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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 »

Yuma Turns 100 Years Old


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2014 marks a milestone for the city of Yuma. The city will observe the centennial with a week long list of events on April 7th through the 12th. Plans were announced on Monday which will include events each day. The Yuma Sun reports that two new signs will be installed and lit on each end of Main Street in downtown Yuma and a time capsule will be buried and reopened in April 2114. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will be in attendance and a fireworks celebration is also scheduled for that week.

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Foothills Christmas Parade To Be Held This Weekend


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The Foothills area is getting geared up for not one, but three Christmas parades this weekend. A grass roots movement started many years ago to have a parade in the area has grown to include many areas of the Foothills. The parades will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

The parade will take different routes each night, with one of those taking the decorated golf carts, buggies and other vehicles through several RV Parks.
 

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Democratic State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor Running For Secretary Of State

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Democratic state Senator Leah Landrum Taylor says she is running for Arizona Secretary of State in 2014 after months of exploring a run for her party's nomination. Landrum Taylor made the announcement at a news conference Monday at the state Capitol. She is the only Democrat so far in the race. Republicans in the race include state Senator Michele Reagan, Representative Justin Pierce and investor Wil Cardon. The secretary of state in Arizona is the state's top election officer. Incumbent Ken Bennett is barred by term limits from running for re-election, but is running for Republican nomination for governor. Landrum Taylor served for the past year at leader of the Senate's Democrats. Read More »

Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison And Lifetime Probation In Child Pornography Case

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A Mesa man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and lifetime probation in a child pornography case.
 
The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Monday that 54 year old Christopher John Clark entered into a plea agreement after he was found guilty of ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Authorities say Clark pled guilty to downloading child pornography using a file-sharing program. They say Clark shared approximately 920 child pornography files using a file-to-file sharing website during a 4 month period in 2012 and 2013. He was arrested in March and indicted by an Arizona grand jury. As part of his sentence, Clark also will have to register as a sex offender.
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Battle Of The Bands To Be Held This Weekend

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It’s time to tune up those electric guitars and turn up those amplifiers as the Battle of the Bands gets ready for this weekend.
 
There is money cash prizes for first, second and third place. The event is free and will be held at the Home Depot parking lot. For more information, contact Brandon Schofield at 928-343-2146 or call or text at 928-287-9098.

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Singapore Defense Officials To View F-35B At Luke Air Force Base

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Singapore defense officials visiting an Air Force Base in Arizona will get a look at a type of U.S. built fighters that the Asian nation may purchase. Luke Air Force Base officials say at least one F-35B from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma will fly into Luke today. Luke officials say the Singapore officials are at Luke for a training exercise being conducted at Luke and at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwestern Arizona. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing version of the F-35. It was developed for the Marine Corps and is configured differently than the F-35A version used by the Air Force. F-35A’s to be assigned to Luke are expected to arrive in early 2014.

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One Suspect In Custody After Salvation Army Robbery

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One suspect is in custody and Glendale police are searching for the other in last week's robbery of a Salvation Army location. Glendale police investigators believe 38 year old Mark Dollar and 52 year old John Bardy broke into the church on December 2nd. They say the two men are suspected of stealing several items including a safe containing more than $1700 in cash plus a laptop computer and a karaoke machine. The money that was stolen had been collected by Salvation Army bell ringers. Police say they identified the two suspects using surveillance footage. Dollar was arrested on December 5th but officers still are looking for Bardy.

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Holidays Are Burglar’s Favorite Time Of The Year

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The Holidays are a festive time of year and a thief's favorite time of year. While shoppers flock to the malls and shopping centers, so do burglars with a shopping list of their own. They want into your cars to get whatever they can and they will stop at almost nothing to do it.

They simply open an unlocked door, break a window, or jimmy the handle to get inside. The Yuma Police Department says typically burglars look for the following items: Phone chargers, computer connector cables, docking stations, after market stereo/CD players, MP3 players, GPS units, cell phones, wallets, purses, and shopping bags with merchandise, mail, and anything else that may be of value. Do not forget Read More »

Fuel Spill Cleanup Bill Reaches $500,000

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Officials say the cost of cleaning up a gasoline spill in the community of Fountain Hills has reached $500,000. A ruptured United Petroleum Transports tanker spilled 2300 gallons of gasoline at a drive-thru between restaurants on November 17th. The company says the tanker collided with a large trash bin enclosure, causing the rupture and spill. Town Manager Ken Buchanan tells The Arizona Republic that United Petroleum Transports plans to reimburse the town for that cost and has hired a business to handle remediation.

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