survey from the partnership at Drugfree.org. It says nearly 1 in 10 teens say they smoke marijuana more than 20 times a month. Heavy marijuana use is up 80-percent among teens since 2008. More than 70-percent of teens say they have friends who smoke pot regularly.
Join us tonight for News Center 23 at five and ten. Have a great Thursday! Take care.