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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After a light morning drizzle turned into steady rain Saturday, water rose quickly in washes, streets and roads. Maricopa was placed under a flash flood warning until 1:15 p.m. and a flash flood watch until 8 p.m.

Santa Rosa wash is closed at all crossings.

The rain became so severe, only two rounds of the Maricopa Mud Run were completed.

Total precipitation today and tonight could amount to about an inch, according to the National Weather Service.

Photo by Victor Moreno

Despite having several swimmers gone on fall break, the Maricopa High School swim team hosted Poston Butte for its final dual meet Thursday and finished second.

Two of the boys and one of the girls took first place in their respective races at Copper Sky Aquatic Center. The Rams’ final scheduled competition is Oct. 18 at McClintock. The team will know if it has state qualifiers by Halloween.

“Coach Megan and I are tremendously proud of our swimmers,” head coach Laura Logan said. “They have worked hard, learned a lot and improved immensely.”

In the boys’ competition, Poston Butte scored 110 points while MHS scored 58.

Freshman Connor Schrader took first in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.01, the 33rd-best time in Division II, and in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.1. Nolan Ford was first in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.5.

Ford was second in the 100-meter backstroke and was part of the second-place 200-meter medley relay with Joseph Lambert, Connor Schrader and Kian Carroll.

Rams finishing third were Rafe Scoresby in the 200-meter individual medley, Chase Woodhouse in the 500-meter freestyle, Joseph Lambert in the 100-meter breaststroke, the 200-meter freestyle relay team of Ford, Woodhouse, Carroll and Schrader, and the 400-meter free relay team of Scoreseby, Egan Packard, Victor Moreno and Woodhouse.

In the girls’ competition, Poston Butte scored 96 points to the Rams’ 54 points.

Olivia Byers won two races – the 50 free in 27.2 and the 100 free in 1:03.1.

Rams finishing second were Emily Hollingsworth in the 200 free, Eva Zavala in the 100 breast, and the 200 medley relay team of Paige Hennigar, Zavala, Byers and Mandy Carroll.

Third place went to Zavala in the 50 free, Malia Kealhoa in the 200 free, Katelynn James in the 100 fly, the 200 medley relay team of Emma Carr, Hollingsworth, James and Kaitlyn Crean, and the 400 free relay team of Crean, Hennigar, James and Emily Fauth.

The boys’ and girls’ Rams teams have won one meet this year, a home swim against Combs Sept. 27. The boys won 88-78 and the girls 82-79.

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

The most expensive home sold in Maricopa Aug. 16-Sept. 15 was a two-story, five-bedroom home in the middle of Rancho El Dorado with a backyard pool and a master-suite balcony overlooking the golf course. It also sports a three-car garage, loft, fireplace and lots of space. Listed at just under $400,000, it sold for $5,000 under the asking price. That was $69,000 more than its selling price four and a half months earlier.

  1. 42443 W. Bravo Drive, Rancho El Dorado

Sold: Sept. 1
Purchase price: $394,000
Square footage: 3,890
Price per square foot: $101.29
Days on market: 130
Builder: Hacienda
Year built: 2004
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Community: Rancho El Dorado
Features: Large diving pool with new tile, great views, master suite with walkout, new carpet and paint, multiple ovens, walk-in pantry, covered patio
Listing Agent: Heather Schmidt, The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Selling Agent: Bobby Johns, Realty Pointe LLC

  1. 22026 N. Cline Court, Rancho El Dorado ………… $375,000
  2. 21954 N. Olson Court, Rancho El Dorado ………. $373,000
  3. 40358 W. Dennis Lane, Smith Farms …………….. $275,000
  4. 42166 W. Santa Fe St., Glennwilde ……………….. $260,455

    This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Autumn temperatures seem to be in Maricopa to stay as the National Weather Service predicts high 70s and low 80s this week, with a bit of rain.

Today, Columbus Day, will be mostly sunny after Sunday’s rain, with a high near 77 degrees F. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 54.

Tuesday sees a sunny day with a high near 79. The overnight low is expected to be around 54 under clear skies.

