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Rabies Advisory for Eastern Pinal County

Pinal County Public Health is issuing a rabies advisory and urging Pinal County residents to have their animals vaccinated against the fatal disease.  On Wednesday, a Mammoth-San Manuel area man was startled awake by something pawing at his face.  It turned out to be a stealthy skunk that had entered the man’s home through his dog door.

He was able to get the skunk outside where he killed it with a shovel.  The skunk tested positive for rabies, a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans and other animals through contact with bodily fluids.

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Rene Burrel Arrested for Aggravated Assault Following Pursuit

Rene BurrelOn December 18th, 2010 at 11:46 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a suspicious white Dodge Durango driving through the desert with no lights on near Sunland Gin Road in Eloy. A deputy located the vehicle which was now traveling northbound on Sun Land Gin Road. Behind the Durango was a green Chevy Cavalier. The Cavalier was following the Durango very closely and both drivers were on their cell phones.

A deputy stopped the Durango and began to approach it from the passenger’s side. The deputy could see several people in the rear portion of the vehicle attempting to hide. As soon as he contacted the driver, the driver gunned the vehicle and accelerated into the desert nearly striking the deputy.

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This Friday - How to Eat Like a Child

This Friday night, come try something different!  How to Eat like a Child is a musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. 22 lessons are given in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room and how to stay home from school.

Directed by CAC Technical Manager and Designer Jerry Deall, the pace is fast, the tone enlightening and the recognition instant. With a cast of 8 "boys" and "girls,"the performance will be held in the Pence Center for the Performing and Visual Arts.

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Career Tool on Library Website Can Aid Job-Seekers of All Ages

Is the best job-seeking strategy to pound the pavement or to surf the web?  Career experts would likely say a combination of both is best in this economy.  The Pinal County Library District today announced the launch of Career Cruising, a new job search and career assessment tool.

Career Cruising helps users explore career options and find recommendations suited to their interests and skills.  From the main website interface, job seekers can use the Assessments menu to find a career ‘Matchmaker” tool that helps users identify possible career paths.  There are more than 500 occupations profiled where you can view job descriptions, education and training requirements and earnings potential.  Some profiles feature photos and interviews with people who are in those careers.

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Two Suspects Arrested for Stealing Railroad Tracks

During the past few nights, suspects unknown had been stealing sections of railroad tracks near Hewitt Station Road and Queen Valley Road, Queen Valley. On January 11th, Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies were in the area watching to see if the suspects would return. At 7:30 p.m. a male and female approached the tracks. They fired up an acetylene torch and attempted to cut and remove sections of the railroad tracks. The two suspects were taken into custody by deputies. The suspects were later identified as Brion K. Ottens (age 27 of Star Valley) and Cora A. Miranda (age 32 of Apache Junction).

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Update - Homicide Victim Found in Gold Canyon

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 8:15 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a possible dead body in the desert area near Camino Viejo and Entrada Del Oro, Gold Canyon.  The reporting party discovered the body during a morning check of his cattle pens.

When deputies arrived on scene, they located the body of a 57-year-old male. The male had injuries consistent with a violent physical struggle prior to him being shot to death.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene and the body was taken to the Office Medical Examiner for an autopsy. 

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

FLORENCE, AZ – Arizona Tourist News ( 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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Arizona City girl, 2, stops breathing 2 days in a row, dies

Girl stopped breathing, was given CPR and taken to a hospital two days in a row, authorities say....
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