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Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

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Pinal/Gila Long Term Care Celebrates 20th Anniversary

FLORENCE – A celebration was in order as Pinal County leaders, staff, member representatives and service providers gathered to recognize Long Term Care’s two decades of service to communities in Pinal and Gila counties.

The short ceremony was held at Long Term Care’s administrative offices in Florence.  Lisa Garcia, Assistant County Manager for Health and Human Services, recognized the efforts of the case workers and managers within the Pinal/Gila Long Term Care system.

Domestic Violence Homicide

On Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 6:49 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a citizen who was at the “Christ the Victor” church located at 6173 East Arizona Farms Road, Florence regarding shots fired. As deputies were responding to the call, it was updated with information saying a female had been shot in the parking lot.

Live Election Results

Election ResultsStay up to date with SanTanValley.com while the ballots are counted throughout the evening.  You can see a live posting of all election results both state and county wide here.

Remember the polling places are open until 7pm tonight.

Two Juveniles Seriously Injured in Eloy Crash

Eloy CrashOn October 30th, 2010 at 7:55 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident in the 6300 block of South Iron Bar Road, Eloy.

Deputies on scene discovered the driver had been traveling at a high rate of speed and then lost control of the 1999 Chrysler LHS sedan and drove into a fence. A heavy gauge metal fence pole went through the front of the vehicle and impaled both the driver and rear seat passenger.

New Banner hospital opens Monday in San Tan Valley

Banner Health officials bill their newest hospital as a commitment to healthcare in the Southeast Valley, but it's also a vote of confidence that growth will resume in an area where home construction has slowed down dramatically since 2007.

"There already are about 130,000 people in our service area -- Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, northern Pinal County -- and we believe that when this economic slowdown passes there will be many more," said Deb Krmpotic, CEO of the new Banner Ironwood Medical Center, which will open Monday. "We believe this will be a growing, vital area and we'll fill a real need."

Arizona immigration law has not lived up to reputation

The nation's toughest immigration law has been in effect for three months. But after the federal courts prevented key portions from going into effect, it has failed to live up to both opponents' worst fears and supporters' greatest hopes.

Immigrant-rights groups and major Arizona law-enforcement agencies say they've heard of no arrests made or citations issued using the statutes created under Senate Bill 1070, and no Arizona resident has taken advantage of the portion of the law that allows them to sue an official or agency that is not enforcing federal immigration law to the fullest extent.

SVCL opens registration for Winter sports

The Southeast Valley Church League has opened registration for three adult sports programs this Winter for residents of San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and its surrounding areas. The three leagues will include mens flag football, co-rec volleyball, and mens basketball.

Registration for all three leagues is open through Friday, November 5th and games will begin in early December.

Pinal sheriff balks at rehiring deputy who allegedly used Taser on frog

Deputy who allegedly used Taser on frogThe Pinal County Sheriff's Office plans to fight an order that it rehire a deputy fired earlier this year after using a Taser on a frog.

Internal investigation records show Deputy Raul Alverado, 34, told witnesses he kicked the frog multiple times, painted it with White Out and stunned it with a Taser because he was "bored" at work in August 2009.

Alverado allegedly said the frog was "taking it like a champ."

Arizona tuition now tops U.S. average

Sharp tuition increases for new students have pushed the three state universities above the national average for in-state tuition and fees for the first time in at least 25 years, according to a survey being released today.

Arizona, in annual surveys by the non-profit College Board, has traditionally been below the national average for tuition and mandatory fees for public, four-year institutions, sometimes by as much as $1,500. But over the past two years, steep tuition hikes designed to make up for losses in state funding have pushed the state's universities closer to the national mark.

Pinal County supervisors reject sheriff's demand for vote on special unit

A presentation to Pinal County supervisors on federal resources devoted to enforcing immigration and drug laws ended abruptly Wednesday when Sheriff Paul Babeu asked the board to take an impromptu vote on a proposed anti-smuggling unit.

County officials had asked representatives from the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to attend the board meeting to speak about illegal immigration and drug smuggling in Pinal County. Chairman Pete Rios said he wanted the federal perspective on the issues when considering Babeu's proposal.

Deputies Called to Child Drowning in Gold Canyon

On October 27, 2010 at 7:12 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a possible child drowning in the 4200 block of South Tecoma Trail, Gold Canyon. A neighbor was performing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the child until deputies and medical personnel arrived.The one-year-old female child was transported by ground ambulance to Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa.

2 suspects rob Circle K store in Apache Junction

Apache Junction Police are looking for two males, possible juveniles, in connection with a Circle K store robbery Tuesday.

The two entered the store at 2360 W Broadway Ave. around 3:30 p.m., Apache Junction Police Capt. Thomas Kelly said, and approached the clerk, who was the only person in the store at the time. One pointed a gun and demanded money, Kelly said.

Arizona executes inmate after federal judge lifts stay

Jeffrey Landrigan is ExecutedIn only the second Arizona execution since 2000, convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan died by lethal injection late Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court removed the last legal barrier.

His death came shortly after a curtain opened into the execution room at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday. The condemned man looked quizzically at roughly 27 people gathered to witness the event. He smiled to friends and family, his lip curling slightly under his reddish mustache.

Court voids Arizona law on voter proof of citizenship

Arizona's requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote was struck down by a federal appeals court, which said it conflicts with the National Voter Registration Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco today invalidated parts of Arizonas Proposition 200, a 2004 voter- approved initiative on registration for state and federal elections. The court didnt disturb a requirement that voters show identification at the polls.

Judge blocks Arizona execution due to drug issue

A federal judge today blocked Tuesday's planned execution of convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan until Landrigan's attorneys and the court have the chance to evaluate the drugs that Arizona has obtained to carry out the execution by lethal injection.

In a harshly worded ruling that refers to the state as "obstructive," U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn O. Silver issued a temporary restraining order stopping the execution until further notice.

Pinal County sees rise in independent voters

Independent voters have taken over Pinal County.

For the first time in Arizona, independents outnumber registered Republicans and Democrats in one of the state's 15 counties. According to the most recent numbers from the Secretary of State's Office, in Pinal County there are 53,390 Republicans, 53,132 Democrats and 55,351 Independents.

Fatal Collision in San Manuel

On October 21st, 2010 at 6:18 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a serious injury collision on Reddington Road south of San Manuel. Deputies arrived on scene within minutes of the call being dispatched. The two vehicle collision was located on Reddington Road, 2.1 miles south of River Road.

Three Juveniles Arrested for Burglary in San Tan Valley

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 9:50 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a delayed burglary report in the 30400 block of Honeysuckle Drive, San Tan Valley. The homeowner was out of town and a neighbor who was watching after the home reported the burglary. Items taken from the residence and damage committed to the residence were estimated to exceed $20,000.

Arizona residents enrolled on AHCCCS lose preventive care

Tom TingleAbout 640,000 Arizona residents enrolled in the state's version of Medicaid will no longer receive coverage for some preventive health care because of cuts to the agency's budget.

The cuts, which went into effect Oct. 1, mean men and women may have to pay out of pocket for "well visits," such as physical check-ups or comprehensive well-woman exams.

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