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The Maricopa High School baseball and softball tournaments scheduled to open the season this week, have been canceled due to inclement weather.

The Rams baseball team did get in one game of the Pinon-Huffman tournament, a 13-1 loss to Tempe on Wednesday.



The Maricopa High School baseball and softball teams start of their seasons by hosting home tournaments this week.

The Pinon-Huffman Baseball Tournament is Feb. 20-23 in Maricopa and Casa Grande.

Wednesday’s competition begins at 3:30 p.m. with McClintock playing Poston Butte, followed at 6 p.m. by Maricopa against Tempe. Meanwhile, Casa Grande is hosting Seton Catholic, Dobson and Apache Junction.

Play continues Thursday and Friday with the same game times. Maricopa plays Poston Butte at 6 p.m. Thursday and McClintock at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday, the top four from the Maricopa and Casa Grande sites play.

The 12th annual Krystin Diehl Softball Tournament will take place Feb. 22-23 at Maricopa High School.

Teams playing in the tournament include Florence, Higley, Maricopa, Mountain Point, McClintock and Yuma Catholic.

Pool play games start on Friday at 4:00 PM. Bracket tournament action begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with the championship game slated to start at 3 p.m.

For both tournaments, admission for adults is $5, students $3, age 6 and under free. AIA Passes only are accepted.

For more information on the tournament call Maricopa High School at 520-568-8100, ext. 4008

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The former Rotary pool is being filled in. Photo by Jim Headley

The City of Maricopa has been filling in the pool at the former Rotary Park as part of the plans to re-use the space next to Maricopa Unified School District and Maricopa Veterans Center. The property is now the new home of the California Zephyr railcar, which sits on the highway side of the old pool.

The pool opened in 1958, thanks to donations of money, labor and time by members of the Rotary Club and other residents of the community. It closed in 2014 after the opening of Copper Sky. Last year, the realignment of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and creation of Plainview Street wiped out most of Rotary Park, leaving only the pool on the land that had been donated by the Smith family.

Landscaping and parking are already planned for the area around the Zephyr.

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Two big quarters in the middle of the game lifted the Maricopa Rams out of the 5A round of 16 Tuesday and into the state quarterfinals.

The Maricopa High School girls’ basketball team defeated Marana on the road, 58-48. That was despite a slow start and Marana’s attempt at a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Tigers were seeded eighth, just ahead of the Rams’ ninth-place ranking, but were without their standout, Anabella Muscoreil, who was injured a week ago.

Neither team could get an offense firing in the first quarter. Maricopa had only a 6-5 lead at the end. Then the Rams went on an intense offensive run while the defense stayed tight and left the Tigers little room to maneuver. Maricopa outscored Marana 20-8 in the third and 22-16 in the fourth to move ahead, 48-29.

The Rams held off a 19-10 surge by the Tigers for the victory.

Jayla Johnson led all scorers with 28 points. Jene Brown had 12 points, followed by Tayler Riley-Coleman with six, Brooke Smith with five, Destinee Chavis with three and Italy Brookshire and Shakira Gillespie with two apiece.

That sets up Maricopa (21-7) to face the powerhouse Millennium team (23-4) that is the top seed in the conference. They have not played each other this season. The quarterfinal game is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Millennium High School in Goodyear.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

Living up to their billing, the Sequoia Pathway girls’ basketball team won their play-in game easily Thursday in Canyon Athletic Association competition. The Pumas, ranked fifth in Division II, defeated South Ridge, 56-23, at home. That puts them in the quarterfinals to play No. 4 Jefferson Prep on Monday at Powerhouse Hoops in Phoenix. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

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Maricopa High School girls’ soccer pulled an upset Thursday night to qualify for the state playoffs.

The 18th-ranked Rams clobbered No. 15 Independence on the road in the play-in round, 6-1. Five Rams scored, and seven had shots on goal.

Senior Shannon Coutre scored two goals for Maricopa. Senior Bianca Olivares, junior Payson Hacker and sophomore Jezelle Magallanes each scored and had an assist. Freshman Lexy Rowe also kicked in a goal.

The results lifted Maricopa into the 5A state championship bracket for the first time. They will play No. 2 Casteel at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Transportation planner David Maestas with a COMET van. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson.

When the City of Maricopa formally unveiled its bus-stop shelters in October, there was a jump in ridership within a couple of days.

“Attribute that to recognition that, yes, there is a transit system,” Transportation Planner David Maestas said.

