>> 50 Years Ago — Resignation has come from the president of Imperial Valley College, Dr. Milo P. Johnson. Dr. Johnson will leave the Valley to accept the position of president of the recently organized Mt. San Jacinto Junior College District in Riverside County.
According to Don Lydick, president of the IVC board, Dr. Johnson will continue to work with IVC on a part-time basis until someone is found to replace him. The board has given him permission to work part-time for Mt. San Jacinto Junior College beginning the first week in March.
>> 40 Years Ago — Four youths were arrested and another was hurt in a gathering of juveniles Thursday afternoon at the Circle K Market on South Imperial Avenue in El Centro.
The injured youth, who was 16-years-old and an Imperial resident, was treated for a cut and bruises by a doctor. He reportedly was hit with a baseball bat.
The other four youths were taken into custody by police after they refused to heed a police officer’s declaration of an unlawful assembly.
>> 30 Years Ago — When John Ryerson was told last August he needed heart bypass surgery, he thought the doctor must be talking to someone else.
“I almost wanted to look around to see who he was talking to,” says Ryerson, the owner of an El Centro concrete company. “I had almost enjoyed perfect health.”
A few weeks later Ryerson was lying on an operating table in Scripps Hospital San Diego. Using a 30-inch segment of vein removed from Ryerson’s leg Dr. Peter Nolan bypassed five clogged arteries near the heart.
>> 20 Years Ago — After serving less than two months of a 78-month sentence for bribing federal officials, Imperial Valley grower Mario Saikhon, 59, was quietly released from a federal prison for medical reasons.
Saikhon was released Dec. 23 from federal custody on a court order issued by federal Judge Gordon Thompson, who said Tuesday he could not recall why he signed the release order or the terms of the release.
Thompson sentence Saikhon to prison for bribery of a public official and tax evasion in a case described by prosecutors as the largest case of bribery of a public official in IRS history.
U.S. Attorney William Braniff also called it the largest settlement in an individual criminal tax case in IRS history when Saikhon paid $21.25 million in fines, back taxes, and interest to the Internal Revenue Service. Saikhon was also assessed $1.25 million in criminal fines.