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Undray Crew (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa man is facing multiple charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after he reportedly stripped his clothes and ran through a neighbor’s backyard in Senita last week.

The incident began April 18 when officers responded to a domestic dispute on North Tonya Street at 9:40 a.m.

Family members told police Undray Crew, 40, had been violent toward his brother and mother. Crew was also accused of attempting to throw a metal bench into the family home’s sliding glass door and shattering a side window with his fist.

A Maricopa Police Department report stated Crew disrobed and left the residence when he got word law enforcement was on its way.

Crew then allegedly jumped a neighbor’s fence and ran through the backyard.

MPD received “multiple” calls about a man running nude, including one neighbor who reported to be “alarmed by the sight of (Crew’s) nakedness.”

Police forwarded 10 charges against Crew, including two counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal damage, six counts of disorderly conduct and one count of indecent exposure.

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Arthur Eric Magana and Gustavo Olivo are charged with murder. PCSO photos

Two teens accused of murder appeared in court Monday nearly two weeks after their original trial date.

Arthur Eric Magana and Gustavo Olivo were scheduled to go through trial as co-defendants April 10, but received separate trial dates in court April 23. The teens allegedly shot to death 20-year-old Wyatt Miller in 2016 in unincorporated Maricopa.

Olivo will stand trial for six days beginning Oct. 30. Magana’s trial, also planned for six days, is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13. Both trials would feature a 12-person jury.

John Schaus, attorney for Olivo, said he’s still hoping to settle the matter without trial by way of an offer from the state.

“If we settle this, I’ll let you know immediately,” Schauss told Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White.

White vacated the original trial last month because of other conflicting trial dates.

Olivo and Magana will return to court June 11 for a status review conference.


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Maricopa High School senior basketball player Sydni Callis signed a letter of intent to play for Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Callis was named All Region First Team in 5A Metro. She played varsity all four years of high school and as a freshman was part of the state championship team. According to the Arizona Interscholastic Association, she averaged 12.3 points per game and led the region with 4.3 steals per game this season.

Shaw University competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Junior Jayla Johnson was named Metro’s player of the year, leading all scorers with 16.3 points per game. Sophomore Tayler Coleman was Second Team All Region.

Among the boys, Jayla’s brother, senior Josh Johnson, was named the 5A conference offensive player of the year. Within the conference, he was the Metro Region offensive player of the year and was First Team All Region.

This week, MHS expects three baseball players and a soccer player to sign national letters of intent.


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Rick Horst

At the Tuesday, April 24 City Council meeting the Council will vote on a contract to hire Ricky Horst as the new City Manager of the City of Maricopa. The contract lists his start date as June 25.

Horst has been the city manager of Rocklin, California since 2011. He has more than 28 year of experience in the field of public administration with 23 years in the position of City Manager. Horst is a credentialed City Manager, certified with the International City/County Management Association.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Horst’s resume

At a meet-and-greet last week with fellow candidate Nicole Lance, Horst told the audience city administrators should “astonish” the public with their clarity and openness. He also touched on the relationship between the city manager and the city council.

“The truth is, if you don’t get along, there is no success,” he said.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s and lots of sun are in the forecast for Maricopa this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high temperature is expected to be 95 degrees F under sunny skies. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 62.

Tuesday, look for a mostly sunny day and a high near 97. The overnight low is expected to be around 63 under partly cloudy skies and winds of 5-10 mph.

Wednesday’s forecast is for mostly sunny with the high again near 97. The nighttime low will be around 64.

Thursday is expected to be sunny with the high temperature climbing to 98. The nighttime forecast is for mostly clear with a low around 67.

Friday‘s high temperature is expected to be 97 with sunny skies. The low will get down to around 66 overnight.

That leads to a weekend in the mid- to low-90s and moderate breezes.


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The wind ruffles flags and water in Sorrento. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After the dust clears, Maricopa is in for a warm and sunny weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today continues to be sunny but windy with a high of 84 degrees F and southwest winds of 15-25 mph gusting to 35 mph. Tonight, blowing dust is expected to continue until around 9 p.m. The night will be breezy with a low around 50.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 80 and winds 5-15 mph. The overnight low will be around 55 with winds becoming light and variable after midnight.

Saturday calls for clear skies and high near 89 degrees. The night will be partly cloudy, with the low temperature around 60.

Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, with temperatures climbing back into the 90s for a high near 94. The overnight low will be around 61 under mostly clear skies.

