August 3, 1986
The first issue of Southern California Land magazine, a trade publication specializing in land issues, has made its debut. Its bimonthly, 20,000 circulation area ranges from San Luis Obispo County to the Mexican border. Barry Corday Fain, a writer and editor for 25 years, is editor of the four-color, slick magazine, designed to cater to the needs of land professionals. Circulation will be by paid subscription, with copies selling for $2.50.
January 16, 1987 |
A man who helped round up and detain 13 aliens during a patrol of the Mexican border last summer pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges of illegally carrying firearms. U.S. Magistrate Nancy Fiora set a March 4 trial date for J. R. Hagan, who was named last month in two counts of an indictment accusing him of illegal firearms possession.
June 30, 1998 |
Heavily armed gunmen kidnapped four U.S. missionaries on a remote ranch in the north but left them unharmed after a gun battle with troops and police, officials said. The Americans were recovered after the gunfight near the Mexican border in Guatemala's Peten region, national Police Chief Angel Conte Cojulun told a news conference. Blood found at the site indicated that one of the kidnappers may have been wounded.
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February 17, 2009 |
A 23-year-old fugitive wanted for his alleged role in the killing of a San Bernardino rapper has been arrested at the Mexican border. Officials said Monday that Jeffrey Berrouet was taken into custody Saturday night at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. San Bernardino County sheriff's detectives issued an arrest warrant for Berrouet in the June 2008 robbery, kidnapping, torture and slaying of Robert Mastrangelo. The Press Enterprise newspaper says Mastrangelo, who performed under the name Self Sufficient, was found in a drainage ditch off Interstate 15 in Barstow.
July 20, 2009 |
This city in the foothills of the Rockies has scenery more diverse than most Hollywood back lots: A 19th century castle, a Spanish colonial plaza and miles of prairie and mountains. That landscape -- along with New Mexico's generous film incentives -- has lured more than a dozen movie productions here in the last decade. The filming has brought in a surge of money, but it has also brought tension.
May 30, 1989
The battle against illegal drugs and aliens has left unexpected casualties near the Mexican border: flat-tailed horned lizards flattened by off-road U.S. Border Patrol vehicles. Bureau of Land Management officials allege that Border Patrol agents not only kill the lizards but disregard off-limits signs and barriers, destroying archeological finds up to 10,000 years old in the Yuha Basin. The Yuha area, 25 miles north of the Mexican border, is one of four desert areas where the lizards live.
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March 8, 2010 |
The smuggler threatened to kill 4-year-old Nayli if he didn't receive $11,500 from her parents -- immediately. He had sneaked the girl across the Mexican border nearly a month earlier and now was holding her for ransom somewhere near Los Angeles. "Mommy, I don't want to be here anymore," Nayli said through tears when the smuggler put her on the phone. Her mother, Yaneth, could hear terror in her daughter's voice. "OK, mija , I am coming," she answered in Spanish before the smuggler hung up. Yaneth was desperate.
March 2, 2014 |
Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum sharply criticized the agency for a "lack of diligence" in investigating fatal encounters involving its agents. The report, based on internal case files of 67 shooting incidents leading to 19 deaths between January 2010 and October 2012, also faulted some of the agents' practices, including positioning themselves in the "exit path" of fleeing vehicles apparently as a pretext for opening fire in self-defense.
October 3, 2008 |
Padre Island National Seashore, the world's longest undeveloped barrier island, looks as if people have been using it as a dump for decades. Tons of debris swept up by Hurricane Ike last month were carried by Gulf of Mexico currents hundreds of miles to this ordinarily pristine landscape north of the Mexican border. Sections of roofs, refrigerators, loveseats, beds, TVs, hot tubs and holiday decorations litter the more than 60 miles of sand in the national park. Wildlife workers worry the trash will harm birds and other animals, including endangered turtles that nest here in the spring.