Statewide News

SeaWorld® kicks off summer with brand new Shamu show

Play all day and all night starting Saturday, June 14 when SeaWorld® kicks off its annual “Summer Nights” series with a brand-new Shamu show, Shamu Celebration: Light Up the Night.

New state campaign sparks discussion about mental health

Mental health issues can leave people feeling isolated and ashamed.

Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang leader pleads guilty to federal racketeering charges

An alleged general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang (ABT) pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges related to his membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise, announced U.S.

Corpus Christi man sentenced for possessing child pornography

Christopher Lee, 41, of Corpus Christi, has been ordered to federal prison for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Lee pleaded guilty March 3, 2014.

Mathis man sentenced to life for drug-trafficking and money laundering conspiracies

Ricardo Guerrero, 55, of Mathis, has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, conspiracy to launder money and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Houston woman convicted in alien smuggling that resulted in death

Karin Yamilec Aguilar-Melgor, 22, of Houston, has admitted to smuggling of a group of nine illegal aliens that left one deceased, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Schreiber Foods, Pal-Con Ltd. partner for $247,879 job-training grant

Schreiber Foods and Pal-Con Ltd. have partnered with Ranger College to provide job training using a $247,879 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Smuggling pilot: Bizarre 911 call

(KPRC) A commercial airline pilot charged with smuggling cocaine into Houston, Texas from Colombia made a 911 call from a hotel room to for help. NBC affiliate KPRC obtained the nine minute, 13 second emergency phone.

Austin man sentenced for harboring female at local motel

Jose Gallegos, 47, of Austin, has been ordered to prison for harboring and transporting an undocumented person, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Gallegos was convicted by a Corpus Christi federal jury Dec.

Former Laredo customs broker sentenced for false classification of imported goods

Alejandro Santos, 34, a former U.S. Customs broker, has been ordered to prison following his convictions related to the smuggling of goods into the country, announced U.S.

Portland man sentenced for distributing child pornography

Richard R. Montez, 32, been ordered to prison following his conviction on one count of distribution of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Montez pleaded guilty Feb. 18, 2014.

Dallas man pleads guilty to sex trafficking a minor child

A Dallas man, who sex-trafficked a run-away 15-year-old girl for money, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan.

Texas Game Warden Marine Theft Team finds success

Since its formation a year ago, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Marine Theft Investigations Team has recovered more than 100 stolen boats valued at some $800,000.

Statewide campaign unveiled to curtail human trafficking

Authorities have unveiled a new statewide campaign using billboards and public service announcements to curtail human trafficking in Texas.

Texas Parks & Wildlife launches first new conservation license plate in a decade

For the first time in a decade, motorists can help support Texas State Parks by purchasing a new conservation license plate design that pays homage to generations of campers who have stayed overnight in Texas State Parks.