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Border Patrol Initiate Wiretapping Investigation For Drug Activities Around Mexican Border


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In November 2010, Special Agents with the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force initiated a California State wiretap investigation into the importation and transportation activities of a Drug Trafficking Organization based in Mexicali, Mexico. Operation Cerberus targeted Sinaloa Cartel cocaine trafficking cells primarily operating along the southwest border in California and Arizona. Approximately 224 phones have been intercepted, 17 search warrants have been executed, as well as numerous other enforcement operations, approximately 3,000 pounds of cocaine with an approximate retail value of $96 million dollars, 100 lbs of methamphetamine, 820 lbs of marijuana, and over $4.1 million dollars in U Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Seize 155 Pounds Of Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized 155 lbs of abandoned marijuana, worth an estimated $78,000, Tuesday while patrolling in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Agents were tracking footprints when they came upon seven bundles of abandoned marijuana. The marijuana was seized for destruction.

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Bus Driver Inadvertently Runs Over Ten Year Old

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A child sustained injuries following an accident involving a school bus – the third school bus accident this year in Yuma County. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says a ten year old child ran alongside the school bus attempting to catch it before it departed from the bus stop in the 14000 Block of North Avenue 74-E in Hyder. The bus driver did not see the victim running alongside the bus and inadvertently ran him over. The victims’ brother saw him on the road, picked him up and took him home. The grandparent then took the child to Dateland Elementary School knowing that a paramedic was stationed there.

Tri-Valley Ambulance responded to the school and requested that a Care Read More »

City Of San Luis Celebrates 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Tonight


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The City of San Luis will celebrate its Fifth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting tonight at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center at 1015 North Main Street starting at 6:30pm. The community of San Luis will congregate not simply to light a tree but to honor a tradition. Mayor Gerardo Sanchez says the ceremony is a manifestation of the central message of the holiday season: to love and respect neighbors as ourselves and to help those most in need.
 
For more information about the Fifth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, please call the City’s Park and Recreation Department at 928-341-8535.

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Sex Offender Update

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The Yuma Police Department is advising the public of the relocation of a sex offender. 44 year old Michael Degroot of Yuma is now residing at 800 South First Avenue in Yuma. Degroot is described as standing 5’11 and weighing 150 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes. In January 2006, Degroot entered into a plea agreement with the Yuma County Superior Court for Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He was originally charged with 15 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor after a police investigation revealed he was found in possession of thousands of images of Child Pornography. Degroot was sentenced to 10 years in prison and lifetime intensive probation. Degroot is considered a level three Read More »

Parent In Prison More Common Than Childhood Autism

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Having a parent in prison is more common than childhood autism in the United States. That detail was part of a briefing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where a report was also released that shares experiences and challenges for children whose mothers are in prison. Beth Lovell is the director of Family Strengthening at Volunteers of America – which coordinates programs to help those she calls "innocent bystanders.".
 
The U.S. Justice Department estimates 1.75 million children age 18 and younger currently have a parent in prison, including more than 20-thousand in Arizona. Millions more have been affected at some point in their lives, and most are children from l Read More »

Educator Says Grattitude Can Improve Health


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Gratitude can change your attitude, and maybe even your health. With the season of giving and thankfulness under way, Wickes MacColl is a Strengthening Families educator who points to research that shows people who practice gratefulness are better off physically and mentally.
 
MacColl says gratefulness is also something that has to be taught to children. She adds that practicing gratitude is more than saying “thank you,” – it needs to be a daily reflection. It can be as simple as “counting your blessings” each night, or starting the day by making a list of people, places or things that you are looking forward to seeing.

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Luke Air Force Base To Host Idaho’s 428th Fighter Squadron

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Luke Air Force Base is hosting Idaho's 428th Fighter Squadron and a contingent from the Republic of Singapore for nearly two weeks of flying exercises. Flying will take place at the base and the Barry M. Goldwater Range complex through December 15th. Base officials say the areas around Luke and the range may experience more noise than usual as a result of the increased air activity and the types of aircraft involved. The aircraft will include F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15E Strike Eagles, CH-47 Chinooks and AH-64 Apache helicopters. There will also be an increased military presence along Highway-85 south of Gila Bend.
 
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New Opinion Says Public Agencies Can’t Charge A Copying Fee

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A new opinion from the Arizona Attorney General says public agencies cannot charge a copying fee if a person just wants to review records at the agency's office. The opinion released Tuesday also says people can bring their own copying devices to the office and use it to make copies without charge.
 
The opinion was prompted by a request from the Arizona Ombudsman-Citizens Aide. The agency was following up on a complaint. The new opinion notes that records maintained by a public body are by law open to inspection during business hours.

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