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Phoenix Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Drug Trafficking

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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 »

Arizona Supreme Court Allowing Higher Campaign Contribution Limits To Go Into Effect

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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.

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Sex Offender Relocation

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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.

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Ex Police Officer Arrested After High Speed Chase

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A former Tempe police officer was arrested Monday after being arrested earlier in the weekend. 30 year-old Garrett Peterson resigned his position as an officer on Friday and was involved in a high speed chase in Gilbert later that night. Our television partner KYMAT-V says on Monda, Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents noticed a vehicle that was a prior "Attempt to Locate" and began to follow the vehicle. Eventually DPS officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle fled. Speeds reached approximately 90 miles per hour as the pursuit traveled westbound on I-8 around mile marker 40. After turning around several times, the driver went head on into a commercial truck. Police closed the fr Read More »

Board Of Supervisors Approve Purchase Of Peterbilt Truck

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The Yuma County Board of Supervisors met on Monday and approved the purchase of a 2014 Peterbilt cab and chassis from Rush Peterbilt of Yuma. The Yuma Sun is reporting the county has been criticized in the past for not buying from local vendors and Chairman Greg Ferguson made it clear during the meeting this would be a local purchase. Members of the board have countered that argument in the past saying that local vendors do not typically bid on items the county is looking to purchase.

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Confidential CPS Documents Found Dumped In Phoenix Alley

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The director of Arizona's child welfare agency says thousands of pages of confidential documents on abuse and neglect cases found dumped in a Phoenix alley were apparently left in a home by a former worker who moved out of state.
 
Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter says the Child Protective Services records from 2008 and 2009 were left behind in a desk drawer. Carter told the Legislature's child protective services oversight committee Monday that an investigation found the worker had taken them home to work on them and had not properly secured them. The records were left behind when she moved and were tossed into the alley later when the home was Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Make Multiple Arrests Over The Weekend

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station arrested 21 individuals and seized a combined 846 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $423,000 in separate weekend incidents.

On Friday, agents were tracking a group of suspected illegal immigrants near the Granite Mountains on the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range when they found 12 makeshift backpacks of marijuana weighing 548 pounds. A Mexican national hiding near the backpacks was arrested. Agents continued tracking the footprints until they found and arrested an additional eleven Mexican nationals on Sunday (15). Agents seized the marijuana for destruction.
 
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FDA Wants To Phase Out Use Of Antibiotics To Promote Faster Growth In Farm Animals

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With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the FDA wants to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote faster growth in farm animals, but some claim its efforts do not go far enough. The FDA's guidance asks the manufacturers to voluntarily change antibiotic labeling to indicate the medications are only for disease prevention. But Doctor David Wallinga with Healthy Food Action says many antibiotics are now labeled for a variety of uses and changing that will not necessarily stop their use.
 
It is estimated that in 2011 in the U.S., about eight million pounds of antibiotics were sold for human consumption, but nearly 30 million pounds were sold for meat and poultry production.< Read More »

Yuma City Hall To Close For Several Days During Holiday Season

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The Yuma City Hall will be closed several days during winter holiday season. Friday, City Hall will be closed as part of its normal customer convenience schedule. Then, City Hall will be closed both December 24th and 25th. Residential refuse collection for homes inside the Yuma city limits will not change the week of December 23rd or the week of December 30th despite the holidays. Later that week, City Hall will be closed Friday, January 3rd, 2014 as part of its normal customer convenience schedule.

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Somerton Tamale Festival This Weekend

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City-of-SomertonThe Somerton Tamale Festival is scheduled for this weekend. The Eighth Annual event has grown greatly since it’s inception. Jose Moreno says a good time will be had by all on Saturday. The event was started by Arizona State University graduates and continues to benefit those attending ASU.
 
The Somerton Tamale Festival will be held from 11am to 11pm on Saturday. There is no admission charge and the event will be held along Main Street in Somerton.

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