From the daily archives: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jamul, Calf. – Adverse weather conditions yesterday disoriented and incapacitated a Mexican man attempting to enter the country illegally, initiating a coordinated search and rescue operation on a mountain in Jamul, Claif.

At approximately 9 p.m., the Border Patrol’s Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team responded to a 911 distress call from a mountainous area within the Otay County Open Space Preserve. Border Patrol requested Customs and Border Protection helicopter assets to assist in the search. At around 3 a.m., the helicopter pilot detected the faint light of the individual’s cell phone and directed BORSTAR to the location.

Agents searched the area and found a 29-year-old male, Mexican national, suffering from hypothermia and unable to walk. Agents summoned San Diego Fire Copter One to the scene to extract the man from the mountain. At around 4.a.m., the illegal alien was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment and was later released to the Border Patrol.

Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Sammie Anderson said, “This man is very fortunate. He could very well have perished if not for the professionalism, persistence, and the genuine concern for human life displayed by the brave men and women involved in this rescue.”

BORSTAR has been involved in numerous rescue incidents during the recent inclement weather conditions in the San Diego area. BORSTAR is a specially trained rapid response search and rescue unit designed to meet the complexities of southwest border search and rescue operations; every agent on the unit is EMT certified.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at San Diego and Imperial County, Calif. ports of entry arrested six teens and young adults with narcotics concealed under their clothing as they entered the U.S. from Mexico, all within a 24-hour period beginning Tuesday morning.

At about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, a 21-year-old Chula Vista woman and SENTRI member entered the San Ysidro border station as a pedestrian. A CBP officer and a detector dog were screening pedestrians waiting in line to be inspected when they encountered the woman and the dog alerted to her. She was handcuffed for officer safety and escorted to a secure location for further investigation.

Officers found a cellophane-wrapped package of cocaine strapped to her waist. The cocaine, weighing 2.6 pounds, has a street value of $26,455.

The woman was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center and her SENTRI privileges were revoked. CBP seized the cocaine.

Also yesterday at 12:30 p.m., as a CBP officer and his canine were screening pedestrians entering the country through the San Ysidro port of entry, the detector dog alerted to a 24-year-old San Diego man. The man was escorted to the secondary area for further processing.

Officers subsequently discovered a bag containing marijuana in the small of his back and four bags containing marijuana in his shoes, two bags per shoe. The man had almost a half a pound of marijuana on his possession.

He was arrested and transported to the San Diego County jail. CBP seized the marijuana.

From yesterday at 6 a.m. through 6 a.m. this morning, CBP officers also apprehended four other U.S. citizens at ports of entry with narcotics strapped to their bodies; two females ages 19 and 14, and two males ages 17 and 13.

CBP officers seized almost 10 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine from the six individuals valued at almost $49,000.


The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program began in 1994 after the death of 17 year old Michael Emme. As with many grass roots organizations, it began small and was born of a tragic life changing event. Since its inception, chapters or clubs have sprung up across the country as well as in several foreign nations. Holtville’s Chapter was launched in 2001, after one of its own chose the path of suicide to solve his problems. The impetus is always need; a need for information, for collaboration, for answers. Sadly, the answers often never come, but the stigma that is lifted every day by the dedication of the many that so fervently continue this path of enlightenment, is felt by survivors as well as those in need of help.

The Woman’s Club of Holtville, a service organization first founded in 1908, recently held a spaghetti dinner with all proceeds being given to the local Yellow Ribbon Club. Members of both clubs worked side by side serving hungry customers, all lovingly and with the intention of partnering with Yellow Ribbon’s message that “it’s okay to ask for help”.  The ladies’ mottos include the following two statements, “None goes his way alone,” and, “O Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!” These women of Holtville have proven that they stand behind their words, that this is not a group of women merely looking for an afternoon off or for a game of cards when convenient. They truly epitomize the idea of goodness and “put action into their better impulses, straight forward and unafraid.”

Thank you, Joanie and Debbie Thornburg and all of the members of the Woman’s Club of Holtville, for supporting our mission; thank you Jeff Plourd of El Toro Exports and MVG Farms for the generous donations; thank you Holtville Tribune and Luke Phillips for the lovely article and thank you, residents of Holtville who came out and enjoyed our fundraiser.

Sincerely, Margaret Strahm

Holtville High School

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Club Parent Advisor

To learn more about our program, please visit And always remember, It’s Okay to Ask for Help!©


By Luke Phillips

The 63rd annual Holtville Carrot Festival kicked off this year with the Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club and continues with tons of festivities throughout the following week.

