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Motorists should prepare for gusty winds across Arizona

ADOT reminds drivers to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” if dust reduces visibility

The Arizona Department of Transportation cautions drivers that strong winds and blowing dust could impact travel today on Arizona’s highways.

The National Weather Service has issued wind and blowing dust advisories for much of the state, which are in effect in some areas beginning at 9 a.m. today.

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Queen Creek Fire Department encourages safety while grilling


May is National Barbecue Month, and the Queen Creek Fire Department wants you and your family to stay safe while cooking outdoors. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 6,900 home fires in 2005-09, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,100 home fires. More than one-quarter (29%) of the home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 28% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and 6% started in the kitchen.

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Queen Creek Fire Department encourages safety this holiday season

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 1,650 Americans and cause over $990 million in damage. There are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.

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Pull Aside • Stay Alive

At ADOT we always want to give drivers a warning of what’s coming up on the road ahead...

Whether it’s an impending freeway closure or a new type of traffic signal, we try our very best to get the word out ahead of time so motorists know what to expect.

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PSA: Please Read and Stay Safe

Over the last few weeks, we have received numerous complaints about several issues in our community.

As a public service announcement, we are sharing the information with all of you.  

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Protecting against Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year many events are being held to also spotlight elder abuse, which is really late-life domestic v...

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Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

One of artist Paul Landau’s specialties is his photographic capture of hummingbirds.

Now that pool season is finally here, make sure you and your family are well aware of community and residential pool safety guidelines. Splashing around in even very shallow pools can be dangerous when young ones fall prey to slip and fall accidents, or in situations when kids are around a pool without adult supervision.

Taking steps to ensure everyone is following some basic safety precautions around the pool can prevent major accidents and injuries. 

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Planning How to Say "No" to Drugs and Alcohol

Many of us have told our children the importance of saying "no" when being offered drugs or alcohol.  However, how many of us have equipped them with the right tools to say no?  A simple "no" by itself is often not enough to deflect peer pressure.  It's important for kids to have a good reason.  That reason may vary depending on your child, their peer group, and the particular situation. 

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SCAM ALERT - Caller Impersonates PCSO to Collect Phantom COSC Jury Fines

A possible phone scam involving individuals attempting to collect Failure to Appear “fines” from unsuspecting residents has been reported to PCSO today.  At approximately 9:00 a.m. today a citizen living in Casa Grande received a phone call from a man claiming to be with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He went on to inform the resident that she had failed to report for jury duty and a fine would be sent to her home. PCSO Deputies traced the number to a fax line in Jamaica. The caller then tries to garner credit card information to pay the “fine.”

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Scam Alert

There has been a report of a scam from a Solera homeowner that we wanted to share with the rest of the community. Apparently, an individual claimed he was an employee of Pulte and needed to check for interior wall cracks.

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San Tan Valley Sex Offender Update - August 2012

Ralph Robert Reese

Ralph Robert Reese

Convicted in 1985 of 6 counts of child molestation/dangerous crimes against children, on a 6 year old who was known to him, had a mandatory release date in 1998.

Convicted in 2002 for failure to register as a sex offender.

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San Tan Valley Sex Offender Update

In compliance with PCSO policy to alert the media and members of the public when a registered sex offender moves into the county, or changes address, here are the latest updates in San Tan Valley.

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Safety tips for deep frying a turkey

Thanksgiving is almost here and deep frying a turkey has increased in popularity as method to prepare the main course. The Queen Creek Fire Department wants you and your family to know that deep frying your turkey includes several risks.

These include a high risk of the fryer tipping over, the spilling of hot oil due to overfilling, overheating the cooking oil to the point of combustion, and the possibility of dangerous burns caused by the pot handles.

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SADD: teens are copying parents’ driving habits

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many teenagers will be behind the wheel visiting family and friends … and often copy­ing the driving behavior of their parents. But, is that a good thing? Not necessarily.

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Rural/Metro First Responders Keeping Kids Safe This Halloween

Halloween is one of the most anticipated holiday celebrations of the year for kids and kids at heart across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 41 million ghosts, goblins and tiny princesses will be trick-or-treating and Rural/Metro wants to help ensure all community members to have a safe and healthy Halloween.

Falls are the leading cause of injury on Halloween and fatal pedestrian accidents are four times more likely for 5 to 14 year olds on Halloween than any other night according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Red Cross encourages wildfire preparedness

It’s no secret: Arizona is no stranger to wildfires. The Doce Fire has burned more than 6,700 acres near Prescott – the state’s first major wildfire in what could be a rough­er- than-normal wildfire season. Last year, the Gladiator Fire near Crown King claimed 16,000-plus acres. In 2011, the Wallow Fire – the largest in state history – ravaged 530,000-plus acres, destroyed 32 homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people in eastern Arizona.

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Sex Offender Notification - San Tan Valley - LEVEL 2 - Elder

Alexander Hunt Level 2 Sex Offender

Name:  Ryan Edward Elder

Comments: In 2013, offender engage in online conversations with an undercover detective believing the detective was a 13 year old female.  During these conversations the offender exposed himself over the web cam.

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Sex Offender Notification - San Tan Valley - LEVEL 2 - Davis

Austin Michael Davis Level 2 Sex Offender

Name: Austin Michael Davis

Offense: Statutory Sexual Seduction.  Synopsis: In 2005, the 21 year old offender engaged in sexual activity with a 15 year olf female acquaintance.

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Sex Offender Notification - San Tan Valley - LEVEL 2 - Cutno

Ron Christopher Cutno Level 2 Sex Offender

Name: Ron Christopher Cutno

Comments: In 1991, Cutno was convicted of one count of rape.  His victim was two juvenille female strangers.  In 1999, convicted of failure to register as a sex offender.

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Sex Offender Notification - San Tan Valley - LEVEL 2 - Clark

Kiauna Marie Clark Level 2 Sex Offender

Name:  Kiauna Marie Clark

Comments: Offender convicted in 2014 for pandering and attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.  The victim was a 15 year old female, who the offender met online.

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