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Supervisors OK ’12-’13 Budget

Property owners will receive a tax break thanks to the Pinal County Supervisors, who Wednesday, June 20, passed a $334.5 million budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 that includes a 5-percent cut in the primary property tax rate.

The current rate of $3.99 will decrease to $3.79 for every $100 of assessed valuation.

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Pentagon Asking PCSO For Documentation On ‘Loans’

Info wanted on disposition of surplus military equipment

The Pentagon has asked the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for documentation on the $7 million in surplus military equipment that it has received and lent to other non-police agencies, according to an article in the May 30 edition of the Arizona Republic.

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PCSO Deputies Locate Missing San Manuel Family

L-R: Team Members Phenix Smith,10th grade; Kiana Shirley, 10th grade; Delia Brown, 10th grade; Shilo Sievers, 10th grade; Illeyah Hoeck, 9th grade

A missing family has been located in a remote canyon and returned home after their vehicle was discovered abandoned.

On 4/15/2012 a PCSO deputy on patrol near the junction of Redington and River Roads located a vacant maroon 2000 Saturn sedan on the shoulder of the road. A check of the vehicle showed it was registered to a 34?year?old female from San Manuel, but the license plate was suspended. Because the vehicle was partially protruding the roadway, the deputy called to have the car towed.

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Teen Driver Killed in Single Vehicle Rollover


A single vehicle rollover early Saturday morning has claimed the life of a 16?year?old driver.  On 5/19/2012, just after 12:00 a.m., deputies were called to Freeman Road, approximately a mile?and?a?half from Camino Rio. (Near San Pedro and Highway 77 in Dudleyville.)  

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The Hunt Is On

Lost Dutchman board game invented by Valley men who seek $24,000 to manufacture it

An ex-journalist and a former actor are hoping to pay tribute to the Lost Dutchman legend by producing a board game that outlines the story.

“Legend of the Lost Dutchman” was created by Michael Coe and Patrick Nickell of Crash Games LLC.

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Child, 3, Dies After Pool Accident

Visiting tot falls in pool at grandparents’ Entrada del Oro home

A three-year-old child, who apparently tumbled into a backyard swimming pool at his grandparents’ home has died June 6 at Cardon’s Children’s Hospital.

The child was not breathing when rescued by his father at the home in Entrada del Oro. According to the Apache Junction Fire Department spokesperson Dave Montgomery, emergency crews were dispatched just before 5 p.m. on June 4, and sent to the subdivision, which is about eight miles southeast of Gold Canyon in Pinal County.   

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Child, AK?47 Left Behind Following Vehicle Pursuit

Carlos Munoz‐Parra

An illegal immigrant from Mexico is in PCSO custody following a vehicle pursuit Monday evening.  On 4/23/2012, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff Office deputy on patrol heading eastbound near Meadow View and Green Road’s observed a white, 2003 Ford F?150 pickup traveling westbound at a high rate of speed.

The deputy turned around to conduct a traffic stop at Osa and Javelina Roads.  After the deputy activated his emergency lights, the truck accelerated away from the deputy at a high rate of speed.

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PC Sheriff Paul Babeu Under Media Fire

Emily Saults

Up to his ears in government surplus Humvees and underwear, Babeu defends himself

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his stewardship of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was the subject of journalistic hits last week as three different topics surrounding the sheriff were treated prominently in the Arizona media. Some national media such as USA Today then picked up the news and ran with it, as well.

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PC jury finds Superior man guilty of burglary charges

David Snider, Sheri Cluff, Clark Smithson and Pete Rios

A Pinal County jury on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, found David Allen Becklehimer guilty of burglary in the third degree, a class 4 felony.

Becklehimer, 54, broke in the Presbyterian Church of Superior on Saturday, April 23, 2011 and was caught going through cabinets of the church’s basement area.

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PC jury finds Casa Grande resident guilty of drug charges

A Pinal County Jury on Friday found Elisha Robert Edwards, guilty of one count of possession of methamphetamine a dangerous drug for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, two charges of misconduct involving weapons.

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Passenger Killed, Driver Flees

Police ask help in gathering info about Apache Trail fatality

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, at approximately 11 p.m., a single vehicle fatal collision occurred at Apache Trail and Meridian. A 2003 Ford F–150 pickup was traveling eastbound in the number three lane when it left the roadway and struck a light pole located on the south east corner of Apache Trail and Meridian.

