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Kaitlyn Gilmore

UPDATE: The missing girl was located around 1 p.m. Friday


A 14-year-old girl has been reported missing from Rancho El Dorado.

Kaitlyn Gilmore was last seen the Thursday evening.

The family reports she took her bicycle and they suspect she is still in the Maricopa area. Maricopa Police Department has been notified as has Legacy Traditional School, where she is a student.

She is described as 5-foot-8, 130 pounds. Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked contact MPD at 520-568-3673 so they can contact the family.

Maricopa has again made the Top 5 list of Arizona’s safest cities, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

The city’s violent crime rate is measured at 1.72 per 1,000 people while the property crime rate is 12.45 per 1,000. That places Maricopa fifth on the list. The state’s average is 6.0 and 40.0, respectively.

For the nation, the violent crime rate is 3.0 and property crime rate is 28.0.

Florence, the Pinal County seat with its high law-enforcement presence, was ranked the safest city in Arizona. It is followed by Sahuarita, Gilbert and Oro Valley. Alarms.org uses the FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics to compile its data.

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After a resident reported neglected and dead dogs on a Hidden Valley property, the county is investigating.

A passerby reported the situation Sunday, describing two dead dogs, one of which was decapitated. Pinal County Animal Care and Control responded Monday morning.

“This is a heartbreaking sight,” said Animal Care and Control Director Audra Michael. “The deceased dogs were in such an advanced state of decay that we wouldn’t be able to determine a cause of death. We also did not have a search warrant so we could not enter the property. But what we saw from our vantage point, the other dogs appeared to have no obvious signs of distress.”

But the person who reported the situation said one dog was limping and a pregnant dog was being attacked by the others. Neighbors warned her away from the Stonebluff Road property, calling it a dangerous situation.

PCACC reported several dogs within the fenced property. The owner of the property was not present at the time officers arrived to the scene.

The reporting party described the house door being propped open so the dogs could go in and out. Neighbors told her the owner and breeder of the dogs did not live there but came by to feed them.

Michael said her officers are working with the County Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office to determine what the next steps will be in this situation.

State Route 347 southbound is closed at Riggs Road for a crash, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

 The closure extends to Casa Blanca Road where the crash occurred. There is no estimate on when the road will reopen. Traffic is being diverted on to Riggs Road. 

 Northbound SR 347 is unaffected by the closure.

Maricopa Unified School District Superintendent Steve Chestnut sent out the following statement regarding an incident at Butterfield Elementary School:

“Today at Butterfield Elementary administrators were informed that three girls had created a ‘hit list’ that named three boys. Administrators investigated the situation and found that such a list had been created by the girls but they did not have the capability of following through on the threat. The parents of all of the children involved in this situation have been contacted. The girls who created the list are receiving disciplinary consequences as outlined in the MUSD Student Handbook.”

After a student at Desert Wind Middle School told his parents about a threat against the school, Maricopa Police Department was informed and notified the school’s administration.

That automatically put the campus into a teaching lockdown at 9:15 a.m.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said no basis for the story was found, and the person named as the instigator of the threat did not exist at the school.

“MPD and DWMS administrators talked to several students and determined that these threats were only rumors,” Maricopa Unified School District Superintendent Steve Chestnut stated in a release. “The teaching lockdown ended a 11:50 a.m. We greatly appreciate the assistance of the Maricopa Police Department in resolving this situation.”

Police tape off the entry to Glennwilde at Honeycutt Road after surrounding a suspected burglar. Photo by Mason Callejas

Maricopa Police Department apprehended a suspect in a burglary this morning after closing down an area of Glennwilde.

The police tracked the suspect vehicle from Tortosa to Glennwilde after a resident reported finding a burglar in his home with his gun. The fleeing vehicle briefly eluded MPD, but an officer in an unmarked car found it at a home in Glennwilde, where the suspect allegedly was trying to switch out license plates.

