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Parents Busted For Growing Pot

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A Kingman mother and father are facing numerous charges after authorities found drug paraphernalia in their home. The Kingman Daily Miner reports the two parents were accused of growing marijuana and using drugs in front of their two children, ages five and three. Authorities say 24-year-old Jessica Berry and 25-year-old Thomas Ogden were taken into custody after agents with Child Protective Services were called to their home. The home had been without running water for the last several months. According to court records, a search turned up drug paraphernalia on the floor in reach of the children. Berry and Ogden are facing drug charges in addition to felony charges of child abuse and misconduct wit Read More »

African American Leaders Fear Their Political Presence In Arizona Is Fading

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African-American leaders in Arizona fear their political presence is fading. The impending retirement of State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor could leave Arizona as one of a handful of states with no African-Americans in the Legislature. The Arizona Republic reports Landrum Taylor is marking the beginning of her final legislative session today. Since 1950, there has been at least one African-American in either the state House or the Senate.
 
African-Americans trying to build political clout face several challenges, such as a lack of candidates and a small voting population across the state. While Landrum Taylor says she will run for secretary of state, no black candid Read More »

One Person In Custody In Connection With Arson

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Officials say one person is in custody in connection with several fires intentionally set on Friday night. The Yuma Fire Department and the Yuma Police Department responded to several fires in the south end of Yuma. There were at least 12 fires set within one hour. During this time period Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and United States Border Patrol personnel assisted with the search for the suspect.
 
A Yuma Police Department Officer responding to a fire in the area of First Avenue and Catalina Drive saw a male subject nearby and stopped him. The subject was identified as 27-year-old Antonio Salazar Junior and was taken into custody.

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Last Woman In Prostitution Ring Sentenced

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A third woman arrested nearly four years ago for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of a Somerton massage parlor will not have to serve any jail time. The Yuma Sun reports 58-year-old Won Sil Shim was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation by a Yuma County Superior Court judge. Shim was born in Korea but is a permanent U.S. resident. She was facing up to two years in prison. The sentence was part of a plea agreement in which Shim pled guilty to one count of criminal impersonation. Prosecutors dropped 33 other charges.

Shim was arrested along with two other Korean women when federal and local agents raided the Smile Spa Massage after receiving complaints about prostitution. T Read More »

Yuma Native Named To Arizona Game And Fish Commission

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Yuma native Jim Ammons has been named to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to serve a five year term. The Yuma Sun is reporting the position entails overseeing the department alongside other commissioners from various counties across Arizona. Ammons hopes to not only be a voice for those from Yuma but from the entire state.

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Politics Of Power Have Disability Treaty Stalled In Senate

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An international human rights treaty that has been bottled up for more than a year now, has hundreds of organizations for veterans and people with disabilities across the country calling for a new vote in the U.S. Senate. Advocate Dylan Brown says protections for people with disabilities that are similar to those in the U.S. should be in place across the globe.
 
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities narrowly failed in December 2012.
 
Arizona Senator John McCain voted for the treaty, saying it would simply require the rest of the world to meet the standards of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Yuma City Hall Closed Today In Observance Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The Yuma City Hall will be closed today for the Martin Luther King Junior Holiday. Residential refuse collection for homes inside the Yuma city limits will change due to the holiday. City of Yuma residents who normally have their garbage picked up on Mondays will have collections on Tuesday. Those who have garbage pickups on Tuesdays will have collections on Wednesday. Curbside recycling pickups will take place as normal on Thursday and Friday.

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Homeland Security Secretary To Visit Arizona Border

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The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security will be visiting border operations in Arizona this week. Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to visit Douglas and Tucson on Wednesday. According to his office, he will receive briefings on efforts to secure the border at the Tucson Sector headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Johnson will also meet with state and local law enforcement officials. Arizona is one stop on a trip that will also include a visit to McAllen, Texas on Tuesday.

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Yuma City Hall To Be Closed Monday In Observance For Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Garbage Pick Up Pushed Back A Day

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Yuma City Hall will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Junior Holiday. Additionally today Yuma City Hall will be closed as part of its normal customer convenience schedule. Residential refuse collection for homes inside the Yuma city limits will change due to the holiday. City of Yuma residents who normally have their garbage picked up on Mondays will have collections on Tuesday. Those who have garbage pickups on Tuesdays will have collections on Wednesday. Curbside recycling pickups will take place as normal on Thursday and Friday.

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Arizona Western College District Saves On Energy Costs

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Through the first nine months of last year, the Arizona Western College district used over one-million less kilowatt-hours of energy over the previous year, based in part on a new internal communications campaign to encourage people to take an active role in saving energy. That reduction amounted to over an 11% savings, or nearly $100,000. This came in spite of the addition of a new soccer field, which required power for lights, watering and other uses during the fall soccer season. The Turn It Off campaign was designed to “raise awareness and modify behavior of faculty, staff and students,” according to Steve Eckert, Director of Facilities Operations, who created the campai Read More »

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