From the monthly archives: February 2010

City of Holtville


February 22


It was reported that the caller’ s ex-boyfriend is harassing her, the subject follows her around and is making her life a bit difficult, she was advised to obtain a restraining order.


It was reported that a caller can hear a few males talking loudly while the neighborhood dogs bark, the caller found it suspicious, though they were not there when they arrived, the caller was advised to call back should they return.


It was reported that a male subject was in the area, he has never been seen in the neighborhood before. He was contacted, he was just passing through, the caller was advised to call back should he start any trouble, he was advised of his options.


February 23


It was reported that a pair of sisters are at it again, they are having an argument on the front lawn, the caller is worried that this might turn into something more severe, they were both contacted and advised of their options.


It was reported that the caller can hear noises out in his backyard, the caller can also hear one of the neighbors dog bark, the area was checked, no one was found in his back yard, there were also no signs of entrance.


February 24


It was reported that someone has vandalized the fence behind their home, the caller does suspect a young man who has been hanging around the area. The young man was not found for questioning, a report was taken.


It was reported that the caller has gotten into an argument with her daughter over an undisclosed issue. An officer did arrive for a civil stand by while her daughter grabbed her belongings and left the residence the caller was advised of her options.


It was reported that a couple is inside a home arguing, throwing things around the home and being very aggressive, though the police have separated them, the caller remains weary that they may start again as they have before.

City of El Centro


February 19


It was reported, that the caller’s friend  has her cat and is threatening to harm it, after a few tense moments the friend released the cat and left the scene, the caller was advised of her options, she was also advised to call back should he try this again.


It was reported, that a subject is trying to get in thru the caller’s window situated at the back of the house. The male subject whom was refusing to go on his way finally fled the scene, the caller was advised of her options.


February 20


It was reported, that a vehicle which is parked the drive thru is refusing to move, the car is holding up the line for the busyness and its patrons, the vehicle did finally was moved and left the scene.


It was reported, that the caller has over heard the next door neighbor stating she wanted to harm  her husband and her kids. The woman was visited and evaluated by an officer, she was counseled, and the caller was advised of her options.


February 21


It was reported, that a female is selling vegetables in the area where a “No Soliciting: Sign is clearly posted, the woman was asked to move it along and not come back selling anything, and she complied.


February 22


It was reported, that the caller’s son has a bat and is trying to hit his father, an officer arrived and was able to calm the child down, the parents were advised of their options.


It was reported, that the caller’s ex-wife came over to his residence and damaged his vehicle, the ex-wife also started a big argument and was disturbing the peace, the ex was sent on her way with a warning to not return, she complied.


February 23


It was reported, that the caller’s husband was causing a lot of noise and was threatening her, the subject was seen out in the front lawn walking about carrying a sharp object yelling at his wife how he was going to end her life, the subject never made any attempt nor did he even try to go into the home, the situation was handled.


It was reported, that while stopped at a red light, a subject came out of his vehicle and pounded on her hood. The caller did not know the man,  she was advised of her options, the male subject was never found.

City of Brawley


February 19


It was reported, that the caller’s neighbor’s friend had opened her gate and scratched her vehicle’s side panel and the rear lights. The subject was found and questioned; they were advised to take this to a civil court.


It was reported that the caller’s neighbors are having a big argument, the caller did not know about what they were arguing, but he did state that the tension had been felt before today, the neighbors were counseled, the situation was said to be resolved.


February 20


It was reported , that 2 teenagers were throwing rocks at windows in the area, two other men who chased them over the fence and got into a physical fight with them then chased them some more , the subjects were not found.


It was reported, that a heavy set male subject with short hair went into the grocery store and ran out with 20 pack of alcohol, the subject then got into his green sports car and drove off at a high rate of speed, the caller was advised of his options.


February 21


It was reported, that the caller had seen a group of men with flashlights in his very backyard,  the caller did not recognize either of the men, their faces seem to be covered, the subjects fled the area before an officer could have a look. The caller did not seem to be missing anything from his backyard; he was advised of his options.


