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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.)
QuikTrip
Subway
WingStop

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
QuikTrip – Kitchen

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 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.

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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

A Maricopa woman reportedly suffered stab wounds and her mother, the suspected assailant, was hospitalized after a possible overdose Saturday.

Residents reported a large gathering of first responders in the Tortosa neighborhood around 3:30 p.m. Maricopa Police Department was called to the scene on the report of “possible domestic violence with injuries.”

A 25-year-old woman was found with multiple stab wounds. She told officers she had tried to intervene when her mother had been threatening suicide with a knife. According to the MPD report, the mother “attacked the daughter with the knife, inflicint injury.” The daughter locked herself in a room and called police.

Police took the mother into custody, but she reportedly collapsed while being evaluated by Maricopa Fire/Medical personnel. She had minor injuries, according to MPD, “but is suspected to be overdosed on an unknown medication.”

Both are listed in critical condition at a Valley hospital. MPD continues to investigate the incident.

 

Sidney J. Cowger (PCSO photo)

A 36-year-old Maricopa man was sentenced Dec. 21 for sexually molesting a young child.

Sidney Cowger was sentence to 27 years after pleading guilty to sexual conduct with a 10-year-old minor and attempted child molestation.

Cowger was arrested July 16 after the 10-year-old child described details of interactions. The child’s mother had contacted police July 15 with information she had learned from the child.

The child was taken to ChildHelp in Phoenix for a forensic interview and examination. A Maricopa Police detective attended the interview.

The child identified several places in Pinal County where sexual abuse allegedly occurred.

Cowger was arrested July 16 at his place of work in Stanfield.

Cowger was released from the Arizona Department of Corrections in 2014 after serving time for vehicle theft, possessing drug paraphernalia and promoting prison contraband.

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg ordered he serve the full 27 years of the sentence, but he was credited for time served in the county jail.

He will also be placed on probation for life after prison and must register as a sex offender.

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The desert around Maricopa will feel the sun and freezing temperatures this weekend. Photo by Jim Headley

Light precipitation is expected in the Maricopa area Thursday then highs will be into the 50s through the weekend. Nightly lows are expected to dip below freezing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 60. Light and variable wind are becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight expect a 30 percent chance of showers and partly cloudy with a low around 35.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 53. Friday night will be mostly clear with a low around 27 with a west southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday is also likely to be sunny with a high near 54. Saturday night will be clear with a low around 27. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday has a sunny forecast with a high near 55 and calm wind. Sunday night, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 27.

That pattern is expected to continue through the rest of the year.

Diana Nguyen (PCSO photo)

Diana Nguyen, 18, was arrested Dec. 19 on an accusation of punching her mother in the face after she refused to hand over the daughter’s birth certificate and passport.

According to a Maricopa Police Department probable cause statement, officers responded to the Nguyen home on West Colby Drive to find evidence of a physical fight between Diana and her parents.

Officers reported they heard yelling coming from within the home when they arrived. They pushed on the door, which opened immediately, and entered the residence.

The report stated Diana’s parents came into the living room and started pointing at Diana. The officer reported Diana said she was arguing with her parents because they refused to surrender her passport and birth certificate.

She said during the argument Anna “got close to her face” and told her to “go ahead and punch her.”

“So, Diana told me she punched her mother in the face,” the officer’s report states.

There was no physical visible injury to Anna’s face, according to officers.

Diana was charged with misdemeanor assault per domestic violence.

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MHS seniors Chantel Holguin (left) and Daisy Guzman have signed with community college softball programs. Submitted photos

Two members of the Maricopa High School varsity softball team have signed letters of intent to play at the college level.

Chantel Holguin signed with South Mountain Community College. She has played at the varsity level since her freshman year, compiling a three-year batting average of .354 and scoring 48 runs. She batted over .400 last season.

Holguin also plays club softball with the Arizona Crush. Last season, South Mountain CC was 13-44.

Daisy Guzman signed to play with Scottsdale Community College. She has played softball since she was 10 years old. In two seasons with MHS varsity, she has batted .303 through 49 games and scored 18 runs.