The suspect picked up a woman and a child and tried to leave the subdivision but was contained before reaching Honeycutt Road. More information is pending.

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Photos by Mason Callejas
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Maricopa Police Department is looking for a burglar in Glennwilde and shut down an area.

A homeowner in Tortosa came home this morning to see a strange vehicle out front and then found a burglar in his home, according to Maricopa Police Department.

The homeownerleft the house and called 911. MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the burglar may have had the homeowner’s gun when he left the area.

MPD tracked the car to the Glennwilde subdivision, where officers created a perimeter and are now searching for the suspect.

Arnold Jackson is coordinator for Age-Friendly Maricopa.

This week has a full slate of activities for Maricopa. Below, Arnold Jackson talks about the second Senior Info/Expo. Plus look for the annual Maricopa Meadows Disc Golf Tournament, a trip to Kartchner Caverns, a Laura Walsh concert and much more. For details on these and more listings, or to add your own, visit InMaricopa.com/Calendar.

MONDAY

The Fairchild Blues Tribute band performs at 1 p.m. at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

TUESDAY

Wired: A Social Media Networking Event is at 8 a.m. at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, 20800 N. John Wayne Pkwy, Ste. 108.

M.O.R.E.E. Trip to Kartchner Caverns leaves at 9 a.m. from Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Coffee with Friends of the Maricopa Library is at 1:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Maricopa Police Explorer Post Meeting is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Celebrate Recovery Coffee & Karaoke is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

City Council Work Session is at 6 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Celebrate Recovery Large & Small Group Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

City Council Regular Session is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

WEDNESDAY

Lunch & Learn is at noon at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Ste. 108.

Harrah’s Club 777 Toastmasters meet at 3 p.m. at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road.

Benson Family Singers perform at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 44301 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy., Suite 105.

THURSDAY

Free Diabetes Education Class is at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Health Clinic, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, Building 15.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Ak-Chin Social Services, 48227 W. Farrell Road.

FRIDAY

Age-Friendly Committee meets at 1 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Strength & Hope Al-Anon Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Maricopa Meadows Disc Golf Tournament starts at 10 a.m. at Maricopa Meadows Disc Golf Course, 45725 W. Honeycutt Ave.

SATURDAY

Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training is at 8 a.m. at Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Camino Montessori Open House is at 9 a.m. at Camino Montessori, 44301 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.

Senior Info/Expo is at 10 a.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Maricopa Community Awards Banquet is at 5:30 p.m. at Elements Event Center at Ak Chin Circle, 16000 N. Maricopa Road.

Laura Walsh performs at 5:30 p.m. at Arroyo Grille at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, 48456 W. Hwy. 238.

SUNDAY

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Maricopa can expect lots of clouds this week.

Maricopa can expect a temperate January week with a lot of clouds and highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday‘s forecast has mostly sunny skies with a high near 74 degrees. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 50.

Monday, expect the day to be mostly cloudy with high around 73. Calm winds will increase slightly overnight, which will remain mostly cloudy. The low will be around 48.

Tuesday is forecast to be partly sunny, with the high around 69. The nighttime low will be around 46 under mostly cloudy skies.

Wednesday is looking to be mostly sunny with a high again near 69. The night will be partly cloudy, and the low will again be 46.

Thursday also expects mostly sunny skies with a high near 69. The overnight low will be around 47 and skies will be partly cloudy.

Friday brings a 10-percent chance of precipitation, but the day is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 67.

 

A poetry slam, a free concert by a rock star, a family fishing day and much more will be happening this week in Maricopa. Below, Slam Master Bernard “The Klute” Schober shares some highlights. For details on these and other listings, or to add your own, visit InMaricopa.com/Calendar.

