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Past articles by Fernie:

Report: Brothers charged in deadly migrant shooting have bonds lowered

The two brothers charged in a shooting that left a migrant man dead and a migrant woman wounded have had their bond amount lowered. → Read More

Driver, 19, charged in rollover that killed 2 migrants, injured 9

New Mexico State Police have identified a Mexican man driving an SUV that rolled over, killing two migrants and injuring himself and nine others on Wednesday in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. → Read More

Ex-El Paso officer who helped stepfather deal cocaine is sentenced

A former El Paso police officer who helped her stepfather stash and distribute cocaine was sentenced to two years in prison. → Read More

Mexican man wanted for sexual assault of a child in Colorado arrested at Texas border crossing

A Mexican man is awaiting extradition to the Denver area, where he faces a charge of sexual assault of a child. → Read More

CBP aircrew rescues man stranded with heatstroke in Arizona wilderness

Border officials rescued a man with heatstroke who became stranded in rugged terrain northeast of Tucson, Arizona. → Read More

Operation Crystal Blues: 26 arrested as part of undercover narcotics investigation in New Mexico

Local, state and federal authorities in New Mexico arrested 26 people as part of an undercover narcotics investigation dubbed the Crystal Blues Narcotics Operation. → Read More

Man who stabbed Asian-American family at Midland Sam’s Club pleads guilty

A man accused of stabbing members of an Asian-American family — including a 6-year-old child — has pleaded guilty to three counts of committing a hate crime. → Read More

Twice as many migrants crossed border illegally last month than January 2021, data shows

The number of times border officials encountered migrants fell from December to January, but it is nearly twice as much as the previous year. → Read More

$600 million from infrastructure bill to modernize Bridge of the Americas in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — The Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry in South Central El Paso will receive more than $600 million for expansion and modernization projects as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who recently urged the head of the General Services Administration to […] → Read More

Republican lawmakers come out against plans to settle family-separation lawsuits

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Republican lawmakers are vehemently opposing the Biden administration’s plans to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. → Read More

Document: Cartel gunmen forced Las Cruces couple to kidnap, transport woman in trunk

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A Las Cruces woman told investigators several armed people forced her into kidnapping after arriving at her home looking for her son Joel on Saturday. → Read More

Horizon City man accused of harboring, transporting 100 migrants in tractor-trailers

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — A year-long federal investigation has led to the arrest of a Horizon City man accused of harboring and transporting migrants via tractor-trailer to various cities across the U.S. → Read More

Migrants held under Abbott’s border enforcement operation have charges dropped

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) –The migrants, all men, were arrested as part of Operation Lone Star, a program Gov. Greg Abbott launched to combat what he called the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas. → Read More

Fleeing vehicle, Border Patrol unit crash at Holloman Air Force Base’s main gate

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report/KTSM) – A Border Patrol unit was involved in a crash while pursuing a vehicle that fled and tried to enter Holloman Air Force Base on Thursday night. → Read More

Report: Dozens of deaths in ICE custody — mostly healthy men — linked to delayed care or inadequate responses

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — An analysis of deaths at migrant detention facilities found significant violations of internal medical care standards. → Read More

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus?

Vaccines are designed to bring about a more consistent and optimal immune response.. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

Federal judge blocks execution of only woman on federal death row

A federal judge in Indiana late on Monday blocked the execution of Lisa Montgomery, a convicted murderer and the only woman on federal death row in the United States, on mental health grounds, based on evidence that she was unable to understand the government’s rationale for her execution. → Read More

Mexico: Border travel restrictions extended yet again, now in place through Feb. 21

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — The Mexican government has once again asked the United States to extend non-essential travel restrictions at the international border to slow the spread of COVID-19. → Read More

Inmate dies in Mississippi State Penitentiary hospital

SUNFLOWER COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said an inmate died in the hospital at the Mississippi State Penitentiary on Saturday. They said no foul play is suspected in the death of 74-year-old O D Washington. He had been hospitalized since March. Washington was serving 25 years for residential […] → Read More

Malcolm White addresses cancellation of Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Malcolm White, the founder of the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade and Festival, will hold a news conference to discuss the cancellation of the event due to the coronavirus. The parade was scheduled for March 28, 2020. Organizers said they were advised by the Mississippi State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cancel the event. → Read More