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Former Vice Mayor Eck Files Notice To Sue Sheriff Babeu

Malicious prosecution suit arises from 2009 ‘road rage’ incident in Apache Junction

A Notice of Claim was filed on April 23, 2012 on behalf of Robert Eck, Jr., Robert Eck III and Cynthia Eck for more than two million dollars in damages from Sheriff Paul Babeu and Pinal County for “maliciously ordering the filling of unfounded criminal charges against Robert Eck, Jr.”

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Florence Community Healthcare Closes Its Doors

In July 2010, less than 2 years ago, Florence Community Healthcare, a 23-bed hospital in Pinal County, opened its doors to provide care for the town's residents.

Prior to the facility opening its doors, residents were forced to travel to Casa Grande or Phoenix for treatment.

This week however, the same healthcare facility closed its doors and moved its patients to other healthcare facilities.

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First Pongamia Tree Sustainable Biofuel Demonstration Site in Arizona is in Pinal County

May 3rd, 2012 was a dynamic day for Pinal County, the Town of Florence and the surrounding areas.

The first Pongamia Tree sustainable biofuel demonstration site in Arizona was presented to the community, thanks to a partnership between Johnson Utilities and TerVivia BioEnergy.

Looking out over 15 acres, you could see small trees planted a few feet apart from each other, filling up rows and rows of land.

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Fireworks: You Can Buy Them in Pinal County; But You Can't Light Them

Use of Fireworks Banned in Unincorporated Pinal County, Most Public Lands

Due to the extreme fire risk and the fact that nearly one million acres have already burned in parts of Arizona, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors enacted a ban on the use of consumer fireworks.  While Arizona Revised Statutes 36-1606 made it possible for people to purchase consumer fireworks, the statute also allows counties to ban the use of fireworks if a “reasonable risk of wildfires” exists.

While it is not against the law to purchase fireworks, discharging them in unincorporated Pinal County is against the law while the ban is in effect.  The Board can lift the ban in the future when the risk has subsided due to increased rains.

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Final Supervisor Martyn Update – April 28, 2012

Dan Lavelle, owner of Lavelle's Deli and Ice Cream

My Friends,

It has been more than four years since we first met on the campaign trail.  In that time we’ve experienced a lifetime of adventure, success, failure, passion, compromise, satisfaction and disappointment.  To you all, I say “Thank you.”  Thank you for giving me the honor of serving as your representative in the democratic process.  

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3-Year-Old Drowning in Gold Canyon

This afternoon at 4:55 p.m., PCSO deputies were called to a home in the 17000 block of Paseo Del Canto, Gold Canyon, on a report of a child drowning.  A PCSO deputy who arrived first on scene found a 27-year-old father performing CRP on his 3-year-old son.

The deputy immediately took over and resumed life saving measures.

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25 saved at ‘Just One Day’ event

 Indie, a 1-year-old, female pit-mix, was available for adoption at the Paws and Claws Care Center in Apache Junction on June 21. Indie was brought in as a stray and has been available for adoption since June 8.

Thousands of animals euthanized each year in Pinal County

Shelters in Pinal County par­ticipated in the national “Just One Day” event in an effort to reduce or eliminate euthanasia with an adoption-geared event and a promise not to euthanize any animals on that day, officials said.

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65 Year Old Woman Falls 50 Feet to Her Death

J.T. Ready

This morning, a 65-year-old woman fell 50 feet to her death while hiking in the Superstition Mountains.

She was hiking up the Massacre Grounds Trail near Lost Dutchman State Park with her husband.  Her husband was with her and call 911.  

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Environmental Investigations Unit Busy with Repeat Dumping Cases

Patiently and repeatedly, a local area property and development company has been cleaning up other peoples’ messes.  The costs incurred to clean up someone else’s trash has totaled well into the thousands.  Pinal County’s Environmental Investigators are looking for evidence or tips from the public that will bring the random dumping to an end. 

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Driver Ejected, Killed Following Single Vehicle Rollover

A man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol was killed over the weekend after he lost control of his vehicle and was ejected as it rolled.

