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News | By MICHAEL A. SALORIO | April 8, 2003
Staff Writer CALIPATRIA STATE PRISON ? The 57-year-old inmate stabbed to death here Monday morning was a founding member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, according to a prison official. Correctional Lt. Gary Stratton identified the victim as Wendell Norris, who had been incarcerated for 24 years on a second-degree murder conviction out of Solano County. The Aryan Brotherhood is a white supremacist prison gang with a feared reputation for committing ruthless acts of violence, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Web site states.
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By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | August 31, 2007
The arrest of 25 people in Imperial and San Diego counties Thursday morning will ?place a significant dent? in the Mexican Mafia?s local operations, Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero said. In what the DA?s Office is calling ?Operation Gangland,? 25 members of the Mexican Mafia ? including Imperial County head Patrick Ralph Ponce of El Centro and San Diego County head Richard Charles Buchanan ? were arrested as part of a 46-count indictment handed down through the San Diego Federal Grand Jury.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | December 12, 2012
It will be a weekend filled with holiday activities in Imperial with lights set to glimmer on the eyes of thousands of people at the Imperial Parade of Lights on Friday and more holiday fun at the Christmas in a Small Town on Saturday. “We are hoping that everyone comes and enjoy this,” said Alexis Brown, Imperial Chamber of Commerce marketing and special events coordinator. “This year we have 87 entrees, far more than we've had in the past,” she said The annual Parade of Lights is a special event in the county because every float or marching band has to have lights on them.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 9, 2008
Maria Tarazon, who runs a small insurance brokerage, said she knew little about the Silver Oriental Massage on Fourth Street but did recall seeing cars coming and going from the rear of the location. ?I saw cars coming in and out all the time when I was at the front desk,? Tarazon said Thursday. Watch video Tarazon, who estimated the massage parlor was opened for about six months, wasn?t the only one who noticed the activity at the location. El Centro police conducted a sting operation Wednesday night that resulted in the arrest of a woman suspected of prostitution.
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BY SARAH HORNE | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | September 23, 2010
A $70 million medical facility will be built in Calexico offering services to patients with neurological illnesses and young veterans. Imperial Regional Campus will offer group care and skilled nursing for patients suffering from illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases or memory loss associated with aging. It will also offer transitional services and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment for young veterans. The project was submitted by Medical Management Group and permitted by the Calexico Planning Commission last week.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | August 10, 2011
Illegal immigrants make up more than 12 percent of Imperial County's population, according to a report by the Public Policy Institute of California. That amounts to roughly 21,000 people. Imperial County has the second-highest population percentage in the state, falling behind only Monterey and San Benito counties, which were counted as one in the report. The report, co-written by Laura Hill and Hans Johnson, emphasizes how few details are available about California's illegal immigrant population.
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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 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 LEO MIRAMON,Staff Writer | September 3, 2006
On Feb. 7, 1985, a local Drug Enforcement Agent working in Guadalajara, Mexico was kidnapped, tortured and eventually killed. Two El Centro police officers responding to a disturbance call on May 3, 1977, were shot and killed by a man carrying a high-powered rifle. An El Centro firefighter died Nov. 18, 1976, after saving a man from toxic fumes as the firefighter took the victim out of a fuel tank where repairs were being made. He succumbed just after pushing the man to safety.
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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 MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | August 21, 2004
"Jesus looked at them and said, ?With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" > > Matthew 19:26 (New International Version) Using Matthew 19:26 as its inspiration, Imperial Valley Ministries in El Centro has helped drug addicts overcome their addictions for the past 27 years. I.V. Ministries was founded by Pastor Fernando Rivas Sr. and his wife, Ofelia Rivas, and has grown into a network of 27 United Restoration Churches (each with its own affiliated evangelical outreach center)
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Redacción Adelante | April 14, 2011
FRESNO — La cadena comercial Sam’s Club, operada por Walmart, pagará 440 mil dólares y proveerá otros remedios para satisfacer una demanda nacional de acoso por origen nacional entablada por la Comisión Federal de Equidad de Oportunidad en el Empleo (EEOC), anunció la agencia federal.   La EEOC sostiene que por lo menos nueve empleadas de descendencia mexicana en la tienda Sam’s Club en Fresno, junto a una persona casada con otro de nacionalidad mexicana, padecieron de insultos raciales y comentarios despectivos por otra compañera de trabajo quien es México-Americana.
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May 23, 2002
One day I opened the refrigerator only to be hit in the face by a strong pungent odor. "Whew, what is that smell?" I remarked to my wife, Debbie. She immediately got on the defense by saying she had just cleaned out the refrigerator last week. Then I found the potent item causing the bad stench. It was a bag of broccoli that I had placed next to a cantaloupe. Immediately I knew that it was my fault for allowing ethylene gas (a ripening agent) coming from the melon to fume onto broccoli.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | December 30, 2007
Prosecutors in the case involving alleged Mexican Mafia member Patrick Ponce await his pre-trial appearances in San Diego County Superior Court starting Jan. 16 knowing that this is no ordinary criminal matter. Eight other defendants have already entered guilty pleas in connection with a 46-count state grand jury indictment that alleges torture, kidnapping and attempted murder as among the crimes with which Ponce and other defendants are charged. Ponce, of Brawley, was among the 25 people who were arrested in late August during a massive police sweep in Imperial and San Diego counties that involved a number of law enforcement agencies, which included Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the FBI. The possible conviction of Ponce, 42, and others won?
OPINION
Dora DePaoli | October 6, 2010
I recently discovered the best thrift shop in San Diego. It is The Rock Thrift Store, located at 3191-B Sports Arena Blvd. The shop is light and airy, and staffed by courteous volunteers who seem to be having a great time. Everything is clean. Nothing is stained or torn, and a lot of name brand merchandise is sold. The shop is an outreach of the Rock Church in Liberty Station off Rosecrans. Today’s finds included sweatpants and a polo shirt for one of my sons, a wonderful new chopping block and a set of placemats.
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