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Suspects Plead Not Guilty In Figueroa Murder Case


A Yuma County Grand Jury indicted three suspects connected to a murder of a Welton woman last month.  The three – identified as 31-year-old Jose Jimenez, 24-year-old Brandi Michalski and 22-year-old Andres Francisco Flores Galindo – all pled not guilty to charges of pre-meditated first-degree murder and one Felony count of first-degree murder.  The three made an appearance in court ... Read More »

Mexican President Announces Construction Of Pipeline Through Arizona


Mexico's president says a Japanese company has been tapped to build a pipeline to import U.S. natural gas through Arizona. President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting Japan, where he made the announcement about the $460-million project Tuesday.  Japan's Mitsui Corporation will build the pipeline, which will run from Tucson to the Mexican border. The president's office said in a brief ... Read More »

Thousands Of Arizona Election Ballots Rejected


Tens of thousands of ballots cast in Arizona’s 2012 election were rejected by election officials, indicating continued communication and voter education problems in Arizona.  Nearly 46,000 ballots cast in 2012 were rejected.  The number is down about two-percent from the 2008 election, when Arizona led the nation in rejected provisional ballots.  Election experts say the rejection can be due to ... Read More »

Army National Guard Unit To Return Home To Arizona


Soldiers with an Arizona Army National Guard helicopter unit are returning from deployment to Afghanistan.  The 35 soldiers from Alpha Company of the First Attack Reconnaissance Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment are arriving Friday and Saturday on commercial flights to Tucson International Airport.  The company's soldiers stopped in Texas for demobilization processing at Fort Hood on their way home.  ... Read More »

AWC Sports Report


The Arizona Western College Matadors baseball team split games against Yavapai College on Tuesday, winning the first contest 2-1 and losing the nightcap 4-2.  The Lady Matadors softball team hosted South Mountain Community College, losing both games, being shut out on the day 3-0 and 1-0. Read More »

Man Found Dead In A Yuma Canal Identified


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says they have received notification on the identity of a body found in a canal last weekend.  The Pima County Medical Examiner says it is that of 42-year-old Joaquin Gastelum of Yuma.  Police say Gastelum died due to head trauma and a broken neck after he fell into a canal at Avenue “D” and Poppy ... Read More »

Suspects In Murder Of Christal Figueroa Appear In Court


Four suspects, who are allegedly involved in the murder of 29-year-old Christal Figueroa last month, appeared in court on Monday.  36-year-old Jeffery Allen Miller is charged with Hindering Prosecution and Tampering or Destroying Evidence with bond set at $150,000.  The accused murderer, 31-year-old Jose Jimenez is charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and pled not guilty.  24-year-old Brandi Michalski’s attorney ... Read More »

Whole Foods To Require Labeling Of GMO Foods


A grocery chain with stores in Arizona is weighing in on the issue of genetically modified foods with its wallet. Late last week, Whole Foods announced plans to require labeling of all GMO foods sold in its stores by 2018.   It will be the first major retailer in the nation to make the change. The decision was led by ... Read More »

BBQ Safety Tips


With the warmer weather coming, thoughts turn to swimming, barbeques and other fun activities.  However, there are several safety reminders to keep in mind.  Yuma Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Erfert says using gasoline to start your barbeque is a no-no. He adds that cooking with gasoline may not be good for the food or the people who eat ... Read More »

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