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Past articles by Maria:

Alleged ex-BP serial killer Juan David Ortiz denied reduction of $2.5M bond

On Thursday, former Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Juan David Ortiz, 36, appeared in court for a bond reduction hearing. → Read More

BP agent accused of serial murders makes appearance in Laredo court

After approximately 221 days in custody, the attorneys for the Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women and assaulting another in September mentioned Thursday they will be filing a motion for a bond reduction hearing. → Read More

Mother of 2-year-old found in bucket of acid sentenced to 10 years in prison

The woman arrested for disposing of her daughter's remains was sentenced to maximum punishment after violating the conditions of her probation. → Read More

Laredo Border Patrol agent accused of killing lover, 1-year-old son asks for new counsel

A new attorney will be appointed to help represent the Border Patrol agent who is facing the death penalty for allegedly stabbing his lover and 1-year-old son to death in 2018. → Read More

LPD: Possible child’s remains found inside bucket with unknown chemical substance in Laredo

The remains of a child and an unknown chemical substance were found inside a bucket Thursday in west central Laredo, according to authorities. → Read More

Laredo man sentenced to life for murder of teen girl, gets 15 more for sexual assault

After 49th District Court Judge Joe Lopez sentenced Mario Angel Gonzalez to life in prison Jan. 18 for the murder of 16-year-old Lesley Sanchez, 406th District Court Judge Oscar J. Hale sentenced Gonzalez to 15 years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault. The sentences will run concurrently. → Read More

Father’s outburst brings murder trial of 16-year-old Laredo girl to a halt

Family gets emotional as police investigator recounts fatal stabbing details. → Read More

Authorities release mugshots of inmates allegedly involved in Webb County Jail riot

Authorities have released the mugshots of individuals who allegedly participated in the Webb County Jail riot. → Read More

Accused Border Patrol agent pleads not guilty to killing 4 women, assaulting another

Juan David Ortiz, the Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women and assaulting another in September, pleaded not guilty Thursday to capital murder and other charges during his arraignment hearing. → Read More

First of 25 inmates accused of starting riot at Webb County Jail appears in court

The first of the 25 inmates expected to be charged in the riot that left two correctional officers and two inmates injured on Dec. 11 at the Webb County Jail appeared in court Thursday. → Read More

Laredo Border Patrol agent considered victims 'disposable,' charged with capital murder

Juan David Ortiz, the Border Patrol agent accused of killing four sex workers in September, said he "wanted to clean up the streets" of Laredo, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said Wednesday. → Read More

Death penalty considered for Laredo BP agent accused of killing 4 women

The Webb County District Attorney's Office is preparing to present their case before a grand jury Wednesday to request formal charges against the Border Patrol agent accused of fatally shooting four women and kidnapping another. → Read More

BP agent indicted on murder charges returns to a Laredo courtroom

The suspended Laredo Border Patrol agent indicted on two counts of capital murder was back in court Friday for a brief conference regarding his case. → Read More

Eyewitness testifies about fatal beating of Laredo businessman

The tension in the courtroom Tuesday morning was palpable as the son of the local businessman, who was fatally beaten, testified during the trial of the man allegedly involved in the killing. → Read More

Laredo fugitive to finally serve 99-year sentence after seven years on the run

Victor Palomo, now 30, is heading to state prison for a murder he committed at an after-prom party when he was 18. → Read More

Laredo family finally gets justice when killer is sentenced to prison after seven-year wait

After a long, seven-year wait, a Laredo family says they can rest a little easier knowing that a man who killed their loved one is finally behind bars. → Read More

Man who attempted to smuggle 25 puppies fined nearly $6K

A man charged with animal cruelty was in court Monday to learn about whether he would be able to keep the 20-plus malnourished puppies he tried to import in late September at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge. → Read More

Laredo PD recovers almost $25,000 in stolen Patron tequila

An undocumented immigrant allegedly linked to a cargo theft investigation that has yielded almost $25,000 worth of stolen tequila was arrested Thursday. → Read More

Laredo teacher, 32, pleads guilty to improper relationship with 16-year-old student

For the third time this year, a former United ISD teacher has pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a student. → Read More

Family of woman who escaped alleged serial killer speaks out

Erika Peña had known Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz for about four months. There was nothing unusual about him, and Peña knew he was in law enforcement. So when he picked her up Friday on San Bernardo Avenue and paid her to have sex with him, she didn't think twice about it. "Erika said he was cheerful," said Peña's aunt, Marcela Rodriguez. "I imagine he knew how to put up a front. She'd… → Read More