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PCSO: Country Thunder DUI arrests include pregnant woman and armored car driver

FLORENCE, AZ — An on-duty armored car driver and a pregnant woman are two examples of the DUI arrests during Country Thunder this year. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office reports that during the 4-day Country Thunder Festival they made 25 DUI arrests, compared to 14 in 2018.


Assaults in Pinal County near Queen Creek reported April 6-10 to PCSO

Above are the general locations of assaults near Queen Creek reported April 6-10 to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. Aggravated assault, reported at 3:13 p.m. April 6 in the 900 block of East Canyon Rock Road.


It Soon Will Be Illegal to Text and Drive in Arizona

The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would prohibit forms of distracted driving. One of the approved bills, sponsored by Republican State Representative Noel Campbell, targets people who use their cellphones while driving. The other bill, sponsored by State Senator


Arizona police release graphic video of deadly officer-involved shooting

Arizona police released a video Wednesday that showed a man throwing a wrench at deputies before they shot him to death while responding to a call from family members concerned for the man’s mental health on Friday.


House: Pinal County BOS “Looking Forward to Working on Gold Canyon Plan”

Roberto Reveles and David Coward spoke at the April 3 Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting during the call to the public. The Gold Canyon residents thanked Supervisor Todd House for attending the recent meeting concerning ingress/egress routes for Gold Canyon, as well as the increased traffic anticipa


Rescuers spend month to catch injured puppy living at Pinal park

APACHE JUNCTION – Otter the dog now has a happy life with her forever family, it took a while, she even has a new four-legged friend, but the journey getting there was a bit treacherous, even with a little help from the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation department.


Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names

PHOENIX — Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.


Company in Arizona says it can build border wall better, faster and cheaper than anyone

COOLIDGE, Arizona — The states neighboring Mexico are looking at options, along with the federal government, on how to build a fence or wall along the border. Build 218 miles of border fence with access roads for the Border Patrol. Incorporate high-tech surveillance and facial recognition cameras. P


Wildlife officials say 2019's first known Southeast Arizona bear sighting was April 2

Wildlife officials thought they had a video, with a timestamp showing April 6, of Southeast Arizona's first confirmed bear sighting of 2019, but they've since obtained an earlier photo.


Arizona copper mine reports test facility is operational

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A copper mine southeast of Phoenix says it’s ready to begin working toward commercial production following the initial success of its small-scale test phase.


Arizona lawmakers pass cellphone driving ban, sends bill to Ducey

PHOENIX — Editor's note: In the above video, the father-in-law of police Officer Clayton Townsend makes his plea for passing a statewide distracted driving law. Townsend was killed when he was struck by a car operated by a man texting.


Southern Arizona will be hoppin' with Easter egg hunts this weekend

Tucson community organizations are gearing up for the Easter holiday with activities for the whole family. Saturday egg hunts will prepare little ones for what’s in store on Easter Sunday, and music and activities will get you in the spring mood.


Arizona Politicos React To Mueller Report

On Thursday, the report prepared by Special counsel Robert Mueller was release to the public and react was swift and predictable. The report found that investigators did not uncover any evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russians. The report covered 10 specific episodes relate


Supervisors OK south Pinal winery despite cross-county objections

FLORENCE — A future winery and event center on the Pinal-Pima county line drew objections from approximately 15 neighbors on the Pima side, who predicted their rural lifestyle would be disrupted by reckless drivers, crime, noise and other problems.


No major incidents at Country Thunder Arizona, authorities say

PHOENIX – Authorities said there were no major incidents involving law enforcement at last weekend’s Country Thunder Arizona festival, which drew an estimated 30,000 music fans to Florence over four days.


Local group, with help of 3 veterans, removes graffiti from Florence boulders

FLORENCE – Nicole and Justin Corey were driving the Florence-Kelvin Highway last year when they saw boulders – clusters and stacks of them – splattered with paint; one was entirely coated with a spray-painted red heart and the outline of a face.


After years of legal battles, Florence mine produces first copper

FLORENCE – Following years of hard-won state and federal approvals and other preparations, Florence Copper is at last producing copper on a small scale, according to an announcement from owner Taseko Mines Limited.


Alleged fraudster caught at Country Thunder

FLORENCE — Authorities say a 20-year-old woman allegedly attempted to defraud a charitable organization during the Country Thunder music festival last week. Sarah Faultner of Surprise was one of 11 people arrested by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office during the four-day festival after she allegedly


Summer open burning restrictions begin May 1

The Superstition Fire and Medical District will join Pinal County in the restriction of all open burning beginning on Wednesday, May 1. The Pinal County Air Quality Division on April 1 began issuing three-day-only open burning permits. All permits will expire on May 1, according to a release.


Florence council tables update to sign code

FLORENCE – The town’s sign code isn’t getting the job done for local business, and a pending update isn’t enough of an improvement, Town Council members said Monday as they voted to table the ordinance.