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NEW PROTECTIVE MEASURES AT THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT

In an effort to further safeguard public monies and hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents, Clerk of the Superior Court Chad A. Roche, has authorized the installation of video recording equipment near the vaults, public viewing and cash-handling areas of the main office located in Florence in accordance with Arizona Supreme Court Rule 123(g)(5)(G).

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Vital Records Fees to Increase July 1, Concurrent with State Fee Increase

Pinal County Public Health serves as the issuing party for birth certificates for anyone born in Arizona and death certificates for deaths that occur within the county.  Pinal County and the Arizona Office of Vital Records have had the same fee schedule since 2002.  With the passage of Senate Bill 1612, which was signed into law by the Governor, a statewide fee increase was approved.  Effective July 1, the amount charged for birth and death certificates issued by Pinal County will change as follows:

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Vice Chairman Martyn Testifies in Congress to Bring Jobs to Arizona

Bryan MartynTuesday morning, June 14, 2011, Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ Vice Chairman Bryan Martyn testified in Washington in support of House Resolution 1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011.  Passage of the bill would create an estimated 1,000 direct jobs and 5,000 indirect jobs in Arizona resulting from the Resolution Copper project, according to House Representative Dr. Paul Gosar’s office.

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Update from Casa Grande Police re: Reports of Arrest in Pratt Case

This morning, Hilyard Bardney Scott was arrested by the Phoenix Police Department for an outstanding felony arrest warrant for Aggravated Assault and Robbery which occurred at Casa De Topaz Apartments in Casa Grande on 12/23/10 at 8:44 a.m.   News media has called the Casa Grande Police Department asking if this arrest was for the assault and robbery of State Representative Frank Pratt.   At this time, the Casa Grande Police Department does not have evidence to charge Mr. Scott in the Pratt case.

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Two Inmates Obtain their GED While In-Custody

Earlier this year, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) - Adult Detention Center (ADC) began its first educational program within the confines of its facility. The Esperanza School was opened with the cooperation of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the Pinal County Superintendent of Schools.  We currently have 22 inmates in the program to obtain their GED.

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Two Day Tactical Mission Uncovers Cartel Lookout Posts

The Pinal Regional SWAT team was involved in a Desert Operation April 28th and 29th, focusing on the interdiction of individuals and/or groups involved in the smuggling of illegal drugs, undocumented aliens, stolen vehicles, weapons, money and supplies for such activities. This operation was in support of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to secure the area of the Sawtooth Mountains in preparation for a trash clean up.

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Completed

MCSO Investigation completed by Sheriff BabeuToday, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has met with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and turned over the entire investigation.  The documents turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office include the “Investigative Report” which is 1,022 pages and three additional “Findings of Facts” on Chief Deputy David Hendershott, Deputy Chief Larry Black and Captain Joel Fox.

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Eloy Man Assaulted by Several Suspects

On November 21st, 2010 at 11:40 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding an assault which had occurred near Picacho Lake (Selma Highway and Wheeler Road).

Prior to deputies arriving, the victim (age 71) was transported by air ambulance to the Maricopa Medical Center for his injuries. The victim later reported, at 7 p.m. he was getting ready to go to bed for the evening. The victim lives in his 1995 Volvo station wagon which was parked near Picacho Lake. A dark colored Ford truck pulled up to his campsite. The victim reported two or three Hispanic males got out of the truck and began harassing and yelling at the victim and his dog. One of the suspects described as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties, short dark hair with a large build punched the victim in the face. The males then got into the truck and left.

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Bert Martin Foundation Donates $40,000 to PCSO

Chandler Warden of the Bert Martin Foundation Donates $40,000 to Help Save Lives and Provide Opportunities to our YouthMr. Chandler Warden of the Bert W Martin Foundation has presented Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu yet another check; this time the donation totals $40,000 which will be used to continue to support the PCSO Mounted Unit and PCSO Youth Explorers.

Chandler Warden is the grandson of Bert W. Martin, a successful business man, who was known by many for constantly giving back to his community in ways that would improve the quality of life for others. In 1971, the Warden family started the “Bert W. Martin” foundation in his honor.

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Juror Appreciation Week in Pinal County May 1 - May 7

Clerk of the Superior Court – Pinal CountyJuror Appreciation Week in Pinal County was officially proclaimed by the Board of Supervisors to occur May 1 through May 7. The Clerk of the Superior Court, Chad A. Roche, approached the Board to secure the proclamation that honors Jurors who answer the call to Jury Service.

“The right to a jury of one’s peers is a concept that anchors the American justice system,” Roche said. “It is a vital duty and privilege of citizenship,” he continued. The Clerk’s office plans on highlighting the importance of Jury Service throughout the week.

