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News | By SILVIO J. PANTA and Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 3, 2010
CALEXICO — Kym Laura Cano, who was convicted of killing her husband, a California Highway Patrol officer, with his service gun more than three years ago, drew a lengthy prison term Friday that will put her behind bars for at least 40 years. Expressionless for much of the court hearing before making an anguished plea for mercy, Cano received 15 years to life in state prison for the second-degree murder of Francisco Cano. Cano’s husband was off-duty when he died of a single gunshot wound to his left eye Dec. 4, 2006.
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By MARC SCHANZ, Staff Writer | April 7, 2005
Dateline: Calexico oe Moreno?s 41st birthday came and went Wednesday with a sad milestone. Days before its planned Saturday closing, Calexico?s iconic Apple Market Super Shopping closed at the stroke of noon for the last time. ?It looks so different now,? an emotional Moreno said Wednesday afternoon as store workers cleared out boxes and what remained of canned food. ?I was here when the cut the ribbon and now I?m here when we closed the doors.? Only days ago, the bustling grocery store had stocked shelves and a full complement of fruits, vegetables and meats.
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By LEO MIRAMON, Staff Writer, Dateline: Brawley | October 21, 2005
Employees at the state Department of Transportation office in Brawley gathered inside their multipurpose room with California Highway Patrol officials to honor one of their own Thursday afternoon. Kent Cyr was working near Glamis one September night during a heavy rainstorm, clearing sand and debris off the roadways, when he was called to help a Highway Patrol officer stuck in a flashflood. Highway Patrol Officer Tim Ratcliff from the Winterhaven CHP station was on patrol on a roadway near Glamis when he drove into a flashflood and was unable to get out. Ratcliff?
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By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer | January 12, 2001
Three county jail inmates will stand trial on charges they murdered Ramon Eugene Paleo, 22, of El Centro who was stabbed 196 times in the county jail Oct. 22. After a preliminary hearing that lasted several days, Superior Court Judge Matias Contreras ruled there is enough evidence for Angel Francisco Ayala, 25, Armando Valenzuela Leal, 24, both of El Centro, and Gustavo Vega, 24, of Calexico to stand trial for Paleo's murder. Contreras also found an allegation of torture could be taken to trial.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI and LAURA GONZALEZ | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 10, 2011
MEXICALI — With details that echo Jack the Ripper, Mexicali officials are investigating a possible serial killer or killers targeting area prostitutes for years. About 44 murders of women here since 2008 appear to have enough similarities to potentially be the result of a serial killer or killers, said Alfredo Arenas Moreno, Baja California Estate Police chief officer in charge of the international liaison unit. While the Baja California Attorney General’s Office here is officially in charge of the investigation, updates on the investigation are regularly provided to police.
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December 29, 2004
Several psychiatrists have said that Scott Peterson is a psychopath. A psychopath is NOT a psycho. He is not insane. He is conscienceless. At one time the psychopath was called a "moral degenerate. " Later he was renamed a "psychopath" and "sociopath. " Sociopath is the term I prefer to use. One noted psychologist, Hervey Cleckley, wrote what I believe to be the definitive (early) study of social pathology. He titled that book "The Mask of Sanity. " A more modern psychiatrist calls sociopaths "Human Chameleons.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | December 5, 2006
CALEXICO ? An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was shot to death inside his home Monday and his wife has been arrested in connection with the killing, the Calexico Police Department said. Police have identified the Highway Patrol officer as Francisco Cano Jr., 37. He was shot with his own service pistol, police said. His wife has been identified by police as Kym Cano. She was booked into Imperial County jail without bail in connection with the killing. Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr said police had not yet determined the motive for the shooting.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | February 16, 2011
My children have several foot-powered (i.e. Razor) scooters and they wear their helmets. I have seen several other children in the neighborhood riding without helmets. Some other parents and I were wondering if there is a helmet law for such scooters, as well as for skateboards. They are concerned that they will be fined if there is a helmet law and it is enforced. — Concerned Parent Besides being a very bad idea, it is apparently illegal for kids to be zipping around on their scooters with no helmet.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 3, 2010
Jurors heard a myriad testimony during Kym Cano’s lengthy second trial but they didn’t hear anything from her first husband, Henry Thuener. Thuener decided to wait until his ex-wife’s second murder trial was over before speaking out publicly about his marriage to Cano. Cano was sentenced Friday to serve at least 40 years in state prison for the fatal shooting of her second husband Francisco Cano. Francisco, a California Highway Patrol officer, was off-duty when he was shot once in the face at his Calexico home Dec. 4, 2006.
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March 1, 2011
For the first time I can remember our bougainvillea has completely frozen black and looks dead. Lots of our trees look dead, too. What is the best way to trim or somehow bring everything back? Are they dead or do they just look that way? — Garden Gal, El Centro We contacted the Imperial County Cooperative Extension near Holtville and got some really good information from plant pathology adviser Donna Henderson. She said bougainvillea are hardy desert plants that can tolerate temperatures of a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 75 to 95 degrees during the day. The series of freezes in Imperial Valley during the past month-plus have left several trees and bushes with some frost damage.
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By ERIC GALVAN,Staff Writer | August 5, 2006
Through the 1980s, MTV defined a generation. Through the 1990s, it chartered new ground. And now, 25 years later, MTV is having the kind of effect on a generation that it did when it first aired ? kind of. Launched in 1981, Music Television recently turned 25 years old, but did so not so much with a bang, but rather with an attentionless thud. ?MTV didn?t even celebrate its 25th anniversary,? said Robert J. Thompson, popular culture professor and director of Syracuse University?
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By ARTURO BOJORQUEZ | Adelante Valle Editor | September 7, 2011
CALEXICO - Money-exchange and check-cashing businesses here are at risk of going under, or operating beneath the law, after some banks closed their accounts without good reason, some business owners say. Lupita Ochoa, owner of Omega check-cashing store, said that about a month ago Wells Fargo informed her it was closing her business' account effective Aug. 17. As of late last week, Wells Fargo has not returned calls seeking comment. Ochoa said a problem at a check-cashing businesses that involved someone fraudulently changing some tax refund checks has had a negative effect on all of the other local check-cashing businesses.
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March 29, 2001
A man wanted on a federal warrant since September 1999 was turned over to U.S. officials this morning after being arrested in Mexico. Terry Wayne Sakamoto, 30, was turned over at the Calexico Port of Entry at 1:50 a.m. Thursday after Mexican police arrested him at the FBI's request, said Bob Sellers, supervisory resident agent for the FBI's El Centro office. Sakamoto was wanted on a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, Sellers said. Sakamoto is wanted out of the San Jose area on a parole violation for unlawful sex with a minor, assault and bank robbery, Sellers said.
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April 9, 2013
How often does a person who is on probation get tested for drugs? I see a person that I know is on probation and he seems to always be under the influence of drugs. Also, what happens if he violates his probation? - Curious, Imperial County This is an excellent question with a not very excellent answer. But that's no fault of who we went to for our info. Truth be told, there are so many variables involved in this question, from who gets testing as part of their probation terms, to how often they are subject to testing, to what exactly happens if someone violates probation.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 31, 2013
The El Centro community will have many more opportunities for sports and recreation next year upon completion of the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Sports Pavilion at Park Avenue and North Eighth Street that broke ground Tuesday morning. The project has been five years in the works and is the first of three parts of the Dr. Martin Luther King Park, formerly known as Adams Park, Revitalization Plan. The second part is a skate park that hopes to go to council for construction approvals in September and the third part is an aquatics center that hopes to start design in February.
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