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News | By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | June 22, 2005
BRAWLEY ? Three defense witnesses were called to the stand Tuesday in day eight of the Ruben Garcia murder trial to contest the prosecution's claim that Garcia is a member of an eastside Brawley gang. Garcia's alleged gang affiliation is a key component of the trial because Garcia could receive gang enhancements if convicted of the murder of 50-year-old Jose Manuel Lopez, caretaker of the Ciudad Plaza, who was shot in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun July 15. Defense attorney Eric Beaudikofer called 18-year-old Larry Martinez, 53-year-old Raymond Pacheco and 24-year-old Luis Santoyo ?
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | July 22, 2013
As the proposed El Centro skate park's projected groundbreaking and completion dates kept getting pushed back, Anastasia Miki learned to stop complaining. In her more than six-year effort to get a local skate park built, the Desert Skate Coalition president has encountered her share of challenges, bureaucratic red tape being one of the latest. “I just had to stop worrying about how long it takes,” Miki said. “It's just the nature of government work.” Yet Miki can also count some major successes in her effort, most notably the fact that skate park will, eventually, be built.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | May 17, 2012
The family of a man missing from Salton City is calling for anyone with information to report it in hopes of finding him. “One tiny thing can make the difference, so there's no such thing as a bad question, a bad suggestion,” said Ginger Achilles, the daughter of the man missing. James “Jim” William Baker, 86, was reported missing Saturday evening from his Salton City home. He was possibly driving a two-door white Toyota Scion TC with the California license plate 6BXE596.
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By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | February 19, 2007
Dr. Cesar Chavez can?t legally refer a patient to an eye surgeon in Mexico, but he knows that is the best option for some of his patients. An ophthalmologist at El Centro Regional Medical Center, Chavez has performed LASIK and cataract surgery on patients in the Imperial Valley since he finished medical school at University of California, Los Angeles. Chavez recalled one patient who at age 39 had the cataracts of an elderly man and his vision had deteriorated to the point where he was nearly blind.
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By TOM RONCO, Special to this newspaper | February 26, 2004
> > Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories on the Imperial Valley Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame inductees. Hall inductees are selected by IVFCA coaches. One was about as good a running back in the early 1980s as there was in the Imperial Valley, and the other was arguably the best two-way player in the Valley in the late 1990s. In the early '80s, Brawley Union High's Marcial Tagaban was a rare all-league recipient, garnering attention from the bigger Desert Valley League.
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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | November 21, 2012
Albert Salgado is arguably a lucky man. At 71 years of age, the Calexico resident has been cancer-free for 17 years, and credits something far more elemental than modern medicine for his cure: faith. The retired U.S. Customs agent started losing his voice in late 1994. What he initially thought was simply a sore throat was, in reality, a tumor in his left vocal chord. If there was one thing that was positive, it is that doctors identified the cancer in an early stage. They moved quickly and removed the tumor surgically.
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November 1, 2004
Story by HEATHER BREMNER, Photos by KEVIN MARTY, Staff A woman in white standing in the window of an abandoned building. A little girl waiting near the doorway of an old El Centro home. A cache of bones churned up while digging a canal. Every town has its ghost stories: stories of restless souls, children who died tragically, people murdered by the hand of a loved one. Their spirits must be searching for something, some say. They cannot rest in peace until they settle some score.
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By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer | February 9, 2001
Sex, love, relationships, abortion, drugs, alcohol, HIV, AIDS, tobacco, homosexuality and suicide are some of the issues youths are facing. For many youths, talking about any of those issues to parents or adults is difficult. How do you tell your parents you are pregnant? How will people treat you when they find out you are HIV-positive? Those are difficult questions that only a person experiencing the situation can truly answer. A radio talk show in El Centro is dedicating itself to talking about these issues.
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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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José Carreño Figueras | October 13, 2011
Si los "indignados" españoles y otros movimientos impugnadores en Europa fueron un cuestionamiento de la legitimidad de los gobiernos europeos, el surgimiento del movimiento de "Ocupar Wall Street" en Nueva York y su creciente eco en otras ciudades estadounidenses complementa desde la izquierda el cuestionamiento que hasta ahora sólo habían hecho desde la derecha los "partidos del té". No se trata de una respuesta ciega ni simplemente de una reacción. "Ocupar Wall Street" es un movimiento legítimo, al menos tanto como los "partidos del té", surgidos ambos de la preocupación por su futuro en un país en crisis.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | July 28, 2012
When it came time to tell her family that she was thinking about moving in with her boyfriend, Vikki Carr said she was worried how they might react to the fact that he was black. Feeling anxious about having to broach the subject during a visit to the family home in Holtville nearly 10 years ago, Carr, who had been living and working in San Diego, said she wasn't sure what to expect. “This is never going to happen,” Carr said she remembers thinking at the time. In the end it wasn't a problem at all, said Carr, who is Hispanic.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | September 23, 2012
MEXICALI - Curious passers-by often peek in the window of the new Centro Islamico de Mexicali on Michoacan Avenue, just 15 minutes walking distance from the Calexico West Port of Entry, where at least twice a week, the few but faithful Mexicali Muslims come to pray together. Valley resident Mustapha Guerbaz saw that many Muslims in Mexicali couldn't cross into the States to meet with Valley Muslims since they don't have the necessary visas. He then collected roughly $2,800 in donations to rent out a space in Mexicali and by the end of Ramadan this year, the Centro Islamico de Mexicali was open for visitors.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Digital Media News Editor | February 7, 2013
A former politician who made national news after a video went viral showing him hitting his stepson with a belt has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge. Anthony Sanchez, a former Imperial Irrigation District director, will serve three years of probation, 50 hours of community service and enroll in an anger management class after pleading to the lesser charge alleged against him in Imperial County Superior Court. Because of the plea, the District Attorney's Office dropped the felony inflicting injury to a child charge against him. Sanchez was accused of hitting his stepson with a belt after a video was posted to YouTube in June.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | May 9, 2013
IMPERIAL - What could be the first female-specific detention facility in Imperial County got the backing from the City Council on Thursday, as private developers hope to build a complex with as many as 800 beds near the Calexico East Port of Entry. If built, Women's Detention Center of Ca. Alpha Inc. could work for the U.S. Marshal Service, responsible for the confinement, care and transportation of federal prisoners during court procedures. This is the second private detention facility presented to local municipalities this year, with both receiving their respective council's support.
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