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Rep. Gosar: Casa Grande Can Be the Center of Business in Arizona

Rep. Gosar breaking ground at PhoenixMart with former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson and others, November 7, 2013

Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) spoke in Casa Grande at the groundbreaking ceremony of PhoenixMart, a 1.7-million-square-foot multi-functional wholesale, retail and convention center space. As a one-stop solution that connects worldwide buyers to competitive sellers, PhoenixMart will showcase the products of nearly 2,000 exhibitors and create approximately 9,000 jobs.  

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Rapist and Murdered Convicted Thanks to Paralegals

Last week, in an effort to fulfill his promise to the voters, Pinal County Attorney, Lando Voyles requested the minimal budget increase from the Board of Supervisors. Voyles stated, “We will take mandatory prison criminals to trial before allowing them to go free on probation, as was the path of least resistance taken under the previous administration.” The main focus: hire 9 paralegals.  

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Prank on Grand Jury Foreman May Lead to Criminal Charges

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 detectives from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office were called to the County Attorney’s Office regarding a threats case.

Deputies met with a Deputy County Attorney and a Casa Grande man (age 41) who was serving as the foreman for grand jury proceedings. The foreman reported when he was on break from the proceedings and went out to his truck, he saw a handwritten note which read, “You better not find my dad guilty! I followed you home last Wednesday I know where you live, asshole! Early Road sound familiar.” Grand jury proceedings were interrupted as detectives began to investigate this case.

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Political makeup of Pinal County supervisors appears to change

Last week, Pete Rios wondered if he would be joined by a fellow Democrat on the Pinal County Board of Supervisors or if he would become the lone Democrat surrounded by a sea of Republicans.

Either way, he looked forward to working alongside them.

“I will do everything I can to welcome the new mem­bers of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and do my best to get them up to speed,” said Supervisor Rios, who represents District 1.

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Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue Announces ...

A chance encounter while eating lunch at La Casita Mexican restaurant in Mammoth led to a first-time meeting of members of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue and Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue (PRF&R). Out of this unplanned meeting came a plan to cross-train together in the Galiuros, and a donation of extrication equipment to the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. 

PCSO Search and Rescue were conducting off-road training in the Galiuros and that happens to be part of the area that Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue protects in its 300+ sq. mile 911 service area.

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Pinal deputy deploys stun gun during pursuit

Jesus Arguellas-Esparza and Arturo Tellez

Two suspects escaped and two others were taken into custody but not without a fight during a pursuit in Pinal County, sheriff's deputies said.

Authorities discovered the vehicle they were chasing eastbound on Interstate 8 near milepost 160 also contained 153 pounds of marijuana.

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Pinal Deputies Endorse Morgan

Jesse Capen has been missing since December 2009.

Full membership vote favors Independent candidate over Babeu

In what was described as a “full membership” vote, the membership of the Pinal County Deputies Association has chosen to endorse Independent Ty Morgan in the race for sheriff of Pinal County. 

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Pinal County to Suspend Issuance of Open Burn Permits

Starship Performing at Encanterra in San Tan Valley, AZ

Starting April 2, Pinal County Air Quality will only issue 3-day open burning permits.  All permits will expire by May 1 and Pinal County will suspend the issuance of open burning permits on April 26.

Burn permits allow for the disposal of plant material by open burning during limited daytime hours.

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Pinal County Restores One of State's Endangered Historic Buildings

2nd Pinal County Courthouse circa 1890s.

As many of you know, Pinal County has successfully restored one of the state's endangered historic buildings, the 1891 Pinal County Courthouse, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.  The restoration project was officially recognized by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as a Centennial Legacy Project.  This is believed to be the state's most ambitious and historically significant Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, given the rich history of the site.

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Pinal County Offices to be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving Holiday

Pinal County governmental offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a change from previous years when Pinal County was closed for Thanksgiving and opened the following Friday. 

On August 28, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give employees the day after Thanksgiving off instead of observing the Columbus Day holiday in October. The 51st Arizona Legislature allowed counties to change holidays under House Bill 2112.  

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Pinal County Medical Examiner Positively Identifies Victims of Plane Crash

Tom Boggan

Crash at Casa Grande Airport Under Federal Investigation

On Wednesday at approximately 11:30 AM, a Beechcraft King Air twin engine turboprop aircraft crashed just north of the runway at Casa Grande airport.  The crash occurred on airport property.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration.  

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Pinal County Manager Fritz Behring Becomes Scottsdale's New City Manager

Wednesday, May 22nd, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to hire Pinal County Manager Fritz Behring as Scottsdale’s new City Manager.

Behring has been the Pinal County manager since November 2010 and upon completion of his employment contract will begin his duties around July 1. The city issued a statement on behalf of Behring: “I look forward to working with the staff and citizens in Scottsdale to make this an even better community. I am confident that working together, we will accomplish the community’s goals.”

With more than 20 years of experience in government administration, Behring previously served as city manager of Central City, Nebraska, Fort Meade, Florida and Deltona, Florida and county manager of Clay County, Florida. Behring holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Dakota.

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Pinal County Earns State’s Only A+ for Transparency in Government

Pinal County is the first and only Arizona county to earn an A+ for transparency in government.  Sunshine Review is a non-profit organization formed to push for transparency in government and recognize the most transparent government websites in America.  This is the fifth year that Pinal County has received a Sunny Award and the first year it earned an A+.

Sunshine Review rates more than 7,000 city, county and school district websites in all 50 states, giving each a grade for transparency.

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Pinal County begins Airport Master Plan for Pinal Airpark

Pinal County has begun the process to prepare an Airport Master Plan for Pinal Airpark (Airpark). Required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Master Plan will serve two important functions including providing the County with data useful in determining the future role the Airpark will play in the community and region along with serving as a funding tool to guide future Airpark development.

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Pinal County Attorney’s Office hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Month kick-off event in Florence

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office Victim Service kicked off a month of domestic violence awareness events today in Florence in front of the Pinal County Superior Court Building.

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Pinal County Attorney Voyles Seeks Death Penalty for a Phoenix Man Arrested for Murder

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles filed State’s notice of intent to seek the death penalty for Cory Allen, a Phoenix man arrested for the murder of a San Tan Valley woman.

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Pinal County Animal Control Reaches Goal

On Saturday, Dec 20th, Pinal County Animal Care & Control reached out to the community asking for their help to adopt or foster out the many dogs and cats that they had at the shelter.    They had hoped to make it through the month of December without euthanizing one animal but the odds seemed stacked against them.  In the past, December intakes were usually lower than other months, but this December turned out to be quite the opposite.  The intakes were so high, they were higher than most other months.

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Personnel wear pink for breast-cancer awareness

Southwest Ambulance and Rural/Metro Fire Department are joining EMS profession­als across the country in recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, Rural/Metro is showing its support by allowing employees to wear cus­tom uniform T-shirts - featuring pink logos and lettering – while on duty.

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Periods of Heavy Rain Expected this Weekend

The National Weather Service is predicting periods of heavy rain with flooding possible, along with gusty winds, thunderstorms and the possibility of related dust storms. The expected timing of these storms is from Saturday into early next week.

There is a tropical storm system churning off the Baja California peninsula that is expected to cause these storms and periods of heavy rainfall, particularly in southern Arizona. 

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PCSO Employees and Citizens Donate Time, Money and Gifts this Holiday Season

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office organized three Christmas programs and events during this holiday season to help those who are less fortunate.

Our employees were able to raise $23,000 which was used to purchase toys, clothes and food for under privileged families in Pinal County. Through toy donations and fundraising we were able to provide over 2,000 toys to nearly 400 children.

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