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Saturday, Sequoia Pathway’s wrestling team competed in the Canyon Athletic Association 2018 Wrestling State Championships. The team finished third behind ALA-Gilbert and Harvest Prep of Yuma.

The Pumas’ five state champions:
Joshua Husick 23-0 (120 pounds)
Igor Husick 35-1 (126 pounds)
Kawehialani Kalulu 15-9 (girls 126 pounds), beat last year’s champion.
Anthony Rohde 38-2 (138 pounds)
Jackson Lee 32-0 (220 pounds)
George Husick Coach of the Year

Lucio Dominguez was second at 285 pounds. Will Senne (132 pounds) and A.J. Anderson (120 pounds) both placed third. Patrick Lisby placed fourth at 106 pounds.

 

The makers of "The Inverted" from Maricopa Wells Middle School won the middle school category at the Copa Shorts Film Festival.

Copa Shorts Film Fest wrapped two days of short-film screenings Sunday with a wrap party and awards. Students from Maricopa Wells Middle School won the middle school category with “The Inverted,” directed by Kaden Rogers. They were the only winners present to accept their certificate.

The Audience Choice award went to the college film “The Chocolate Soldier,” directed by Jackson Smith. The Best of Fest, decided by judges, was the very brief military documentary “Lion in a Box,” directed by Melanie Brown.

Best Native American film: “Waabooz,” directed by Molly Katagiri

Best animated film: “Totem,” directed by Alex Cannon

Best drama: “Split Ticket,” directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo

Best documentary: “From the Shadows,” directed by Jacques de Vox

Best comedy: “Girl Meets Roach,” directed by Christopher Zatta

Best foreign film: “Freezer,” directed by Dimitris Nakos

Best after-hours film: “It’s Just a Gun,” directed by Brian Robau

Best horror film: “Mannequin,” directed by Dante Aubain and Danny Summonte

Best screenplay: “Privacy Please,” by Sheri Davenport

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Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs is running for re-election. Photo by Jake Johnson

Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court will play a part in the 2018 election. The court is currently in Precinct 8 but is being reconfigured to Precinct 4. Seats are open for judge and constable.

Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs is standing for re-election and, so far, is unopposed. Constable Bret Roberts has opted to run for the state Legislature, and three men have thrown their hats in the ring to replace him.

Riggs is running as a Republican. He first won election to the JP court in 2014 after his predecessor was removed amid scandal.

During his previous campaign, Riggs promised to restore the court to proper administration, ensure proper training of all court clerks, include all of Pinal County’s portion of State Route 347 in the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court and implement a specialty court. Now the Re-elect Riggs for JP Committee touts that after many months of work by local and county staff, the court was returned to local control in 2016; all clerks have at least one year of experience and have met or exceeded minimum annual training requirements every year; SR 347 will be included in the Precinct 8 effective Jan. 1; and a teen court program was initiated in 2016.

Riggs said that he is “grateful to serve the citizens of western Pinal County.” He also indicated that he looks forward “to the new challenge of integrating the additional cases that will come from the newly aligned precinct boundaries.”

Riggs is married to Veean Mayberry Riggs from St. David, Arizona. They have been married for 28 years, have four children, a daughter-in-law, and are expecting their first grandchild this spring.

For more information, contact lyleriggsforjp@gmail.com.

Current constable candidates are (from left) Bill Griffin, Andre LaFond and Glenn Morrison.

Running for constable are Bill Griffin, Andre LaFond and Glenn Morrison.

Griffin, a Republican, retired in Maricopa a decade ago after 25 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in California, where he worked in corrections, patrol, special investigations and narcotics. He is a drug-recognition expert, served countywide on DUI task forces and child abuse investigations and holds an advanced Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate.

Griffin is also a Master Gardener, completing the program at Maricopa Agricultural Center. He operated an organic garden at MAC and donated more than 900 pounds of fresh vegetables to the F.O.R. Maricopa food bank monthly for two years, which led to a community garden.

“Though I continued to donate time to the community garden, I became a contract investigator for the Department of Homeland Security,” he said. “Most of that work was done in and around Luke Air Force base.”

Griffin also volunteered at Maricopa High School, which led to a job as MHS security. He then became the truancy officer for the school district until budget cutbacks.

For more information, contact GriffinforConstable@gmail.com.

LaFond is a Democrat originally from Illinois. He works as a district security manager. He and his wife Kaylie have lived in Maricopa since 2014.

“I have spent the last 13 years in private law enforcement and moved out here as part of a promotion,” he said. “I am currently a district level security manager leading a team of investigators. I have fallen in love with Maricopa and hope to be able to serve my community as constable.”

Raised in the Chicago suburbs, LaFond is an Eagle Scout, as were his father and grandfather.

LaFond is also a U.S. Army veteran, joining the military after high school.

For more information, contact LaFondforConstable@outlook.com.

