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Man in Critical Condition After Near Drowning At Gateway Park


A man is in critical condition following a near drowning.  The Yuma Fire Department on Wednesday was called to Gateway Park in the area of the Ocean-to-Ocean bridge in response to two persons, an adult male and a child, who were possible drowning victims.  Yuma Fire Department paramedics arrived to find CPR being performed on a 35-year-old male by a ... Read More »

Body Found On Riley Avenue, No Foul Play Suspected


The Yuma Police Department is investigating the discovery of a body found on Thursday morning in the 1600 block of Riley Avenue.  Police responded to a call of an unresponsive 77-year-old male who was later pronounced dead.  There is no indication of foul play.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Read More »

Woman Seriously Injured After Head-on Collision With Tractor-Trailer


One person was seriously injured after her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on Thursday morning.  The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Vanessa Patrica Esquer of Yuma was driving a 1998 Honda Accord in the 3800 block of Gila Ridge Road, when she tried to overtake two vehicles in a no passing zone and collided head on with a Kenworth ... Read More »

Man Injured In Rollover Crash Dies


A person seriously injured in a rollover accident near San Luis last week has died.  Martin Gomez was seriously injured along with four other persons when a vehicle they were riding in rolled over several times.  The five worked for the Department of Corrections.  A special fundraiser for the victims is still scheduled for Saturday at the MMS building.  All ... Read More »

UPDATE: Suspicious Device “Not A Threat”


Update: The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Yuma Police Department with this case. The suspicious device has been deemed, “not a threat.” Weapons and drugs were found in the hotel room. More details will be provided as they become available. Original Story: The Yuma Police Department is currently out at Yuma Palms Inn, at the 2700 block of ... Read More »

Police Chief Briefs City Council On State Of The Department And Operating Budget


The Yuma City Council heard a lengthy report on the state of the Yuma Police Department during the regular council meeting held Wednesday night.  Police Chief John Lekan discussed staffing, budgets and gave crime related statistics.  The department answered 72,000 calls in 2012 and filed over 15,000 reports.  The 2012 budget was over $22 million and the department is seeking over ... Read More »

Informational Meeting Regarding New Recycling Program Scheduled For Tuesday


Representatives from the City of Yuma and Allied Waste will provide an information session regarding the City’s curbside recycling program Tuesday at 5pm at the Cibola High School Cafeteria. The location specifically targets city residents who have recently received or who will receive the service following delivery of the blue containers – however, it is open to all city residents ... Read More »

Sex Offender Relocates In Yuma


The Yuma Police Department says a sex offender has recently relocated within the Yuma City limits.  Police say 35-year-old James Madison Rogers is now living at 965 South Sixth Avenue in Yuma.  He is described as a white male, standing 6’5” and weighing 280 pounds.  He has red hair and blue eyes.  Rogers entered a plea agreement in 1997 in ... Read More »

Fundraiser For Man In Critical Condition After Car Accident


A fundraiser is planned for one of five persons injured in a vehicle rollover accident near San Luis last week.  26-year-old Martin Gomez was one of those five, and is in critical condition in a Phoenix hospital.  Friends and family of Gomez are putting together a fundraiser for Gomez’s and the four other victims’ medical expenses this weekend.  Gomez’ friend, ... Read More »

Border Patrol Agents At Indio Station Apprehend Driver For Suspected Human Smuggling


El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected human smuggler Tuesday after agents found a man hidden in the trunk of his vehicle at the Highway 86 checkpoint.  A 19-year-old male driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City, when a canine detection team alerted police to a 2012 Hyundai ... Read More »

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