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New Year’s Resolution For Parenting: Discipline Instead Of Punishment

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It is not on the list of typical new year's resolutions along with quitting smoking or losing weight, but one expert says a goal for 2014 of parenting through discipline instead of punishment can have life-long positive effects. Ingrid Bauer is a mother of four and an expert on communication within families. She says there is a big difference between punishment – such as spankings or time-outs, that may just teach kids not to get caught next time – and discipline, which can teach values and bring parent and child closer
 
Bauer says a better strategy than meting out punishment when a child misbehaves is to talk with the child, try to understand why they acted out, and Read More »

Yuma Area Doctor Has License Suspended By Arizona Medical Board 


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An area doctor has had his medical license suspended by the Arizona Medical Board. The Yuma Sun is reporting that Doctor Alaaedin Babiker was suspended from practicing medicine on December 18th 2013. The board concluded that quote – “the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.” – unquote. The investigation began after one of Doctor Babiker’s patients complained about inadequate follow up care they received in January 2013. The claim accused the doctor of prescribing controlled substances to patients so he could redirect some of the medication to himself. Several other patients have come forward claiming inadequate health care from hi Read More »

Arizona Racial Profiling Case Costs Taxpayers $21 Million


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Taxpayers will pay an estimated $21 million over the next year and a half for changes ordered in response to a racial profiling ruling against an Arizona sheriff's office.
 
Maricopa County also would have to pick up an additional
$10 million in staff and other costs each year beginning in mid-2015 to comply with the judge's order against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Seven months ago, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled Arpaio's office systematically singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.
 
Arpaio is appealing the ruling. The cost estimates were first reported by The Arizona Republic and were provided to Read More »

Holiday Season Brings A Number Of Family Killings

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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 »

Gas Prices In Arizona Higher This Week

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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 gallon

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Arizona Department Of Corrections Officer Accused Of Having Sex With Inmate In Back Of State Prison Van

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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 »

Impound Storage Fee Sees Increase For The New Year

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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.

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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 »

National Wildlife Federation To Campaign Against Land And Gas Development In Remote Areas


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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.

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El Centro Border Patrol Agent’s Arrests Lead To Conviction Of 13 Illegal Aliens

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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.

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