She also plays for the Arizona Scorpions Club. Last season, Scottsdale CC was 7-47.

At left, Chantel Holguin (center) with AZ Crush coach David Martinez (from left), dad Juan Holguin, mom Renee Holguin and SMCC coach Frank Gomez. At right, Daisy Guzman (second from left) with mom Tina Manfredi, sister Amelia and dad Vincent Manfredi. Submitted photos

Daisy Guzman is the daughter of Vincent Manfredi, minority owner of InMaricopa.

 

IHOP is preparing to open its doors on New Year’s Day.

The restaurant is at 20429 N. John Wayne Parkway, the northeast corner of the intersection with Edison Road in the Edison Pointe shopping plaza. The 4,767-square-foot restaurant was designed by Studio B Squared and constructed by Straightline Builders.

Meanwhile, across the street at 20232 N. John Wayne Parkway, Dutch Bros. received its commercial license Friday to start building on an empty lot north of Fast & Friendly Car Wash.

The Dutch Bros. building is designed as a 1,280-square-foot drive-thru, which includes 440 square feet of patio space. The project is valued at $155,259.

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Blue skies belie coming rain and wind during Christmas in Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

 

Light rain and possibly thunderstorms are expected to enter this week’s forecast as daily high temperatures are expected to fall.

Today will be sunny with a high near 69 and calm winds becoming east around 5 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 44. A north wind around 5 mph will become south southwest after midnight.

Christmas Day, there is a slight chance of showers and then a chance of thunderstorms after 11 a.m. with increasing clouds and a high near 64. Wind gusts as high as 20 mph are expected. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Tuesday night a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected before 11 p.m. then a slight chance of showers the rest of the night and a low around 41. Chance of precipitation overnight is 40 percent.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 58 and west wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 37. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 58. There is a 20-percent chance of showers overnight, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 35.

Friday, there is a 10-percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. The rest of the day is expected to be sunny with a high near 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 32. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

The weekend, from this vantage point, is expected to be sunny but cold.

 

A traffic collision is blocking lanes in both directions on SR 347 near Riggs Road. ADOT

Two collisions on State Route 347 are causing traffic tie-ups.

Maricopa Police Department is reporting a “major crash” near the intersection of SR 347 and Lakeview Drive. The northbound lanes were blocked, and traffic became gridlocked at the south Cobblestone light and the Smith-Enke Road light. Maricopa Fire/Medical also responded. Though the scene is clearing, traffic remains backed up.

A collision in the southbound lanes of SR 347 north of the Riggs Road light has both northbound and southbound down to one lane. Gila River and Sun Lakes first responders are on scene. According to the Department of Public Safety, several people are being transported to Banner Desert Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

ADOT

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Photo by Jim Headley

Little will change in weather patterns over the weekend with highs in the upper 60s and lows around 40. No precipitation is expected anytime soon. Enjoy the weather but bundle up in the evenings.

Today is sunny with a high near 70 degrees F and calm winds. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 41.

Friday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 69. Friday night, expect mostly cloudy skies gradually becoming mostly clear with a low around 43.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 69. The night will become partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Sunday also is likely to be sunny with a high near 68. Sunday night, expect partly cloudy skies and a low around 40. Calm wind.

Next week may start sunny, but there is a slight chance for precipitation on Christmas day.

 

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A one-owner, single-story home in Province was the most expensive home sold in Maricopa Oct. 16-Nov. 15. Sellers took $6,000 off the asking price to sell in less than two months. The lakeside property includes a three-car garage, beautiful courtyard and covered back patio with built-in barbecue and a fire pit.

