From the monthly archives: April 2013

Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Mississippi, announce that James Everett Dutschke, age 41, of Tupelo, Mississippi, has been arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining, and possessing a biological agent, toxin, and delivery system for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin; and with attempting, threatening, and conspiring to do the same, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 175(a). If convicted on this charge, Dutschke faces maximum possible penalties of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

Dutschke is expected to appear in the United States District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, on Monday, April 29, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander. The arrest is based on a federal charge. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

The arrest resulted from a cooperative investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Mississippi and Memphis Joint Terrorism Task Forces, the United States Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Capitol Police, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi, and the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, assisted by the following state and local agencies: Mississippi National Guard 47th Civil Support, Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office, Corinth Police Department, Tupelo Police Department, and Booneville Police Department.

The public is reminded to be vigilant in alerting any suspicious letters or activity to the appropriate authorities.


Tribune-Weekly-Chronicle April 25, 2013


For Immediate Release:                                                                            April 24, 2013
Contact: Alexis Brown
Company: Imperial Chamber of Commerce Position: Director of Marketing & Events Phone: (760) 355-1609/Fax: (760) 355-3920

RE: 2013 Freedom Fest- Vendor Application Reminder

To Whom It May Concern:

The following statement is for immediate release.

“Don’t forget to join FM 107.5, The Imperial Chamber of Commerce, Imperial Valley College, and associated parties for Freedom Fest 2013 on Thursday, July 4th.  This year marks the
23rd annual celebration of Freedom Fest which has become the largest single day event in Imperial County.  Once again, Freedom Fest will be held on the campus of Imperial Valley College located on 380 East Aten Road in Imperial, CA.

The Imperial Chamber of Commerce is now accepting vendor applications for this event. To download a vendor application please visit or stop by the Imperial Chamber located at 297 South Imperial Avenue in Imperial, CA. All forms may be submitted to 297 South Imperial Avenue, Imperial, CA 92251, faxed to 760-355-3920 or emailed to Submission deadlines are:

   Commercial & Non-Profit Food Vendors: June 10, 2013
   Other Vendors: June 20, 2013

Early and completed applications submitted will be given first priority for booth placement. Don’t wait, reserve your space today and be a part of this great American Tradition right here in the Imperial Valley!”

We thank you for your continued support of this event. For more information, please contact FM
107.5 at 760-352-1230, the Imperial Chamber of Commerce at 760-355-1609 or email


Alexis L. Brown
Director of Marketing & Events
Imperial Chamber of Commerce


Imperial Valley, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents’ recent arrests have led to the successful conviction and sentencing of eight illegal immigrants, all individuals with prior convictions for other crime(s).

The apprehensions took place earlier this year near the border cities of Calexico, El Centro, and Indio. The illegal immigrants, many of which have extensive criminal histories, were presented for prosecution on federal criminal charges.

GUEVARA-Hernandez, Gonzalo Sentenced 15 months in federal prison
FLORES-Martinez, Tomas Sentenced 51 months in federal prison
CASTRO-Soto, Fidel Sentenced 33 months in federal prison
ALCANTAR-Baca, Salvador Sentenced 27 months in federal prison
MARTINEZ-Guerrero, Raul Sentenced 18 months in federal prison
DOMINGUEZ-Romero, Domingo Sentenced 48 months in federal prison
MAYORGA, Carlos Sentenced 27 months in federal prison
OLIVERA-Ruelas, Martin Sentenced 30 months in federal prison

The illegal immigrants will be deported to their country of origin after serving their prison sentences.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.


By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors aprove program that will focus in idenfying and preventing future criminal behavior.

The Board of Supervisors approved a request from District Attorney Gilbert Otero for the Adminstrative Support Services Agreement between the Imperial County Distirct and National Corrective Group, Inc. (CorrectiveSolutions), to intitute a pre-charge, pre-trial, and/or post-trial diversion program in Imperial County referred to as Community Accountability Program. All cost associated with the program will be the resonsabilty of Corrective Solutions.

The purpose of the program, Otero said, is to address the root causes of a person’s criminal involvment and provide them with an opportunity to correct the behavior. The Program will allow eligble individuals accused of committing certain crimes to avoid criminal prosecution by particpting in and fulfuillling specific requirments.

“The requirments include attendance at educational and rehabilative Community Accountability Classes which address the causes, behavioral patterns and stresses that contribute to various forms of crimminal conduct and teach the participants how to avoid repating such offenses in the future.” Otero said. He also mentioned that this is an effort to aliviate the work of the court and prevent future crimes.

The District Attorney’s Office will identify eligible individuals, establish conditions of participation, and refer eligible individuals to correctie solutions. Corrective solutions will adminster the program and notifty the District Attorney’s Office regarding the partcipants prograss and compleitons. Corrective Solutions will provide administrative support services and staff to adminster the program classes.

Paticiapants are required to pay fees which are attached to the Community Accountability Agreement. The program fees include an adminstrative fee to offset the District Attorney’s Office’s adminstrative expenses associated with determining program eligiblity and coordianting program completion. In addition, the District Attorney’s Office intends for a portion of this fees to be applied to an Indignet Praticipation Fund.

Supervisor Mike Kelley inquired about the $175 fee and pointed out that most that in most cases people that commit these type of offences are indigents and asked how will they help them to get access to this program. Otero responded that this program will have special fund to help those that need help to pay the fee and want to change their behavior.

The board of Supervisors apporve this proposasl with at vote of 5-0.


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