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The Wall that Heals set to stop in Casa Grande
CASA GRANDE — With Casa Grande as a scheduled stop this spring for The Wall That Heals, Kim Vandenberg of Honoring, Hiring, Helping our Heroes of Pinal County hopes to bring the community together in a show of support for veterans throughout the area.
Coates: Brief tour of the year’s columns — but not by Greyhound
This past year I played foreign correspondent. I spent three days in Kearny and San Manuel and came up with a month’s worth of columns. OK, the columns only run on Sundays. So, yeah, four columns.
Woman charged after lengthy police pursuit involving 3 Pinal agencies
COOLIDGE — A woman who led three different police agencies on a pursuit Wednesday evening reportedly told officers that she was fleeing to a Coolidge residence to tell her farther and children "goodbye."
Man sentenced for running 'chop shop' in San Tan Valley
FLORENCE -- A 38-year-old man was sentenced Monday to over 15 years in prison for running a "chop shop" in San Tan Valley. Brent Richardson pleaded guilty to conducting a chop shop earlier this year after authorities discovered multiple vehicles dismantled and taken apart on his property in 2017. So
CG, county gearing up for census count
CASA GRANDE — City and county officials are gearing up for the 2020 census following the recent release of population estimates by the state. Population numbers are important for local governments because the number of people often translate into federal dollars for the municipalities, which present
Casa Grande Border Patrol agents arrest convicted sex offender
CASA GRANDE – Border Patrol agents arrested two convicted sex offenders in separate incidents this week. Tuesday evening, Casa Grande Station agents encountered and arrested 34-year-old Mario Bergochea-Ayala, from Mexico, after he illegally entered the U.S. east of Lukeville. During processing, agen
Turnovers doom Spartans in loss to Sabercats
CASA GRANDE — Vista Grande was more than hanging tough with Tucson Sabino deep into the first quarter of Monday night’s girls basketball game, grabbing a 10-9 lead following the second of Andrea Guerrero’s three 3-pointers of the period.
Florence inmate sentenced for attacking guards in escape attempt
FLORENCE -- A Florence inmate had 13.5 years added to his sentence on Monday for attacking multiple prison guards and attempting to escape custody in 2016. Gregory McClanahan, 38, was serving time at the state prison on Nov. 16, 2016 for sex crimes committed in Maricopa County when he attempted to s
Pinal County Willing to Maintain GC’s Dinosaur Park
Tacked on to the end of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ (BOS) November 28 agenda, with Chairman Todd House reminding Bob Harris, Treasurer of A.D.O.B.E., “We’re trying to get out of here; you have 3 minutes to speak,” the supervisors approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with Apache Junctio
AJ man high on meth walked around neighborhood naked
FLORENCE -- An Apache Junction man was sentenced last week in Superior Court for walking around his neighborhood naked and exposing himself to a child. Lance Biggs, 45, was placed on supervised probation for three years after pleading guilty to one count of indecent exposure. Pinal County Judge Chri
Police in Maricopa to shoot GPS trackers onto fleeing cars during pursuits
MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — The Maricopa Police Department has installed new equipment that allows officers to shoot GPS trackers onto fleeing vehicles. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports the GPS technology is lodged inside a canister, manufactured by StarChase, that is shot from the front of a patrol car
Toys to be distributed to community children
CASA GRANDE — It’s a Christmas tradition that started 13 years ago. Wanting to ensure that every child in the community has a merry Christmas, Andy Salazar and his company, Big Tyme Entertainment, and a team of volunteers will host its 13th annual toy distribution event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat
CG man charged with interfering in police pursuit
FLORENCE — A 40-year-old Casa Grande man has been charged with using his car to interfere in a deputy's pursuit of a wanted suspect. Marciano Arias was indicted this week in Pinal County Superior Court on charges of aggravated assault and hindering prosecution for an incident reported on Dec. 1.
Tucson, Oro Valley make TripAdvisor list of most romantic spots in Arizona
When you think of Tucson, you might think of the food, the weather or the hiking trails. But when TripAdvisor thinks of Tucson, they think of the romance. TripAdvisor recently named Tucson one of 15 "ridiculously romantic weekend getaways in Arizona."
Group hopes private company will lead to rail service between Tucson and Phoenix
A group is hopeful that Arizonans will see a new passenger rail service between Phoenix and Tucson sooner rather than later — but a deal for the long-talked-about proposal has yet to be made.
Queen Creek approves changes to lot sizes at Heritage Town Square Center
The Queen Creek Town Council has allowed the replat of several lots at the Heritage Town Square Center commercial development, changing previous lot sizes to make way for several businesses to build upon those lots.
Speeding driver slams into trailer full of 62 Christmas carolers
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Dozens of Christmas carolers in Casa Grande are recovering after a speeding driver plowed into their trailer. The impact sent several people flying off the trailer and into the street.
Delays, cost hikes, plague Arizona state park projects
PHOENIX — Plans to expand and improve Arizona’s state parks system are under review as key projects face delays and cost increases. The projects are drawing new scrutiny in the wake of complaints that led to the ouster of Arizona State Parks and Trails director Sue Black. The agency’s current leader
Arizona couple wants same-sex Barbie doll wedding set
A same-sex couple from Arizona is lobbying toy giant Mattel, the makers of Ken and Barbie, to consider adding same-sex couples to their wedding sets. In a report from KNXV in Phoenix, Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio are meeting with company officials this week. They are pushing for more diversity in the
Chandler Police investigate false report of active shooter at JC Penny
CHANDLER, Ariz. (FOX 10) - Chandler Police are investigating a false report of an active shooter inside the JC Penny near Gilbert and Germann Roads. Officers are on the scene and cleared the building with no shooter or victims found. The store was evacuated.