Good morning, I'm Na'Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
A jury has been selected in the trial of a 52-year-old man accused of killing another man on South Padre Island more than five years ago. Dennis Wayne Capps is accused of killing 43-year-old Brian Aldrich in his trailer in June of 2006.Prosecutors are trying to prove that Capps murdered Aldrich after robbing him of several hundred dollars. Police say Capps punched Aldrich then hit him with a frying pan and a TV.The trial is set to begin next Tuesday.
Thirty-four-year-old Guillermo Estrada Sandoval has been charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Sandoval admitted to authorities that he met the 12-year-old girl during the summer of 2011 at a local church and then lured her several times by communicating through text message.
His bond has been set at 600-thousand dollars. The Brownsville Police Department is still looking for other possible victims.
Over a dozen undocumented immigrants will be returning back home; this after Border Patrol, McAllen Police and the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office all responded to a suspicious vehicle near the old McAllen Convention Center, at Tenth St. and Expressway 83 yesterday morning. A Chevy Suburban was then pursued for some time before it was eventually pulled over. That's when Border Patrol agents say 17 undocumented immigrants jumped out of the vehicle. All were apprehended, a short time later.
Well, it's back to the drawing board for Hidalgo County as election officials plea with the state to establish an official re-districting map. The new maps will allow cities to confirm official lines granting voters critical election information. The elections department also discussed a possible second primary this year which could cause a major budget constraint for the county. This can only be determined once the maps are drawn and ready to go. In the meantime, officials are pushing the state to clear up the confusion so voters are well-informed, come election day.
The Texas State Health Regional Director, Dr. Brian Smith says there have been reports of a few hundred cases of H1N1 throughout Mexico, but smith says there's no need to worry as these numbers are usual for this time of year. The director says the state is in regular communication with Tamaulipas and gets weekly reports of any unusual activity.
Dr. Smith does add that there's also been an increase of influenza-like illnesses across the state of Texas.
Reducing childhood obesity is the goal, while nourishing growing bodies.
New nutritional guidelines set by the USDA will reflect healthier school lunch menus across the nation. Target areas will include reducing saturated fat, trans fats and sodium while while setting appropriate calorie limits for the age of the students. One of the new guidelines will also require adding leafy greens to the menu which are high in iron and adding red and orange fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin A.
Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on News Center 23 at five and ten.
Have a great Tuesday; take care!