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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 »

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Owner Of Stray Horse

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On Wednesday, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the area of Strand Avenue and Riverside Drive after receiving a report of a stray horse that had wandered onto a citizen’s property.  Attempts at locating the horse’s owner were unsuccessful.  Overall, the horse appears to be in good health and is currently under the care of the Sheriff’s Office.  If ... Read More »

Unemployment Numbers In Yuma Increase

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Unemployment in Yuma County for the month of March is at 26 percent.  The Arizona Department of Administration says the number is up from the March, 2012 figure of 22.7 percent.  Figures reveal that 65,591 people were employed in March, down from the 67,237 which were reported employed in February. Read More »

ADOSH Prepares Employees And Employers For Warm Weather To Come

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With warmer temperatures on the horizon, residents of Southwest Arizona are getting ready to be prepared for the extreme heat that is typical of the area.  Jessie Atencio of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health says they are ready and able to inform employees and employers alike about heat safety issues. Persons needing more information can call the ... Read More »

Yuma Man Arrested After Discharging Firearm At Apartment Complex

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The Yuma Police Department says one person is in custody following a police standoff Wednesday.  Police say they responded to a report of shots being fired at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of South Third Avenue.  34-year-old Jorge V. Clark reportedly fired a weapon into the air early Wednesday and again later that morning.  Clark refused to leave ... Read More »

City Council Denies Mayor Krieger’s Request For Travel Funds

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The Yuma City Council became upset at Wednesday’s meeting after Mayor Alan Krieger requested more travel money to attend a retirement ceremony in Virginia.  Krieger requested the money from remaining council member’s travel funds to get an additional $1,020 for the May event.  Council members went so far as saying the Mayor was not prioritizing his duties as mayor.  The ... Read More »

Feeling Of Safety Important For Young Children After Recent Tragedy

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In the wake of the Boston tragedy, parents are being reminded how such events can emotionally traumatize young children.   Psychologist Korenna Barto says the images and stories splashed everywhere can have a negative impact on a child’s well-being, and that is why parents need to reinforce their roles as a safe haven and a secure base. Barto says feeling ... Read More »

Ex-Border Patrol Agent, Corrections Officer Face Jail Time For Aiding Drug Smugglers

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent and an Arizona corrections officer face lengthy federal prison terms on allegations that they passed codes to unlock border gates, maps of hidden sensors and other sensitive information to smugglers before losing their jobs.  Ex-agent 29-year-old Ivhan Herrera-Chiang who was stationed in Yuma and former state Corrections officer, 28-year-old Michael Lopez-Garcia who worked at the ... Read More »

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