Wednesday, too, has a sunny forecast with a near 82. The night should be mostly clear with a low around 57.

Thursday is expected to partly sunny with a high near 83 but with clouds moving in to create a 10-percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. A 40-percent chance of rain develops during the night, when the low should be around 62.

Friday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of rain during the day and a high near 76. The nighttime low is expected to around 60, with a 30-percent chance of rain before 11 p.m.

The possibility for rain continues into the weekend, as do the mild temperatures.

Art installation with reflecting pool? No, just the overpass construction waiting to drain from the week's flash floods.

Rain is expected to make a comeback during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, but not before two clear and mild days.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 84 degrees F. The overnight low will be around 61.

Saturday is also expected to be sunny with light breezes and a high near 86. But rain clouds will reappear, bringing a 30 percent of showers after midnight and an overnight low of 63 degrees.

Sunday the possibility for rain increases to 40 percent. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 79 and winds of 10-15 mph boasting gusts up to 25 mph. The evening will be partly cloudy with a low around 56.

A 10 percent chance of rain lingers on Monday, Columbus Day, but the forecast for the rest of next week is clear with high temperatures in the 80s.

A Maricopa mother was arrested Sept. 27 on suspicion of intoxicated driving after a collision on Smith-Enke Road. Her son was reportedly in the vehicle at the time.

Jennifer Hardy-Alarcon is accused of four counts of driving under the influence and failure to control a vehicle.

According the Maricopa Police Report, a Ford sedan driven by Hardy-Alarcon ran into the rear bumper of a Honda SUV stopped at a red light at Province Way. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m.

Responding officers described Hardy-Alarcon as displaying “obvious signs of extreme intoxication” while failing a sobriety test. Breath samples reportedly registered at 0.223 and 0.236. She was arrested but released to a responsible party.

MPD is recommending two charges of aggravated DUI as well as extreme DUI, DUI to the slightest degree and failure to control a vehicle to avoid a collision. Her vehicle was towed to impound.

A Maricopa Police Officer found a driver and his passenger asleep in a car while stopped at a stop light.

The incident occurred Sept. 27 at 2:13 a.m. on State Route 347 at the Smith-Enke Road intersection.

According the report, the officer saw a Chevy Impala stopped at the light facing north in the southbound lanes. The officer parked the police vehicle in front of the Chevy to prevent the driver from moving forward.

Approaching the vehicle, the officer observed the driver and the passenger sleeping. The driver awoke and identified himself as Joseph Narcia. He reportedly told the officer he’d had a few drinks.

Narcia allegedly failed sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to MPD. According to the report, an Intoxilizer test showed blood-alcohol content of 0.135 and 0.130.

Narcia faces charges of aggravated DUI, DUA with BAC .08 or more and DUI in the slightest degree.

Photo by Bret Roberts

Heavy rains flooded and even washed out some roadways in Hidden Valley.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said cleanup and recovery may not start until Wednesday afternoon. Here is the PCSO status list of affect roads:

  • Ralston Road from Jean Drive to Mockingbird Lane, Vekol Wash running.
  • Val Vista Road from Warren Road to Deer Trail, Vekol Wash running.
  • Agate Road from Amarillo Valley Road to Quicksilver Road, flooded roadway.
  • Sotol Road from Amarillo Valley Road to Quicksilver Road, flooded roadway.
  • Meadowview Road from John Wayne Parkway to Green Road, flooded roadway.
  • Amarillo Valley Road from Barnes Road to Teel Road, road washed out.
  • Louis Johnson Drive from John Wayne Parkway to Amarillo Valley Road, road washed out.

Rain clouds loom over Maricopa Monday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Rain and a flash flood watch continue through Wednesday as temperatures remain mild this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Conditions are favorable for localized flash flooding throughout the watch area in addition to widespread nuisance flooding. For most areas, the most likely time frame for flash flooding will be late tonight through Tuesday.

