Dispute Leads to Shooting with AK-47

  • Martinez-Santiesteban, Otoniel Martinez-Santiesteban, Otoniel Yuma County Jail Booking Photo
  • Scheffer, John Scheffer, John Yuma County Jail Booking Photo
  • AK-47 AK-47


Late afternoon on Tuesday, February 21st, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call at a residence in the area of County Road L and County Road 34.  The 911 caller reported that a male party, with whom there had been an ongoing inter-familial dispute, was at the residence brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle and had fired off several rounds in front of the house. Continue Reading »

Sheriff’s Office Implements Body Worn Cameras for Patrol and Detentions

  • Patrol Sergeant James Thomson Patrol Sergeant James Thomson Wearing new Visual Labs body worn camera
  • Detentions Deputy Jose Baquera Detentions Deputy Jose Baquera Wearing new Visual Labs body worn camera


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has implemented new body worn cameras for integration into both its Patrol and Detentions Divisions.  The purpose of the new body worn cameras is to provide additional reliable documentation of interactions and encounters with citizens and inmates.  “Body worn cameras will not only offer us the opportunity to provide the District Attorney’s Office with audio/video evidence in criminal cases, but is also a useful measure of transparency, and a means of more thoroughly addressing any potential complaints against staff from citizens and inmates, or the ability to share positive and encouraging interactions” says Sheriff Chad Day. Continue Reading »

YCSO Partnering with YCOEM

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Yuma County Office of Emergency Management (YCOEM) to ensure timely and coordinated emergency communication with the community. The YCOEM has a new website, Facebook page, and Twitter account hosted by the Sheriff’s Office, and emergency updates will be coordinated on both websites.  Please follow the links below to see the new sites, and be sure to like YCOEM on Facebook and Twitter.

OEM Website

OEM Facebook Page

OEM Twitter Page

WANTED: Israel Negrete

  • Israel Negrete-Moreno Israel Negrete-Moreno Merrick County (NE) Sheriff's Office Booking Photo


UPDATE: Israel Negrete was apprehended in Merrick County, Nebraska on January 22, 2016.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Colorado Department of Corrections in locating and apprehending wanted fugitive Israel Negrete.

Negrete is wanted by the Colorado Department of Corrections for Felony Escape. He has been spotted in Yuma, Eckley, and Wray. Negrete is believed to be accompanied by a 19-year-old white female in a dark gray Toyota 4-door sedan with Washington State license plates.

Please call 911 and do not approach Negrete if you spot him, he has made threats towards law enforcement in the past.