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January 20, 2008 | Richard Marosi and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
A U.S. Border Patrol agent pursuing suspected drug smugglers along the California-Mexico border was struck and killed Saturday by one of the fleeing vehicles, agency officials said. The agent was trying to stop two vehicles that had illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico when he was hit, said agent Jeremy Schappell, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Yuma sector. He said the incident occurred about 9:30 a.m.
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.
March 7, 2007 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will fill in seven cross-border tunnels that critics say pose a national security risk because they could be reused by smugglers. The Los Angeles Times reported in January that the tunnels had not been filled, largely because of jurisdictional issues and a lack of money.
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.
July 26, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Gabriel Dieblas Roman took orders from cartel bosses in Mexico, hard men who ruled by fear, but he wouldn't approve a shipment without talking to a plucky, middle-aged woman from Compton. Guadalupe "Lupita" Villalobos ran a storefront botanica where Virgin of Guadalupe statuettes sat beside grinning Saint Death skeletons. She would threaten to turn neighbors into toads, and her clients believed she could divine the future by studying snail shells scattered on a tabletop. Roman, a client, called her one day for advice on an important matter.
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.
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.
April 2, 1995 | JOHN McKINNEY
From the jumbled rock formations at the border are views of two countries (Mexico and the United States), two counties (Imperial and San Diego) and two mountain ranges (the Jacumba and the Sierra Juarez). These views and a lot of good walking are two of the attractions of the newly designated Jacumba Wilderness, set aside by Congress in October, 1994, as part of the far-reaching California Desert Protection Act. The U.S.
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.
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