Yuma County News

HOMICIDE UPDATE

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, at approximately 5:16 a.m., the Yuma Police Department responded to the 1200 block of W. 3rd Street in reference to a shooting.

 

Upon arrival, officers located two male victims. The first victim, unknown age at this time, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second victim, a 38 year old male, was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center and further flown to a Phoenix area hospital with life threatening injuries.    

 

The suspect is currently in custody.

 

UPDATE:  The second victim, the 38 year old male, has succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.  The initial deceased victim has been identified as a 43 year old male.  The suspect has been identified as 46 year old Francisco Dominguez and he has been booked into the Yuma County Detention Center on multiple felony charges. 

 

This case is currently under investigation. 

 

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please contact the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.

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MATADORS HEADING TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

A pair of first-half goals helped the Arizona Western Matadors (21-1-0) to a 2-0 win over Salt Lake (19-1-0) on Friday afternoon to advance to the NJCAA DI Men's Championship final.

 

Arizona Western won its 21st game of the season and advanced to the national championship game for the first time in program history, beating the No. 1 seed Salt Lake.

 

The Matadors wasted little time, opening the scoring in the fourth minute when Michele Signorelli was able to tap the ball past the keeper off a corner kick from Hugo Catherine, giving the Matadors the 1-0 advantage. 

 

Arizona Western's backline was tested in the first half as Salt Lake put four shots on target, all saved by Matadors' keeper Atsuki Sato.

 

Haruki Nishimura doubled the Matadors' lead in the 22nd minute, splitting a pair of defenders and putting a ball past the keeper at the near post to push the lead to 2-0.

 

The Matadors spent most of the second half defending as the Bruins controlled possession but only produced one shot on goal in the second half. 

 

Arizona Western will face the winner of the Iowa Western/Tyler game Saturday, November 20 at 5:00 pm (MST) in the NJCAA DI Men's Championship final.

 

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LONGTIME YUMA BUSINESS OWNER AND FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER PASSES AWAY

     

The City of Yuma joins the community in celebrating the life and accomplishments of former Councilmember Bobby Brooks, a longtime business owner and member of various boards and service organizations, following his passing.

“Councilman Brooks truly embodied the spirit of service and commitment to the Yuma community,” noted Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls. “Bobby is a true Yuma icon. We join with his family in mourning his passing.”

The owner of Brownie’s and at one point as many as four restaurants in the Yuma area, Brooks served on City Council from 1998-2005.

Born in 1938, Brooks called his personal story “as Yuma as it gets” in a profile in the Yuma Sun. His mother, father and three older brothers had arrived in Yuma from Oklahoma during the Great Depression. They were heading for California, but were turned back at the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge due to a lack of means of support. The Brooks family supported themselves in the Yuma area by picking cotton and strawberries.

Brooks’ legacy of community service includes membership in Caballeros de Yuma, Yuma Rotary Club, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce and the board for the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, in addition to his time on Council.

When asked by the Yuma Sun what surprised him most about his time on the City Council, he replied, “The long hours and the studying.”

His daughter, Bobbi, also served a term on the Yuma City Council.

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AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

     

On Friday November 19, 2021, at approximately 3:48 a.m., Yuma Police Department officers responded to the area of the 2900 Block of South Palo Verde Lane for a disorderly male. Upon arrival Officers made contact with the 32 year old male subject. During the contact shots were fired.

 

The male suspect ran into his residence where he barricaded himself. The Special Enforcement Team was activated and responded to the area. After several hours, the suspect surrendered, and was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with nonlife threatening injuries.

 

This is an ongoing investigation.

 

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 at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.

 

Information Released By:  Officer Christina Fernandez

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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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