That leads into a mostly clear week of increasingly warm temperatures in the upper 90s.


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A garage fire threatened a home at 46058 W. Morning View Lane.

According to Deputy Fire Marshal Eddie Rodriguez, two people were in the house and made it out safely. There is still a search for four animals.

The fire call came in at 10:09 a.m. It was initially reported as a vehicle fire. A dozen fire and medical units responded to the scene. Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said 11 MPD units responded.

MFMD Assistant Chief John Storm said the American Red Cross and a local church are provided aid to the residents.

 

Two finalists for the job of city manager are being brought before the public Tuesday.

The City of Maricopa announced its two finalists for the job of city manager. The city will host a meet-and-greet with the candidates Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

IF YOU GO
What: Meet and Greet
Who: City manager candidate
When: Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza

Rick Horst is in the middle of his second five-year contract as city manager of Rocklin, California. A former Maricopa city employee, Nicole Lance is the assistant city manager in Surprise. One of them is in line to replace Gregory Rose, who served for almost four years before leaving in December to accept a job in Missouri.

The finalists were selected after being examined by a group of unidentified stakeholders. “We are not releasing the names of the community panelists,” Jennifer Brown, assistant to the city manager, told InMaricopa.

Originally from Florida, Horst has been in city management for 30 years. He has a master’s degree in recreation management and community resource development, according to biographical information on the Rocklin city website.

Lance had been the assistant to the city manager in Maricopa, who was then Kevin Evans, before moving on to Gilbert and then Surprise, where she was named assistant city manager a year ago. She has a a Master of Public Administration degree, concentration in urban management.


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Winds are blowing dust across Maricopa again Monday, blocking the sun.

Moderate temperatures, sunny skies and occasionally strong winds are in store for Maricopa this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, patchy blowing dust will continue into evening along with cloudy skies, which will gradually clear. The overnight low will be around 51 degrees F. Winds are expected to be 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Tuesday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 78. The night will be clear with a low around 47 and light breezes.

Wednesday is also expected to be sunny, warming up to 86 degrees during the day. The nighttime will be clear with a low around 52.

Thursday, the wind return with patchy blowing dust after 4 p.m. Otherwise, the day looks to be sunny with a high near 85. Winds will increase to 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph until around 9 p.m. The low is expected to be around 48.

Friday’s forecast calls for sun and a high near 81 degrees. Winds will continue at 10-15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. The overnight low will be around 52.

That clears the way for a mostly sunny and increasingly hot weekend.


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MUSD board discusses options. Photo by Michelle Chance

The Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board will meet in special session Monday, and it’s all about Tracey Lopeman.

Lopeman was selected March 26 as the finalist for the post of superintendent. Previous superintendent Steve Chestnut already left to take an administrative post with the beleaguered Scottsdale Unified School District.

Part of Monday’s discussion involves contracting with Lopeman at least part time for the rest of this school year, which ends June 30. As proposed, that would cost the district $20,000.

The board will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. to discuss the negotiations and contracts with the district’s attorney.

Afterward they could approve a 2018-2021 contract for Lopeman, a contract for consulting services for Lopeman and the sole-source purchase of superintendent consulting services.

 

ADOT

State Route 347 is now open in both directions north of Maricopa, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Blowing dust and subsequent collisions had the road closed and traffic diverted to Interstate 10 for much of the afternoon.

Motorists should continue to be vigilant for blowing dust and high winds while traveling on SR 347 and Interstate 10. When encountering a dust storm, drivers should slow down after checking traffic around their vehicle and completely exit the highway if possible.

Here are some additional safety tips from PullAsideStayAlive.org:

  • Turn off all vehicle lights, set the parking brake and take your foot off the brake to reduce the likelihood of being hit by following drivers.
  • Remain in your vehicle with your seatbelts buckled.
  • Wait for the storm to pass.

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa’s temperatures are reaching for triple digits in Maricopa, but strong winds may cool down days later in the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight is expected to be clear with a low around 60.

Tuesday, the forecast calls for a high near 99 degrees and sunny skies. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 61.

Wednesday, the high will again shoot for 99 with lots of sun, while the night is mostly clear with a low around 62. Breezes will increase from 5-10 mph to 10-15 mph.

Thursday looks to be sunny with a high near 88 but with patchy blowing dust after 3 p.m. Breezes will increase to 15-20 mph in the afternoon with gusts up to 30 mph. The nighttime low will be around 54 while the winds and blowing dust continue until 9 p.m.