1. 41696 W. Snow Bird Lane, Province

Sold: Oct. 19
Purchase price: $389,000
Square footage: 2,044
Price per square foot: $190.31
Days on market: 41
Builder: Meritage
Year built: 2015
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Province
Features: Lakefront, updated landscaping, large kitchen, huge master bedroom with bay windows, 55+ gated community
Listing Agent: Jesse Kibler, HomeSmart
Selling Agent: Terry Sperry, Coldwell Banker

2. 41059 W. Robbins Drive, Homestead …………………………….…$315,000
3. 41635 W. Snow Bird Lane, Province …………………………………$299,000
4. 43597 W. Snow Drive, The Villages at Rancho El Dorado …$291,500
5. 21919 N. Balboa Drive, Rancho El Dorado ……………………….$285,000



This item appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The least expensive home sold in Maricopa Oct. 16-Nov. 15 was a two-story with a history that tells the story of the recession in Maricopa. First listed eight years ago for $65,000, it initially sold seven years ago for $850 as a short-sell and again nine months later for $800 and finally went for an all-time low of $775 before the economy began to recover.

1. 17364 N. Marina Ave., Alterra

Sold: Oct. 27
Purchase price: $160,000
Square footage: 2,630
Price per square foot: $98.15
Days on market: 21
Builder: K Hovnanian
Year built: 2005
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Community: Alterra
Features: 2-car garage, basic appliances, full master bedroom
Listing Agent: Dayv Morgan, HomeSmart Success
Selling Agent: Dale Dressel, HomeSmart Success

2. 19337 N. Ibiza Lane, Tortosa …………………………………$163,000
3. 21415 N. Scott Drive, Rancho El Dorado ……………….$168,500
4. 35985 W. Prado St., Tortosa ………………………………….$170,000
5. 36143 W. Vera Cruz Drive ……………………………………..$170,000



This item appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

Tiffany Marquez (PCSO photo)

Tiffany Marquez was arrest Dec. 13 for an outstanding warrant, but Maricopa Police discovered methamphetamine in her purse during the arrest.

She was charged with possession of a dangerous drug, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marquez was also charged with taking the identity of another after she told police she was someone else when stopped by officers at Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and Hartman Road about 10:30 that evening, according to the Maricopa Police report.

Police towed her vehicle and inventoried the contents of the vehicle.

Officers report she was read her Miranda warnings verbatim from a preprinted card and she admitted to possession of the meth and that it belonged to her. She was transported and booked into the Pinal County jail on the charges and the warrants.

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A hot air balloon found the air cool enough Thursday to get off the ground and fly over Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

If you’re looking to the weather for some excitement, you’re clearly looking in the wrong place. Little will change through the weekend as temperatures are expected to be in the 60s, winds will remain calm and lows will be right around 40, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 34 degrees F. Calm wind will be south southeast around 5 mph.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 68. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 41. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph.

Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 70. The night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 41, and winds will remain calm.

Sunday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 69 and continued calm winds. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 41.

The following week has a slight chance of rain early on but  appears to be mostly sunny from this vantage point.

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MHS junior Saneya Cowing (4) goes for one of her four goals against Sunnyside. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The Maricopa High School girls’ soccer team improved its record to 3-2 with a blowout home victory over Sunnyside, 10-0, Monday. Junior Senaya Cowing scored four goals, bringing her season total to nine. Junior Payson Hacker scored two goals. Also scoring were senior Bianca Olivares, sophomore Jezelle Magallanes and freshmen McKinley Hacker and Lexy Rowe. Tending goal, senior Mackenzie Ford had three saves. The Rams travel to Agua Fria (2-0) tonight for a 6 p.m. game.

The MHS boys were shut out by Sunnyside, 5-0, and saw their record fall to 1-4. Of the six goals scored by Maricopa this season, five were off the foot of freshman Kevin Vasquez. The boys host Agua Fria (1-0-3) tonight at 6 p.m.

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Maricopans fish in the fog at Copper Sky lake. Photo by Jim Headley

Despite a cloudy start, Maricopa’s weather this week is expected to see mostly clear skies and chilly nights, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high is 70 degrees F with breezes up to 10 mph. The evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 46 and winds calming to 5 mph.

Tuesday, the forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high near 69. The overnight low will be around 41.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny with a high near 67. The night is also likely to be mostly clear with a low around 38.

Thursday is forecast to be the coolest day of the week, with a high near 64 under sunny skies and a nighttime low around 35.

Friday is likely to be mostly sunny with a high near 68. The evening is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a low around 41.

