IMPERIAL COUNTY: Assault with deadly weapon
A man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Sunday afternoon, though the circumstances behind the arrest were not known by press time.
Francisco Gutierrez, 41, was arrested about 3:30 p.m. Sunday and booked into the Imperial County jail with a $50,000 bond, according to Imperial County Sheriff’s Office arrest logs. Other charges were added, including violation of probation.
Missing man found dead on range
A missing man from Tucson, Ariz., was found dead Sunday after apparently walking away from his car, which had been found a week earlier.
De Anza Search and Rescue units found the body of Arthur Louis Hartung, 77, Sunday morning in the bombing range north of Niland, said Sgt. Thomas Garcia, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office supervising deputy coroner. His vehicle was found last weekend by Border Patrol in the bombing range area and stored by the California Highway Patrol. After the vehicle was stored, it was found that Hartung had been reported missing.
De Anza units searched throughout the week and found Hartung about 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Garcia said. It looks like Hartung walked away from his vehicle, and it appears he had been out there for roughly 10 days.
“It didn’t appear that there was any suspicious trauma or injury that would give us some possible cause of death, so we’ll have to wait for the autopsy,” Garcia said.
The autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.
Alert issued for shots fired from car
A car was headed to Imperial County after shots were reportedly fired from it, and Imperial Valley law enforcement agencies were put on alert.
The Yuma Police Department shared the information about shots being fired from a black Toyota Corolla with a California license plate about 11:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Sheriff’s Office logs. A Hispanic man was reportedly driving the car, with a woman in the passenger seat and a child in the vehicle as well.
The car was last seen heading into California, and the Quechan Police Department, Border Patrol and those working at the Andrade Port of Entry were warned that the car may be heading their way, according to the Valley radio report.
Amber Alert issued from Tenn.
Amber Alert issued for car heading toward Arizona
An Amber Alert was issued Sunday afternoon for three girls taken in Tennessee.
Adriene, Alexandria and Kaliyah Bain were last seen April 27, and Hardeman County, Tenn., sheriff’s officials reported that the three may be en route to Mississippi or Arizona, according to Imperial County Sheriff’s Office logs. Two suspects in the case are Adam Mayes, who is believed to be carrying a weapon, and Jo Anne Bain.
BRAWLEY: Man, 18, arrested on warrant
An 18-year-old man, identified in a log entry at the Brawley Police Department as Brandon Henry McKernan, was arrested early Monday in the 400 block of A Street on a $50,000 warrant. McKernan was arrested at 12:22 a.m. No one at the Police Department had any immediate information about what the warrant was for, but officials at the county jail reported that warrant was for vandalism.
EL CENTRO: Electronics taken in burglary
Various electronics worth more than $1,500 were taken from a residence in the 1000 block of Olive Avenue during the weekend.
Though the incident was reported Sunday night, according to El Centro police call logs, the incident could have taken place between Saturday and the time of call.
The family was out of town during those dates, and arrived home to find the east door of their house forced opened.
At least three laptops worth $1,500, a Nintendo Wii system worth $300, a Nintendo DS worth $200, and a $100 black LG touch screen cell phone were taken, the logs read, but no suspect information was available.
Car burglarized, damaged
Fingerprints were found on the door handle of a car that was burglarized and vandalized over the weekend near the 800 block of Vine Street.
The incident was reported Sunday morning, according to El Centro police call logs, but the incident could have occurred as early as Saturday.
The vehicle’s paint was scratched and four tires were slashed, the logs read.
In addition, a digital camera, a television screen and a CD/DVD player were taken from the car.
BRAWLEY: Graffiti on property fence reported
Police received a 7:57 a.m. call Monday about a fence on the west side of a property in the 900 block of Steven that was defaced with graffiti.
An immigration card was reported taken Monday from an unlocked silver Ford Expedition parked in the 400 block of West H Street. Brawley police received the call at 7:43 a.m.
Suspicious rooftop activity
An unidentified male in his early 20s was reportedly heard walking on the roof of a residence Monday in the 200 block of East Orange.
The incident was reported at 12:44 a.m. by a resident who reportedly heard someone on the roof and “her dog barking,” according to El Centro police call logs.
The reporting party asked a neighbor to look out the window and the person saw a subject in the alley nearby, according to the logs. The subject, who was last seen walking towards South Hope Street, wasn’t located, the logs read.
Staff Writers Elizabeth Varin, Silvio J. Panta and Alejandro Davila contributed to this report.
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