Morrison is running for constable as a Republican.

Born and raised in Tucson, Morrison has been a Maricopa resident since 2009. In 2011, he joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Posse, holding the rank of lieutenant, and is the posse’s lead firearms/Taser Instructor. He has been an NRA-certified firearms Instructor since 1998, an Arizona CCW instructor since 1999 and a law enforcement certified firearms instructor since 2012.

Since 2010 he has been active with the nonprofit AZ Precision Motorcycle Drill Team, whose mission is to promote motorcycle safety and safe motorcycling.

“I realized that instead of just having a job and making a living, I needed to make a difference,” he said. “When I found out that the Constable’s Office would be open, I realized that it is the perfect fit for me in terms of experience, temperament, dedication to public service and personal goals.”

Morrison’s business background includes training, technology, management and real estate. 

For more information, contact glenn@azmorrison.com.

Dylan Halladay (PCSO photo)

An argument over a game of pool at a local bar led to one man getting pistol whipped and another being arrested Wednesday, according to Maricopa Police Department.

MPD responded to reports of shots fired at True Grit Tavern on John Wayne Parkway just after midnight Feb. 14.

They would later arrest 26-year-old Dylan Halladay on multiple weapons charges and disorderly conduct for events he allegedly confessed to committing against another patron early Valentine’s Day morning.

According to a police report, the incident began when Halladay was playing pool. At some point, a bar patron approached him and “told (Halladay) to stop hitting the pool table with the pool stick.”

Halladay told officers he felt disrespected and told the patron to apologize to him and his girlfriend. When that didn’t happen, the police report alleges Halladay left the establishment and retrieved his 9 mm firearm from his vehicle and brought it with him back inside the bar.

The police report alleges Halladay approached the man he argued with earlier and “hit him in the head with the butt of the firearm.”

Halladay is then reported to have exited the tavern at which time he argued with a person not named in the report.

During that verbal altercation, the report states Halladay “fired two rounds in the air and fled the scene in his vehicle.”

Video surveillance provided to MPD from the bar owner corroborates statements made by witnesses and Halladay himself, according to the report.

At one point in the video, the report states several patrons can be seen ducking for cover after the weapon discharges.

After the investigation, police served a search warrant at Halladay’s residence and found the 9 mm handgun, allegedly used in the assault, located on an entertainment center in the family room of the home.

MPD arrested Halladay at 8:06 that evening where he allegedly “gave a detailed confession to detectives.”

Halladay was booked into Pinal County Jail on one count of aggravated assault with a firearm, a class 2 felony; disorderly conduct, a class 6 felony; discharge of a firearm, a class 6 felony; and firearm where prohibited, a class 2 misdemeanor.


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An accident south of Maricopa involving an ATV and a pickup truck has left one person dead.

The collision occurred Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. on northbound State Route 347 near State Route 84 – about 13 miles south of Maricopa, said Department of Safety Spokesman Bart Graves.

The fatal collision allegedly occurred after a male driver of an ATV struck the Ford pickup truck.

“There was a secondary minor injury collision at that same location,” Graves said.

A portion of SR 347 is closed in both directions while emergency crews work the scene.

This is a developing story.

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Nicholas Amado (PCSO photo)

Maricopa Police arrested an alleged convicted felon Friday after they say a search of his vehicle yielded drugs and weapons.

Nicholas Amado, 38, of Casa Grande was arrested on multiple dangerous drug charges just after midnight on Feb. 9 at the Circle K convenience store on John Wayne Parkway and Bowlin Road after a call alerted authorities to an unconscious driver parked at a gas pump.

According to a Maricopa Police Department report, an officer found Amado “slumped over the center console” inside a blue 2002 Chevy Tahoe.

Amado stirred at the sound of the officer’s fist pounding on the driver’s side window and eventually opened the vehicle door. The officer reported smelling the “strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.”

The report states Amado denied having weapons in the vehicle and also said he was not in possession of a medical marijuana card.

As Amado exited the vehicle at the officer’s request, the report states two $20 bills were on the driver side floorboard. The officer offered to let Amado collect the cash before it blew away.

According to the report, the officer observed Amado “rummaging under the driver seat and pull(ing) out a large wad of money” before the officer walked him over to a police vehicle.

After the officer told Amado he would search the vehicle due to the marijuana odor, the report states Amado allegedly admitted to having marijuana in the ashtray of the SUV.

The officer’s search of the vehicle alleges the discovery of that and more, including:

  • One “tennis ball-sized” bag of methamphetamine, weighing 18.3 grams in the driver seat
  • One bag of methamphetamine, weighing 18.2 grams under the driver seat
  • One bag of marijuana, weighing 1.4 grams in the dashboard ashtray
  • One bag of marijuana, weighing 0.9 grams in a backpack behind the driver seat
  • One clear plastic bag of crushed/powdered methamphetamine in the same backpack

All of the drugs later field tested positive on the TruNarc scanner, the report alleges.

