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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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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

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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.

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Sen. Jon Kyl

Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl was chosen by Gov. Doug Ducey to return to Washington, D.C., to fill the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain’s term through 2020.

Kyl, 76, represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate from 1995 through Jan. 3, 2013, before he retired from politics and Jeff Flake was elected. He was previously in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-1995. An attorney, Kyl most recently worked for Covington & Burling.

“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl,” Ducey said. “He understands how the Senate functions, and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans.”

While in the senate previously, Kyl served as Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest ranking position in the Republican conference.

“We are all saddened by the circumstances that required this appointment and appreciate there was only one John McCain,” Kyl said. “John and I served the people of Arizona for nearly two decades, and in that spirit, along with Senator Flake, I will do my best to ensure Arizonans are well represented in the Senate. There is much-unfinished business, including confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for judicial and executive branch positions, and I look forward to getting to work on behalf of my fellow Arizonans.”

Though Kyl was high on the list, he was not the top choice among Maricopans who took a survey last week at Asked to name anyone they thought Ducey should select to replace McCain, 26 nominated Cindy McCain, the late senator’s widow.

Finishing far behind in second place was ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, who just finished last in the Republican Primary for a senate seat. Arpaio was named eight times, while Maricopa Mayor Christian Price and Rep. Martha McSally were both named seven times.

Kyl was fifth in the survey, with six people naming him their choice.

The 25 others named ranged from state Sen. Steve Smith to non-Arizona entertainer Kanye West.

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With all ballots counted, three candidates for Maricopa City Council have been elected in the Primary Election, negating the need for a General Election.

Newcomer Rich Vitiello and incumbents Henry Wade and Vincent Manfredi all received enough votes to be elected outright, according to the state formula. There were seven city council candidates on the ballot and one write-in.

Rich Vitiello 3,435
Henry Wade 2,902
Vincent Manfredi 2,731
Bob Marsh 2,091
Cynthia Morgan 1,661
Linette Caroselli 1,654
Paige Richie 1,107
Write-in 139

The local results of the Aug. 28 election are set to become official this week on the agendas of the city council Tuesday and the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Wednesday.

The county also basically re-elected Amanda Stanford as clerk of the Superior Court. She defeated fellow Republican Scott McKee, 57 percent to 43 percent. No other party put forth a candidate in the primary. Judge Lye Riggs was re-elected as Justice of the Peace of the Maricopa/Stanfied Justice Court (soon to be renamed Western Pinal Justice Court). He ran unopposed in the Primary and also has no competition in the General Election.

The constable race is set for the General Election. Glenn Morrison came out ahead in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Andre LaFond, who ran unopposed, in the General Election.

Glenn Morrison 51.9%
William “Bill” Griffin 47.8%

Three Republicans and three Democrats ran for two available seats in Legislative District 11, which includes Maricopa. The top two in each race go on to the General Election.

GOP incumbent Mark Finchem was the top vote-getter in his primary, with Maricopa’s Bret Roberts in second. They were trailed by Maricopan Howell Jones. On the Democrat size, Hollace Lyon and Maricopan Marcela Quiroz were the top picks, with Barry McCain being eliminated.

Hollace Lyon 42.56%
Marcela Quiroz 42.24%
Barry McCain 15.2%

Mark Finchem 43.87%
Bret Roberts 37.56%
Howell Jones 18.57%

At the state level, ballots are still being counted, but the outcome in most races is set.

Doug Ducey’s bid to be re-elected governor continues as he easily defeated former Secretary of State Ken Bennett in the Republican Primary. Democrat David Garcia was also easily clear of two competitors and will face Ducey in the General Election

Doug Ducey 70,7%
Ken Bennett 29.3%

David Garcia 50.5%
Steve Farley 32.5%
Kelly Fryer 17.1%

Michele Reagan’s bid to be re-elected secretary of state, however, ended in the Primary as she was overwhelmed by Republican Steve Gaynor. He will face Democrat Katie Hobbs in the General Election.

Steve Gaynor 66.8%
Michele Reagan 33.2%

In the state treasurer‘s race, which had no incumbent, state Sen. Kimberly Yee defeated Tucson accountant Jo Ann Sabbagh in the Republican primary. Yee will face Democrat Mark Manoil, who ran unopposed.

Kimberly Yee 59.3%
Jo Ann Sabbagh 40.7%

Superintendent of Public Instruction turned out to the tightest contest for both major parties. Democrat Kathy Hoffman edged David Schapira by nearly 22,000 votes. For the Republicans, it remains too close to call, as Frank Riggs leads Bob Branch by just 223 votes. Just behind in third is incumbent Diane Douglas.

