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Man Who Allegedly Kidnapped Infant Accepts Plea Offer

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A judge in Yuma Superior Court accepted a plea agreement signed by 23-year-old Raul Tejeda Tuesday afternoon. Our television partner KYMATV says Tejeda pled guilty to aggravated assault and endangerment per domestic violence. Tejeda began arguing with the mother of his 11-month-old daughter at a house in Yuma in October 2013. Tejeda rammed the mother’s vehicle and took the child in his truck before heading south towards Mexico. Police chased Tejada, but he refused to stop, trying to ram patrol vehicles off the road. Tejeda eventually made it to the San Luis port of entry, running over spike strips before abandoning his vehicle and leaving his daughter at his father's house. Hours later, famil Read More »

Missing Man’s Body Believed To Be Found

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The bones found recently at a remote area near Parker are believed to be those of a winter visitor missing for over one year. 82-year-old Laurence Jack Doering was last seen in January 2013 at the Foothills Plaza Shopping Center. Police believed the Alzheimer’s diseased patient left in a vehicle. That vehicle was found in California near a wash last month. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office say positive identification of those remains will take several weeks.

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Yuma Fire Department Responds To House Fire Tuesday Afternoon

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The Yuma Fire Department responded to a house fire on Tuesday afternoon. Officials say the fire broke out at the home at 1207 South Arena Drive in the kitchen area. One adult female was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation. Dogs inside the residence were unharmed.

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Jodi Arias Retrial Date Pushed Back

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A retrial to decide whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias is sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty has been pushed back from March 17th because of a prosecutor's scheduling conflict. Prosecutor Juan Martinez is supposed to begin another potential death penalty trial on May 12th. In a hearing Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, Presiding Criminal Judge Joseph Welty ruled the trial of a man accused of killing a Phoenix-area police officer in 2007 will go first. It is the oldest capital murder case in the county awaiting trial. Welty left the rescheduling of Arias' penalty phase retrial to Judge Sherry Stephens. Arias was convicted in May 2013 of killing her Read More »

Drug Tunnel Shut Down Near Nogales Border

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Federal authorities in southern Arizona say they have shut down one of the longest drug tunnels ever discovered in the border city of Nogales. A task force led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations also arrested three men late Monday and seized more than 640 pounds of marijuana and a half-pound of heroin. Authorities say the 481-foot tunnel runs between two private residences accessed by shafts at each end. The tunnel stretches 411-feet from the U.S. entrance to the international border and extends for another 70-feet into Mexico. The passageway is about two-feet wide by three-feet tall and contains wood shoring, electric lighting and fans to circula Read More »

Home Being Built With Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighter In Mind

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A home going up on a four-acre lot in the Avra Valley northwest of Tucson is being built with one of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in mind. Firefighters, a church and others are raising money and doing the hands-on work to build the 2200 square-foot home for the widow and young daughter of William "Billy" Warneke. The 25-year-old was one of the 19 Hotshots killed June 30th 2013 by the Yarnell Hill Fire in southwestern Yavapai County. Warneke was rebuilding their mobile home. The volunteers then decided to build a new home instead of finishing the remodeling. Crews are now doing electrical and plumbing work, with completion of the home anticipated in May.

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Livestock Bill Moves Forward By Arizona Legislative Committee

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A bill barring local law enforcement from enforcing animal cruelty laws on farms and other livestock operations has been moved forward by an Arizona legislative committee. House Bill 2587 sponsored by Representative Brenda Barton of Payson also requires anyone who has photographic or video evidence of animal cruelty to report to authorities within five days. An amendment added Tuesday allows the state Department of Agriculture to coordinate with local law enforcement but police say that amendment does not do enough to restore power to local officers.

The bill was approved on a six-to-two vote after more than an hour of emotional testimony from supporters, who say it helps free up resources for Read More »

Government By The People Act Introduced

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Backed by government reform groups and a growing list of other organizations, 128 members of the United States House of Representatives have introduced the "Government by the People Act" to encourage citizens to take their government back from free-spending corporations. Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland is the lead sponsor, and explains where the momentum is coming from.
 
Arizona Democrats Ron Barber, Raul Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick are among the co-sponsors. The bill creates a tax credit for contributions to Congressional campaigns, and a matching public fund to amplify the impact of regular citizens in Congressional campaigns.

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Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender, 12 Smugglers, And Seize Over 1200 Pounds Of Marijuana During The Weekend

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested a convicted sex offender and 12 smugglers and seized over 1200 pounds of marijuana during the weekend.
 
Yuma Station agents patrolling near San Luis apprehended two people who had entered the U.S. illegally. Further record checks revealed one of the individuals, Mauricio Camacho, was arrested by Vernon Hills Illinois Police and convicted of sexual assault with a minor in April 2010. He was later ordered removed by an immigration judge in May 2012. He is now being processed for prosecution and removal.
 
In another incident, Wellton Station agents patrolling in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildl Read More »

Yuma Police Respond To Single Vehicle Non-Injury Collision This Morning

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Officers with the Yuma Police Department responded to a single vehicle non-injury collision at the intersection of Eighth Street and Dora Avenue Monday morning. A motor vehicle collided with a utility pole causing significant damage to the pole and attached utility wires. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision. The driver was identified as 42-year-old Valerie Sharon Tiger. She was arrested and booked in the Yuma County Detention Facility for charges of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence and Criminal Damage.

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