MONDAY

Color Yourself Calm is at 11 a.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

You Are My Sunshine is at 1 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Friends of the Maricopa Library General Meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Childcare & Babysitting Class is at 5:30 p.m. at Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting is at 6 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Men’s Softball Opening Night is at 6:30 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

TUESDAY

M.O.R.E.E. trip to Biosphere 2 leaves at 9 a.m. from Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Professional Series is at 11 a.m. at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Ste. 108.

Coffee with Friends of the Maricopa Library is at 1:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Maricopa Police Explorer Post Meeting is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Celebrate Recovery Coffee & Karaoke is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

WEDNESDAY

Harrah’s Club 777 Toastmasters meet at 3 p.m. at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road.

Achieve, with Marty Chadwick, is at 6 p.m. at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway,

Marty Chadwick
Marty Chadwick

Ste. 108.

MUSD Governing Board Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Maricopa Unified School District, 44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.

THURSDAY

NAACP: Let’s Have That Talk is at 6:30 p.m. at Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Ak-Chin Social Services, 48227 W. Farrell Road.

FRIDAY

All-Maricopa Poetry Slam is at 6:30 p.m. at Honeycutt Coffee, 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 109.

Co-ed Novice Softball Opening Night is at 6:30 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Co-ed Comp Softball Opening Night is at 6:30 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Strength & Hope Al-Anon Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Timothy B. Schmit will play a free concert at 8 p.m. at The Lounge at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road.

SATURDAY

Family Fishing Day starts at 8 a.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

2nd Saturday Market is at 8 a.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Coffee with the Chief is at 8 a.m. at Copper Sky Police Substation, 17985 N. Greythorne Drive.

Maricopa High School Theatre Company Pet Adoption Drive
Maricopa High School Theatre Company Pet Adoption Drive

Pet Adoption Drive hosted by MHS Theatre Company is at 9 a.m. in the courtyard at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Free Shredding Event is at 9 a.m. at Maricopa Wells Middle School, 45725 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Football Team Car Wash for F.O.R. Maricopa is at noon at Maricopa Wells Middle School, 45725 W. Honeycutt Ave.

MWMS football team car wash for F.O.R. Maricopa
MWMS football team car wash for F.O.R. Maricopa

SUNDAY

Co-ed Comp Softball Sunday Opening Night is at 6 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Co-ed Novice Softball Sunday Opening Night is at 6 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous isa t 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Timothy B. Schmit. Submitted photo
Submitted photo
Submitted photo

An American musician, singer and songwriter, Timothy B. Schmit is best known for his work as the bass guitar player and singer for the Eagles and Poco.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles and has become a successful solo artist. The Eagles also received Kennedy Center Honors this year after the passing of founder Glenn Frey.

Schmit’s latest solo album is “Leap of Faith.”

He will play a free concert in The Lounge at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.

Tanner Hughes is the 2017 winner of the Saguaro Amateur. Submitted photo

Tanner Hughes came from third place to win the Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Wednesday. Hughes is a sophomore at University of California.

In a field of 112 golfers over three rounds, Hughes shot 9-under to win by a stroke over Zach Smith of California and the two-day leader Daniel Connolly, a San Francisco native who is a freshman at Southern Methodist University.

The winning shot came in dramatic fashion on the 18th hole with Hughes trailing Connolly, his playing partner, by one.

Hughes’ approach shot stopped just nine feet from the hole. Connolly’s back-nine struggles continued, and he bogeyed the hole. Hughes rolled in his final putt for the two-stroke reversal that gave him the trophy.

Last year’s winner, Wes Artac, finished sixth.

The round of the tournament came from Zachary Burry, an Illinois State junior, who shot a 65 on the 72-par course Wednesday to move from 4-over to 3-under and a tie for 11th.

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes has hosted the Saguaro Amateur since 2014. The event is also sponsored by Troon Golf and Marriott Fashion Center in Chandler.

