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News | By AARON CLAVERIE | March 6, 2002
Staff Writer With a "snap!" of Suzy Haner's fingers, a row of her "stars" slump in aluminum chairs. Eyelids fall heavy. Heads loll. Shoulders melt. Haner turns to face a standing room only audience at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta. She's made the turn a thousand times, snapped her fingers three times as many, but every time, at the fair or corporate event where she is performing, the reaction is the same ? there's at least one slack-jawed person in the audience who wonders, "How'd she do that?"
NEWS
BY VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | May 11, 2008
CALEXICO ? With the sun shining on his face, Hector ?Heffer? Romero rapidly beats on his drum set into a frantic roll of heavy metal riffs ? rattles, rumbling thumps and cymbal crashes. His audience numbers into the hundreds or perhaps thousands depending on the intensity of the car traffic driving on Highway 98. For up to four hours at a time, every Saturday afternoon, Romero beats on his six-piece drum set outdoors looking out over the busy artery. He has played in parks and even on a patch of grass in front of the Calexico Police Department?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By ALEXIS RANGEL | Staff Writer | April 13, 2013
IMPERIAL - Families in Imperial Valley have flocked to the Motor-Vu Drive-in here during the summer months for generations, but that will no longer be possible as the theater will be closed indefinitely. The closure was decided about four weeks ago, said Bobby Gran, in charge of operations for Cal-Gran Theaters LLC. “It was partially because of the digital situation and getting the 35 millimeter prints,” said Gran. “And based on the books, it wasn't producing enough money.
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By MICHAEL A. SALORIO | December 6, 2002
Staff Writer Thursday morning saw the continuation of the penalty phase in the trial of Calipatria State Prison inmate Louis Andres Gomez, 24, who faces the death penalty for being convicted of killing 41-year-old fellow prisoner Abe Mendibles on April 13, 1998. The defense called to the stand Arturo Ojeda Jr., 30, of Inglewood, as its first witness for the day. Ojeda said he and Gomez are cousins who grew up together in Venice Beach. Ojeda said the Gomez household was dysfunctional, and the children were often left unsupervised on the weekends by Rita Valdez, Gomez's mother.
NEWS
February 28, 2007
QUESTION: I used to live in the Valley and my favorite was Mexican food (carne asada), but I live here in Maine and no one knows how to make it. Do you think one of your readers can send me a recipe for homemade carne asada? ? Missing Out on Carne Asada, Maine This is yet another question that has been posed to PROBE numerous times over the decades, but we?re up to the task to do again ? and this time, with a digital twist. It?s long been said that the marinated style of carne asada, or carne para asar, or even more correct, carne para asada (or asar)
NEWS
By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | October 4, 2007
A man killed himself after shooting to death his brother-in-law inside a crowded El Centro market Wednesday evening, police said. Witnesses said after shooting the victim, the suspect ordered people to leave the market before he put a handgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. El Centro police received 911 calls shortly after 4:30 p.m. reporting a shooting inside El Centro Ranch Market in the 100 block of West Main Street, El Centro Police Chief Leonard Knight said. Ranch Market is inside the Valley Plaza.
NEWS
By MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | November 10, 2003
GLAMIS ? A 19-year-old Encinitas man remains in a wheelchair with limited mobility after suffering spinal cord injuries here Nov. 2 allegedly caused by a Bureau of Land Management ranger against whom allegations of abuse of power and use of excessive force have been raised. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's office in El Centro is investigating the incident that a third-party witness described as being "pretty tragic" and "a shame. " Brian Boyd suffered bruising to the spinal cord in the neck area as well as having vertebrae in his neck and lower back wrenched out of place, said Tom Boyd, the alleged victim's father.
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BY SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 19, 2010
CALEXICO — Shorter wait times are expected after an additional SENTRI lane opened this week at the east Port of Entry, a port official said. The new lane will be open seven days a week, including holidays, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. The lane will accommodate already-existing lanes at the port to allow travelers who are pre-approved for entry into the U.S. to be processed faster at the port. “The addition of a SENTRI vehicle lane at the Calexico East port along with expanding SENTRI hours of operation at the downtown port will provide shorter wait times for trusted travelers at California’s fourth-busiest port,” Port Director Billy Whitford said in the statement.
NEWS
By Brianna Lusk | October 29, 2006
Staff Writer It?s the feeling you get when you walk into a dark room. Something in the corner catches your eye, or a shadow moves behind the drapes unexpectedly. The hairs on the back of your neck instantly stand on end and goose bumps run down your arms. Whether you?ve experienced something like the following stories or you dismiss tales of floating orbs and see-through Caspers as nothing more than figments of one?s imagination, the Imperial Valley has a number of haunting stories passed down through the years.
SPORTS
By Valerie Hamilton | Special to this Newspaper | October 28, 2012
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo's baseball career started in Brawley, on a pitcher's mound in the backyard of the house where he grew up. It's about 50 feet from the back window. You can guess what happened next. Romo and his brother Andrew were tossing a ball around. “I guess they were trying to get each other out,” recalls their mother, Leticia Romo. The outer pane of the double window was smashed, and it's still missing today. “I don't want to fix it,” says Leticia.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
Why does the Pope wear red shoes? I saw Pope Benedict wearing them, but can't remember seeing Pope John Paul II wearing them. What about the new pope? - Papal Watcher, Imperial County The short answer is, the red papal shoes are meant “to honor the martyrs of the Church, people who have given their life for the faith,” said Michael Lovette-Coyler, assistant vice president of mission and ministry of University of San Diego. The color red, of course, would represent the blood of the martyrs.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
I'm an inmate at Imperial County jail. We wanted to see if you could look into why a certain tank here at the county jail (D Tank) is being deprived of our freedom. We're the only tank besides Ad-Seg (which is for disciplinary reasons) being subjected to 44 hours of lockdown for reasons unknown to us. We are subject to three hours a day of movement to take care of showers, phone time, and to take care of our personal needs when the rest of the jail is out all day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. We have grievance with this issue and gotten a lame response.
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By Silvio Panta | Imperial Valley Press Staff | October 21, 2010
The local prosecution of a case involving the last defendant tied to the Operation Imperial Em­peror drug bust ended quietly this week in a guilty verdict, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Omar Arreola’s sentencing Nov. 15, on charges that he conspired to transport as much as 40 kilograms of cocaine to Long Beach in August 2005, comes after nine other defendants were prosecuted during a three-year period in connection with the highly-publicized arrests, said Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Sidney Hester.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA and CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writers | October 31, 2012
Calexico High School senior Andrea Vizcarra doesn't like to be alone at the school at night. “Never have and don't want to,” she said while giggling. Ever since she was a sophomore, she has heard rumors of the school being haunted by Calexico High cheerleaders that died in a car crash in the '60s. People say that they see the figure of a girl walking around the school, particularly the gym, and on the field at night. “Once you hear that story, you start to get scared.
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