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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 GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | December 10, 2006
Law enforcement officers are expected to keep the peace in a community, but there is some evidence that their own domestic lives are more likely to become violent. On Wednesday, Calexico resident Kym Cano was charged with murder for allegedly shooting her husband, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Cano Jr., in the head with his own service weapon. Kym Cano has since pleaded not guilty to those charges. Although Calexico police have not released a motive for the shooting, they did say there was a history of domestic violence where Kym Cano was the aggressor, according to reports from the Fontana Police Department, where the couple lived before moving to Calexico.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 27, 2011
Though Red Ribbon Week is traditionally known as a week to wear small, red ribbons in an effort to promote anti-drug efforts, only family members and certain law enforcement of the Imperial Valley know the whole story about the heroism of slain Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena.  Though different versions of Camarena's story exist those who were close to him knew Camarena for his prowess as an investigator and great father.  ...
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 11, 2010
CALEXICO — Stressing that the killing of her husband was accidental, defendant Kym Cano told the court Monday that her children’s past testimony was mistaken. Cano also told prosecutor Marco Nuñez that her eldest daughter, Ashley Thuener, was wrong about what she saw and overheard regarding alleged threats the defendant made to Francisco Cano. Cano, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder, was careful to refer to the fatal shooting of Francisco on Dec. 4, 2006, as an accident.
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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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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 23, 2010
CALEXICO — Defendant Kym Cano’s eldest daughter is expected to testify next week to debunk some of the things said during Cano’s retrial, a prosecutor said Saturday. Ashley Thuener, Cano’s 22-year-old daughter from her first marriage, could come and take the witness stand Tuesday, Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Marco Nuñez said. Cano, 41, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder in the killing of her husband, Francisco Cano, a California Highway Patrol officer, on Dec. 4, 2006.
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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 SILVIO PANTA, Staff Writer | March 23, 2010
CALEXICO — Kym Cano made a choice to end a human life and is guilty of nothing less than second-degree homicide in connection with the killing of her husband, a California Highway Patrol officer, a prosecutor told jurors Monday. Cano, 41, either became teary eyed or slowly shook her head as Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Marco Nunez made a long series of allegations about her in his opening statement to the 10-man, two-woman jury in Cano’s second trial. No witnesses were called to testify as the first day of the trial got under way at the Calexico courthouse.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 5, 2013
Construction of two detention centers near the Calexico East Port of Entry is anticipated to bring hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, and one is anticipated to have a groundbreaking in the next few weeks. The 65,000-square foot facility by Hill Mills Construction will house low-level inmates of both sexes, Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission president and chief executive officer Tim Kelley said. He said the project by Hill Mills Construction is being built on speculation and will be filled with inmates as there's a need.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 6, 2010
CALEXICO — Defendant Kym Cano portrayed her late husband Wednesday as an abusive and controlling man whom she feared the day she took his service gun and opened fire. Cano, 41, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder for the Dec. 4, 2006, fatal shooting of Francisco Cano, tearfully told the court that she never intended to aim or use the gun against her husband, a California Highway Patrol who was off-duty when he was killed. A judge declared a mistrial in Cano’s first trial last year after jurors deadlocked.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | January 21, 2009
Jurors heard Wednesday the frantic 911 call that murder defendant Kym Cano made the day her husband was killed, an event to which she reportedly told a detective, ?I shot him, I?m telling you.? The sounds of Cano?s hysterical screams filled the courtroom for several tense minutes as she and a couple of Francisco Cano?s relatives wept in the third day of her second-degree murder trial. Grim-faced jurors sat in rapt attention hearing Cano?s wailing as dispatchers told her to ?
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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 Darren Simon, Staff Writer | December 4, 2006
CALEXICO ? An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was shot to death inside his home this morning and his wife has been arrested in connection with the killing, according to the Calexico Police Department. Police have identified the Highway Patrol officer as Francisco Cano Jr. His wife has been identified by police as Kym Cano. She was going to be booked into Imperial County jail in connection with the fatal shooting, police reported. Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr said he had no motive for the shooting.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 2, 2011
Along with families and friends erecting altars and visiting grave sites in remembrance of loved ones lost, one item readily associated with Dia de Los Muertos in Mexican culture is “pan de los muertos.” “Pan de los muertos,” or bread of the dead, is traditionally placed on the altars erected by the friends of family of the “difuntos,” or the deceased. Local bakers in El Centro said the pan de los muertos is an important part for any Dia de Los Muertos altar to include.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 29, 2010
I was just wondering, is there a pumpkin patch in the Imperial Valley? As much as I want that experience for my kids, I really don’t feel like driving to San Diego. — Imperial Valley pumpkin seeker Valley residents seeking a traditional fall pumpkin patch are in luck. There will be one Saturday in Imperial. Calls to the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and the Imperial County Farm Bureau led Probe to Imperial Valley College, which is hosting its pumpkin patch and IVC open house.
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