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Evacuations East of Florence in Kearny, AZ due to wildfire

Lightning Monday, has apparently sparked a wildfire in Kearny, AZ that has led to the evacuation of a trailer park.

The fire is near the San Pedro River.

There are numerous firefighters on scene and there are reports that there are actually two separate active fire scenes, according to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The small town of Kearny is located in eastern Pinal County about 60 miles southeast of San Tan Valley.

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From the desk of Supervisor Cheryl Chase

This fourth of July is especially difficult as we thank God for our freedom and to those who made it possible.  During this holiday, as we celebrate our independence, we also grieve our fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots, who gave their lives to protect our wild-land as well as our homes.

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Illegal Immigrants Smuggled in U-Haul

Tom Johnston

On Sunday, July 7th, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from an individual at the “Bowlins Travel Center” located at 16543 East Camino Adelante (I-10 and Picacho Peak). The caller reported to dispatchers and later to deputies on scene, a U-Haul box truck had stopped at this location. When the driver and front seat passenger opened the backend of the box truck, several subjects were inside and they appeared to be in medical distress as they were “falling out and staggering” as they attempted to get out.

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County Officials Provide Shipman Fire Update

Pinal County Emergency Management and the elected officials of Pinal County are providing the following update on the response to the Shipman Fire burning near Kearny.  The fire began around 5:00 PM on Monday, July 8 and continues to burn.  Crews have established a fire line intended to protect the Town of Kearny but as of press time have a containment level of about 5 percent.  Fire behavior, wind and weather conditions continue to be closely monitored with multiple local and wildland fire crews battling the fire.

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New AZ wildfire erupts near Kearny; 1 home destroyed

One home has been lost as firefighters battle a new wildfire that has triggered the evacuation of a trailer park in Kearny in Pinal County, the Arizona State Forestry Division said.

The Shipman Fire stood at 300 acres just before 9 p.m. Monday and was being fought with multiple resources, including six engines, heavy air tankers and a bulldozer, officials said.

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Office of the Clerk Identifies Security Issue in Case Mgmt System

With the safety of court records paramount, the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court has identified a security issue within the Case Management System (CMS) for Pinal County and has taken a broad measure to secure sealed documents. The issue may extend to other counties who also use the CMS known as AJACS. 

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City of Maricopa Police Detective arrested following investigation by FBI, PCSO

City of Maricopa Police Detective Jose Lizarraga, 45, was arrested for fraudulent schemes, forgery, tampering with public records, attempted money laundering, and theft.

On July 2nd, City of Maricopa Police Detective Jose Lizarraga, 45, was arrested for fraudulent schemes, forgery, tampering with public records, attempted money laundering, and theft.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles requested the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office initiate an investigation into Lizarraga.  After becoming aware of various irregularities with the detective’s activities while on duty, the Sheriff’s Office decided to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigations for additional assistance.  The City of Maricopa Police Department was made aware of the investigation and continues to fully cooperate.

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Chairman Miller: McGuire’s Amendment Brings Pinal a Vital $550,000

Senator Barbara McGuire

Senator Barbara McGuire, who represents a wide swath of Pinal County as District 8 Senator, was instrumental in ensuring that Pinal County would again receive an appropriation from Arizona Lottery revenues.  The $550,000 that McGuire secured for Pinal County will be used to provide vital county services from road construction and emergency management to public health and safety.

Counties have historically received lottery revenues since 1986.  In the most recent year for which distributions were made, $7.65 million went to counties – $550,000 for each of the 13 rural counties and $250,000 each for Pima and Maricopa counties.  In 2011, lottery revenue sharing was eliminated to assist the state in resolving its budget crisis.  

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Autopsy Results on Dale Hausner Still Pending

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

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Assessor Implements New Fee for Residential Rental Property Form

The Pinal County Assessor’s Office will be charging a one-time fee of $10 for filing the Notification of Arizona Residential Rental Property form beginning on July 1, 2013.  Payment may be made by check or cash can be accepted at the Assessor’s Office in Florence during regular business hours.

The owners of residential rental properties within Pinal County are required to file the form with the Assessor’s Office.  The fee and the rental form are both authorized in ARS 33-1902.

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Airport Authority Approves City of Apache Junction Membership

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority voted unanimously to approve the City of Apache Junction as the sixth member government in the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.

Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Phoenix and the Gila River Indian Community comprise the remaining membership. Each member government has a single Board seat and vote.

Gateway Board Chairman and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said “We are excited to see Apache Junction become a participating member of the Gateway Airport and to take an active role in planning its future.”

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County Recorder: Early Voting Affidavit Redesigned

The return vote by mail envelope for Pinal County has been redesigned to provide a greater degree of privacy. The voter's signature will no longer be visible to the public and is now protected by the outer envelope.  The new ballot return envelopes will be used for the first time in upcoming school board override elections.

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Accidental Shooting Following Night of Heavy Drinking

On Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 11:23 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call related to an accidental shooting in the 10200 block of North Highway 79, Florence.

When deputies and medics arrived on scene, the victim Robert DeArman III (age 27 of Florence) was pronounced deceased. Robert had a single gunshot wound to the chest.

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2013 Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition’s 18th Annual Conference

The Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition is hosting its 18th annual conference at the Dolce Vita Resort in Apache Junction on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 7:30am - 4:30pm.

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Nothing suspicious found after Maricopa H.S. bomb threat

Maricopa High School was on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a reported bomb threat.

Students were evacuated to a safe location on campus while police officers searched through all the buildings on the campus, looking for suspicious packages.

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Pinal County Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Mobile Outreach Center

Eagle One

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors played host to the unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony of a Mobile Veteran Outreach Center at the Historical Courthouse on Saturday, September 19.

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Animal Care and Control to Celebrate "World Rabies Day"

Pinal County Animal Care and Control will ring in World Rabies Day on Monday, September 28, with free rabies vaccination or other vaccination with the purchase of a license.

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PCAO Not Charging Casa Grande Parents with Child Abuse

At this time, after a thorough charging review by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, County Attorney Lando Voyles finds insufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge of child abuse against the Casa Grande parents who left their child in a vehicle this summer.

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Police release sketch of suspect who attacked jogger in Maricopa

Police have released a sketch of the suspect who assaulted a female jogger in Maricopa Tuesday morning.

Police said the suspect attacked the jogger from behind and forced her to the ground near Alterra Parkway and Bowlin Road at about 6 a.m.

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Council limits prayer proposal to only Christian faiths

Prayer before council meetings could be allowed in the southern Arizona city of Coolidge, but only if the prayer is Christian.

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