Luke Air Force Base expects to get its first F-35 in the near future. Officials say they do not have a specific date but now believe the arrival of the new fighter could be as early as next week. Luke is a pilot-training base that has been selected for F-35 training, while operational units flying the F-35 will be located at other Air Force bases. Luke officials say they will hold a formal ceremony in mid-March to mark the F-35's arrival. F-35’s started arriving at the Marine Core Air Station in Yuma last year.Read More »
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A teenage boy was flown to Phoenix for treatment after he was beaten with a baseball bat. The Yuma Police Department says the unnamed victim was walking with another teenager behind the Albertson’s market on West 24th Street Tuesday night, when an unidentified Hispanic male walked up to the pair and struck one of the teens in the head with a baseball bat, then fled the scene on foot. The victim was taken to the Yuma Regional Medical Center and later flown to a Phoenix hospital. The suspect is described as about 20-years-old, standing 5’10 tall and weighing 135 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie and tan pants.
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Arizona is doing slightly better when it comes to getting a nutritious breakfast into the hands of low-income students, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard released by the Food Research and Action Center. The state is ranked 27th, two spots better than the previous year. At the same time, there is an expanding national strategy known as "Community Eligibility," which allows high-poverty schools to offer free meals to all students. It is already increasing the number of children eating at school in the handful of states where it's been tested, and FRAC president Jim Weill says it rolls out nationwide this fall.
The FRAC scorecard examined how many Read More »
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took an aerial tour of the southern Arizona border Wednesday. Johnson visited Douglas and Tucson a day after meeting with officials along the border in Texas. In Tucson, Johnson met with state and local law enforcement officials and received briefings on efforts to secure the border at the Tucson Sector headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In Douglas, Johnson met with Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega and Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller along with local ranchers and landowners. Johnson underscored the department's commitment to working with local communities to ensure the security of the Southwest border. He spoke in Read More »
It is that time of year again when high school seniors begin weighing options of higher education. The Yuma Community Foundation will help assist several students with getting some much needed money to help pay for college tuition. Director Janelle Johnson says there are several memorial scholarships available for Yuma County high school students.
For a complete list of scholarships available, go to the website at azfoundation.org.
Tuesday, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrested a 43-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested him west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry. The man was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was an active member of the “Street Villians 13” criminal street gang. This gang is out of Los Angeles, California, which pledges allegiance to the “Sureño” street gang. The gang member is an aggravated felon Read More »
Police have released the name of the victim killed in a recent hit and run accident. 24-year-old Joshua Wesley Wynn of North Carolina was killed on Sunday night after he was hit by a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Margarita Belen of San Luis. Police say Belen’s vehicle struck Wynn as he was alongside Highway 95 just east of Avenue “H”. Police found Belen’s vehicle on Monday and arrested her, charging her in connection with the accident. She has appeared in court where the judge posted bond of nearly $293,000. Another appearance is scheduled for later this week.Read More »
With a little more than two months to go in the open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, community organizers say the biggest obstacle for consumers is not the Healthcare.gov website but a lack of awareness about financial assistance. Erin Knott of Enroll America says many Arizonans her group has worked with are well aware that "Care" is available under the ACA, but the "Affordable" part takes some convincing.
In a recent Enroll America survey, eight out of ten uninsured respondents did not believe they could afford health insurance. It is estimated that 60-percent of those currently uninsured will qualify for financial assistance to purchase insurance Read More »
The Yuma Police Department has been selected to receive a vest for their recently announced new Police Service Dog, Raico. Raico was selected by the Protect Police K-Nine's Organization from Tucson to receive a free of charge protective vest. The Protect Police K-Nine's Organization was started by Michael Valdez when he was a third grade student in Tucson. Michael read a Scholastic magazine article which described law enforcement dogs in Los Angeles, California who were provided with a protective vest to wear as their uniform. Michael solicited assistance from his parents who approached the Tucson Police Department about the need for K-Nine protective vests and the potential costs associated wi Read More »
The Yuma Police Department would like to notify the public of a sex offender who has recently relocated. 26-year-old Charles Heuchan now lives at 2175 South Fifth Avenue in Yuma. He is described as standing 5’8, weighing 170-pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. In March 2012, he was convicted of aggravated assault with sexual motivation in Yuma County Superior Court. A police investigation revealed he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old female victim. Heuchan is considered a level two sex offender with a medium risk to reoffend.Read More »