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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 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.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 2, 2011
Faults lining Imperial County and the surrounding areas make Southern California a hot spot for earthquakes. The Valley has been plagued by quakes and damaged by aftershocks since before reporting earthquakes became possible in 1933 and going back to the 1800s, according to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center’s historic maps. Though thousands of quakes have been felt, some had more of an impact, destroying buildings, causing millions in damage and even causing death. 1852 Volcano Lake earthquake — About noon Nov. 29, 1852, a magnitude-6.5 earthquake hit about 30 miles southwest of Yuma.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 27, 2011
In various sites on the Internet (including your Classified section) I sometimes see a vehicle with a “salvage” title. How does this differ as compared to a “clear” title? How does it affect the ownership having a car with a salvage title? Does it affect insurance? Is it a problem trying to license a car with a salvage title? Does it affect resale value? Please, if I didn’t ask something I should have; please let me know. — Clear vs. Salvage, Brawley A salvaged vehicle is defined in the California Vehicle Code Section 11515, said Armando Botello, a spokesman with the California Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento.
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Special to this Newspaper | March 18, 2012
CALEXICO - With prom just around the corner, Calexico High School's prom dress drive is helping students attend prom in style for less. “It's like going to an exclusive boutique,” said prom dress drive coordinator Lupita Cecena-Lopez. From accessories to floor-length gowns, Calexico High School's After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens staff Cecena-Lopez and Jessica Yocupicio have begun to organize Calexico High School's first prom dress drive. “We help them create a memory,” Cecena-Lopez said.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 18, 2012
CALEXICO - An affordable housing project application for funding is moving forward following City Council's 3-2 vote Tuesday evening to authorize the application submittal. The Villa Primavera Family Residences project by Chelsea Investment Corp. would have 48 individual and family apartments on the south side of Meadows Drive between Rancho Frontera and Meadows Roads. It also promises more than 300 construction jobs with most local hires. If the project application is approved by the state, it would be funded through a $4.5 million grant from HOME Investment Partnership Program funds with $100,000 grant to the city for administration costs and about $800,000 in permit/impact fees paid by the developer.
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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.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | April 24, 2013
A judge ruled Tuesday that there is sufficient probable cause to move forward in the case involving Aurora High School teacher Tommy Obeso who is accused of sex crimes against a student. The 59-year-old teacher was arrested during a March sting operation by Calexico police and Homeland Security Investigation's cybercrime unit and has entered pleas of not guilty to charges. Obeso's preliminary hearing was at times fairly graphic as details of text messages sent to who he allegedly believed was his 17-year-old student were revealed in court Tuesday.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | July 25, 2012
Allegations of hostile work environment, harassment and retaliation to employees for reporting the alleged behavior now loom over the director of the Workforce Development Board after a letter disclosing the alleged behavior was submitted to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The letter signed by Camilo Garcia, Francisca German, Allison Duran, Angelica Pacheco, Christian Gonzalez, Alejandro Gonzalez, Saul Sanabria, Saida Solis and Adolfo J. Garcia, employees of the Workforce Development Office, was presented to the board during public comments by Ruth Duarte, Teamsters Union agent who represents county employees.
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December 30, 2008
Two planes left Calexico early Wednesday to search for Dr. Robert Cameron, his 11-year-old son Bruce and possibly five others lost 100 miles south of here. Cameron and his boy left friends at Gonzaga Bay late Sunday night in a 14 foot outboard boat, bound for Puertocitos 50 miles north where his wife waited and was still waiting Wednesday. > > 40 years ago ? Harold Armand Gargus, 23, a former Brawley Union High School football star, convicted of killing two persons Nov. 19, 1967, in an automobile crash while under the influence of alcohol, was given a suspended sentence by Superior Court Judge George R. Kirk this morning.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 23, 2013
BLYTHE - One after another, members of the elite U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit, BORSTAR, jumped from 25 feet high into blue and white, churning and frothing water Monday as part of water rescue training at the Palo Verde Dam. BORSTAR is considered an elite rescue team and a specialty unit and is the only search and rescue law enforcement unit in the country. The El Centro Sector BORSTAR has just 11 agents in it, and Monday's exercises were part of two-day annual training as well as required recertification every three years.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 4, 2012
When will population sign be updated? When are they going to update the population count on the city limit signs as you enter El Centro from the north and on Interstate 8 east and west? I've lived here all my life and the sign has it at 32,000. That was the count in 1990, 22 years ago. - E.T., El Centro It's always the seemingly easiest questions that are the most difficult to answer. We called El Centro Public Works Director and Engineer Terry Hagen last week, and he had no idea whether this was the city's responsibility or the state Department of Transportation's responsibility considering the signs are on Caltrans rights of way on Interstate 8 or Highway 86. After getting in contact with Caltrans, a spokesman there also had to do some research and get back to us. It turns out, Caltrans and cities work as a team to update these signs.
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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 DARREN SIMON | October 6, 2002
Staff Writer Divora Salazar is grateful to the El Centro Police Department for its efforts in reuniting her with her son. It is painful for her to think of what might have happened if investigators, on a hunch, had not looked in the right place at the right time and found her son and her son's alleged kidnapper, the boy's father. It was cell phone calls and old-fashioned police work that led to the arrest of Amadeo Medina, 37, Friday at McDonald's on Fourth Street in El Centro, and to the safe return of Salazar's 1-year-old son, Felipe Medina, and her sister Naomi Salazar, also reportedly abducted by Medina.
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November 19, 2007
090 LEGAL ADS SOUTH| NOTICE OF TRUSTEE?S SALE TSG No.: 3418486 TS No.: 20079019203309 FHA/VA/PMI NO.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/26/2006 UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/03/2007 at 2:00 PM, FIRST AMERICAN LOANSTAR TRUSTEE SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 06/05/2006, as Instrument No. 2006-027244, in book, page, of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of Imperial County, State of California.
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