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Arizona Humane Society Weighs In On Giving Pets As Presents

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It is always been conventional wisdom that giving a pet as a holiday gift is probably a mistake. But new research is changing some minds. Spokeswoman Bretta Nelson with the Arizona Humane Society says most pets given as gifts appear to turn out just fine.
 
Nelson says people still have to realize that bringing a pet into a family will likely be a 10 to 20-year commitment. Experts say many pets end up in shelters each year because families do not give the decision enough forethought. Most local animal shelters have adoption counselors on hand who are available to meet with families and discuss all the issues.

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Rural Metro Fire Department Responds To Two Separate Fires In The Same Mobile Home Park

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The Rural Metro Fire Department responded to two separate fires in the same mobile home park in a five hour period. The first started on Wednesday night at the Fortuna De Oro Park. The caller said the trailer was on fire and she was not able to get out of her residence. Rural/Metro Fire Deptartment responded to the fire and sent a separate crew to assist the caller with evacuating her residence. A park model was on fire. Fire command promptly had EMS take care of the resident that was next door and the fire under control in a matter of minutes. The neighbor was fine and did not have to evacuate. The homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire and the incident is under investigation.
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Tiger’s Half-Brother Arrested For Making False Bomb Threats

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The half-brother of golf star Tiger Woods has been arrested in Phoenix for allegedly making a false bomb threat at the government building where he works. Phoenix police say 58 year old Earl Dennison Woods Junior is accused of calling in the threat at the Department of Economic Security building Thursday morning. Police say they were called after DES employees alerted building security. More than 100 people were evacuated from the building before Woods came forward and told police the phone call was meant as a joke and he did not expect his co-workers to take it seriously. Police say Woods has been booked on suspicion of attempting to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass others. They say Read More »

Fire Breaks Out In House; Believed To Be Arson

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The Yuma Fire and Police Departments are investigating a house fire from last week that has been deemed as arson in nature. Officials say the fire that broke out in the 4800 block of West 21st Street on December 5th damaged several empty rooms. The fire was extinguished quickly, but the damage was already done according to Yuma Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Efert.
 
Witnesses reported seeing a person run from the area prior to the discovery of the fire. Due to the criminal nature of the fire, the investigation is being pursued by the Yuma Police Department.

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Sex Offender Update

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The Yuma Police Department says a sex offender has relocated to a new residence. 31 year old Refugia Galindo is now living at 541 South First Avenue in Yuma. She is described as standing 5’5, weighing 265 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. In March 2001, Galindo was arrested for Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor under 14 years old in El Centro. She had sexual contact with four female victims and was sentenced to 35 days in jail and 36 months probation. She is considered a Level Three sex offender.

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Sex Offender Update

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the community that sex offender 21 year old Mark Allegranza is now residing at 12717 East 35th Place in Yuma. He is described as standing 5’9, weighing 270 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. In November, Allegranza pled guilty in Yuma County Superior Court to one count of stalking with sexual motivation, a class five felony. He was sentenced to ten years of supervised probation. His victim was a minor female who was unknown to him. Allegranza is considered a
Level Two Sex offender.

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AARP Arizona Prepares Americans For Retirement 


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Only one third of older Americans are saving for retirement health care expenses, according to a recent survey by AARP. Those out of pocket costs could easily top $200,000 dollars for a retired couple. Cynthia Fagyas of AARP Arizona says they have just launched a free online calculator to help people prepare.
 
She says the calculator was developed using a database that includes $136 billion dollars in costs from actual health care claims.

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Yuma Border Patrol Agents Arrest Ten; Seize 343 Pounds Of Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested ten Mexican nationals and seized 343 pounds of marijuana Tuesday worth an estimated $170,000.

Agents found footprints near Davidson Canyon located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. With the help of Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction agents, the prints were tracked to the group of men who had entered the U-S illegally. The men were smuggling backpacks full of marijuana.

The Border Patrol presented the men to the U-S Attorney’s Office for prosecution and seized the marijuana for destruction.

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Arizona Sees Increase In Number Of Residents Enrolled In Online Health Insurance Marketplace

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Arizona is seeing an increase in its number of residents who enrolled in the online health insurance marketplace that is a key part of the nation's new health care law.
 
The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says that 3600 Arizonans have chosen plans through the marketplace from October 1st through November 30th – less than nine-percent of those eligible. An earlier report by the agency said only 739 Arizonans enrolled in the online marketplace from October 1st through November 2nd. Nationally, the new markets have picked up their pace of signups since encountering paltry enrollment in the program's first mont Read More »

Yuma Police Department Holding “Tip-A-Cop” Fundraiser

The Yuma Police Department is continuing efforts to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics by kicking off a “Tip-A-Cop” event. The event will be held at Chili’s Restaurant in Yuma on December 18th from 11am-to-8pm. Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities. LETR helps bring awareness to Special Olympics and obtain donations for the athletes.  The money and awareness they raise will help the athletes grow and continue to have opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills and discover their independence while participating in the many events Special Olym Read More »

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