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Former Pinal employee sentenced in ID theft scam

Albert Robbs, a former employee in the Pinal County Recorder’s Office, has been sentenced to three years in prison for assisting a criminal syndicate and two years for unlawful possession of an access device. Pinal County Superior Court Judge Boyd Johnson also ordered on Sept. 27 that the sentences should run consecutively with no credit for jail time served.

Queen Creek road closures coming Monday

Several lanes of Ellsworth Loop Road near Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek will be closed periodically beginning Monday through Oct. 22.The closures ar...

New Hours, New Dishes, Live Music at the Queen Creek Olive Mill

Queen Creek Olive MillThe Olive Mill is staying open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week with 3 new hot, 5-layer pasta dishes in addition to our regular menu. Each pasta dish comes with your choice of a side salad for $10.99. Add a glass of wine and enjoy it on the patio while listening to live music every Friday and Saturday night from 6pm to 9pm.

How to Find Ways to Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

Domestic violence and abuse is a prevalent problem in our communities, as well as globally. It has existed since the beginning of civilization because the problem is not just nurture, but also nature. Aggression and violence is part of the innate makeup of the human race and it is a choice we all have whether we want to manifest it in our behavior or suppress and control it. The definition of domestic abuse is when one person in a relationship  or marriage (spousal abuse) tries to control and dominate the other person by using intimidation, guilt, shame, fear or physical control. Domestic violence is defined to include physical violence as well as domestic abuse.

Pinal County deputy lashes out at doubters of shooting incident

Photo by Nathan GonzalezPinal County Sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll, who was wounded during an apparent firefight with drug smugglers April 30, broke nearly six months of silence Thursday to lash out against those who speculated he shot himself to enflame Arizona's immigration debate.

Crime Prevention Month and Halloween

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

October is Crime Prevention Month and also the month in which Halloween is celebrated. Learn how to celebrate both together.

Although children look forward to tricks, treats, and ghoulish garb, Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.

Crime Prevention Month Poster Celebration!

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

McGruffCrime Prevention Month Poster Celebration!

October is Crime Prevention Month! Throughout the entire month of October, NCPC will be hosting a poster celebration event. We invite you and your youth to participate. This is a fun and easy way to get youth thinking about crime prevention. Select posters will be featured on our poster gallery on NCPC’s website,

October is Time to Celebrate Safe Communities!

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

Celebrate Safe CommunitiesEach year, law enforcement agencies, citizens, community groups, and government agencies join together in October for Crime Prevention Month. Whether your community has been hit by a new crime trend or mortgage foreclosure, or your block club or neighborhood watch program needs revitalizing, planning a safety event this October for Crime Prevention Month is a great way to keep your community safe, meet new partners, and make a difference in your community.

Terry Goddard Warns Consumers About Storm Repair Scams

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

(Phoenix, Ariz.) Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans to be wary of unsolicited contractors coming to your door and offering help with repairs or clean-up related to this week's strong storms across Arizona.

Attorney General Holder Unveils Defending Childhood Initiative

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard

$5.5 Million in Grants Awarded for First Phase of Initiative

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder today officially unveiled Defending Childhood, a new Department of Justice initiative focused on addressing children’s exposure to violence.  The goals of the initiative are to prevent children’s exposure to violence as victims and witnesses, mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to violence, and develop knowledge about and increase awareness of this issue.

Wells Fargo, Arizona homeowners settle mortgage-loan case

Mortgage relief is on the way for Arizona homeowners who took out "pick-a-pay" loans from two companies that since have been acquired by Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo has agreed to provide more than $150 million in mortgage relief to homeowners who obtained the adjustable-rate loans through Wachovia Corp. and Golden West Corp. The move will come about as part of a settlement announced by Attorney General Terry Goddard, who alleged that the loans were marketed deceptively.

San Tan Valley resident's daughter was reportedly abducted in Illinois

Michael SanchezMy name is Michael Sanchez, and on March 27, 2008, my daughter, Emily Machado was internationally abducted by her non-custodial mother and taken to her native Brazil. Prior to the abduction, I had taken the mother to court in Illinois to establish paternity and to secure the rights to my daughter.

Wells Fargo To Provide More than $150 Million in Mortgage Relief

(Phoenix, Ariz.) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a multi-state agreement with Wells Fargo Bank ("Wells Fargo") over allegedly deceptive marketing of payment option adjustable rate mortgage loans ("POAs") by two companies it acquired: Wachovia Corporation ("Wachovia") and Golden West Corporation ("Golden West").

Valley schools raise money for family in San Tan killings

On the football field, they are strictly rivals. But on Friday night, Chaparral High School put aside its competition with Perry High School to donate $1,000 to one of Perry's janitors, whose family was killed in a high-profile murder-suicide in San Tan Valley last month.

Deer Backs Up Traffic in San Tan Valley

Deer blocks traffic in  San Tan ValleyOn Tuesday, October 05, 2010 the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a “Moose or deer” in the south parking lot of Skyline Ranch Elementary School (1084 W. San Tan Hills).

6 Tests All Men Need

Most men are more likely to get a tune-up for their car than they are a checkup for themselves. While the stereotype may be true in many instances, those who go to the doctor for regular visits tend to have longer, healthier lives.  Here, six tests every male should undergo so you don't let your health take a backseat.

Poll: Voters prefer budget cuts over tax hikes to fix state budget

As Arizona faces a third year of budget distress, a new report indicates that most state residents believe program cuts are the best way to erase the deficit.

But they're picky. They don't want K-12 education cut - and that's the biggest part of Arizona's budget, at 37 percent of overall spending.

Conservationists sue to protect Arizona bald eagles

Protect Arizona's Bald EaglesCenter for Biological Diversity is suing to reinstate protections for bald eagles in Arizona.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Arizona challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's decision to remove the eagle from the endangered species list.

Sen. Rios named "Leader of the Year in Public Policy"

Rebecca RiosPHOENIX –– Arizona Senate Assistant Minority Leader Senator Rebecca Rios (D-Apache Junction) was honored as one of Arizona’s leaders of the year in public policy for government transparency Sept. 28 at a luncheon hosted by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Gunman fires at 2 men in car after night at bar, authorities say

A man was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and aggravated assault after allegedly shooting at two men in a vehicle, Pinal County Sheriff's deputies said.

Two men told deputies they were drinking and met two women at the Lounge Bar at 13030 S. Sunland Gin Road in Arizona City. One of the women told one of the victims that she would do "anything for $150" and all four left the bar, the men said.

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