The officer reported Amado is a “convicted felon who was in possession of two firearms.”

Inside the vehicle, the officer reportedly found two weapons, an H&K .22 caliber MP5 rifle and a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, both with accompanying ammunition.

A pill bottle containing eight oxycodone hydrochloride opioid pills and a black digital scale were also allegedly found in the vehicle.

“I located binoculars, off-road equipment and a medical first aid kit,” the officer wrote in the report.

After the search, the officer states he told Amado he was under arrest, walked over to Amado and “grabbed his left and arm and told him to place his hands behind his back.”

The report alleges Amado instead pulled away from the officer and ran through the parking lot.

A second police officer assisted in successfully placing Amado in custody, but the report states the suspect continued to resist while officers attempted to handcuff him.  

Police transported Amado to Pinal County Jail on one count of resisting arrest, a class 6 felony; one count of possession of dangerous drugs, a class 4 felony; one count of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, a class 2 felony; one count of transport dangerous drugs for sale, a class 2 felony; one count of possession of marijuana, a class 6 felony; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a class 6 felony. He is also charged with misconduct involving weapons, a class 1 misdemeanor; prohibited possessor in possession of firearms, a class 4 felony; possession of weapons in commission of drug offense, a class 4 felony; and possession of prescription medication without prescription, a class 1 misdemeanor.



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MUSD Superintendent Steve Chestnut. Photo by Michelle Chance

The superintendent of Maricopa Unified School District has a place to land when he leaves Maricopa this year.

According to Scottsdale Unified School District spokesperson Erin Helm, the position of associate superintendent was created between the superintendent and the large district’s four assistant superintendents. Steve Chestnut was hired for that new position Thursday.

“I have greatly enjoyed being the superintendent of MUSD for the past six years,” Chestnut said. “I had the opportunity to work with an excellent Governing Board, outstanding teachers, administrators and support staff. I am very proud of the things we have accomplished by working together as a team.”

The MUSD board opted not to offer Chestnut a contract renewal after he was twice a finalist for superintendent in other districts.

SUSD is comprised of 22 schools enrolling 23,000 students.

“I had a long-term professional goal of being an administrator in a large school district, so I was very interested in the opportunity at Scottsdale Unified and am pleased to be hired for that position,” Chestnut said.

A resident of Province, Chestnut has overseen the post-recession economic struggles of MUSD and the growth of programs and improving curriculum.

“I have also been very appreciative of the community’s support and the passage of the override in 2016 was a wonderful example of that,” he said. “My wife and I have greatly enjoyed living in Maricopa.”

Photo by Summer Hartman

A rollover collision on State Route 347 caused one vehicle to end up in a ditch, authorities said Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred between two vehicles at 3:50 p.m. on southbound SR 347, south of Casa Blanca Road. Developing details from Department of Safety spokesman Bart Graves indicate both vehicles rolled over.

There is no current description of the vehicle that landed off the road, but Graves said the other vehicle is a pickup truck.

“There are minor injuries to the passengers in the pickup,” Graves said.

The crash is blocking the southbound right lane.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. This is a developing story.



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Relatively calm and clear skies will make for another moderately warm winter weekend for Maricopa, according to The National Weather Service. With winds remaining calm at around 5 mph, highs around 80 and lows in the mid-40s, the weekend should be mostly pleasant before temperatures begin to dip slightly next week.   

Today looks to be sunny, calm and clear with a high around 79 and a low near 47.

Friday will likely be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high around 80 and a low near 45.

Saturday should also be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high around 80 and low near 47.

Sunday looks to be sunny, calm and partly cloudy with a high around 73 and a low near 43.

Monday will likely be sunny, clear and breezy with a 15-mph southeasterly wind gusting up to 20 mph while the high reaches up around 74 and low dips down near 44.

Marcos Martinez is accused of the brutal murder of Vicky Ten Hoven. (photos PCSO/Facebook)

Eight months before Vicky Ten Hoven was killed  in her Maricopa home, police reports state the grandson accused of her murder had been “involuntarily committed.”

May 22, 2017, a Chandler Police officer was dispatched on a “mental health pickup order” to retrieve Marcos Jerell Martinez from his hospital room inside Chandler Regional Medical Center, according to a report from the Chandler Police Department. The report did not indicate the reason behind Martinez’s admittance to the hospital.

After placing Martinez in handcuffs, the officer transported him to a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment facility in Mesa.

CPD spokesman Seth Tyler said the mental health pickup order was signed by a judge and approved by a supervisor. He said individuals are typically “mandated” to stay 72 hours at the facility but are often released before then.

Details as to the cause of Martinez’s alleged committal and its duration were not included in the report.

