From the monthly archives: August 2010

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Station arrested an illegal alien with an extensive criminal history and who is wanted for murder in Portland, Oregon.

At about 12 a.m., Border Patrol agents discovered footprints of four subjects near County 17th Street who appeared to have crossed the international boundary illegally. After tracking the footprints, agents arrested two of the individuals who were illegally in the United States. The individuals were taken to the Yuma Station for processing. Through fingerprint checks, it was discovered that Isreal Torres-Medina had a warrant for his arrest for murder in Portland, Ore. He also had a warrant for flight to avoid apprehension from the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Torres-Medina was turned over to the Yuma Police Department and is waiting extradition to Portland, Ore.

U.S. Border Patrol agents remain vigilant not only for immigration and narcotics, but also for dangerous criminals attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. The interception of a convicted murderer exemplifies the Border Patrol’s ongoing efforts to secure our borders from all threats. Apprehending dangerous criminals, including those previously convicted of heinous crimes, is one way the Border Patrol works to improve the quality of life in border communities and throughout the country.


California’s split 2010 dove season will be open from Sept. 1-15, and again from Nov. 13-Dec. 27, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced.

The season includes white-winged and mourning doves, for which the combined bag limit is 10 birds and the possession limit is 20. Hunters can also harvest Eurasian collared doves, which are now common in some parts of the state. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit for this species.

There is no open hunting season on common ground-doves, ruddy ground-doves or Inca doves.

Open or limited dove hunting opportunities are available in DFG-managed wildlife areas and ecological reserves from Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in the north to the Imperial Valley Wildlife Area in the south. Hunts are conducted both on a reservation and non-reservation basis. Information on these opportunities can be found at and

This year, numerous additional hunting sites will be made available in the Niland area of the Imperial Valley, through the cooperative efforts of DFG, Desert Wildlife Unlimited, the Imperial County Fish and Game Commission, Quail Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the San Diego Chapter of the Safari Club. More information on this program is available from the Imperial Wildlife Area, (760) 359-0577.

Hunters must be in possession of a valid hunting license, an Upland Game Bird Stamp and a free Harvest Information Program Stamp. Proper safety precautions should be taken, including wearing shooting safety glasses in the field. Hunters are required to leave a fully feathered wing attached to doves when transporting them.

Each year an estimated 90,000 dove hunters take to the field in California to harvest more than 1.5 million doves. The sale of the required upland game bird stamps supports DFG’s Game Bird Heritage Program, which provides funding annually to plant dove food crops on state lands and on partnership private lands in the Imperial Valley. The upland game bird regulations for 2010/11 can be found at

Further localized information is also available at regional offices throughout the state.


San Diego — The crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) marine interdiction vessel stopped a human smuggling attempt off the coast of San Diego netting seven illegal aliens on Sunday afternoon.

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Boat seized by CBP that was hauling seven illegal aliens from Mexico.
Boat seized by CBP that was hauling seven illegal aliens from Mexico.

A CBP maritime crew comprised of CBP marine interdiction agents and CBP officers, were on routine patrol about three miles off the coast of Point Loma at around 5 p.m., when they spotted a vessel of interest and proceeded to investigate.

The CBP crew encountered the vessel, a red and white 18-foot Chris Craft Cavalier, with seven individuals on board, five females and two males, all with no identification.

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Boat seized by CBP that was hauling seven illegal aliens from Mexico.
Boat seized by CBP that was hauling seven illegal aliens from Mexico.

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Coastal Border Enforcement Team (CBET) met the CBP crew at the CBP Dock on Shelter Island in San Diego Harbor to determine the people’s citizenship.

Border Patrol agents determined the seven people were citizens of Mexico attempting to illegally enter the United States. Their ages ranged from 22 to 56-years-old. All were transported to a Border Patrol Station for processing.

An investigation is being conducted to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible for this smuggling attempt. CBP seized the vessel.

The interdiction was part of a coordinated effort by member agencies of the San Diego Maritime Unified Command. The San Diego Maritime Unified Command, comprised of CBP, ICE, the Coast Guard, and other law enforcement partners, is an all-threats multi-agency approach to maritime law enforcement operating in the San Diego and Orange County maritime region.


By Bob Hurst

Despite an injury-plagued season, Manny Ramirez was enticing enough to three teams in the AL playoff race to make waiver claims on him. The Chicago White Sox won the exclusive rights to Ramirez over the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays because they had the worst record of the three.

The Los Angeles Dodgers opted to let Ramirez go and get nothing in return instead of working out a trade or keeping the outfielder. The White Sox will pay the remaining $3.8 million left on Ramirez’s contract. Ramirez will become a free agent at the end of the season.

But for now, Chicago hopes to get a spark from Ramirez while trying to catch the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central race. Ramirez helped lead the Dodgers to an NL West Division title in 2008 after getting traded from Boston. He hit .396 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs in the Dodgers last 53 games that year, and added four homers with 10 RBIs in the playoffs.

