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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.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | December 17, 2011
A Calipatria man who had a warrant for homicide and a host of other serious crimes will be arraigned next month after posting bail this week, court documents show. The defendant, 35-year-old Marc Christopher Flores, is set to appear Jan. 12 to enter a plea on the charge of murder and other charges that include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Flores surrendered himself Wednesday at the Imperial County Sheriff's Office for the warrant a judge issued Dec. 9. Flores posted $80,000 of the $1 million bail set. Typically, defendants can post 8 to 10 percent of their bail amount to get released from jail following an arrest, said Danny Hernandez of Yo Salgo Bail Bonds in El Centro.
BUSINESS
By JULIO MORALES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer/Copy Editor | January 22, 2012
Dr. Steve Bowen, DVM, Valley Veterinary Clinic 485 Broadway, Suite F, El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-1279 Tell us how you ended up in this line of wor k. A job experience in college working with dairy cattle and sheep in a research project gave me my first experience with animal health responsibilities. After finishing veterinary medical school I was assigned to the Yuma Proving Grounds as the Base Veterinarian in 1971. After I was discharged from the US Army I practiced in Yuma, AZ for a couple of years then moved to El Centro to join the Valley Veterinary Clinic (established in 1956)
NEWS
July 17, 2012
Hunting season is coming up on us fast. I haven't seen anything about hunting classes. Do you know when the hunting classes are? My son wants to get his license this year before dove season. - Dad, Brawley We usually get e-mails sent to us asking us to let the community know about hunter safety course class schedules. We haven't seen any this year, or for the past few years. When we do get them, we noticed there seem to be fewer every year. We imagine that is the cost of operating in California.
SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERIA | Sports Editor | August 6, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Central Union High alumnus Melissa Gallegos and her San Diego Surge women's professional football team's goal was to return to the Women's Football Alliance championship. They did Saturday, avenging last year's championship loss, by beating the Chicago Forge, 40-36, at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. “What an experience, first time ever in an NFL stadium and we pulled out a win in the last couple of minutes,” said the 1997 Spartans graduate, starting quarterback and co-founder of the Surge.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | September 24, 2012
Imperial High junior fullback Royce Freeman had arguably the best performance of his high school career in football on Friday. He rushed for 310 yards to set a new school rushing record in a single game. He also scored three touchdowns, had two solo tackles on defense and even kicked three punts for a total of 130 yards. What do you enjoy most about your sport? The things about my sport I enjoy the most are the competition and also going out and giving it my all every night.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | October 21, 2012
IMPERIAL - For Albert De Alva, a person needs three things to fix up a lowrider car: time, money and patience. And once a car is fixed, it has to be operable; it has to run, said the Pomona resident Saturday while gazing at “El Rey,” his shining 1963 Chevy Impala with a Corvette engine that attracted the attention of every single person who walked by it. One of those who stayed looking at “El Rey” was Brawley resident George Hernandez....
SPORTS
By JONATHAN DALE | Special to this Newspaper | November 12, 2012
Hyperbole is often used in sports, especially at the high school level. When it comes to Royce Freeman, however, it's simply unnecessary. The junior Imperial High football fullback has amassed 2,367 rushing yards this season alone, making him the top running back in the CIF-San Diego Section for the second year in a row. Those yards have come in only 10 games on just 178 carries, giving Freeman an incredible 13.3 yards per carry, with 34...
NEWS
By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | September 14, 2001
One man died and 20 people were injured when the Ford Bronco they were traveling in flipped off a dirt road in the western Imperial Valley desert Thursday night. The Bronco may have been carrying up to 25 people, all thought to be undocumented immigrants, when it flipped just 300 yards from Highway 98 west of Drew Road. U.S. Border Patrol officers said whoever was driving the Bronco was doing so with the lights out to avoid detection and failed to negotiate a curve. The accident occurred about 11 p.m., and the Border Patrol was alerted to it when one of the victims made his way to the highway and waved down an agent.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Staff Writer | May 12, 2012
IMPERIAL - A retired sheriff's deputy initially suspected of impaired driving posted bail early Friday after being struck with a baton on his legs during an encounter with two Imperial police officers. Jesus Lopez, 49, who works for the U.S. Marshal's Office, was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon following the 12:49 a.m. incident on Aten Road west of Highway 86. The incident involving Lopez follows another encounter with Imperial police that occurred in July 2010 when 22-year-old motorist Edmund “Bubba” Gutierrez died after a violent struggle with two officers.
SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERIA | Sports Editor | September 19, 2012
The Brawley Union High football team will get a tough test when it hosts one of Yuma's best, Cibola High, in both schools' first-ever match-up Friday.  The Cibola Raiders are 3-1 overall and have already beaten Yuma, 49-0, and Kofa, 57-3, but lost to Imperial in a close battle, 21-14. The Wildcats are 2-1, having beaten Indio, 33-7, and Gila Ridge, 41-7, while losing to Hoover, 27-13. The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. BRAWLEY OFFENSE Based on the ground game, the Wildcats feature several that can pound the ball.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 13, 2013
EL CENTRO - At least two laptop computers and a cabinet valued at more than $1,000 were reported as burglarized from a residence near the 500 block of Brighton Avenue on Monday. An unknown number of subjects got into the residence by climbing an exterior water heater and then entering through an unsecured bathroom window, the El Centro police call logs. Suspects then took the valuables and exited through the front door, the logs read. Car tire impressions were found in the area.
NEWS
By AARON CLAVERIE | October 21, 2002
Staff Writer CALEXICO ? A conquering hero come home ? Bardo Gutierrez of Calexico returned to his dad's boxing gym here Thursday night. The gym, in an industrial park just off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Calexico, is where Gutierrez, a 27-year-old heavyweight champion, learned to box. Like in almost every other boxing gym, punching bags seem to perpetually creak and sway on metal chains and speed bags thud-da-thud-da-thud-da-thud-da-thud-da incessantly....
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 16, 2011
Every driver knows that, unless posted, you can make a right on red. But what about when there are two right-turn lanes, like at the Imperial Valley Mall and The Plaza at Imperial Valley? These shopping areas each have exits where two right-turn lanes turn north onto Dogwood Road. There's no sign saying we can't turn right from the second lane, but is it legal? It sure makes it easier and safer to get over to the far left lane in preparation for heading west on Interstate 8. - Turning, El Centro We spoke with California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Pablo Torrez about this question.
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