CHILD SUPPORT MYSTERY — The woman and her family who had no money for Christmas because her child-support checks didn't arrive should be getting her first January check any day now and at least one of her December checks soon.
We are investigating what happened to the check. Her ex-husband's employer said the checks were mailed in December.
Neither check reached the county family support office. One may be lost in the mail but the second check was cashed. A stop payment was put on the first check and a new one issued. As soon as we receive the reissued check, we will send a check to the woman.
The employer is waiting to get the cashed check back from the bank so the signature can be examined. Both the company and our office are looking into why the check did not arrive at family support. — Deputy DA, El Centro
It definitely sounds like more than a computer glitch was involved in this "Case of the Wayward Check."
QUESTION: One of my high school classmates says back in the mid-1950s a celebrity was killed in El Centro.
He thought it was Tom Mix. I disagreed but I now have a nagging buzz that he may be right. Will you ask PROBE readers if they know if a celebrity was killed in El Centro? — Boomer, Temecula
That was 50 years ago but if anybody of any note was killed in El Centro, PROBE readers will know and tell us about it.
A lot of celebrities have passed through the Imperial Valley. Among the visitors were John Wayne, Clark Gable, Gene Autry.
Cowboy star Tim Holt used to come down regularly to ride in local parades. Spike Jones grew up in Niland. Cher was born in El Centro. Marlon Brando's ex-wife was arrested in Westmorland on suspicion of kidnapping her son, Christian.
We don't ever recall hearing Tom Mix was here. The only celebrity we recalled getting killed here was Nathanial West, the writer, who ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highways 111 and 80 (Evan Hewes).
That was in the late 1930s. West was rushing to Los Angeles to catch a plane to go to the funeral of fellow writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.