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After Encounter with Cactus, Puppy Named Cholla Up for Adoption Friday


A very kind man from the Hidden Valley area south of Maricopa called Animal Care & Control after he found a stray dog covered in cactus needles.

An Animal Care & Control officer responded, rescued the brown and white boxer mix puppy and took him immediately to Maricopa Animal Hospital.

The Animal Control staff thinks the puppy was so hungry and dehydrated that it attempted to eat a cholla cactus.

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36?Year PCSO Staffer Enters Retirement

Taylor pictured with former Pinal County Sheriff Roger Vanderpool and Sheriff Frank Reyes along with current Sheriff Paul Babeu.

In today’s world, spending thirty?six years in any profession is considered a noble feat; spending that amount of time in public safety is a rarity.

Gussie Taylor, 66, began her career at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in 1973 fielding emergency calls as a dispatcher. For several years she made sure the county was covered with first responders, but admitted she needed a more hands?on challenge.

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Woman starts van, airbags explode

After being without a vehicle for a year, Karen Ross-Glasser saved up some cash and purchased a 1994 Plymouth Voyager minivan from Craigslist last month. On Wednesday, when she started the vehicle, the airbags exploded in her face.

I was going to an appointment. I put the key in the ignition, and I turned the key, and it went 'Boom!' I was just hit," Ross-Glasser said.

Ross-Glaser said she had no clue what had happened at first, but she knew she was hurt.

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Virtual Library Card Makes Accessing Library Resources Easier

If you physically cannot make it to one of the 13 libraries in the Pinal County Library District system to obtain a card, fret not.

The Library District now allows residents the opportunity to apply for a virtual library card that will give them access to all online resources.  To sign up for the virtual library card, go online to: (shortened url).  At the bottom of the page in the middle column click on “virtual library card,” you’ll be taken to a sign-in page where you will be able to gain access to the online library.

“This is a great asset for those who are physically disabled or without the means to get to a library,” said Library District Director Denise Keller.  “The virtual library card will open up a wealth of online information for the user.”

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Three Suspects in Custody after Vehicle Burglary in Gold Canyon

On Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 7:59 a.m. Deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s office responded to a residence in the 5000 block of South Casa Prieto Drive in Gold Canyon regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that somebody unknown had broken into his vehicle that was parked out front of his residence during the evening.

The victim reported his laptop computer along with his wallet which contained his credit cards and cash were taken from the vehicle.

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Suspect Deported 11 Prior Times in Custody for Smuggling Marijuana

On Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 3:58 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office – K-9 Deputy was traveling westbound on Interstate-8 near Interstate-10. He initiated a traffic stop on a passenger car traveling westbound after he observed a traffic violation.

The deputy turned on his emergency lights and the vehicle failed to stop but instead crossed over the eastbound lanes of traffic and then stopped suddenly. The doors to the vehicle opened and the Hispanic male driver and front seat passenger fled on foot. Both suspects were chased into a nearby trailer park.

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Supervisors Adopt Balanced, Tentative Budget for FY 2013-14

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors today adopted a tentative budget in the amount of $373,723,558 for the upcoming fiscal year of 2013-14.

The document presented to the board by County Manager Fritz A. Behring, reflected budget numbers based on priorities set by the Board of Supervisors in public meetings that began in February.  Key priorities included:

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Supervisor Cheryl Chase comments on Pinal County FY 2013/14 Tentative Budget

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors recently passed a tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  The vote was unanimous for passage of this document.  The tentative budget came out to $373,723,558.

As your district representative to the board, I would like to tell you what is in this tentative budget.  I am pleased to tell all of you that there are two significant road projects coming to our area.  Many of you know that the Hunt Highway expansion is currently underway.  This budget has money set aside for the phase 1 and 2 of this project which is north of Gary Road.  

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San Tan Valley Chamber member, Mountain Vista Medical Center Receives Award

The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High-Performing Hospitals

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona* has named both San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce member, Mountain Vista Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the area of Knee and Hip Replacement. 

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Public Help Sought to Locate a Missing Person

Travis Smith (age 50)

On Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 1 a.m. deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 11000 block of North Glyde Drive located outside the city limits of Maricopa in reference to a reported missing person.

