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One Person Charged In Connection With Vehicle And ATV Theft


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says one person is charged in connection with the theft of an ATV and another vehicle, causing headaches for drivers following an accident Friday. Police say 26-year-old Iovany Alerge of Somerton allegedly stole the ATV near the area of West County 16th Street and South Avenue “B”. After being pursued, he fled from the quad into an orange grove. During a brief foot pursuit, the suspect stole a Toyota Tundra that was parked at a residence with the keys in the ignition. A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that the suspect had been involved in a vehicle collision inside the City of Yuma. The suspect was t Read More »

Man In Custody After Alleged Sexual Assault Of A Woman


 Police say one person is in custody following the alleged sexual assault of a woman. Police say they received a report of the incident Sunday. Police say the suspect, identified as 27-year-old John Alexander Rood the Third of Yuma was arrested on Sunday night. The victim told deputies that her ex-boyfriend had given her a ride home from a party. When they arrived at her home, an argument ensued between the victim and the suspect.
The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim.Rood was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Center for attempted homicide by strangulation per Domestic Violence, kidnapping per Domestic Violence, aggravated assault per Do Read More »

Your Behaviors And The Amount Of Negative Stress In Your Life Can Put You At Risk For Online Fraud


Your risk of being victimized by online fraud could depend on certain behaviors and the amount of negative stress in your life. That is the conclusion of a new report from AARP that profiles who may be most vulnerable to Internet scams.
AARP’s Cynthia Fagyas says the survey examined 15 key behaviors and life experiences that could increase a person’s susceptibility to being ripped off.
The AARP survey also found that online fraud victims had experienced 53 percent more negative life events, such as losing a job, financial hardship and feelings of isolation.

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F-35 Fighter Jet Arrives At Luke Air Force Base


The first F-35 fighter jet has arrived at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. About 250 base personnel, family members and contractors watched the Lightning-Two stealth jet land at Luke on Monday. Another 143 of the supersonic jets are expected to be assigned to the base during the next decade. Luke officials expect additional F-35s to arrive a couple of times a month until the base has six squadrons of 24 planes each. They anticipate receiving about 15 more of the jets during the rest of this year. The base located 15-miles west of Phoenix is projected to become the Air Force's primary F-35 pilot training base. Most of the F-16s currently at Luke will be reassigned to New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Read More »

Arizona House Unanimously Approves Bill To Stop Revenge Porn


The Arizona House has unanimously approved a bill aimed at stopping jilted lovers from posting explicit pictures of their former flames on the Internet to get revenge. The bill from Republican Representative J.D. Mesnard of Chandler would make it a felony to post nude photos of a person without their written consent. House Bill 2515 is one of many being considered by lawmakers across the nation in response to the posting of "revenge porn" that has been made easier by the growth of social networks. Last year, California made it a misdemeanor to post such images. The bill passed unanimously on Monday. It will now go to the Senate.

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Arizona House Of Representatives Approve Bill To Protect Livestock Animals; Still Angers Animal-Rights Activists


The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that aims to protect livestock animals but which had angered animal-rights activists. The bill would change cruelty charges related to livestock animals from felonies to misdemeanors.

It also originally would have forced anyone to notify law enforcement of animal cruelty within five days of obtaining evidence. Animal-rights activists said that would hamper undercover investigations. But an amendment by bill sponsor Republican Representative Brenda Barton of Payson removes that requirement. A prior provision that was scrapped by the amendment also would have given the state Department of Agriculture full authority to invest Read More »

One Person Dead After Car Accident On Friday


One person is dead following an accident that tied up area streets for several hours on Friday. The Yuma Police Department says 65-year-old Wayne Helms of Washington was traveling westbound in the 1900 block of West 16th Street; when he slowed down to turn right onto Gate Way. Prior to turning he was rear ended by a Silver Chrysler passenger car driven by 18-year-old Rooslin Gomez of Yuma. The impact caused Helms to be separated from his motorcycle and land in the roadway where he was struck by the Chrysler sustaining fatal injuries. The investigation is still on going. The accident caused traffic headaches since police had to close the roadways to clear that accident.

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Missing Man’s Body Found In Gila River


Almost a month later, finally some closure for the family of a man missing since Valentine’s Day. An official from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office confirmed with our television partner KYMATV that a recovery team found the body of 73-year-old Troy Schmeltz. They found the body of the elderly man in the Gila River Sunday, northeast of the Yuma Lakes RV Resort where he lived. Multiple search teams tried to find him for almost a month. His wife said she last saw him on February 14th. Officials say investigators have not found any evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in Schmeltz's death.

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Two Sex Offenders Change Residences


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the public of the relocation of a sex offender. 48-year-old Darryl Blackwell is now living at 3550 West Eighth Street, Unit 79 in Yuma. He is described as standing six-foot, three-inches tall, weighing 170-pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. In May 2011, Blackwell was convicted by the Yuma County Superior Court of two counts of Indecent Exposure. In 2010, on two separate occasions, Blackwell exposed himself to children under 12-years-old. He was sentenced to one year in prison for both counts. He is currently on probation with the Yuma County Adult Probation Department. Blackwell is a Level three-sex offender, with a high risk to reoff Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Five Men; Seize 738 Pounds Of Marijuana


Border Patrol agents at Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station apprehended five men Thursday and seized 738-pounds of marijuana valued at $331,000in three separate incidents.

Agents of the All-Terrain Vehicle Unit patrolling in the Gila Bend area located footprints of individuals who had illegally entered into the United States.  The agents tracked the footprints to a deep wash and saw five individuals attempting to hide behind nearby brush and vegetation.  The agents arrested the five men, and a search of the immediate area revealed five backpacks of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 248-pounds, with an estimated worth of $111,000.  The five men and marijuan Read More »

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