Yuma County News

HOMICIDE

UPDATE: The victim of the homicide has been identified as Juan Luna-Montijo, 45, of Yuma, Arizona.

 

Next of kin notification have been made. This case remains under investigation at this time. 

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE - September 23, 2022 – 11:30 AM

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, at approximately 4:40 PM, The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a gunshot wound victim in the 8100 Block of S. Mojave Lane.

 

Upon arrival, Deputies located the victim and rendered medical aid. Rural Metro Fire Department responded and the victim was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center where they were pronounced deceased.

 

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.

 

This case remains under investigation at this time. The victim’s identity will not be released at this time due to the active investigation.

 

This case and the Homicide case taken prior to this one, in the area of County 13th Street and Avenue F (DR#2022-84341) are unknown to be related at this time.

 

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.

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DOUBLE HOMICIDE 

UPDATE: The victims of the homicide have been identified as Kristin Carrillo, 28, of San Luis, Arizona and Daniel Herrera Jr, 31, of San Luis, Arizona.

 

Next of kin notifications have been made. This case remains under investigation at this time. 

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE - September 23, 2022 – 11:25 AM

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, at approximately 4:31 PM, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of two unresponsive subjects on the side of the road in the area of the County 13th Street and Avenue F.

 

Upon arrival, Deputies located the victims who had apparent gunshot wounds. Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department and Rural Metro Fire Department responded and both victims were pronounced deceased on scene.  Their identities will not be released at this time, pending next of kin notification.

 

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.

 

This case remains under investigation at this time.

 

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.

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YUMA FIRE DEPARTMENT REACHES MILESTONE

A milestone was recently reached in the Yuma Fire Department’s fight against cancer. Fire Station #2, located at 3284 South Avenue A, saw the installation of specially designed “turnout lockers” in an area separate from other areas of the station. These lockers allow for gear to be isolated from possible contaminants in the truck bays. They also provide space to store a firefighter’s second set of turnout (protective jacket and pants) gear. All gear is washed immediately after exposure to fire’s cancer causing byproducts of combustion. The second set of this gear allows for a firefighter to be ready for additional fire responses while the first set is being laundered.

 

Station #2’s lockers are the last to be installed of our six neighborhood fire stations. The process of reducing cancer risks has taken approximately five years and has involved upgrades at all stations. This included turnout lockers, specialized heavy duty washers designed to extract contaminants, and extractors to remove and filter exhaust and other contaminants from the truck bay environment.

 

The upgrades were accomplished through a combination of grants, department annual budget items, and planned station remodeling. All future stations will be built to include these features. Annual physicals to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 standards have also been instituted in order to catch early stage cancers when they can be most effectively treated.

 

The dedication to reducing work related health problems, injuries, and deaths will always be an ongoing and continuous effort. Fire Chief Dusty Fields added “We appreciate the Yuma City Council and City Administration for supporting our efforts in providing the best equipment and proper health screenings for our personnel”.

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LANE RESTRICTIONS EXPECTED

The following restrictions are scheduled to occur Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, and ending Wednesday, Dec. 21: 

  •  US 95 will be narrowed to one lane only with alternating north- and southbound travel between mileposts 67 and 80.

  • Flaggers and a pilot truck, including public safety personnel will direct motorists through the work zone. 

  • A 12-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place. 

  • The speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph. 

  • The restrictions will be in 3-mile increments. 

Note: Restrictions will be lifted on Veterans Day and the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 25, and Monday, Nov. 28.                                               

The restrictions are needed as crews replace several pavement areas, apply oil-based sealant and apply pavement markings as part of the US 95: mileposts 67 to 80 pavement life extension project. 

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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.

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