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OPINION
June 30, 2003
Random thoughts ? Why did the current Board of Supervisors give county counsel Ralph Cordova a raise in salary after he ordered three investigators, Ron Pegues, Jim Valdez and Andy De Lira, to lie on their time sheets? (federal court case No. 00CVO115) All three of these men testified in their depositions that at lunch at the El Sombrero restaurant with Gilbert Otero, Joe Beard and Cordova, Cordova ordered them to charge all their time, no matter what they were working on, to welfare fraud (family support)
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NEWS
April 15, 2003
We are one of the Imperial Valley's legal service programs facing budgetary cutbacks. We applaud State Bar President James E. Herman's call to the Imperial County private bar for help in these lean times. Elder Law & Advocacy offers a convenient location for local attorneys to volunteer some of their time to some of the county's neediest residents. Elder Law & Advocacy is a non-profit organization funded through Area Agency on Aging, State Bar grants, private grants and donations.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By BRIANNA LUSK, Staff Writer | March 13, 2007
HOLTVILLE ? The family of William Hogue, an Alzheimer?s patient whose arm was broken during an incident involving the Holtville Police Department, is vowing to continue attending City Council meetings here until requests for answers are given. At Monday?s meeting, members of the Hogue family addressed the council as they have in the past few meetings about the incident that happened Jan. 10. Joined by more than 10 supportive community members, they asked the council why the two officers accused of police brutality and elder abuse have not been removed from their duties.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 3, 2011
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.
NEWS
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.
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