Noon Fix: Ex-Pharr commissioner sentenced; Retired judge arrested for DWI; Agua SUD to hold public hearings on rate increases; ‘Rocket’ the giraffe

Ex-Pharr official gets 22 months in fraud case

A former city of Pharr commissioner will serve a 22-month prison sentence for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded insurance companies of nearly $1.8 million, court records show.

Oscar Elizondo went before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane Wednesday for a sentencing hearing related to his July 2017 arrest in connection with the federal investigation.

Retired Cameron County judge arrested for DWI

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A retired Cameron County district court judge was arrested Wednesday on a driving while intoxicated charge in Palmview, according to court records.

Agua SUD to hold public hearings on rate increases

Residents will soon have the opportunity to address officials with the Agua Special Utility District about proposed water rate increases.

The Agua SUD Board of Directors scheduled public hearings regarding the water rates to be held before their next three monthly meetings, which are currently set for Jan. 14, Feb. 4, and March 4.

Gladys Porter Zoo held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce Rocket as the official name of a baby giraffe. The name was chosen by Mary Muratore, who won the honor of naming the giraffe at the zoo’s Zoofari fundraiser. (Miguel Roberts | The Brownsville Herald)

Gladys Porter Zoo’s new giraffe named ‘Rocket’

The female giraffe that was born Aug. 9 at the Gladys Porter Zoo will join the rest of her herd 30 days from now in the zoo’s outdoor viewing area, zoo officials said Wednesday as they announced the baby’s name and timetable for her debut.