Frank Riggs 21.83%
Bob Branch 21.79%
Diane Douglas 21.23%
Tracy Livingston 20.2%
Jonathan Gelbart 14.9%

Kathy Hoffman 52.3%
David Schapira 47.7%

In the contest for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission, one Republican incumbent failed to survive the Primary. A set of Democrats running as a team was broken up by a third. The top two Republicans and top two Democrats advance to the General Election.

Justin Olson 25.2%
Rodney Gassman 22.8%
James O’Connor 21.6%
Tom Forese 15.9%
Eric Sloan 14.5%

Sandra Kennedy 45.%
Kiana Sears 28%
Bill Mundell 26.9%

Attorney general and mine inspector had no primary competition. In the General Election, incumbent AG Mark Brnovich will face Democrat January Contreras, and incumbent Joe Hart will face Democrat Bill Pierce.

At the federal level, General Election contests are also set. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema will face Republican Martha McSally for the U.S. Senate seat. Incumbent Democrat Tom O’Halleran goes for re-election against Republican Wendy Rogers.

Statewide voter turnout was 32 percent.

Vincent Manfredi is minority owner of InMaricopa.

A person has died after being tased in a confrontation with Maricopa Police officers early Saturday morning in the backyard of an Acacia Crossing home.

According to MPD, a possible burglary was reported around 3:45 a.m. Officers responded to the 45000 block of Paitilla Lane. A caller reported the breaking of the glass door and told police someone had entered the house. She was told to stay on the phone and confine herself to a restroom for protection.

Officers arrived to hear the suspect in the backyard yelling.

“Officers entered the backyard and gave commands to the subject to get on the ground,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado reported. “During the arrest commands the subjected charged the officers and began to fight. Due to the subject’s acts of aggression toward he officers, he was tased.”

Police cuffed him and put on leg restraints. Maricopa Fire/Medical Department responded and checked the suspect. According to MPD, the man stopped breathing while MFMD was on scene. He was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center.

He was later pronounced dead by the hospital staff.

The individual is described only as a 36-year-old male while the in-custody death is investigated by the Department of Public Safety.

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Photo by Victor Moreno

Maricopa High School opened the season for its first-ever swim team in a tri-meet Thursday against Poston Butte and Apache Junction.

“It was a great effort/showing for our first-ever meet,” head coach Laura Logan said.

The boys’ team place second, and the girls were third.

Ram swimmers placing first were freshman Connor Schrader in the 500-meter freestyle in 5:35.4, and sophomore Olivia Byers, also in the 500 free, in 6:17.7.

Second-place performances came from Schrader in the 100-meter butterfly, Nolan Ford in the 100-meter backstroke, Aubree Witteman in the 100 fly, the boys’ 400-meter freestyle relay team of Ford, Victor Moreno, Kian Caroll and Schrader, and the girls 400 free relay team of Aubree Witteman, Emily Hollingworth, Eva Zavala and Byers.

Finishing in third were Rafe Scoresby in the 200 free, Byers in the 200-meter individual medley, Witteman in the 200 free, Mandy Caroll in the 50 free, Meghan Jackson in the 100-meter breaststroke, the boys’ 200-meter medley relay team of Schrader, Joseph Lambert, Moreno and Ford, and the girls’ 400 free relay team of Emily Frauth, Kaitlyn Crean, Deborah Stenzel and Malia Kealoha.

Pima Butte won the boys’ competition with an overall score of 143 points. MHS had 82 and Apache Junction 68. Pima Butte also won the girls’ competition with 119 points. Apache Junction had 91 points and MHS 85.

Maricopa hosts its first home meet Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. at Copper Sky against American Leadership Academy and Valley Christian.

Constance and William Gabriel were arrested in Maricopa and accused of contracting crimes in California. PCSO photos

A California contractor and her husband were arrested in Maricopa this month and now face at least 79 charges, including 33 felonies.

Constance Ruth Gabriel, 51, and William Ernest Gabriel, 65, were taken into custody Aug. 9 by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office on fugitive warrants after an investigation by the Contractors State License Board in Santa Clara County. They are charged with grand theft and elder abuse, among other accusations. Their bail was set at more than $580,000.

The Gabriels were returned to California today and are due to be arraigned Friday in San Jose.

“The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will always support any agency that needs help getting criminals off the streets,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “Our deputies worked hard to track down and arrest Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel and are thankful we’re able to bring justice to their victims.”

