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Yuma Man Dies In Skydiving Accident


A Yuma man who died in a Southern California skydiving accident has been identified as a trainer of military skydivers from Arizona. The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office identified the victim of Friday's accident in Perris, California as 29 year old Jason Granger of Yuma. Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger was a highly-qualified skydiver who trained members of the military in free fall skills. Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger had traveled to the popular Southern California skydiving spot with his wife and family to make the jump. The manager says when Granger neared landing he made a turn too low to the ground and crashed.

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Dispute In Tempe Mall Parking Lot Escalates Into Shooting


Authorities say a dispute in a Tempe mall's parking lot escalated into a shooting that left one woman with a minor injury. Police spokesman Michael Pooley says the shooting in the Arizona Mills mall lot Saturday started out as a dispute between 20 year old Voyee Smith and other males described as being in their late teens or early 20s. Pooley says Smith and another person began exchanging gunfire at a time when the lot was nearly full. A bullet grazed one of the arms of Smith's girlfriend. She refused to be taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported. The shooting's cause is under investigation. The other suspects have not been located. Smith was taken into custody.Read More »

Local Police Warn About State Police Warrant Scam


Local police are warning of a scam going on in which the caller identifies themselves as working with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. Some residents have received phone calls from the scammer claiming to be a captain or lieutenant with YCSO's warrant division. According to police, this suspect tells victims they have a warrant out for their arrest which they must pay off immediately. Victims tell deputies the scammer tells them to purchase a Green Dot money card to pay off their fine. Deputies urge anyone who may has been a victim of this type of scam to contact police immediately.

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Yuma Food Bank A Third Of It’s Way To $500k Goal


The Yuma Community Food Bank is a third of the way toward their yearly fund raiser goal of $500,000. The Step Up to the Plate campaign will end in February 2014. The Yuma Sun is reporting that an anonymous donor has pledged to match the amount donated if the food bank reaches their goal of raising $500,000. The food bank still needs over $311,000 in the next two months. Mike Ivers CEO of the Yuma Community Food Bank says there are tax breaks for those who donate before the end of 2013.

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AWC Matadors Beat Saddleback Gauchos


The Arizona Western College Matadors toppled the Saddleback Gauchos Friday afternoon 66-37 on the campus of MiroCosta College in the opening game of the 2013 Holiday Festival Tournament. On Saturday, AWC lost to Eastern Utah 78-68. The Matadors then lost the third place game to Seward County of Kansas 60-56 Sunday afternoon.

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American Red Cross Assisting A Woman Who Lost Her Home To A Fire


The American Red Cross is assisting a person who lost her home to a fire Thursday morning. Rural-Metro responded to the fire in 

the 2700 block of West Clifford Lane around 8:30am. The owner, 78 year-old Dorothy “Dottie” Parker was able to escape the residence with the help of her dog, who warned her of the fire. Officials say the home sustained too much damage to be inhabitable at this time.

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Arizona Woman And Boyfriend Accused Of Taking Kid’s Christmas Money


Authorities in northwestern Arizona say a Golden Valley woman and her boyfriend are accused of stealing her children's Christmas money. Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to a theft report Wednesday at a home in Kingman. Two people at the home say they had given ten dollars to each of their four grandchildren for Christmas. The grandparents say the children's mother allegedly took 30 dollars from the three youngest children. Deputies later located 31 year oldRead More »

Arizona Child Abuse Report Shows 3300 Investigators Assigned To Cases


A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare 

officials says they have now assigned nearly 3300 of those cases to investigators. The so called CARE team named about three weeks ago by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Thursday. It said more than 1700 children identified in the reports now have been seen and Read More »

USDA Taking Public Comments About Bears In Captivity


Hundreds of bears in captivity around the country are held in small, concrete pits and cages without anything that is natural to them – and since they cannot speak for themselves, one of the world’s largest animal welfare groups wants humans to speak up for them. Delcianna Winders is Director of Captive Law for the PETA Foundation. She says the USDA is taking public comment on stronger rules for humane treatment of bears, prompted by a lawsuit from her organization.

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