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News | By ELIZABETH VARIN and 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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ELIZABETH VARIN and CELESTE ALVAREZ | March 21, 2013
UPDATE noon Friday More information has been released about the shooting that occurred on the 1500 block of B Street. Brawley police identified the alleged gunman as Francisco Javier Solorio, 39, of Brawley. He was taken into custody without incident and was later booked into the Imperial County Jail on suspicion of murder, according to a press release from the police department. The weapon believed to have been used during the incident has been located. Police first received the call of gun shots near the intersection of B Street and Eastern Avenue about 6:50 p.m. Thursday, according to the press release.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 16, 2013
Don't be surprised if you're walking in New York City and you run into a special quesadilla that tastes just like the ones from the Imperial Valley. Tyler Sanders, 29, and Kyle Cameron, 24, both of Brawley, and Christian Pineda, 26, of Tijuana, have opened their restaurant, Los Tacos No. 1, to rave reviews and daily long lines in New York City's Chelsea Market. While none of them formally studied culinary arts, all three have seemed to crack the New York City restaurant code with their handmade tortillas, simple menu, low prices and authentic styling.
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By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer | July 26, 2001
Sugar cane, ethanol and the Imperial Valley. It sounds like a good combination to the Baton Rouge, La.-based Arkel Sugar, Inc., the company that has set its sights on the Imperial Valley to house an ethanol production factory and power plant using locally grown sugar cane and sweet sorghum. Arkel officials became aware of the Imperial Valley's potential for ethanol production when they were contacted by local growers. When the viability of local sugar cane production was confirmed, plans for an ethanol plant were put into motion.
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By MEGAN GLENN, Staff Writer | July 4, 2009
Forget the melting pot vision of America; for the Fourth of July, cultural exchange is getting roasted on the grill. ?Whenever someone says barbecue in the Valley, they almost always mean carne asada,? Emilio Ulloa said. A Valley native who teaches psychology at San Diego State University, Ulloa said he can remember carne asada and summer going hand-in-hand. The link is unique to the Imperial Valley, he said, as even a couple of hours away in San Diego, carne asada is not as closely linked to barbecuing as it is here.
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By CARLOS HERRERA | Adelante Valle Staff Writer | December 23, 2010
MEXICALI — The San Diego office of the FBI is investigating the killing of Alexander Quirarte Botello, a 21-year-old active duty U.S. Marine who was shot in the head Friday in Mexicali. San Die­go’s FBI Special Agent Dar­rell Foxworth, who is in charge of the investigation, said investigators have been in contact with Mexican autorities and are assisting in the case. Quirarte Botello was found inside his vehicle, a black 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with five gunshot wounds to various parts of his body at 2:21 a.m. Friday behind Motel Zeus on Calzada Aeropuerto.
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By WILLIAM ROLLER | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 12, 2011
IMPERIAL - It is not often industrial development dovetails with agriculture, but a planned wastewater plant here can benefit all stakeholders. The plant could provide thousands of jobs and is slated in an urban corridor that will not infringe on crop fields or residential backyards, said Marlene Best, Imperial city manager. They considered three options of rebuilding the old plant, rebuilding in a new location here or building a plant north of the city that encourages economic development.
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By LOUIS FUENTES, Air Conditioning Expert | December 10, 2009
How can I determine if the A/C unit installed in my home is sufficent to do the work of cooling the square footage of my home (1900 sq. ft.)? Is there a template for this? There is only one correctly sized air conditioner or heat pump for your home. A unit that is oversized will turn on and off too frequently, called "short cycling". Short cycling causes the unit to lose both efficiency, and the ability to properly dehumidify the home. This may result in higher utility bills and a less comfortable home.
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By JONATHAN DALE, Staff Writer | February 24, 2008
Ariel Jutras is typical of most Imperial Valley teens in that she thinks there isn?t a whole lot to do locally. ?Here in the Valley, there are a couple things to do,? Ariel, a 17-year-old Central Union High School senior, said. ?There are activities for students such as PAL and school activities. ?We also have places like the mall that are fun to hang out with friends,? she said. ?There?s also Glamis, but other than that there?s not really anything to do.? Watch video here It?
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October 19, 2006
As one of the few Jews that work in the Valley I would like to give my opinion about ?Gestapo tactics.? Getting shoved, pistol butted, spat at, or getting jabbed by a bayonet are ?Gestapo tactics.? Not only physical abuse, but mental abuse as well. In previous letters to the I.V. Press editor I have stated that illegal immigration doesn?t bother me ? it?s the coyotes that do the smuggling and leave them for dead when the going gets tough. A fellow Jew, but a conservative, brought it to my attention that Europe has removed its borders and people from the European continent are allowed to go from country to country without the need of a passport.
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By RICHARD BROWN, Assistant Editor | September 13, 2008
An El Centro man was arrested on suspicion of rape Friday after a day-long investigation by the Imperial County Sheriff?s Office and the local Sexual Assault Response Team. Twenty-six-year-old Taku Muradzikwa was arrested and booked in Imperial County jail Friday afternoon. Neither custody nor bail information were available by press time. The alleged rape was reported to El Centro police between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Friday, with jurisdiction being handed over to the Sheriff?s Office shortly thereafter.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | February 5, 2010
BRAWLEY — A local man suspected of stabbing a 49-year-old man early last month faces attempted homicide charges following his arrest on a no-bail federal warrant, Brawley police Cmdr. Brett Houser said Thursday. Anthony Donato Cortez, 32, who was on federal probation for a 2006 marijuana trafficking conviction, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of trying to fatally stab the victim Jan. 7, Houser said. Brawley police and members of the U.S. Marshals Office used information to track Cortez’s whereabouts and found him, Houser said.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | December 30, 2007
Prosecutors in the case involving alleged Mexican Mafia member Patrick Ponce await his pre-trial appearances in San Diego County Superior Court starting Jan. 16 knowing that this is no ordinary criminal matter. Eight other defendants have already entered guilty pleas in connection with a 46-count state grand jury indictment that alleges torture, kidnapping and attempted murder as among the crimes with which Ponce and other defendants are charged. Ponce, of Brawley, was among the 25 people who were arrested in late August during a massive police sweep in Imperial and San Diego counties that involved a number of law enforcement agencies, which included Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the FBI. The possible conviction of Ponce, 42, and others won?
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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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Leslie Gómez/Agencia Reforma | January 4, 2011
MÉXICO, DF.- Ex funcionarios de Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México y líderes del sindicato  desaparecieron 400 millones de pesos del fondo de los trabajadores jubilados de Empalme, Sonora, de acuerdo con una denuncia de ex empleados. Según la averiguación previa AP/PGR/SON/HER-1/1180/2006 de la que REFORMA tiene copia, al desaparecer Ferronales en 1999 --y crearse un fideicomiso el año siguiente- se otorgó un fondo de 416 millones de pesos para los jubilados de ese municipio.
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