The Gabriels are accused of stealing more than $855,000 from at least 33 victimes in a scheme to construct sunrooms. According th CSLB, in many cases they collected illegally large down payments and then either never did any work or did very little work before abandoning the jobs.

They operated Sunrooms America, Inc., Sunrooms America Direct and Gabriel Construction Company. Earlier this year, CSLB revoked the three company licenses.

“Contractors should never think that leaving California frees them from facing the consequences of their law-breaking actions here,” said CSLB Registrar David R. Fogt. “Our law enforcement partners in Santa Clara County and Pinal County, Arizona, share CSLB’s commitment to consumer protection and worked closely with us to make this arrest.”

Charges include aggravated white collar enhancements because the two allegedly took more than $500,000 from victims and damaged or destroyed property with a value exceeding $200,000.

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A slight chance of rain is in the air throughout Labor Day weekend in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, which touts a high near 102, is partly cloudy but will be mostly clear tonight as the low dips to 79.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 105. It will be partly cloudy heading into the evening, with a low around 80, and increasing winds of 5-10 mph.

Saturday has a 10 percent chance of showers while the forecast calls for a mostly sunny day and a high near 104. The evening will be partly cloudy with a low around 77.

Sunday‘s forecast also carries a 10-percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 101 will the night will be mostly clear with a low around 74.

Monday, Labor Day, there is a 10-percent chance of showers, though the day is expected to be sunny with a high near 101. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 76.

For the rest of the week, temperatures are expected to linger in the low 100s.

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Wendy Rogers is the Republican front-runner in the early counting for CD1.

Competing for a chance to face off with Democrat Tom O’Halleran in the fall, Maricopan Steve Smith trails Wendy Rogers by more than 2,000 votes.

Tiffany Shedd is a distant third in the Republican Primary for U.S. Congress District 1.

“It’s been a long, hard road so far,” Smith said while awaiting results. “A huge district, 59,000 square miles. My poor car is chugging right along still. But it’s been a great time.”

Smith is currently the senator from Legislative District 11.

Still waiting for seven counties to fully report, Rogers had 20, 564 votes to Smith’s 17,879.

Meanwhile, O’Halleran, the incumbent, was unopposed in the Democrat primary.

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While Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs had no competition in the Primary Election (nor in the upcoming General Election), there has been a battle for the constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield JP Court.

With only seven of 16 precincts reporting Tuesday, Glenn Morrison has a lead over fellow Republican Bill Griffin – 53 percent to 46 percent. They are vying to replace Bret Roberts, who is on track to reach the General Election in the race for House of Representatives for Legislative District 11.

The eventual winner of the Republican Primary will meet Democrat Andre LaFond in the General Election.

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Scott McKee is the challenger to incumbent Amanda Stanford in the Republican Primary for clerk of the Pinal County Superior Court.


The Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court may have stamped out her GOP competitor late Tuesday.

Early voting indicated Republican incumbent Amanda Stanford holds a healthy lead (56.56 percent) ahead of primary opponent Scott McKee (43.23 percent).

Currently, 33 percent of precincts are reporting.

The Republican winner was expected to have no competition in the upcoming general election.

More than 1,600 votes have been cast for Democratic write-ins. Votes were also tabulated for a Republican write-in, with a slim tally of 34 votes.

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Rich Vitiello. (Submitted photo)

With early ballots counted and eight precincts reporting out of 11, Rich Vitiello and incumbents Henry Wade and Vincent Manfredi lead the eight-person field of Maricopa City Council candidates.

In the Primary Election, Vitiello received the highest number of votes among the early ballots with 1,495 and overall has 21.18 percent of the votes. Wade totaled is at 18.61 percent and Manfredi 17.11.

Votes cast at the polls and provisional ballots are still being counted by Pinal County. Maricopans are electing three councilmembers.

Currently just behind Manfredi, Bob Marsh has 13.98 percent. Cynthia Morgan has 10.87 percent, Linette Caroselli 10.19 percent and Paige Richie 7.2 percent. There were 69 write-in votes cast in the early ballots. The registered write-in candidate is Leon Potter.

One or more candidates could be elected outright in the primary results. Others could continue on to the General Election in November.

Manfredi is minority owner of InMaricopa.

Fabian Andrade (left) and Jacob Sanchez. PCSO photos

An alleged attempt to sell marijuana ended in the arrest of two suspected drug dealers Monday night, according to the Maricopa Police Department.