The Chamber of Commerce banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails. Dinner was served from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a ceremonies will take place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Carrot Festival royalty will be crowned, Holtville’s Citizen of the Year will be named, and Mayor Colleen Ludwig will give the State of the City address.

On Saturday the Holtville Athletic Club will be holding it’s annual Rib Cook-Off at Samaha Park beginning at 10 a.m. Vendors have bought 16,000 pounds of ribs and made 250 gallons of ice cream for the estimated 16,000 visitors who will be attending the cook-off. There will be cash prizes for the best ribs including a $1,000 grand prize for the Judge’s Choice Award. Entertainment at the cook-off will include music by Charly & Calico Ridge, BigJoyWow, and Tercer Elemento.

Also Saturday will be the Holtville Music Festival, an event that is new to the Carrot Festival lineup. The music festival will start at 2 p.m. at Hot Rods & Beer, 235 West Fifth Street. There will be live music and a beer garden outside until 9:30 p.m. when the music will be moved indoors.

Carrot Cooking Contests will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Holtville Civic Center. Monday will be the Little Chef, Junior Chef, Middle School, High School and Miscellaneous Divisions starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday will be the Adult Salad, Vegetable and Main Dish divisions at 6 p.m. Wednesday will be the Adult Bread, Dessert and Appetizer Divisions at 3 p.m. Thursday will be the Senior, Open, Energy Savings, and International Divisions at 6 p.m. and Friday will be the Sweepstakes Final Cook-off at 6 p.m.

The mid-way carnival will open at the corner of 6th Street and Pine on Thursday, Feb. 4 and will be open through Sunday, Feb. 7. Tickets are on sale at businesses throughout Holtville for $20 per book, or $20 per bracelet.

On Saturday, Feb. 6, festivities begin with the Carrot Festival Mile & 5K Races. Runners should meet in front of Parker’s Pharmacy at 7 a.m. Pre-registration for the race costs $15 and registration the day of the event costs $20. The top male and female runners in the 5K race will each receive a $100 grand prize, and the top runners in the mile race will receive $50.

Craft, food and other vendor booths will be set up in Holt Park from 9 a.m. until dusk and the Carrot Festival Parade will begin at 10 p.m. The parade will feature more than 100 entries including school children, bands, floats, antique cars and tractors, equestrians, the Holtville Citizen of the Year, and Carrot Festival royalty. Parade trophies will be presented at the gazebo in Holt Park at approximately 1 p.m. There will be entertainment at the gazebo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Student artists will be showing their work at the Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and an antique tractor and car show will be held at Hot Rods & Beer from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The festival will wrap up Sunday with more booths, food and entertainment in the park and, at 11 a.m., the Holtville Rotary Club’s ‘No Bones About It’ barbeque in Holt Park. The barbecue will conclude around 2 p.m., just in time for the Super Bowl.


City of Holtville


February 5


It was reported that the caller’s cousin is in town and is up to trouble again, the caller was advised of his/her options the cousin did leave the area, the caller was advised to call back should he return.


It was reported that a subject is under the influence and is causing a disturbance in the area, the subject who was asked to keep it down only got louder and reacted rudely to them, the subject was asked to turn in, which he did.


February 6


It was reported that around 6 a.m the neighbor started to rev up his engine, the caller stated that it’s happened before. The subject was contacted, and he stated that it was his work truck and that he was just warming it up, the situation was handled.


It was reported that a group of males were seen vandalizing a freshly painted fence sometime last night. The caller stated that they left the area, he was advised of his options and to call back should they return.


February 7


It was reported that the caller’s son has gotten out of the home despite being grounded, the young man did eventually come home, the caller was  advised on how to handle the situation, he was also advised to call back should he sneak off again.


It was reported that a neighbor from a few homes down had his car’s sound system blasting all night long, the male subject was asked to keep it down but he seemed to only turn it down for a few minutes before pumping it up again.


February 8


It was reported that the neighbor’s dog was up all night barking, the caller did tell the neighbor to keep his dog inside but he did not comply, the dog was finally taken in after several quests.


It was reported that the caller’s daughter and son in law have been arguing for some time, the caller is concerned that things might get physical. Both parties were counseled, and asked to resolve their issues in an orderly fashion.


February 9


It was reported that a few cans had tipped over, the caller woke up to find trash on the alleys and had to pick up his own. Though there was no evidence of someone tipping them over, it was excused to be the winds.

City Of El Centro


February 5


Someone called police to report a male subject trying to open her front door. The subject fled the scene when he saw the caller dialing for the police. She was able to indentify him as an ex-boyfreind. She will file a restraining order against him.


