Fundraiser for Andrew Ackert

Please join us at Sweetie Peaz, April 16th from 4-7 pm for a fundraising event for one of our own families in the San Tan Valley community.  The Ackert family was recently in a car accident and their 9 yr old son, Andrew Ackert, was paralyzed from the neck down.

Print this flyer and bring it 4/16/12 to donate 20% of your purchase to the Ackert family!

There will be a raffle to win a bike, as well as a $30 gift certificate to Sweetie Peaz!

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Local dance group advances on TV’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

The dance group Fresh Faces is made up of, from left, Brynn Rumfallo of San Tan Valley, Jenna Valenzuela of Queen Creek, Jaycee Wilkins of Queen Creek, Dylynn Jones of Chandler and Bostyn Brown of Queen Creek. The girls will compete on the national talent show “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night on NBC-TV, during which viewers can vote for their favorite acts.

Young dancers from Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and Chandler will compete for a chance to win a $1 million prize on live national television July 23.

Fresh Faces, a dance group of five dancers ages 9-10, aced their audition on “America’s Got Talent” talent show in Los Angeles, which advanced them directly to the Las Vegas auditions, according to Mark Moffett of Queen Creek. Mr. Moffett’s daughter, Alexa Moffett, is the group’s choreographer.

“We’ve known for a long time but we couldn’t say anything until now,” Mr. Moffett said during a phone interview.

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Julie Nunley named Chief Executive Officer for Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Julie Nunley, CEO Banner Ironwood

Julie Nunley has been named chief executive officer of Banner Ironwood Medical Center at 37000 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley, AZ.

She will assume her new duties on Monday, June 4.

Nunley replaces Deb Krmpotic, who is now CEO at Banner Estrella Medical Center in west Phoenix. 

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Juan Carlos Cuadros-Ortiz Wanted for Sexual Assault on a Minor

Juan Carlos Cuadros-Ortiz On February 7th, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen reporting a sexual assault committed on a minor. Deputies responded to the 26000 block of East Ash Avenue in the community of Casa Grande West which is an unincorporated area of Pinal County. When deputies arrived on scene, they learned Juan Carlos Cuadros-Ortiz (age 25) was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female.

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Joshua Walton Arrested for Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Joshua Walton Arrested for Fatal Hit and Run Collision

On Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 9:43 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call regarding a serious injury hit and run collision on North Gantzel Road and East Chandler Heights, in San Tan Valley. Giovanni Saucedo (age 18 of San Tan Valley) was hit by a sports utility vehicle as he was riding his skateboard near the curb lane of North Gantzel Road. After being struck by the vehicle, he flew through the air and was located by his friends in the dirt nearby the road. Medics arrived and worked on Saucedo until he was transported to a local hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced deceased Monday evening at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital.

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Johnson Utilities Posts Latest Update

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Michael Madsen poses with some students from a previous photography course.

Johnson Utilities continues its work to address a turbidity incident at its San Tan wastewater facility this week. The incident was the source of an unpleasant, but harmless, odor and considerable public interest. The incident began with a partial power failure that has now been remedied. It was erroneously reported that untreated sewage was discharged into the San Tan Homeowners Association pond.

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Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Local Fire Houses

Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Local Fire HousesThis year, instead of Secret Santa gift giving among themselves, the staff at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic decided to play Santa to three local fire stations. They donated pet oxygen masks to the Rural Metro fire companies at Hunt Highway, Ocotillo and Copper Basin.

Approximately 60 million households in the United States have pets, so it is not unusual for firefighters to rescue animals when responding to a house fire. When it comes to saving pets’ lives however, getting them out of a burning house is only half the battle.

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It's a Carnival!

Health Expo March 24-27Come out today and tomorrow and enjoy the Health & Wellness EXPO and Carnival featuring a Job & Education Fair held at Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek on March 26th-27th, 2011. Lots and lots of rides, games, vendor booths, health screenings and more!  A great time for the WHOLE FAMILY!  Unlimited daily passes only $20.

Canyon State Academy is located at 20061 East Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek, just west of the Queen Creek Marketplace.

The family Health & Wellness EXPO (EXPO) is a city exposition showcasing products, services and treatments from healthcare and wellness industry providers including: hospitals, physicians & surgeons, pharmaceutical, diet, food, nutrition, fitness, finance & insurance, government and community resources.

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Intoxicated Driver Crashes into Power Pole

On Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at 8:52 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident at Sage Brush Avenue and Schnepf Road, San Tan Valley.

Nelson Wade Western (age 33 of San Tan Valley) was driving his 2002 Chevy S10 truck westbound on East Sage Brush Road. Western lost control of his vehicle and drove head-on into a wooden power pole. There was no pre impact skidding before he hit the pole. Western drove his vehicle into the pole with such force the pole was snapped in half.

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In jeopardy - Arizona Project Challenge faces stark chance of closure

When Apache Junction resident Thomas Yohann was set to turn 18 he was given two choices: Go to jail or go to Arizona Project Challenge.

