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While many people were getting ready to celebrate New Year's Eve Monday, 16 people from the Pinal County Attorney's Office received a phone call before close of business notifying them that they were being terminated from their employment.  15 of them were attorneys.

Among those terminated were Sylvia Lafferty, who was weeks from celebrating her 20 year anniversary as a Pinal County prosecutor and one of only three lawyers qualified to prosecute capital cases in the previous administration, and Paul Ahler who had given Voyles his first prosecuting job in 2003.

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When the Florence Town Council approved the annexations for Magic Ranch, Crestfield Manor, Wildhorse Estates and surrounding areas on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, it was expected that the residents living in these areas would vote in the November 4th Town of Florence election, which includes the election of two seats on the Florence Town Council.

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FLORENCE, AZ – Providing much needed help to families or individuals in crisis is one of the most generous, selfless gestures you can offer to people in your community.  In 2010, volunteers from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to 47 emergencies in Pinal County ranging from flooding and storm damage to multi-family house fires.

“Our volunteers are on the front lines of disasters making sure victims have a safe place to stay, food and emotional support,” said Judy Walp, Pinal County volunteer member for the Grand Canyon Chapter.

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On Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. the mother of a four-year-old female child reported that Zachary Johns (age 30 of Mesa) had molested her child. The mother reported that Zachary was a family friend who had been living in their home near East Hunt Highway and North Gary Road from July 2013 through December 2013. During that timeframe, Zachary had alleged showered with her young daughter; kissed her daughter, put his tongue in her daughter’s mouth and had her daughter perform oral sex on him. The child had recently disclosed these allegations to her parents.

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You TubeFLORENCE – Do you want to see the latest interview with your county official?  Is there a Pinal County event you missed?  Fear not.  The information is only a mouse-click away.

If you have a computer with high-speed internet access, Pinal County’s YouTube channel is a great way to keep up on the latest news from your county government.

Pinal County’s Communications and Public Affairs team produces the videos that appear on the county’s Public, Education and Access (PEG) channel, known as Channel Pinal.  The county’s PEG channel is not supported by taxpayer funds.  Because satellite customers do not have access to Channel Pinal, completed videos are posted on YouTube.

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Jasmine Omar Brown

An Arizona youth minister has pleaded guilty in a child molestation case.

Jasmine "J" Omar Brown changed his plea Tuesday, a Superior Court spokesman said.

Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of child molestation. He will be sentenced in September.

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YOUTH EXPLORERS GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITYOn Sunday, May 22, 2010 while many 14-20 year old young men and women were hanging out, 25 of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Youth Explorers and 10 of their adult advisors were participating in a community clean-up in the Missile Base/Red Rock area of Pinal County.

The PCSO Explorers met at various locations around Pinal County on Sunday morning at 4 A.M. The youth worked hard covering over 10 miles of roadway, including; a ½ mile stretch of frontage road along I-10, Missile Base, Estancia and Davis Ranch Roads from 5:30 AM until 11:00 AM.

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In 2004, the Pinal County Jail held an average of 600 to 700 inmates in a facility which was originally built to only hold 472. Then, Sheriff Roger Vanderpool worked with the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to expand the jail. County Supervisors at the time agreed with Sheriff Vanderpool’s plan to offset construction costs by housing ICE detainees. The jail expansion project expanded the jail to hold 1,499 inmates/detainees.

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In 2004, the Pinal County Jail held an average of 600 to 700 inmates in a facility which was originally built to only hold 472. Then, Sheriff Roger Vanderpool worked with the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to expand the jail. County Supervisors at the time agreed with Sheriff Vanderpool’s plan to offset construction costs by housing ICE detainees. The jail expansion project expanded the jail to hold 1,499 inmates/detainees.

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After being without a vehicle for a year, Karen Ross-Glasser saved up some cash and purchased a 1994 Plymouth Voyager minivan from Craigslist last month. On Wednesday, when she started the vehicle, the airbags exploded in her face.

I was going to an appointment. I put the key in the ignition, and I turned the key, and it went 'Boom!' I was just hit," Ross-Glasser said.

Ross-Glaser said she had no clue what had happened at first, but she knew she was hurt.

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A completely new wireless network is up and running throughout the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court and almost the entire Courthouse building in Florence.  The network is independent of the Pinal County network. “Being able to provide something that our customers have asked for time and time again is gratifying. Wireless connectivity is important to the general public, to the attorneys who use our services and the Judiciary as well,” said Chad Roche, Clerk of the Superior Court.

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Only voters who are registered to the Republican party or Green party are eligible to vote in the February 28 Presidential Preference Election. Recognized political parties are given the option to participate in a Presidential Preference Election and only the Green and Republican parties have selected to participate for 2012.

If a voter wishes to change party affiliation, he or she must do so by January 30 in order to qualify to vote in the Presidential Preference Election.  For information about how to register to vote or make changes to voter registration go to http://goo.gl/g3AiK (shortened URL).

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A swift crack of the bull whip will set the summer season in motion and Indiana Bones is riding into Pinal County towns for some storytelling fun.  The Pinal County Library District and its partner libraries teamed up to host Indiana Bones, an energetic storyteller who will capture the attention of audiences of all ages.

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In 2013 the Governing Board for Central Arizona College voted to increase their primary tax rate by almost 34% from the previous year's rate. After strong community backlash, the board decided to cut the tax increase in half. While the original increase would have added $55 to the property tax for a $100,000 home, the final increase was a $28 jump.

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Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White sentenced 44-year old Richard Summers to 56 years behind bars for sexually abusing his daughter back in 2008

On Monday, June 08, 2015, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White sentenced 44-year old Richard Summers to 56 years behind bars for sexually abusing his daughter back in 2008.

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A vote by the Central Arizona College Governing Board last month, to increase property taxes by 45.4%, has received backlash from residents all across Pinal County. So much so, that a political action committee known as Citizens for Fair Taxation has been formed to recall 4 of the 5 Governing board members who voted in favor of the tax increase. Debra Banks, who represents District 2, was the only Governing Board member who voted against the increase.

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On a three to two vote, the Board of Supervisors adopted the tentative budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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Nearly 10 years ago, Pinal County began looking at important trails and open space areas from San Manuel to Maricopa. This study is now reflected in the Open Space and Trails Master Plan (OSTMP) adopted in 2007. In 2009 the OSTMP was included in the County's Comprehensive Plan Revision.

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Property tax rates are receiving much scrutiny after the Pinal County Board of Supervisors was forced to increase revenues.

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The Pinal County Library District is launching eBook service at a special event at the Florence Community Library on December 4 at 5:30 PM.  The Florence Community Library is located at 1000 South Willow Street.

“This is our next step in putting the library in your living room, your doctor’s office, your back yard, your vacation site or wherever you may choose to access our eBooks from your electronic device,” said Denise Keller, Pinal County Library District Director.  “Our bricks and mortar libraries are here to stay but eBooks are growing in popularity so we obtained grant funding to offer them also.”

“All you need is a device like a Nook, iPhone or iPad, Kobo reader, Android phone or tablet device and a library card with a PIN number.  On December 4, we can show you how easy it is to get the free Cloud Library application and check out your first free eBook,” Keller said. 

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