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Yuma Turns 100 Years Old Next Year


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Yuma will celebrate a huge milestone in 2014. It is the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the charter establishing Yuma as a city. There is a week-long schedule of events slated for the celebration starting on April 7th 2014. Ricky Rhinehart with the city of Yuma tells us more.
 
A complete schedule of activities can be found for that week online at Yuma100.com.

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Governor Jan Brewer Creates C.A.R.E. Team To Oversee Child Abuse Cases

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An independent team created by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to oversee more than 6500 ignored child abuse and neglect reports says they have assigned more than 1200 of those cases to social workers. The so called CARE team also announced Wednesday that they have verified that more than 550 reports from the past four years have now received responses. Nearly 200 children have been visited by police or social workers. Wednesday's report comes as the team created by Brewer ten days ago begins reassessing all the reports. Police in Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix are sending officers to see some of the children identified in the reports.

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Sex Offender Updates

The Yuma Police Department is notifying the public of the relocation of a couple of sex offenders. 35 year old Melissa Schafer has relocated to 2621 South Virginia Drive in Yuma. She is described as standing 5’4, weighing 132lbs with blonde hair and green eyes. In September 2008, Schafer entered into a plea agreement in Yuma County on one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse and was sentenced to 36 months of probation. Police say Schafer had sexual contact with a 16 year old male and is considered a Level Two sex offender.
 
26 year old Anthony Avalos now resides at 2550 Virginia Drive, Unit C3 in Yuma. He is described as standing 6’3, weighing 190 pounds with black hair Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Four Men Carrying Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested four men and seized several bundles of marijuana on Palomas Ranch Road, near Gila Bend on Friday. Agents on patrol responded to a citizen’s report of several men carrying large camouflage packs crossing I-8. Agents located the men, who had illegally entered into the United States, carrying four large makeshift backpacks of marijuana.
 
The marijuana had a combined weight of 189 pounds with an estimated value of $94,000. All subjects were arrested, transported to the Wellton Station, and later turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Cat Gets Its Head Stuck In Dog Food Can; Firefighters Come To The Rescue

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On Monday a cat with an unusual problem was brought to Fire Station Number Four in Yuma. The adult gray cat had its head stuck in a dog food can. Two women had seen the cat in the street, walking blind and nearly hit by a car. They picked it up and brought it to the fire station to see if they could get some help. Firefighter Ladd Elwood was able to cut off the can and free the cat. With proper protection, and apparent cooperation from the cat, neither cat nor Firefighter was injured in the rescue. The women thought they had seen it in their neighborhood before, so left with the cat to see if they could find its home.

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Red Cross Reminds You To Be Careful With Space Heaters


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As temperatures start to dip across Arizona, the American Red Cross urges families to be cautious when using space heaters and other heating sources, and to make a plan in case of a home fire. Heating sources are the leading cause of winter fires, and increase during the winter months of December, January and February. Over the past 24 hours, Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers have responded to eight home fires.  Six were in Maricopa County, one was in Yuma County and one was in Mohave County. Heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces or wood and coal stoves can pose a fire hazard. To reduce the risk of heating related fires, the Red Cross recommends keeping anything that can burn such Read More »

There Is Still Time For Arizonans To Sign Up For Health Care Insurance

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There is still time for Arizonans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline is December 23rd for insurance that takes effect January 1st 2014. Arizona PIRG Director Diane Brown says the more than 600 organizations that make up the Cover Arizona Coalition will be staging enrollment events in every part of the state this weekend.
 
Brown says the trained counselors can help determine if someone qualifies for financial assistance through the health insurance marketplace or through AHCCCS, the state’s Medicaid program.

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Man Arrested For Smuggling Marijuana At The Port Of Nogales

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Federal authorities say a Mexican man is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 1900 pounds of marijuana into southern Arizona in a shipment of squash.
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the 40 year old man was stopped Monday at the Port of Nogales for an additional inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving.
 
A drug sniffing dog alerted authorities to marijuana inside the shipment and officers found three pallets of pot worth nearly $943,000. The name of the man arrested has not been released. He is from Nogales, Sonora.

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Change For Children Fundraiser To Be Held This Weekend

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The largest fundraiser for the year for the Arizona Children’s Association is coming up this weekend. Penny Pitch has been rebranded as Change for Children with the big push to raise money coming up on Saturday. Both locations of Fry’s in Yuma and the Foothills are teaming up to become the main drop off points. El Dorado Broadcasters – which includes NewsTalk 560 KBLU, Today’s Best Country 95.1 KTTI and Yuma’s Best Music Variety Star 100.9 are the media sponsors. Ricardo Becerra urges people to try to find that spare change that maybe lying around.
 
Change for Children will be held from 9am to 6pm Saturday. Newstalk 560 KBLU will be live on loca Read More »

Indiana Man Seeks High Court Review Of Grand Canyon Case

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An Indiana man convicted of child abuse for forcing his grandsons on a grueling hike in the Grand Canyon is seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals had rejected Christopher Alan Carlson's argument that the evidence was insufficient and that the jury was not instructed properly. Carlson filed a petition for review with the nation's highest court in late November. The U.S. government has waived its right to respond.

Carlson was convicted on three counts of child abuse stemming from a 19 mile hike in August 2011 and sentenced to 27 months in prison. He was acquitted of abuse charges stemming from another hike tha Read More »

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