From the daily archives: Thursday, April 22, 2010

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.


Someone called police to report that an unknown subject was in his back yard. The caller stated that the subject was snooping around without a flashlight. The subject fled the scene after a few minutes. The caller was advised to call back if he should show up again.


April 20


Someone called police to report that an unknown subject had broken the windshield of his vehcile. A report was taken of the incident. The caller was advised of his options.


A female subject called police to report that her boyfriend is threatening her after she broke up with him. She was advised to obtain a restraining order.


Someone called police to report that their vehicle, which was left parked in front of the residence, had been stolen during the night. The last person to have come in contact with it might have been his sister who was unnavailable for questioning. A report was taken of the incident. The caller was advised to call back should he find further information.


April 21


Someone called police to report an intoxicated subject in the area making a lot of noise and causing a distrubance. Officers advised the subject to head home. He complied and called it a night.


Someone called police to report that the front left tire of their vehicle had been slashed. The caller believes it was done by one of his co-workers. A report was written and the caller was advised of his options.

City of El Centro


April 16


It was reported that the neighbor’s chow dug under the fence and jumped into their pool again. The caller, who is sick of this, wants something done about it. The neighbor was advised of his options.



It was reported that the caller’s mother locked her brother out of her home. The son, who was under the influence, was causing a lot of disturbance. The son was picked up by a friend whom he will be spending the night with.


April 17


It was reported that two cats are in the caller’s backyard trying to get at her birds. The caller is upset that they have harassed her rooster. The cats were removed from the back yard, and the caller was advised to tighten up the fencing around her area.



It was reported that a male at the local 7-11 was seen aggressively pan handling customers. The male who refused to leave was later seen washing the windows of a truck. He was sent on his way.


April 18


It was reported that the neighbors are bothering and throwing objects the caller’s dog. The caller also stated that the neighbors are also drinking. It is an on-going problem and the caller wants it to stop. The neighbors were counseled.


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.


It was reported that the caller’s son was throwing things around the residence, the young man who was out of  control for an unknown reason  was counseled and calmed down, he was advised to listen to his mother and father.


April 19


It was reported that a verbal dispute broke out between the caller and her ex-boyfriend. The caller stated that he was being pushy once again and refused to go out with him that evening; the young man was sent on his way.


April 20


It was reported that a prowler was found on the caller’s garage, the suspect fled the scene when the caller turned on the lights. The caller was unable to identify the suspect; he was advised of his options.


It was reported that a group of three males went into the local gas station and ran off with a 30 pack of booze, the threesome left in a truck, a report was taken.

City of Brawley


April 16


Someone called police to report neighbors having a loud party. When contacted, the neighbor started that they are having a birthday party. They agreed to turn the music down.


Someone called police to report that a man in the area is under the influence of drugs and is bothering people and creating a ruckus. The subject left the area before officers arrived.


It was reported that an unknown male subject was in the caller’s backyard prowling around. The caller stated that he did not known the subject and he didn’t appear to be stealing anything. An officer was sent to the locale but the subject was never found


April 17


It was reported that two male subjects were hiding behind the callers home. The caller noticed that one of them even kicked her dog. They both fled the scene before an officer arrived. The dog appeared to be alright.


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 on going problem. He was advised of his options.



It was reported that the caller’s daughter who was removed from one location for harassing her has now come to her workplace to harass her some more. The young lady was asked to leave. The caller was advised on attaining a restraining order.


April 18


It was reported that the caller’s sister is at the locale. The caller stated that she is not wanted there. They have had problems in the past, but the caller does not wish to resort to extreme measures such as a restraining order.The subject left  the area in a blue mini-van. The caller was advised to call back should she return.


It was reported that the caller is fed up with the mental and verbal abuse she gets from her husband. The caller states that she is weary of him. She was advised of programs that can help in such circumstances. She was also advised to call back should he keep it up.


April 19


It was reported that the caller’s 17-year-old son is wanting to hit her husband. The caller stated that she didn’t know why their son was feeling this way. He had left the residence to go stay at a friends house. The young man would be counseled at a later time.