Martinez, 23, was said to have lived with his grandparents in Maricopa on occasion and also stayed at two homes in the Valley where his parents are said to live separately, according to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

His contact with law enforcement appeared to be non-violent prior to late January when he became the person of interest in his grandmother’s death.

Sixty-two-year-old Vicky Ten Hoven was discovered by her husband in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor on the evening of Jan. 28. Her vehicle was also missing from the home.

The Maricopa Fire/Medical Department pronounced Ten Hoven dead 15 minutes after receiving the emergency call. An autopsy conducted by a Pinal County medical examiner one day after Ten Hoven’s death revealed a brutal homicide.

Court records say the ME located five stab wounds to Ten Hoven’s head, describing wounds to her face and neck. Blunt force trauma was determined as the cause of death.

Ten Hoven also sustained numerous defensive wounds consistent with fighting back, and the ME advised officers the victim’s attacker should have scratch marks or lacerations, according to the report.

MPD detectives found blood spatter throughout the home the night of the alleged murder as well as numerous bloody knives with broken blades and handles.

The report also alleges evidence was present at the scene to support a charge of attempting to destroy evidence. A mop had been used to clean areas of the residence and a discolored comforter was discovered inside a washing machine that emitted “a strong odor of bleach.”

Despite the alleged attempt to conceal the crime, the report says detectives located a blood trail that led from the kitchen to a bedroom identified as belonging to Martinez.

MPD described the victim’s grandson as a person of interest in the case and obtained a warrant to monitor the “pings” from his cellular phone in an attempt to locate him.

Officers arrested Martinez just after midnight Jan. 30 inside his grandmother’s missing vehicle. He was parked in an industrial area near 2290 Yeager Drive in Chandler and was found after authorities were alerted to his phone’s ping from a nearby cell tower.

Officers reported observing blood inside the vehicle “in plain view.”

Authorities also noted injuries to Martinez including a freshly stitched index finger, lacerations to his left hand’s fingers, palm and thumb, and an apparent injury to his hip.

As police detained Martinez, he allegedly told an officer, “There is evidence on my phone,” according to the report.

The report also says stains consisted with the appearance of blood were found on Martinez’s shirt and shorts. Ten Hoven’s vehicle and Martinez’s clothing were impounded as evidence.

MPD is forwarding charges of second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and unlawful use of means of transportation.

Martinez is being held on a $1 million bond in Pinal County Jail. There has been no grand jury indictment.



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Brandon Gray. (PCSO photo)

 

A Maricopa man was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly holding a woman against her will and threatening her with a knife at her Mesa apartment Jan. 22.

Brandon Gray, 28, is accused of forcing his ex-girlfriend to restrain herself with zip-ties while holding her at knifepoint, according to a Mesa Police report.

The victim returned home from work to find Gray waiting at her apartment, where he allegedly threatened her while confronting her about text messages and pictures he had found on her phone, the report says.

Gray was responsible for babysitting their kids while the victim was at work, but instead Gray allegedly took the children to a relative’s house in Maricopa and then returned to the Mesa apartment and confronted the victim. 

The report says Gray pulled a knife from his hoodie and told the victim to get on her knees and instructed her to put zip-ties around her wrists. The victim pretended to struggle with the zip-ties for long enough that Gray became frustrated and told her to “forget it.”

After spending what she said was more than an hour on her knees, the victim asked to use the restroom. While in the bathroom the victim claims she could see Gray through the open door putting on blue latex gloves and then garden gloves over them.

Gray then allegedly entered the bathroom with the gloves on his hands and attempted to reconcile with the victim, the report says. Fearing for her life, the victim agreed to reconcile, she later told police.     

Using the victim’s car, Gray then drove the victim toward Maricopa to retrieve their children, according to the report. The victim was able to convince Gray she needed to stop at a relative’s house on the way. While there, the victim left a note indicating the danger she was in. That relative then notified another relative, who lives in Maricopa.

While proceeding to Maricopa, the victim, still fearing for her life, also allegedly sent a text message to the second relative saying, “I want you to know I love you so much.” After realizing they were heading toward Maricopa, the victim again was able to convince Gray she need to stop at the second relative’s home to retrieve items for work.

Believing they had reconciled, Gray dropped the victim off at her relative’s Maricopa home while he went to one of his relative’s homes to pick up the children.

When Gray returned with the children, the victim convinced him to allow the children to enter the home to visit with the relative. While he waited in the car, they called 911. 

The Mesa Police report states Maricopa Police responded and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle Gray was in. Gray allegedly admitted to some of details as the victim described, but claims he did not threaten the victim nor force her to her knees and order her to restrain herself with zip-ties.

A “consent” search of the vehicle was conducted, and a Walmart bag was found containing a buck knife, wrapper to a roll of duct tape, blue latex gloves and black zip ties. Gray alegedly admitted the items were his and but that he intended to use the items to “hang clothing in his car and to make repairs on his car.”

