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News | By Imperial Valley Press Staff | September 8, 2011
Update 10:15 p.m. The San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus will be closed Friday, the university's Twitter account announced. Campus personnel has been asked to report to work unless otherwise notified by their supervisors. The cool center at El Centro's Community Center has closed for the night. Update 10:15 p.m. An IID spokesperson has reported that power in the Imperial Valley has been restored to 99 percent of its customers.
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By MARIO RENTERÍA | August 4, 2002
Staff Writer It's easy to forget what those who enforce the law risk while providing for the public's safety and protection. Most are proud to serve their communities and consider it their duty to put their lives on the line every day. California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Navarrete is one of those officers who loves his job and helping his community. Born in Mexicali, Navarrete did what many told him he couldn't do. He joined the Highway Patrol and has been a sworn officer for three years.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | June 5, 2008
BRAWLEY ? A piece of local history died Wednesday when a wind-whipped fire tore through the two-story home known popularly to many residents as the ?Smurf House.? Flames charred the wood-shingled roof of the mushroom-shaped structure and blackened portions of its curved sides as firefighters used a water cannon to fight the blaze. Heavy winds complicated efforts to keep smoldering embers from reaching nearby homes but firefighters contained the fire within the parameters of the property at 955 H St. The Smurf House, which took homeowner Rudy Lopez 25 years to construct and was inspired by the small blue TV cartoon characters, was destroyed.
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By MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | January 2, 2004
Damaging testimony was given Tuesday in the capital murder trial of Calipatria State Prison inmate Joseph A. Barrett by two inmates who refuted the defendant's claim he killed his cellmate in self-defense. Additionally, a third inmate gave testimony supporting Barrett's claim that his cellmate, Thomas Kent Richmond, planned to kill him. Richmond died after receiving 13 stab wounds April 9, 1996. Christopher Poore, a death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison, was called to the stand Tuesday as a defense witness.
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May 26, 2001
As we journey through the avenues of life we are confronted with a society of emulators. Is it because we want to be someone other then ourselves, so we find it more pleasing to emulate a neighbor, relative, co-worker or a character in a television program that we frequently watch? The dictionary describes emulation as imitation. In the business world to emulate is considered a compliment! But how many people are in business? And how can it be a compliment when it is used in a marred environment of hatred and envy!
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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 IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | March 7, 2011
What can I do if my neighbor parks his cars outside my home where I put my trash cans? Politely asking them if they can leave the parking space open on trash pick-up days has not worked. A couple of times my trash has not gotten picked up because my neighbor has moved my trash can on the sidewalk so that he can park. Is there anything that I can do? – Fed Up, Calexico You should be glad to know there are a couple of options at your disposal. If, as you state, the neighbor discarded your prior requests, a call to the police might be in order.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 14, 2011
Is it illegal or just a bad idea for a 6- or 7-year-old to ride in the front seat of a vehicle? Two police officers at my kids’ school let their kids ride in the front of their personal vehicles without a booster seat, and now my kid is begging to. I thought they had to be 12? Is the car seat law “6 years AND 60 pounds” or 6 OR 60”? And isn’t the front passenger side airbag actually a danger to such a little person? — Mom, Imperial First off, it is not illegal, but according to California High Patrol Officer Pablo Torrez it is a bad idea.
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By RICHARD BROWN MONTENEGRO | Local Content Editor | March 23, 2013
A $600,000 out-of-court settlement has been reached in the federal wrongful death lawsuit between the family of Edmund “Bubba” Gutierrez and the city of Imperial. The case could be officially dismissed within days, but for all intents and purposes the suit was settled Tuesday in an official record of action in U.S. District Court. The family was seeking in excess of $1 million in damages for the alleged wrongful death, personal injury and rights violations of Gutierrez at the hands of Imperial police Officer Eric Granado and now-retired Officer Joe Garibaldi and the city of Imperial.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | June 11, 2013
Some cool off by heading to the beaches of Ensenada or San Diego or maybe the river in Yuma, but others have been splashing around the lesser-known Rio Hardy for decades. The water sport oasis is about 35 to 45 minutes south of Mexicali on the way to San Felipe and boasts a secluded and peaceful area to enjoy activities such as water skiing, boating, wakeboarding and more. Land along Rio Hardy is privately owned by about four or five people, and more than 95 percent of the shoreline properties are rented out by U.S. citizens primarily from California and Arizona, said Omar Dipp Nuñez, general director of Comité de Turismo y Convenciones de Mexicali.
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | August 10, 2012
UPDATE Five people were hospitalized Friday afternoon - three with major injuries - after two vehicles collided on Interstate 8, closing the roadway down for several hours. All but one of the people in the two vehicles were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center by Reach Air Ambulance Service after the accident in the westbound lanes of traffic west of Dunaway Road. Jiajen Royden Tan, 28, was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion about 2:45 p.m. Friday with Suzuki Ayako, 34 and an unnamed 1-year-old - all out of Tucson - as passengers when the car drifted on the right shoulder and hit a Jeep Wrangler that was parked there, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.
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By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH, Staff Writer | December 15, 2001
You only have to listen for a brief moment to Dr. Hussein El Newihi speak to gauge his utter sadness and despair at the events of Sept. 11. A gentle and soft-spoken man, El Newihi is an Egyptian, a doctor, an American citizen, a husband, a father ? and a Muslim. Wednesday night as El Newihi and his wife, Hala, welcomed fellow Muslim friends into their El Centro home as part of the observance of Ramadan, he spoke of his experiences as a Muslim in America, both pre- and post-Sept.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | March 26, 2010
In what is being touted as a “fatal blow” to one of most of violent drug trafficking and extortion operations in Imperial County history, all 31 members of a Mexican Mafia cell have been successfully prosecuted, the state attorney general’s office announced Thursday. The convictions included that of 44-year-old cell leader Patrick Ralph Ponce, of El Centro, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to drug, extortion, weapon and kidnapping charges. Ponce was the last of the cell members to enter his plea on charges brought by Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff | November 30, 2010
Betsua Alonso was a star athlete who loved her two nephews as much as she loved the Indianapolis Colts. Known as “Bets” to her friends and loved ones, the outgoing 16-year-old junior at Southwest High School also loved her two Chihuahua puppies with as much zeal as coaching a Pop Warner Pee Wee cheerleading squad. Betsua was also a big fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, said her cousin Marlene Suarez. “She went to the games regularly,” Suarez remembered. Betsua was fondly remembered by Suarez on Monday following Betsua’s death Saturday, one week after she was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash into the Central Main Canal.
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