It was reported that someone has been breaking into the caller’s shed. The thief took two bikes, a weed whacker, and an electric scooter. A report was taken.


April 20


It was reported that someone tried to break into the caller’s residence. Though the back door did fend off the intruder, some damage was done to the Washroom door. The door had apparently been kicked in. A report was taken of the incident. The caller was advised of his options.


It was reported that the caller’s bike was taken while the caller was parked and banked inside the locale. The bike’s brand and make was not known by the caller but a report was taken.

City of Calexico

April 16


Someone called police to report that their home had been vandalized. Officers found broken windows at the residence. The caller suspected a group of kids who were loitering behind a brick wall in the area. Officers were unable to located any children in the area. The caller was advised of his options.


Someone called police to report a mother and daughter having a loud argument. Officers made contact with the subjects and found that the mother had been drinking. The mother was counseled, and put to bed. The daughter was advised of her options and to call if there were any more problems.


Someone called police to report a group of teenagers horsing around near a construction site. The teens were gone before an officer arrived. The caller was advised to call back should they return.


April 17


Someone called police to report finding a door in their home damaged around the knob and hinges. The caller suspects that somebody tried to break in during the night. The caller was advised of his options and a report was taken.


Somebody called police to report that two homeless men were making a mess near a dumpster and refusing to leave the area. The subjects agreed to leave the area when asked by an officer. The caller was advised of his options.


April 18


Someone called police to report a mother and daughter having an argument. The caller said that they seem to be having a lot of issues lately. An officer made contact with the subjects, but they had already resolved their differences. The caller was advised of her options.


Someone called police to report a subject slithering up the wall of a neighboring residence and trying to enter a window. The subject had left the area by the time officers arrived. The caller was advised of his options.


A female subject called police to report bumping into her ex-boyfriend, whom she has a restraining order against. The caller stated that an argument had broken out and was escalating. The ex-boyfriend was gone when officers arrived. The caller was advised of her options.


April 19


Someone called police to report a loose dog dragging a chain in the area. Officers were unable to locate the loose animal. The caller was advised to call back should the dog return.


Someone called police to complain that a neighbor’s dog is tracking dirt onto her lawn. The caller was advised of her options,  and the neighbor was asked to keep his dog on a leash or in the back yard.


Someone called police to report hearing a prowler in the area. The caller reported that it sounded like someone was on her roof. The area was checked for intruders, but no one was found. The caller was advised of her options.


April 20


It was reported that a fight between two friends had broken out at the caller’s apartment. The caller was unable to stop the two subjects from fighting each other, but was able to keep them from breaking objects in the room. An officer arrived and was able to counsel them.


It was reported that a male subject in his mid twenties was over at his locale some time last night. The caller stated that the subject had broken a few windows to his residence before driving off in an older model F150. A report was taken and the caller was advised of his options.


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.

The operation targeted the most dangerous gang leaders in the Salinas area. In addition to the arrests made today, agents seized 40 pounds of cocaine, 14 pounds of marijuana, nine ounces of methamphetamine, $34,000 in cash, and 12 guns. An additional 57 arrests were made before today’s sweep.

“Operation Knockout was designed to restore safety to the streets of Salinas,” said Brown. “Citizens in John Steinbeck’s hometown deserve better than having to endure a violent crime rate that’s three times the national average. We owed it to the people of Salinas to arrest these out-of-control gang members and ensure a heightened sense of personal security throughout the city.”

Some 44 state and federal search warrants were served throughout Salinas, San Jose and other areas of Monterey County. Today’s arrests dealt a major blow to the Norteños and Sureños, two of Monterey County’s largest gangs, who are major distributors of powder cocaine, rock cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine throughout the county and are linked to dozens of homicides and shootings.

Brown also announced today that he has formed a task force to maintain today’s crackdown against drugs and major crimes. The Monterey County Narcotic and Violence Task Force will be overseen by the California Department of Justice and will include the California Highway Patrol, Marina Police Department, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Monterey Police Department, Salinas Police Department and Seaside Police Department.

