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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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Yuma Police Department Attempting To Locate Robbery Suspect

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The Yuma Police Department is attempting to locate Angel Ramirez, a 21-year-old Hispanic male in regards to a case for questioning. Ramirez is 5’5 and approximately 140 pounds. Ramirez was allegedly involved in a recent armed robbery at the Oak Tree Inn in Yuma. Police say two males entered the Oak Tree Inn and took a room card reader from the Hotel. The subjects used a knife in the removal of the room card reader. Both subjects fled out the front door and left in a white truck possibly a 2010 to 2011 Chevrolet truck.
 
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with information about this case to please call Detective Melissa Norred at 928-373-4686 or the Yuma Police Department 9 Read More »

Former Interior Secretary And Arizona Governor Weighs In On Land Conservation

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One year ago, former Interior secretary and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt called on President Barack Obama to match every acre of public land leased for oil and gas development with an acre set aside for conservation. It is a goal that has not been met. Former oil and gas engineer-turned-rancher Rich Kaup says President Obama has been reluctant to take on Congress, and as a result, has had limited success in conserving wilderness areas on federal lands.
 
During his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to use his authority to “protect more of our pristine federal lands.” The Washington Post reports the Obama administration is close to declaring new nation Read More »

Yuma City Council Approves New Contract With Humane Society Of Yuma

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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.

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One Man In Custody In Connection With Several Shootings

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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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One Person Dead After Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision

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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.

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El Centro Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two Suspected Narcotics Smugglers And Seize 13 Pounds Of Methamphetamine

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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 »

State Board Of Education Reelects Thomas Tyree For Yuma County Schools Superindendent

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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 »

Man Appears In Court On Attempted Murder Charges

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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.

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Yuma City Council Meeting Tonight

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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.
 

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