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Texas ‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch taken into custody in Mexico

Update: Mexican officials say Ethan Couch and his mother entered Mexico under false names.  Telemundo 40 spoke to authorities in Mexico>>Ethan Couch Story



UPDATE:  Tarrant County Sheriff Department hopes to have the case of Ethan Couch transferred from juvenile court to adult court when he is returned to Texas. At a Tuesday press conference, Sheriff Dee Anderson said the teenager’s mother will be charged with hindering apprehension.

One of my sources with the  U.S. Marshals Service, not directly on Couch case said Immigration authorities in Mexico are not done with Couch and his mother. Both face charges there of entering the country illegally.


U.S. Marshals are on their way to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico where Ethan Couch has been detained with his mother, Tonya. Couch, better known as the “affluenza teen” has been missing for two weeks. CNN broke the story Monday night.

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department has been looking for the 18-year-old Couch ever since he allegedly violated his probation. Investigators were also looking for his mother who they said was missing.  A warrant was issued for Couch to be taken into custody after his probation officer couldn’t reach him earlier this month.

Two years ago, Couch made national news when he was sentenced to probation for a drunken driving crash that killed four people. A psychologist had testified that Couch suffered from “affluenza” and that the 16-year-old at the time of his court case was a rich kid whose parents didn’t teach him the difference between right and wrong.


The U.S Marshals Service North District of Texas office will return Couch to Texas. According to one of my sources with the U.S Marshals Service, if a fugitive from the U.S. is a U.S. citizen, the Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INM), which is Mexico’s Immigration Service will make a formal determination if the fugitive has an legal status to remain in Mexico. The fugitive will remain in its custody until that determination is made.


Tonya Couch,  Photo Courtesy: Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department

INM generally views U.S. fugitives as undesirable aliens, and will order them to be deported from Mexico. The U.S. Marshals who arrive in Mexico will then escort the fugitive to a U.S. destination on a direct flight from Puerta Vallarta.

My source who is not on the Couch case and was speaking in general terms said there should not be a lot of paperwork involved with Couch, because it is an internal Mexican immigration process and not a formal request from the U.S. like an extradition. The U.S. Marshals Service will provide documentation and photos to Mexican authorities.

The process to return a fugitive from Mexico to the U.S. can take between 24 to 48 hours. That means Ethan Couch could be back in North Texas very soon if there are no problems with the paperwork. As for his mother, Tarrant County Sheriff’s investigators still have to determine if she was allegedly involved in her son’s decision to take off and hide in Mexico.




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Bilingual professionals needed to fill teacher jobs in Fort Worth

Photo Courtesy: Geralt
Photo Courtesy: Geralt

Fort Worth, Texas is in desperate need of bilingual teachers. The city has a huge  Spanish-speaking community .  Here’s a note I got from Carmen Orozoco via  My hope is that some of you reporters will do a story on this need. It’s a great people story.

For those of you who are not journalists, just spread the word to your friends who are bilingual professionals and may want to become teachers.

Hi Rebecca,

The number one factor that determines whether or not a student will succeed is the person standing at the front of the classroom every day. My name is Carmen Orozco and I work with the Fort Worth Teaching Fellows program (FWTF). FWTF is an initiative of the Fort Worth Independent School District to bring in top talent from various professional fields and transform students’ lives through teaching.

There is a shortage of bilingual teachers in FWISD, so we need your help. It appears from your profile that you are bilingual, and I was impressed with your background and record of achievement. As a high-quality professional, you may have contacts in your network that might be interested in having a conversation with us in learning more about becoming a bilingual teacher. Many strong applications come directly from referrals – colleagues, family, and friends spreading the word about Fort Worth Teaching Fellows. Who in your professional network might be interested in becoming an elementary bilingual teacher?

Our next application deadline is April 29, although we’re planning to extend for bilingual candidates. Could you take a few minutes to support Fort Worth Teaching Fellows and help us deliver on the promise of a quality education for all children? Please reply with any names of people we should contact or let me know if you’d rather hop on the phone to chat. Or perhaps, you might be interested….

Let me know at your earliest convenience.

Warm Regards,

Carmen Orozco

Recruitment Ambassador


FYI anyone interested can contact Carmen at