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News | September 28, 2009
Does a probation officer have the authority to enter a home through the back door without knocking? He barged into a friend?s home and startled that friend?s 82-year-old mother who was at the kitchen table having her morning coffee. He then proceeded through the home looking in all of the rooms. ? Anonymous, Imperial County A probation officer does not have the authority to do that, and it is a violation of department policy if that did happen, Imperial County Chief Probation Officer Marty Krizay said.
SPORTS
By TOM RONCO | Special to this Newspaper | September 27, 2012
Taking control of the net early in the match and never surrendering it, the Brawley Union High volleyball team swept hosting Central Union High in three games Thursday night. Brawley took the Imperial Valley League match, 25-10, 25-9, 25-11. Brawley set the tone, pounding the net early in the first game of the match, getting balanced hitting from Cody Franks, Tori Baran and Alessandra Marquez. “We were all hyped up for the game and trying to get ready for Southwest next week,” Franks said who led Brawley with eight kills.
NEWS
By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | December 28, 2007
Jorge Raul Zepeda left two long-lasting imprints in the psyche of Imperial Valley residents when he walked into a crowded El Centro market, killed his brother-in-law and then himself on Oct. 3. The still unexplained murder compelled residents to ask why the 59-year old murdered Jorge Navarrette, a man by all accounts to be affable and family-oriented. But more poignantly for many Valley residents the murder forced them to reconsider their sense of security and their impression of Imperial County violence.
NEWS
March 1, 2011
For the first time I can remember our bougainvillea has completely frozen black and looks dead. Lots of our trees look dead, too. What is the best way to trim or somehow bring everything back? Are they dead or do they just look that way? — Garden Gal, El Centro We contacted the Imperial County Cooperative Extension near Holtville and got some really good information from plant pathology adviser Donna Henderson. She said bougainvillea are hardy desert plants that can tolerate temperatures of a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 75 to 95 degrees during the day. The series of freezes in Imperial Valley during the past month-plus have left several trees and bushes with some frost damage.
NEWS
By Keith S. Mayberry, University of California-Cooperative Extension adviser | June 22, 2002
Question: My neighbors have Bermuda grass just like I do, but theirs is green and lush and mine is pale-colored and has seed heads. Why? Answer: Green Bermuda grass lawns result from the regular 4-6 week application of nitrogen fertilizer at 0.5 pounds actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet and irrigating at least twice a week. If the lawn is stressed due to lack of water or lack of fertilizer, the turf goes into a reproductive mode and produces abundant seed heads. You need to go back to the basics and care for your lawn in the same manner you would the household pet. Feed and water it at regular intervals as required by the kind of turf you have.
NEWS
By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | September 15, 2002
CALEXICO ? California's Department of Social Services has slapped CHARLEE Family Care Inc. with an accusation for revocation, a hefty lawsuit-like document that has to be filed with the state's Office of Administrative Hearings before state officials can shut down the "Birch Home," a group home for wayward girls. The home is managed by CHARLEE, a Yucaipa-based non-profit corporation. According to the DSS, CHARLEE administrators have employed a convicted felon at the Birch Home, exposed the girls to an unsafe and sometimes hostile environment, ignored citations for the aforementioned violations and attempted to intimidate girls who complained to state investigators, among other alleged administrative misdeeds.
NEWS
By LEO MIRAMON AND DARREN SIMON, Staff Writers | January 24, 2006
HOLTVILLE ? A man who admitted to killing 14-year-old Andrea Hines in 1994 when he was 13 has been released from the California Youth Authority and is reportedly back in Holtville. Adan Garcia, now 25, was released from CYA in Chino after serving 12 years for a secondndegree murder plea he made before Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa. Garcia admitted to strangling and stabbing Andrea multiple times in the family?s backyard on Sept. 17, 1994. Garcia was tried as a juvenile.
NEWS
By MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | April 11, 2003
HEBER ? A 46-year-old man employed as a sixth-grade teacher here was arrested on burglary counts related to two break-ins at the school library, from which computer equipment was stolen. Gonzalo Estrada of El Centro was arrested for suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property, said county Sheriff's Office Investigator Joe Alvarez. The investigator said one of the break-ins Estrada was arrested in relation to happened last week and the other occurred in February.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Staff Writer | January 28, 2012
A court hearing involving a Heber woman charged with stalking El Centro City Councilman Jason Jackson and vandalizing his vehicle was continued until next week. Irenda Rios, 32, who is free after having posted bail, appeared sullen while her defense attorney Lance Korten explained to Imperial County Superior Court Judge Raymundo Cota that the Feb. 3 hearing will look into how both sides can “effect some of the goals” about the case. But Korten and Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Jodi Miller declined to specify what those “goals” were as the case is ongoing and is in its preliminary stages.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 5, 2012
MEXICALI - Those heading south of the border for medical resources don't have to worry about waiting as long to cross back into the U.S. with the debut this past week of a medical tourism lane at the Calexico West Port of Entry. The lane is part of a larger plan by the city's tourism department, Comite de Turismo y Convenciones de Mexicali, to harness the lucrative medical tourism market. More than 155,000 people visited Mexicali Municipal, which includes Algodones, and spent about $16 million in medical tourism in 2010, COTUCO Director Omar Dipp said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 7, 2013
While the summer heat may discourage outdoor activities, the Imperial Valley continues to offer some tried and true summer fun: open, public swimming pools. Indeed, public swimming pools can be found in Imperial, El Centro and Brawley. The Imperial Valley College swimming pools are easy to find. Just leave your car in the parking lot and follow the sound of children's laughter. The college opens both its swimming pools to the public on the weekends, said Lorena Holder, head life guard.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 31, 2013
The El Centro community will have many more opportunities for sports and recreation next year upon completion of the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Sports Pavilion at Park Avenue and North Eighth Street that broke ground Tuesday morning. The project has been five years in the works and is the first of three parts of the Dr. Martin Luther King Park, formerly known as Adams Park, Revitalization Plan. The second part is a skate park that hopes to go to council for construction approvals in September and the third part is an aquatics center that hopes to start design in February.
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