From the daily archives: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Friday caught a fugitive with an active, no-bail felony warrant for homicide in the first degree, issued in 1994 at the request of the Chicago Police Department.

At about 5 p.m. on April 22, Alfredo Marin Ramirez, a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen, arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry, and requested a waiver to enter the U.S., since he did not have the required documents. Marin Ramirez presented his Mexican birth certificate and other official identification documents from Mexico.

The CBP officer scanned Marin Ramirez’s fingerprints to confirm identification, and ran a routine check of law enforcement databases. The CBP officer found the outstanding warrant issued in 1994 for homicide in the first degree and confirmed the warrant with the Chicago Police Department.

CBP officers arrested Marin Ramirez; he was booked into the San Diego County Jail, pending transfer to Chicago.

Marin Ramirez was one of 18 persons with active warrants arrested attempting to enter the United States at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border this weekend. Other warrants were issued for alleged crimes related to burglary, dangerous drugs, assault, property damage, stolen vehicles, and other charges.


By Bob Hurst


A 2-10 start to the season had the Boston Red Sox in the basement of the American League East, and Red Sox fans turning their attention to two of the city’s other pro teams — the Celtics and Bruins.


But with the talent on the Red Sox, it was just a matter of time before they began to turn things around. After a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, and on the road at that, Boston had come out victorious in eight of nine games, and its 10-11 record was good for third place, 3 games behind the New York Yankees on Tuesday.


Boston’s resurgence has been keyed by a starting pitching staff that went 7-1 with an 0.88 earned run average over nine games. Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just one hit while striking out nine in eight innings in Saturday’s 5-0 win. He was coming off a 9-1 win last week over Toronto in which he limited the Blue Jays to one hit in seven innings pitched, ending a streak of seven consecutive winless starts.


“When he goes out there and throws strikes and throws it where he wants to and get ahead, that’s what he can do,” teammate Kevin Youkilis said.


John Lackey beat his former team on Sunday in another shutout, 7-0, giving up six hits in eight innings. He fanned six and walked one. It was the ninth straight game that Boston’s starters have gone at least five innings while allowing less than three runs.


In the series opener, Josh Beckett allowed two runs and three hits in eight innings pitched. Boston won that game 4-2 in 11 innings. Jon Lester won the next game 4-3 in six scoreless innings.


“I think they’re all feeding off each other a little bit,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “Getting some stability and consistency in the rotation really helps.”


The Red Sox had an overall ERA of 6.79 in their first 12 games, but dropped it to 1.64 over the next nine.


“We’re just executing pitches right now,” Lester said. “That’s the main thing. We’re very confident. We just have to stay healthy. So if everyone keeps taking their turn, everything should take care of itself.”


Boston’s sweep over the Angels should not come as a surprise. The Red Sox are 13-1 against the Angels since the start of 2010, outscoring them 88-41. But it was their first four-game sweep at Anaheim since 1980.


Now that their pitching has turned the corner, including closer Jonathan Papelbon, who had five saves entering this week’s series at Baltimore, the Red Sox appear to back as a fixture near the top of the AL East standings.


“We dug ourselves a hole,” Francona said. “Now we’re trying to dig out of it. “It’s kind of like a hitter with a low batting average but feels good about himself. We’re starting to do some things better.”

StatsWatch: Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro committed three errors in the second inning of Monday night’s 5-3 loss to the Rockies at Wrigley Field. He is the first Cub to have three errors in an inning since Jaime Navarro did it on Aug. 18, 1996 against Houston. A few more notes:

  • The most errors by a shortstop in one inning is four (three times), the last occurring on Sept. 13, 1942, by the Cubs’ Lennie Merullo.
  • Before Castro, the last player to make three errors in an inning was Cleveland third baseman Andy Marte on June 10, 2010.
  • And the last shortstop to commit three errors in one inning was Aaron Miles of St. Louis on July 7, 2007.


Diamond Notes: MLB commissioner Bud Selig has picked former Texas Rangers team president J. Thomas Schieffer to run the Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB took over daily operations of the club last week from owner Frank McCourt. Schieffer, 63, is a former Texas state representative and former U.S. ambassador to Australia and Japan. He was president of the Rangers from 1991-99…Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver won again on Monday, shutting out the A’s 5-0 to improve his record to 6-0. Weaver is the first pitcher in major league history to get six wins by April 25 and is the sixth pitcher since 1900 with six victories by the end of April. He has three shutouts and four complete games in 150 career starts…Philadelphia is leading in home attendance, averaging 45,483 through its first 11 home games. San Francisco was second at 41,985 after nine games. At the bottom are Kansas City, averaging 15,509 in 14 games and Cleveland at 14,391 through nine.



Copyright © 2011  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.



By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted to endorse the new Infrastructure Financing District proposed bill that will start hearing this week.

As reported before by the Calexico Chronicle, State Senator Louis Wolk (D-Davis) introduced SB 214 that would ensure that municipalities still retain some tools to continue their economic development and give locals another financing option similar to redevelopment agencies. Wolk’s legislation, Senate Bill 214, works as compromise in the ongoing debate to eliminate or not the RDA. SB 214 would allow the Infrastructure Financing Districts (IFDs) to absorb many of the functions of the current redevelopment agencies. This new agency could replace the Redevelopment Agencies if they are phased-out by the governor’s proposal.

Wolk said that his will be a means to continue to provide economic development while ending the fears of school and special districts.

IFD projects would be targeted to highways, transit, water and sewer projects, flood control, libraries, parks and recreation, and solid waste facilities. Unlike the Redevelopment Agency, an IFD cannot divert school property taxes and must have the approval from other local entities within the district. This legislation will extend the term of IFD bonds from 30 years to 40 years, giving local governments longer to repay their debt and lowering their monthly debt payments.

The Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Senator Wolk supporting SB214saying that IFDs can be a very effective means of creating new economic development opportunities in depressed rural communities such as Imperial County.

Supervisor Gary Wyatt said that having and IFD at the County will help projects such as Keystone/Mesquite Lake that needs infrastructure funding. Wyatt said that the IFD would help projects like these and help with economic development and job creation for that area.

“We have at least one opportunity to establish such as district in an area that is in the heart of Imperial Valley and has a tremendous opportunity to develop jobs an economic activity in the renewable energy filed and relate industries. The area has been zoned as a special planning area for industrial development and several companies have expressed interest in the area, but until we find a way to develop the necessary infrastructure for water and wastewater, we have not been able to move forward with these projects.” The letter stated.

The bill will have its initial committee hearings this week before going to the Senate floor.





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