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PCSO deputy resigns after fight, asking officers for 'professional courtesy'

A former Pinal County sheriff's deputy is in danger of losing his Arizona peace officer certification after surveillance video shows him punching someone in the face at a Tempe bar, then asking police for professional courtesy.

Surveillance video from the Firehouse Bar and Grill shows 30-year-old Richard Mueller getting into a fight with another man at the bar last October. Mueller outstretches his hand, but when the other guy swats it away, Mueller punches him but walks off when he sees security coming.

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PCSO and Rural Metro Fire Department Honor First Responders with Life Saving Medals

On Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 11 a.m. eight Pinal County Sheriff’s employees received Life Saving Medals from Sheriff Paul Babeu and Rural Metro Fire Department.  Additionally the firefighters, EMT’s, Air Evac crew and hospital personnel were all recognized at the event related to these same cases.  The lives were saved because of the team efforts of everyone involved from start to finish.

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PCSO and PCAO sending resources to Oklahoma County

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office are preparing to send manpower, financial-aid and other needed resources to the devastated communities in Oklahoma County in a response for assistance from Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel.

This afternoon, County Attorney Lando Voyles and Sheriff Paul Babeu introduced the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue members that will accompany County Attorney Voyles on Friday morning to travel to Oklahoma and assist in humanitarian aid and clean-up efforts.

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PCAO sponsors and hosts events throughout October to raise awareness on Domestic Violence

Recognizing the importance of ensuring victims of domestic violence know what resources and rights exist for them in Pinal County, County Attorney Lando Voyles announced PCAO’s support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting and participating in events throughout Pinal County in October and stated the following:

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PCAO and Goodwill again team up to lift up victims of crime, now in Apache Junction and Maricopa

On Wednesday, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles, Jim Teter, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona, and Apache Junction Police Chief Tom Kelly announced PCAO and Goodwill’s continuing partnership to assist victims of crime in Pinal County.

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PCAO and Coolidge PD offer AZPOST basic search warrant writing course

On Aug 22nd, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office and the Coolidge Police Department teamed up to provide Pinal law enforcement with a course on basic search warrant writing.

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Parkway Alternatives Developed for East-West Corridor

Two Community Information Meetings Scheduled for Public Input

In cooperation and coordination with the City of Maricopa and the City of Casa Grande, Pinal County is conducting a study to evaluate a new east-west transportation corridor through western Pinal County.

Since the December 2011 public scoping meetings, possible parkway-concept corridor alternatives have been identified between State Route 347 and Interstate 10 to provide additional capacity and connectivity.  In addition, the team is also evaluating the consequences of not constructing a new transportation facility, known as the No Build Alternative.

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Pamela Williams Taken into Custody after Shooting at PCSO Deputy

Pamela Williams (age 64) and Bruce Fay (age 53)

On Friday, January 04, 2013 at 5:31 p.m. deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 21800 block of North Shooting Star Road, Saddlebrooke in reference to a harassment call made by one neighbor against another neighbor. While driving to the scene, information was updated by the reporting party indicating the neighbor had threatened to kill him. There have been ongoing civil disputes between these same parties in the past. When the first deputy arrived on scene, he went to the alleged suspects home which was in the 22100 block of North Shooting Star Road. As the deputy was walking up the driveway he began to yell “Sheriff’s Office.”

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New Jail Visit Technology Makes AZ Debut in Pinal County

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will be the first law enforcement agency in Arizona to begin using a new technology in their jail that will enable inmates to receive visitors through computer terminals. Inmates at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center will be able to visit with their friends, family and attorneys without the visitor having to travel to the facility. iWebVisit.com is the inventor of this third generation technology which allows visitation via the “cloud” from any home, office or other remote location with a high speed internet connection. Using their sophisticated and secure patent pending technology, iWebVisit.com will have a number of Video Visitation Stations in the detention center which will allow inmates to participate in pre-scheduled visits. iWebVisit.com debuted the technology at a facility in Washoe County, Nevada in 2010. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will be the first Arizona law enforcement agency to use the new technology. Since the technology unveiled in on April 15th, 2013, there have been more than 60 remote visits. The cost for iWebVisit.com is $15 per 30-minute remote video visitation session.

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Aims to Educate Drivers

Orange cones, detour signs, lighted message boards, flaggers, work crews and heavy equipment – for some drivers, all of these items can add up to confusion and sometimes fatal accidents.

The Pinal County Public Works Department is observing the 11th annual Work Zone Safety Week, held April 15-19.  This year’s theme: “Work Zone Safety: We’re All In This Together.”

