Valley Police Beat: Drugs seized, several detained in search warrant
No injuries were reported in a car fire that occurred after a vehicle collision in the southwest parking lot of the Imperial Valley Mall on Tuesday. (ALEJANDRO DAVILA Photo / April 3, 2013)
Some 3 oz. of methamphetamine and 1 oz. of heroin were seized from a residence near the 400 block Vine Ave. These drugs had an approximate value of $2,300, according to a press release. Officers also discovered 41 pounds of clean, stripped copper wire inside the home.The wire is believed to have been stolen during some recent copper thefts reported throughout the city.Only one person from that address was arrested, the release notes.Oscar Hester, 36, was in possession of the narcotics found inside that house. Hester was cited and released from custody, pending the filing of charges with the district attorney’s office, the release reads.At the second home near the 1000 block of South Fourth Street, authorities discovered 1 gram of methamphetamine and 1.2 grams of heroin on one occupant.Officers also recovered a laptop computer that was reported stolen during a residential burglary in the city last week.Three people were detained at the home on Vine Avenue and nine people were detained on the Fourth Street warrant.Imperial resident Richard Wilson, 50, was arrested over the narcotics while El Centro resident Angela Viloria, 33, was accused of being in possession of the stolen computer, according to the release.Wilson and Viloria, along with 30-year-old Melissa Batt and 39-year-old Albert Viloria, were booked in Imperial County jail on charges ranging from being in a place where narcotics are being used to parole violations. The other five people were not taken into custody.
El Centro Police, police canine handlers from the California Highway Patrol and the Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team were involved in the operation that took place shortly before 8 a.m.
No injuries in car fire
No injuries were reported during a car fire that started shortly after a two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon.El Centro firefighters suppressed the fire shortly before 2 p.m., after an off-duty Calexico firefighter who was in the area kept the fire at bay, said El Centro Fire Capt. Joe Bernal.“When we arrive there was just smoke,” said Bernal.The incident occurred in the southwest parking lot of the Imperial Valley Mall, just feet from the gas station.Bernal noted the fire may have been related to the accident that involved a Ford Thunderbird and an F-150 pickup. The thunderbird showed heavy damage on the hood and windshield caused by the fire.
Jeep reportedly stolen
A white 2000 Jeep Cherokee was reportedly stolen while parked on Third Street, just south of Ross Avenue on Monday afternoon.The vehicle displayed “mood racing” stickers on both doors, according to El Centro police call logs, which note the report came in around noon.
Resicence burglarized, electronics taken
Various electronics items, including two televisions were stolen from an apartment near the 1600 block of Adams Avenue.The incident was reported Monday night, but El Centro police call logs note the burglary could have occurred as early as last Thursday.A Nintendo Wii and a Plays Station 3 were taken along with the televisions, the logs show. All the valuables were estimated to be worth about $1,000.— Alejandro Dávila, email@example.com
Arizona man airlifted following rollover traffic accident
HOLTVILLE - Robert Tovar, a 56-year-old Yuma resident, was flown to the University of California, San Diego, Medical Center via REACH air ambulance with a major head injury following a rollover traffic accident earlier this morning, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.
Tovar was traveling eastbound on Interstate 8 in a 2002 Peterbilt tractor with a trailer at approximately 55 miles per hour when the vehicle began to drift off the roadway and onto the right shoulder of the road, according to the press release.
Tovar over-corrected his steering and subsequently rolled over in the middle of the eastbound traffic lanes.
The eastbound lanes were closed for three hours and traffic was diverted off SR-115. This collision is still under investigation.— Karina Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Highway patrol to conduct sobriety checkpoint
IMPERIAL COUNTY - The El Centro office of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday somewhere within the unincorporated area of Imperial County.The goal of the highway patrol is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of intoxicated drivers.A sobriety checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and designed to augment existing patrol operation.By publicizing their efforts, the highway patrol believes they can deter motorists from being intoxicated while driving.Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.— Karina Lopez, email@example.com
Man dies after accident
OCOTILLO - A man died after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 8 east of Mountain Springs Road, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol.
The unidentified man who died was reportedly the driver of a van that had carried four illegal immigrants to that area, according to the news release. The other driver involved was an El Centro resident.