Top 5
1. Tanner Hughes 69-70-69—207
T2. Zach Smith 70-70-68—208
T2. Daniel Connolly 66-69-73—208
T4. Branson Davis 70-71-68—209
T4. Spencer Painton 70-67-72—209

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Least Expensive Homes Sold

1. 18294 N. Alicia Court

The least expensive home sold Nov. 16-Dec. 15 was on the market for just 16 days in Smith Farms. Previously approved for short sale, it sold for cash.

Sold: Nov. 29
Purchase price: $110,000
Square feet: 1,804
Price per square foot: $60.98
Days on market: 16
Builder: KB Homes
Year built: 2008
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Community: Smith Farms
Features: Fixer-upper, missing kitchen, two stories, refrigeration and gas heat.
Seller’s agent: Anthony Schumacher, The Maricopa Real Estate Co.
Buyer’s agent: Eric R. Middlebrook, Keller Williams Realty East Valley

2. 46108 W. Windmill Drive, Maricopa Meadows, $125,000
3. 19021 N. Miller Way, Maricopa Meadows, $128,000
4. 46066 W. Long Way, Maricopa Meadows, $129,000
5. 35875 W. Costa Blanca Drive, Tortosa, $129,000


This article appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

For a full list of last month’s Maricopa home sales, see InMaricopa.com/Real-Estate.

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Photo by Mason Callejas

Most Expensive Homes Sold

1. 41869 W. Granada Drive

The most expensive home sold Nov. 16-Dec. 15 was in Glennwilde, a four-bedroom house with just one owner since it was built in 2007. It was on the market almost four months. The 10,000-square foot lot has a pool with waterfall, patio and pad for outdoor dining.

Sold: Nov. 21
Purchase price: $375,000
Square feet: 3,023
Price per square foot: $124.05
Days on market: 112
Builder: Richmond America
Year built: 2007
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.75
Community: Glennwilde
Features: Single-story home full of upgrades, pool, synthetic grass, gourmet kitchen, huge master suite.
Seller’s agent: Susan Rotter, Clear Skies Realty
Buyer’s agent: Michael B. Green, MGA

2. 43350 W. Desert Fairways Drive, Rancho El Dorado, $349,900
3. 20275 N. Peppermint Drive, Province, $340,310
4. 21894 N. Balboa Drive, Rancho El Dorado, 4335,000
5. 20150 N. Peppermint Drive, Province, $321,575


This article appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

For a full list of last month’s Maricopa home sales, see InMaricopa.com/Real-Estate.

Big 5 was among companies picking up new business licenses in Maricopa last month.

The following businesses applied for business licenses in Maricopa Nov. 16-Dec. 15:

Commercial: Big 5 Sporting Goods, Homestreet Bank

Home-based: Arizona Home Repair Service, Candy Creations, Chadwick’s Caleidoscope, Desert Vibes DJ, Jill Smith (Scentsy), Stephanie Raper, The Wright Home Day Care

Out-of-town:  Campo Construction, A Child’s Joy, Deadlift Brew & Shakes, Elite Fire Protection, First Impression Ironworks, Guitar Tommy’s, Legacy Transportation, Navajo Secrets, Policy Development Group, Ram Jack Arizona, Super Products, TJZ Corporation, Vicki St. Clair

Peddler/solicitor: Arizona Environmental Progress


This article appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

 

Fifteen Maricopa eateries were inspected by Pinal County Environmental Health Nov. 16-Dec. 15. Firehouse Subs was inspected twice in three days. The first inspection found two prep tables at 55 and 60 degrees instead of the required 41 degrees. That gave the shop a mark of “Satisfactory.” The second inspection improved Firehouse to the top score of “Excellent.”

The New HQ also had a cold-holding issue. Items in a cold prep table were above 41 degrees, and a countertop refrigerator would not hold colder than 50 degrees. The restaurant was graded satisfactory.

After a previous inspection in July found serious problems, KFC’s December inspection scored an Excellent: “No violations observed – reviewed improved cleaning/upkeep of kitchen with staff noting the observable improvements and complimented them on their efforts.”

