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Counterfeit Currency detected during holiday shopping

An individual was questioned by the Eagle Pass Police Department (EPPD) over the weekend for attempting to pay with a $ 100 counterfeit bill at a retail store on Saturday, December,8.

EPPD Public Information Officer Humberto Garza Jr. Reported that the Police Department was called to Wal Mart in regards to the incident.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers made contact with store personnel who directed them to the individual in order to clarify the issue.

The person made a statement to police officers that he did not know that the currency was fake and he did not know where exactly he had come upon the bill since he had been shopping at multiple places.

The individual personal information was taken by the responding officers and the bill was confiscated to be sent to a Federal Government office in San Antonio for analysis.

The individual did pay for the items he was trying to purchase and was released.

Officer Garza does ask the community to be careful with such issues especially during this time of the year.

This is the second time in the past two weeks that counterfeit currency is detected at a local store.

Mission Border Hope looking for donations

Mission Border Hope is looking for donations to be given to needy children from our community.

During this time of giving there are many people including children who are less fortunate and are in need of clothing articles including sweaters and coats.

Mission Border Hope is asking for kids clothing from sizes 4T and smaller to be donated to needy children from our community.

Any donation is greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at 441 Monroe St. or you can contact them at (830) 441-4034.

Mission: Border Hope is a non-profit agency whose mission is to empower diverse border men, women, and children in their community and cultural context. MBH serves extra low/low/median income families with housing assistance: grants loans, and financial literacy, literacy programs for at-risk youth; and community health and wellness program through Wesley nursing and medical mission.

Mission: Border Hope is a non-profit service mission rooted in the United Methodist Church mission of making and multiplying disciples of Jesus Christ that transform the world.

City to host Nutcracker Ballet on Sunday

The City of Eagle Pass continues their month-long Christmas celebration with a live performance of the Nutcracker to be held on Sunday December 7, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The event will take place in front of the historic Eagle Pass Public Library and will be performed by children from Nicoles Dance Studio.

The origin of the Nutcracker, a classic Christmas Story, is a fairy tale ballet in two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration.

The Ballets origins come from Alexandre Dumas Père’s adaptation of the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. It was commissioned by the director of Moscow’s Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, in 1891, and premiered a week before Christmas 1892.

Since premiering in western countries in the 1940s, this ballet has become perhaps the most popular to be performed around Christmas time.

The Christmas story is centered on a young girl’s Christmas Eve and her awakening to the wider world and romantic love.

The Christmas ballet was first performed outside Russia in England in 1934. Its first United States performance was in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet, staged by its artistic director and Balanchine student Willam Christensen.

The City of Eagle Pass will also be holding a Christmas on main Street celebration on December 20, 2018.

Man wanted for 2013 murder caught at EP Port of Entry

A man wanted for the alleged murder of a Lufkin man was arrested by United States Custom and Border Protection agents as he attempted to enter the United States from Mexico through Eagle Pass on Saturday, December, 1, 2018.

28 -year-old Miguel Hernandez Monsivais (10/17/1990) was placed under arrest over the weekend at International Bridge No. 2 and was then turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department where he was transported to the Tom Bowles Detention Center for processing.

Monsivais had eluded capture for approximately 5 years after it was alleged that he had been involved in a Murder in Lufkin, Texas.

As of August 19, 2013, Lufkin Police Department has held a warrant for the arrest of Miguel Hernandez Monsivais. Back in 2013, Lufkin Police Detectives obtained the warrant for the first degree felony offense of Murder, following an investigation into an August 14 vehicle fire and death.

According to information from an Angelina County grand jury indictment, two suspects were indicted in connection to the death of a Lufkin man found in a burning pickup truck in August 2013.

Daniel Andres Muniz, 30, of Winnie is charged with tampering with physical evidence and Kristine Maldonado Garcia, 25, of Lufkin, is charged with murder. Muniz and Garcia are two of three suspects connected to the death of Efren Mora Elizondo, 47.

Miguel Hernandez-Monsivais, 22, of Lufkin, is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder and is now in custody after 5 years of hiding in Mexico.

According to a police investigation, Garcia helped Monsivais lure Elizondo to Monsivais’ home on Aug. 15, where Monsivais beat Elizondo to death because he thought Elizondo was a “snitch.” An affidavit states Monsivais is a drug dealer and wanted to make a statement to the drug community.

Police believe Muniz helped Monsivais get rid of the body by putting it in the back of Elizondo’s pickup and torching it in the area of Renfro Drive in Lufkin, Texas.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador sworn in as President of Mexico

Via Associated Press – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been sworn in as the first leftist president in Mexico in over 70 years. Lopez Obrador took the oath of office at Mexico’s Congress, in a ceremony attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Ivanka Trump, various leaders from Latin America and British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Lopez Obrador pledged in his first address as President, “a peaceful and orderly transition, but one that is deep and radical.”

Lopez Obrador’s inauguration marks a turning point in one of the world’s most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization.

Longtime Eagle Pass Media analyst and CSN Station Owner Armando Gutierrez passes away

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It is with deepest sympathies and condolences of the staff of Informate that we report on the passing of Mr. Armando Gutierrez.

Armando Gutierrez in the early 80s began his career in media alongside Mr. Hector Munoz Mijares. The two started in radio and soon Gutierrez branched out into the realm of television. He started his career as a political and social analyst and critic. He was one of the Founding Members of the annual Teleton Navideno in Eagle Pass and ran it annually on his CSN news station for over 25 years until his CSN News station ended its run.

Crash at TX Loop 480 and FM 1021 causes major delay

The Maverick County Sheriff an Eagle Pass Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Loop 480 and FM 1021 at around 7 am. on Wednesday, November 28.

Upon arriving at the scene, Sherrif Deputies made contact with numerous individuals in a Ford Escape and a Chevrolet Tahoe who were involved in the accident.

Eagle Pass Fire Department EMT’s begin to triage two individuals including a child who were then transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center
Emergency Room for treatment of their injuries sustained in the accident.

The Maverick County Sheriff and Texas Department of Public Safety took over the accident and began an investigation to determine the cause and who was at fault.

Motor Vehicle accidents continue plaquing this area of the community specifically the Loop 480 intersection with Fm 1021