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Arizona House Of Representatives Approve Bill To Protect Livestock Animals; Still Angers Animal-Rights Activists


The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that aims to protect livestock animals but which had angered animal-rights activists. The bill would change cruelty charges related to livestock animals from felonies to misdemeanors. It also originally would have forced anyone to notify law enforcement of animal cruelty within five days of obtaining evidence. Animal-rights activists said that would ... Read More »

One Person Dead After Car Accident On Friday


One person is dead following an accident that tied up area streets for several hours on Friday. The Yuma Police Department says 65-year-old Wayne Helms of Washington was traveling westbound in the 1900 block of West 16th Street; when he slowed down to turn right onto Gate Way. Prior to turning he was rear ended by a Silver Chrysler passenger ... Read More »

Missing Man’s Body Found In Gila River


Almost a month later, finally some closure for the family of a man missing since Valentine’s Day. An official from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office confirmed with our television partner KYMATV that a recovery team found the body of 73-year-old Troy Schmeltz. They found the body of the elderly man in the Gila River Sunday, northeast of the Yuma Lakes ... Read More »

Two Sex Offenders Change Residences


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the public of the relocation of a sex offender. 48-year-old Darryl Blackwell is now living at 3550 West Eighth Street, Unit 79 in Yuma. He is described as standing six-foot, three-inches tall, weighing 170-pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. In May 2011, Blackwell was convicted by the Yuma County Superior ... Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Five Men; Seize 738 Pounds Of Marijuana


Border Patrol agents at Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station apprehended five men Thursday and seized 738-pounds of marijuana valued at $331,000in three separate incidents. Agents of the All-Terrain Vehicle Unit patrolling in the Gila Bend area located footprints of individuals who had illegally entered into the United States.  The agents tracked the footprints to a deep wash and saw five individuals ... Read More »

Arizona Children Advocates Hope To Get Community To Add Input In Child Welfare Reform Bill


Arizona children’s advocates hope they and the community get the chance to add their two cents to a child welfare reform bill being crafted by a special committee that includes lawmakers from both parties. The bill-writing group was formed in response to last year’s disclosure that 6500 reports of child abuse had not been investigated by Child Protective Services. Children’s ... Read More »

One Person Arrested After Crashing Stolen Vehicle


The Yuma Police Department says one person was arrested after he crashed a vehicle at 24th Street and Fourth Avenue Friday after he stole it. Authorities say the suspect was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center receiving treatment before he was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center. Read More »

One Person Arrested In Connection With Alleged Sexual Assault


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says one person was arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault. Police say 27-year-old John Alexander Rood the Third was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a woman on Sunday morning. Early Sunday morning deputies responded to 3500 West Eighth Street. The victim told investigators Rood gave her a ride home from a ... Read More »

YCIPTA Continues With Current Chairman And Vice Chairman


The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority Board of Directors recently unanimously elected Robert Pickels, Yuma County Administrator and Greg Wilkinson, Yuma City Administrator, as the chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, for the 2014-15 term, which runs from February 2014 through January 2015. This is their third term in these positions and they were the original Board Members that started ... Read More »

Two Arizona Western College Nursing Students Named Recipients Of Scholarship


Arizona Western College nursing students Monica Acosta and Miguel Martinez have been named recipients of the Beverly Shaw Presidential Teacher of the Year Scholarship by nursing professor Bev Shaw. Miguel Martinez is in his third semester as a Nursing Student and he will receive a one semester scholarship. Monica Acosta is in her first semester and will be awarded a ... Read More »

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