In fact, City of Maricopa Express Transit (COMET) has been around in one form or another since 2008. That it continues to lie below the awareness level of many Maricopans is a source of frustration and repeated questions about the operation of at least one aspect of the service.

By the transportation department’s numbers, COMET had a ridership (individual boardings) of 7,344 during fiscal year 2017-18. That was an increase of 14.5 percent from the previous year.  The projection for 2018-19 is 8,665, a continuation of a four-year increase.

Those are budget numbers. The last time the city delivered a head count of “unique passengers” rather than boardings was FY 2015-16, when that number was 1,713.

On the ground, the regional demand-response service (dial-a-ride) averages 8.6 riders per trip to medical offices in Chandler or Casa Grande.

The 2018-19 budget for COMET is $354,000. The local share of that was $129,000 while federal grants pick up the bill for the rest. The projected number of trips to be taken during the same fiscal year is 8,665, making the per-trip cost to the City more than $14.84. Overall, the cost per-ride is $40.85.

For riders, the cost of local demand-response is $1 per one-way trip. For regional demand-response, it is $3 per round trip. For the local fixed route, which is the service that uses the new bus-stop shelters, the fare is 50 cents per boarding.

By comparison, in the tri-city area of Prescott a nonprofit operates the Yavapai Regional Transit that started as a municipal service in 2008. It is primarily comprised of three fixed routes. A one-way fare is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors, disabled and kids. The curb-to-curb, demand-response service is for seniors and individuals with mobility disabilities at a fare of $1; anyone else pays $5.

In Maricopa, the demand-response is “the least effective mode of transportation that we’ve got,” Maestas said. “It’s probably the worst of our services when it comes to availability.”

However, he said, an important reason the City continues to operate demand-response “is to make sure that we have viable transportation for seniors. It is [a Federal Transportation Administration] requirement that we have to continue operating a dial-a-ride to serve the complementary transit.”

Two statements Maestas has repeated frequently are “we are growing COMET slowly and carefully” and “COMET was never meant to be self-sustaining.”

For 2019-20, the requested budget is planned at $440,000, with the local amount due to be $169,000.

The route-deviation service (fixed route) runs empty loops through the city some days. Getting more Maricopans aware of the service is one challenge; making them aware they need the service is another.

“It takes people to change their habits,” said Chris Hager, director of TotalRide’s transit operations.

The City contracts with TotalRide to run the COMET system. Hager said it is “probably the smallest” system his company operates, but it is just as important as systems in Phoenix, Avondale and Tucson.

“We are very much in the process of increasing ridership primarily on the route-deviation service,” Maestas said. “That’s a careful process that’s best done slowly.

“What happens is when you start a brand-new service and choose to fund it very generously, you’ve got a huge amount of expense chasing new riders that in many cases don’t even know there’s a transit system in place,” he said. “When you’re just getting started up, you have no bus shelters, you have no bus-stop signs, you may not even have bus stops identified. It’s a process of the ridership recognizing that the transit system is in place and choosing to try it.”

Unlike the demand-response service, which picks up riders at a reserved time and place, the route-deviation service has 11 specific stops, some now with bus-stop shelters. The vehicles run from Fry’s to Bashas’, Pinal County Public Health Clinic and the Maricopa Public Library, Legacy Traditional School, Central Arizona College, Walmart, Harrah’s Ak-Chin and UltraStar, Copper Sky, Sun Life Health Center, Maricopa Meadows Park and Sun Life Women’s Center.

“It is our vision to provide route-deviation service full-time, seven days a week, with council approval, including shuttles to connect communities to the central routes,” Maestas said. As far as ridership-vs.-cost, “we’re still in the process of growing ridership to make sure we can sustain it.”

While TotalRide wants to connect more of the demand-response riders to the route-deviation system, dial-a-ride is still necessary, even if fares need to be adjusted in the future.

Hager said the purpose is to provide “a safe transit system people can depend on. You can’t put a cost on a transit system that gets people to medical appointments. If it’s my mother or grandmother, I don’t care if they charge $50 or $100, as long as she’s safe because she can’t drive.”


This story appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

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Girls’ basketball and soccer teams from Maricopa High School will be competing in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s play-in tournaments Thursday.

After two losses to end the season, the basketball team was ranked ninth, one position away from automatically qualifying for the state bracket. The Rams (19-7) will host No. 24 Independence (9-9) at 7 p.m.

The top eight teams in the 5A bracket are Buena, Desert Mountain, Gilbert, Horizon, Marana, Millennium, Sunrise Mountain and Verrado.

