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DEA To Hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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The Drug Enforcement Administration along with state and local law enforcement and community partners announced a sixth nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.  The Yuma Police Department has agreed to take part in this initiative and will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday from ... Read More »

Yuma High School Student Arrested After Assaulting Police Officer

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A Yuma High School student was arrested Friday morning after assaulting the School Resource Officer.  Police say 19-year-old Omar McQueen was under investigation and was arrested.  McQueen then assaulted the officer and after backup officers arrived, McQueen was restrained through the use of an electronic control device.  McQueen was taken into custody and later booked into the Yuma County Detention ... Read More »

Five People Dead In Rollover Accident After Border Patrol Pursuit

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Authorities say five people died after the van they were traveling in rolled over in southern Arizona as it was being pursued by Border Patrol agents.  Officials say 22 people were in the van at the time it rolled over Saturday night in between Tucson and Benson.  Seventeen other people were taken to hospitals for treatment.  Their injuries are unknown. Read More »

Motorcyclists Seriously Injured In Collision With Vehicle

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Several motorcycles and one car were involved in an accident late Saturday night.  The Yuma Police Department says the accident occurred near the corner of 32nd Street and Pacific Avenue.  Reports indicate that a 27-year-old female, driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse on 32nd Street, turned onto Pacific Avenue, in front of several motorcycles, causing the front motorcycle to collide with ... Read More »

Matadors Sports Report

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The Arizona Western College Matadors took two games from Eastern Arizona College Saturday, winning the first game 8-2 and the second contest 10-1. The Arizona Western College Lady Matadors split their games against Pima College Saturday, losing the first game 3-2.  The second game, AWC came out strong to win 2-1. Read More »

Celebrate Earth Day By Recycling Your Old Electronics

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Today and Saturday, the Electronic Recycling Center will help celebrate Earth Day.  The center will be accepting recyclable materials both days from 9am to 3pm.  Items that will be accepted include paper, cardboard, pallets, foam, printers, monitors, laptop computers, desktop computers, motors and fax and copy machines.  The center is located at 3220 Suite “D”, East 40th Street in Yuma.  Read More »

Border Patrol Arrests 13 Drug Smugglers Overnight

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector, working southeast of Gila Bend, arrested 13 drug smugglers and seized 590 pounds of marijuana Tuesday night.   Agents using night vision equipment first spotted a group of seven smugglers walking through the desert.  With help from a helicopter crew from the Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine, ... Read More »

Sex Offender Relocation

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The Yuma Police Department is notifying the public about the relocation of a level two sex offender.  Police say 34-year-old Melissa Schaefer now has a listed address of 703 West First Street in Yuma.  She is described as a Caucasian, standing 5’ 4”, weighing 132-pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. Schaffer was charged in 2008 on three counts of sexual ... Read More »

Immigrant Rights Advocates Pleased With Reform Proposal

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Arizona immigrant rights advocates say there is a lot to like about the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform proposal, but also several areas for concern.   Tucson immigration attorney Mo Goldman calls the measure “a breath of fresh air” after years of frustration over the lack of action by Congress.  Goldman likes the bill’s DREAM Act and legalization components, along ... Read More »

Police Department Looking To Charge Sen. Shooter After School Disturbance

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The Yuma Police Department is considering at least four charges against Arizona State Senator Don Shooter.  The Yuma Sun reports that the department is looking to charge Shooter with assault, interference or disruption of an educational institution, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.  The charges stem from an incident last month in which Shooter walked into a classroom at the EOC ... Read More »

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