Gray allegedly further admitted to having the knife in his pocket while confronting the victim about the text messages and photos.

However, the Mesa Police report said, Gray was not arrested that night.

The victim and Mesa police returned to her apartment the next morning. Officers located a pair of blue latex gloves together with garden gloves, turned inside out.

The victim was able to break her lease and move out of the apartment. While moving out, the victim found a roll of black duct tape matching the brand of wrapper found in the Walmart bag, a bottle of kerosene and cedar wood chips often used to mask odors.

Based on the additional evidence found at the victim’s apartment, Mesa Police concluded they had probable cause to charge Gray with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Maricopa Police arrested Gray Feb. 2 at a home in Maricopa.

He was booked in Pinal County Adult Detention Center and later transferred to a Maricopa County Jail.

If convicted, Gray faces a presumptive sentence of 16 years in prison.

Sequoia Pathway Academy’s junior high girls’ softball team took second place in the Canyon Athletic Association Division 2 state tournament Saturday.

Maricopa hosted the CAA championships at Copper Sky and Pacana Park.

The Pumas, seeded sixth, pulled off two upsets to reach the final. The girls defeated third-seeded Eagle College Prep, 9-8, in the quarterfinal. They then took down No. 2 seed Heritage Academy-Laveen, 11-7, in the semifinal.

The steam ran out in the championship game, where SPA fell to top-ranked Academy del Sol, 12-1.

In Division 3, Legacy Traditional-Maricopa was seeded fourth. They played a tough game against ALA-Ironwood, the fifth seed, but lost 12-10.

Maricopa City Hall

 

City of Maricopa Departments
39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

City Clerk’s Office
Vanessa Bueras|
520-316-6971
Vanessa.Bueras@Maricopa-AZ.gov

City Manager’s Office
Trisha Sorensen, interim
520-316-6852
Jennifer.Brown@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Community Services (parks, recreation, libraries)
Fred Gray, interim director
520-316-6960
Fred.Gray@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Communications & Marketing
Jennifer Brown, assistant to the city manager
520-316-6841
Jennifer.Brown@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Development Services (planning, zoning, building safety)
Martin Scribner, director
520-316-6920
Martin.Scribner@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Economic Development
Denyse Airheart, director
520-316-6990
Denyse.Airheart@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Financial Services
Brenda Hasler, director
520-316-6850
Brenda.Hasler@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Fire Department
Brady Leffler, chief
520-568-3333
Brady.Leffler@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Human Resources
Kathleen Haggerty, director
520-316-6805
Kathleen.Haggerty@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Police Department
Steve Stahl, chief
520-316-6800
Steve.Stahl@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Public Works (in Development Services)
Bill Fay, director
520-316-6944
Bill.Fay@Maricopa-AZ.gov

MFD Fire Station 575

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department
Chief Brady Leffler
Brady.Leffler@Maricopa-AZ.gov
Administration Office
45654 W. Edison Road
520-568-3333
Maricopa-AZ.gov/web/MaricopaFireDept-home
(Mailing address: 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza)

Fire Station 571 (Homestead)
20945 N. Porter Road

Fire Station 572 (Sorrento)
36900 W. Bowlin Road

Fire Station 574 (Alterra)
44925 W. Alterra Parkway

Fire Station 575 (Acacia Crossings)
45695 W. Edison Road
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Ak-Chin Fire Department
Chief Cecil Peters
520-568-1300
45401 W. Farrell Road
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Thunderbird Fire District
12365 N. Ralston Road
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Maricopa Police Department
Chief Steve Stahl
Steve.Stahl@Maricopa-AZ.gov
Dispatch: 520-568-3673
Administration: 520-316-6800
Maricopa-AZ.gov/Web/Police

Main Station
39675 W. Civic Center Plaza South

Copper Sky Substation
17985 N. Greythorne Drive

Maricopa Police Department
Maricopa Police Department

Ak-Chin Police Department
Chief Manuel W. Garcia
520-568-1200
47314 W. Farrell Road
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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Mark Lamb
800-420-8689
PinalCountyAZ.gov/Sheriff
Adult Detention Center
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence
855-355-0358

PCSO Search & Rescue
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence
520-866-5111

PCSO Stanfield Substation
36697 W. Papago Drive
520-866-7991
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Maricopa Municipal Court
Presiding Judge Lyle Riggs
19955 N. Wilson Ave.
520-866-3999

Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court (Pinal County Precinct 8)
Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs
19955 N. Wilson Ave.
520-866-3999

Pinal County Superior Court
Presiding Judge Stephen F. McCarville
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Building A, Florence
PinalCountyAZ.gov/Departments/JudicialBranch/Pages/Home.aspx

Ak-Chin Tribal Court
Chief Judge Brian Burke
47314 W. Farrell Road
520-568-9481
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Banner Casa Grande Medical Center – Emergency Room
1800 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande
520-381-6300
BannerHealth.com/Locations/Casa-Grande/Banner-Casa-Grande-Medical-Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center – Emergency Room
1955 W. Frye Road, Chandler
480-728-3000
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Joshua Husick (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa teen was arrested on multiple charges Jan. 24 after allegedly brandishing a gun during a confrontation with another driver on Farrell Road.

