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Arizona Children Advocates Hope To Get Community To Add Input In Child Welfare Reform Bill


Arizona children’s advocates hope they and the community get the chance to add their two cents to a child welfare reform bill being crafted by a special committee that includes lawmakers from both parties. The bill-writing group was formed in response to last year’s disclosure that 6500 reports of child abuse had not been investigated by Child Protective Services. Children’s Action Alliance president Dana Wolfe Naimark says there are three key components that will make a reformed child welfare system successful.

Naimark says the approval early this year of nearly $7 million to hire more caseworkers is good, but much more is needed. She says lawmakers must fund a Read More »

One Person Arrested After Crashing Stolen Vehicle


The Yuma Police Department says one person was arrested after he crashed a vehicle at 24th Street and Fourth Avenue Friday after he stole it.

Authorities say the suspect was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center receiving treatment before he was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center.

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One Person Arrested In Connection With Alleged Sexual Assault


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says one person was arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault. Police say 27-year-old John Alexander Rood the Third was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a woman on Sunday morning. Early Sunday morning deputies responded to 3500 West Eighth Street. The victim told investigators Rood gave her a ride home from a party before they started arguing. Officials say Rood sexually assaulted her. Deputies arrested him on charges of attempted homicide by strangulation, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and sexual assault.

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YCIPTA Continues With Current Chairman And Vice Chairman


The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority Board of Directors recently unanimously elected Robert Pickels, Yuma County Administrator and Greg Wilkinson, Yuma City Administrator, as the chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, for the 2014-15 term, which runs from February 2014 through January 2015. This is their third term in these positions and they were the original Board Members that started the formation of YCIPTA back in 2010. Wellton Town Manager Richard Watenpaugh took an oath of office as well.

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Two Arizona Western College Nursing Students Named Recipients Of Scholarship


Arizona Western College nursing students Monica Acosta and Miguel Martinez have been named recipients of the Beverly Shaw Presidential Teacher of the Year Scholarship by nursing professor Bev Shaw. Miguel Martinez is in his third semester as a Nursing Student and he will receive a one semester scholarship. Monica Acosta is in her first semester and will be awarded a three semester scholarship. Daniel Barajas, Dean of Career and Technical Education says of Shaw that she is one of those professors who is dedicated to the nursing profession. She wears her dedication of teaching nursing to students proudly and is very committed to educating nursing students.

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Sex Offender Notification


The Yuma Police Department wants to notify the public of the relocation of a convicted sex offender. 50-year-old George Oranday has relocated to 843 South Third Avenue unit Number Three in Yuma. Orandy is described as standing five-foot-four-inches tall, weighing 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. In April 2011, Orandy was convicted of Sexual Abuse in Yuma County after he had contact with a 15-year-old female and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation. He is considered a Level Three sex offender with a high risk to reoffend.

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Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Attempted Murder


Miguel Rodriguez, also known as "Capone," learned his fate in Yuma Superior Court Wednesday (5) for his involvement in a shooting last year. Rodriguez was charged with first degree attempted murder of 36-year-old Reyna Torres back in May 2013.

Judge David Haws sentenced Rodriguez to serve 12 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Last May, Rodriguez showed up at Torres' doorstep and shot her three times after his girlfriend, Misty Ann Martinez, got into a dispute with her over property.  Torres suffered serious injuries from the shooting.

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Yuma Police Department Accepting Applications For Citizens Police Academy


The Yuma Police Department is now accepting applications for the upcoming Citizens Police Academy.  The academy is designed to educate the citizens of Yuma about the daily operations of the Yuma Police Department. The academy is eight weeks long and will give participants an opportunity to meet several officers who will be instructing various topics relating to police work. Participants will also get a tour of the department and complete a ride-a-long. The academy will start on April 9th with a graduation ceremony on May 28th.  Classes are held every Wednesday from 6pm-to-9pm at the Yuma Police Department at 1500 South First Avenue. There is no fee for attending the academy but you will be re Read More »

Arizona’s National Parks Bring Money Into State’s Economy


Arizona's national parks and monuments are pumping three-quarters of a billion dollars into the state's economy. A new report from the National Park Service shows just under 10 -million people visited Arizona's national park areas in 2012. Craig Dalby with the Park Service says whether it is a local visitor on a day or weeklong family vacation, school kids on a field trip, or out-of-town visitors – they all spend money in – and on the way to – national parks.

There are 24 National Park Service units in Arizona. This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning ten-dollars for every one-dollar Read More »

Large Area Of Land Designated As Critical Habitat For Endangered Jaguar


A huge amount of land in Southern Arizona and New Mexico, once home to the endangered jaguar, now has critical-habitat status. Michael Robinson with the Center for Biological Diversity says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action is linked to a lawsuit from his organization. The critical habitat designation covers slightly more than 750-thousand acres – about 12-hundred square miles. Robinson explains the move will connect habitats.

Robinson says it is believed there is a breeding population of jaguars in northern Mexico, and they could migrate to the US. Meanwhile, Steve Spangle, field supervisor for Fish and Wildlife, says his agency was opposed to the critical-habitat designatio Read More »

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