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Clark L. Smithson Appointed as District Two Supervisor

David Snider, Sheri Cluff, Clark Smithson and Pete Rios

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has chosen Clark L. Smithson to be the new Supervisor for District Two.

Smithson will be sworn in as District 2 supervisor in the coming days.

A date and time was not determined at press time.  He will represent the district that covers Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, Queen Valley and parts of Florence and Queen Creek.  He replaces Bryan Martyn who resigned his seat on April 30 to accept the position of Arizona State Parks Director.

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Construction Phase of Pinal County Courthouse Renovation Underway

With the interior demolition complete and the architectural design finalized, the next and biggest step of the renovation of the 1891 Courthouse is now underway – interior construction.

“Considering the age of this building, it will be a very sensitive project.  It is not typical of our past projects where we build from the ground up.  You have to plan this properly, it means taking extra care during demolition and construction but this is an exciting time,” said construction project manager Archie Carreon.

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Car Wash Benefiting the Family of Tristan Sutton

A car wash is being held Sunday July 15th from 8am to noon at BASHAS’ GROCERY STORE - 5310 S. Superstition Mtn. Drive - Gold Canyon, Arizona to help raise money for funeral expenses and hospital bills for little Tristan Kyler Sutton who received his Angel Wings June 6, 2012 at 1:22am.

  • Free Food and Beverages
  • Generous Donations to Help Raise Money to Set up a Memorial Fund in Tristan's Honor will be raffled

“We celebrate his life and, although we will miss him and his winning smile everyday. He will remain forever in our hearts.” Mrs.Sutton

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County Voter ID Cards

Laura Dean-Lytle, Pinal County recorder, would like to inform voters in Pinal County that voter identification card will be issued to all active registered voters throughout the county within the next week.  

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Martyn’s ‘Truth Squad’ Under Investigation

Julie Nunley, CEO Banner Ironwood


A Pinal County political group headed up by Pinal County Supervisor Bryan Martyn is under investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to determine if the organization violated state campaign-finance laws.

The group, known as the “Pinal County Truth Squad,” organized in February in an effort to influence the outcome of the 2012 city election in the Town of Florence. 

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Brother of Fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry to Speak at PCSO Peace Officers Memorial Service

Peace Officers Memorial pictured outside the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Florence

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a very special guest will speak at the 2012 Peace Officers Memorial Service outside the Sheriff’s Office this Thursday, May 10th.

Kent Terry, brother of the late Brian Terry, will serve as the guest speaker during the service.

Brian Terry, a US Boarder Patrol Agent, was killed in the line of duty after he and fellow Border Patrol agents with the elite tactical BORTAC team were engaged while patrolling Peck Canyon, in Pima County, Arizona; eleven miles from the Mexican border.

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Desert dumping a problem for San Tan Valley, Pinal County, says officials

A map of where Hunt Highway and Magma Road intersect in San Tan Valley where desert dumping has been a reported problem.

The San Tan Valley area off of Magma Road and Hunt Highway has been a known problem area for over a year, acting as both a site of illegal desert dumping and target practice, according to officials.

The desert area, near Johnson Ranch, has caught the attention of the Pinal County Sheriff ’s Office, and San Tan Valley citizens. Shooting is an ongoing problem in that area, said PCSO Public Information Officer Elias Johnson.

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Truth, justice, etc.

Paul Babeu is going to run for a second term as sheriff.

Yep, he’s fallen from grace in the Congressional race and now has his sights lowered to reelection. Expect the announcement soon. Perhaps this week.

Overall, Sheriff Babeu raised $144,000 for his Congressional campaign during the first quarter of 2012. That topped his two Republican opponents and gave Babeu bragging rights in Congressional District 4.

That’s the good news for Babeu.

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From the Desk of Supervisor Pete Rios


Residents of District 1,

It seems that things seem to slow down during the summer months, but here in Pinal County the summer means we are heading into a busy time of the year.

Our 2011-2012 fiscal year comes to end in the beginning of July.  We are in the process of developing a new budget for 2012-2013.  I can tell you now the county will not raise the tax rate for this fiscal year.  As a matter of fact we may reduce it by 10 or 20 cents per hundred dollar assessed valuation.

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