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Missing Eloy Man

Mr. Louis Quijada Zepeda age 67 was last seen in the 4700 block of East Colt Drive, Eloy when he went for a walk at 3 a.m.

His family has not heard from him since.

He is 5'8" tall, weighs 180 lbs, salt & pepper  colored hair, a mustache and brown eyes.  

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Military Flags Stolen From City Focal Point

Six of the flags were stolen from the city Focal Point  on Monday, Oct. 15. A reward is being offered.

The Apache Junction Police Department is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and/or conviction of individuals who stole six flags from the Focal Point at the northwest intersection of Apache Trail and Phelps Dr. on Monday, Oct. 15.

The AJPD would not specify the amount of the reward.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 8:45 a.m. and found flags missing that represent the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Air Force and P.O.W./M.I.A. The ropes used to hoist the flags were vandalized as well.

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Meetings Scheduled to Evaluate Two Town Annexations

The Town of Florence is holding two neighborhood meetings to discuss the Town’s plans to annex approximately 3,742 acres contiguous to the current Florence corporate limits and within the Town’s northwest Planning Area through two separate annexations. The areas under consideration include Magic Ranch, Crestfield Manner, Wild Horse Estates and surrounding areas.

The current corporate limits for Florence is just over 62 square miles. If these annexations are approved, then the corporate limits of Florence would increase to nearly 68 square miles.

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MCDOT Presents Plans for Future Improvements at the Intersection of Meridian, Combs, Riggs and Rittenhouse Roads and the UPRR

MCDOT Presents Plans for Future Improvements at the Intersection of Meridian, Combs, Riggs and Rittenhouse Roads and the UPRR

Meridian Road: Empire Boulevard to Ocotillo Road Roadway Improvement Project Design Concept Report Update 

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Mary C. O’Brien Elementary School earns an A grade from the State

The Mary C. O’Brien Elementary School (MCOB) was awarded an A grade for the 2011 – 2012 school year from the Arizona Department of Education.  MCOB is a part of the Mary C. O’Brien Accommodation District overseen by the Pinal County School Office Superintendent Orlenda Roberts.

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Maricopa man missing since Wednesday night

 

Pinal County sheriff's deputies were searching for a 50-year-old man who walked away from his home after an argument with his wife.

Travis Smith left his home in the 11000 block of North Glyde Drive in Maricopa about 8 p.m. Wednesday on foot, leaving behind his wallet, keys, cell phone and his diabetes medication, said Tim Gaffney of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

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Man who claims “the spirit” prompted him to sexually assault his step-daughter receives maximum sentence

Gabriel Soza

On Monday, Gabriel Soza received the maximum sentence of 27 years in prison and two consecutive lifetime terms of probation after pleading guilty to one class 2 felony count of sexual conduct with a minor and two class 3 felony counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, all considered dangerous crimes against children.

The acts of sexual conduct with the minor were brought to light after a family member discovered the victim’s journal, where she wrote of the incidents.  After speaking with the victim, police picked up Soza on March 28, 2012 to interview him regarding the allegations.

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Man Stabbed at Country Thunder

Suspect is 20-year-old, Austin Hansen

On April 13th, 2013 at 5:27 a.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office working the Country Thunder event in Florence received reports of a verbal argument that was escalating between two groups.

As Pinal County Sheriff deputies arrived on scene they found a 36-year-old male with stab wounds to the upper back and rib cage. He was treated and airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn where he underwent surgery and is in critical condition.

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Man burned in Apache Junction trailer fire

A 54-year-old man was seriously burned in a mobile home fire in Apache Junction Wednesday evening, fire authorities said.

The Apache Junction Fire Department rushed to 310 N. Ocotillo at around 6 p.m.

News helicopter pictures show the trailer was gutted by the blaze.

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Majority of Pinal workers commute outside county, Census says

Two growing hospitals — Banner Ironwood in San Tan Valley, pictured above, and Florence Hospital at Anthem — could help keep workers in Pinal County, said county spokeswoman Heather Murphy.

 

Andrew Clegg’s commute from his Arizona City home to his former job in Maricopa County took 45 to 90 minutes on a good day — hours if there was a wreck on Interstate 10.

The Census Bureau this week confirmed what Mr. Clegg knew: It wasn’t the distance that made the trip so long, it was the tens of thousands of others heading in the same direc­tion at the same time.

A bureau report on commuting patterns last week said that more than half of Pinal County residents leave the county for work, with most of them heading to Maricopa County. The re­port estimates that about 57,000 workers make the trek every day.

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