That leads to a weekend that is forecast to fit the week’s cycle of sunny and cool.

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Only four Maricopa establishments received a food inspection from the county’s Public Health Department from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and all received an excellent rating.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]

  • F.O.R. Maricopa
  • Helen’s at Copper Sky
  • Helen’s at Pacana Park
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
None

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 December issue of InMaricopa.

Businesses and organizations receiving business licenses Oct. 16-Nov. 15:

Commercial: Great Escape Maricopa, Holistic Mental Health, Phoenix Sky Gear, WingStop

Home-based: Almentia KG LLC, Buddy’s Pet Care, Elaine Glasgow, Jaded Ivy, La Vie Group Home, Las Tostaditas, LaydeePink Photography, Little 6 Industries, Manila Bakery, Raven Photography Services, The Sharp Solution

Out of town: Academy Mortgage, Advanced Contract Flooring, Aeos Energy, Arizona Outdoor Recreation, AZ ATM Expert, Clear Brite Headlight Restoration, Fire Sure Protection, G Squared Building, Lakeside Pools, Modern Paving Seamless Flooring, Thistle Door, Waite Arizona LLC

Nonprofit: Against Abuse Inc., Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa, Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation


This item appear in the December issue of InMaricopa.

Great Escape Maricopa opens Dec. 7.

 

Justin Pierce received a new commercial permit Oct. 24 for a Circle K convenience store at 41433 W. Honeycutt Road at Porter Road. The store is set to be 5,301 square feet with seven fuel pumps under a 2,464-square-foot canopy. It is valued at $863,714. The site also received the OK for a lot split and on-site improvement.

Cross Fit Maricopa is taking over the space vacated by Cross Fit Stand & Battle at 21576 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 102, with new owner Scott Bradley receiving a final inspection Nov. 1.

Apex Motor Club received an at-risk grading permit and permission for a temporary construction trailer as it begins construction at 22408 N. Ralston Road.

Meritage Homes in Province received an administrative design review permit for Parcel 8 as it develops parcels 8 and 10. Province also received a permit in Parcel 15 for grading to fix erosion at Honeycutt Road and the Santa Rosa Wash.

Brakes Plus, to be constructed at 44510 W. Edison Road east of IHOP, has received approval for 123 linear feet of underground fireline.

Maricopa Auto Outlet, 19864 N. John Wayne Parkway, had its zoning request approved for an expansion Nov. 7.

Sacate Pellet Mill, 38743 W. Cowtown Road, received a permit for a lot line adjustment from 46 to 50 acres. The company also received approval for electricity for a temporary construction trailer. At the same address, Red River Cattle received a zoning text amendment to be allowed by exceed the maximum building height.

Sacate Pellet Mill

Maricopa Renovations is dividing office space as a commercial alteration for Maricopa Bookkeeping at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway.

Leeanne Richmond has a temporary use permit to operate the monthly Second Saturday Farmers Market from Sequoia Pathway Academy, 19265 N. Porter Road.

Great Escape Maricopa, an escape room business, received a new tenant final inspection Nov. 7 as Carl Diedrich converts the former Camino Montessori space at 44301 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy. The business opens to the public Dec. 7.

CleanChoice Services is the primary contractor for an office remodel for Arizona Storage Company, 40675 W. Honeycutt Road.

Chris Cahall received a permit for a $1,000 wall sign at American Family Insurance, 19756 N. John Wayne Parkway.

Wynn Hair and Nails, 20555 N. John Wayne Parkway, was approved for coming-soon and grand-opening banners as well as a foot massage banner, all as temporary signage.

Two commercial shade structures received permits at Leading Edge Academy, 18700 N. Porter Road.

Tortosa Homeowners Association is installing a new well pump for an existing community well on the northeast corner of Honeycutt Road and Costa del Sol Boulevard at a cost of $35,000. It received a permit of major electrical work.


This story appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

Michael Lewis (PCSO photo)

Michael J. Lewis, 39, was arrested on an active warrant by Maricopa Police on Monday. Lewis was also allegedly in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and an unused syringe.

