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Yuma County Superior Court Testing Out New Pretrial Release System


Yuma County Superior Court will be testing out a new system of pretrial releases. Heather Murphy from the Arizona Supreme Court says it will help judges do their job more effectively and save you money. Currently the country spends $9 billion a year to hold defendants before trial. The Yuma county jail makes up part of that money. Murphy says a new system could lower that number and save public funds. It will help decide if a defendant should get out of jail before trial.
She adds the new system is data-driven, which will eliminate guesswork for judges. They will use nine factors to determine the release of a defendant based on statistical science and evidence. Yuma County is o Read More »

New Requirements Help Take A Bite Out Of Tooth Decay In Kids


It is the most common chronic childhood disease, and across Arizona and the nation, there are new requirements that could help take a bite out of kids' tooth decay. Pediatric dental care is one of the essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act, meaning childhood dental care must be offered, whether it is part of a health plan or as an optional stand-alone. That should help get more children in the chair, says Doctor Paul Reggiardo with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
As a result of the ACA, it is estimated that as many as 8.7 million people 21-years-old and younger will gain dental coverage nationwide by 2018.

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San Luis Announces New Recreational Activities At Montezuma Park


The City of San Luis is announcing new recreational activities at Montezuma Park. Those activities include remote control off road racing, the creation of a new BMX bike track, painting ramadas, restrooms and making minor lighting updates. There are several projects that have been completed, including some electrical needs, reseeding of grassy areas, making changes to area landscaping and adding benches to the basketball courts.

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Three Year Old In Stable Condition After Accidental Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound


The Pima County Sheriff's Department says a three-year-old boy is in stable condition after accidentally shooting himself.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting at a home in Amado Monday afternoon. The boy shot himself in the lower torso.
The child was flown to a trauma center, where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition. The shooting is under investigation, and no other information was immediately released.

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Grand Canyon Communities Lose Out On $17 Million During Last Years Partial Government Shutdown


Arizona communities near the Grand Canyon lost out on $17 million dollars during last year's partial government shutdown. That is according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The report found that Grand Canyon visitors typically spend $37 million dollars during October on gas, food, lodging and outfitters. That figure fell to $20 million dollars as Congress wrangled over the federal budget, forcing the closure of national parks. The report found that Arizona overall lost out on $27 million dollars, coming in second to California. About ten-days into the 16-day shutdown, the Obama administration allowed states to pay to reopen national parks to offset harm to tourism. Arizona Read More »

Bill To Set Aside Money For Yarnell Fire Memorial Site Given Initial Approval


The Arizona House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill setting aside 500-thousand-dollars to create a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last year. But House Bill 2624 was also amended Monday to give the widows of the firefighters the chance to buy the site themselves. Representative Karen Fann of Prescott says the women approached her about the proposal and she agreed. The bill also creates a committee to oversee the memorial and administer the fund and any additional donations for the purchase. The committee would include relatives of the lost firefighters, state representatives and officials from the s Read More »

One Man In Custody For Alleged Shooting Over The Weekend


One man is in custody following an alleged shooting over the weekend. The Yuma Police Department says 50-year-old Barry Douglas Todd of Yuma was arrested at the LZ Bar and Grill after he shot 33-year-old Ryan Hyatt of Yuma. Todd and Hyatt got into an argument Friday night outside the bar and that is when witnesses say shots rang out. Hyatt is in critical condition at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Todd appeared in court on charges of one count of Attempted First Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Assault. He is being held on a $300,000 bond.

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Several People Injured Following Out Of Control Car


The Yuma Police Department says several persons werea injured following an accident on Saturday morning. Police say 34-year-old Ricardo Pena-Amaya of Yuma was driving early Saturday morning, when he lost control and stuck several parked vehicles at the corner of 17th Avenue and 25th Street.
The passenger’s in Pena-Amaya’s car were extricated by the Yuma Fire Department and transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Pena-Amaya was treated and released. Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the collision.

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Nevada Governor Linking Proposed Interstate Highway From Phoenix To Las Vegas To 2016 Presidential Election


Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, is linking a proposed Interstate Highway from Phoenix to Las Vegas to the
2016 Presidential Election. Sandoval has said that presidential candidates may be judged by voters on their support for Interstate-11, which would connect the two major Southwest cities. Damon Hodge with Nevada's Department of Transportation says the highway would likely benefit the regional economy.
Hodge says the Arizona Department of Transportation along with his agency and others are expected to complete the "Interstate-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study" this summer. He says it considers economic, trade, and traffic issues as well as a long-te Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Apprehend 12 Men; Seize 20 Bundles Of Marijuana


Border Patrol Agents of Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station apprehended 12 men Wednesday and seized 20 bundles of marijuana valued at $426,000. Agents patrolling near Gila Bend spotted what appeared to be people walking toward Highway-85. Agents responding to the location arrested one man and seized 481-pounds of marijuana valued at $216,000. In another incident, agents patrolling in the same area saw a group of eleven men walking toward the Ambian Dairy.  Agents responded to the area and arrested four men carrying 468-pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $210,000. The remaining men attempted to abscond but agents tracked and arrested all seven. All individuals and marijuana we Read More »

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