The Yuma Police Department is investigating a vehicle-pedestrian accident in which the pedestrian was killed. On Saturday night, officers responded to an accident at the corner of Eighth Street and Magnolia Avenue. The vehicle left the scene of the accident before officers arrived. It is described as an older model flatbed truck. The yet unidentified driver was located on Sunday. The driver was interviewed and released. The investigation is continuing.Read More »
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Several were injured following a two-car collision on Friday morning. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on Avenue 3E and East Highway-95. A vehicle traveling westbound on Highway-95 failed to stop at a red light and collided with another vehicle traveling northbound on Avenue 3E. 22-year-old Corey Milburn, 48-year-old James Pollison and 46-year-old Angela Eklund were all transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries. A fourth person – 35-year-oldBernardo Reyes-Martinez, was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.Read More »
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a missing person. 73-year-old Troy Smeltz went missing Friday and was reported missing the next day. He was last seen at the Yuma Lakes R-V Resort Friday about 5:30pm. He stands six-feet tall and weighs about 215-pounds. He has grey hair and blue eyes. If you have any information, call police at 928-783-4427.Read More »
Motorists travelling through the Port of San Luis may experience traffic delays this week due to some construction.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection port officials have worked with the City of San Luis, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Mexican government to perform removal of an existing canopy, which may cause delays to outbound traffic through the port, while the work is being done. The work is to begin Tuesday and is expected to continue through Thursday. The work will affect outbound traffic, which will be re-routed through the west exit lane. Recreational vehicles or vehicles towing trailers are being urged to avoid any travel through the area during Read More »
Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents from the Yuma Station arrested 51-year-old Jose Chicas-Argeta, a previously removed felon with multiple convictions on Friday (14). Agents patrolling near Andrade (On-Dra-Day) arrested a group of five people for illegally entering the United States. Further record checks confirmed that one of the men, had been convicted of multiple felonies, including attempted second degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and narcotics possession for sale. Chicas is a citizen of El Salvador and was previously removed through San Ysidro, California. He is now being processed for prosecution and removal.Read More »
Arizona legislators will vote on a bill that would expand a state program that allows students to pay for a private education using public funds. Several education advocates who say the program is unconstitutional have sued the state. They also heavily criticized schools chief John Huppenthal last week for releasing automated calls promoting the program and private schools. Huppenthal defended the calls, which went out to 15,000 homes in poor-performing school districts in Phoenix and Tucson. Legislators expanded the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts last year to children from schools that have received a poor grade from the state and to those with active military parents. Now Republican bill spo Read More »
The CDC says child deaths in car crashes have declined by 43% over ten years, but there is still work to do because for one in three fatalities for kids ages 12 and under, the child was not properly restrained. Arizona strengthened its car seat law two years ago, requiring booster seats for children through age seven or up to four-feet nine-inches tall.
Doctor Erin Sauber-Schatz at the CDC says parent education and car seat distribution help make sure more children are buckled up properly, but Arizona could do more with an even stricter law.
The recommendation is a law to require child safety-seat use through age eight. Only two states have that law on the bo Read More »
The Yuma Police Department would like to notify the public about the relocation of a sex offender. 26-year-old Justin Johnson is now residing at 8573 East 25th Street in Yuma. He is described as standing six-feet tall and weighing 170-pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. In September 2009, Johnson was convicted of Annoying or Molesting a child in San Diego Central Court after having sexual contact with a 12-year-old female. He was sentenced to three years of probation. He is considered a Level Two sex offender with a medium risk to reoffend.Read More »
The Arizona Board of Regents has announced the formation of a 28-member search committee that will help find a new president for Northern Arizona University. NAU President John Haeger announced in September 2013 that he will retire at the end of his current contract which runs through June 30th, 2015.
Haeger was appointed NAU's president in 2001. He oversaw an aggressive rebuilding of the aging Flagstaff campus and opened NAU-Yavapai in Prescott Valley that that offers bachelor's degrees in three years. The member of the presidential search committee includes representatives from the regents along with NAU administration, faculty, student and alumn Read More »
The Yuma Border Patrol Sector, Port of San Luis, and Office of Air and Marine will join ranks to host an integrated United States Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy presented in the Spanish language, beginning March 13th. The program provides local residents and community leaders an inside look into a wide variety of measures employed to secure – at and between the ports of entry – in southwestern Arizona. Throughout the course, attendees are familiarized with CBP’s mission and participate in interactive demonstrations.
The hands on classes include defensive tactics, tracking, and inspections for prohibited items. Participants Read More »