Today, an 80 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm are in place this afternoon. New rainfall amounts are expected to be less than a tenth of an inch. The high is around 74 degrees F. Tonight, rain is also expected after 11 p.m. with some storm likely to produce heavy rainfall. The likelihood of overnight precipitation is 100 percent with accumulation of quarter to a half-inch. The low will be around 67.

Tuesday, the chance for rain is 90 percent with a high near 81 and breezes of 10-15 mph. Rain is expected to continue overnight, when the temperature drops to around 66.

Wednesday, the chance for rain is 30 percent, mainly before 11 a.m. The day is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 87. Skies are expected to begin to clear overnight, and the low may be around 64.

Thursday is likely to be mostly sunny with a high near 85. The nighttime low will be around 63.

Friday is forecast to warm to 88 degrees under sunny skies, while the night may be mostly clear with a low around 63.

At this point, Columbus Day weekend looks to be mostly sunny, though there is a slight chance of showers Saturday night.

 

Storm clouds are moving over Maricopa, expected to bring heavy precipitation this week.

The remnants of Hurricane Rosa in the Pacific is bringing rain across Arizona, initiating a flash flood watch in northwest Pinal County.

The watch will be in effect from Monday morning through late Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood watch means flooding of washes, creeks and other drainage areas is possible within the watch area. Locations in the watch area that are most likely to experience flash flooding will be poor drainage areas and normally dry washes near higher terrain.

If you are in the watch area, you should watch the weather and be prepared to take immediate action should heavy rain and flooding occur or a flash flood warning be issued.

NWS is forecasting thunderstorms to start tonight after 11 p.m. Rains are expected to continue through Wednesday, accumulating up to 2 inches. The chance of rain is 90 percent Monday night and 80 percent Tuesday.

There are sand bags located at each fire station and fire administration as well. There is a limit of eight sand bags per family.

Sand is located on the west side of the city (in front of the old city hall) on the corner of Madison Ave near Wilson Road.

Residents can pick up the bags at the designated locations and will need to bring their own shovel to fill the bags at the sand pile location.

Emergency Operations Center personnel will be monitoring the weather during this time period and will update the community as necessary.

Weekend weather is expected to be mostly sunny until Sunday afternoon. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A hot weekend is expected to precede several days of rain with a chance of flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with a predicted high of 104 degrees F. The night will be clear with a low around 73.

Friday’s forecast sees more sunny skies and a high of 104. The night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 74 and increasing winds.

Saturday also has a sunny forecast and a high near 102. The overnight low will be around 73.

Sunday, things begin to change. The high will be near 98 under partly sunny skies, with a 10-percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. That increases to 30 percent during the evening, when the low will be around 70.

NWS then expects heavy rainfall in the area beginning Sunday night and continuing at least through Tuesday. Some areas are expected to receive 1-2 inches of rain, which would include high likelihood of flooding. More precise information will be available as the new week approaches.

A house fire on the 36500 block of West Nina Street in Tortosa has injured four people.

The fire was reported at 10:10 a.m. Callers said two adults and a 2-year-old child were on a patio roof. Those three escaped the house with injuries. However, when Maricopa Fire/Medical Department arrived, first responders were told a fourth person was still in the house.

Firefighters went in and found a 19-year-old woman in an upstairs “common area” and rendered aid,” according to Maricopa Police Department, which was also on scene along with fire units from Chandler, Gila River and other local departments.

Photos by Michelle Sorensen

The woman transported by ground ambulance “in very critical condition,” having suffered burns to her body, according to MPD. The other three people in the house were also taken to the hospital. The 2-year-old boy also had burns and is being evaluated. The others, a 19-year-old male and a 19-year-old female, are listed in good condition. SEE UPDATE

MPD and MFMD are investigating, and no origin has yet been determined.

 

A vague threat posted anonymously Monday night, apparently on Facebook, caused a larger police presence on the Maricopa High School campus this morning.

Maricopa Police Department cleared the campus overnight after parents used the department’s mobile app to alert them to the post.

MHS Principal Brian Winter sent a message to parents at 5:30 a.m. notifying them of the situation and noting that school would remain open.

“Although we are unable to determine the credibility of the threat, keeping you informed is our priority,” he stated.

