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September 20, 2017

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4 9/11 Ceremony 6 Editorial 7 Letters to the Editor 7 What's bugging our mesquites 9 Restaurants 9 Blood Drive 10 Traveling with Gypsy Jane 14 The Salvation Army happenings 15 Adventures with Rocks 16 Sherri's Turn 16 Assessor's Corner 17 QPD Bulletin 19 Tiny House 19 Nancy's Kitchen 20 Churches 22 Classifeds 22 Paul Winer's Cartoon • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 VOL. 14 # 263 Now in our 14 t h YEAR! Alwa y s FREE! Paul Winer's Cartoon WHAT'S INSIDE SEE SHOOTING PAGE 2 Man dies in shoot out with agents ������ | S������ RAIN G�����-B��� By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear Quartzsite, AZ - A section of I-10 east of Quartzsite, along with Exit 17 was shut down Wednesday morn- ing after an armed suspect was fatally shot while exchanging gunfi re with Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers, Border Patrol agents, and La Paz County Sheriff's deputies. 34-year-old Rodolfo Ballardo of Wasco, Calif., a Central Valley farming community, is dead. The second male sus- pect 43-year-old Marcos Ricardo Ruiz-Zazueta of Kingman, is in custody of DPS. The incident began at 12:56 a.m., during a traffi c stop conducted by a state trooper westbound along I-10 at milepost 57 - 40 miles east of Quartzsite. At 12:56 a.m. an AZDPS trooper conducted a traffi c stop on a blue Ford Mustang for a suspended license plate. The trooper had Ruiz-Zazueta, the driver, exit the Mustang. During the discussion about the reason for the traffi c stop, Ballardo, the front seat passenger of the Mustang got out and fi red a weapon at the trooper. The trooper returned fi re and Ballardo fl ed from the scene of the traffi c stop in the Mustang, westbound along I-10. Vehicle and suspect information was given to area troopers as well as United States Customs & Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector, Quartzsite Police Offi cers, and La Paz County Deputies. 9/11 Ceremony SEE 9/11 ON PAGE 4

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