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Border Patrol Makes Drug Bust Along Smuggling Route In Cabeza Prieta

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested four drug smugglers and seized 175 pounds of marijuana Monday worth over $87,000.  Agents using night-vision equipment tracked the individuals walking through the desert southwest of Gila Bend.  The four Mexican nationals had followed a known drug smuggling route through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.  The case was turned ... Read More »

Woman Arrested With More Than 2 Pounds Of Cocaine In Her Shoes

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Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station arrested a smuggler Wednesday after more than two pounds of cocaine was found hidden in her shoes, valued at more than $64,000.  The woman told agents she was smuggling an unknown substance in her shoes during questioning.  After a search, they found two packages of cocaine inside the soles of her shoes.  Agents ... Read More »

Couple Arrested At Border With Packages Of Meth Taped To Their Bodies

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Two persons were arrested by Customs and Border Protection officers after they were discovered with drugs taped to their bodies.  Police say 22-year-old Melissa Delgado and 20-year-old Briayan Ramirez were crossing into the United States at the San Luis border crossing when the methamphetamine was discovered.  The value of the drugs is estimated at $157,000.  Police say the drugs were ... Read More »

Yuma Fire Chief Awarded Officer Designation

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Yuma Fire Department Battalion Chief Charlie Smith is officially a Fire Officer.  The Commission on Professional Credentialing met to officially confer the designation recently. The CPC awards the Fire Officer designation only after an individual has successfully met all educational and profession development criteria.  The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to ... Read More »

Parents’ Day Raises Questions Of Adoption And Fertility Treatments In Hopeful Parents

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Sunday is Parents’ Day, and a time for a reality check for childless Arizona couples seeking to adopt or explore fertility treatments, according to Carolyn Berger.  She is an adoption coordinator with the American Fertility Association, and knows the ins and outs of both adoption and fertility treatment.     Adoptions can run from $30,000 to $50,000. Fertility treatments range from ... Read More »

NASA’s Parachute Test At Yuma Proving Ground A Success

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The NASA parachute drop appears to have been successful this morning.  NASA tested the parachutes in preparation for the upcoming Orion Space Program. Jim McMichael, the head of Systems Engineering and System Lead from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, says this is just one of several tests being carried out for future space missions involving the Orion Space ... Read More »

Teen Accomplice Charged In Recent Yuma Robberies

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A teenager allegedly involved in several robberies in Yuma in recent weeks, has been slapped with 12 felonies for his part.  16-year-old Richard Steven Limones appeared in court Tuesday and according to the Yuma Sun was informed he was charged with six counts of aggravated assault, four counts of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery.  Police believe ... Read More »

Former AWC Coach Passes Away

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Former Arizona Western College Assistant Football Coach Hal Messersmith has died.  A press release from AWC stated the former coach passed away last week.  Both he and his wife, Kerry Messersmith were members of the Matador Athletic program from 1997 to 2000, helping lead the Matadors to the 1998 Empire State Bowl in Long Island, New York – the program’s ... Read More »

YMPO Meeting To Discuss Regional Transportation Issues

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A final meeting by the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization will be held on Thursday to discuss the Regional Transportation Plan and Air Quality Plan.  Both plans will be considered in a meeting to be held at 1:30pm at the Yuma City Hall.  The plans will help examine all modes of transportation and what transportation issues will be considered as priorities ... Read More »

Farm Bill Amendment Could Help End Animal Fighting In Arizona

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Lawmakers in Washington, DC, continue to debate the 2013 Farm Bill this week.  One amendment would eliminate a loophole in the current federal animal fighting law. President Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States is a strong supporter.  He says the Farm Bill amendment combined with enforcement of Arizona's 1998 ban on cockfighting would "eradicate illegal animal ... Read More »

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