An Arizona woman is accused of killing her daughter and trying to fatally stab her husband and poison her other three children over a custody dispute on Christmas Day. In Southern California, a man apparently killed his wife and their two children before turning the gun on himself a day before New Year's Eve. In New Mexico, a 38 year old woman faces charges after police say she kicked her child to death two days after Christmas. The family related killings happened around the holidays, and while people look for answers, experts say they vary case to case. But many have common themes – custody disputes or nasty divorces – coupled with a time relatives are gathered for celebrations. Experts say Read More »
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Gasoline prices around Arizona are higher at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.19 a gallon. That is an increase of more than $0.04 from last week. This week's national average is at #3.32 per gallon, up by nearly $0.06 from last week. AAA analysts say the rise is due to elevated crude prices and regional refinery issues. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.10 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.36. Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.00 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.71 a gallonRead More »
Arizona Department Of Corrections Officer Accused Of Having Sex With Inmate In Back Of State Prison Van
An Arizona Department of Corrections officer is accused of having sex with an inmate in the back of a state prison van.
Authorities say 26 year old Anthony James Marotta is being held on suspicion of two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with an inmate. His bond is set at $15,000. The Arizona Republic reports that investigators received information from a prison inmate who drives a transportation vehicle. The driver told authorities that she saw Marotta having sex Tuesday with an unnamed female inmate in the back of the vehicle. Court documents indicate the arrest took place at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville, where female prisoners are housed. Authorities say Read More »
Effective January 1st the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office administrative fee for all Post Storage Hearings on vehicles towed is now $150 dollars. The owner of a vehicle that is impounded, the spouse of the owner and any other person identified on the Motor Vehicle Division record with an interest in the vehicle, may request a Post Storage Hearing within ten days from the date of the Vehicle Impoundment Notice for the sole purpose of determining the validity of the impoundment or to determine whether the vehicle may be released before the end of the 30 day period. A Post Storage Hearing with the Patrol Support Officer must take place to obtain an Impound Vehicle Release. A Post Storage Heari Read More »
Fire Destroys Home On New Year’s Day A home was destroyed by fire just five hours into the new year. The Yuma Fire Department says the fire broke out at 2516 West 25th Street and responded after receiving a report of a fire alarm at that residence Wednesday morning. While in route a second call was received from the alarm company saying that the resident had confirmed there was a fire at the home. Arriving YFD personnel found heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Firefighters initially entered the home but the fire had already spread into the attic and they were forced to continue their efforts from the exterior. Fire officials say the resident initially tried to put the fire out himself, but failed and evacuated safely with only one of his dogs. The other dog is believed to have died in the fire.
A home was destroyed by fire just five hours into the new year. The Yuma Fire Department says the fire broke out at 2516 West 25th Street and responded after receiving a report of a fire alarm at that residence Wednesday morning. While in route a second call was received from the alarm company saying that the resident had confirmed there was a fire at the home. Arriving YFD personnel found heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Firefighters initially entered the home but the fire had already spread into the attic and they were forced to continue their efforts from the exterior.
Fire officials say the resident initially tried to put the fire out himself, but failed an Read More »
In some of the most remote areas in the country, a battle is brewing to safeguard the land from oil and gas development and timber extraction. Ed Perry with the National Wildlife Federation will be part of that protection effort as he begins work with NWF’s Public Lands Campaign. Perry says roadless areas represent some of the greatest hunting, fishing and camping areas nationwide, enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year from other parts of the country.
He says those lands need to be preserved, both for the tourist dollars they bring in and the jobs they create, and for their environmental value, which he sees as priceless.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents’ recent arrests have led to the successful conviction and sentencing of 13 illegal aliens with prior convictions for other crimes. The illegal aliens all were sentenced from 30 to 46-months in federal prison. The apprehensions took place earlier this year near the border cities of Calexico, El Centro, and Indio. The illegal aliens, many of which have extensive criminal histories, were presented for prosecution on federal criminal charges. The illegal aliens will be deported to their country of origin after serving their prison sentences.Read More »
A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned more than 4200 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named about three weeks ago by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Tuesday. It said nearly 2100 children identified in the reports now have been seen and more than 1600 cases have had a response. The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan. Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed the uninvestigated reports called into a hotline on November 21st 2013. He Read More »
A recent disruption of water service to some customers of the Green Acres Water Company caused the Arizona Corporation Commission to hold an emergency meeting this week. The Yuma Sun is reporting the meeting was called on Tuesday after they became aware that the owner of wells in the Green Acres area had shut off the power to those wells. The Green Acres Water Company owner says he disagrees with ACC’s assessment of the water situation. Todd Brandenberger told the Sun that the customers still have water, but the power that is in his name was shut off. He says those customers are in the process of installing new wells on their own property.Read More »
More than 100 damage claims seeking a total of $662 million have been filed by property owners and relatives of firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill fire. The Daily Courier reports that 91 property owners filed claims and that 17 additional claims were filed by relatives of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished June 30th 2013. The claims are precursors to possible lawsuits. They were filed against various entities, including the state and local governments and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. The claims allege mistakes by firefighting managers and refer frequently to a workplace safety report that resulted in citations against the State Forest Read More »