Friday is expected to be sunny with a high near 80 degrees and winds of 10-15 mph carrying gusts of 25 mph. The overnight low will be around 52.

The weekend, from this far out, is forecast to be sunny with temperatures in the mid-80s to low 90s.


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Photo by John Clayton

Heavy white smoke billowed from the McDonald’s restaurant on John Wayne Parkway late Saturday night as firefighters worked to extinguish a kitchen fire from within.

The Maricopa Fire/Medical Department responded April 7 to a report of a fire at McDonald’s, 20700 N. John Wayne Parkway, at approximately 11:30 p.m., said MFMD Capt. Brad Pitassi.

Firefighters from the Chandler and Goodyear Fire Departments assisted as automatic aid partners.

A grease fire was reportedly to blame, according to reports from restaurant staff to the first crew on scene. No injuries were reported to emergency medical personnel.

“All occupants were outside, the fire sprinklers were flowing in the kitchen and the fire protection equipment over the skillets was activated,” Pitassi said.

Crews quickly extinguished a small fire in the kitchen and removed smoke using fans, he said.

Fire investigators were still on scene as of 1:50 a.m. April 8.

The McDonald’s is one of three franchise locations in Maricopa and is the only to operate 24/7. The restaurant does not have an expected re-opening date at this time.

Two young people were treated on scene by first responders. Photo by Mason Callejas

An collision snarled traffic at a busy intersection Thursday afternoon as schools were dismissing classes.

Maricopa Police Department reported no serious injuries, though two juveniles in one of the vehicles complained of stomach pain and were treated on scene at Honeycutt and Porter roads.

According to MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, a southbound van on Porter collided with a northbound Jeep trying to turn left onto Honeycutt Road. The juveniles were passengers in the Jeep. The investigation became a matter of what color the north-south traffic lights were.

Photo by Mason Callejas

“The driver of the Jeep stated the light was red,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the van said the light was yellow. An independent witness at the scene said the light was green.”

Police sided with the independent witness and cited the Jeep driver for causing an accident.

Neither vehicle sustained serious damage and both were able to be driven from the scene. 


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A portal to Glennwilde barely blocks the sun. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Look for some shade. With increasingly hot temperature and the evaporation of any chance of rain, this will be a warm weekend for Maricopa.

Today, the high is expected to hit 92 degrees F. Winds of 5-10 mph will continue into the night, when skies will be partly cloudy and the low around 59.

Friday, the forecast sees mostly sunny with a high near 93 and winds of 10-15 mph. The winds will calm slightly overnight, when the low will be around 60.

Saturday will be nearly identical, with sunny skies and high near 94. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 65 and winds developing 20 mph gusts.

Sunday is expected to by sunny and breezy with a high of 90 and gusting winds up to 20 mph. The overnight low will be around 57 under mostly clear skies.

That leads to a week that is forecast to be in the mid-90s. 


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Of 22 eateries inspected by the Pinal County Health Department Feb. 16-March 15, three were marked down, and two of those had serious problems.

KFC was cited for two violations regarding water temperature in the handwashing sink and equipment sanitation. Two out of the three available handwashing sinks were able to meet the standard of reaching 100 degrees F within the time allotted. The third sink, next to the fryer, reached only 76 degrees F.

KFC was also marked down for food debris buildup on counters and other surfaces used for food preparation. There was also noted debris on surfaces used for holding nonfood equipment.  Aside from debris, a “yellow substance” was found inside a table top cooler. The store received an “S” for satisfactory.

Maricopa Shell’s Dairy Queen received an “N” for needs improvement (one step from failure), cited for three violations regarding item storage, temperature control and food preparation. Multiple items had been found on the floor in the walk-in of the storage area rather than at least six inches off the floor – the required standard.

Another violation was cited when food kept at the prep table (lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions and condiments) was recorded at 47-52 degrees F. The safe cold-holding temperature is 41 degrees F or below.

The final violation cited for Dairy Queen was recorded when an employee was seen handling money without gloves on and handling raw, ground, frozen beef before reaching into a hamburger bun bag without washing their hands between tasks. Hands are required to be washed between all tasks when handling food.

Also scoring an “N” from the inspector was the McDonald’s inside Walmart. The site continued to have problems with water temperature, and the inspector also noted issues with debris, food sitting out too long and cross contamination.