Ramirez, 38, is a 12-time All-Star who ranked 14th on the all-time home run list with 554 career homers at the start of this week. He had a .311 average with just eight homers and 40 RBIs with the Dodgers this season in 66 games. Ramirez went on the disabled list three times with right-leg injuries.

Ramirez’s last game as a Dodger was not pretty. After sitting for four consecutive games, he pinch-hit in the sixth inning with the bases loaded on Sunday at Colorado. After just one pitch, Ramirez argued a strike call and was ejected from the game.

Strasburg likely needs surgery: Maybe it was too good to be true — a No. 1 draft pick, a consistent fastball in the 100 mph range, and the future of the downtrodden Washington Nationals franchise.

But Stephen Strasburg, the 22-year-old rookie pitching sensation, has a torn ligament in his right elbow. He will likely need Tommy John surgery to replace the ligament, and will require 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation. That means that Strasburg will miss the rest of this year and all of next season.

Strasburg came on like gangbusters in his first major league start in June, striking out 14 batters against Pittsburgh. He had 92 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched with a 5-3 record and 2.91 ERA in 12 starts for the Nationals.

“It’s a new challenge,” Strasburg said. “I want to be the best at everything, and right now I want to be the best at rehabbing and getting back out there. It’s going to be a learning experience. I feel I’m going to be able to grow a lot as an individual and as a baseball player.”

Many pitchers have successfully returned after having Tommy John surgery, named after the pitcher who first had the procedure done in 1974 by Dr. Frank Jobe, when John was with the Dodgers.

Among those who have had the surgery and are prospering this season are Francisco Liriano, who is 12-7 with a 3.41 ERA for the Twins; Tim Hudson, who is 15-5 with a 2.24 ERA with Atlanta, and Chris Carpenter, who is 14-4 with a 2.93 ERA with St. Louis.

StatsWatch: Who will win the NL home run title this season? It’s a tight race with several players battling it out. Here are the NL’s homer leaders (through Sunday):

Albert Pujols, Cardinals, 35 HRs

Adam Dunn, Nationals, 32

Joey Votto, Reds, 32

Dan Uggla, Marlins, 29

Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, 29

Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks, 29

Prince Fielder, Brewers, 28

Adrian Gonzalez, Padres, 27

Diamond Notes: The Chicago White Sox retired the uniform number of former slugger Frank Thomas in a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday. Thomas, who wore No. 35, is the ninth White Sox player to have his number retired. Thomas played 16 of his 19 major league seasons with Chicago, and had a career .301 batting average to go with 521 home runs, 1,704 RBIs and a .419 on-base percentage. The club will also erect a statue of Thomas at the ball park next year…Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens entered a not guilty plea on Monday to charges of lying to Congress regarding whether he used performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens swore under oath before a House Committee in February 2008 that he did not use steroids or human growth hormone. Federal prosecutors charged Clemens with making false statements, perjury and obstruction of Congress…Andy Pettitte is eying a return in about two weeks. The New York Yankees pitcher has been out since July 18 with a strained groin. With the minor league season ending next week, Pettitte’s preparation for a start will likely be done in bullpen sessions and throwing against teammates. He was 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA at the time of his injury.

Copyright © 2010  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.


EL CENTRO, Calif. – August 31, 2010 – In an effort to continue to enhance patient safety, ECRMC has announced the implementation of the SoftID Positive Patient Identification System to the Robert J. Westcott Memorial Clinical Laboratory, located at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

The Positive Patient Identification System allows for organized, seamless recording of patient identification and confirmation of orders for laboratory samples during collection. This is one of several advanced technologies ECRMC has committed to for the Imperial Valley community.

Utilizing the hospital’s network infrastructure a hand-held device will scan patients’ armband and query the laboratory computer system for positive patient identification and confirmation of pending specimens for collection. Labels are printed at the point of service and information is downloaded to the laboratory computer systems confirming specimen collection with date, time and the identity of the lab technician collecting the sample.

“We are excited about this quality improvement designed to eliminate identification errors,” said David Mohlenhoff, senior director of the Laboratory Department. “This ensures that the correct test is collected for the correct patient, at the correct time.”

“This new system helps us continue to improve patient care and addresses patient safety goals set forth by the Joint Commission,” added Mohlenhoff.


El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: “To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley.”

ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a new facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide advanced healthcare service, helping ECRMC continue to achieve its goal of providing excellence in healthcare.

Recent additions to the hospital include the opening of the Wound Care Center; the implementation of the Hospitalist Program; the Asthma and Diabetes Program; and the Children’s Specialist Program. A new Outpatient Center is planned in order to continue excellent service within the local community.

ECRMC has also recently announced a collaboration with the Oncology and Hematology Center of Imperial Valley to create the El Centro Regional Medical Center Oncology and Hematology Center. Maintaining its commitment to medical technology advancement, the hospital has invested in the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System. The surgery system allows for safe and less intrusive procedures in various surgical fields, including urology, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology and more.

Effective August 2010, ECRMC partnered with TeamHealth, one of the nation’s leading healthcare staffing organizations, to provide high quality emergency department management and staffing, elevating the hospital’s ER department.

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