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Video intended to warn about red-light runners

Red-light runners are a dangerous problem just about everywhere in Arizona, especially in the Phoenix metro area. And the proof is in the pictures.  American Traffic Solutions, a company that provides red-light safety cameras, has released a new video that shows some of Arizona's most serious crashes of 2013. And all of them were caused by careless drivers speeding and running red lights.

Saturday, September 28 is National World Rabies Day and Pinal County Animal Care & Control will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM with the day packed with activities. For the first time ever, all licensing jurisdictions will be in one place to provide one-stop licensing and vaccination. "A lot of people don't realize that Animal Control's primary mission is to prevent the spread of rabies, which is deadly to animals and humans," Dickson said. "Licensing your pet gives proof that it has a current vaccine. If there is no proof of vaccination and your dog bites someone and breaks the skin, we have to impound the animal at the owner's expense until rabies is ruled out." 

Almost half of all animals taken in by Pinal County Animal Care & Control in 2012 were released for rescue or public adoption.  That’s a stark contrast to 2010 when Pinal County took in 8,176 animals and less than a quarter were released. “Our relationship with animal rescue groups coupled with increased public outreach efforts has resulted in dramatically higher live animal releases – an 81 percent increase from 2010 to 2012,” Kaye Dickson, Animal Care & Control Director said. 

87 dogs, 5 exotic birds and another 6 dogs captured one day later FLORENCE – On Tuesday afternoon, Pinal County Animal Care & Control personnel responded to another case of extreme animal hoarding in an unincorporated area south of Maricopa.  In total, 93 dogs were taken in, along with five exotic birds.

Last night, the Pinal County elections office in central Florence was destroyed by a fire that began around 10:30 p.m. The Florence Fire Department is leading the investigation into the cause of the blaze.  The fire also caused smoke damage to an adjacent evidence room for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, county spokesman Joe Pyritz said. 

From Curis Resources Current housing inventory in the Florence area is enough to last decades, according to the report “Florence, Arizona Area Housing Market Analysis and Outlook,” conducted by private research firm RL Brown. The report forecasts a 15 to 20-year lull in new home activity in the region....

On September 7, 2011, just before 4:00 p.m., paramedics responded to a home located in the 2200 block of W Ivan Street in Oracle after a woman called to report her husband had overmedicated himself with prescription drugs.As paramedics arrived on scene, the patient, identified as James Evans, 59, became agitated, proceeded outside and fired a .223 caliber rifle approximately 11 times into the air. Evan’s wife attempted to takethe weapon from her husband but was unsuccessful; both went back inside the home.

A brush fire burned three structures, including a home in the town of Oracle and led to the evacuation of dozens of residents. According to Oracle Fire, they will remain out of their homes all night. Crews are working overnight to check for hotspots. They will reevaluate the situation Friday morning to see if and when residents can go back to their home.

On Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 7:19 p.m. a Pinal County resident living in the 20000 block of East Cholla Road, outside the town limits of Florence, called 9-1-1 to report she was strangled by her live in boyfriend and she was having difficulty breathing.

On Friday, October 4th, 2013 at approximately at 5:50 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call related to a stabbing in progress located in the 18000 block of West Camino Grande outside the city limits of Casa Grande. The caller reported that a male was attacking and stabbing his mother and aunt with a knife. Deputies arrived at the residence within minutes. When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a female (age 63) who was later identified as the victim’s sister in the front yard with numerous stab wounds.

  Advocacy groups say Pinal County Jail one of 10 worst in the nation The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona today joined the Detention Watch Network and about 20 other local and national immigrants’ rights and civil rights organizations in calling on President Obama to end the federal government’s contracts with 10 of the worst immigration detention facilities in the country. The list of 10 includes the Pinal County Jail in Florence.

Next week the Arizona Department of Transportation, in a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, is hosting a series of public meetings in Pinal County on the North-South Corridor Study.

FLORENCE, Ariz. –  When Sylvia Shafer joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy in May of 1980, there were almost as many horses and cattle in Pinal County as there were people. “It was vast, wide open spaces,” Shafer recalled, “Very agriculture.” After working with PCSO for over a year, a job for a police officer opened up in a nearby city which she applied for and was accepted, but Shafer quickly learned bigger didn’t mean better. “I missed the people, the rural lifestyle,” Shafer said.

Jul. 6, 2011 04:40 PM Associated Press Newly enacted restrictions on abortion services in Arizona, especially those in several small cities, are being put on hold before they take effect while a judge considers a legal challenge. Judge Richard Gama of Maricopa County Superior Court told lawyers during a hearing Wednesday that he'll...

In 2013, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) developed information regarding a concern of a potential victim of child molestation. As the investigation developed, AJPD identified James Pillar, 53 and Celeste Pillar, 49, of Apache Junction. Both individuals were suspected to have had participated in numerous forms of sexual misconduct with minors.  The minors identified were known to them. 

  APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – An early morning traffic stop resulted in the arrest of the driver after methamphetamine was discovered inside the vehicle. On 3-1-2012, just before 3:00 a.m., a PCSO deputy on patrol in the area of Meridian Road and Superstition Blvd. observed a white, 1998 BMW coupe traveling southbound in front of his patrol car. Using the vehicle’s license plate, the deputy ran a vehicle check which came back showing a cancelled insurance policy.

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month and the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) will have enhanced enforcement during the holiday season. The Apache Junction DUI Task Force will be in full effect during the month of December.  “Not only will we have extra enforcement; we will also have various DUI check points throughout the month,” said Traffic Unit Sergeant Clyde Allison. “Driving while impaired jeopardizes your own safety, as well as those around you – don’t take the risk.”

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