The University of Arizona is leading a $1 Bbllion project to land an unmanned craft on an asteroid that may pose a hazard to Earth. The Arizona Republic reports that the school is heading a project called OSIRIS-Rex that is scheduled for a September 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. According to the project's mission, the unmanned craft is slated to bring back a sample of asteroid Bennu, which is a third of a mile in diameter. Scientists say that if Bennu hit the Earth, it would gouge a crater four miles wide and cause widespread damage for hundreds of miles. One calculation puts the probability of collision in 2182 at 1-in-1800. The contract for the mission is the university' Read More »
Category Archives: Local News
On Tuesday, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous Mara Salvatrucha gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States. Border Patrol agents observed the man, later identified as Jose Perez-Santos, a 31-year-old Salvadoran national, as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested Perez without incident approximately three miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry. Perez was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station, where it was revealed he was an active member of the “MS-13” criminal gang out of El Salvador, and attempting to travel to Sacramento. Perez has a prior deportati Read More »
It is not on the list of typical new year's resolutions along with quitting smoking or losing weight, but one expert says a goal for 2014 of parenting through discipline instead of punishment can have life-long positive effects. Ingrid Bauer is a mother of four and an expert on communication within families. She says there is a big difference between punishment – such as spankings or time-outs, that may just teach kids not to get caught next time – and discipline, which can teach values and bring parent and child closer
Bauer says a better strategy than meting out punishment when a child misbehaves is to talk with the child, try to understand why they acted out, and Read More »
An area doctor has had his medical license suspended by the Arizona Medical Board. The Yuma Sun is reporting that Doctor Alaaedin Babiker was suspended from practicing medicine on December 18th 2013. The board concluded that quote – “the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.” – unquote. The investigation began after one of Doctor Babiker’s patients complained about inadequate follow up care they received in January 2013. The claim accused the doctor of prescribing controlled substances to patients so he could redirect some of the medication to himself. Several other patients have come forward claiming inadequate health care from hi Read More »
Taxpayers will pay an estimated $21 million over the next year and a half for changes ordered in response to a racial profiling ruling against an Arizona sheriff's office.
Maricopa County also would have to pick up an additional
$10 million in staff and other costs each year beginning in mid-2015 to comply with the judge's order against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Seven months ago, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled Arpaio's office systematically singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.
Arpaio is appealing the ruling. The cost estimates were first reported by The Arizona Republic and were provided to Read More »
An Arizona woman is accused of killing her daughter and trying to fatally stab her husband and poison her other three children over a custody dispute on Christmas Day. In Southern California, a man apparently killed his wife and their two children before turning the gun on himself a day before New Year's Eve. In New Mexico, a 38 year old woman faces charges after police say she kicked her child to death two days after Christmas. The family related killings happened around the holidays, and while people look for answers, experts say they vary case to case. But many have common themes – custody disputes or nasty divorces – coupled with a time relatives are gathered for celebrations. Experts say Read More »
Gasoline prices around Arizona are higher at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.19 a gallon. That is an increase of more than $0.04 from last week. This week's national average is at #3.32 per gallon, up by nearly $0.06 from last week. AAA analysts say the rise is due to elevated crude prices and regional refinery issues. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.10 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.36. Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.00 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.71 a gallonRead More »
Arizona Department Of Corrections Officer Accused Of Having Sex With Inmate In Back Of State Prison Van
An Arizona Department of Corrections officer is accused of having sex with an inmate in the back of a state prison van.
Authorities say 26 year old Anthony James Marotta is being held on suspicion of two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with an inmate. His bond is set at $15,000. The Arizona Republic reports that investigators received information from a prison inmate who drives a transportation vehicle. The driver told authorities that she saw Marotta having sex Tuesday with an unnamed female inmate in the back of the vehicle. Court documents indicate the arrest took place at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville, where female prisoners are housed. Authorities say Read More »
Effective January 1st the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office administrative fee for all Post Storage Hearings on vehicles towed is now $150 dollars. The owner of a vehicle that is impounded, the spouse of the owner and any other person identified on the Motor Vehicle Division record with an interest in the vehicle, may request a Post Storage Hearing within ten days from the date of the Vehicle Impoundment Notice for the sole purpose of determining the validity of the impoundment or to determine whether the vehicle may be released before the end of the 30 day period. A Post Storage Hearing with the Patrol Support Officer must take place to obtain an Impound Vehicle Release. A Post Storage Heari Read More »
Fire Destroys Home On New Year’s Day A home was destroyed by fire just five hours into the new year. The Yuma Fire Department says the fire broke out at 2516 West 25th Street and responded after receiving a report of a fire alarm at that residence Wednesday morning. While in route a second call was received from the alarm company saying that the resident had confirmed there was a fire at the home. Arriving YFD personnel found heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Firefighters initially entered the home but the fire had already spread into the attic and they were forced to continue their efforts from the exterior. Fire officials say the resident initially tried to put the fire out himself, but failed and evacuated safely with only one of his dogs. The other dog is believed to have died in the fire.
A home was destroyed by fire just five hours into the new year. The Yuma Fire Department says the fire broke out at 2516 West 25th Street and responded after receiving a report of a fire alarm at that residence Wednesday morning. While in route a second call was received from the alarm company saying that the resident had confirmed there was a fire at the home. Arriving YFD personnel found heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Firefighters initially entered the home but the fire had already spread into the attic and they were forced to continue their efforts from the exterior.
Fire officials say the resident initially tried to put the fire out himself, but failed an Read More »