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Fire Breaks Out In House; Believed To Be Arson


The Yuma Fire and Police Departments are investigating a house fire from last week that has been deemed as arson in nature. Officials say the fire that broke out in the 4800 block of West 21st Street on December 5th damaged several empty rooms. The fire was extinguished quickly, but the damage was already done according to Yuma Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Efert.
Witnesses reported seeing a person run from the area prior to the discovery of the fire. Due to the criminal nature of the fire, the investigation is being pursued by the Yuma Police Department.

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Sex Offender Update


The Yuma Police Department says a sex offender has relocated to a new residence. 31 year old Refugia Galindo is now living at 541 South First Avenue in Yuma. She is described as standing 5’5, weighing 265 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. In March 2001, Galindo was arrested for Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor under 14 years old in El Centro. She had sexual contact with four female victims and was sentenced to 35 days in jail and 36 months probation. She is considered a Level Three sex offender.

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Sex Offender Update


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the community that sex offender 21 year old Mark Allegranza is now residing at 12717 East 35th Place in Yuma. He is described as standing 5’9, weighing 270 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. In November, Allegranza pled guilty in Yuma County Superior Court to one count of stalking with sexual motivation, a class five felony. He was sentenced to ten years of supervised probation. His victim was a minor female who was unknown to him. Allegranza is considered a
Level Two Sex offender.

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AARP Arizona Prepares Americans For Retirement 


Only one third of older Americans are saving for retirement health care expenses, according to a recent survey by AARP. Those out of pocket costs could easily top $200,000 dollars for a retired couple. Cynthia Fagyas of AARP Arizona says they have just launched a free online calculator to help people prepare.
She says the calculator was developed using a database that includes $136 billion dollars in costs from actual health care claims.

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Yuma Border Patrol Agents Arrest Ten; Seize 343 Pounds Of Marijuana


United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested ten Mexican nationals and seized 343 pounds of marijuana Tuesday worth an estimated $170,000.

Agents found footprints near Davidson Canyon located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. With the help of Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction agents, the prints were tracked to the group of men who had entered the U-S illegally. The men were smuggling backpacks full of marijuana.

The Border Patrol presented the men to the U-S Attorney’s Office for prosecution and seized the marijuana for destruction.

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Arizona Sees Increase In Number Of Residents Enrolled In Online Health Insurance Marketplace


Arizona is seeing an increase in its number of residents who enrolled in the online health insurance marketplace that is a key part of the nation's new health care law.
The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says that 3600 Arizonans have chosen plans through the marketplace from October 1st through November 30th – less than nine-percent of those eligible. An earlier report by the agency said only 739 Arizonans enrolled in the online marketplace from October 1st through November 2nd. Nationally, the new markets have picked up their pace of signups since encountering paltry enrollment in the program's first mont Read More »

Yuma Police Department Holding “Tip-A-Cop” Fundraiser

The Yuma Police Department is continuing efforts to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics by kicking off a “Tip-A-Cop” event. The event will be held at Chili’s Restaurant in Yuma on December 18th from 11am-to-8pm. Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities. LETR helps bring awareness to Special Olympics and obtain donations for the athletes.  The money and awareness they raise will help the athletes grow and continue to have opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills and discover their independence while participating in the many events Special Olym Read More »

Yuma Turns 100 Years Old Next Year


Yuma will celebrate a huge milestone in 2014. It is the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the charter establishing Yuma as a city. There is a week-long schedule of events slated for the celebration starting on April 7th 2014. Ricky Rhinehart with the city of Yuma tells us more.
A complete schedule of activities can be found for that week online at Yuma100.com.

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Governor Jan Brewer Creates C.A.R.E. Team To Oversee Child Abuse Cases


An independent team created by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to oversee more than 6500 ignored child abuse and neglect reports says they have assigned more than 1200 of those cases to social workers. The so called CARE team also announced Wednesday that they have verified that more than 550 reports from the past four years have now received responses. Nearly 200 children have been visited by police or social workers. Wednesday's report comes as the team created by Brewer ten days ago begins reassessing all the reports. Police in Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix are sending officers to see some of the children identified in the reports.

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Sex Offender Updates

The Yuma Police Department is notifying the public of the relocation of a couple of sex offenders. 35 year old Melissa Schafer has relocated to 2621 South Virginia Drive in Yuma. She is described as standing 5’4, weighing 132lbs with blonde hair and green eyes. In September 2008, Schafer entered into a plea agreement in Yuma County on one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse and was sentenced to 36 months of probation. Police say Schafer had sexual contact with a 16 year old male and is considered a Level Two sex offender.
26 year old Anthony Avalos now resides at 2550 Virginia Drive, Unit C3 in Yuma. He is described as standing 6’3, weighing 190 pounds with black hair Read More »

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