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Five Employees Of Child Welfare Agency Put On Paid Leave


Arizona's child welfare agency has placed five employees on paid administrative leave as it investigates how more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports were labeled as not worthy of investigation. Department of Economic Security spokeswoman Tasya Peterson says the suspensions do not mean the Child Protective Services workers are being disciplined, only that they are being investigated for possible wrongdoing. The Arizona Republic first reported the suspensions.
Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan says he believes those suspended are managers or supervisors. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Monday named Flanagan to head a team she created to oversee t Read More »

Police Department Investigating Hit And Run


The Yuma Police Department is investigating a hit and run from Sunday in which a pedestrian sustained minor injuries. Yuma Police Department Officers went to the intersection of 20th Street and Avenue “B” for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian hit and run. The preliminary investigation revealed a 27-year-old male was crossing westbound in the south crosswalk when he was struck by a black four door passenger car. The car then fled the scene. The suspect vehicle is possibly a 2001 to 2005 black Honda Civic with damage to the right front side and it is missing the passenger side mirror.
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Wellton Border Patrol Arrest 12 Individuals And Seize 535 Pounds Of Marijuana


United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station arrested 12 individuals and seized a combined 535 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $267,000 on Friday. Agents arrested 12 Mexican nationals northeast of Papago Well, located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. All of them were in the U.S. illegally. In close proximity to the apprehension site, agents located eleven large backpacks of marijuana.

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Fort Yuma Health Center To Announce Winner Of Movember Contest


Fort Yuma Health Center’s, participation in the Movember campaign has come to an end. Individual before and after photos were taken and posted for staff to vote on the best mustache. Participants started with a clean-shaven face on November 1st and grew their mustaches for through the month of November. That time is referred to as “Movember,” short for mustache plus November. The winner will be announced today at 11:30am in the Fort Yuma Health Center Multi-Purpose Room. There will be deserts for everyone attending and prizes for the winner.

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20th Annual Sports Turf And Equipment Show This Thursday


Yuma Parks and Recreation, along with the Sports Turf Managers Association of Arizona will present the 20th Annual Sports Turf and Equipment Show Thursday at the Yuma Civic Center on Desert Hills Drive. Registration fee is $10. Participants receive an immense amount of news and knowledge from industry leaders along with the event’s famous tri-tip lunch. The Turf Show is geared toward professional turf managers but is open to anyone wanting to learn more about the latest technologies and strategies for turf or lawn care.
Concurrent sessions offer seminars including subjects such as turf planting, maintenance, irrigation, equipment, occupational safety and health adm Read More »

2014 Yuma Leadership Academy Taking Applications


City of Yuma residents are invited to apply for the 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Academy, the most detailed program the City offers for residents to learn about different departments of the City organization while touring City facilities and related amenities such as a fire station, Yuma Art Center and historic Downtown Yuma. The City is now accepting applications for the returning Neighborhood Leadership Academy, which will begin Jan. 16, 2014. Applications are available on the Neighborhood Services page of the City’s website at Yumaaz.com. There is no fee to apply or attend. Admission is restricted to City residents only. The first deadline for applications is December 16th.< Read More »

Yuma Planned Parenthood Closing


Planned Parenthood Arizona is closing the health center in the Yuma area. The Yuma Sun is reporting the center has been open for at least 20 years proving gynecological exams and birth control. There are over 200 patients the center has treated and those will be transferred to other medical facilities in the area.

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Jan Brewer Defends Director Of Social Services Agency; Announces Outside Second Review Of Uninvestigated Child Abuse And Neglect Reports


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer defended the director of her social services agency Monday while angrily saying that those responsible for illegally closing more than 6500 uninvestigated child abuse and neglect reports will be held accountable. Brewer's comments came as she announced a second outside review of the state's child welfare agency to ensure Child Protective Services properly investigates the reports closed in the past four years. Most of the closures happened in the past 20 months as a team assigned to prescreen tips phoned into the state's child abuse hotline tried to manage a soaring workload in field offices that do the investigations.
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Alleged Armed Robber Makes Second Court Appearance


49 year old Gene Ellis Anaya made his second appearance in court Monday. Two women have accused him of trying to rob them of their money. Prosecutors have filed two formal charges against Anaya including one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of threatening or intimidating for allegedly implying he would injure the victims if they did not give him their money. Deputies arrested Anaya last week after two women said he tried to rob them in the 700 block of south Vaughn Avenue in Yuma. The victims ran off with no injuries. In court, the judge kept Anaya’s bond at $100,000 cash and appointed Anaya a public defender. He will be back in court later this week.

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Sheriff’s Investigate Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Collision


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says 57 year old Henry Ghiotto of Winterhaven is a person of interest in an accident on Saturday that killed a male subject walking along Highway 95 near Avenue 3E. While responding to the reported location, the Sheriff’s Office received at least two more calls advising of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at the same location. Police say the pedestrian was wearing dark colored clothing and was struck while he was in the eastbound lane by the Nissan Armada driven by Ghiotto. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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