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One Person Injured In Shooting Incident

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says one person was injured following the report of a shooting which occurred on Monday morning. Police say the incident occurred in the 8100 block of South Apache Lane. When they arrived, they found a 26-year-old male victim with a single gunshot wound. Witnesses say a dark colored truck, possibly a Dodge Ram drove up and fired a weapon, striking the victim. He was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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Yuma Police Department Accepting Citizens Police Academy Applications

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The Yuma Police Department is now accepting applications for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy. The academy is designed to educate the citizens of Yuma about the daily operations of the Yuma Police Department. The academy, which is eight weeks long, will give participants an opportunity to meet several officers who will be instructing various topics relating to police work. Some of those classes include: Criminal Law, Police Ethics/Discipline, Crime Scene processing,

Polygraph Examination, Narcotics, Gangs, Domestic Violence, School Resource Officers, Animal Control, Driving Under the Influence and Traffic Laws. Participants will also get a tour of the department and complete a ride-a-long. Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Eight Men And Seize 469 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Border Patrol agents from the Welton Station arrested eight men and seized 469 pounds of marijuana Saturday. Agents patrolling near Gila Bend received a citizens report of possible narcotics smuggling near the Palomas Dairy. Agents responded and began tracking several individuals carrying large bundles. When agents found the group hiding near a wash, they all attempted to leave but were apprehended. Agents found eight men had illegally entered the United States carrying ten bundles of marijuana. The combined weight was 469 pounds valued at $211,000. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took custody of seven of the men and marijuana while the eighth person, a minor, was removed per Yuma Se Read More »

Yuma Police Department Investigates A Series Of Vandalism Incidents

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During the past week, the Yuma Police Department has investigated a series of incidents in which windows were struck with projectiles from a BB gun or air soft gun/rifle.
The initial investigation revealed unknown person(s) struck windows in vehicles and residences. The incidents have occurred at various locations in the city.

There are no reported injuries at this time.

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone who has in-progress information to call 911, if you have any information about this case 14-16846 please call 928-373-4700 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous. Remember if your information leads to an arrest you may receive up to a $1000 cash reward.

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Today Is International Bus Driver Appreciation Day

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Today is international bus driver appreciation day. The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority wants to recognize their 33 contracted bus drivers who keep the system rolling and operating. For hours on end, operators manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, while safely maneuvering a 34-foot vehicle through the streets of Yuma.

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Arizona Senate Plans To Unveil $9.2 Billion Budget Plan

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Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs says he plans to introduce a $9.2 billion spending plan that trims about $150 million from Governor Jan Brewer's proposal. Biggs said Monday that the plan will trim some money from the governor's proposal to set up a new state child welfare agency. Also being trimmed is her proposed $50 million deposit into the state's rainy day fund.

But Biggs plans to add money for highways, a major priority of many in the Legislature that Brewer left out of her budget. The Senate proposal will serve as that chamber's starting point for negotiations with Brewer. A House version hasn't been unveiled.

Biggs says despite the cuts his plan meet Read More »

Arizona Senate Committee Approves Five Pro-Gun Bills

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An Arizona Senate committee has approved five pro-gun bills that Republicans say are needed to protect Second Amendment rights. Arizona House of Representatives approved the bills last week. They include a bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to have guns in government buildings and one that would impose civil penalties on city and town governments and their lawmakers who enact gun laws stricter than the state.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary approved House bills 2339, 2517, 2535, 2103 and 2338 on Monday.

House Bill 2103 would lower the age requirement to get a concealed weapons permit for military members from 21 to 19. Proponents say that gun rights are under attack Read More »

One Person Arrested In Connection With A Case Of Aggravated Assault

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Members of the Yuma Police Department arrested one person in connection with a case of Aggravated Assault.  On Friday morning, police say they received a report of a man with a loaded hand gun, making threats to shoot victims in the 2000 block of South Tenth Avenue.  The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Arcemio Ibarra fled the scene before police arrived.  Once telephone contact was made, Ibarra agreed to turn himself in.  He was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center on two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

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Yuma Police Department Investigating Criminal Damage Cases

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The Yuma Police Department Graffiti Task Force is currently investigating several criminal damage cases and is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying a group of graffiti taggers using the graffiti monikers,  "THC," "HYPE," "RISK," "STEEX" and "SMEAR."  This group has been very active over the past month and is responsible for graffiti damage to numerous residences, a local high school, a large amount of City property and at least one local house of worship.

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at 928-373-4700 or 78-CRIME to remain Read More »

Former Yuma Police Officer Charged With Luring A Minor Can Move

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A former Yuma police officer will be able move despite awaiting trial on one count of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. The Yuma Sun reports that a Yuma County Superior Court judge on Friday granted the request made by 25-year-old Ron Anton Ciancimino. The judge ordered that Ciancimino check in with probation officials every week. Michael Donovan, Ciancimino's defense attorney, says his client wants to move to his parents' home in Safford because he can't find employment and had to sell his house. Ciancimino is scheduled to go on trial October 7th. Prosecutors say Ciancimino solicited sexual conduct from a 16-year-old girl.

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