Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Lawyers in the racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are criticizing their rivals' recommended candidates to monitor the agency's operations to ensure it is not making unconstitutional arrests. A week ago, attorneys on both sides each recommended three candidates.

United States District Judge Murray Snow will use the list of recommended prospects to select a monitor for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office to ensure it is complying with constitutional requirements and oversee the re-training of deputies. Six months ago, Snow ruled Arpaio's office systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols. His office has appealed t Read More »

Study Raises Questions Over Movie Ratings

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You may give the OK for your child to see a PG-13 movie, thinking the content is age appropriate, but a new study says when it comes to some risky behaviors on screen, there is little difference between PG-13 and R-rated flicks. Amy Bleakley is a research scientist at the Annenberg Center and author of a study in the latest edition of the journal Pediatrics. She says a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, does not always stop the kind of material parents may think it does.
 
The study looked at 400 of the top-grossing movies released from 1985 to 2010. In nine out of ten, on average, the movies showed a main character inv Read More »

Newspaper Finds Border Patrol Agents Who Use Deadly Force Face Few Public Repercussions

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An examination by an Arizona newspaper has found that Border Patrol agents who use deadly force face few public repercussions, even in cases in which the justification for the shooting seems dubious.
 
The Arizona Republic reported Sunday that on-duty Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers killed at least 42 people since 2005.
 
The deaths vary from justifiable to questionable. CBP officials say agents who use excessive force are disciplined. But they will not say who, when, or what discipline, with the exception of a short administrative leave. CBP, Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials declined interview requests from The Read More »

YCAT Offers Holiday Lights Tour Around Yuma

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Each December, Yuma County Area Transit offers a tour of holiday lights around Yuma. This year service will operate on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22. The route served includes the Fortuna Foothills as well as Central Yuma on a tour that takes approximately one and a half hours.
 
Regular Y-AT fares apply. The cost is two dollars for basic riders and one dollar for discount riders.

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School In Kingman Considering Switch To Year-Round School Schedule

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A school district in Kingman is seeking public input on its plan to switch over to a year-round school schedule.
 
The Kingman Daily Miner reports that public hearings on the proposal will be held next month.
 
The Kingman Unified School District Governing Board is expected to decide the matter at its January meeting. The board is considering changing the school year from the traditional 180 day schedule with breaks for the holidays, a one-week spring break and a nine-week summer break to a 45 days on and ten-days off schedule with a two-week break in the fall and spring and a six-week break in the summer.

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Yuma Police Department Investigating Incident Involving 16 Year Old Female

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The Yuma Police Department says they are investigating an incident in which a male tried to talk a 16 year old female to go into his car on Sunday night. The vehicle involved was described as a small gray four door car. The male subject was described as Hispanic about 30 years old.  The female reported she was walking in the area after leaving work and a car pulled in front of her. The car stopped in a parking lot and a man got out and offered her a ride. She said she told him no several times and continued walking on the sidewalk. The man got into the car and began to follow her. She said he continued to offer her a ride and she moved away from the roadway because she felt he may try to grab her. Read More »

Cocopah Indian Tribe Donates Money To Gifts Of Hope Yuma

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe continued its long-standing mission to help others. Cocopah Tribal Elder, Paul Soto had the honor of presenting Ricardo Becerra, Associate Director of Development with Arizona’s Children Association with a check of $250, Thursday. Arizona’s Children Association is one of the oldest and largest not for profit child welfare and behavioral health agencies in Arizona. The money donated by the tribe will go towards the “Gifts of Hope Yuma” program to give more than 360 children and 190 families a brighter holiday. Cocopah Tribal Elder, Paul Soto also had the honor of presenting Desert Valley Senior Center in Somerton with a check of $500 Thursday.Read More »

Gas Prices Slightly Higher This Week

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Gasoline prices around Arizona are only slightly higher at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.15 a gallon. That is up by half a penny from last week. This week's national average is at $3.25 per gallon, unchanged from the previous week.
 
Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.06 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.34.
 
Missouri has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $2.90 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.66 a gallon.

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With the help of truck accident Attorney Michael Leizerman, the family of fallen Department of Public Safety officer Tim Huffman is suing the truck driver that killed him in May. Our television partner KYMATV has learned that Leizerman is going after 33 year old Jorge Espinoza and his employer, Evans Dedicated Systems.
 
Espinoza is charged with one count of second degree murder, 13 counts of endangerment and seven counts of criminal damage. Espinoza plowed into Huffman's car, while looking at an electronic device, killing the officer immediately on I-8. Leizerman says there has been an increase in accidents involving cell phone use, especially internet use.

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Sex Offender Update

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the community of the relocation of a sex offender. 81 year old Aurelio Aguilar is now living at 11594 Somerton Avenue in Somerton. He is described as standing 5’7 and weighing 175 lbs with white hair and brown eyes. In November, Aguilar pled guilty in Yuma County on two counts of Attempted Molestation of a Child. Both were female victims under the age of ten. He was sentenced to five years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, but given credit for time served. Aguilar is on lifetime intensive probation. Aguilar is considered a Level two sex offender.

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