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Motorcyclist Crashes at 157 Miles Per Hour in San Tan Valley

Remains of Motorcycle after crashOn December 19th, 2010 at 2:05 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy was traveling northbound on Gantzel Road near Pecan Creek Drive, San Tan Valley. The deputy observed a motorcycle traveling southbound at an extremely high rate of speed. The deputy used his radar unit and clocked the motorcycle at 157 mph in a 45 mph zone. Before any patrol deputy could get near the motorcyclist, he crashed into a traffic signal pole at the intersection of 36630 North Gantzel Road.

The driver of the motorcycle was Noe Calazo (age 19 of Tempe). Calazo suffered extensive injuries as a result of the collision. He was transported by air ambulance to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in extremely critical condition.

Christmas Raffle for 7 year old little girl

Hi everyone - I hope this finds you happy and healthy! :-) 

Please help spread the word - We at Edible Arrangements of Queen Creek / San Tan Valley are trying to help make one little girl's Christmas a little merrier - we are holding a Christmas Raffle in her honor! 

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00. All proceeds go to Dylan Lindsay and her family - Dylan is a 7 year old girl with brain cancer her in our community.

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.

New Director Appointed for Animal Care & Control

Lt. Kaye DicksonPinal County sheriff lieutenant Kaye Dickson, has been named director of the county's Animal Care & Control unit.  Lt Dickson was appointed last Monday, after previous director Ruth Stalter, stepped down.

Board and County Manager are very appreciative of Lt Dickson's past service at the Sheriff's Office.  Her experience in law enforcement will be of benefit to the people of Pinal County and the staff at Animal Care & Control.

San Tan Valley High School Basketball

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Total Lunar Eclipse TONIGHT!

Total Lunar Eclipse Dec 20, 2010It's been almost threee years since the last total lunar eclipse. Don't worry if you missed it last time, because it's back! 

The total eclipse will start tonight, December 20th, at 10:29pm but won't be obvious until midnight, says Alan MacRobert, a senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine. 

The best part of the total lunar eclipse will take place from 12:41am - 1:53am when the moon will be covered by the Earth's shadow.  No special equipment is needed to view the eclipse but a telescope or binoculars may help you see more detail.

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.

Synthetic Cannabis: Info and Updates

Spice, K2, Genie, Ultra, Summit, Blonde, Yucatan Gold, Bombay Blue, Black Mamba: These exotic sounding names are just a few of the many brands of synthetic cannabinoids that are showing up in our community and around the nation. They are marketed as herbal incense and labeled "not for human consumption," but the products are usually purchased by teenagers and young adults who smoke the herbal/chemical blends to achieve a high that is similar to marijuana or hashish.

FHS Artists Take Ribbons at AZ State Fair

Michael Trujillo is the first FHS student to win a Merit AwardWendy Wahl, Fine Arts Chair at FHS, has taken student artwork to the AZ State Fair for the past 10 years, and FHS usually wins a few awards, but this is the first time that EVERYONE who submitted won an award!.

To things even more exciting, Michael Trujillo is the first FHS student to win a Merit Award (Runner Up for Best in Show)!

The State Fair ran Oct. 15-Nov. 7 this year. The competition included student artwork from public schools, charter schools and home schools all over the state. The art was displayed in the first floor of the coliseum for the length of the fair.

Overnight restrictions on Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) through January 2011

EB on-ramp at Price Road closed at night through Dec. 23

The L202 EB on-ramp at Price Road will continue to be closed nightly as construction of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in the median between I-10 and Gilbert Road continues.  Motorists should use an alternate route from 9 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 19) to 5 a.m. Monday (Dec. 20) and from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday (Dec. 20) to Thursday (Dec. 23). 

Pursuit Tied to Human Smuggling

On December 16th, 2010 at 6:33 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a Chevy Suburban in the area of Storey Road and Eleven Mile Corner, Casa Grande. The deputy had observed the vehicle speeding and driving recklessly prior to the traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. As the driver of the vehicle fled, he drove very recklessly in his attempt to get away. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle near Tweedy and Randolph Road.

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.

Deputy Scott Abernathy Presented with VFW Award

Pictured left to right: Casa Grande VFW Post 1677 Commander Robert Souza, Deputy Scott Abernathy and Sheriff Paul Babeu.On Sunday, December 12th, 2010 Pinal County Sheriff Deputy Scott Abernathy was awarded the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) “Gold Medal of the Year.” VFW District 10 considers nominations submitted from all thirteen law enforcement agencies in Pinal County also Sun Lakes and Chandler for this very prestigious annual award.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Launches “OffenderWatch”

OffenderWatchSheriff Babeu and staff announce they are now live with their electronic OffenderWatch® registered sex offender registration, management and community notification program.  OffenderWatch® will enable the Sheriff and all police departments and other management professionals such as the Courts, County Attorney’s Office, Probation and the US Marshal, to collaborate and share information in order to provide all law enforcement agencies all the information concerning sex offender movements, history and activities anywhere in the county or the state. Pinal County joins 15 other agencies in Arizona using OffenderWatch®, and soon, all agencies in the state are expected to be on-line.

President Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Into Law

First Lady, Michelle Obama launched a national campaign this year to help put a stop to childhood obesity. Today, her husband, President Obama, signed into law, a school lunch nutrition bill, that allows standards to be set, by the USDA, for all foods served in schools.

Mrs Obama said, "We can agree that in the wealthiest nation on earth all children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow. Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children. Nothing."

Federal Court Grants Governor's Motion to Dismiss Several Challenges to SB 1070

Governor Jan BrewerGovernor Jan Brewer today announced that the federal district court has granted her motions to dismiss the challenges to SB 1070 filed by Phoenix police officers David Salgado, Corbet Clack, and Paul Dobson and Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., and the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders et al. The court also dismissed several claims filed by the United States against the State of Arizona.

Come Shop at the San Tan Valley Holiday Boutique Dec. 12th

Do your holiday shopping with our local San Tan Valley vendors at Rosas Ranch Holiday Boutique and be one of the first to tour this beautiful facility!  This is a great facility right here in our own back yard located at 7262 W. Hunt Highway, just around the corner from San Tan Flats.

The San Tan Valley Holiday Boutique is this Sunday, December 12th from 1pm - 4pm.

Come out and do your holiday shopping, while supporting our local businesses!  Why deal with the stress of travel, malls and long lines, when you can shop right here in your backyard!  We are even going to have Gift Wrapping available too!  So shop your local San Tan Valley Businesses for your Holiday Gifts and have them wrapped onsite. All proceeds from Gift Wrapping benefit San Tan Valley Little League!

This event will be FREE for the public to attend.


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...

Youth Basketball registration ends today!

Registration will end today for our 8-week youth basketball league for boys and girls ages 7-12. Registration is just $30 per child and includes a jer...

Weekend Closures & Restrictions on Valley Freeways Dec 10-13

Improvement project work will require a few restrictions along Phoenix area freeways this weekend (December 10 - 13). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes while the following restrictions are in place:

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