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Man Sentenced For First-Degree Murder Of A Yuma Man

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A jury sentenced Jonathon Ochoa on Friday, September 13th, in the first-degree murder of a Yuma man. Ochoa has not been convicted of premeditated murder but this is only one of two counts involving murder. The jury did find the defendant guilty of first-degree murder as alleged in count five. Throughout this trial, state prosecutors brought forth witnesses and said ... Read More »

New Cigarette Law

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Two new tobacco laws took effect Friday, August 13th, in Arizona banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and banning the use of roll-your-own tobacco machines at smoke shops.   Co-owner of Cesar Cigar Lounge Brenda Maldonado says such machines would sell out quickly at her store and this law change has to do with the large tobacco companies. ... Read More »

Mayor Krieger Not Prosecuted

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The Office of the Arizona Attorney General says they will not prosecute Yuma Mayor Alan Krieger on allegations of misconduct of his office and conflict of interest. The Yuma Sun is reporting that a thorough investigation was completed following a complaint filed by the Yuma City Council.   Yuma City Administrator Greg Wilkinson recently received a letter from the state ... Read More »

Border Patrol Agent Admits To Smuggling Marijuana


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A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling marijuana while on duty along the Arizona-Mexico border is set for sentencing. Authorities say investigators conducting aerial surveillance saw then-Agent Aaron Anaya load marijuana bundles that had been dropped over the border fence from Mexico into his patrol vehicle in December, 2012 between Yuma and Wellton.   Anaya pleaded guilty to ... Read More »

Mother Arrested For Murdering Her Two Kids

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Police say the two children found dead in a Southern California hotel room after their suicidal mother crashed her car outside a shopping complex were a 13-year-old boy and a ten-year-old girl. Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna identified the mother on Sunday as 42-year-old Marilyn Edge of Scottsdale. The children's names were not released. Edge was booked late Saturday ... Read More »

Rebuilding Effort Underway Following Yarnell Fire

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A rebuilding effort is underway following a devastating fire in northern Arizona that killed 19 firefighters and destroyed more than 100 homes. A groundbreaking ceremony and barbecue were held on Saturday to mark the milestone for Yarnell residents. The first home to be rebuilt will belong to Roy and Stacy Pizzirusso. The couple has one of two building permits issued ... Read More »

Grand Canyon To Remove Grass That Attracts Elk

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The lawns surrounding hotels and lodges at the Grand Canyon are being removed as part of a plan to keep elk and visitors away from each other. Elk regularly jam up the park's road, graze on the lawns and can become aggressive, particularly during the fall rutting season. Park officials want to reduce interactions with humans by depriving the elk ... Read More »

Sports Scores

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Saturday Arizona Western College 39, Phoenix College 28 University of Arizona 38, University of Texas-San Antonio 13 Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30   Sunday Arizona Cardinals 25, Detroit Lions 21 Read More »

U.S. Marshals Service Arrest Fugitive

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The United States Marshals Service apprehended 23-year-old Cristina Vasquez-Espinoza of Yuma Wednesday, September 11th, in coordination with Mexican law enforcement officials. The female fugitive fled after serving a two-year prison sentence and a term of supervised release of less than one year. She was targeted by the Marshals Service after an arrest warrant was issued for a supervised release violation ... Read More »

Woman Killed After Losing Control Of Vehicle

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One woman was killed Wednesday afternoon following a one-vehicle accident. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says 54-year-old Jeri Ellen McCoy was driving her Ford Explorer in the 1600 block of West County 17 ¾ Street, when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a power pole on the north side of the roadway. She was transported to Yuma ... Read More »

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