Police conducted a traffic stop at 9:34 p.m. at Circle K located at 18141 N. John Wayne Parkway. A passenger in the front seat of the vehicle verbally identified himself as Michael Lewis, who was wanted on an active warrant with a bond amount of $4,006. He was placed under arrest.

According to the MPD report, the small amount of meth was located in a folded receipt along with the syringe in his pockets. Lewis confirmed to officers that it was meth and that he was planning to inject it using the syringe, according to police report’s probable-cause statements.

Lewis was booked into the Pinal County Jail for the active warrant, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Cattle being transported through Maricopa “fell out” of a truck Wednesday. Some were injured and others scattered along Farrell Road, State Route 347 and Ak-Chin’s Juan Street neighborhood.

Maricopa Police and Ak-Chin Police both responded to the scene as the cows became a road hazard. Officers found at least two animals immobilized by the accident, with at least one having to be dispatched by the owner.

Officers rounded up the cattle while waiting for a transport truck from Stanfield.

First responders prepare to transport and injured man to an ambulance in Maricopa Meadows. Photo by Kyle Norby

A pedestrian crossing a boulevard in Maricopa Meadows was struck by a minivan and had to be transported to a hospital Tuesday afternoon.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the 69-year-old man was on a push scooter when he crossed in front of traffic mid-block in a location without a crosswalk. The white minivan was traveling about 30 mph when it collided with him, MPD estimated.

The man reportedly suffered head and leg injuries and was transported to a trauma center.

The incident was at the curve of Hogenes Boulevard and Bowlin Road at Orchid Avenue.

 

 

Doug Hocking

Learn about an important part of Apache history, watch the swearing in of new councilmembers, join a parade of lights or sing Hallelujah with the chorus – there is a lot to do this week in Maricopa. For detail on these and other events, or to add your own, visit InMaricopa.com/Calendar.

MONDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Senior Bowling is at 10 a.m. at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 N. Maricopa Road.

The Apache Wars: Maricopa Historical Society Lecture Series with Doug Hocking is at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) meet at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Behavioral Health Services, 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 103.

TUESDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

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

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

Pass in Review concert is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

WEDNESDAY

Creative Sisterhood meets at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Babytime is at 9:30 a.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

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

S.M.A.R.T. Kids meet at 3:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

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

THURSDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Farkle at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Family Story Time is at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

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

FRIDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

8-Bits video gaming is at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

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

SATURDAY

2nd Saturday Maricopa Market is at 8 a.m. at Sequoia Pathway Academy, 19265 N. Porter Road.

Ride for Toys, with Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, is 10 a.m.-2 p.m.at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Sugar Plum Tea, hosted by DSPA Gems, is at 2 p.m. at Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Living Nativity Maricopa is 5-8 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W Honeycutt Ave.

Creche Festival: Nativities from around the World is 5-8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Masik Tas Light Parade starts at 7 p.m. through the Ak-Chin community on West Farrell Road.

Grand Winter Holiday Concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road.

SUNDAY

Holiday Homes on Parade begins and runs through Dec. 18 at participating homes throughout Maricopa.

Handbell Choir performs at 4 p.m. at Central Arizona College – Maricopa Campus, 17945 N. Regent Drive.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Weather remains cool under sunny skies in Maricopa Monday. Photo by Jim Headley

Get ready for a cold and rather damp week ahead, according to the National Weather Service.

Today the sun will be shining with an expected high near 61 degrees F and north-northeast winds around 5 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 35. East-northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday, clouds will be increasing with an expected high near 66. East-northeast winds will continue at 5 mph. Tuesday night will be chilly with a low of 38 under mostly cloudy skies.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 73. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Wednesday night will see mostly cloudy skies with a low around 45. South-southwest winds of 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday, a 50-percent chance of showers is expected. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 64. South-southeast winds around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible. Rain showers will be highly likely Thursday evening with a low of 47 and 5 mph winds from the south-southwest. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday will have a 50 percent chance of showers with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 62. South winds around 5 mph becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Chances for precipitation will fall to 10 percent Friday night with partly cloudy skies and a low around 43. Northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.