One hand-washing sink continued a failure to reach 100 degrees. Visiting on March 13, the inspector gave management 10 days to correct the repeat violation. Another repeat offender was an ice-machine described as covered in calcium and rust buildup, and the inspector recommended having it replaced before the re-inspection. The restaurant was also marked down for having mustard, a rag and ice in two hand-wash sinks.

The inspector observed cracked egg shells in an egg carton next to raw eggs in a container next to fresh beef. Lettuce and chopped onions were left out more than an hour past the appropriate time of use. A bin attached to the grill was “filled with food debris spilling over out of catch bin onto sides of machine and neighboring refrigerator.”

 

Excellent [No violations found] Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurant
Carl’s Jr.
Children’s Learning Adventure
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Denny’s
Firehouse Subs
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Honeycutt Coffee
Leading Edge Academy
Legacy Traditional School
Little Caesar’s Pizza
McDonald’s, 20700 N. John Wayne Parkway
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Saddleback Elementary School
Sequoia Pathway Academy – K-6
Sequoia Pathway Academy – secondary
Starbuck’s Maricopa Station
Yogurt Jungle
Zoyo

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection] KFC

Needs Improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection] Maricopa Shell – Dairy Queen
McDonald’s – Walmart

Unacceptable [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service] None

Smiley Dental is among new businesses acquiring a new commercial license.

Of the many new business licenses applied for in Maricopa last month, the majority were for out-of-town companies and vendors.

Commercial: GoWireless Inc., H&R Block, Maricopa Family Psychiatry, My Maricopa Plumber, Planet Fitness, Smiley Dental, Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, True Hearts II

Home-based: Ashley’s Parties, Bags and More by Julie, Charmed Bath & Body, Comfort Care Assisting Living Home, Crossland Training Connections, Desert Ice, JC & Laney, LenzKing, Ms. Sparkle, Nana’s House of Childcare, Origami Owl, PCs by D’vine, Positively Posh Events, Skurtsy/Peaches & Seams, Sonora Candle & Oils, Usborne Books & More, VanGo 4 Kids, VIPTV

Out of town: Arizona Correctional Industries, Arizona Foundation Solutions, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, Cordova Contracting & Development, Different Smokes BBQ, Digital Video Networks, Flippin’ Rice Food Truck, Garth Vacuum Truck Service, Good Ruby Apple Christian Book & Gift, Guzman Fence Company, Horrocks Engineers, The Ice Tea Guy, Joseph’s Graneries, Liquid Habit, Lislie Heft Premier Designs Jewelry, Metro Traffic Control, MRC Construction & Electrical, Ms. C’s BBQ Chicken N Ribs, Pace Pacific Corporation, Phoenix Psychic, RT Underground, Seacret Direct, Soil Works, Sonya’s Feather Duster, Starlight Homes Construction, Tac-O-Bout It, Tribal Waters, Tupperware The Fanatics

Nonprofit: Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Maricopa Pantry, Waypoint Church


This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A mostly sunny week with warm temperatures and easy breezes if forecast for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is expected to be sunny with a high near 87 degrees F and winds at 5-10 mph. Tonight, the low temperature will to around 53.

Tuesday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 85. The overnight low will be around 55 under mostly clear skies.

Wednesday will likely have a high of 90 under sunny skies, and the nighttime low is expected drop to 57 with 5 mph winds.

Thursday is looking to be mostly sunny with a high near 94. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 58.

Friday’s forecast is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 92 and winds of 5-10 mph. The overnight low will be around 59 under mostly cloudy skies.

That leads into a weekend that currently looks volatile with warm temperatures, increasing winds and even a small chance of showers.


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Kourtney Burlison (PCSO photo)

Police say they found dangerous drugs on a woman they found sleeping behind a dumpster Monday.

Kourtney Burlison, 29, was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing and possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia outside Fry’s Marketplace March 26 at approximately 7:33 a.m.

A Maricopa Police Department report stated the drugs were in “unmeasurable quantities” and were found along with two glass pipes inside Burlison’s sweatshirt pocket. Officers found Burlison after responding to a call for a welfare check on a person sleeping behind a Fry’s dumpster.

Burlison was reportedly trespassed from Fry’s Marketplace Feb. 21 and had two shoplifting citations filed against her in the Maricopa Municipal Court in February and March.