The post used a 2012 evidence photo from the Trayvon Martin murder case in Florida, showing a hand holding a gun, an image from Martin’s cell phone. The superimposed phrase “MHS kids better not —- with me tomorrow” was followed by a smiley face emoji.

Winter asked students to leave their backpacks at home today. “Bags and large purses brought to school will be checked and stored with administration.” Students who stayed home were not penalized for the absence.

“We are still investigating this matter,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said. “We have reached out to FBI, the Mesa Fusion center and other intelligence-gathering agencies.”

Randy Attson (PCSO photo)

 

A welfare check on a parked and running car in the early-morning hours led to a drug arrest Wednesday.

According to Maricopa Police Department records, a white car was parked on the dirt shoulder of Smith-Enke Road east of DR Horton Drive just before 4 a.m. The vehicle was running with its headlights on.

The man in the driver’s seat identified himself as Randy Attson, 41. The officer reported seeing a pint glass in the car’s cup holder containing liquid that looked like beer. Attson allegedly admitted the pint glass was from a bar he visited earlier.

The officer also observed a blow torch at Attson’s feet, indicating the implement is sometimes associated with illegal drug use. When the officer asked if there was a methamphetamine pipe in the car, Attson allegedly said it was between the driver’s seat and the center console.

A search reportedly turned up three glass pipes and about 2.5 grams of meth. A warrant check also revealed Attson’s driving privilege was suspended and he had an extraditable warrant out of West Mesa Justice Court for a traffic offense with a $1,300 bond.

Attson was booked at Pinal County jail, where he remains in custody. Recommended charges are possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

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Clouds over Maricopa will be chased away by sunny days this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After some nice clouds today, the rest of the week’s weather should be sunny and in the low 100s, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, there is a 10-percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. for a partly sunny day and a high near 98 degrees F. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny with a high near 100. The night is also likely to be clear with a low of 72.

Wednesday‘s forecast sees sunny skies and a high near 101 followed by a clear night with a low around 74.

Thursday will continue to warm under sunny skies to a high near 103. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 75.

Friday is likely to be sunny with a high near 103. The nighttime low will be around 75.

That leads to a mostly sunny weekend still lingering around 100.

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Isaiah Crawford

The Maricopa High School football team had a reversal of fortune Friday night against their toughest opponent yet. The visiting Higley Knights defeated the Rams 63-14 in the first week of San Tan region play. The Rams, playing without a head coach, went out in front early on a Jordan Huddleston pass to Jacob Cowing. In the second quarter, running back Mister Chavis bulled his way into the end zone, and Maricopa led 14-6. From that point, the Knights’ offensive and defensive lines locked in. As Higley reeled off 57 straight points, Maricopa could only occasionally get big yardage and eventually wore down. Higley also protected its quarterbacks well most of the game, though Logan Taylor still managed to collect enough sacks to give them the yips in the pocket. Most of Maricopa’s yardage came in the air, 195 of the 280 total yards. Higley took full advantage of Maricopa miscues, turning a fumble and an interception into touchdowns. Maricopa’s record moved to 4-2. Friday, the Rams travel to Gilbert’s Campo Verde, 5-1, for another San Tan contest.

 

 

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

DR Horton was granted an amendment to its planned area development in lots 1 and 8 in Tortosa for coverage increase.

Chop Block & Brew opened Aug. 7 at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino with dining and a lounge. It seats 159 and serves lunch and dinner.

In a capital-improvement project, Fire Station 574 received a permit for installation of new evaporative system in the bay at a cost of $100,000.

Walmart made interior alterations to replace fitting rooms and relocate an apparel fixture and added power to the fitting rooms. The project was valued at $20,000.

Suite D8 of Maricopa Fiesta at 20924 N. John Wayne Parkway, a former veterinarian office, received a permit to be modified into an open white shell at a cost of $32,000. The required demolition also received a permit.

The overpass project on State Route 347 at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks received a hauling permit. Ames Construction is the primary contractor.

Community of Hope Church applied to install a new fire alarm system at 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.

