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Wellton Border Patrol Agents Seize 488 Pounds Of Marijuana


United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station seized ten bundles of marijuana and arrested nine men near Gila Bend Monday. Agents patrolling near Gila Bend observed a large group of people walking towards I-8 near Citrus Valley. An Office of Air and Marine helicopter responded to the area and had visual contact of nine men hiding behind brush along with ten bundles of marijuana. Agents responded to the area and apprehended nine Mexican nationals who had entered the country illegally and seized ten bundles of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 488 pounds, worth an e Read More »

Former Employee Sentenced On Embezzlement Charges


A former Bard Water District office manager who pled guilty earlier to grand theft embezzlement has been sentenced to six months in jail. The Yuma Sun is reporting Darla Jean Cofske of Yuma will surrender to authorities by January 2nd 2014. She will also perform 500 hours of community service and make restitution to the water district.

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San Luis City Council Continues Support For Youthbuild Non-Profit Organization


The San Luis City Council recently voted to continue providing financial support for Youthbuild, a nation-wide nonprofit organization that helps 17 to 24-year olds earn their GED high school equivalency certificates while putting their new learned skills to work in repairing or renovating homes for low income residents, improving parks as well as providing their labor in putting on community events. PPEP, a Tucson-based non-profit educational organization, administers the eight-month long GED and job training program in San Luis for Youthbuild. Jesse Lopez, the coordinator of the Youthbuild program in San Read More »

Tax Expert Provides End Of The Year Tax Tips


There are only a few days left in 2013, but tax expert Marshall Mennenga of Mennenga Tax and Financial Service says there are some steps people can take before 2014 arrives to not only lower their tax bill, but help others at the same time. He suggests contributions to charitable organizations.


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City Of Yuma Provides Christmas Tree Drop Off-Site


The City of Yuma will again offer a drop-off site for those who wish to safely dispose of their natural Christmas trees. Christmas Tree recycling will begin today at 265 West 13th Street. Hours for the Christmas Tree Recycling Program are from 7am-to-5pm today and Friday and 7am-to-5pm December 30th through January 3rd, 2014 and again during those same hours the week of January 6th through the 10th, 2014. The si Read More »

Search Continues For Missing Hiker Near Sedona


Crews in northern Arizona continue to search for a hiker missing since last week near Sedona. Coconino County sheriff's officials say 22-year-old Thomas Lang was last seen December 18th at the Manzanita Campground in Oak Creek Canyon. Lang was carrying a sleeping bag, guitar and a backpack but did not take a cellphone or food. His family says he had plenty of water and is an experienced outdoorsman. Search efforts entered a third day Wednesdayas temperatures dropped into the 30s overnight. Authorities say Lang was dropped off at the campground and his destination was along the Sterling Pass area o Read More »

Think Tank Threatens Action Over Tuscon Ordinance



A Phoenix-based think tank is accusing the city of Tucson of violating state law with an ordinance aimed at helping local businesses. The Arizona Daily Star reports the Goldwater Institute is threatening legal action if the city does not repeal the ordinance, which allows contracts to be awarded to local companies even if those businesses are not the lowest bidders. The group claims such action is illegal. The ordinance was passed last year and allows the city to grant contracts to area businesses that offer up to five-percent higher than the lowest bid. Proponents Read More »

Yuma County DUI Enforcement Through The New Year


As part of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office ongoing traffic safety campaign, they will be conducting a DUI enforcement detail through January 5th 2014 in an effort to detect, stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. Not only will Sheriff’s deputies be increasing patrols throughout Yuma County, but they will also be targeting areas with a high rate of recurrence for DUI related collisions and/or arrests.

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One Person Dead In Roll Over Accident


One person was killed in an accident between Winterhaven and the Interstate-Eight rest stop. The California Highway Patrol says 74 year old Alberto Montereo Martinez of Somerton was traveling eastbound on Interstate 8 Sunday morning, when his vehicle traveled into the median. He apparently tried to come back onto the freeway and overcorrected the vehicle, causing him to lose control of the 2001 GMC. Martinez’s vehicle crossed the other lanes of traffic and onto the south dirt shoulder, eventually colliding with a road sign, causing the vehicle to flip over. Police say seatbelts were in use at the time of the accident.

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Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest 15 Men; Seize 13 Bundle Of Marijuana


United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station seized 13 bundles of marijuana and arrested 15 men near Gila Bend Friday. Agents patrolling near Sentinel observed a large group of people walking towards Interstate 8. Agents and an Office of Air and Marine helicopter responded to the area, locating 13 bundles of marijuana and apprehending 15 Mexican nationals whom had entered the country illegally.  The marijuana had a combined weight of 572 pounds, worth an estimated $286,000. The 15 men and 13 bundles of marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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