In 2008 and 2009, there were 55 homicides in the city of Salinas. Based on the city’s population of 148,000, its violent crime rate was more than three times the national average. Only two of the 55 homicides were unrelated to gang violence. During this same reporting period, there were more than 200 reported shootings related to gang violence.

To combat the violence permeating the city, Brown deployed his Gang Suppression agents to work with the Salinas Police Department in a proactive approach to the gang problem. Special Agents identified the key gang leaders and created a complex investigative plan intended to make a significant impact on violent crime in the city. During the investigation, agents determined that much of the violence stemmed from a struggle between the Norteños and Sureños street gangs within Salinas over turf dominance, and more significantly, over control of illicit drug trafficking. The gangs ruled through intimidation and violence.

“Today’s operation has been a masterpiece of cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies,” said Salinas Police Chief Louis Fetherolf. “Today is day-one of Judgment Day!”

Today’s arrests come in addition to 57 prior arrests during the eight-month operation. Over the course of the investigation, agents identified a large cocaine and methamphetamine distribution group that was controlled by Norteños gang members operating in Salinas. The illegal drugs were supplied by Mexican drug-trafficking organizations.

More than 200 state, local and federal law enforcement personnel participated in today’s operation. The Attorney General’s Gang Suppression Enforcement Program is part of the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

Other law enforcement agencies that assisted with today’s operation included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; California Highway Patrol; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Monterey County District Attorney’s Office; Monterey County Sheriff’s Department; Salinas Police Department; United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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.


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.

“The Office of Emergency Services has been working closely with local, state and federal agencies to set up the Local Assistance Center to provide valuable information and services to individuals affected by the earthquake; residents and businesses are highly encouraged to visit the LAC if they were in anyway affected by the earthquake,” stated Tony Rouhotas, Director of the Office of Emergency Services (OES).

Agencies that will be present at the LAC will provide information related to city, county, and state assistance available for those affected by the earthquake, applications for rental assistance and information on local housing options, referrals to organizations for assistance with immediate unmet needs, and a variety of other resources available to those affected by the earthquake.

The Local Assistance Center will be open from Thursday, April 22nd to Saturday May 1st, 2010 and will be set up as a “One Stop Shop”.   The LAC will be located at Central Baptist Church, 1290 South Imperial Avenue at the corner of Ross and Imperial in El Centro. The LAC will be open Monday –Friday from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

Imperial County agencies that will be present at the LAC will include:

  • Imperial County Planning Department
  • Imperial County Fire
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Workforce Development Office
  • Imperial County Sheriff’s Office
  • El Centro Community Development
  • Imperial Valley Housing Authority
  • Imperial County Behavioral Health
  • Imperial County Environmental Health
  • Imperial County Social Services
  • American Red Cross
  • Campesinos Unidos
  • Salvation Army

The following State agencies will be present:

  • California Emergency Management Agency
  • California Board of Equalization
  • Contractors State Licensing Board
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Employment Development Department

The United States Small Business Administration will be on hand at the LAC to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. No appointment is necessary.

In order to meet the transportation needs of individuals who need to access services available at the LAC, IV Transit will be providing transportation to and from the LAC at no charge between the cities of El Centro and Calexico from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the days that the LAC will be open.  The bus will be leaving for El Centro from 3rd and Heber in Calexico.

For additional information regarding the Imperial County Local Assistance Center please call the Imperial County Assistance Hotline at 760-482-4968.


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.

These seizures represent a change in the trend smugglers have been using in recent weeks. In three incidents, agents responded to suspected illegal alien traffic and discovered abandoned vehicles containing marijuana. In the fourth incident, agents approaching a group of backpackers carrying suspected contraband found the group had absconded toward Mexico but not before discarding their load.

A combination of technology and sign cutting (tracking skills) resulted in these successful seizures. Agents remain steadfast in their commitment to protect the border and our communities from all threats, including illegal drugs.

The Tucson Sector has seized more than 552,000 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $442 million, in the first half of this fiscal year, which started Oct. 1, 2009. During the same time last year, Tucson Sector agents seized roughly 595,000 pounds.

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