True Grit received a general fire inspection for a planned bike event in September that may include a beer garden.

DRH Construction received a permit to turn a home garage into a sales office at 36878 W. Maddaloni Ave. in Sorrento.

Cobblestone Fiesta Center, Sorrento and the City of Maricopa all received permits for new signs. Burger King opened its doors at 20699 N. John Wayne Parkway. Along with Ross Dress for Less and Great Clips at The Wells received permits for temporary banners.

Verizon and AT&T received zoning permits to modify existing cell towers.


This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

Ten of the 12 Maricopa food facilities inspected by Pinal County Environmental Health July 17-Aug. 15 received scores of excellent. Two had minor problems that were dealt with during inspection.

Dunkin’ Donuts had issues with food temperature and hygiene. Egg flats, which should have been no warmer than 41 degrees F were measured at 51 degrees and had to be discarded. The inspector also noted staff with polished fingernails, which are not allowed in food-prep, a situation that was also corrected.

The Silver Spur at The Duke at Rancho El Dorado posted a satisfactory score after observed violations in food-holding temperatures and dated food. The inspector observed a prep table holding food at 52-56 degrees instead of the mandated 41, and a walk-in refrigerator holding food at 50 degrees. Several food items were reported to be seven days past their date marking. The inspector also noted freezer equipment with icicles on the ceiling, ice on the floor and no light.

Excellent [No violations found]
Arby’s
Burger King
Culver’s of Maricopa
Domino’s Pizza
Gyro Grill
KFC
Papa John’s Pizza
Taco Bell
Tacos ‘N’ More
Water and Ice

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Dunkin’ Donuts

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

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


This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

The following organizations received business licenses from the City of Maricopa July 16-Aug. 15.

Commercial: Dollar Tree, Empire West Title Agency, Open Café Province, White’s Automotive Repair & Towing

Home-based: Avasu, Cat’s Meow Design, Clean Care, Copa Mechanical, Fizz Envy, Funnie Bizness Entertainment, Jewelry Making, Julie’s Paparazzi Gems, Kameo Monson, King’s Kids Childcare, Massage Life, Nana’s House of Childcare, Plus Electric, Rikki Sparkles with Origami Owl, Rodan and Fields, Sleek & Fabulous Clothing Boutique, Society’s Air, Sofinc, Specialized Pest Control, Sun Palms Painting, With Love Signed Nikki

Out of town: Aardvark HVAC & Home Repair, Alaskan Air Conditioning, Coin & Professional Equipment, Delta Mechanical, ExhibitOne Corporation, G&C Glass, Jackson Enterprises, Lugnut Auto Repair, MGM Wood Crafting, Outdoor Dimensions, Phoenix Patioscapes, Photovoltaic Systems Manufacturing, Resilient Drilling Services, Senegene International, Sentinel Maintenance, Service Solutions Group, Solcius LLC, VP Edison 15, Watt Masters

Nonprofit: DSPA Gems, Grace Fellowship Church of Maricopa, Troop 943 Boy Scouts of America

Peddler/Solicitor: Aptive Environmental


This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

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Autumn is arriving this weekend, but the temperatures are staying over 100.

Maricopa is expected to dry out this weekend after mid-week rain and return to triple-digit heat for the foreseeable future, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high near 96 degrees F. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 72.

Friday‘s forecast also sees a sunny day with a high near 100. The nighttime low will be around 73 under clear skies.

Saturday, look for sunny skies and a high near 101. The overnight low will be around 73.

Sunday, the first day of autumn, also expects to be sunny with a high near 103. The night is forecast to be mostly clear with a low around 73.

The early part of next week will repeat that weather pattern daily.

Darien Alexa Dawn Huggins, 16, was reportedly last seen in Maricopa Sept. 15. She is reported to be with Amran Mohammad Dawlatzai, 24.

UPDATE: Darien Huggins is back home.


Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Maricopa teenager who has not been seen since last night.

Darien Alexa Dawn Huggins, 16, is thought to be with 24-year-old Amran Mohammad Dawlatzai, who may be in the East Valley.