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Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles’ takes critical step toward staffing a new Family Advocacy Center to be located in San Tan Valley

On Wednesday, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles attained the approval for three full-time positions that will staff a new Family Advocacy Center to be located in San Tan Valley.

The funding for these positions was included in the fiscal 2013-14 budget approved by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors on June 19, 2013. 

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Paramedic recognized for 20+ Years of Service

Steven W. Kerber, Founder and Fire Chief/Paramedic of Regional Fire & Rescue Department, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered Paramedic as of March 2013.  This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs, or Paramedics.

To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Kerber completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America. He not only completed courses to refresh his fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum number of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance his knowledge on new lifesaving skills.

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Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court First in State to Achieve Lean Six Sigma Certification

For the first time in the State of Arizona, an entire County Department has achieved Lean Six Sigma Certification. Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a methodology that lasers in on waste, duplication, defect and variation. Chad A. Roche, Clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County, a long-time supporter of LSS was proud to announce that his entire staff has completed training.

“Staff development is integral to any organization because a committed, capable team is the most valuable asset you can manage,” said Roche, who has earned the designation of Certified Deployment Champion. “To our knowledge, ours is the first governmental department that has implemented 100% LSS immersion in the State,” Roche stated. 

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Mosquitoes are Biting, Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

With the arrival of the seasonal rains, puddles, standing water and mosquitoes are never far behind. Pinal County performs routine surveillance to detect the presence of West Nile virus in the mosquito population. So far this year, there have been 13 positive mosquito pools meaning one or more trapped insects tested positive as a carrier of the virus.

"The health risks, while rare, can be quite serious. We urge people to take personal, proactive action to prevent mosquito bites. If you don't get mosquito bites, you can't get West Nile virus," said Public Health Director Tom Schryer. "We can all protect our neighborhoods by eliminating standing water. The simple things really do make a difference."

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Medical Examiner Concludes Dale Hausner Autopsy

The Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office has jurisdiction over the autopsy of Dale S. Hausner, 40.  Hausner died while serving on Arizona’s death row in Florence.

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From the Desk of Supervisor Cheryl Chase

On Saturday, July 20, from 8:00 AM until noon, I invite all District 2 residents to Rural Metro’s San Tan Valley Fire Department “Fill the Boot” event at the San Tan WalMart located at 1725 West Hunt Highway. This event will raise funds to support the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. 

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Foster Families Always Needed in Pinal County

Pinal County employees interested in becoming foster parents attended a “Lunch and Learn” seminar sponsored by the Pinal County Employee Wellness Coalition.

The presentation was given by Chrissy Edwards, a program coordinator for Arizona’s Children Association.

“There are currently 77 Pinal County kids in group homes right now,” Edwards said.  “We want to get them out and into a real home.”

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Florence votes down Marijuana Dispensary

On Monday night, in a 2-4 vote, Florence Town Council failed to approve a conditional use permit for a marijuana dispensary proposed to be located between Pinal County Superior Court, a family oriented restaurant and Behavioral Systems Southwest’s Florence Residential Re-Entry Center (RRC).

Shedding light on the applicant’s proposed location violating town ordinances and the dangers of a marijuana dispensary being located at the proposed site, speakers opposing the location included Sheri George, Chairman of San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, Dr. Amy Fuller Superintendent of Florence Unified School District, and representatives from the Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Arizona Department of Corrections.

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Fire destroys mobile home in Apache Junction

An early-morning fire destroyed this mobile home in Apache Junction on Tuesday.

A family lost all it had after a fire destroyed a mobile home in Apache Junction early Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out on one end of the mobile home around midnight, and nine members of the family were left without a home, said Brian Gomez of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Father, accused of picking up daughter by her throat, picked up by law enforcement

The US Marshals Service Violent Offender Taskforce – Pinal apprehended Joshua Angell, 31, on Thursday as a result of a June 5 indictment, filed by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, for child abuse involving his 4 year old daughter.

According to the Probable Cause statement, the alleged child abuse occurred on April 20, 2013.  Records state that Angell was “celebrating ‘4-20’” by smoking “high-grade weed” and after his daughter soiled herself, he picked her up by the throat to change and clean her and her face struck a door jamb causing injury to her cheek and eye area. 

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