By coincidence, the MHS girls’ soccer team will also play Independence on Thursday. Ranked 18th, the Rams (8-9-1) will be on the road to face the No. 15 Patriots (11-7-1). The game in Glendale starts at 6 p.m.

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All 13 restaurants and eateries inspected by Pinal County Environmental Health from Dec. 16 to Jan. 15 received a clean bill of health.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Barro’s Pizza
Culver’s of Maricopa
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Francisco’s Mexican Food
Gyro Grill
Maricopa Head Start
The New HQ
Panda Express
Pizza Hut
Rosati’s Pizza
Tacos ‘n’ More

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]

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

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Dutch Bros. received a commercial permit for its 1,280-square-foot property at 20232 N. John Wayne Parkway, which includes a drive-thru and patio. Construction is expected to be under way in February.

Maricopa Shell at 19680 N. John Wayne Parkway received a permit to re-install four new fuel dispensers at a value of $12,000.

Sports & Cuts Barber Shop was permitted for a fire alarm system in newly constructed space at 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, Building 14, Suite 2. In the same building, State Farm was given a city permit to use existing signs and move the signs from its old location.

Red River Cattle LTD received permits for grading and drainage at the new site of Sacate Pellet Mill, 38743 W. Cowtown Road.

Brakes Plus, being constructed at 20555 N. John Wayne Parkway next to IHOP, received an onsite-improvement permit.

Heritage Charter had a hydrant flow test for its construction at Adams Way and Conner Drive in Desert Passage.

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Jim Headley

It is going to remain damp early in the week then become quite a bit cooler in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service. Freezing or near freezing temperatures are forecast Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Today there is a 10-percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny with a high near 66 with wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight expect a 10-percent chance of showers after 11 p.m. with partly cloudy skies and a low around 46.

Tuesday there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11 a.m. the day is likely to be partly sunny with a high near 65 and winds 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph. Tuesday night a 30-percent chance of showers is forecast. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 43. Winds continue around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday is forecast to be mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Wednesday night expect mostly clear skies with a low around 33 and winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.

Thursday sees sunny skies with a high near 57. Thursday night should be clear but cold with a low around 32.

Friday expect sunny skies, with a high near 65. Friday night will likely be partly cloudy with a low around 36.

At this point, the rest of the weekend looks to be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 60s.


Robert Acuna (PCSO photo)

Robert Acuna, 43, was arrested by Maricopa Police Jan. 29 for possession of a dangerous drug, methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and on a warrant for shoplifting in 2018.

According to a MPD probable cause statement, officers investigated a vehicle parked near Sun Life Family Health Center, 44572 W. Bowlin Road, about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers identified Acuna as a passenger in the vehicle and discovered he was wanted on a Pinal County warrant from for shoplifting. The warrant had a cash bond of $2,500 specified.

While conducting a search officers stated, “Robert was found in possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Acuna was transferred to the Maricopa Police Department and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

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Rain is expected throughout the weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

It’s about to get a little wetter in Maricopa as showers are forecast the rest of this week, according to the National Weather Service. Up to a half-inch of rain may fall on Saturday.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 74. Tonight expect a slight chance of showers, then a stronger chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 p.m. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent overnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts are possible if thunderstorms develop.

Friday there is a 20 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. then mostly sunny with a high near 71. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 49.

Saturday, a 30 percent chance of showers exists mainly after 11 a.m. The forecast is for partly sunny with a high near 71 and south southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. On Saturday night showers are very likely with a prediction of mostly cloudy skies and a low around 50. Winds will be 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 65. Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 44.

Next week starts with a temperate, mostly sunny day with breezes up to 10 mph.


After a possible threat against Maricopa Wells Middle School, parents are being cautioned by Maricopa Unified School District and Maricopa Police Department to talk with their kids about making social media threats.

The administration posted on its site: “Our district is committed to the safety and education of all our students, and we want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise. Recently, a student reported a concerning social media message about a threat to Maricopa Wells Middle School to take place on January 30th.  School and District officials are working with the Maricopa Police Department to investigate and out of an abundance of caution, there will be an increased police presence while the investigation continues.”

School will be in session as usual on Wednesday.

MUSD asked parents to talk with their kids about the consequences of posting messages that could be interpreted as threatening.

MPD offered further tips on what to do if such a message is found on social media: “You need to notify authorities, but we ask that you please do not share or forward the threat until we have had a chance to investigate. This can spread misinformation and cause panic, and possibly expose you to legal consequences, depending on the situation.”