Excellent [No violations found]
Cilantro’s Mexican Cocina
Circle K (18141 N. John Wayne Parkway)
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Firehouse Subs
Jack in the Box
KFC
Native Grill & Wings
Panda Express
Papa John’s Pizza
Plaza Bonita
Quiktrip
Say Sushi
Sunrise Cafe
Tacos ‘N’ More

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
Firehouse Subs
The New HQ

Needs Improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]
None

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


This article appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by William Lange

Maricopa Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 10th annual Maricopa Community Awards.

The awards banquet, this year a Black and White Gala, is set for Elements Events Center at Ak-Chin Circle, 16000 N Maricopa Road, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., when the winners will be announced.

Chamber members vote on the recipients of the seven awards.

Nominees

“The Waz” Business of the Year
Adobe Blinds & More – owned by Danielle Collazo
Pro-X Detailing – owned by Jason and Marina Love
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

Small Business of the Year
Helen’s Kitchen and Catering – owned by Helen Ford
InMaricopa – owned by Scott Bartle
Impressive Imaging – owned by Robert Kistler

Sonny Dunn Citizen of the Year
Judith Zaimont – Maricopa Arts Council
Michelle Avery Schaefer – Maricopa Pantry
Vincent Manfredi – Maricopa “Vote Yes” Committee

Renate Chamberlain Volunteer of the Year
Carrie Vargas – Miss Maricopa/Maricopa Community Theatre
Evan Grace – Maricopa Youth Council/Relay for Life/Blue Star Moms Toys for Kids
Jamie Adamkiewicz – Cub Scouts/community sports team volunteer

Non-Profit of the Year
Maricopa Arts Council
Maricopa Education Foundation
The Streets Don’t Love You Back

Educator of the Year
Christine Dickinson – Maricopa Elementary
Lauren Miller – Sequoia Pathway
Tayna Neilson – Saddleback Elementary

Civil Servant of the Year
Marvin Brown, vice mayor, Maricopa City Council
Matthew Reiter, Fitness coordinator at Copper Sky
Steve Stahl, City of Maricopa Chief of Police

Tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple. Attire is semi-formal. The event is for ages 21 and up. Visit MaricopaChamber.org

ADOT is using this map to indicate continued slow traffic in the region due to a fatal crash on SR 347 today.

State Route 347 will remain closed in both directions throughout the evening following an earlier crash at Riggs Road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Southbound lanes are closed at Interstate 10. Troopers are directing northbound traffic onto Riggs.

Delays on I-10 are extensive due to detouring traffic which stretches from Chandler  Boulevard to Casa Blanca Road. Spillover traffic is also affected the southbound lanes of neighboring SR 587 and 87

Motorists planning to travel on I-10 eastbound through the Valley should consider taking SR 85 near Buckeye to I-8 instead. I-8 reconnects to I-10 near Casa Grande.

A crash has closed both directions of travel on State Route 347 at Riggs Road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Specifics on the accident are not yet available. A motorist at the scene reported seeing several ambulances on site and children on the side of the road.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia said troopers are investigating a “serious injury collision involving several vehicles.”

Southbound traffic is stopped at the intersection. Troopers are directing northbound traffic onto Riggs.

There is no established freeway detour and no estimated time to reopen the roadway. Motorist should plan an alternate route.

“It appears 10 vehicles are involved in this serious injury collision which occurred at 2:47 p.m.,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. “Our preliminary investigation indicates this may be a cross over collision at Riggs Road at State Route 347.”

Miguel Figueroa Sr. (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa man accused of killing his wife with a sword was arraigned Dec. 23.

Miguel Figueroa Sr., 45, was indicted Dec. 19 on four felony counts, including first-degree murder. His bond, first set Dec. 12, was maintained at $750,000.

Figueroa was arrested Dec. 10. The body of his wife Olivia was found later that night.

