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Drug Bust Near El Centro Station

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On Sunday, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered and seized two vehicles filled with more than $1.5 million worth in marijuana and arrested one of the drivers. Camera operators notified Border Patrol agents of two vehicles traveling north from the United States/Mexico International Boundary vehicle barriers. Agents responded to the area approximately 21 miles ... Read More »

Judges Halts Human Smuggling Conspiracy Charges

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Arizona's most populous county is halting new prosecutions of people under the state's immigrant smuggling law in the wake of a federal judge's order.   Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery ordered the freeze on Monday in response to U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield's ruling Friday. The ruling said Maricopa County cannot prosecute people who pay to be smuggled into the ... Read More »

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Arrest 24 Janitorial Employees In Identity Theft Case


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Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested 24 employees of a Phoenix janitorial business for alleged identity theft. They say some of the suspects used the false ID's to buy homes, cars and open credit card accounts and 23 of the 24 people arrested are in the country illegally.   Sheriff Joe Arpaio says research by deputies confirmed that 120 employees ... Read More »

Officer Laid To Rest

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A Laguna Beach Police Officer originally from Yuma was laid to rest on Sunday. Officer Jon Couthchie was killed last week while on patrol. He was trying to find a driver who drove off from another officer at the time of the accident. Captain Darin Lenvi of the Laguna Beach Police Department summed it up.   A motorcade honoring him ... Read More »

Police Arrest Burglar Over The Weekend

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says one arrest has been made in connection with a burglary and theft over the weekend. 27-year-old Norberto Aguilar “Sleepy” Ruelas was arrested Friday after breaking into a residence, using a weapon to demand money and then stole a car to escape from police. Deputies later caught up to him hiding in a shed at ... Read More »

Yuma Man Featured In Ripley’s After Work Related Incident


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A Yuma man is featured in this year’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Dare to Look! Book. William “Billy” Mason suffered injuries last year after a saguaro cactus fell on him, breaking his back. He also suffered from 146 cactus needle wounds. The Yuma Sun says the publisher is looking for such unbelievable stories as Mason’s. The publisher adds that ... Read More »

Desert Heritage Plan Aims To Preserve Wildlife Habitat


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An ambitious proposal to protect nearly a million acres of federal public lands in western Maricopa County has received a major award for smart planning.   The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association says the Sonoran Desert Heritage Conservation Plan will improve the quality of life for residents, business owners and tourists. Monty Stansbury chairs the awards committee. He ... Read More »

Gold Gross Ambulance Employees End Two Month Strike

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Striking Gold Cross Ambulance Service employees have officially ended an over two-month work stoppage. Paramedics have voted to fire their union. Teamsters Local 542 was let go over the weekend in order to end the stalemate. Company Manager John Goodall told KSWTTV off camera that he does not want the striking employees back due to the hostile environment they created. ... Read More »

Health Insurance Available Through Federal Marketplace


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This Tuesday, Arizonans who do not get insurance through their jobs and make too much money to qualify for Medicaid can start signing up for insurance in new federal marketplaces.   They will be able to check plans and prices and sign up through the federal government's healthcare.gov website. That is because Governor Jan Brewer joined roughly three dozen other ... Read More »

Arizona Receives $1.2 Million For Federal Public Housing


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Four public housing authorities in Arizona will share more than $1.2 million in federal grants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the grants Friday. In all, the agency awarded $28 million to housing authorities, resident associations, tribes and other nonprofits across the nation.   Officials say the money will be used to hire or retain service coordinators ... Read More »

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