Emphasizing that a threat over social media, email or text is a federal crime, MPD reminded parents those making the threats can receive up to five years in prison.

“In addition to consequences for individuals who issue threats, there is also a significant societal cost. Law enforcement agencies have limited resources, and responding to hoax threats diverts officers and costs taxpayers,” the MPD post continues. “The threats can also cause severe emotional distress to students, school personnel, and parents.”

Fueling station shades are in place for the new Circle K. Photo by Kyle Norby

The last four months of 2018 saw five businesses receive commercial permits in Maricopa at a total value of over $3 million. IHOP completed its construction, and Dutch Bros. are ready to begin, and the following three are in the throes of construction.

Work is moving quickly at the future Circle K convenience store at 41433 W. Honeycutt Road. The property includes seven fueling stations to serve up to 14 vehicles. The store is to be 5,881 square feet. It received its commercial building permit in October and is being constructed by Alexander Building Company.

Brakes Plus’ framework went up quickly in Edison Pointe. Photo by Kyle Norby

Brakes Plus is building at 44510 W. Edison Road in the Edison Pointe Complex. Sitting on a little more than half an acre next to IHOP, the building is approximately 4,886 square feet. DG Fenn is in charge of the construction.

Signal Healthcare medical offices have made steady progress this winter. Photo by Kyle Norby

Directly across the street from Brakes Plus, Signal Healthcare’s future medical offices at 44565 W. Edison Road are also progressing steadily in Edison Place. The project, which is 9,000 square feet, is two buildings connected by a breezeway. The construction is west of Big O Tires.


Emergency personnel don hazmat suits to deal with a mercury spill at MHS. Photo by Kyle Norby

A dropped mercury thermometer caused a hazardous situation at Maricopa High School.

According to Maricopa Police Department, a student brought a traditional thermometer to a science lab, where it was dropped, spilling an amount of mercury. On campus, the container was described as a vial.

Students were evacuated from the affected building and taken to the football field while firefighters donned HazMat gear to clean up the affected area.

“Everyone started yelling, the teacher tried to quiet us down,” sophomore Robert Stewart said. “Mob panic, I guess. Seems a bit dramatic, but I get it. They rushed us out of the building like it was gonna explode. A little dramatic.”

“I was confused, wondering if a student threw it down to be an idiot,” freshman Eonna Mooney said.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the health effects of mercury exposure can be “very severe, subtle or may not occur at all,” depending on the nature of the exposure. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can attack neurons in the nervous system.

Senior Emily Goncalves said she was in her Anatomy class when the building went into a teaching lockdown near the end of the class period. Students were then sent out of the building where “crime scene tape” was already up.

“I really wanna go home,” she said.

Zachary LeClair was lighter about the situation. “I was happy, because I got out of class.”

InMaricopa intern Francis Trast, an MHS student, contributed to this report.

Fire vehicles came into the campus. Photo by Francis Trast
Photo by Kyle Norby
Photo by Francis Trast
Students were taken to the football field during cleanup. Photo by Francis Trast

Warren Evans (PCSO photo)

Maricopa Police arrested Warren K. Evans on Friday on suspicion of possession of a pistol, which was illegal for him to have as he is on probation for a previous DUI charge, was convicted of dangerous drug possession and served time in prison.

Evans was charged with weapons misconduct/prohibited possessor, but during a search of his vehicle during a traffic stop at Smith-Enke and Porter roads around 2 a.m., officers allegedly found methamphetamine, an open container of alcohol and drug paraphernalia.

According to a MPD probable cause statement, “Upon contact with Warren I asked him if he had any weapons and he stated he had a pistol in the vehicle.”

When asked if he was supposed to be in possession of a firearm, he told officers it wasn’t his firearm but his brother’s, according to police documents. The officer made Evans exit the vehicle as he removed the firearm.

“As Warren stepped out of the vehicle he put a black case in the bed of the truck,” the probable cause document states.

“As I retrieved the firearm, I could smell the odor of intoxicating liquor in the vehicle. The odor was coming from a cup in the center console. Warren admitted it was a Hot Toddy, which is a hot whiskey drink,” the probable cause statement reads.

When the officer checked the black case that Evans put into the back, he reportedly found multiple syringes, a spoon, rubber tie-off and a small baggie, which tested positive as methamphetamine.

