Police Briefs

City of Holtville


April 19


Someone called police to report that their 19-year-old brother had taken a hallucinoginic drug. The young man was able to get the pill out of his system. Both subjects were both counseled.


Someone called police to report that a large box of tools had been stolen out of his truck. The tools were in the bed of the truck and were believed to be stolen sometime late the night before. The caller was advised of his options.

Brown Announces Major Gang Takedown in Salinas

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that more than 200 agents from his Gang Suppression Enforcement Program and other law enforcement agencies today arrested 37 members of two vicious gangs responsible for a rampage of violence — including more than three dozen murders and 200 shootings — that terrorized the citizens of Salinas and nearby areas.

Today’s mass arrests culminated an eight-month operation, code-named “Operation Knockout,” aimed at apprehending members of the Norteños and Sureños gangs that turned Salinas into a hub of murder, robbery and drug dealing.

Turning Point’s Director Mike Johnson Battles Cancer

By Jim & Betty Predmore
Turning Point’s Men’s Home founder and director Mike Johnson has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week in hopes of reducing the size of the tumor.
Once the tumor shrinks, doctors are hopeful of being able to remove it surgically.
People throughout the valley have been lifting up Mike in prayer with the hopes that the cancer will be contained within the tumor and not spread throughout his stomach and other organs.
Johnson is dedicated to the ministry of Turning Point and also to the church he pastors, Turning Point Lifecenter.
Mike was one of the founders of Turning Point Ministries which began with a fundraiser barbeque in the park in Holtville.
Mike devoted himself to the creation of this ministry after overcoming his own addiction to drugs.
Through his efforts, along with those who have dedicated themselves to this cause, he has been able to help transform the lives of many who face life-controlling addictions.
Mike has overcome many obstacles over the past 16 years and it is the hope of all who love and support him that he will be able to overcome this one as well.
Imperial Valley men’s homes struggle not only in tough economic times.

Announcement of Local Assistance Center for Imperial County residents and Business Community

Imperial County Officials Open Local Assistance Center for Individuals Who Suffered Damages due to the Baja California/Imperial County Earthquake

IMPERIAL COUNTY- Due to the7.2 earthquake experienced on Sunday April 4, 2010 in Baja California and Imperial County, the Imperial County Office of Emergency Services and local officials announced this morning the availability of a Local Assistance Center (LAC) for residents and businesses of Imperial County who have been impacted by the earthquake and are in need of assistance.

Border Patrol in Arizona Seizes More than $4.5 Million in Marijuana

Ajo Station agents seize marijuana and vehicle it was loaded in.

Tucson, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector made four significant marijuana seizures in the past two days, seizing more than 5,600 pounds with an estimated street value exceeding $4.5 million.