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Arizona Corporation Comission Holds Emergency Meeting Over Dispute With Local Water Company

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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.

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Claims From Yarnell Hill Fire Total $662 Million


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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 »

Phoenix Woman Accused Of Child Abuse After Leaving Her One Year Old Daughter Inside Apartment To Go Drinking

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Authorities say a Phoenix woman is accused of child abuse for allegedly leaving her infant daughter inside an apartment so she could go out drinking. Police say Lyronda Tsosie's one year old girl was found on a north Phoenix street about 2am Monday. They say the baby was barefoot and in a nightgown in 46 degree weather. Tsosie admitted to drinking prior to leaving her home and told police she wanted to go get some more drinks. When Tsosie returned to the apartment, police say she was extremely intoxicated and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27%. Police say Tsosie's daughter apparently walked out the unlocked door. Officers searched for several hours for the infant's parents before Tsosie Read More »

Mesa Agrees To Sell 11,000 Acres Of Land To Real Estate Investment Company

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Mesa has announced the sale of about 11,000 acres of land it owns in Pinal County. Officials say the city will sell the land to real estate investment company Pinal Land Holdings LLC, in one of the largest land deals in the city's history. The three phase sale agreement could net Mesa up to $135 million. City officials say the property is comprised of 88 parcels within the city limits of Coolidge and Pinal County. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith says part of the sale and lease proceeds will help pay for economic development projects such as the Chicago Cubs' new training complex and higher education initiatives. Mesa bought the land for about $29 million in 1985 to create a water farm, but the cit Read More »

Yuma Fire Responds To Fire On Christmas Eve

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On Christmas Eve, Yuma Fire Department personnel responded to 48 emergency calls for service. Two of those were residential fires. At approximately 4:20pm YFD responded to a reported fire in the Double D Mobile Home Park at 355 West 18th Street. Arriving personnel found smoke coming from an apartment at that location. Firefighters quickly extinguished an oven fire that had spread to a refrigerator and other items stored near the oven. The apartment’s 79 year old female resident saw flames coming from the oven and was able to safely leave the home without injury.

The fire was determined to have originated in the oven where various kitchen items had been stored. The apartment was n Read More »

Party Prepared Campaign Encourages Safe Sex For The New Year

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Aside from Spring break, New Year’s Eve may be the biggest occasion of the year for risky behavior including unprotected sex. An Arizona campaign to encourage safe sex among holiday partiers is now in its second year. John Welch with the Southwest Center for HIV AIDS says there is a strong connection between substance use and sexually-transmitted infections.

The "Party Prepared" safe sex effort features thousands of condoms disguised as matchbooks, to be handed out during New Year’s Eve parties at bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs around metro Phoenix and Tucson.
 

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Yuma Man Dies In Skydiving Accident

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A Yuma man who died in a Southern California skydiving accident has been identified as a trainer of military skydivers from Arizona. The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office identified the victim of Friday's accident in Perris, California as 29 year old Jason Granger of Yuma. Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger was a highly-qualified skydiver who trained members of the military in free fall skills. Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger had traveled to the popular Southern California skydiving spot with his wife and family to make the jump. The manager says when Granger neared landing he made a turn too low to the ground and crashed.
 

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Dispute In Tempe Mall Parking Lot Escalates Into Shooting

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Authorities say a dispute in a Tempe mall's parking lot escalated into a shooting that left one woman with a minor injury. Police spokesman Michael Pooley says the shooting in the Arizona Mills mall lot Saturday started out as a dispute between 20 year old Voyee Smith and other males described as being in their late teens or early 20s. Pooley says Smith and another person began exchanging gunfire at a time when the lot was nearly full. A bullet grazed one of the arms of Smith's girlfriend. She refused to be taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported. The shooting's cause is under investigation. The other suspects have not been located. Smith was taken into custody.Read More »

Local Police Warn About State Police Warrant Scam

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Local police are warning of a scam going on in which the caller identifies themselves as working with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. Some residents have received phone calls from the scammer claiming to be a captain or lieutenant with YCSO's warrant division. According to police, this suspect tells victims they have a warrant out for their arrest which they must pay off immediately. Victims tell deputies the scammer tells them to purchase a Green Dot money card to pay off their fine. Deputies urge anyone who may has been a victim of this type of scam to contact police immediately.

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Yuma Food Bank A Third Of It’s Way To $500k Goal

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The Yuma Community Food Bank is a third of the way toward their yearly fund raiser goal of $500,000. The Step Up to the Plate campaign will end in February 2014. The Yuma Sun is reporting that an anonymous donor has pledged to match the amount donated if the food bank reaches their goal of raising $500,000. The food bank still needs over $311,000 in the next two months. Mike Ivers CEO of the Yuma Community Food Bank says there are tax breaks for those who donate before the end of 2013.

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