Juarez Death Is Still A Mystery

By Luke Phillips
So far, the death of local resident Manuel Jaurez remains a mystery.
Jaurez was found dead by staff members at the Golden West motel on Adams Avenue in El Centro on Friday, July 2.
An autopsy performed Friday, July 10 revealed that Jaurez died of asphyxiation, but police still haven’t been able to determine if Juarez was murdered or if he took his own life.
El Centro Police Commander Jeff Mason says that so far, a pathologist has ruled Juarez’s manner of death undetermined.
“We’re waiting for more test results to give a more clear picture of what went on,” Mason said.
Mason says that toxicology and other tests will be performed to help determine the manner of death, but it could be weeks before the tests yield any answers.
“The tests usually take between five and eight weeks to complete,” Mason said. “The medical examiner and pathologist are being just as careful as we are.”
Mason says that the police haven’t identified any people of interest in the death, but have interviewed and question everyone who was at the scene when the body was discovered.
“We’re confident that the people we talked to and questioned were the ones we needed to speak to,” Mason said. “We believe there are no potential witnesses we haven’t identified and interviewed.

Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement of Support for Attorney General’s Lawsuit

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement in support of the Attorney General’s decision to file a lawsuit to overturn the recent decisions by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency that effectively prevent the continuation of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) programs.

Police Briefs

City of Holtville

Monday, July 12


The caller’s gate has been forced open sometime late last night; the caller arrived home to find that his back gate was pushed in. Though there are clear signs of the fence being struck hard by a large vehicle, nobody saw it; the caller was advised of his options.


Bureau of Reclamation announces $3.247 million for hydraulic dredge to perform Colorado River channel maintenance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Reclamation, an agency in the Department of the Interior, has awarded a $3,247,000 contract to Ellicott Dredges, LLC, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the purchase of new hydraulic dredge for use in support of Colorado River channel maintenance.

Under this award, Ellicott Dredges, LLC, a Baltimore-based contractor, will design and build a large-scale hydraulic dredge for use by Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office to remove accumulated silt and sediment from backwaters and settling basins along the lower Colorado River near Imperial and Laguna Dams.