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Pinal County Candidate for Sheriff J.T. Ready is Dead

J.T. Ready

On May 2nd, around 1pm in Gilbert, AZ, 4 adults and 1 child were found dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Initial reports are stating the J.T. Ready, a prominent member of the National Socialist Movement up until 2010, is among the dead.  Two men, two women and a toddler died in the shooting inside the home in the 500 block of West Tumbleweed Road near the intersection of Warner and Cooper roads.  One person survived the shooting, and was being treated at a medical center.

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Arson Suspect Arrested, Victim Busted on Drug Charges

Tydel Ray, 45

A juvenile suspect has been arrested and charged in a string of arson cases, as well as one of the victims for growing marijuana.

On 4/12/2012, PCSO deputies responded to three separate emergencies involving active fires during the early morning hours within city limits.

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AZ Medical Marijuana Card Holder Arrested with 2 lbs. of Hydroponics, $10,000 Cash

Kirk Hutchins, 23

An Eloy man carrying a valid Arizona medical marijuana card has been arrested for having more than six times the legal amount of medicinal pot in his possession, as well as over $10,000 in cash.

On 6/12/2012, at approximately 9:00 p.m., a PCSO deputy patrolling westbound Interstate 10 at mile marker 205 observed a grey, Hyundai Eleantra following a Jeep without maintaining a safe distance.

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AZDOC Officer Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Jeffrey Williams, 46

An officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections has been arrested and charged after multiple images of child pornography were discovered on his personal computer.

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Child, 3, Dies After Pool Accident

Visiting tot falls in pool at grandparents’ Entrada del Oro home

A three-year-old child, who apparently tumbled into a backyard swimming pool at his grandparents’ home has died June 6 at Cardon’s Children’s Hospital.

The child was not breathing when rescued by his father at the home in Entrada del Oro. According to the Apache Junction Fire Department spokesperson Dave Montgomery, emergency crews were dispatched just before 5 p.m. on June 4, and sent to the subdivision, which is about eight miles southeast of Gold Canyon in Pinal County.   

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Child, AK?47 Left Behind Following Vehicle Pursuit

Carlos Munoz‐Parra

An illegal immigrant from Mexico is in PCSO custody following a vehicle pursuit Monday evening.  On 4/23/2012, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff Office deputy on patrol heading eastbound near Meadow View and Green Road’s observed a white, 2003 Ford F?150 pickup traveling westbound at a high rate of speed.

The deputy turned around to conduct a traffic stop at Osa and Javelina Roads.  After the deputy activated his emergency lights, the truck accelerated away from the deputy at a high rate of speed.

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Clark L. Smithson Appointed as District Two Supervisor

David Snider, Sheri Cluff, Clark Smithson and Pete Rios

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has chosen Clark L. Smithson to be the new Supervisor for District Two.

Smithson will be sworn in as District 2 supervisor in the coming days.

A date and time was not determined at press time.  He will represent the district that covers Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, Queen Valley and parts of Florence and Queen Creek.  He replaces Bryan Martyn who resigned his seat on April 30 to accept the position of Arizona State Parks Director.

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Construction Phase of Pinal County Courthouse Renovation Underway

With the interior demolition complete and the architectural design finalized, the next and biggest step of the renovation of the 1891 Courthouse is now underway – interior construction.

“Considering the age of this building, it will be a very sensitive project.  It is not typical of our past projects where we build from the ground up.  You have to plan this properly, it means taking extra care during demolition and construction but this is an exciting time,” said construction project manager Archie Carreon.

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County Voter ID Cards

Laura Dean-Lytle, Pinal County recorder, would like to inform voters in Pinal County that voter identification card will be issued to all active registered voters throughout the county within the next week.  

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Desert dumping a problem for San Tan Valley, Pinal County, says officials

A map of where Hunt Highway and Magma Road intersect in San Tan Valley where desert dumping has been a reported problem.

The San Tan Valley area off of Magma Road and Hunt Highway has been a known problem area for over a year, acting as both a site of illegal desert dumping and target practice, according to officials.

The desert area, near Johnson Ranch, has caught the attention of the Pinal County Sheriff ’s Office, and San Tan Valley citizens. Shooting is an ongoing problem in that area, said PCSO Public Information Officer Elias Johnson.

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