The case against an Arizona woman who spent two decades on death row in the murder of her four year old son has been dealt a crushing blow. A judge on Wednesday said a detective does not have to testify at Debra Milke's retrial. Without his testimony on her purported confession, prosecutors cannot use it at her retrial. In other cases, the detective has been accused of lying under oath. If defense attorneys brought that up in the Milke retrial to try to hurt his credibility, he fears he could face prosecution in those cases. Milke was accused of having two men shoot her four-year-old son in 1989. She spent 24-years on death row. An appeals court overturned her conviction in March and she is free o Read More »
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The City of Prescott has denied compensation claims filed in connection with a deadly Arizona wildfire. Yarnell property owners and the mother of a Granite Mountain Hotshot who died along with 18 of his crew members have accused public agencies of negligence. An attorney representing Prescott said Wednesday that claims by Marcia McKee, the mother of Grant McKee, are barred under state law. The city says it is not liable to the property owners either, because its actions were not reckless or negligent and did not result in the loss of property or income. The city also notes that it was cleared of wrongdoing in a state worker safety investigation into the June 30th dea Read More »
25 former immigrants are now United States citizens. The Mexican born persons took oaths at Yuma City Hall on
Tuesday. Angel Ortega was brought to the U.S. by his parents to give him a chance at a better life.
A college student set to graduate in May 2014, Ortega hopes to one day become a surgeon and help heal his fellow countrymen.
The Yuma City Council has a very light agenda for Tonight, Wednesday, December 18. This will be the last regular city council meeting for Mayor Alan Kreiger and three council members – Paul Johnson, Bobbie Lewis and Jerry Stuart. Mayor Kreiger has enjoyed his time serving the citizens of Yuma and hopes that some issues have come to light.
The meeting starts tonight Wednesday, December 18 at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall with the reception to follow.
United States Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station arrested one smuggler and seized over $329,000 worth of cocaine, while agents from the Wellton Station seized over $95,000 worth of marijuana. Monday, agents stopped a Chevy Impala at I-10 and Lovekin Boulevard. A canine unit alerted to the trunk of the car, leading to the discovery of nearly 14 kilograms of cocaine. The driver, a U.S. citizen was arrested. The subject and cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In a separate incident, agents tracking footprints of a group of people suspected of entering the country illegally discovered four camouflage wrapped backpacks containing 191 pounds Read More »
During a recent public meeting of the Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, officials representing both institutions delivered a ceremonial check to San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez and Vice Mayor Matias Rosales in the amount of $500,000 recently, from NADB’s Community Assistance Program, which aims to assist smaller communities in the border region meet their high-priority infrastructure needs.
As a result, Mayor Sanchez and Council Members will break ground today for the new potable water transmission line project that will provide interconnection between San Luis’ two water distribution systems, Read More »
At hospitals and clinics across the state, the need for blood knows no season, but donations tend to decrease this time of year. That is why officials are urging Arizonans to consider rolling up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift. Dan Fox of the American Red Cross says between school vacations, inclement weather and busy schedules, the number of donations declines over the holidays, while the need for blood in local hospitals remains constant.
The American Red Cross estimates that one in ten people admitted to the hospital will require a blood transfusion. In Arizona, donors must be at least 18 years old, or 17 with a signed parental consent form. Donors must also be in good hea Read More »
A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in a drug trafficking case. Federal prosecutors say 53 year old Ralph C. Moreno also was sentenced Monday, December, 16 to ten years of supervised release and fined $3,000. A federal jury in September found Moreno guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.
Investigators say Moreno sold meth out of his Phoenix home to people associated with a prison based gang in 2010. A search warrant was issued at Moreno's home and authorities say they found two firearms and more than $75,000 in drug money. Prosecutors say M Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected arguments from the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission and is allowing new, higher campaign contribution limits passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature go into effect.
Tuesday’s ruling by the high court came just hours after lawyers for the commission and the Legislature argued the case. The court said it will issue a formal opinion explaining its reasons later. The court overturned an October decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals that found the law ran afoul of the Voter Protection Act. That law requires a three-fourths vote of the Legislature to make major changes to voter-approved laws.
The 1998 Citizens Clean Read More »
The Yuma Police Department would like to notify the community of the recent relocation of a sex offender. 50-year-old Xavier Reveles is now residing at 177 North Eighth Avenue in Yuma. He is described as standing six feet tall and weighing 185 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Reveles was sentenced to four years in prison and to probation for three years. Reveles was originally charged with Commercial Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Child Prostitution. A police investigation revealed Reveles had coerced a minor to engage in sexual acts.Read More »