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Robbery suspect caught by DPS, Safford Police

SAFFORD — Friday afternoon, March 15, a man allegedly tried to snatch a carton of cigarettes, a money container and other items from a local store. He soon found himself under arrest by a DPS trooper and Safford Police officers.


Over 200 undocumented immigrants apprehended near Arizona border

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. — Border patrol agents apprehended 216 undocumented immigrants on west of Lukeville on Sunday, near Quitobaquito Springs. Per CBP, the group was Central-American family units, consisting of 99 adults and 117 children. Of those children, 20 were unaccompanied by an adult family membe


Safford fire repeatedly rekindles Saturday

SAFFORD — A mobile home caught fire last Saturday morning by unknown means and repeatedly rekindled itself throughout the day. The Safford Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Cheyenne Drive at 4:50 a.m. to find a mobile home was engulfed in flame.


GWP to hold first plant sale at nursery next month

SAFFORD — The Gila Watershed Partnership is taking the next step in its effort to improve the ecology of the Gila Valley when it offers native plants for sale beginning next month.


Police searching for man who exchanged gunfire with officers in east Mesa

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police are searching for a suspect who exchanged gunfire with officers early Monday morning in east Mesa, according to the Mesa Police Department. Police say just before 1 a.m., they received a disturbance call at an apartment complex near Baseline and Ellsworth roads.


Life after Loss grief counseling available in Safford

SAFFORD — When a loved one is lost, the weight of grief can be carried for years. Now there is a place where individuals can learn how to handle that grief. Barry Speck, who holds a degree in crisis counseling, has been conducting Life after Loss counseling sessions for the past six months. Speck is


Owners of killed and abused animals step forward

SAFFORD — One owner came forward, which prompted several others to follow when it comes to alleged abuse and killings of animals. “They killed my dog with a single shot to the chest,” said owner Mike Rowan. “The police told me that whoever shot him used a high-powered pellet gun. I’m just trying to


Avocado Recall In Arizona, 5 More States, Due To Listeria Concern

A California avocado grower is recalling the pear-shaped fruit in Arizona and five other states because of possible listeria contamination. Henry Avocado Corp.'s recall affects both conventional and organic avocados.


Social services get lift from City of Safford

SAFFORD — Three social service organizations got a boost this week in their efforts to assist addiction sufferers, help the homeless and provide seniors with daily meals. In November 2018, the City of Safford awarded $100,000 to the Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition, $60,000 to CHAP Corporatio


Arizona Law Cuts Phoenix Police Towing Revenue

A new state law has the Phoenix Police Department freezing some open positions. In fiscal year 2017-18, Phoenix police towed about 35,000 vehicles. Of those, about 5,000 were impounded because the drivers had suspended licenses.


Police bust cockfighting ring in south Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ — At least 27 people have been detained after an alleged cockfighting ring was busted in south Phoenix on Sunday. Phoenix police said The Arizona Humane Society is helping with the investigation near 27th Avenue and Buckeye Road.


Starship Technologies rolls out delivery robots to Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus

Starship Technologies two months ago rolled out delivery robots to George Mason University’s Fairfax campus, and it turns out that was just the start of a quest to conquer higher ed. The San Francisco-based robotics startup today announced that it has expanded service to Northern Arizona University


Lemonade, Margaritas Or Jamaica Tea: Senate To Debate Official Arizona State Beverage

Arizona senators will debate options for the official state beverage Monday. Garrett Glover, a Gilbert teenager, asked the state legislature to make lemonade the official drink of Arizona. The Arizona House of Representatives signed off on his request with House Bill 2692 on a 57-3 vote last month.


Abortion concerns have blocked the effort to fund Arizona’s 2-1-1 system

Sandy Berlanga is one of three people who sits in a nondescript office building in Tempe helping people during some of the roughest times of their lives. “Thank you for calling Arizona 2-1-1, how can I help you today?” Berlanga says over the phone to a person calling in. This is one of many calls sh


Optimal Health readies for grand re-opening

PIMA — As a longtime Pima business gears up for a grand reopening, its owner hopes its new home will become a destination point for people interested in health and fitness. Optimal Health Systems’ new location, the giant Optimal Health Centre building on Highway 70, is also the new base for Iron Man


Mock car crash gives warning

“Contributed Photo/Courtesy of Steve Carter 1”:Contributed Photo/Courtesy of Steve Carter: Mariah Dely is wheeled from the scene to be flown out of the stadium by a helicopter.


Briana Rodriguez of NHS signs to play softball with Pima

Briana Rodriguez, a senior outfielder with the Nogales High School softball team, is also a member of a Tucson-based travel team called the Aztecs. In January 2018, while playing with the Aztecs, she had a chance to make an impression on the coaches of another team with the same nickname: Pima Commu


Thatcher general plan moves ahead

THATCHER — An updated town plan, street remodeling and a new business were on the agenda for the Thatcher Town Council’s March 18 meeting. The council voted to approve the recommendation of a liquor license application for a new Chevron store, coming soon to the former location of Doc’s Food Store o


Alchesay boys are 2A runners-up for third consecutive season

The Alchesay boys basketball team had another state title run in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division 2A Championships last month. The Falcons, the No. 2 seed in the state playoffs, easily won their first two games, then defeated an improving Pima team in the semifinals on Feb. 22.


Gila Valley Comic-Con returns this weekend

THATCHER — Comic books, collectibles, cosplay, gaming, anime, movies and more will be celebrated at EAC this weekend. The second annual Gila Valley Comic-Con will take place Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, at Eastern Arizona College’s Hoopes Activity Center.