Boyd Monday (PCSO photo)

Maricopa Police responded to domestic disturbance call Thursday and instead arrested Boyd W. Monday Jr. on suspicion of possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers were called to a residence on West Chambers Road about 2:05 p.m. Upon arriving officers were granted access to the home by a roommate. Police noted the strong odor of burnt marijuana and located Monday in the master bedroom with “numerous items of marijuana and methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia and usable quantities of marijuana.  All in plain view in the bedroom,” according to a MPD probable cause statement.

According to police documents, “Monday admitted to having a meth-pipe and marijuana on his person. Police recovered a smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue, a bag containing a usable quantity of marijuana (approx. 2.4 grams) and another bag containing a usable quantity of methamphetamine (approx. 0.7 gram) from Monday’s pockets of his shorts.”

Monday admitted ownership of the items and the drugs, according to police. Both the marijuana and methamphetamine field-tested positive as illicit drugs.

As far as the domestic call that triggered the police response, the statement reads, “The investigation revealed the domestic disturbance involved Monday and his pregnant live-in girlfriend that consisted of mutual arguing, yelling and pushing.”

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Maricopa temperatures are expected to cool this week. Photo by Jim Headley

Just when it was starting to remain a little warmer overnight, lows this week will again fall dangerously near the freezing mark, according to the National Weather Service. On the upside, highs will remain nicely in the 60s all week.

Today (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) is sunny with a high near 65. A south wind 5 to 10 mph will become west 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Tonight will be clear with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 62. At night, expect clear skies with a low around 34.

Wednesday is also expected to be sunny with a high near 63. Wednesday night will remain clear with a low around 34.

Thursday is likely to be sunny, with a high near 68. Thursday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 36.

Friday look for partly sunny skies, with a high near 69. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 37.


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A woman only identified as Terri by Maricopa Police was arrested and charged Jan. 13 for impaired driving, a blood alcohol level more than .08, extreme blood alcohol levels of more than .150 and aggravated DUI with children younger than 15 in the car.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, about 4:41 p.m. the woman was involved in a crash on Farrell Road, west of Porter Road.

Officers report she was driving east on Farrell with her three children and attempted to pass several cars on the dirt shoulder. She apparently lost control of her vehicle and hit other vehicles. She reportedly failed field sobriety tests. She again failed breath tests at the MPD offices, according to the report.

She was taken to the Pinal County Jail. She was also arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in Casa Grande.

Her last name was not released by police to protect the identities of the children.

A small hood fire occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday at Native Grill in Maricopa.

“As of now the Maricopa location is closed,” said Adriana Espinosa, spokesperson for the Native Grill chain. “We are hoping to reopen in two to six weeks. It is still under investigation by insurance and whatnot. We are doing some renovations to fix what happened as a result of the fire.”

Espinosa said they hope to be open sooner but it could take up to six weeks to repair the damages even if it was a small fire.

Maricopa is in the middle of changing from business licensing to a business registry. Here are businesses that applied for a business license and/or registered with the city between Nov. 16 and Dec. 15.

Registered businesses: Ageless Cycles, Graybar Electric, InMaricopa, Jazzy on the Spot Mobile Grooming, Rosati’s Pizza, So EZ Mortgage, Sunbelt Home Watch. See more

Commercial license: Collins Comfort Masters, Foroudobus, Holistic Mental Health, Oasis Oral and Facial Surgery, Victoria Puckett

Home-based license: Adam Knutson, Ageless Cycles, Castle Sign Group, Elain Glasgow, Felix Home Repair, Get Up and Move Kids Fitness, The Sharp Solution, Small Town Treasures, Suzette Gilbreath, Las Tostaditas

Out-of-town license: Aeos Energy, Cholla Pavement Maintenance, Fatbeam, Seamless Flooring, Sledge Concrete Coatings, Universal Solar Direct, Waite Arizona

Special-use license: Redemption Tattoo

Nonprofit license: Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation

Health inspectors filed reports on 11 Maricopa eateries between Nov. 16 and Dec. 15, and all but one received excellent ratings.

The kitchen at QuikTrip was marked down for having a bottle of oven cleaner on its side in the same cabinet as pretzels and foil, a violation of rules to keep chemicals away from food and food-related items.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]

Carl’s Jr.
Children’s Learning Adventure
Circle K (18141 N. John Wayne Parkway)
Circle K (21212 N. John Wayne Parkway)
Dunkin Donuts
McDonald’s (20700 N. John Wayne Parkway)
McDonald’s (41710 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.)

