Tag: Cameron County

Wanted Sex Offender Arrested In Cameron County

A wanted sex offender has been arrested in Cameron county by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force. 29 year old Carlos Roberto Paz was arrested yesterday and is facing charges for allegedly raping a woman who went on a date with him back in January. The victim told police that we went with Paz to a party and that he sexually assaulted her after they left. A bond for Paz is still pending. The case remains under...

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Cameron County Commissioner Accused of Corruption

A Cameron County official has been indicted on a variety of corruption-related charges. Commissioner Ernie Hernandez is currently at Cameron County jail, he is facing charges linked to the conviction of his assistant– Raul Salazar. Salazar was sentenced to 10 months in prison for ordering a human resources employee to take a civil service exam for Hernandez’s brother-in-law. Hernandez is facing eight charges– including tampering with records and abuse of official capacity. A bond has not been...

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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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