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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | December 20, 2008
A not guilty plea was entered in jail court Friday for a Brawley man charged with the first-degree murder of an 82-year-old woman who was slain inside her Danenberg Road home in March. Israel Rubalcava Sanchez, 35, was ordered back into custody with no bail following his brief arraignment hearing a day after he was arrested on a murder warrant. A pretrial hearing was set for Tuesday. Rubalcava?s bail was initially set at $1 million but Imperial County Superior Judge Raymundo Cota ordered to have Rubalcava placed into custody with no bail because of the special circumstances filed in the case.
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | June 24, 2009
A suspect, identified as Armando Vasquez Valenzuela, 37, was arrested Tuesday for a having a $2,500 warrant for failing to appear on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, Imperial County Sheriff?s Sgt. Joe Alvarez said. Valenzuela was pulled over on Austin and Ross roads by a sheriff?s deputy for not having a light on his bicycle, Alvarez said. Valenzuela?s city of residence and the time of arrest were not given. Niland man arrested NILAND ? A local man, Michael Rhudy, 29, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of entering a home and taking a purse, Imperial County Sheriff?
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | February 5, 2011
A woman was sentenced to life plus eight years in prison after being convicted of tying up and robbing a 69-year-old Salton City man more than a year ago. Doreen Banke Alonzo was sentenced Friday to eight years consecutive to a life sentence with the possibility of parole, said Deputy District Attorney Jill Cristich. The judge also denied a motion for a new trial. A jury convicted Alonzo last year for the Jan. 26, 2010, kidnapping, first-degree robbery and elder abuse of Andreas Spiegl at the Cleveland Avenue tow yard he operated in Salton City, according to court records.
BY SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 27, 2010
A woman convicted of tying up and robbing a 69-year-old Salton City resident at a tow yard earlier this year faces life imprisonment, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Jill Cristich also said that defendant Doreen Banke Alonzo’s eligibility for parole will be addressed during Alonzo’s sentencing, which is set for Nov. 8. Jurors convicted Alonzo in the Jan. 26 kidnapping, first-degree robbery and elder abuse of Andreas Spiegl at the Cleveland Avenue tow yard in Salton City that Spiegl operates and happens to live at, according to court records.
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | February 3, 2010
SALTON CITY — Two out of three suspects connected with the armed robbery last week of a tow truck operator face charges following their arrests, an Imperial County Sheriff’s sergeant said Tuesday. Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Alvarez said Indio residents Jaime Jonathan Vita, 35, and Doreen Banke Alonzo, 36, were arrested Friday for their alleged roles in the robbery of Andreas Spiegel on Cleveland Avenue on Jan. 26. One suspect remains at large. In addition to charges of armed robbery, Alonzo and Vita also faces charges of elder abuse and false imprisonment.
By MARCY MISNER and KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writers | February 8, 2001
A preliminary hearing has been set for next month for Brawley resident Teri Smelser, accused of embezzling about $563,000 from local organizations Smelser also is now facing action by the state Department of Real Estate that could affect her real estate license. Smelser, 51, appeared briefly in county jail court this morning. Superior Court Judge Matias Contreras set a pretrial hearing for March 8 and a preliminary hearing for March 26. Investigators have been conducting detailed probes into financial records concerning the accounts, resulting in a preliminary hearing being postponed.
By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer | February 10, 2001
For the first time that officials in the county can remember, the county Public Administrator's Office and others in the county government are seeking to return ownership of a house to an elderly woman they think was victimized. Since taking office in January 1999, county Public Administrator Norma Saikhon said her employees have learned of numerous cases of elder financial abuse in which an elderly person is being taken advantage of by someone else. In one matter, Saikhon and the County Counsel's Office are alleging a Brawley real estate agent embroiled in a high-profile embezzlement case borrowed $65,000 from an 83-year-old Brawley woman and transferred ownership of the woman's house, all without her consent.
STAFF REPORT | August 10, 2006
SACRAMENTO ? Legislation authored by Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, giving domestic violence victims greater protection, parents more information on diabetes and requesting a study of the infrastructure needs along the California-Mexico border received unanimous support this week from the Senate Appropriations Committee. Assembly Bill 2139 would require officers to inform victims of domestic violence, child abuse or abduction, elder abuse, or stalking of their right to request an emergency protective order immediately.
Thumbs up - To the U.S. Border Patrol team - and that includes the canines - who found what has been called the biggest amount of marijuana ever seized in Riverside and Imperial counties. More than 14 tons of the drugs were found Wednesday inside a big-rig at the Border Patrol checkpoint near Salton Sea. The drugs, which were valued at an estimated $22.6 million, were found in 1,100 bundles packed inside crates in the tractor-trailer. Thumbs up - To Gov. Jerry Brown for signing a series bills designed to protect the state's elderly.
By MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | August 1, 2004
The father and daughter arrested a week and a half ago on murder charges related to the 1999 death of a 60-year-old female relative in Calexico are scheduled to enter their pleas on Aug. 6. John Kenneth Horton, 65, and his daughter Deborah Lee Horton, 31, both of Imperial, were arrested on second-degree murder charges July 21. The Hortons were arrested after a grand jury issued a sealed indictment against them on July 20. In late 1999, the...
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