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Two People In Custody Following Early Morning Shooting On Sunday


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 »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender Near Dateland


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.

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Yuma Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire Quickly


The Yuma Fire Department responded to reports of a townhome on fire in the 1300 block of Sunset Drive. Firefighters found smoke and flames coming from a residence at 1310 South Sunset Drive. The fire was extinguished in about five minutes. Fire damage did not extend to adjoining townhomes. There was an adult and a toddler home at the time of the fire. Firefighters removed two cats from the home and gave them first aid. One cat succumbed to its injuries, but one regained consciousness and was taken to a local veterinarian where it is doing well. There were also three dogs, another cat, and a pet bird that were not injured in this fire. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen acciden Read More »

Travel Trailer Catches Fire Near Residence; Quickly Extinguished


The Yuma Fire Department received reports of a trailer fire Sunday afternoon in the 500 block of South 12th Avenue. Firefighters found a small travel trailer fully engulfed in fire in the rear of a residence at 572 South 12th Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished without damage to the primary residence. There were no occupants home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The cause of this fire was undetermined due to the extent of the damage.

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American Heart Association Wants To Raise Awareness For Women’s Heart Disease This Friday


When someone mentions a heart attack, the vision that first comes to mind is often of a man grasping at his chest, but heart disease actually takes the lives of more women than men. To raise awareness of the prevalence, cardiologist Rawa Sarji at Sanford Health says it is time to "Go Red for Women.".
Friday is the American Heart Association's Tenth annual "Wear Red Day," when people are asked to don some red clothing to show support for women's heart health.

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Arizona Western College And Northern Arizona University In Yuma Celebrate 50 Years


Arizona Western College’s 50th Anniversary Committee is proud to announce AWC and Northern Arizona University at Yuma are “bringing the party to Main Street.” AWC and NAU Yuma celebrates their golden and silver anniversaries at a block party on February 15th. The event is part of the larger three-day Yuma River Daze, a production of the City of Yuma/Heritage Festivals, and will feature food booths, a stage with entertainment, and activities for kids. There will be an art display of AWC Memorabilia, The Home Movies, booths promoting AWC programs departments and Clubs, performances from AWC students, faculty and staff, along with food vendors and pe Read More »

Yuma County Board Of Supervisors Award $1.2 Million Contract To Reconstruct County 14th Street


The Yuma County Board of Supervisors awarded a $1.2 million contract on Monday to reconstruct County 14th Street from Avenue “G” to Somerton Avenue. The Yuma Sun is reporting that Alliance Streetworks won the contract. The construction will consist of the installation of guardrails and the paving of the existing gravel surface. The board also approved to reduce the speed limit on County 19th Street near the intersection with Highway 95 from 50 mph to 40 mph.

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Child Abuse Cases Assigned To New Investigators


A team assigned to review more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials has assigned all of those cases to investigators. The final three cases are on Indian reservations and out of the state's jurisdiction. Those cases have been referred to tribal authorities. The so-called CARE team named on December 2nd 2013 by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday. It said almost 6,000 children identified in the reports now have been seen and nearly 4,700 cases have had a response. Brewer removed the state's Child Protective Services department from its parent agency and set up a new cabinet-level depar Read More »

State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor Drops Her Bid For Democratic Party Nomination For Secretary Of State


State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor is dropping her bid for the Democratic party nomination for Secretary of State. Landrum Taylor formally announced she was running in December but dropped out Monday. She said she instead wants to focus on reforming the state's child welfare system. Landrum Taylor was the minority leader in the Senate before being ousted by fellow Democrats in favor of Senator Anna Tovar in October.
The announcement comes just days after former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said he would run for the office.

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Yuma Fire Department Responds To House Fire


Members of the Yuma Fire Department responded to a house fire on North 12th Avenue on Sunday. Officials say the house suffered extensive damage. The American Red Cross is assisting the family. Four adults were displaced following the blaze.

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