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May 4, 2000
Warnings of yet another mining pollution disaster were issued by the Romanian government after it was discovered that a leak had occurred at a waste storage pond containing huge amounts of various materials, including heavy metals. The leak followed three previous spills of cyanide and heavy metals from gold mining operations in northern Romania into the Tisza River during February and March, causing a large-scale ecological disaster.
September 25, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
An inspector for U.S. Customs and Border Protection was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine through his inspection lane at the California-Mexico border crossing in Calexico, federal authorities said. The officer, Oscar Osbaldo Ortiz-Martinez, a two-year veteran, allegedly accepted $52,000 in bribes from informants and federal undercover agents posing as drug traffickers in exchange for allowing what he believed were drug-laden cars to pass through his lane without inspection.
The U.S. Customs Service plans to deploy another 120 inspectors along the California-Mexico border, but authorities say little immediate relief is in sight from the frustrating traffic delays that now plague the busy crossings.
August 19, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
The contingent of National Guard troops scheduled for deployment next month at the California- Mexico border will be smaller and more narrowly focused than past missions, aiming at front-line deterrence rather than building fences and roads, according to federal officials. The 224 California National Guard members are part of President Obama's move to bolster enforcement efforts along the entire U.S-Mexico border, first announced in May. Most of the 1,200 National Guard troops heading to the frontier, about 550, are going to Arizona, the major illegal immigration corridor into the U.S. The California contingent will be posted at strategic areas across San Diego County and will drive U.S. Border Patrol vehicles, using binoculars and night-vision goggles to spot incursions and report them to federal agents, according to Kim Holman, a National Guard spokeswoman.
February 14, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The controversial Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 seven miles south of here will again close temporarily as part of an ongoing evaluation of its need, an agency spokeswoman said Monday. Ann Summers, a Border Patrol supervisor, said the 71-year-old checkpoint will close "sometime in late February" and its 80 agents will be transferred to the California-Mexico border for about six weeks, in time for the anticipated seasonal surge in illegal immigrant crossings.
A judge in Imperial County dismissed criminal charges Monday against two Mexican consulate staff members who were accused of bribing a Calexico official with $600 in an effort to learn the identity of a U.S. Border Patrol agent involved in a controversial shooting. The likelihood that the two were eligible for diplomatic immunity figured in the decision of the Imperial County district attorney's office to request that charges be dropped, authorities said.
September 2, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake fluttered through much of Southern California on Thursday afternoon, the largest quake to be felt in the Los Angeles area in more than a year. But the shaking was so soft many people just carried on with their day. "Just a rolly," said an operator at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, two miles southeast of the epicenter in the San Gabriel Mountains. "It didn't even move my chair. " "There was no screaming out that I was aware of," said Joe Keys, a hospital assistant administrator, who described the quake as lasting only a few seconds.
March 20, 2014 | By Richard Marosi
California has emerged as the major gateway for methamphetamine into the country, with Mexican organized crime groups smuggling an estimated 70% of the U.S. supply through state border crossings, according to a report released Thursday by state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris. The 98-page report on trends in transnational organized crime also cites maritime smuggling, money laundering and criminal alliances between Mexican drug cartels and Southern California gangs as growing public safety threats.
September 10, 1992 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Army Corps of Engineers announced plans Wednesday to erect scores of floodlights along a 13-mile strip of land on the U.S.-Mexico border to deter drug smugglers and illegal aliens. The proposal calls for raising 150 poles up to 60 feet tall that would support banks of lights and power lines, an Army spokesman said. The concrete and wooden poles would be installed on the north side of the international border about one mile inland from the Pacific Ocean.
September 13, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
Rep. Jim Bates (D-San Diego), citing "misunderstandings" he said were caused by a news account, Friday scrapped legislation to establish federal criminal penalties for the use of excess force by federal law enforcement agents. Bates withdrew the bill, the subject of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday, after a news story on the hearing in The Times mistakenly quoted him as saying that some agents of the U.S. Border Patrol have a "Rambo-type" mentality.
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