Someone called police to report an unkown subject entering a neighboring trailer. The caller stated that the neighbors are out of town. The area was checked no one was found in the trailer. The caller was advised of his options.


February 6


Someone called police to report finding a large dead dog near a dumpster. The caller suspects that someone in the neighborhood was trying to throw the carcass away. The animal was disposed of properly.



Some called police to report finding the handle of door to his shed torn off. The shed was empty at the time. A report was taken.


February 7


Two females were reported to be fighting near a public restroom. The two subjects were known to be friends in the past, and it was not known what they were arguing about. They were both counseled and separated.


Someone called police to report a subject in the area purposely setting off car alarms and throwing things around. The area was checked but no one suspicious was found. The caller was advised to call back should they return.


February 8


Someone called police to report that subjects at a neighbor’s party are being loud and throwing beer bottles at the caller’s home, the street and in the bushes. The caller had asked them to calm down but they refused. Police shut the party down.


Someone called police to report a male subject banging on his front door and vehicle. The subject was known by the reporting party and was dealt with.


February 9


Someone called police to report a vandalized vehicle. The caller things that the incident may have happened in the early morning. A report was taken. The damages were minor and the caller was advised of her options.


A female subject called police to complain that her ex-husband keeps calling and starting arguments. The caller also received threats from her ex-husband via text message. The caller was advised of her options.

City of Brawley


February 5



Someone called police to report that their minivan had been vandalized. A group of subjects were seen jumping over the fence which the vehicle was parked next to. The subjects climbed on top of the minivan and jumped off. The group of kids was not found.


Someone called police to report that a fight had broken out between two female subjects at a local eatery, and that a male subject was now joining in. The subjects left the area before police were able to find them.


February 6


Someone called police to report that their neighbors are constantly throwing rocks at their windows.  The neighbor’s kids came forth and admitted to having thrown the rocks. They were counseled and warned.


Someone called police to report a landlord and a tenant having an intense argument over a studio apartment. They were arguing over an unpaid rent bill.


February 7


Someone called police to report hearing people in a neighboring home that is supposed to be empty. Police arrived to find the home burglarized. Jewelry and electronics were among the items taken.


Someone called police to report a fight between two male subjects, one of which is weilding a knife. Police handled the situation.


February 8


A female subject called police to report having a fight with her husband that she is afraid could turn physical. The caller and the husband were counseled and both were advised on their options.


A female subject called police to report that her ex-boyfriend is at her residence and is intoxicated. The male subject left the area before officers arrived. The caller was advised of her options and advised to call back should he come around again.


February 9


Someone called police to report a large dog blocking the entrance to their home. The dog has been seen in the neighborhood before. The animal was gone before animal control arrived. The caller was asked to call back should the dog return.


Someone called police and report that the passenger side window of his pickup truck had been shattered, and a toolbox worth $250 was stolen. The caller was advised of his options.

City of Calexico


February 5


Police received reports of a possible intoxicated male subject knocking on doors in the area. Police contact the subject who stated that he was looking for his wife’s home.



A male subject was reported to be panhandling near the drive through of a local fast food restuarant. Officers contacted the subject and informed him that he was loitering and trespassing. He was sent on his way.


February 6


Someone called police to report a subject throwing garbage cans into the street. No description of the subject was available and officers were not able to locate him. People in the neighborhood said they would keep an eye out in case the subject returns.


Someone called police to report that their bi-polar brother was becoming irate and throwing things around the house. He was counseled and calmed down.


Someone called police to report that his bi-polar brother is acting up again and arguing with his mother and trying to hit her.  The caller’s brother agreed to stay with his uncle for a while.


February 7



Someone called police to report a subject tresspassing on his lawn.When questioned, the man stated that he was looking for a friend that he had met in the military. The man was sent on his way.


Someone called police to report a subject knocking on his door and windows and refusing to leave. The man was asked to leave and stay away from the residence.


February 8


Someone called police to report that his ex-girlfriend’s daughter is harrassing him. The caller wanted to know if it was possible to put a restraining order on a child. The man was advised on his options.



Someone called police to report that on-going problems with the neighbors are getting out of hand. The caller was advised to take the matter to civil court and both parties were counseled.


February 9


Someone called police to report that their teenage son is out of control and causing a scene after having an argument. The teenager was out of control when officers arrived, but they were able to calm him down.


Someone called police to report a vicious dog at a neighboring residence. The caller has tried to talk to the owner,  but the neighbor is avoiding him. Animal control was contacted and the dog was taken to the pound.

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