It was reported, that two male subjects are arguing with her and her husband, an officer was able to make contact with the caller. The two subjects had left the scene, the husband was contacted, he stated that they were just friends who had a misunderstanding.


February 22


It was reported, that two male subjects were drinking beer on his property, the subjects were advised to put the booze away and be on their way. They refused to, the subjects then left in a white van, an officer advised the caller of his options.


February 23


It was reported, that the caller and his neighbor have just gotten out of an argument, when contacted the caller stated that he believes his neighbor is vandalizing him home with graffiti. It’s an ongoing problem, he was advised of his options.


It was reported that the caller believes that a subject driving a white Lincoln vehicle, is under the influence of some type of drug, possibly marijuana. The vehicle was spotted swerving and making long stops at the stop signs, the vehicle was not found, the caller was advised.

City of Calexico


February 19


It was reported that a male subject is over at the caller’s place harassing her aunt, the female subject threatened to take her aunt somewhere out in the desert and leave her there. The subject was contacted and counseled, the caller and aunt were advised of their options.


It was reported that the caller’s generator was almost stolen last night, the caller managed to get the lights on and scare off the thieves. The caller was advised to move the generator inside or to secure it outside, the caller complied.


February 20


It was reported that a few teenagers are drinking in the area, they are being loud, messy and belligerent, the teenagers also had loud music playing. The group was contacted, they were asked to keep the music down and to keep the noise level down, the caller was advised to call back should they start up again.


It was reported that 3 male subjects were tagging a local  shop, the subjects were spotted by the caller and were scared off, the surrounding business’s were checked, the three subjects were not found, the caller was advised of his options.

February 21


It was reported that the caller saw a subject run out of the local 7-11 with a sandwich taken straight from the food area. The subject was not found in the area, there was no description available on the subject, and the caller was advised of his options.


It was reported that the caller’s sister is threatening suicide by using a sharp weapon; the caller stated that she had been severely depressed for the past few weeks. The young woman was contacted and counseled, her parents were counseled.


February 22


It was reported that there is a heavy tall man on the caller’s door knocking and asking to be let in, the subject is under the influence of alcohol. The subject was gone on arrival, the caller was advised to call back should she return.


It was reported , that  the caller’s  vehicle’s tires were punctured  with a sharp object. The caller states that he heard a couple of teenagers in the area laughing and mocking the caller’s situation from across the street, the caller contacted but the group had dispersed before questioning.


February 23


It was reported that there is a suspicious vehicle, a late model Sedan, light in color with its lights off. The subject is pointing a spot light around the area, as if searching for someone,  the vehicle was not found in the area, the caller was asked to call back should it return.


It was reported, that a driver whom was believed to be under the influence ran over his dog, the caller is very upset. The dog was left badly injured, no description of the vehicle was available, the situation was handled.


Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than $1 million of marijuana, two weapons, recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested three people in three separate incidents this week.

Stolen SUV loaded with marijuana
Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents recovered a stolen SUV loaded with 107 bundles of marijuana.

Early Tuesday morning, Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a vehicle near Avenue B and 8th Street. The driver refused to stop and sped away from agents, eventually losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a brick wall. The driver and passenger fled the scene to avoid arrest, but Border Patrol agents and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office apprehended one of the suspects. Seized from the vehicle were a sawed-off shotgun, a .22 caliber handgun, ammunition, stolen body armor and a meth pipe. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office took custody of the suspect and contraband.

Border Patrol agents detected the illegal entry of a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle Tuesday evening approximately 30 miles east of the San Luis, Ariz., Port of Entry. When agents responded to the entry, the driver of the SUV turned around and drove back toward the border to avoid arrest. The driver and three passengers abandoned the SUV just north of the border fence and fled back into Mexico. Agents secured the vehicle and discovered 107 bundles of marijuana stacked inside. The SUV, which was reported stolen, was turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. The marijuana, which weighed 1,242 pounds with an estimated street value of $993,600, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

On Wednesday, a Border Patrol canine team working at the Interstate 8 checkpoint alerted to a mini-van with two female occupants. A closer examination of the vehicle revealed a hidden compartment inside the quarter panel containing 57 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $46,600. The driver and passenger were turned over to the DEA along with the marijuana. The Border Patrol seized the mini-van.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, the Yuma Sector Border Patrol has prevented more than 19,000 pounds of marijuana from entering the United States.


