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September 3, 2006 | MARK ARAX, Mark Arax is a senior writer for West. He is the author of "In My Father's Name" and co-author of "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire."
This was the sum of Hilario Guzman's ledger as he walked into the grape fields on the morning of his death. $6,700 to the coyote who smuggled him and his family over. $2,000 to the bandits who robbed them along the border. $350 a month to rent a tin shack in the San Joaquin Valley. $400 a month to feed four children with another baby on the way. * He had a job that paid 20 cents for every tray of Thompson grapes he picked and laid out in the 105-degree sun to make raisins.
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June 5, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A Fillmore High School senior was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted rape in the January death of a 19-year-old college student who had given him a ride home from a New Year's Eve party. The charges against Samuel Puebla include a special allegation that the slaying occurred during the attempted rape of San Jose State sophomore Valerie Zavala. The allegation would typically make a murder defendant eligible for the death penalty. But Senior Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Fillmore man pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder in the New Year's Eve killing of a 19-year-old college student. Samuel Puebla, 18, remained in Ventura County Jail without bail. He also pleaded not guilty to a special-circumstance charge that the slaying of Valerie Zavala, a San Jose State sophomore, occurred during a rape attempt, said Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox. Although Puebla was 17 years old at the time of the killing, he will be tried as an adult, Fox said.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2000 | Reuters
Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico, walked out in a wage dispute, halting production at the world's only factory producing the popular New Beetle. Salary talks with unions representing 12,600 workers collapsed after 10 days of negotiations. Although the two sides resumed talks later in the day, the walkout continued, a spokesman for the German car maker said.
NEWS
October 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico declared a state of emergency in four states amid flooding that has killed at least 49 people and forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 others. Mudslides and flooding in Puebla state killed at least 26 people, officials said. Four flood-related deaths were reported in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, and at least 17 people have died in neighboring Veracruz state.
NEWS
June 17, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rattled south-central Mexico has risen to 18, but many officials expressed relief as it became clear that the damage from the magnitude-6.7 temblor was not as widespread as feared. Officials said 13 people died in the state of Puebla and one each in Oaxaca, Veracruz and Morelos. In the capital, two people died after the quake of heart attacks apparently triggered by fear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Department officials have reassigned a homicide detective and will train others to be more careful in protecting witnesses in light of the slaying of a teenage girl after officers disclosed her name as part of a ruse during an interrogation. The detective, Martin Pinner, was removed from working homicide cases by supervisors earlier this month after The Times reported the 2003 slaying of 16-year-old Martha Puebla, said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.
WORLD
January 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexican authorities captured five alleged kidnappers -- including three men believed to be federal law enforcement agents and a fourth identified as a Mexico City police officer -- and seized several weapons in the central state of Puebla. The capture took place after police received complaints from the families of four people who apparently eluded the abductors, the Federal Preventive Police agency said in a news release.
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