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Yuma Police Department Investigating Criminal Damage Cases


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


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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Last-Chance Pets Find Patriot Companions in VA


Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation’s heroes, with the help of some match-making. Beth Zimmerman's nonprofit organization, Pets for Patriots, is working with U-S military veterans to help them find, afford and adopt last-chance dogs and cats from shelters.  She says there are well-documented mental and physical benefits of pet ownership, and they have discovered some unintended additional benefits in the program.

Zimmerman says pets that are certain to die or face long-term homelessness in a shelter are singled out for the program – so they are usually older animals, and large, mixed-breed dogs. There are five participating Arizona shelters, incl Read More »

Affordable Care Act Sign Ups Expect Surge As Deadline Approaches


As the March 31st signup deadline for the Affordable Care Act approaches, hundreds of Arizona organizations and thousands of volunteers are working across Arizona to handle a last-minute surge of enrollments. Tara Plese (Plesh) of the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers says one recent ad placed on the social media site Pandora generated more than 1400 responses.

Organizations such as Planned Parenthood are going door-to-door, while others such as Cover Arizona and Enroll America are supporting enrollment events in cities around the state virtually every day through the end of the month.

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Jodi Arias Set For Court Appearance


Jodi Arias is set to appear in court as attorneys prepare for her second penalty phase.  The 33-year-old former waitress was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013, but the jury couldn't reach a decision on her sentence.  A hearing is set for this morning (Monday 17), the day her retrial had been scheduled to begin but its start has since been postponed.  Arizona law keeps her murder intact but prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.  If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration.  The judge then would sentence Arias to spend Read More »

New Bill Allows Guns In More Public Places


The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns in more places. This new bill would allow guns in government buildings and carried into public places as long as there's not an armed gaurd or metal detector. However, the bill will exclude public schools k-through-12, communiity colleges and universities.  Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a similar bill last year.

However, this bill doesnt seem like it would have much of an effect for the general public or gun shops.

Democratic Represenative, Lynne Pancrazi says, "Well most of your court houses most of you jails all that they do have metal detectors and armed gaur Read More »

Local Artists Transform Chairs For Habitat For Humanity


Tucson artists are transforming chairs for charity. Furniture company Copenhagen has asked 15 artists from Tucson to create works of art to be auctioned off for Habitat for Humanity. The chairs will be sold in a silent auction and displayed at the Tucson showroom until March 21st.

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Border Patrol Seize $1 Million Worth Of Drugs


Customs and Border Protection officers seized almost sixty pounds of meth and nearly eight pounds of heroin over the weekend in Nogales, Arizona.

The drugs' estimated value is more than a million dollars and they were found with the help of narcotics detection canines.

The packages were found in a vehicle's spare tire, under a car, in rocker panels, and in a vehicle's cargo area.

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Prosecutors Formally Charge Alleged Kidnapper


Prosecutors did not ask to make a statement, but they continued with formal charges against John Rood III excluding one very serious count. The judge read his official charges for this incident. They include kidnapping, sexual assault, and criminal trespassing. Sunday evening Yuma police officers arrested Rood after they say he tried to break into a home on the 100 block of 24th Place in Yuma. YCSO had already started a search for him earlier that day. In court, the state dropped one of the original charges: attempted second degree murder. For that, the defense requested the court lower rood's bond to $25,000. Instead the judge lowered Rood's bond to $350,000. Rood will be back in court Read More »

Sex Offender Notification


A level 3 sex offender with a high risk to reoffend has moved to a new address. 37 year old Virgil Jerome Brooks now resides at 2461 S, 4th Avenue #1. Avalos is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 156 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Virgil Brooks was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after pleading guilty in Yuma County Superior Court on one count of Attempted Sexual Assault with a prior. BROOKS was originally charged with Kidnapping, Sexual Abuse and Attempted Sexual Assault after a police investigation revealed he had sexual contact with a adult female whom BROOKS did not know. BROOKS is considered a level 3 sex offender with a high risk to re-offend.

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