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Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Drug Smugglers; Seize Over 800 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested 12 smugglers in the past two days and seized over 800 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $400,000. Agents patrolling southwest of Gila Bend apprehended four smugglers Wednesday carrying 512 pounds of marijuana. Thursday, agents arrested eight smugglers backpacking 289 pounds of marijuana near the Paloma Farm exit on I-8. All 12 individuals are Mexican nationals who had illegally entered the United States through commonly used smuggling routes crossing the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The individuals and narcotics were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.Read More »

Closing Offshore Tax Loophole Would Bring $20 Million To Arizona

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Arizona would have more than $20 million more in state coffers if a tax loophole were closed. That is according to a new report from the United States Public Interest Research Group that focuses on a so-called "water's edge" exemption – meaning that U.S. taxes on income are exempt for money generated inside another country. Dan Smith helped write the report. He explains that it is as simple as a corporation setting up a post office box in a low-tax country, such as the Cayman Islands, and claiming the exemption.
 
The report points out that while federal action could be taken to close the loophole, states can do it, too. Montana and Oregon already have taken that s Read More »

Transient Hospitalized After Being Run Over In Middle Of The Road


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A transient is hospitalized in critical condition after being run over by a car while he was in the middle of a Phoenix street. They say the man was about 21-years-old, but his name was not immediately released. Police say it is unclear why the transient was in the street. The unidentified driver was on his way to get coffee and was unsure what he hit. Police say impairment does not appear to be a factor in the accident, but darkness might have played a role.

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Governor Jan Brewer OK’s Millions In CPS Money

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed legislation giving the state's child welfare agency enough cash to hire 192 new workers right away. The Senate and House of Representatives voted last week to approve the extra $6.8 million in spending. Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on January 13th and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her. The action was triggered by revelations that more than 65-hundred child-abuse and neglect reports had intentionally not been investigated. Brewer also signed a special appropriation bill Thursday giving $1.46 million to the Independent Redistricting Commission, which is fighting lawsuits contesting Legislative and c Read More »

Gas Prices Remain Steady At The Pump


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Gasoline prices around Arizona are virtually the same at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.24 a gallon. That is down by less than a penny from last week. This week's national average is at $3.27 per gallon, also less than a penny lower than last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.15 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.35.
 
Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental United States at $3.02 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.63 a gallon.

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City Of San Luis Has One Seat Vacant For Planning And Zoning Commission Member

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The City of San Luis has one seat open for a member of the community to become a member of thePlanning and Zoning Commission. Individuals interested to serve the residents of the City of San Luis will need to submit an application and can either call or come to City Hall in person.
 
The primary role of the Planning and Zoning Commission is to advise the Mayor and City Council as well as City Administrative Staff on matters related to the orderly growth of the City, particularly in areas concerning the safety of all community residents, all while preserving their private rights as citizens. The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of seven members who serve volunta Read More »

Yuma Police Department Graffiti Task Force Investigating Several Vandalism Cases

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The Yuma Police Department Graffiti Task Force is currently investigating several criminal damage cases and is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying a group of graffiti taggers using the graffiti monikers, “T-H-C”, “HYPE”, “RISK”, “STEEX” and “SMEAR.” This group has been very active over the past month and is responsible for graffiti damage to numerous residences, a local high school, a large amount of city property and at least one local house of worship.
 
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at 928-373-4700 or 78-CRIME Read More »

Indio Border Patrol Agents Arrest Suspected Narcotics Smuggler; Seize Four Pounds Of Methamphetamine


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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than four-pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle. Border Patrol agents encountered a 48-year-old male driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado as he 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 four individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden within the cab of the vehicle. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of nearly five-pounds with a Read More »

City Of Yuma Teams Up For Green Week

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The City of Yuma welcomes staff members from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, A-DOT Adopt a Highway Programs and Keep Arizona Beautiful as the agencies team up to provide outreach and information on environmental issues to area residents during Arizona Green Week, going on through Friday.
 
City of Yuma Solid Waste Superintendent Martin Agundez and staff will discuss the City’s curbside recycling program at two events this week. The City, A-DOT Adopt a Highway Programs and KAZB will conduct an Environmental Road Show today from 9am to 11am in Meeting Room B of the Yuma Main Library at 2951 South 21st Drive. The event aims to assist southwest Arizona Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Eight Men And Seize A Loaded Handgun

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station apprehended eight men, all illegal immigrants, and seized a loaded handgun at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday. Agents patrolling in the wildlife refuge encountered and apprehended the group north of Camino Del Diablo. Near one of the men, agents found a loaded Titan Tiger .38-caliber revolver and 13 loose rounds of .38-caliber ammunition. Based on past experience and evidence found at the scene, agents determined the men were scouts for narcotics smuggling. The men were transported to the Wellton Station for further processing.

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