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16 Year Anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse

16 years ago today South Padre Island’s Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapsed on the night of September 15th 2001 Killing eight people when they plunged from the roadway 80 feet below into the bay. Witnesses watched as two 80 foot slabs of the causeway plummeted into the Laguna Madre bay along with a trail of cars and their passengers. Those killed were: Robert Harris, 46, Hector Martinez, 32, “Harpoon” Barry Welch, 53, Chelsea Welch, 23, all of Port Isabel; Julio Mireles, 23, of Los Fresnos; Robin Leavell, 29, of Mercedes; Stevan Rivas, 22, of Humble, Aspar Hinojosa, 52, of...

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Caught on video: Boat Catches Fire at South Padre Island

SPI (KFXV) — This afternoon one person was hospitalized after a boat caught fire on South Padre Island. A FOX citizen reporter was present on the scene and sent the video in of when the vessel went up in flames. Authorities are confirming that the fire started on the north side of Port Isabel around midday. At this time, they have not revealed what started the fire.   We’ll keep you informed as more details become...

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Woman Run Over in Early Morning Accident on SPI

SPI (KFXV) — Authorities of South Padre Island are investigating an auto-pedestrian accident. According to investigators, a mini-van struck a 59- year-old woman early this morning while she tried to cross Padre Boulevard. Police arrested the driver for driving while intoxicated. The woman’s condition is critical, and remains...

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SPI Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn

One man from South Padre Island will spend nearly five years in a federal prison after entering a guilty plea for possession of child pornography. The US attorney’s office in Brownsville is reporting that 70-year-old Howard William Halverson received  60 months in a federal prison and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to victims identified in his child porn collection. Court documents state that the judge took into consideration Halverson’s age. The investigation found Halverson began using peer-to-peer software to exchange the images. Federal agents found more than 1,400 images and 5 videos with 545 known victims included, when...

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SPI Police Search for Drone Thief

South Padre Island police are searching for four men who burglarized a vehicle and took about $1,000 in property. This is surveillance video released by the victim. Four men walked over to his vehicle opened it and eventually took his drone Sunday evening. “All the subjects walked over to his vehicle initially, then they walked away. One subject came back and took the drone.” The item valued at $1,000. We spoke to the victim who says he didn’t like his vehicle and was asleep when the burglary took place. Police suspect that this crime was not targeted and asked...

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