Joshua Husick, 18, was arrested around 3:30 p.m. near Porter and Farrell roads, according to a report from the Maricopa Police Department.

Husick, originally detained by Ak-Chin Police, allegedly admitted, “I’m not gonna [sic] lie, I did pull my gun out,” the report says, though he did not “pull it out on [the driver].”

Husick’s said, according to the MPD report, he was driving westbound on Farrell when the other driver “stopped really hard” and threw a cup at Husick’s car, a red Jaguar. 

At that point, Husick admitted, he pulled out “his piece” but did not point it at the other driver. Instead, he said he held the barrel of the pistol and put the handle outside of the window with the barrel pointing back at himself.  

Additionally, the report says, Husick stated he did not fear for his life during the incident. 

The other driver allegedly told Ak-Chin PD Husick was driving in front of them when the incident took place, and that the confrontation with the gun was the culmination of an initial “road rage incident,” which was not described in the MPD report.

Husick was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and formally charged with misconduct involving weapons for being a minor in possession of a handgun, disorderly conduct, and threatening and intimidating.

If convicted, he could face as many as three years in prison.


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Marcos Martinez was arrested early Tuesday morning after his grandmother, Vicky Ten Hoven, was killed in her home Sunday. (Photos MPD/Facebook)

The grandson of a woman killed in Maricopa has been arrested in Chandler.

Vicky Ten Hoven, 62, was found deceased on her kitchen floor on Sunday around 7:40 p.m. by her husband, and a vehicle was missing. Maricopa Police Department announced they were seeking Marcos J. Martinez, 23, as a person of interest in the case.

Ten Hoven had been a Realtor with HomeSmart Success since May 2017.

Martinez’s arrest was announced Tuesday morning at a press conference by MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado. He said Martinez was found in an industrial area in Chandler at 1 a.m. in the missing vehicle. The arrest of Martinez was without incident, he said.

Martinez was further identified as a grandson of Ten Hoven, one of two grandchildren occasionally living in the house on Bunker Drive in Rancho El Dorado. Martinez also had a home in Gilbert, according to MPD.

Alvarado said police did not believe the crime was random because there was no forced entry to the house or other noticeable disturbance. 

“We did find biological evidence, physical evidence in the vehicle that linked him to the crime scene and to the death of Ms. Ten Hoven,” Alvarado said.

Martinez has been charged with second-degree murder and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was booked into Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s Fourth Avenue  Jail awaiting extradition to Pinal County.

MPD did not release information on the direct cause of death or likely weapon.


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A 22-year-old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his grandfather over a disagreement regarding access to a television set Thursday morning in Rancho El Dorado.

Maricopa Police Department spokesman Sgt. Hal Koozer said the suspect, Dorin Martinez, is accused of physically assaulting his 73-year-old grandfather at the home they share near the 42000 block of Bunker Drive around 9:54 a.m. on Jan. 25.

“The grandpa locked the TV up, and the grandchild wanted it,” Koozer said.

The victim received a laceration to his face, but declined transportation to the hospital after being treated on scene by Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, according to MPD.

Koozer said no weapons were involved in the physical assault.

Police arrested Martinez and will forward a domestic violence assault charge to Pinal County Attorney’s Office. 

 

Steven Billington (left) and Steve Hamby are accused of having a pound of meth. PCSO photos

Maricopa police arrested two men on multiple drug charges last week after allegedly discovering almost a pound of methamphetamine and syringes which also contained traces of the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

Steven Billington, 42, and Steve Hamby, 30, were taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 19, after MPD allegedly found multiple plastic baggies containing around 28 grams of meth along with a scale, aluminum foil and two hypodermic needles.

The drugs were tested using a laser drug testing kit called Trunarc, which confirmed the substance to be meth, the report says. The Trunarc device was also used to test one of the syringes that contained a brown liquid that tested positive for both meth and fentanyl.

Fentanyl and other more powerful synthetic painkillers have been linked to many of the overdose deaths associated with the opioid epidemic. Typically mixed with heroin, the drug is also being mixed with other drugs like stimulants such as meth and cocaine.

Photo by Mason Callejas

Since the recent uptick in opioid and opiate use, the Trunarc device has proven to be a valuable tool to law enforcement and public health officials when determining if powerful synthetic analgesic like fentanyl, carfentanil and their variants have entered a community.

