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Yuma Police Department K-9 To Receive Protective Vest


The Yuma Police Department has been selected to receive a vest for their recently announced new Police Service Dog, Raico. Raico was selected by the Protect Police K-Nine's Organization from Tucson to receive a free of charge protective vest. The Protect Police K-Nine's Organization was started by Michael Valdez when he was a third grade student in Tucson. Michael read a Scholastic magazine article which described law enforcement dogs in Los Angeles, California who were provided with a protective vest to wear as their uniform. Michael solicited assistance from his parents who approached the Tucson Police Department about the need for K-Nine protective vests and the potential costs associated wi Read More »

Sex Offender Relocation Update


The Yuma Police Department would like to notify the public of a sex offender who has recently relocated.  26-year-old Charles Heuchan now lives at 2175 South Fifth Avenue in Yuma. He is described as standing 5’8, weighing 170-pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. In March 2012, he was convicted of aggravated assault with sexual motivation in Yuma County Superior Court. A police investigation revealed he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old female victim. Heuchan is considered a level two sex offender with a medium risk to reoffend.

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Governor Brewer To Deliver State Of The State Address In Yuma Today


Governor Janice Brewer will arrive in Yuma later today to deliver her annual State of the State address.
Governor Brewer has typically traveled the state during her term to deliver the address for persons living outside the state’s capital city, Phoenix. She will arrive on the campus of Arizona Western College this afternoon at 1pm.

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Governor Brewer Calls For State To Set Aside $9.2 Million For Veterans Home In Yuma


In her Executive Budget released on Friday, Arizona Governor Janice Brewer is calling for the state to set aside more than $9.2 million to build a veterans home in Yuma. The budget still has to pass the legislature, but Dave Hampton with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services is excited to see what this plan can do to help Yuma County's 20,000 military veterans.
Hampton says the plans for the building are still in their very earliest stages until the money is officially granted. The plan calls for the state to pay for 35% of construction, with the Federal VA picking up the rest of the bill.

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City Of Prescott Denies Claims From Yarnell Fire


The city of Prescott has denied more than 100 damage claims seeking a total of $662 million by property owners and relatives of firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill fire.
91 property owners filed claims and 17 additional claims were filed by relatives of Granite Mountain Hotshots who died on June 30th 2013. 19 members of the elite hotshot crew died when winds shifted during the Yarnell Hill Fire and trapped the men in a brush-choked bowl after they left an area already burned.
More than 100 homes were destroyed in Yarnell, northwest of Phoenix. A Phoenix law firm representing Prescott says all of the claims are without m Read More »

Yuma Board Of Supervisors Hold Meeting This Morning


The Yuma County Board of Supervisors held a meeting this morning at 9am at the County offices in downtown Yuma. Items on the agenda included authorizing the Director of the Yuma County Free Library District to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Arizona Historical Society and Yuma County, for and on behalf of the YCFLD, and to archive, store, and provide access to current and future AHS Rio Colorado Library and Archives Collections at the Heritage Branch Library. This IGA would remain in force until June 30th 2018.

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San Luis Woman Accused Of Hit And Run


A San Luis woman is accused of hitting a man with her SUV Sunday night and leaving the scene where he died. 42-year-old Margarita Belen appeared in court Monday to hear charges she may be facing. The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says they received a report of a possible man down on Highway 95 and Avenue “H”. Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the report came from a witness who saw a red Chevrolet strike a pedestrian walking on the south side of the Highway.
Detectives interviewed Belen because she was registered to the license. She was then arrested and booked into the Yuma County Jail. The judge posted the bond at nearly $293,000. She wi Read More »

Study From The U.S. Geological Survey Finds Tree’s Growth Rates Do Not Slow As They Age


A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow as they get older and larger – instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Study lead author Nate Stephenson is a forest ecologist with the USGS. He says if people did the same, we would weigh well over a ton by retirement. For trees, the finding changes what we know about how they store carbon, and has implications for forest management.
Stephenson says old, large trees are better at storing and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

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Deliberations Set To Resume For Temple Slayings Retrial


Deliberations are set to resume in the third trial of a man charged with killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991. Johnathan A. Doody was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. But an appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011, ruling that investigators improperly obtained his confession. His second trial ended in a mistrial in October after jurors deadlocked. Doody's third trial began December 4th 2013. Jurors got the case on January 13th. They resume deliberations this morning.

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Yuma Territorial Marathon And Half Marathon


Runners are gearing up for the annual Yuma Territorial Marathon this weekend. The Caballeros de Yuma are sponsoring the run once again this year and hope for a good turnout for the 26.2 mile race Saturday.
The race will start at 7am Saturday at Cocopah Casino and will head south along Highway 95 to near San Luis before it turns around and heads back to Cocopah.

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