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News | October 4, 2006
QUESTION: While clicking through my newly-subscribed-to HBO channel on TV, I was shocked to see a pornographic show that was hardcore and left nothing to the imagination. I thought pornography was against the law. I read all the time about people getting arrested for having pornographic materials. What?s going on? ? Disgusted, Imperial County. We?ve been longtime subscribers to HBO and can say with 100 percent certainty that there is no hardcore porn being shown there. Then again, maybe our definition of pornography differs from yours.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Staff Writer | November 18, 2010
Three people were arrested during a massive law enforcement sweep throughout the Imperial Valley on Wednesday in response to a couple of death threats federal authroities received, an official said today. The unnamed trio of suspects who were booked on suspicion of drug-related violations were found during the course of the day-long operation dubbed "United Force" that involved multiple agencies that included the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Adminstration and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Staff Writer | March 13, 2012
Former El Centro Elementary School District Superintendent Michael Klentschy faces sentencing in June after he pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud charges related to two cases involving grant money. Klentschy entered his plea in San Diego federal court where he admitted that his fraud caused more than $325,000 in losses, officials said. Klentschy was ordered to a June 25 sentencing hearing and could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison plus fines. Perhaps the most significant outcome of Klentschy's case stems from his admission that the data he presented for a National Science Foundation grant that purported to validate his elementary school teaching methods in science was, in fact, inaccurate and unreliable, officials said.
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Staff report | February 13, 2013
On Valentine's Day, travelers may wish to bring flowers with them from Mexico into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials want residents and visitors to know what to expect when they cross the border. Chrysanthemums, gladiolas and orange jasmine from Mexico are prohibited through the passenger ports of entry, according to a press release from Customs and Border Protection. So travelers cannot bring arrangements with those flowers into the country through a passenger port of entry, like the Calexico border crossing.
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Imperial Valley Press Staff | January 13, 2011
To follow up on the recent Probe questions regarding the closed rest areas between El Centro and San Diego along Interstate 8, is it illegal to stop on the side of the freeway to urinate? Would I get a ticket from the California Highway Patrol? I drive frequently to San Diego, and with no rest areas when you have to go ... you go on the side of the freeway. — Can’t Hold It, El Centro This question is great, possibly destined to be a classic. Anyway, we called the local office of the California Highway Patrol and spoke with Sgt. Terry Brollini, who was really helpful and patient with our question.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | June 6, 2009
CALEXICO ? Police arrested a Calexico High School agricultural teacher on a warrant Friday alleging he roughed up a 16-year-old in the presence of other students. Johnny Esquer, 37, was arrested at his H.J. Goff Court home on two counts of battery in connection with the March 12 incident. Esquer is suspected of allegedly grabbing the student and slamming him against a metal shelf outside the classroom in front of eight other students, Calexico police Lt. Gonzalo Gerardo said.
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.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff | May 17, 2011
Two nights before 17-year-old Jennifer Emily Fierro went to celebrate a birthday party Saturday on Hamilton Avenue she had a nightmare about monsters coming to take her, her mother said. The monsters did just that early Sunday. Jennifer died  after  being deliberately hit by a motorist  as a fight broke out on the street during the party. Jennifer's mother said she felt an uneasiness about her youngest daughter's absence that was so strong she slept on the family sofa waiting for Jennifer to come back home.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 28, 2012
I had a layaway plan at Kmart. I couldn't pay it so Kmart was supposed to cancel it and only charge me $10. By the time it was canceled, the cashier was handing me a receipt - which I refused to even touch - in my hand totaling $6 and some cents. I had paid around $38 to put a TV on layaway. I was charged $30 in penalties for the cancellation. I lost my job last September, and have had to make some changes in my lifestyle. I was counting on at least a $25 refund. This isn't right.
SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERIA | Sports Editor | February 12, 2013
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” This saying came to light Saturday night at the Queens of Fury all-female boxing event that organizers deemed a big success. “We literally sold out,” event coordinator and Sparta Boxing Gym owner Fernando Lara said. Lara coordinated the event in conjunction with the El Centro Police Activities League, where the event was held. “This is the first event since that break-up that we had and it was a goldmine, it was a hit,” Lara said.
NEWS
By ERIC GALVAN,Staff Writer | August 5, 2006
Through the 1980s, MTV defined a generation. Through the 1990s, it chartered new ground. And now, 25 years later, MTV is having the kind of effect on a generation that it did when it first aired ? kind of. Launched in 1981, Music Television recently turned 25 years old, but did so not so much with a bang, but rather with an attentionless thud. ?MTV didn?t even celebrate its 25th anniversary,? said Robert J. Thompson, popular culture professor and director of Syracuse University?
NEWS
BY ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 31, 2010
IMPERIAL — As 6-year-old Esmeralda Vaughn ran out of the maze of hay bales here at the Imperial Valley College campus she was distracted on the way out. “Look at the fat pumpkin,” she excitedly exclaimed to her father, Kevin Vaughn of El Centro. The Vaughns were just one of the many families that enjoyed the maze, hay rides, roping, bobbing for apples, a carving contest and pumpkin chucking that went on during the IVC Agriculture Club’s fourth annual event Saturday.
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Imperial Valley Press Staff | January 17, 2011
Shortly after relocating to the area I had to visit a smog station in order to renew my vehicle registration. The mechanic said my out-of-county vehicle prevented him from performing a smog check. He also said if I went to the Department of Motors Vehicles and told them I relocated to Mexicali, they would waive any smog requirements. Is this true? Are there legal ramifications for such a fib? — Smogging in El Centro Sorry Smogging, it doesn’t seem like you’d be able to get out of testing your vehicle.
SPORTS
By JONATHAN DALE | Special to this Newspaper | January 21, 2013
Getting into the Ultimate Fighting Championship ring of contenders is no easy task. The logic in mixed martial arts circles is to first black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu; next is to join an MMA circuit, find a trainer, and finally make a name for oneself. It's this last step that Imperial native Marcos Andrew Navarro found himself in all last year, with thousands of miles in airfare spent chasing after the UFC dream. “Within the last year, I competed in several places here in the U.S., including Texas and Las Vegas,” Navarro said.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
How often does a person who is on probation get tested for drugs? I see a person that I know is on probation and he seems to always be under the influence of drugs. Also, what happens if he violates his probation? - Curious, Imperial County This is an excellent question with a not very excellent answer. But that's no fault of who we went to for our info. Truth be told, there are so many variables involved in this question, from who gets testing as part of their probation terms, to how often they are subject to testing, to what exactly happens if someone violates probation.
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