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Jorge Flores Arrested for Aggravated Assault Following Pursuit

Jorge FloresOn December 20th, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep Cherokee at Martin and McRae Road, Coolidge. The driver of the vehicle refused to provide his identification, registration or insurance. The deputy recognized him from a prior contact as Jorge Flores (age 29 of Casa Grande). The deputy also knew Flores had an outstanding arrest warrant for false reporting to law enforcement. The deputy told Flores to get out of the vehicle but he refused. A physical struggle took place between the deputy and Flores. During the physical fight, Flores was pepper sprayed. Flores was able to get his vehicle into drive and accelerated away. The deputy pursued after him onto the Gila River Indian Reservation.

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John Zendejas Arrested for Numerous Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was forwarded information from the Chandler Police Department related to an Arizona City man who allegedly had unlaw...

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High School Seniors Essay Content-“WHAT JURY SERVICE MEANS TO ME”

PINAL COUNTY, AZ (4/26/2011) – In conjunction with Juror Appreciation Week May 1 through 7 and to highlight the importance of Jury Service in Pinal County, the Clerk of the Superior Court Chad A. Roche and the Superior Court Judges are sponsoring an essay contest open to all Pinal County High School Seniors.

Seniors are invited and strongly encouraged to submit an essay of 500 words or less about the meaning of Jury Service. Ten winners will be selected and will each receive a $100 United States Savings Bond. Entries will be judged by a panel that includes the Clerk, the Associate Jury Commissioner and a member of the Judiciary. Essays may be submitted until midnight May 9, 2011; winners will be notified by email or by telephone.

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Arrest in Pratt Case

The Casa Grande Police Department announced January 4th 2011 that Hilyard Scott, age 34, of Casa Grande was arrested in Phoenix and was a person of interest in the assault and robbery of State Representative Frank Pratt.  Further investigation has led us to booking Hilyard Scott on charges of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Kidnapping in the December 25th incident at Pratt Pools in Casa Grande.  Scott will be extradited from Maricopa County Jail to Pinal County Jail today on those charges with a $100,00.00 bond.

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Homeland Security Exercise Tests Local Emergency Management Reactions to Domestic Terrorism Scenario

FLORENCE – Ammonia leaking out of a rail tanker.

Several rail cars derail leaking sulfuric acid.

A train derails with several tankers loaded with chlorine.

All of these accidents happen within an hour of each other.  Coincidence – or a coordinated terrorist attack?

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Arizona Tourist News features 25th Annual Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival as a Top 10 event for early 2011

FLORENCE, AZ – Arizona Tourist News (www.aztourist.com) has selected the 25th Annual Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival as one of the 10 featured events for the first quarter of 2011.  The festival is set for January 28-30 at the Pinal County Fairgrounds & Events Center.  Festival goers can enjoy fun, food and entertainment for all ages from 9 AM to 6 PM.  

Bill Breen, bluegrass emcee extraordinaire, will host Saturday and Sunday events featuring acts such as the Hillbenders, the Hey Boyz, Digger Davis & Tombstone, the Copper River Bluegrass Band, Tangled Strings and others. 

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Arizona Theatre Company Receives $10,000 Grant from Johnson Family Foundation, Inc.

www.arizonatheatre.orgArizona Theatre Company is pleased to be announced as the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Johnson Family Foundation on December 14, 2010.  The primary purpose of this grant is to build and strengthen relationships within the schools of Pinal County by providing unique arts and literary educational opportunities for the youth of Pinal County.  This grant also supports the fourth year of ATC’s AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative.

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Frank Pratt Beaten on Christmas Day

Frank PrattAccording to the Arizona Republic, Arizona Representative Frank Pratt, of Pinal County, was "beaten, knocked unconscious, tied up and left bound inside his Casa Grande business after 2:30 p.m.Christmas Day".

Rep. Frank Pratt had stopped by his shop, Pratt Pools, the afternoon of Christmas Day, to check on the place.  When he entered, someone was already inside and attacked him.

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Shooting Update from Antelope Peak

On April 14th, 2011 at 2:15 a.m. the Arizona Department of Public Safety received a 9-1-1 call regarding a shooting which had occurred.  The female reported her father was at a rest area near mile post 150 and Interstate 8.  When DPS arrived, they found a 35-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The shooting investigation was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies were able to speak with the shooting victim who told them himself and fourteen other individuals had come from Mexico and were walking towards Interstate 8.  As the group stopped to rest from walking, they were approached by another group of individuals.  The individuals opened fire on the group which had stopped to rest.

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Sexual Assault Suspect Who Fled to Oregon Now In-Custody

Steve JamesOn Wednesday, August 04, 2010 at 5 a.m., the Phoenix Police Department contacted an adult female victim at the Circle K (15th Avenue and Thomas) who alleged she was kidnapped and raped in Apache Junction by a known acquaintance named Steven Lee James (age 47). According to the victim, after they left the Apache Junction residence, she was sexually assaulted multiple times at knife point in the vehicle James was driving. The victim was also forced to drive to several ATM locations in Phoenix and ordered at knife point to withdraw money so James could leave Arizona. The victim and James entered into the Circle K just before 5 a.m. so the victim could withdraw additional money from an ATM. The victim and James got into a verbal dispute and the clerk called 9-1-1. After the police were called, James fled the scene eastbound on foot leaving his knife and vehicle behind.

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