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San Luis Woman Accused Of Hit And Run


A San Luis woman is accused of hitting a man with her SUV Sunday night and leaving the scene where he died. 42-year-old Margarita Belen appeared in court Monday to hear charges she may be facing. The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says they received a report of a possible man down on Highway 95 and Avenue “H”. Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the report came from a witness who saw a red Chevrolet strike a pedestrian walking on the south side of the Highway.
Detectives interviewed Belen because she was registered to the license. She was then arrested and booked into the Yuma County Jail. The judge posted the bond at nearly $293,000. She wi Read More »

Study From The U.S. Geological Survey Finds Tree’s Growth Rates Do Not Slow As They Age


A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow as they get older and larger – instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Study lead author Nate Stephenson is a forest ecologist with the USGS. He says if people did the same, we would weigh well over a ton by retirement. For trees, the finding changes what we know about how they store carbon, and has implications for forest management.
Stephenson says old, large trees are better at storing and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

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Deliberations Set To Resume For Temple Slayings Retrial


Deliberations are set to resume in the third trial of a man charged with killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991. Johnathan A. Doody was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. But an appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011, ruling that investigators improperly obtained his confession. His second trial ended in a mistrial in October after jurors deadlocked. Doody's third trial began December 4th 2013. Jurors got the case on January 13th. They resume deliberations this morning.

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Yuma Territorial Marathon And Half Marathon


Runners are gearing up for the annual Yuma Territorial Marathon this weekend. The Caballeros de Yuma are sponsoring the run once again this year and hope for a good turnout for the 26.2 mile race Saturday.
The race will start at 7am Saturday at Cocopah Casino and will head south along Highway 95 to near San Luis before it turns around and heads back to Cocopah.

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Parents Busted For Growing Pot


A Kingman mother and father are facing numerous charges after authorities found drug paraphernalia in their home. The Kingman Daily Miner reports the two parents were accused of growing marijuana and using drugs in front of their two children, ages five and three. Authorities say 24-year-old Jessica Berry and 25-year-old Thomas Ogden were taken into custody after agents with Child Protective Services were called to their home. The home had been without running water for the last several months. According to court records, a search turned up drug paraphernalia on the floor in reach of the children. Berry and Ogden are facing drug charges in addition to felony charges of child abuse and misconduct wit Read More »

African American Leaders Fear Their Political Presence In Arizona Is Fading


African-American leaders in Arizona fear their political presence is fading. The impending retirement of State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor could leave Arizona as one of a handful of states with no African-Americans in the Legislature. The Arizona Republic reports Landrum Taylor is marking the beginning of her final legislative session today. Since 1950, there has been at least one African-American in either the state House or the Senate.
African-Americans trying to build political clout face several challenges, such as a lack of candidates and a small voting population across the state. While Landrum Taylor says she will run for secretary of state, no black candid Read More »

One Person In Custody In Connection With Arson


Officials say one person is in custody in connection with several fires intentionally set on Friday night. The Yuma Fire Department and the Yuma Police Department responded to several fires in the south end of Yuma. There were at least 12 fires set within one hour. During this time period Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and United States Border Patrol personnel assisted with the search for the suspect.
A Yuma Police Department Officer responding to a fire in the area of First Avenue and Catalina Drive saw a male subject nearby and stopped him. The subject was identified as 27-year-old Antonio Salazar Junior and was taken into custody.

Detectives responded and bega Read More »

Last Woman In Prostitution Ring Sentenced


A third woman arrested nearly four years ago for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of a Somerton massage parlor will not have to serve any jail time. The Yuma Sun reports 58-year-old Won Sil Shim was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation by a Yuma County Superior Court judge. Shim was born in Korea but is a permanent U.S. resident. She was facing up to two years in prison. The sentence was part of a plea agreement in which Shim pled guilty to one count of criminal impersonation. Prosecutors dropped 33 other charges.

Shim was arrested along with two other Korean women when federal and local agents raided the Smile Spa Massage after receiving complaints about prostitution. T Read More »

Yuma Native Named To Arizona Game And Fish Commission


Yuma native Jim Ammons has been named to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to serve a five year term. The Yuma Sun is reporting the position entails overseeing the department alongside other commissioners from various counties across Arizona. Ammons hopes to not only be a voice for those from Yuma but from the entire state.

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Politics Of Power Have Disability Treaty Stalled In Senate


An international human rights treaty that has been bottled up for more than a year now, has hundreds of organizations for veterans and people with disabilities across the country calling for a new vote in the U.S. Senate. Advocate Dylan Brown says protections for people with disabilities that are similar to those in the U.S. should be in place across the globe.
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities narrowly failed in December 2012.
Arizona Senator John McCain voted for the treaty, saying it would simply require the rest of the world to meet the standards of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

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