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Sex Offender Has New Yuma Address


The Yuma Police Department is notifying the public about a sex offender who has recently relocated.  Steven Thomas Varlea now shows an address of 355 East 20th Street in Yuma.  He is 42-years-old with brown hair, standing 5’5” tall and weighing 185 pounds.  He was sentenced to 14 years in prison after entering a plea agreement for one count of ... Read More »

Driver Charged With Death Of DPS Officer Pleads Not Guilty


The man facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Arizona Public Safety Officer Tim Huffman is charged with 20 counts altogether.  33-year-old Jorge Espinoza appeared in court Monday and pled not guilty to the charges, which include 13 counts of endangerment and six counts of criminal damage.  Espinoza was arrested and charged following an internal investigation that determined Espinoza was ... Read More »

Unemployment Payouts Cut By Sequestration


Arizonans who have exhausted their initial 26 weeks of unemployment insurance will see cuts in their weekly benefits of as much as $40 because of across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequestration.  The cuts mean the maximum payment available goes to $200 a week from $240 a week beginning Monday for people who are on a 28-week federal extension ... Read More »

County Announces New Emergency Management Director


Tony Badilla has been announced as the new Yuma County Emergency Management Director for the Office of Emergency Management.  Badilla was formally introduced to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Monday.  Badilla has over 28 years of experience in law enforcement and public safety.   Badilla retired after serving over twenty years for the City of Yuma Police Department – ... Read More »

Public Voices Disapproval Of House Bill 2338 During Water Rights Meeting


Over 200 attended a jam packed Yuma City Hall Conference Room Friday to voice their opinion over a House Bill authored by Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin that would of augmented the water of Yuma County to other Arizona communities.  Arizona Common Sense has since that time, voiced total disapproval about House Bill 2338, saying that Yuma County ... Read More »

Importance Of CPR Education Highlighted During Awareness Week


When it comes to suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, bystander CPR can double or even triple survival rates, but in the majority of such incidents, there is no immediate help. CPR educator Kim Harkins says that is partly due to people not being certain how to perform CPR, or they may be wary of giving mouth-to-mouth.  But she explains that ... Read More »

17 Pounds Of Meth Found In Abandoned Vehicle Off Hwy 95


The Yuma County Sheriff's Office seized about 17 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $150,000.  Deputies were investigating a suspicious abandoned vehicle in the area of Highway 95 and First Avenue in Gadsden, when a search of the vehicle resulted in the findings. Arrests in this incident are pending further investigation. There are no suspects at ... Read More »

Supervisors To Discuss Request For In-Car Police Cameras


The Yuma County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning at 9am at the Yuma County Offices in downtown Yuma.  The board will consider a request from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office to approve the purchase of ten In-Car Camera Systems using funds received from an Operation Stone Garden Grant.  The cost of the cameras are expected to be around ... Read More »

Pedestrian Injured In Hit And Run Accident


A pedestrian was injured following an accident over the weekend.  The Yuma Sun says the unidentified pedestrian was walking near the corner of Fourth Avenue and 22nd Street Saturday night.  The pedestrian was walking eastbound crossing Fourth Avenue, when he was struck by a gray colored 2009 Chrysler Town and Country van which was driving northbound on Fourth Avenue.  The ... Read More »

Autopsy Performed On Baby Found In Summerton Recycling Plant


An autopsy shows that a baby whose body was found at a recycling plant in Somerton most likely had not taken a breath outside the womb before he died.  The Yuma Sun reports that the autopsy concluded the cause of death remained undetermined. Somerton police are investigating the incident.  Workers at the plant found the body on February 14th in ... Read More »

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