From the daily archives: Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Sept. 9, 1957 – Dec. 18, 2010

Services for Pastor Johnson will be held on Tuesday, December 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Faith Assembly Church in Imperial and Wednesday, December 29 at 10 a.m., also at Faith Assembly. He will be laid to rest at Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville. A Celebration of life will be held at Turning Point Life Center in Holtville following the funeral.

Our beloved servant of God has completed his missions here on Earth and will now begin his journey with Christ.

Born September 9, 1957 in Calexico, CA to Lou and Louie Johnson. Mike was raised in Holtville, CA where he attended elementary, junior high and high school. As a child, he enjoyed baseball and various outdoor activities such as riding his dirt bike, camping and fishing. When Mike became a young man he joined the family businesses, Johnson Brothers Welding and L & M Welding where he excelled as a welder. Mike also had a passion for helping people. He worked as a volunteer for the Holtville Fire Dept. and Gold Cross Ambulance for several years.

In 1994 after enduring many of life’s struggles he gave his life to the Lord and dedicated himself to his ministry whole heartedly. Some of his greatest accomplishments in life were becoming a Pastor and founding Turning Point Ministries and Turning Point Life Center.

Pastor Mike will always be remembered for his love and passion for his ministry, sharing the words of God, trying to save souls for Christ and his enormous love for his family. He was willing and ready to help those in need.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louie Johnson; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Sawyer.

Michael is survived by his wife, Rosemary Johnson; daughters, Jericho Menvielle, Destiny Johnson, Melissa Cardona, and Gina (Tony) Diaz; grandchildren, Madison Menvielle, Jacob, Jayden, and Abigail Diaz; mother, Lou (Johnson) Robinson; sister, Nancy (Rick) Turner; sisters-in-law, Mary Garcia, Margie (Gabe) Gutierrez, Patty (Javier) Moreno, Christina (Julio) Tydingco, Janina Hurtado; mother and father-in-law, Helen and Elias Hurtado.

Dear Dad, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being our anchor, but for you, our hearts have no bottom. We love you – your daughters.

The family suggests memorials to Sun Community Federal Credit Union c/o Rosemary Johnson.


Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico West Port of Entry thwarted a smuggling attempt with an unusual concealment: narcotics hidden inside cans of hominy, jalapeños, and peach halves.

At about 10:30 a.m. on Friday, a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Pomona, drove a red 2010 Volkswagen Jetta to the downtown border crossing.

A CBP officer inspected groceries that the man had in his car, and noticed anomalies with the weight and feel of the contents in the cans when he picked them up.

A CBP agriculture specialist screened a couple of the cans in an X-ray and detected anomalies, and a CBP officer with a narcotic detector dog screened the cans, and the canine alerted to them.

A service canine alerted officers to the suspect groceries.
CBP officers at the port of entry in downtown Calexico, Calif. found narcotics hidden inside this can of hominy.

Officers then opened the cans, and discovered five packages containing a total of 20.7 pounds of methamphetamine and one package containing 5.2 pounds of marijuana, all worth an estimated $230,000.

In the largest seizure along the California/Mexico border this weekend, CBP officers at the port of entry in downtown Calexico discovered almost 100 pounds of marijuana in the gas tank of a 1990 Chevy Silverado.

On Friday, at about 6 p.m., a CBP officer was roving through the lanes of traffic waiting to enter the United States, with a narcotic detector dog. The canine alerted to the vehicle, driven by a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Calipatria.

A CBP officer, using a fiber-optic scope, found weld marks on the inside of the gas tank.

The gas tank was removed, and officers discovered a metal box fitted inside of the tank. Inside the metal box, officers found a large package, containing 98.3 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $44,600.

In each instance, CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics and turned the suspected smuggler over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.


The American Red Cross – San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter is on the scene in San Diego to help those affected by the torrential rainfall. An emergency shelter will open at 4:00 p.m. today at Magdaleno Recreation Center in Shelltown to help residents impacted by floodwaters.  The Red Cross offers a safe, warm, dry place to stay, a hot meal for shelter residents, minor first aid, and most importantly, a shoulder to lean on. The Red Cross has been operating a Temporary Evacuation Point all day and is now opening an overnight shelter as a precautionary measure in anticipation of heavier rainfall this evening.

The shelter is located at:

Magdaleno Recreation Center

2902 Marcy Avenue

San Diego, 92113

“In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the flood get back on their feet,” said Chris Marek, Chief Officer, Development and Communications. “The Red Cross will keep shelters open as long as needed, to support those affected by the rains.”

The Red Cross offers steps you should follow if your neighborhood is threatened by the flooding or mudslides.

If flooding is a danger:

  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If mudslides threaten your neighborhood:

  • If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can, and contact your public works, fire or police department.
  • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together.
  • If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy. Such changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream so be prepared to move quickly.
  • Be especially alert when driving— watch for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other indications of possible debris flow.
  • If you are ordered or decide to evacuate, take your animals with you, although please note that ONLY official service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help local disaster victims please contact the San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross at 858-309-1200 or visit

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