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Arizona DPS Officer Convicted Of Embezzling $175,000

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An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer and his wife face multiple years in prison on convictions stemming from the wife's embezzlement of $175,000 from her employer.   A Santa County Superior Court jury in Nogales on Monday convicted Horacio and Carmen Lomeli of conspiracy, money laundering and theft. The Attorney General's Office says the Lomelis face mandatory prison terms ... Read More »

Spirit Airlines Shuts Sevice In Mesa Gateway For Sky Harbor

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Spirit Airlines is moving its Arizona service to Sky Harbor International Airport in central Phoenix from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in suburban Mesa.   The Miramar, Florida based carrier said Tuesday it will cease operations at Gateway on October 23rd  and begin service between Sky Harbor and Dallas-Fort Worth on October 24th.  Spirit said it will start service between Sky Harbor ... Read More »

Interior Secretary Approves Tribe’s Water Rights Deal

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has given final approval to an agreement to fund a water delivery system for the White Mountain Apache Tribe. The agreement that resolves the tribe's claims to the Gila and Little Colorado rivers also allows cities in the Phoenix area to lease water that the tribe cannot immediately use. It is the last of four American ... Read More »

Yuma Tops Nation’s Unemployement Rates

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Yuma County’s unemployment rate tops the nation at nearly 32%. The June rate is officially 31.8% – the highest in the nation. That is up one-and-a-half-percent from May’s numbers.  Nationally, the unemployment rate is seven-point-six-percent and employers added over 195,000 thousand new jobs. Read More »

Gold Cross Ambulance Employees Continue Strike

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It may be harder to get an ambulance in El Centro and Imperial County right now.  Gold Cross ambulance employees have taken to the picket lines and are set to begin their strike for a third day today.  Negotiations between Gold Cross and some 60 employees have been ongoing since January, but things finally fell apart this week after neither ... Read More »

Disagreement Ends In Fired Shots

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Police say one man was injured after suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says they received several reports of shots being fired in the 8200 block of South Coconino Lane near Donovan Estates. Police say when they arrived, they found the victim in the street yelling for help.  Alfonso Zavala of the Sheriff’s Office says the ... Read More »

15 Convicted Illegal Immigrants To Be Deported

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El Centro Sector Border Patrol enforcement operations have led to the recent arrests, convictions, and successful sentencing of 15 illegal immigrants, all of whom had convictions for a crime. The apprehensions took place earlier this year near the cities of Calexico, El Centro, and Indio, California. The illegal immigrants, many of which have extensive criminal histories, were presented for prosecution ... Read More »

Woman Smuggling Cocaine Across Border Arrested

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Customs and Border Protection Officers say a woman was arrested at the San Luis Border crossing after trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Officials say 23-year-old Diana Salazar of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico was found with 26 pounds of the drug after a canine alerted police.  Salzar was turned over to U.S. Immigration authorities. Read More »

Husband And Wife Sentenced For Smuggling Marijuana

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An Arizona couple has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison each for leading a $3 million marijuana smuggling plot.  59-year-old Jose Valenzuela and his wife, 56-year-old Beatriz Valenzuela, both of Nogales, were sentenced to eleven years and ten years respectively on Monday in federal court in Greenbelt. The couple was also ordered to forfeit $970,000 in cash ... Read More »

Meeting Scheduled Tonight For Concerned AmeriSchools Parents

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A meeting is scheduled for tonight for parents and others to address their concerns about what they feel is a lapse of good judgment on the part of a charter school. It was discovered last week that AmeriSchools Academy-North received a letter from a neighbor, referencing “bloody children”.  A search of the home of neighbor Robert Purro also turned up ... Read More »

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