The officer arrested Burlison on the trespassing charge. A subsequent search of Burlison by the officer produced “two glass pipes with burnt residue, one small baggy of green substance later positively tested for marijuana and a small bag with a small clear rock later positively tested for methamphetamine,” according to the report.

After being read her Miranda rights, Burlison reportedly invoked her right to remain silent.

MPD transported Burlison to the Pinal County Jail where she could face a maximum penalty of six years behind bars, if convicted on all charges.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Mild temperatures early in the week will build to summertime heat by the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today should be sunny with a high near 74 degrees F. Winds of 5-15 mph will have gusts up to 20 mph. The overnight low will be around 46 under clear skies.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 74 with light breezes. The nighttime low is expected to around 45.

Wednesday is expected to warm up to 80 degrees with sunny skies and 5-10 mph winds and an overnight low of 49.

Thursday will be even warmer, according to NWS, with a high near 85 and low around 53

Friday is forecast to climb to 90 degrees under sunny skies. The night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 56.

That leads into a weekend that is forecast to be sunny and warm.

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Today's clouds are expected to leave in time for the weekend.

Current clouds will turn into a sunny weekend for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, but cooler temperatures loom next week.

Tonight will continue to be cloudy, but the temperature will drop only to 61 degrees F. Breezes will range from 5 to 15 mph with 20 mph gusts.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 82 and winds 5-10 mph. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 53.

Saturday is also expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 81. Winds may return at 5-15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. The night will be mostly clear with low dropping to 48.

Sunday’s forecast calls for sunny skies but a high of just 74 degrees and continued winds. The overnight low will be around 45 under mostly clear skies.

That leads into a week that currently is forecast to be sunny with highs in the 70s.

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Photo by Mason Callejas

Tuesday, Mayor Christian Price proclaimed March Women’s History Month:

Women’s History Month proclamation

Whereas, women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our Nation, our State, our County, and our City in countless recorded and unrecorded ways; and
Whereas, women contribute to the local, regional and national economic development as business owners, partners, executives, entrepreneurs and managers; and
Whereas, women have played and continue to play critical social, cultural and economic roles in every sphere of life by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home; and
Whereas, women have played a unique role throughout the history of Maricopa by providing much of the volunteer labor force in our the City, and
Whereas, women created and continue to play a vital role in sustaining Maricopa’s charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions; and
Whereas, women of all races, ages, and ethnic backgrounds have served, and continue to serve, as leaders and valued members of our City government, department Directors, public safety, and staff; and
Whereas, women have served our country courageously in the military; supported and encouraged military families through their leadership and contributions in auxiliary organizations; and
Whereas, despite all of these incredible contributions, we continue to honor and respect women throughout our history, and presently, for their great deeds & accomplishments, but also in their cherished roles as mothers, wives, aunt’s, sisters, nieces and grandmothers; and
Whereas, we wish to recognize and acknowledge all women for their wisdom, strength, resolve, compassion, dedication, perseverance, devotion and unwavering love to all mankind;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christian Price, Mayor of the City of Maricopa, do hereby proclaim the month of March 2018 asWomen’s History Month in the City of Maricopa, Arizona.
Dated this 20th day of March, 2018

Sales tax set to be implemented April 1

The RTA plans are aimed at widening State Route 347 and establishing an east-west corridor.

Pinal County and the Regional Transportation Authority filed a legal response Monday to an injunction request filed by the Goldwater Institute over a transportation sales tax.

The tax and the transportation infrastructure improvements it is meant to fund (Props 416/417) were approved by county voters in November. The Goldwater Institute, a conservative thinktank based in Phoenix, filed suit in December against the county, the RTA and the Arizona Department of Revenue. Plaintiffs are listed as Arizona Restaurant Association, county resident Harold Vangilder and On Sight Shooting owner Dan Neidig.

The suit [read it here] challenges the legality of the tax and also claims it exceeds the county’s authority “by creating a new tax classification.”

“The problem is the tax is so complicated and confusing that nobody really knows what is taxed and how,” Timothy Sandefur, Goldwater vice president, said at the time.

After the defendants filed a response in January, the plaintiffs asked the court for a preliminary injunction, hoping to stop the implementation of the tax on April 1. They said collecting the tax while the suit is still being decided would cause irreparable injury and hardship. [Read the motion here.]

The case is in Maricopa County Superior Court in front of Judge Chris Whitten.

In responding to Goldwater’s motion, the defendants called the claims of voter confusion “apparitional.” The response [read it here] also stated the plaintiffs failed to meet the requirements for injunction.

