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News | By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 14, 2011
Is it illegal or just a bad idea for a 6- or 7-year-old to ride in the front seat of a vehicle? Two police officers at my kids’ school let their kids ride in the front of their personal vehicles without a booster seat, and now my kid is begging to. I thought they had to be 12? Is the car seat law “6 years AND 60 pounds” or 6 OR 60”? And isn’t the front passenger side airbag actually a danger to such a little person? — Mom, Imperial First off, it is not illegal, but according to California High Patrol Officer Pablo Torrez it is a bad idea.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI and LAURA GONZALEZ | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 10, 2011
MEXICALI — With details that echo Jack the Ripper, Mexicali officials are investigating a possible serial killer or killers targeting area prostitutes for years. About 44 murders of women here since 2008 appear to have enough similarities to potentially be the result of a serial killer or killers, said Alfredo Arenas Moreno, Baja California Estate Police chief officer in charge of the international liaison unit. While the Baja California Attorney General’s Office here is officially in charge of the investigation, updates on the investigation are regularly provided to police.
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | July 10, 2012
El Centro resident Neil Green pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with malice and forethought during his hearing Tuesday at the jail court. Green is charged with the murder of his father, 62-year-old Melvin Green, Friday evening at their El Centro home. “I'm confident that by the end of the day Mr. Green is not going to be convicted of this charge of murder that he has been charged with today,” Neil Green's attorney, Ryan Childers, said outside the courtroom. Childers maintained his client was acting in self-defense from years of abuse inflicted upon him by his father.
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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 CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | February 19, 2013
Local families were mesmerized by the flying acrobats and tightrope artists who performed in the American Crown Circus show Tuesday night in El Centro. Having popped up their tent Monday evening at Swarthout Park in El Centro, the traveling circus made a two-day stop in the Valley to help bring smiles to some local children's faces, explained circus manager Roberto Spain. “The circus brings a different type of entertainment to the kids,” Spain said. The tent's yellow and green stripes surrounded the more than 400 people that attended the evening show, with many children standing on chairs to take a peek at the magical performance.
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By Jonathan Dale | Special to this Newspaper | June 15, 2013
BRAWLEY - Only one team received a first-place trophy here at Saturday's Digging for the Cunninghams volleyball fundraiser, but really, everyone involved ended up a winner. Intended to financially support Brawley native Alisa Cunningham and her three girls as they continue to recover from a March car collision in San Diego, the fundraiser represented the best of the willingness of Imperial Valley residents to help their own. “Everything went smoothly; not one hiccup in the whole day,” Betsy Enders, the event's progenitor and coordinator, said.
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BY RYAN LEON | Imperial Valley Press Sports Writer | October 7, 2010
Brawley Union and Southwest high volleyball squads put their undefeated records on the line for the Imperial Valley League on Tuesday in El Centro. Like previous matchups, both battled to the end, but the Wildcats took home the five-game win — 24-26, 25-15, 20-25, 25-13, 15-10 — to remain atop league. “We knew it was going to be a tough environment here tonight. Southwest was coming off a strong weekend so we need to be ready for them,” Brawley head coach Phil Finnell said.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 11, 2012
A homicide suspect was arrested Thursday evening after El Centro police and law enforcement agencies raided an apartment in the 600 block of Commercial Avenue. Jesus Felipe Cesena, 30, was arrested in El Centro about 7:30 p.m., according to a press release from the El Centro Police Department. Detectives found Cesena hiding inside a closet in the apartment and offered slight resistance before being taken into custody. Detectives had been conducting interviews and following up on leads for the past week following the murder of Rey Montano, according to the press release.
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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 RUDY YNIGUEZ,Staff Writer | October 22, 2005
Official records from the Albuquerque, N.M.-based Sandia National Laboratory confirm the so-called Salton Sea Test Base was used by the laboratory during its nuclear weapons program but that no fissionable material was ever present. Will Keener, a Sandia spokesman, said nuclear cores were removed and replaced with ?joint test assemblies.? ?Sandia did not do any testing at the Salton Sea involving fissionable materials,? he said by phone Friday. ?We did test weapons from the stockpile by dropping them into the sea.?
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By Keith S. Mayberry, University of California-Imperial County Cooperative Extension | June 30, 2001
When driving up and down the streets of any city in the Valley, one can't help but notice the presence of dark green plants with an abundance of bright yellow-orange flowers. The flowers never seem to fade. For months, every time you drive by one of these magnificent plants, it is always in bloom. This plant is Caesalpinia pulcherrima (red bird of Paradise, dwarf poinciana). This plant is often improperly called the Mexican bird of paradise (C. Mexicana), a different species (described below)
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July 16, 2001
The thornless hybrid mesquite is nearly the perfect tree for the desert. The mesquites are exceptionally well-adapted to the area and will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and varying irrigation regimens. And they may be grown alone in full sun or in groups to make a more tropical jungle-like appearance. The mesquites are easy to recognize as they have rich, dark brown trunks and bright medium to dark green canopies. Some say the mesquites provide the appearance of the Serengeti African plains.
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March 5, 2005
The Salton Sea Authority is pushing for local control legislation. They want to be the lead agency deciding the fate of the sea rather than the state. Local control has a nice ring to it. It sounds a lot better than state control. However, with control comes responsibilities and costs. The Salton Sea Authority says not to worry, they can set up an "infrastructure finance district" that will fund the restoration of the sea. The finance district plans on getting $300 million of Quantification Settlement Agreement money from the state and borrowing another $500 million from Wall Street to build the North Lake project.
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Redacción Adelante | June 27, 2011
CALEXICO — A partir de este domingo 26 de junio, el carril Sentri en la Garita Este de Calexico ampliará su horario de operación un par de horas. La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza dio a conocer que dicho carril de cruce rápido va a estar abierto de 6 de la mañana a 8 de la noche, cuando antes operaba solamente hasta las 6 de la tarde. Las autoridades indicaron que esta medida se adoptó a fin de “acomodar a los viajeros más eficientemente”. Por otra parte, las autoridades aduanales dieron a conocer que se abrieron tres cabinas de inspección adicionales en la Garita Centro.
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