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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | April 10, 2009
The 19-year-old Imperial man arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of possessing and distributing computer images of child pornography was ordered Thursday to appear April 23 in San Diego federal court. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Wednesday served a search warrant at the Sagebrush Street home where defendant Miguel Nevarez lived. Nevarez?s attorney, George Siddell, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter C. Lewis during the arraignment hearing in federal court in El Centro.
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By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | November 14, 2007
A protester arrested in Sunday?s violent melee with the U.S. Border Patrol was arraigned Tuesday in federal court on charges of assaulting a federal officer and granted bail. No plea was entered. Two other protesters arrested for similar offenses were not charged and were scheduled to be released from Imperial County jail Monday, said a court-appointed attorney representing the protesters. Ivan Esteban Ruiz, 21, a permanent resident immigrant living in Madison, Wis., stood before U.S Magistrate Judge Peter C. Lewis for the charge of assault, impeding and resisting a federal officer, a felony.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | August 28, 2001
Four alleged immigrant smugglers arrested with a group of 23 immigrants who tried to enter the country through the New River were arraigned Monday in federal court in El Centro. The four alleged smugglers are Samuel Flores-Zazueta, 49, a U.S. citizen, his wife, Leticia Flores De Zazueta, 42, son, Julio A. Zazueta-Flores, 18, and Roberto Aguilar-Carranza, 26. Leticia and Julio Zazueta are legal permanent residents of the United States and Aguilar is a resident of Mexico. Aguilar reportedly acted as a guide in leading a group of immigrants through the New River and across the border to a point in Calexico where Samuel Zazueta and his wife and son was waiting.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | November 6, 2007
The 25-year-old Nebraska school teacher suspected of kidnapping an underage pupil was arraigned at U.S. Federal Court in El Centro on Monday and ordered to appear for a pair of pre-trial appearances. Kelsey L. Peterson, a sixth-grade math teacher and basketball coach from Lexington, Neb., was ordered by a U.S. magistrate judge to return Wednesday for a hearing to determine whether she?ll sign a waiver to have her case heard in Nebraska. A federal warrant issued out of Nebraska alleges that between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 in Dawson County, Neb., and elsewhere Peterson had taken the boy who apparently was undocumented.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | January 30, 2007
WINTERHAVEN ? In the largest Border Patrol El Centro Sector drug seizure of the new year, agents nabbed 2,877 pounds of marijuana from two vehicles that entered the country illegally together. The two drivers, Edgar Lopez Limon and Abelino Vega Teran, both Mexican nationals illegally in the country, were arrested and booked into Imperial County jail. They were arraigned Monday in federal court in El Centro. Both reportedly pleaded not guilty to drug smuggling. The case started when agents assigned to the Calexico station observed a Ford F-250 and a Chevrolet Silverado enter the country in the area of the Imperial sand dunes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | September 23, 2008
The Brawley man arrested for allegedly stabbing his 3-year-old nephew to death with a kitchen knife pleaded not guilty Monday to a homicide charge in jail court. Frank Ascencio, 22, also faces an attempted homicide charge related to his alleged role in Thursday?s knife attack. The violence erupted inside the H Street apartment he shared with his mother. A not guilty plea on that charge was also entered on behalf of Ascencio, who was already on three years? probation for an attempted second-degree armed robbery conviction.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | August 19, 2003
Two men accused of smuggling 53 undocumented immigrants in a tractor-trailer rig through the Imperial Valley were arraigned Monday in federal court in Imperial County. Forty-nine of the immigrants were found in nearly freezing conditions in the cargo trailer of the rig. The two charged on counts of smuggling remained in the Imperial County jail this morning awaiting further hearings. Information on their bail was unavailable. Both are listed in federal court records as Mexican nationals residing legally in the United States.
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July 24, 2013
Imperial County sheriff's Deputy Stephen Lankford was arraigned on two of three cases he faces. No trial dates were set, but a pre-trial conference was scheduled for August. Lankford is facing charges in the three cases that include asking or receiving a bribe and burglary, attempting to commit oral copulation by threatening to use the power of authority to arrest someone and asking or receiving a bribe. Cisneros murder case continued for two days The case against Jose Antonio Cisneros has been rescheduled for later this week.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 18, 2011
Not guilty pleas were entered Thursday for the federal agent charged with three felony vehicular manslaughter charges during his arraignment in Superior Court. Imperial County Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Cole Dotson to appear for a pretrial hearing Dec. 20 after one of Dotson's two attorneys, Jeremy Warren, entered the pleas. Dotson is out of custody. The courtroom session initially began with Yeager granting a pair of media requests to have Dotson's arraignment recorded for broadcast and photographed but limited the coverage by having Dotson's image obscured.
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