Douglas, Arizona — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 60 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the roof top of a vehicle.

Late Monday afternoon, CBP officers were screening traffic when a Chevy Blazer being driven by a 21-year-old man approached the primary inspection site. The officers selected the SUV for a secondary inspection, prompting a search by a K-9 team. The additional search led to the discovery of small packages concealed in the headliner of the vehicle. The total weight of marijuana was more than 60 pounds with an estimated street value of $139,000


Los Angeles-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr., who has an ongoing investigation into possibly illegal practices by some California health insurers, today subpoenaed financial records and other documents from California’s seven largest health insurance companies.

“We have been looking at these companies for a number of months and are very concerned that some of them are unjustly raising premiums and denying payment of legitimate claims,” Brown said. “Not only are the rate increases devastating to Californians strapped by the economy, but in some cases, they are possibly illegal.”

“Our best attorneys are going to get to the bottom of this, and where we find violations of California’s unfair business laws, we intend to stop them,” Brown added.

Brown subpoenaed records from Aetna Health, Anthem Blue Cross, CIGNA, Health Net, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente and PacifiCare. Today’s subpoenas cover pay-for-service health plans, which are health plans that reimburse doctors and hospitals for services performed instead of a health maintenance organization (HMO) approach. Brown revealed that his office served subpoenas to those same companies last month regarding their managed care plans, known as HMOs.

Brown said the insurance companies have 30 days to hand over their financial and other records.

Brown began an official inquiry last September into HMO practices of reviewing and paying insurance claims submitted by doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. The investigation was prompted by reports that California’s five largest health insurance providers were denying insurance claims at rates of up to 39.6 percent.

Recently, Anthem Blue Cross announced to its members that it planned to hike premium rates by as much as 39 percent. Brown’s investigation will probe whether the other health plans are planning similar rate hikes and will consider whether Anthem’s steep rate increases for individual California consumers are fair under California law.

The investigation will include an examination of how much the plans are spending on health care versus non-healthcare costs such as marketing, administration and profits. The plans have been asked to provide detailed information on how they spend policy-holders’ premiums and how they review claims and decide whether and how much to pay the doctor or hospital for the service.

The investigation also will examine:
– Member and medical provider complaints against the health plans describing payment delays, reduced payments and denials of payment claims, and the health plans responses to those complaints;
– How health plans determine doctor and hospital rankings and whether those rankings mislead customers on quality;
– Whether the health plans intend to raise premiums, and, if so, whether the plans disclosed the amount and frequency of the premium increases at the time of enrollment;
– Whether the health plans offer alternative policies to members when they increase premiums and whether the plans may deny enrollment in the alternative policies based on preexisting conditions.

Brown’s investigation will look for violations of law, including California’s Unfair Competition Law (Business & Professions Code section 17200) and False Advertising Law (Business & Professions Code section 17500.) These laws prohibit “any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice” and the use of “false or misleading statements” to the public.

The attorney general is authorized to prosecute violations of the Unfair Competition Law criminally or file a civil law enforcement action to obtain an injunction forcing the company to stop the business practices, restitution of money to affected consumers and civil penalties beyond those available to private parties.


A minor earthquake occurred at 7:02:30 AM (PST) on Friday, February 26, 2010.
The magnitude 3.9 event occurred 27 km (17 miles) NNW of Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico.
The hypocentral depth is 32 km (20 miles).


Magnitude 3.9 – local magnitude (ML)
Time Friday, February 26, 2010 at 7:02:30 AM (PST)
Friday, February 26, 2010 at 15:02:30 (UTC)
Distance from Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico – 27 km (17 miles) NNW (331 degrees)
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico – 27 km (17 miles) SE (130 degrees)
Calexico, CA – 31 km (19 miles) SE (131 degrees)
Heber, CA – 37 km (23 miles) SE (135 degrees)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico – 166 km (103 miles) E (91 degrees)
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