The two men were initially stopped by MPD for allegedly driving a car displaying license plates which were suspended. The driver – Billington – was cited for also not having a valid driver’s license. During a “tow inventory,” the drugs and paraphernalia were found, the report says.

Billington was charged with transporting meth for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia, which combined carry a presumptive punishment of six years in prison.

Hamby was charged with possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug with intent to sale and possession of drug paraphernalia, which combined carry a presumptive punishment of eight and a half years in prison.

Both Billington and Hamby were booked into Pinal County Jail.


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Three suspects were photographed by surveillance cameras leaving Walmart after 18 iPhones were stolen.

Three male suspects are wanted by Maricopa police for questioning in a Jan. 5 theft at Walmart, during which more than $15,000 in cellular phones were stolen.

MPD is calling this the getaway car.

Around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning three males were captured on surveillance footage entering the store, and allegedly distracting the sales clerk while brazenly stealing a total of 18 iPhones from behind the electronics counter.

“The males took turns distracting the clerk as they crawled under the service counter and used a pry bar type tool, to open a locked cabinet containing new iPhones,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said in a written statement.

The suspects then exited the store and fled in a white four-door sedan.

The Maricopa Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects and asks that anyone with information regarding the theft or the identities of the suspects to please contact them on their non-emergency line at 520-568-3673.


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Emergency vehicles crowd onto a Desert Cedars street. Photo by Michelle Sorensen

A Desert Cedars neighborhood received a visit from haz-mat first responders Wednesday night.

A woman in her 60s and her 8-year-old granddaughter thought they might have been exposed to carbon monoxide after suffering from headaches and hearing home alarms chirping. They called 911. Two Maricopa Fire/Medical Department fire trucks and three support vehicles from responded to the home on Buckhorn Trail at around 6 p.m.

Hazardous materials technicians use meters to detect carbon monoxide in what turned out to be a false alarm. Photo by Michelle Sorensen

The two residents were assessed, and the hazardous materials technicians used meters to search for hazards.

“The air was clear and the woman was evaluated by our paramedics and refused treatment or transport to the hospital,” MFMD spokesman Brad Pitassi said.

The chirping alarm turned out to be a low-battery alert from the smoke alarms.



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The following businesses applied for or received business licenses or renewals Nov. 16-Dec. 14.

Commercial: Amazing Flooring Solutions, Courtny Tyler State Farm, El Taco Santo, Gloria Smith Insurance and Consulting Services, J Warren Funeral Services, Sunstreet Mortgage, SV Gourmet Kitchen

Home-based: Accounting Advocate, Affordable Quality Child Care, Bougie Bags and Accessories, Chelsea Mendoza, Comfort Realty, Crazy Cranberry Salsa LLC, High-Dration, Power Networking Group, Rich for Maricopa, Sharpe Signature Holdings LLC, STAR Productions, Tim Stashin

Out of town: Arizona Seals Swimming Association, Craft Master Signs, DRH Electric Inc., Fire Catt LLC, High Power Electric, Pinal Transport & Storage, Scott Communities at Sorrento Park LLC

Peddler’s License: Arizona Environmental Process


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Fulton Homes' return has meant more construction in Glennwilde.

Fulton Homes has returned to Maricopa to build 400 homes in Glennwilde. The four new neighborhoods will be named Raintree, Sonoma Coast, Calistoga and Cottonwood. The homes have 49 new floorplans ranging from 1,595 to 4,732 square feet and starting in the $190,000s.

“We are thrilled to be back in Maricopa,” said Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “We certainly expect to see some repeat buyers from Cobblestone Farms who are looking to upgrade to the more modern floorplans, energy efficiency and indoor air quality standards.”

Fulton built 900 homes in Cobblestone Farms nearly a decade ago. In December, the company received permits for new signs in Glennwilde on Sussex Drive and Barcelona Drive as the company prepared to open its latest residential lots.

Fulton Homes’ Glennwilde communities will be located at Honeycutt and Porter Roads. They are set to open in January.


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A garage at a Senita home caught fire this morning on Magnolia Road.

The “Vasquez Family Donation Fund” has been set up at Wells Fargo for the family, which lost everything due to fire and smoke damage. The children also need clothes and shoes.

Brian Vasquez, his wife and three children left the house safely. They noticed the fire after hearing a “pop” in the garage some time after 9 a.m. They had reportedly just turned on the heater.

The father opened the door to the garage and saw fire, then quickly closed the door. The smoke that entered the home at that time set off the smoke alarms.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department responded to the scene at 9:30 a.m.

“The fire extended to the garage and the attic,” MFMD spokesman Brad Pitassi said. “There was extensive smoke damage, all the way through from floor to ceiling.”

The Vasquez family, which includes children age 1, 2, and 4,  has lived in the home for three years. It was built in 2007. They have family nearby if the home turns out to be immediately uninhabitable. American Red Cross was also on scene to help situate the family.