Huggins is described as 5-foot-4, 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen at her home in Maricopa wearing a gray shirt and shorts, and her hair was in a ponytail. Dawlatzai is described as 6-foot-0, 250 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is driving a 1999 champagne-colored Ford F150 with Arizona plate CJN 9567.

If you have information, call 520-866-5111.

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The least expensive home sold in Maricopa from July 16 to Aug. 15 was on a corner lot in Tortosa. A victim of the recession (it once sold for $750), it made a gradual comeback. It’s selling price of $158,000 is 66 percent higher than its last selling price in 2013. The standard three-bedroom home has a split floor plan and a covered patio in the backyard.

  1. 19352 N. Costa Verdez Ave.

Sold: Aug. 15
Purchase price: $158,000
Square footage: 1,370
Price per square foot: $115.33
Days on market: 9
Builder: Unknown
Year built: 2006
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Tortosa
Features: Tile flooring, dual sinks in master bath, grass back yard, 5,663-square-foot lot
Listing agent: Chad Crimmins, Elite Real Estate Pros
Selling agent: Michael Colletti, Realty ONE Group

  1. 35616 W. Costa Blanca Drive, Tortosa ……..$160,000
  2. 36997 W. Amalfi Ave., Sorrento, ………………$164,000
  3. 41988 W. Colby Drive, Rancho El Dorado… $165,000
  4. 43549 W. Colby Drive, Rancho El Dorado… $165,000

    This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

The most expensive home sold in Maricopa from July 16 to Aug. 15 was a two-story, four-bedroom house in Palo Brea. This is the third time the home has been sold since it was built in 2007. Its $320,000 price was 16.6 percent higher than its selling price 18 months ago. All four bedrooms are built like masters, and the 4,500-square-foot home sits on a 10,000-square-foot lot that includes a pool.

  1. 44022 W. Palo Abeto Drive

Sold: Aug. 10
Purchase price: $320,000
Square footage: 4,512
Price per square foot: $70.92
Days on market: 133
Builder: Beazer
Year built: 2007
Bedrooms: 4
Bathroom: 3.5
Community: Palo Brea
Features: Upgraded kitchen, 10-foot ceilings, large bonus room, huge master suite, outdoor built-in BBQ, pebble tec pool
Listing agent: Dayv Morgan, HomeSmart Success
Selling agent: Roque Martinez, eXp Realty

  1. 43612 W. Sparks Court, Rancho El Dorado …….. $315,000
  2. 40978 W. Pryor Lane, Homestead North ……….. $295,000
  3. 20690 N. Enchantment Pass, Province …………… $290,000
  4. 40092 W. Novak Lane, Homestead North ……… $285,500

    This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

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Clear, sunny skies are on tap for Maricopa's weekend.

The heat continues to linger in Maricopa, with triple-digits for the weekend and beyond, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny and has a projected high temperature of 106 degrees F. The night will be clear with a low around 74.

Friday, the forecast sees another sunny day with the high climbing to the danger zone of 108. The night will likely be mostly clear with a low around 77.

Saturday also has a sunny forecast, with a predicted high of 106 and breezes up to 10 mph. The overnight low will be around 77 under clear skies.

Sunday is likely to be sunny with a high near 105. The nighttime low will be around 76.

That leads to a week of continued triple-digits and lots of sun.

The last five months of the fiscal year showed steady growth in Maricopa’s business activity. The city reaped more than $1 million each month from January through June and easily outpaced last year February through June. City Finance Director Brenda Hasler said that coincided with construction and the opening of more retail outlets. Edison Pointe, in particular, boasted new builds and six new openings to generate more sales tax for the city.

In fiscal year 2017-18 (Graph 1 in green), Maricopa took in $12.5 million in transaction privilege tax, often called sales tax. The previous fiscal year, the total was $11.2 million. Retail and construction continue to be the city’s highest earners.

As shown in Graph 2, the FY18 total is the highest for Maricopa since before the recession. The city has a way to go before returning to those money-generating highs. In FY08, the city collected $18.7 million in sales tax.

