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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 »

State Board Of Education Reelects Thomas Tyree For Yuma County Schools Superindendent

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The State Board of Education has reelected Yuma County Schools Superintendent, Thomas Tyree to serve as its president in 2014. Tyree has served in public education for 43 years. He has served as the President of the state’s County School Superintendent’s Association, as well as a trustee of Yuma Regional Medical Center, Chair of the Western Arizona Council of Governments and Board member of the Arizona Risk Retention Trust Board and the Arizona Business Education Coalition. In addition, he was President of the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association and served on the National Alumni Board for the University of Arizona and the Arizona Western College Foundation Board. Tyree was app Read More »

Man Appears In Court On Attempted Murder Charges

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A man arrested on attempted murder charges over the weekend appeared in court. 23-year-old Michael Anthony Soto is charged with two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault in connection with an incident Sunday in which he hit 21-year-old Jorge Damian with his car. A third person involved fired several rounds from a handgun. So far, investigators do not consider the gunshots unlawful. Soto’s bond is $200,000.

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Yuma City Council Meeting Tonight

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The Yuma City Council will meet tonight at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall. Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls says the council is starting to discuss options concerning the Call to the Public.
 
Several other items are on the agenda including approval to move forward with the second phase of the riverfront improvement project.
 

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Sheriff’s Detention Officer Fired After Causing Flood In Phoenix Jail

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A Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer has been fired after hanging from a pipe at the downtown Phoenix jail in December 2013, causing it to break and flood the complex.

Sheriff's officials say that the initial damage estimate is near $250,000 but could go higher as some areas of the jail are still are being repaired. MCSO officials say Terry Wheeler was fired January 27th after being with the department for less than a year. They say the incident occurred on the third floor within the jail's control tower. The water leaked down two floors to the central intake area. Several computer systems, visitor systems, TV and other electronic components were dama Read More »

Two People In Custody Following Early Morning Shooting On Sunday

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Police say two people are in custody following an early morning shooting Sunday in the 1700 block of Dora Avenue. The Yuma Police Department says 23-year-old Michael Anthony Soto and 38-year-old Carla Diane Hirales are charged in connection with the incident. Police say both were involved in an altercation at a party involving alcohol at the Hirales residence.
 
Soto allegedly struck 21-year-old Jorge Damian, who was standing in the street outside. 21-year-old Enrique Lopez allegedly fired multiple rounds from a handgun. Soto is charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault and Hirales is charged with Endangerment, Furnishing liquor to under aged persons and using unlicensed p Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender Near Dateland

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested 27-year-old Jose Panchillo Castro, a convicted sex offender Saturday near Dateland. Following the man’s arrest, agents learned of the conviction during a records check. He had been previously arrested by the Columbus Junction Police Department for solicitation of lascivious acts with a child and was deported from the United States. The Border Patrol presented the man to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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Yuma Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire Quickly

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The Yuma Fire Department responded to reports of a townhome on fire in the 1300 block of Sunset Drive. Firefighters found smoke and flames coming from a residence at 1310 South Sunset Drive. The fire was extinguished in about five minutes. Fire damage did not extend to adjoining townhomes. There was an adult and a toddler home at the time of the fire. Firefighters removed two cats from the home and gave them first aid. One cat succumbed to its injuries, but one regained consciousness and was taken to a local veterinarian where it is doing well. There were also three dogs, another cat, and a pet bird that were not injured in this fire. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen acciden Read More »

Travel Trailer Catches Fire Near Residence; Quickly Extinguished

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The Yuma Fire Department received reports of a trailer fire Sunday afternoon in the 500 block of South 12th Avenue. Firefighters found a small travel trailer fully engulfed in fire in the rear of a residence at 572 South 12th Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished without damage to the primary residence. There were no occupants home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The cause of this fire was undetermined due to the extent of the damage.

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American Heart Association Wants To Raise Awareness For Women’s Heart Disease This Friday

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When someone mentions a heart attack, the vision that first comes to mind is often of a man grasping at his chest, but heart disease actually takes the lives of more women than men. To raise awareness of the prevalence, cardiologist Rawa Sarji at Sanford Health says it is time to "Go Red for Women.".
 
Friday is the American Heart Association's Tenth annual "Wear Red Day," when people are asked to don some red clothing to show support for women's heart health.

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