Tag: Cameron County

Operation Bishop Raid Dismantles Underground Santa Maria Eight-Liner

Cameron County launched an aggressive, all-out initiative against illegal gambling earlier this year. And another dismantling of these so-called “eight liners” marked its halfway point. County officials say an underground establishment in Santa Maria was taken down along HWY 281 near FM-506– outfitted with a hidden entrance, as well as an escape route for patrons. Twenty three eight-liner machines were seized in Tuesday night’s raid. Operation Bishop began in April. District Attorney Luis Saenz says the past 9 months has contributed to the shutdown of about 97% of illegal gambling businesses in Cameron...

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Cameron County Employee Found Guilty of Corruption

Today a jury found a Cameron County employee guilty of corruption. Raul Salazar, an employee of Cameron County Commissioner Ernie Hernandez, was convicted on two counts of abuse of official capacity and one count of tampering with a government record. According to the prosecutor, Salazar ordered a human resources employee to take a civil service exam for someone else. That other personas was hired but quickly resigned when the county started investigating the case. Sentencing for Salazar will be held next...

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Cameron County Employee Accused Of Corruption

The trial for a Cameron County employee, whose credibility and ethics are being called into question– began today. Raul Garza Salazar is facing charges of abuse of official capacity and tampering with a government record, while working for Cameron County Commissioner, Ernie Hernandez. Salazar is accused of manipulating the results of an assessment test to favor Robert Cardiel, a close relative of the commissioner who was hired. Salazar was arrested earlier this year, Commissioner Hernandez is expected to...

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Authorities use Valle Vista mall for Mock Emergency

HARLINGEN – A lot of commotion, and an outpouring of law enforcement stirred up some panicked faces at a Cameron County mall. Police officers from Harlingen, San Benito, Brownsville and Cameron county sheriffs deputies joined forces at Valle Vista Mall Sunday morning for a training exercise. Responding to weapons and explosives and even saving fellow comrades. “We need to prepare them for the high occupational stress something like this poses,” says David Osborne, Harlingen police dept. “It’s great that we are all working together,” adds Sgt. Felix Sauceda, Brownsville police dept. They add that these exercises aren’t meant to create...

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