 

This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

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ADOT

Drivers who use State Route 347 should plan for an overnight lane closure as Arizona Department of Transportation crews perform pavement-preservation work.

Northbound SR 347 will be narrowed to one lane between Riggs Road and Interstate 10 from 9 p.m. Sept. 13 to 5 a.m. Sept. 14.

ADOT will maintain one lane of travel northbound on SR 347, but delays are possible. Drivers should slow down and use caution around crews and equipment.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855-712-8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov.

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Photo by David Durst

A steady stream of triple-digit days is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with no relief yet in sight.

Today, the high temperature should hit 106 degrees F with only light breezes. Tonight, the low will be around 77 with continuing clear skies.

Tuesday, expect a repeat with sunny skies and a high near 106. The overnight low will again be around 77 while skies are mostly clear.

Wednesday will likely be sunny with a high near 105 and winds may increase to 15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph. The night may be mostly clear with a low around 75.

Thursday, expect lots of sun and a high near 104. The overnight low will be around 76.

Friday will be a little warmer, with a high of 106 under sunny skies. The nighttime sky will be mostly clear with a low around 78.

That leads into a weekend that continues the hot, sunny trend.

High temps and mostly clear skies are ahead for Maricopa.

A hot, sunny weekend is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with temperatures increasingly warm.

Today is sunny with a high near 105 and calm breezes. Tonight will also be mostly clear, with a low around 79.

Friday, expect sunny skies during the day and a high near 106. That will be followed by a clear night with a low around 79 again.

Saturday sees sunny skies, too, with the high climbing to 107. The nighttime low will be around 80.

Sunday will be similar, with a high temperature of 105 and an overnight low of 78.

That leads to a week of continued triple-digit temperatures but increasing wind.

Timothy Campbell. PCSO photo

Maricopa Police arrested a man suspected of driving under the influence while transporting precious cargo last week.

Timothy Campbell, 38, is accused of carrying with him four children during a traffic stop Aug. 26 when he was tagged with seven varying counts of aggravated DUI and endangerment.

MPD arrested Campbell at approximately 3:55 p.m. at the Good 2 Go gas station at  John Wayne Parkway and Honeycutt Road.

A police report alleges prior to the arrest, one of the young passengers sparked the interest of an officer operating a patrol vehicle southbound on John Wayne Parkway.

“I observed a small juvenile female sitting on top of a person’s lap in the front passenger seat, (the child) then attempted to duck their head in a red Ford F-150 (truck),” according to the report.

The officer activated his emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over at the gas station. The ages of the four children observed inside the truck were withheld in the report, but all were reportedly under 15 years old.

Campbell allegedly told the officer he was driving on a suspended license and reportedly admitted to consuming intoxicating beverages.

Police dispatch informed the officer Campbell is also required to drive with an ignition interlock device, but there was no device in the vehicle, according to the report.

Campbell completed a standard field sobriety test with “poor results.”

MPD transported the DUI suspect to its headquarters where Campbell completed a second breathalyzer test with results showing a blood alcohol content of .162, more than twice the legal limit.

Officers forwarded seven counts against Campbell to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office: Aggravated DUI: Driving with a suspended driver license (class 4 felony); Aggravated DUI: Driving without an ignition interlock device (class 4 felony); DUI with four children inside the vehicle under the age of 15 (class 6 felonies); Aggravated DUI impaired to the slightest degree (class 1 misdemeanor); Aggravated DUI .08 BAC or above (class 1 misdemeanor); Aggravated DUI: .15 BAC or above (class 1 misdemeanor); Endangerment (class 1 misdemeanor).

 

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A week of mostly sunny days is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, leading up to another hot weekend.

Today, a partly cloudy morning turns into a mostly sunny afternoon with a high near 101. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy with a low around 76.

Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 102. The overnight low will be around 77 under mostly clear skies.

Thursday, expect sunny skies and increasingly warm temperatures and a high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 78.

Friday may be sunny with a high near 105. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 79.

That starts off a weekend in which the temperature will climb to 107.