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ABOUT JENNIFER: Jennifer Blackwell hails from Safford, AZ!  In 1993, Jennifer relocated to Yuma to be with her husband, Jeff (a native Yuman!) The two have been married since 1994 and they have a son, Jace, who is a college student.

  

Yuma County News

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MASKS - A COMMUNITY UPDATE

For those keeping track in reference to masks/face coverings:

1) City of San Luis, AZ - Effective June 17, masks are mandatory

2) City of Somerton, AZ - Effective June 18 at 8:00 a.m., masks are mandatory

3) Town of Wellton, AZ - it is recommended

4) Yuma County - Effective Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. masks are required

4) City of Yuma, AZ - masks are required

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ENDANGERMENT

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, at approximately 8:57 PM, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired in the 11500 block of S. Ironwood Drive. Upon arrival, Deputies could hear multiple gunshots coming from a residence. 

 

With the assistance of Border Patrol Agents and Yuma Police Department Officers, Deputies called out to the residence to have all occupants exit. All occupants complied and exited.

Estuardo Rodriguez

 

During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect, Estuardo Rodriguez, 44 years of age, of Yuma, Arizona, had fired multiple rounds from firearms while at the residence. The shots were fired within the vicinity of multiple occupied structures. No persons were injured during the incident.

 

Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Detention Center on four counts of Endangerment, four counts of Disorderly Conduct with a Weapon, and four counts of Unlawful Discharge of Firearms.

 

Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous. You can also visit our website at www.yumacountysheriff.org to submit an anonymous tip.


Information Released By:  Lt. Samuel Pavlak, Public Information Officer

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YCSO USE OF FORCE POLICY

Over the past couple of weeks, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has received inquiries regarding our “use of force” policy. Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot has issued the following statement in response to the inquiries:

 

“As the Sheriff of Yuma County, I wanted to take the opportunity to educate the public on my Office’s “Use of Force” policy and internal safeguards to prevent the use of excessive force on the part of my Deputies.

 

First and foremost, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office does not condone and will not accept excessive use of force by any of its Deputies and I have multiple checks and balances in place to prevent such incidents. I find it is of the utmost importance to have my Deputies reflect the community. I intentionally recruit and hire Deputies from the local community, many of whom are Yuma natives. I encourage community involvement on the part of my staff and find that by hiring locally, my Office achieves a higher level of commitment to the community we serve. I strongly believe that when a Deputy feels he/she is a member of the community, they represent the Office in a manner consistent with our values.

 

I have also implemented a body worn camera program in my Office. Each Deputy who responds to calls for service is equipped with a state of the art body camera and vehicle camera. There are fail-safe triggers built into our system to prevent situations where critical incidents are inadvertently not recorded. These cameras automatically record anytime a Deputy is potentially in a use of force situation ranging from a foot pursuit, to a physical struggle. It is my policy that audits of Deputy contacts are conducted and any service which falls short of my expectations is addressed immediately. 

 

I have online reporting available for anyone to relay concerns about any contact with my Deputies. Any complaint is thoroughly investigated to include the review of body camera footage, and any issues identified are addressed immediately. A series of complaints on any particular Deputy is flagged for a thorough review by my administrative staff.

 

Any use of force on the part of my Deputies requires a mandatory report. In every case, the use of force is reviewed by my administrative staff to ensure that the use of force was justified and within policy. Again, any issues identified during the use of force review is addressed immediately. 

 

As your Sheriff, I am elected by and accountable to this community. It is my mission to provide you, the citizens of Yuma County, with the most professional law enforcement services that I can provide. I take my commitment to this community most seriously and expect the same from my Deputies. I have, and will continue to hold my Deputies accountable for their actions and have a zero tolerance approach to abuse of their authority.

 

I believe that by using a Community Oriented Policing approach, we have successfully built and enjoy a relationship with our community that is second to none. I am extremely proud of the men and women of my Office and the work that they do. This is validated through the overwhelmingly positive feedback I receive from you, the members of this community. I feel that we are blessed to live in Yuma and I am proud of and grateful for the level of support our law enforcement officers receive daily from the public that we serve.”

 

For more information, you may contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427 or you can visit our website at www.yumacountysheriff.org.

 

Information Released By:  Lt. Samuel Pavlak, Public Information Officer

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COVID 19 TESTING OPPORTUNITIES IN YUMA

Testing Opportunities:

Regional Center for Border Health, Inc./San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Inc. (928) 315-7910 is providing screenings every day at the following locations:

NOTE: No referral is needed to visit any Regional Center for Border Health testing

Drive-thru Stations 6:30 am -12:30 pm (Monday to Friday)

  • Somerton: 950 E. Main Street, Somerton, AZ

  • San Luis: 1896 E. Babbitt Lane, San Luis, AZ

Walk-in testing 9am-5pm (Monday-Friday)

San Luis Urgent Care: 1233 N. Main Street, San Luis, AZ

Antibody Testing is offered to Businesses and Employers on site, call this number (928) 315-7910 to set up appointment

Regional Center for Border Health, Inc./San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Inc. may provide testing results to employers with patient consent.  Testing results may be available within 3-5 days. 

A patient portal is available for all clients to obtain their tests results by providing an email account or otherwise they are provided via phone by a Medical Staff member at the clinic.

All insurances are accepted, we do not deny anyone based on the ability to pay.

Sunset Health (928) 819-8999 -- All Sunset Health locations have Monday – Friday Provider appointments available to determine if COVID-19 testing is indicated.  Sunset Health is required to complete the testing consistent with the patient’s insurance coverage.  The screening and specimen collection will be done by the Sunset Provider.  Test result are currently taking 7-10 days to come back. For ongoing updates you can follow us on Facebook @sunsethealth

San Luis – 815 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. San Luis, AZ 85349 – Monday – Friday 8am-5pm

Somerton – 115 N. Somerton Ave. Somerton, AZ 85350 –

Monday – Friday 8am-5pm

Yuma – 675 S. Avenue B Yuma, AZ 85364 – Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Yuma – 2060 W. 24th ST Yuma, AZ 85364 - Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Wellton – 10425 Williams St, Wellton, AZ 85356 – Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm

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YUMA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK CHANGES HOURS DUE TO HEAT

Starting May 11, the Yuma Community Food Bank will switch to new hours. The implementation of the time change is due to the heat.  The temporary hours will be 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Yuma Community Food Bank can be located at 2404 E. 24th Street.  If you are in need of food, stop by weekdays. 

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