Pitassi said two investigators were looking into the cause of the fire, which also destroyed a vehicle in the garage. He said the fact the house had solar panels gave fire crews a different challenge in the basic tactic of cutting a hole in the roof, but they were able to contain the fire.

Oak & Fork at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino. Submitted photo

Maricopa is seeing two eateries open their doors this week.

As part of its ongoing remodel, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino opened its small-plate wine bar, Oak & Fork on Monday. In the wine bar format, customers choose a fine wine and pair it with steak, chicken, lobster, lamb or other selections, including a meat-and-cheese board and a seafood tower.

Lamb loin small plate at Oak & Fork. Submitted photo

After several delays, the owners of Gyro Grill plan to open at 10 a.m. Friday. With Greek and other Mediterranean cuisine, the small eatery is in Suite B-102 in the Fry’s Shopping Center, 20987 N. John Wayne Parkway. The menu includes wraps, plates and kebabs with beef, chicken, lamb and fish.

Gyro Grill plans to open its doors Friday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson


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A cold snap should dissipate come Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service, making for a likely mild and enjoyable Christmas Day. A freeze warning will be in effect from 11 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday, when lows start to creep back up above freezing, while the expected high on Christmas could be in the 70s.

According to NWS, freezing or sub-freezing temperatures may cause damage to sensitive plants and ornamental vegetation. Poorly insulated pipes may burst. The extreme cold is also dangerous for any pets left outdoors overnight.

Today looks to be sunny, mostly clear and a bit breezy with winds gusting up to 25 mph, a high of around 57 and a low near 28.

Friday will likely be sunny, clear and calm with a high around 58 and a low near 31.

Saturday should be sunny, mostly clear and calm with a high around 62 and a low near 37.

Sunday (Christmas Eve) looks to be partly cloudy and calm with a high around 67 and a low near 40.

Monday (Christmas Day) will likely be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high around 71 and a low near 41.



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Anthony Wyant faces several charges and Monique Quiroz is accused of attempted forgery in an incident at Wells Fargo. PCSO photos

A man was arrested Saturday at Wells Fargo in Maricopa for multiple charges stemming from an alleged forgery attempt in an incident that sent a police officer to the hospital.

Anthony Wyant, 51, of Mesa was arrested Dec. 16 at approximately 10:53 a.m. when he reportedly attempted to flee questioning by police regarding an attempted check forgery by an accomplice, 35-year-old Monique Quiroz of Casa Grande.

According to Maricopa Police Department records, Wyant first became “passively resistant” when police responding to investigate a check forgery in progress inside the bank asked him to exit the front passenger seat of the vehicle he was waiting in.

A warrant search was conducted for Wyant, revealing an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, the MPD report says. After further requests to exit the vehicle, he continued to refuse to comply at which point, the report alleges, Wyant put the vehicle in drive from the passenger seat and drove over a walkway, colliding with signage in front of the bank.

As a result of the incident, one MPD officer was injured. The officer was treated and later released from Chandler Regional Medical Center.

During further investigation, the MPD report says, the owner of the vehicle, a Scottsdale woman, stated neither Wyant nor Quiroz had permission to use the vehicle. Furthermore, the report alleges, Wyant provided an alias in an attempt to interfere with an investigation.

In all, Wyant was charged with nine separate offenses, including three counts of criminal damage, two counts of endangerment, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, false reporting to law enforcement and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Pinal County Jail in Florence on a $10,000 bond.

If convicted, Wyant faces more than 20 years in prison.

Quiroz was also arrested and charged with two counts of forgery. If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison.  She, too, is being held at the Pinal County Jail on a lesser $5,525 bond.



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The most expensive home sold in Maricopa from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 is a 12-year-old Fulton house in a Cobblestone Farms cul-de-sac. Its price increased 36 percent since it last sold in May. It sold for $900 under its list price. One of its six bedrooms is downstairs, and all upstairs bedrooms have walk-in closets. Its pièce de résistance is a pool and spa with a grotto, slide and diving board.

  1. 43967 W. Scenic Drive

Sold: Nov. 4

Purchase Price: $369,000

Price per square foot: $94.47

Days on market: 98

Builder: Fulton

Year built: 2005

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 3

Community: Cobblestone Farms

Features: Two stories, new carpeting, luxury pool with waterfall, covered patio, granite countertops, stainless appliances

Lister’s agent: Anthony Schumacher, The Maricopa Real Estate Company

Seller’s agent: Kristine Devine, Realty ONE Group

  1. 42251 W. Bravo Drive, Rancho El Dorado, $360,000
  2. 42158 W. Baccarat Drive, Province, $360,000
  3. 22468 N. Sunset Drive, Cobblestone Farms, $360,000
  4. 41011 W. Walker Way, Homestead North, $350,000

    This item appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.