Four drug smuggling arrests were Monday at the Andrade port of entry in Winterhaven and the downtown and east port of entry in Calexico, county Sheriff’s Office arrest records stated.

Cristopher R. Gamez, 29, and Carmina Reyna, 29, city of residence undisclosed, were both taken into custody at 5 p.m. at the Andrade port of entry by Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Gamez and Reyna were each booked into county jail on $500,000 bail on suspicion of transporting or selling methamphetamine.

Eduard Romero-Medina, 22, city of residence undisclosed, was taken into custody at 8:30 p.m. at the east port by Homeland Security agents and booked into county jail on a $1 million bail on suspicion of possession of meth for sale and transporting or selling meth.

Gabriel B. Tabarez Jr., 43, city of residence undisclosed, was taken into custody at 9 a.m. at the downtown port by DEA agents and booked into county jail on a $60,000 bail on suspicion of possession of meth for sale and transporting or selling meth.



City library, Imagine School building vandalized

El Centro Public Library and the former site of Imagine Schools at Imperial Valley, which are both located in the same 1000 block Imperial Avenue building complex, were reported vandalized, El Centro Police Department call logs stated.

Between 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Monday, someone smashed the glass front door of the public library and stole a black computer monitor.

Sometime between 1 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, someone reportedly used a concrete brick to smash a window panel on a glass door at Imagine. No entry was reportedly made.

Both incidents were reported to ECPD on Monday morning.


Carl’s Jr. vandalized

A window was reportedly broken and an exterior light stolen from Carl’s Jr. on North Imperial Avenue, El Centro Police Department call logs stated.

A manager notified ECPD on Monday morning after she noticed the window, on the southeast side of the building, was broken.


Students trespass, vandalize SHS

About 2 a.m. Monday, a group of approximately six students allegedly trespassed onto Southwest High School property and crashed a school golf cart into a wooden fence, El Centro Police Department call logs stated.

The school’s principal reported the incident to ECPD on Monday morning.

The group of students are believed to have broken a 3-foot-high wooden fence on campus by smashing a school golf cart into it. The golf cart reportedly sustained scratches from the collision.

The principal told ECPD that staff will attempt to get video footage of the incident and students.


Property found in backyard

A man reportedly found a Dell computer screen and an amplifier left on the west side of his El Centro Avenue property, El Centro Police Department call logs stated.

The equipment was believed to have been tossed over his fence sometime early Monday morning.

Police responded to the scene Monday night and booked the items as found property.



House reportedly burglarized

A house on East Worthington Road was reported burglarized, county Sheriff’s Office activity logs stated.

The burglary was believed to have occurred between Saturday and Monday.

A reporting party notified ICSO Monday afternoon after he arrived home and found the doors unlocked and belongings from inside the house outside.

Deputies responded to the scene shortly after the 911 call was made.

— Vincent Osuna,



Bermudez appointed as deputy director of Public Works —Field Operations

Luis Bermudez is the new deputy director of the Imperial County Department of Public Works — Field Operations, the county announced Tuesday.

“Luis is a critical member of the Public Works family; having been raised in Imperial Valley, he has a great desire to improve his local community through the Road Department,” said Director of Public Works John Gay.

One of Mr. Bermudez’ priorities will be overseeing the activities of the Public Works road crews focusing on SB 1 road improvement projects. SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, provides $54 billion over the next 10 years to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California.

Of his new position, Bermudez said, “Our crews are all over the place throughout the county and we have great employees working on our roads. I have the experience to motivate troops, and I am confident I can do the job to lead our crews working for Imperial County.”

Bermudez most recently served as the Public Works regional road superintendent. He began his career with the County of Imperial in 1995 as a solid waste site attendant. Since then he has successfully served in several positions within the department.

Bermudez is an Imperial Valley native. He and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Brawley.


Drew Road closed Thursday and Friday

A stretch of Drew Road running from Kubler to Lyons roads, south of Seeley, will be closed for road improvements Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Imperial County Department of Public Works announced.

Motorists are asked to use an alternate route.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at (442) 265-1818.


Dogwood Road closed through Aug. 12

A section of Dogwood Road running from Aten to Worthington roads, southeast of Imperial, will be closed for installation of a gas pipeline until Aug. 12, the Imperial County Department of Public Works announced.

The closure is 24 hours per day. A detour route will be posted.

For more information, contact Marvin Chavez of ARB Inc. at (805) 799-9415.


—    Tom Bodus,



Arizona man drowns in canal

A 19-year-old Arizona man reportedly drowned at about 6 p.m. Thursday in the West Main Canal near Forrester Road, the county Coroner’s Office reported.

Mark Arthur Holm had reportedly entered the canal with a companion but failed to resurface, said Deputy Coroner Emmanuel Ramirez.

Authorities responded to the scene at the time of the presumed drowning and could not locate Holm. His body was subsequently recovered 9:30 p.m. Friday by relatives, Ramirez said. An autopsy is pending.

— Julio Morales,

Staff Writer Vincent Osuna can be reached at or 760-337-3442.

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