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Yuma Police Department Graffiti Task Force Investigating Several Vandalism Cases

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The Yuma Police Department Graffiti Task Force is currently investigating several criminal damage cases and is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying a group of graffiti taggers using the graffiti monikers, “T-H-C”, “HYPE”, “RISK”, “STEEX” and “SMEAR.” This group has been very active over the past month and is responsible for graffiti damage to numerous residences, a local high school, a large amount of city property and at least one local house of worship.
 
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at 928-373-4700 or 78-CRIME Read More »

Indio Border Patrol Agents Arrest Suspected Narcotics Smuggler; Seize Four Pounds Of Methamphetamine


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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than four-pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle. Border Patrol agents encountered a 48-year-old male driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado as he approached the Highway-111 checkpoint located near Niland, California. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred to secondary for further inspection.
 
During the inspection agents discovered four individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden within the cab of the vehicle. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of nearly five-pounds with a Read More »

City Of Yuma Teams Up For Green Week

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The City of Yuma welcomes staff members from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, A-DOT Adopt a Highway Programs and Keep Arizona Beautiful as the agencies team up to provide outreach and information on environmental issues to area residents during Arizona Green Week, going on through Friday.
 
City of Yuma Solid Waste Superintendent Martin Agundez and staff will discuss the City’s curbside recycling program at two events this week. The City, A-DOT Adopt a Highway Programs and KAZB will conduct an Environmental Road Show today from 9am to 11am in Meeting Room B of the Yuma Main Library at 2951 South 21st Drive. The event aims to assist southwest Arizona Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Eight Men And Seize A Loaded Handgun

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station apprehended eight men, all illegal immigrants, and seized a loaded handgun at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday. Agents patrolling in the wildlife refuge encountered and apprehended the group north of Camino Del Diablo. Near one of the men, agents found a loaded Titan Tiger .38-caliber revolver and 13 loose rounds of .38-caliber ammunition. Based on past experience and evidence found at the scene, agents determined the men were scouts for narcotics smuggling. The men were transported to the Wellton Station for further processing.

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Yuma Police Department Attempting To Locate Robbery Suspect

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The Yuma Police Department is attempting to locate Angel Ramirez, a 21-year-old Hispanic male in regards to a case for questioning. Ramirez is 5’5 and approximately 140 pounds. Ramirez was allegedly involved in a recent armed robbery at the Oak Tree Inn in Yuma. Police say two males entered the Oak Tree Inn and took a room card reader from the Hotel. The subjects used a knife in the removal of the room card reader. Both subjects fled out the front door and left in a white truck possibly a 2010 to 2011 Chevrolet truck.
 
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with information about this case to please call Detective Melissa Norred at 928-373-4686 or the Yuma Police Department 9 Read More »

Former Interior Secretary And Arizona Governor Weighs In On Land Conservation

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One year ago, former Interior secretary and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt called on President Barack Obama to match every acre of public land leased for oil and gas development with an acre set aside for conservation. It is a goal that has not been met. Former oil and gas engineer-turned-rancher Rich Kaup says President Obama has been reluctant to take on Congress, and as a result, has had limited success in conserving wilderness areas on federal lands.
 
During his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to use his authority to “protect more of our pristine federal lands.” The Washington Post reports the Obama administration is close to declaring new nation Read More »

Yuma City Council Approves New Contract With Humane Society Of Yuma

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The Yuma City Council approved a new contract with the Humane Society of Yuma. The council on Wednesday approved the contract that is expected to save the city of Yuma money while freeing up staff from both the city and the Humane Society to care for animals. The Yuma Sun is reporting changes to expedite the time it takes to turn in feral cats. Residents will no longer have to pick up a voucher before turning in the animal to the shelter. The contract is for two years with an option to renew for three more one-year periods.

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One Man In Custody In Connection With Several Shootings

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One man is in custody after police arrested him in connection with several shootings in Yuma on Tuesday. The Yuma Police Department along with the Yuma County Sherriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Jesse Vasquez of Yuma after he allegedly pointed a handgun at a customer inside Circle K on the corner of Araby Road and 32nd Street. After the incident, police say Vasquez fled the scene and was later stopped on Araby Road and taken into custody. Police also feel there is evidence to suggest Vasquez was also part of a shooting incident early Tuesday morning near 20th Avenue and Ninth Street, as well as another shooting Monday night in the same area.
 
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One Person Dead After Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision

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Police say one person is dead following a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The Yuma Police Department says 96-year-old Lucienne Sears died from injuries she sustained in the accident occurring on Monday afternoon. An investigation revealed a 16-year-old female driver was traveling eastbound on 22nd Street, attempting to make a left turn onto 25th Drive. As she made the turn, she lost control of her motor scooter, hitting the curb and colliding with Sears on the sidewalk. Sears was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. Police are continuing to investigate.

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El Centro Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two Suspected Narcotics Smugglers And Seize 13 Pounds Of Methamphetamine

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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested two suspected narcotics smugglers and seized more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a compartment within the vehicle Tuesday. Border Patrol agents encountered a 27-year-old man driving a 1995 Honda Accord, along with a 47-year-old male passenger as they approached the Highway-111 checkpoint located near Niland, California.
 
A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered multiple individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a natural void behind the Read More »

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