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24 Year Old Woman Charged With Hindering A Police Investigation

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A woman charged in hindering a police investigation into the murder of Chrystal Figeroa appeared in court on Thursday, pleading guilty to those charges. 24-year-old Brandi Michalski had two other charges against her dismissed. According to a police investigation, Michalski was with Figueroa and several others the night she was killed. Michalski and another woman were dropped off by suspected killer Jose Jimenez and others before they drove to the citrus grove in what would be Figueroa's last night alive. Prosecutors said she hindered prosecution and tampered with evidence tied to the murder. That same morning police say Michalski was in a black SUV with Jimenez and others tied to the crime whe Read More »

Gas Prices In Arizona Slightly Higher This Week

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Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly higher again at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.23 a gallon. That is an increase of more than $0.02 from last week. This week's national average is at $3.30 per gallon, down by half a penny from last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.17 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.35.
 
Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.02 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.68 a gallon.
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Governor Jan Brewer To Release Spending Plan For The Coming Year

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will release a spending plan for the coming budget year that outlines how she wants to implement reforms at the state's Child Protective Service agency. Other key items include details of a new education funding plan that rewards schools that show improved test scores and details of a plan to cut electricity taxes for manufacturers. Today’s release will cover the plan she wants the Legislature to adopt for the 2014-2015 budget year that begins on July 1st. The governor's plan serves as a roadmap for lawmakers charged with actually passing a state budget.
 
Brewer wants CPS moved into a new stand-alone state agency. She will reveal how much mon Read More »

Sonic Boom Felt Around Foothills In Yuma

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It was a sonic boom that reportedly shook the Foothills and other surrounding areas Wednesday morning. Officials from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma say the loud sound people heard after 8am Wednesday was a sonic boom. They say it was an F-18 from Marine Fighter Training Squadron 101, based out of MCAS Miramar in the San Diego area.

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Yuma City Council Hears Updates On Construction Of Downtown Apartment Complex


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Downtown Yuma will continue to see improvements in the next few months. The Yuma City Council on Wednesday heard updates concerning the construction of an upscale apartment complex. Officials say construction could begin later this year. This would be the second phase of the downtown redevelopment that was first adopted in 2004. The Yuma Sun is reporting that the director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Charles Flynn says now that the first phase is completed, the second phase, to introduce residential areas to the downtown and waterfront areas are next.

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San Luis Police Chief Resigns


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The San Luis Police Chief Arturo Ramos has resigned. The Yuma Sun is reporting Ramos resigned due to unspecified health reasons. Ramos has served the city for the last three years. The resignation takes place immediately. Police Commander Javier Arellano is now serving as interim police chief. No word on when the position will be permanently filled.

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Sex Offender Relocates To New Address

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the community that 40-year-old Peter Borquez is now residing at 1013 North Hidalgo Avenue in San Luis. He is described as standing 5’8, weighing 146 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. In July 1992, Borquez entered a plea of Guilty/No contest to the charge of sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was a 15-year-old female. He was sentenced to two years probation by the Yuma County Superior Court. In May 1994 his probation was revoked for violation of the conditions of his probation and he was sentenced to one-and-a-half-years in prison. Borquez is a considered a Level three sex offender with a high risk to reoffend.< Read More »

American Red Cross And Cibola High School Volunteers To Educate People On Preventing House Fires

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American Red Cross volunteers and Cibola High School volunteers on Saturday will go door to door in Yuma talking to people about how to prevent home fires and how to escape safely should a fire occur.
 
The event, which honors the Martin Luther King Day of Service, will run from 9am-to-12noon. Fires represent the greatest threat to Arizona families. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster on average every eight minutes, and the vast majority of them are home fires. Fire prevention tips include checking smoke alarms once a month and batteries replaced at least once a year. Everyone in the family should recognize the alarm and know what to do when it sounds. Volunteers will Read More »

Advocates For Internet Freedom Say Appeals Court Strikes “Huge Blow”


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It is being called a "huge blow to all Internet users." A federal court ruled this week in favor of Verizon, striking down FCC rules that regulate the Web. The ruling means broadband providers like Verizon could charge content providers such as Netflix or ESPN higher prices for faster download speeds, creating Internet “fast lanes.” Josh Levy of the watchdog group Free Press says in its court arguments in the case against the FCC, Verizon revealed a broader goal.
 
The FCC’s new commissioner, Tom Wheeler, said the agency might appeal the ruling. Levy says the court’s decision opens the door to the FCC drafting new and different rules. He a Read More »

Congressman Paul Gosar Votes Against Omnibus Spending Bill

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar voted against House Bill 3547 Wednesday – known as the Omnibus Spending Bill. He spoke about the bill during Eye on the Desert Southwest Wednesday.
 
This bill would also decrease Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s budget by almost $160 million dollars from Fiscal Year 2013.

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