- - Sunday, January 29, 2012


Candidate barred for English deficit to appeal

YUMA — A city council candidate in Arizona who was barred from running because she doesn’t speak English proficiently is vowing to appeal the judge’s ruling.

Alejandrina Cabrera told the Yuma Sun that she needs to improve her command of English but said her language skills are adequate for serving the border city of San Luis, where Spanish is used as often as English.

Ms. Cabrera said the judge was unjust when he ruled she didn’t satisfy a state law requiring English proficiency for elected officials. Her attorneys say the law doesn’t define proficiency.

The issue came under scrutiny after the mayor asked the court to determine if she had the English skills. An expert testified she didn’t demonstrate proficiency on tests.

Ms. Cabrera says she will keep campaigning during the appeal.


Suspect in slayings expected in court

AIKEN — A 26-year-old man charged with killing a South Carolina officer is expected to appear in court Monday.

Magistrate Judge Tracey Carroll said Sunday that Joshua Tremaine Jones was scheduled to appear before a magistrate judge Monday in Aiken.

Mr. Jones was arrested Saturday after police said he killed his girlfriend in Georgia, then fatally shot a South Carolina officer responding to a report of suspicious activity.

Aiken police Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers died Saturday. She had been with the Aiken public safety department for nearly 28 years.

Police found the body of 21-year-old Cayce Vick in her apartment Saturday after she didn’t show up for work. She had been shot in the head.

Mr. Jones’ father told reporters his son had past run-ins with the law and “was going through some mental problems.”

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