Nine days later, a Pinal County grand jury indicted Figueroa on charges of premeditated murder, a class-1 felony, kidnapping his wife, a class-2 felony, and two counts of aggravated assault, on his wife and on his son, by allegedly threatening them with a gun, class-3 felonies.

A funeral mass was held for Olivia Figueroa, 43, Dec. 17.

The night of her death, residents in the Maricopa Meadows subdivision reported seeing and hearing a man assaulting a woman and forcing her into his truck. Figueroa’s son reported being assaulted and his mother threatened before his father drove off with her in a pickup truck.

Later in the evening, Figueroa reportedly contacted his daughter, allegedly telling her he had killed Olivia. That call eventually led Maricopa Police to Figueroa at his mother’s house in the Heritage District, where responding officers reported the suspect had a sword in his hand.

KFC in Maricopa. Photo by William Lange

In a July 13 visit from the Pinal County Environmental Health Department, Maricopa’s KFC received the second worst rating, with 10 violations cited. Three restaurants received less serious mark-downs during visits the previous month. A dozen eateries were given top marks.

KFC was given an N rating for “needs improvement.” According the report, the inspector saw no hand soap available in the hand-washing sink, watched an employee touch cooked chicken with a bare hand, saw food debris on the prep line, floor and walls with encrusted food and debris, walk-in refrigerator and freezer with trash and food debris on the floors, a mop sink with dirty water unable to drain, no lid on a trash can in the restroom, clutter and unused equipment in outdoor storage facility including broken toilet plunger and broom head, no trash can at the drive-in window hand-washing sink, food debris on food racks and pans and an employee wearing an apron covered in food debris with no replacement available. It was the beginning of tough times for the eatery. Two days after the inspection was filed, a kitchen fire briefly closed the restaurant.

Say Sushi was cited for lack of date marking on food items in refrigerators and received an S for satisfactory. Sunrise Café was marked down for a refrigerator with a temperature of 52 degrees, well above the accepted standard of 41 degrees, having raw potatoes at 52 degrees (discarded) and for not having test strips for sanitizing solutions. In a re-inspection, True Grit Tavern corrected previous citations but still had a prep table top above 41 degrees and was told to replace it. Sonic was requested to use a thermometer when cooking hamburger.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Circle K (18141 N. John Wayne Parkway)
Circle K (21212 N. John Wayne Parkway)
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
The Green Zone Nutrition
Jack in the Box
Little Caesar’s Pizza
McDonald’s (41710 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway)
Papa John’s Pizza
Raceway Bar & Grill
Subway
Water & Ice

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
Say Sushi
Sonic Drive-In
Sunrise Cafe
True Grit Tavern

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical item noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]
KFC

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of operations]
None


This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

An early-morning crash Monday in Maricopa has resulted in the death of a local man.

John Christopher Glen Purry, 36, died after the motorcycle he was riding reportedly collided with the back of a four-door sedan at the intersection of John Wayne Parkway and Honeycutt Road.

The collision occurred around 3 a.m., and the area was closed to traffic until about 5:30 a.m.

According to the Maricopa Fire Department, Purry was not wearing a helmet.

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Rancho El Dorado sported the least expensive home sold in a month's time.

22016 N. Braden Road

The least expensive home sold in Maricopa between May 16 and June 15 was in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Rancho El Dorado subdivision. On the market for a little over a month, the three-bedroom, two-bath home has the basics for a home built 14 years ago.

Date sold: June 10
Purchase price: $105,525
Square feet: 1,273
Price per square foot: $82.89
Days on market: 36
Builder: Continental Homes
Year built: 2002
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Rancho El Dorado
Features: Open floor plan, large backyard, covered patio, within walking distance of park
Seller’s agent: Marlene Cerreta, Cerreta Real Estate
Buyer’s agent:  (unavailable)


This item appeared in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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In a month's time, the most expensive home sold in Maricopa went for less than $300,000.

