The Yuma City Council approved a new contract with the Humane Society of Yuma. The council on Wednesday approved the contract that is expected to save the city of Yuma money while freeing up staff from both the city and the Humane Society to care for animals. The Yuma Sun is reporting changes to expedite the time it takes to turn in feral cats. Residents will no longer have to pick up a voucher before turning in the animal to the shelter. The contract is for two years with an option to renew for three more one-year periods.Read More »
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One man is in custody after police arrested him in connection with several shootings in Yuma on Tuesday. The Yuma Police Department along with the Yuma County Sherriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Jesse Vasquez of Yuma after he allegedly pointed a handgun at a customer inside Circle K on the corner of Araby Road and 32nd Street. After the incident, police say Vasquez fled the scene and was later stopped on Araby Road and taken into custody. Police also feel there is evidence to suggest Vasquez was also part of a shooting incident early Tuesday morning near 20th Avenue and Ninth Street, as well as another shooting Monday night in the same area.
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Police say one person is dead following a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The Yuma Police Department says 96-year-old Lucienne Sears died from injuries she sustained in the accident occurring on Monday afternoon. An investigation revealed a 16-year-old female driver was traveling eastbound on 22nd Street, attempting to make a left turn onto 25th Drive. As she made the turn, she lost control of her motor scooter, hitting the curb and colliding with Sears on the sidewalk. Sears was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. Police are continuing to investigate.Read More »
El Centro Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two Suspected Narcotics Smugglers And Seize 13 Pounds Of Methamphetamine
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested two suspected narcotics smugglers and seized more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a compartment within the vehicle Tuesday. Border Patrol agents encountered a 27-year-old man driving a 1995 Honda Accord, along with a 47-year-old male passenger as they approached the Highway-111 checkpoint located near Niland, California.
A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered multiple individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a natural void behind the Read More »
The State Board of Education has reelected Yuma County Schools Superintendent, Thomas Tyree to serve as its president in 2014. Tyree has served in public education for 43 years. He has served as the President of the state’s County School Superintendent’s Association, as well as a trustee of Yuma Regional Medical Center, Chair of the Western Arizona Council of Governments and Board member of the Arizona Risk Retention Trust Board and the Arizona Business Education Coalition. In addition, he was President of the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association and served on the National Alumni Board for the University of Arizona and the Arizona Western College Foundation Board. Tyree was app Read More »
A man arrested on attempted murder charges over the weekend appeared in court. 23-year-old Michael Anthony Soto is charged with two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault in connection with an incident Sunday in which he hit 21-year-old Jorge Damian with his car. A third person involved fired several rounds from a handgun. So far, investigators do not consider the gunshots unlawful. Soto’s bond is $200,000.Read More »
The Yuma City Council will meet tonight at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall. Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls says the council is starting to discuss options concerning the Call to the Public.
Several other items are on the agenda including approval to move forward with the second phase of the riverfront improvement project.
A Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer has been fired after hanging from a pipe at the downtown Phoenix jail in December 2013, causing it to break and flood the complex.
Sheriff's officials say that the initial damage estimate is near $250,000 but could go higher as some areas of the jail are still are being repaired. MCSO officials say Terry Wheeler was fired January 27th after being with the department for less than a year. They say the incident occurred on the third floor within the jail's control tower. The water leaked down two floors to the central intake area. Several computer systems, visitor systems, TV and other electronic components were dama Read More »
Police say two people are in custody following an early morning shooting Sunday in the 1700 block of Dora Avenue. The Yuma Police Department says 23-year-old Michael Anthony Soto and 38-year-old Carla Diane Hirales are charged in connection with the incident. Police say both were involved in an altercation at a party involving alcohol at the Hirales residence.
Soto allegedly struck 21-year-old Jorge Damian, who was standing in the street outside. 21-year-old Enrique Lopez allegedly fired multiple rounds from a handgun. Soto is charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault and Hirales is charged with Endangerment, Furnishing liquor to under aged persons and using unlicensed p Read More »
United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested 27-year-old Jose Panchillo Castro, a convicted sex offender Saturday near Dateland. Following the man’s arrest, agents learned of the conviction during a records check. He had been previously arrested by the Columbus Junction Police Department for solicitation of lascivious acts with a child and was deported from the United States. The Border Patrol presented the man to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.Read More »