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
QuikTrip – Kitchen

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

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]


This item appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

MPD officers searched a wide area on the east side of Maricopa for a reported runaway. Photo by Jim Headley
Talon Samascott (MPD photo)

UPDATE: Talon Samascott has been found and safely returned.


An 8-year-old boy was reported missing from a group home Friday near Tortosa, and Maricopa Police Department has been searching the area.

The Tortosa subdivision and Maricopa Agricultural Center were the main points of interest in the search as officers looked for footprints. According to MPD, Gila River Police have also been apprised of the situation.

The boy is described as white with blond hair and brown eyes. MDP identified him as Talon Samascott.

When last seen in the area of Hartman Road and Honeycutt Road, he was wearing a black shirt with white lettering and jeans. If you have information, please call MPD at 520-568-3673

Erin Darr is scheduled to be arraigned on 10 counts Friday. (PCSO photo)

A 35-year-old Maricopa woman stands indicted by a Pinal Grand Jury on 10 counts of child abuse.

Erin Darr was accused by the grand jury Dec. 27 after allegations of the woman making a girl eat her own vomit after she became ill from eating spoiled food.

Maricopa police originally arrested Darr last month for the allegations, which include physical abuse. A member of her family confirmed the allegations against Darr, though she denied them.

Darr is scheduled to be arraigned in Pinal County Superior Court Friday on eight counts of child abuse (class 4 felony) and two counts of child abuse classified as dangerous crimes against children, an enhanced class 2 felony.

Darr remains in the Pinal County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Michael Boling (PCSO photo)

Michael Boling was arrested Friday by Maricopa Police for possession of prescription only drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Dec. 28, officers stopped a white Saturn sedan for a traffic violation on John Wayne Parkway and arrested the driver of the vehicle, Michael Lee Johnson, on two outstanding warrants.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located two Xanax pills on the passenger’s side where Boling was seated. One was on the passenger seat and the other was found on the passenger’s side door, according to the MPD cause statement.

Police stated that Bolin also had a black bag in his possession and drug paraphernalia was found in the bag, including hypodermic needles and a “glass methamphetamine pipe,” according to police documents.

Bolin was arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail.

Dec. 29 Nadene Maxwell was arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to injure, criminal damage and disorderly conduct after she allegedly attacked her brother.

Maricopa Police report Maxwell got into a dispute with her brother that turned physical at a residence on West Michaels Drive.

Police state that Maxwell came to the residence to give presents to her children, who her brother takes care of. It began as a verbal argument at the front door when her brother would not allow her to see the children.

“Nadene hit [her brother]in the chest a few times when she tried to get past him into the house,” the police probable cause statement states. “[Her brother] and his roommate … pushed the front door of the residence closed preventing her from getting in.”

Police report Maxwell then broke the front window on the house with a rock and remained outside yelling until police arrived.

She was arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail.

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Clouds hang over midtown Maricopa in anticipation of rain Monday. Photo by Jim Headley

If you’re going out on New Year’s Eve you might want to take your rain gear as light showers are expected, according to the National Weather Service. Wednesday will remain cold but temps start picking up on Thursday and Friday with 50s and 60s expected. Enjoy 2019!

Today, showers likely after 11 a.m. Increasing clouds with a high near 55 and winds of 10 to 15 mph are predicted. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible. Monday night expect a 50 percent chance of showers. The night will be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming mostly clear with a low around 32 and west wind 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

New Year’s Day is expected to be sunny with a high near 48 and northwest winds around 5 mph. Tuesday night will be mostly clear with a low around 27. North northwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday also has a sunny forecast with a high near 47. The overnight low will be around 26.

Thursday is likely to be sunny with a high near 56 and east northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 29.

Friday’s forecast is for sunny skies with a high near 62 and east wind around 5 mph. Friday night, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 36.

From this vantage point, the weekend is seeing partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures.

Maricopa Police blocked traffic as Global Water employees worked to shut down a water main at Porter Road and Honeycutt Road. Photo by Jim Headley

Some Global Water customers were impacted Monday morning when water main broke at the intersection of Honeycutt and Porter roads.

Global employees worked to shut off and re-route the water as Maricopa Police Department blocked traffic lanes.

“We’ll have to excavate to the water main before we can assess the cause and extent,” General Manager Jon Corwin said.  “Typically a break is only on one section of pipe, but it will take a while before we have any further information.”

Photo by Jim Headley
Photo by Jim Headley