20712 N. Enchantment Pass

The most expensive home sold in Maricopa between May 16 and June 15 was a former model home on an 8,361-square-foot lot in Province. The solar, energy-efficient home sold for $299,000. The ranch-style home has three bedrooms and two baths. It was on the market for 90 days and sold for cash at its asking price.

Date sold: May 31
Purchase price: $299,000
Square feet: 2,012
Price per square foot: $148.61
Days on market: 90
Builder: Meritage
Year built: 2010
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Province
Features: Solar panels, solar water heater, upgraded appliances, gourmet kitchen, double wall ovens, covered patio, next to green public space.
Seller’s agent: Kent H. Richards, Cactus Mountain Properties
Buyer’s agent: Debra K. Johnson, Cactus Mountain Properties


This item appeared in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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Maids of Glory is one of several home-based businesses that recently started up in Maricopa. (Maids of Glory photo)

The following licenses were issued May 16-June 15:

Commercial: Bubba’s Cheesesteaks

Home-based: A&C Cleaning, Grammatical Art, Home Again Elizabeth’s Dream, Jim McDaniel Photography, Maids of Glory, Maricopa Paws, Photo Crush Booths, Printz On, Pleasantries of Life, T’s Teachings Child Care and Pre-K Center, True Reflections Eboutique, Youth of Tomorrow

Out-of-town: Dish One Satellite, El Torito No. 3, N&B Hand Car Wash, Nieman Properties Arizona, Roost Motorsports, Sunlight Energy Systems, TEK Fitness, Webb Electric


This item appeared in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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True Grit Tavern made a quick correction during an inspection. Photo by William Lange

The Pinal County Department of Environmental Health made several inspections of Maricopa food establishments between May 16 and June 15 and found two out of 26 to be short of “excellent” in food safety.

Both Good Donuts and True Grit Tavern made corrections during inspections to receive “satisfactory” marks. Good Donuts was marked down for having items in the hand-washing sink, leaving a frosting mix uncovered, having milk and half-and-half without date markings, unlabeled water spray bottle and bulk bins, and empty boxes and milk crates used as shelving. True Grit received ticks for having a prep table and walk-in refrigerator with food temperatures above 41 degrees.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Arby’s
Barro’s Pizza
Carl’s Jr.
Circle K
Copa Craze
Crate Coffee
CVS Pharmacy
Domino’s Pizza
F.O.R. Maricopa
The Green Zone Nutrition
Honeycutt Coffee
Little Caesar’s Pizza
McDonald’s (John Wayne Parkway)
McDonald’s (Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway)
Papa John’s Pizza
Pizza Hut
QuikTrip
QuikTrip – Kitchen
Rob’s Convenience
Shell – Dairy Queen
Starbucks (Maricopa Station)
Subway
Taco Bell
Yogurt Jungle

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
Good Donuts
True Grit Tavern

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical item noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]
None

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of operations]
None


This item appeared in the July issue of InMaricopa.

Rodolfo Guzman (left) and Joshua Zepeda were arrested in unrelated incidents Thursday. PCSO photos

Two Maricopans ended up behind bars after separate incidents Thursday that attracted the attention of Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies.

Rodolfo Garcia Guzman, 28, was arrested around 4 p.m. after a fight. He is accused of disorderly conduct and two counts of threatening with bodily harm.

He was arraigned Friday in Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court and his bond is set at $500. A court hearing is set for Monday.

Later, at around 10 minutes before midnight, Joshua John Zepeda, 23, of Maricopa was arrested in the 36000 block of West Highway 84 in Stanfield.

He faces charges of second-degree criminal trespassing and a series of charges of noncompliance with an earlier sentence. Each of three counts of noncompliance was bonded for $1,500. One count of compliance with sentence related to his monetary obligations had a bond amount of $500. No bond was given for the trespassing charge, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

A pretrial conference is set for Aug. 9.

In December, Zepeda pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.