News Center 23 Morning Update

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:07pm

February 15, 2012

Good morning, I'm Na'Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

One of the men behind the murder of a Harlingen woman will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Marco Antonio Barrientos has pleaded guilty to capital murder. The judge then sentenced him to life without parole. Barrientos is one of four people involved in the rape and murder of Rosa Gonzalez two years ago. Her body was found stuffed in a refrigerator at her home.

Mission police are investigating a deadly pedestrian accident.
Police say 78-year-old Emma Perez was walking home around six Monday night on the 200-block of Moorefield Rd when a 72 year-old man hit her with his vehicle. Perez suffered head trauma when she went up over the car and was dragged about 30-feet. She died at the hospital two hours later. Police say the driver told them he didn't see her. Police urge pedestrians who walk near roads to stay on the sidewalks, walk only during daylight hours and wear reflective clothing.

Twenty-five year-old Luis Yanez is charged with aggravated robbery.
Police believe he's one of the men caught on surveillance video from Walmart.
it shows 2-men entering the Walmart in Weslaco then leaving with stolen merchandise.
Employees say when the two men were confronted for stealing one of the suspects pulled out a gun. Yanez is believed to be that gunman, but police are still searching for his alleged accomplice. If you have any information call Weslaco Crime Stoppers.

Harlingen police are now turning over the investigation of a missing Dallas man to the FBI.
police have been looking for Noel Shankle ever since he flew into the Harlingen airport February 3rd. After interviewing friends and family of Shankle police can now confirm he crossed over Veterans International Bridge the same night he arrived in the valley.

The Texas Attorney General's Office has issued a report revealing more details about the death of Brownsville teenager Jaime Gonzalez. It confirms that the 15-year-old was shot and killed by Brownsville police officers after they responded to a call at Cummings Middle School on January 4th. Gonzalez ignored repeated police demands that he put down a weapon he brought to school. The weapon later turned out to be a pellet gun. In a call to 9-1-1, the voice of a hall monitor is heard saying quote, "Officers, he is saying he is willing to be careful."

The FBI says there were a total of 85 bank robberies in South Texas last year, a big spike from previous years and the valley was no exception. Many of those have been solved though and the FBI is crediting many of those closed cases to a system called "Bandit Shield". It's a training system that teaches banks the best practices in the bank security industry, one of those best practices involves using high resolution cameras. Those who go through the training get a logo to post on their bank entrance.

Well check this out, his name is a Eric Molina, he's from Lyford...and he has a fight big fight on Saturday. If he wins it could land him a shot at fighting for a world title. It's a world title elimination bout, he'll be fighting the number one contender in the world, the winner of that is going to have front runner up to fight for that world title. Again Molina's fight is this Saturday at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, we wish him luck.

Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on News Center 23 at five and ten, Have a good Wednesday; take care!

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