“This lawsuit is nothing more than a post-election attack by those who failed to convince voters to oppose the transportation tax at the election,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd House stated. “The voters spoke clearly about the need for improved transportation infrastructure in the Pinal region last November while also expressing their willingness to pay an additional sales tax that amounts to about $7.33 per month per household.”

There is continuing uncertainty over the legal ramifications if the court does not grant the preliminary injunction to halt the start of tax collection on April 1 but Whitten later rules against the RTA. The county cannot proceed with RTA plans until the case is settled.


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Alisha Lewis (PCSO photo)

An alleged argument over rent led to an assault charge and jail time for a Maricopa woman Monday evening.

The Maricopa Police Department responded to a residence on North Miller Way in the Maricopa Meadows subdivision March 19 around 6:26 p.m.

Alisha Lewis, 30, told officers she confronted her female roommate about a rent payment earlier that evening.

“(Lewis) further stated she became angry with (the victim) and admitted she initiated a physical fight with (the victim),” the report alleges.

The reporting officer noted multiple abrasions on the victim’s face, as well as a small scratch under her left eye.

Lewis, who has no prior violence convictions, was booked into Pinal County Jail on charges of assault, a class 1 misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, also a class 1 misdemeanor.

Lewis remains in custody at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence.


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Andres Ortega (PCSO photo)

Police arrested a man last week for allegedly assaulting an officer at a local restaurant.

Andres Alonso Ortega, 37, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault against a peace officer and resisting arrest March 14 at Domino’s Pizza, 20046 N. John Wayne Parkway.

A caller prompted help from the Maricopa Police Department at 9:58 p.m., alleging Ortega was being “very aggressive” and was “threatening to beat them.”

The report doesn’t identify whether the caller was a Domino’s employee or customer.

Ortega was highly intoxicated, combative and “verbally assaultive” with officers once they arrived, according to the report.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department also arrived to assist Ortega, who the report states was complaining of stomach pain.

The report alleges Ortega hit an officer’s hand “in an aggressive manner” while the officer attempted to assist him in receiving medical attention from MF/MD.

Ortega then refused to get inside a patrol vehicle and “had to be hobbled in order to be transported,” according to the report. Hobbling is a restraint used by law enforcement to secure a person’s wrists and ankles behind their back.

Police transported Ortega to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center for a medical evaluation for his stomach pain before eventually booking him into Pinal County Jail.

Ortega has a lengthy arrest sheet, including prior arrests for aggravated assault against a peace officer and resisting arrest in 2011. The assault charge was dismissed by the court, according to Pinal County Superior Court documents.

Ortega pled guilty to disorderly conduct (fighting) in 2017 and a subsequent domestic violence complaint was dismissed in Maricopa.

In 2017-18 throughout Maricopa and Phoenix, Ortega was allegedly charged with multiple criminal trespassing violations, criminal damage, disorderly conduct (noise), assault and public liquor consumption.

Domenico Cicirello. Submitted photo

The Maricopa Police Department is searching for a teenager after his mother reported his disappearance early Sunday morning.

Nunzia Parra said she last saw her 15-year-old son, Domenico Cicirello, around 9 p.m. on March 17 at their home in Rancho El Dorado.

Parra said she noticed Domenico missing from the home early the next morning.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said they received the report at 3:30 a.m., March 18. Alvarado said MPD is pursuing all avenues to locate the teen, whom they have listed as a runaway.

If you have any information, please contact the Maricopa Police Department, 520-568-3673.

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The Ames Construction crane waits against partly cloudy skies in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Temperatures are expected to rise this week with showers developing near the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is expected to be sunny with a high near 75 degrees F. Overnight, the low will be around 45.

Tuesday, the forecast sees sunny skies and the high climbing to 80. The night will be warmer, too, with the expected low around 51.

Wednesday, look for mostly sunny skies and a high of 86 during the day but with clouds moving in for the evening. The nighttime low is expected to be around 57 despite the overcast.

Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high ascending to 89. Winds are forecast to increase to 10-15 mph with gusts at 20 mph. Overnight, a 30-percent chance of rain will develop after 11 p.m., and skies will be cloudy with a low around 57 and continuing winds.

Friday, the chance of showers will linger around 20 percent. The day will eventually be mostly sunny with a high near 80. The night is forecast to be mostly clear, with a low around 50, heading into a sunny weekend.


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