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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 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.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | April 25, 2013
There weren't drugs inside the bags but something just as illegal and lucrative: 27 dried swim bladders of the endangered Totoaba macdonaldi fish found only in Baja California's Gulf of California. The species is federally protected in both the U.S. and Mexico and it's illegal to take, possess, transport or sell Totoaba, pronounced toe-TWAH-bah. However, it's estimated that the fish bladders can be worth between $10,000 and $20,000 each on some foreign markets, said John Reed, a group supervisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | July 18, 2003
A Chula Vista area attorney who handled workers compensation cases in the Imperial Valley has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for conspiracy to commit grand theft. Juan Carlos Fox is to report to San Diego authorities to begin his sentence Aug. 6, said San Diego Deputy District Attorney Terry Cannon, who prosecuted the case. Fox, who could not be reached for comment, was an employee for a firm run by attorney Donald Cline of San Diego. Cline has an office in El Centro that up until last week carried the name of Cline & Fox Attorneys at Law. Fox's name has since been removed from the law office.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | April 8, 2011
SEELEY — Two Centinela State Prison inmates who were a few months from being released were caught after walking away from a minimum security yard, an official said Thursday. Uriel Ponce and Lee Orozco are suspected of scaling a 6-foot, chain-link fence Wednesday night at the yard where Level 1, or non-violent, offenders are kept, said Administrative Lt. Richard Dubbe. Despite the breach, the inmates never actually left the prison grounds, Dubbe stressed. Ponce had been serving a five-year sentence for a driving-under-the-influence conviction out of San Diego County and was set to be released Sept.
NEWS
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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July 20, 2007
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By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer | January 11, 2001
The preliminary hearing for three men accused of murdering one man and attempting to murder another in the Imperial County jail started Monday. Angel Francisco Ayala, 25, and Armando Valenzuela Leal, 24, both of El Centro, and Gustavo Vega, 24, of Calexico are accused of murdering Ramon Eugene Paleo of El Centro and attempting to murder Genaro Ramirez Ponce, 22, of Imperial. All five men were inmates in the jail when the incident happened Oct. 22 inside one of the jail modules.
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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 SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 3, 2010
Anyone who thinks a violent felony is enough to land a stiff prison sentence under California’s three strikes law should consider the type of third offense defendant Orlando Lagarrata Rios is charged with. State prosecutors contend he should face a virtual life prison term under the law for allegedly redeeming 146 pounds of aluminum cans. “It’s the most minimal type of criminal act that I’ve seen the three strikes law used,” Rios’ El Centro defense attorney Jon Willis said.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 5, 2013
Construction of two detention centers near the Calexico East Port of Entry is anticipated to bring hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, and one is anticipated to have a groundbreaking in the next few weeks. The 65,000-square foot facility by Hill Mills Construction will house low-level inmates of both sexes, Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission president and chief executive officer Tim Kelley said. He said the project by Hill Mills Construction is being built on speculation and will be filled with inmates as there's a need.
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.
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By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH, Staff Writer | January 16, 2002
He's a long way from home, but a care package put together this week by students and staff at Lincoln Elementary School in El Centro should ease the homesick blues just a little for U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jose Quijada. Born and raised in the Imperial Valley, Quijada is serving aboard the USS Peleliu, which was diverted to the Middle East from a routine six-month Pacific region tour of duty in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The 23-year-old spent several summers volunteering at Lincoln before deciding to enlist in the Marines.
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