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Border Patrol Rescues Alleged Illegal Immigrant From Heat Distress


El Centro Sector Border Patrol continues to rescue illegal aliens making an attempt to illegally enter the United States during these hot summer months.  On Tuesday a Border Patrol Agent on patrol encountered an individual that appeared to be suffering from heat distress.  The agent requested emergency medical services for the individual who rendered medical attention and transported him to ... Read More »

Yonathan Beltran Charged With Attempted Murder, Aggrevated Assault


Formal charges have been filed against 23-year-old Yonathan Beltran.  He is accused in the alleged shooting and attempted murder July 29th at a home on Coconino Lane.  Police say Beltran used a .40-caliber weapon against his victim, a 37-year-old man after getting involved in an argument.  The victim left the home when police found him in the middle of the roadway ... Read More »

Powerball Jackpot Reaches $425 Million


The jackpot for tonight's multi-state "Powerball" lottery game has reached $425 million. It is the third-largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball, which is played in 43 states including Arizona. The jackpot translates to nearly $245 million for the winner who chooses a cash option.  The two largest Powerball jackpots have occurred within the past year.  On May 18th, ... Read More »

Mother Seeks Benefits For Fallen Firefighter


The mother of one of 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire wants the city of Prescott to provide family survivor benefits reserved for fulltime employees.  Deborah Pfingston's 29-year-old son, Andrew Ashcraft, died in June with 18 other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots while working a wildfire around Yarnell.  An investigation is ongoing. Ashcraft's family plans a news conference ... Read More »

New Documentary Questions Sea World’s Orca Captivity


Should killer whales be kept in captivity and made to perform tricks for humans?  That is a question raised in the documentary called “Blackfish.”  The film opens with the tragic death of a Sea World trainer killed in 2010 by Tilikum the whale, and moves back in time to show orcas being captured as babies from their families in the ... Read More »

Body Found In Colorado River


The United States Border Patrol and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office say a body was pulled from the Colorado River Friday.  Police say the body is that of a Hispanic male dressed in denim cutoffs and a dark colored t-shirt.  There are no signs of foul play and police continue to investigate. Read More »

Tempe Police Arrest Man Wanted For Crimes Committed In Yuma


Officials say a man was arrested Wednesday in Tempe, wanted for crimes committed in Yuma.  Christopher Martin Young was arrested by Deputy United States Marshals and Task Force Officers.  They say Young was on the state’s wanted list for Aggravated Assault and Burglary.  The Yuma Police Department says Young allegedly committed several wanton acts of domestic violence.  He also allegedly ... Read More »

New Contract Approved For Gasden Elementary School District Supervisor


Raymond Aguilera will serve as superintendent of the Gadsden Elementary School District through 2016 after surviving a close vote on his future.  The Yuma Sun reports that the district's governing board this week approved three-to-two a new contract, which requires Aguilera to be paid $112,000 annually.  The board's president, Luis Marquez, praised Aguilera for his efforts and said student achievement ... Read More »

17 Tons Of Marijuana Found In Tractor Trailer At Border


A record marijuana bust occurred on Thursday at the Calexico port of entry.  17 tons of marijuana were found in a tractor trailer.  2,400 packages of marijuana were hidden inside cardboard boxes behind pallets of computer parts.  The estimated value of the drugs is nearly $10-million. Read More »

Heavy Rains Shutdown 18-Mile Stretch Of Interstate 40


Heavy rains sweeping through parts of northern Arizona forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate-40 Saturday evening and prompted a flash flood watch. The Arizona Department of Transportation says an 18-mile stretch of the roadway was closed west of Flagstaff because the roadway was flooded.  The agency says that the interstate was shut down about 6:30pm and had fully ... Read More »

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