On Jan. 9, 2011 he chose Arizona Project Challenge.

“Well, I was in out of juvi and stuff and a learned about it through the court system instead of staying in juvi and getting transferred to an adult facility when I turned 18,” Mr. Yohann said in a June 15 phone interview.

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Hotel California Put on a Great Show at Encanterra

The Good Life Festival has brought us some of the best local and national acts of the last 40 years. The inaugural main event at Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley, Arizona saw the likes of Chicago, Kenny G, Three Dog Night, and The Guess Who.

Today, the Good Life Festival once again was ready to entertain.  Featuring beers from Four Peaks Brewery and amazing food from the Bistro, hundreds of people lined up anxiously awaiting Hotel California - "A Salute to the Eagles" to start performing.

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PCSO Asking for Public Help to Identify Home Invasion Suspect

On September 25th, 2013 the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a reported home invasion near North Gantzel Road and West Chandler Heights Road in San Tan Valley. The case was assigned to detectives from our Criminal Investigations Bureau.

The victim told detectives, she heard a knock on her front door earlier in the evening. When she opened the door, two unknown white females forced themselves into her home. The victim said the suspects began to physically attack her and attempted to wrap a bra and other items around her neck to choke her.

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New Hours, New Dishes, Live Music at the Queen Creek Olive Mill

Queen Creek Olive MillThe Olive Mill is staying open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week with 3 new hot, 5-layer pasta dishes in addition to our regular menu. Each pasta dish comes with your choice of a side salad for $10.99. Add a glass of wine and enjoy it on the patio while listening to live music every Friday and Saturday night from 6pm to 9pm.

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Motorcyclist Crashes at 157 Miles Per Hour in San Tan Valley

Remains of Motorcycle after crashOn December 19th, 2010 at 2:05 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy was traveling northbound on Gantzel Road near Pecan Creek Drive, San Tan Valley. The deputy observed a motorcycle traveling southbound at an extremely high rate of speed. The deputy used his radar unit and clocked the motorcycle at 157 mph in a 45 mph zone. Before any patrol deputy could get near the motorcyclist, he crashed into a traffic signal pole at the intersection of 36630 North Gantzel Road.

The driver of the motorcycle was Noe Calazo (age 19 of Tempe). Calazo suffered extensive injuries as a result of the collision. He was transported by air ambulance to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in extremely critical condition.

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Motocross-goer Arrested for Two Counts of Agg. Assault Against Law Enforcement

Alec Santacruz, (age 21 of Gilbert)

On Saturday, Feb. 7th, 2015 at approximately 10:30 pm, an off duty Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy was working security at the ET Motopark Arizona Speedway, in San Tan Valley. The deputy was dressed in his official PCSO duty uniform.

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The Florence Police Department asked PCSO to help them get the word out as they're attempting to locate a missing 71-year-old, Paul Woodward.

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MCSO Looking for Suspect who lured 10yr old into vehicle and exposed himself

On 04/30/13 at approximately 4:00 PM a male subject successfully lured a ten year old child into his vehicle while she was walking alone in the area of the 18500 East Block of Ryan Road, Queen Creek.

The suspect displayed a weapon after the child refused to be given a ride. The suspect exposed himself to the child but released the child unharmed in the area when the child refused to comply with the suspect’s requests.

Detectives have limited information and are seeking the public’s assistance with any information that may help identify the suspect in this case. 

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McDonald’s to host back-to-school health and safety fairs; McD’s to give away 28,000 backpacks statewide July 27

Seventy McDonald’s restaurants throughout Arizona will host Backpack Saturday on July 27, an event that will give away a total of 28,000 backpacks and help thousands of children get ready for school, according to a press release.

McDonald’s restaurants will begin distributing the free backpacks beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, to the first 100 children who visit their local McDonald’s restaurant, the release said.

A total of 28,000 backpacks will be given away to school-age children at McDonald’s restaurants statewide. The free backpack offer excludes Wal-Mart and mall McDonald’s restaurant locations.

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Mass transit in STV - Regional plan to be sought in coming months

If you want to get anywhere in San Tan Valley you had better have an automobile.

The 64-square-mile tract of unincorporated land in northern Pinal County has no major public transit option, but county officials say that hasn’t been much of a voiced concern.

A San Tan Valley Realtor says transit options are not a particular selling point, but prospective homebuyers he has spoken to say new resident transportation concerns revolve around roadways and employment options for their teenage children.

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Local owner changing perceptions about the pawn business

Michael Cox is a determined business­man. As owner of the Perfect Pawn and Jewelry store at 40975 N. Ironwood Drive in San Tan Valley, he has set out to change the public’s negative perception of the pawn industry.

“I like to think that we are the Nord­strom’s of pawn stores,” Mr. Cox said. “I detest the phrase ‘pawn shop’; it conjures up images of a seedy place with a cage in the back and a dirty 300-pound bearded guy staring you down as you look around.” Walk into Perfect Pawn and Jewelry and it is like entering a retail store in any mall. Bright, lighted, with merchandise on displays.

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