Jacob Sanchez, 21, and Fabian Andrade, 19, are accused of a host of charges including weapons misconduct, selling marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

Police were alerted to the alleged incident by a phone call at approximately 11:51 p.m. on Aug. 27.

The caller told emergency dispatchers that people inside a dark grey Nissan Infiniti passenger vehicle pointed a handgun at his or her residence near Jeremy and Wilson Streets in the Senita subdivision.

Officers identified the vehicle in the same location six minutes later and conducted a “high risk” stop, according to an MPD report.

After being safely detained, Sanchez and Andrade allegedly told officers they attempted to sell marijuana to the person who phoned police earlier that night at a different location.

The report accuses Sanchez of admitting to possessing the marijuana that was for sale. Sanchez also allegedly told police he handed the drug to Andrade, who then allegedly handed it to the customer.

The recipient of the transaction left without paying for the marijuana, the pair told police.

Sanchez and Andrade told officers they drove to the customer’s residence “at which time (Sanchez) had taken (Andrade)’s gun and placed it in his lap and then had it showing outside of the window as they were in front of (the) home.”

Both suspects allegedly said they went to the residence to seek payment.

The report alleges the men told police they exited the vehicle and approached the home. Sanchez reportedly admitted to ringing the doorbell and puncturing the tire of the customer’s vehicle with a knife.

Officers searching the vehicle used by Sanchez and Andrade reportedly discovered a handgun and scales with “green, leafy residue” located in the rear passenger compartment near where Sanchez was sitting.

Andrade reportedly told police he owned the handgun for protection while conducting drug sales, according to the report.

Police forwarded identical charges against the pair.

Sanchez and Andrade could face charges of misconduct involving weapons (class 4 felony), possession of marijuana for sale (class 2-5 felony), possession of drug paraphernalia (class 6 felony), criminal damage (class 1-2 misdemeanor) and disorderly conduct (class 1 misdemeanor).

MPD transported the suspects to Pinal County Jail, where they remain in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.

ADOT photo

Troopers with the Arizona Department of Safety are investigating the cause of a one-vehicle accident on State Route 347 Tuesday morning.

The rollover crash reportedly occurred Aug. 28 at approximately 8:38 a.m. about a half-mile south of Casa Blanca Road.

“Preliminary information is the female driver of a passenger vehicle lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over and into a fence,” said DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr.

Emergency responders transported the driver to Chandler Regional Hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.

Traffic in the area is slowed, but no lane closures are reported.



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Lots of sun and clear skies daily are forecast for Maricopa this week.

A week of mostly clear skies and steady, hot temperatures is in store for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with no outlook for precipitation until the weekend.

Today will be sunny with breezes of 5-10 mph and a high near 105. The overnight low will be around 75. The subsequent days are expected to be nearly identical.

Tuesday expect a sunny day with a high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 75.

Wednesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 104. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 76 and calm breezes.

Thursday sees a high near 106 and sunny skies. The night will be mostly clear with alow around 77.

Friday, too, will likely have a high near 106 under sunny skies and a nighttime low around 79 as winds increase slightly.

The weekend comes with growing chance of precipitation.

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The office of Senator John McCain released the following statement today: “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

The official memorial schedule will be announced once arrangements have been finalized.

Obituary of John Sidney McCain III, 1936 – 2018


Senator John McCain’s remarkable record of leadership embodies his unwavering lifetime commitment to service. The son and grandson of distinguished Navy Admirals, Senator McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958, and served as a Naval aviator for 22 years, including in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

On October 26, 1967, during Senator McCain’s 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam, a missile struck his plane and forced him to eject, knocking him unconscious and breaking both his arms and his leg.

Senator McCain was taken as a prisoner of war into the now-infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was denied needed medical treatment and subjected to years of torture by the North Vietnamese. He spent much of his time as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, aided by his faith and the friendships of his fellow POWs.

When he was finally released and able to return home years later, Senator McCain continued his service by regaining his naval flight status.

His last Navy duty assignment was to serve as the naval liaison to the United States Senate. He retired from the Navy in 1981. His naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Senator McCain was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election.

Over the course of his career, Senator McCain served as Chairman of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and most recently, Armed Services.

Senator McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren. He will be laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

What others are saying:

Gov. Doug Ducey, who will appoint a replacement to serve through 2020: “John McCain is one American who will never be forgotten. He was a giant. An icon. An American hero. But here at home, we were most proud to call him a fellow Arizonan. Like so many of us, he was not born here, but his spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous.
Angela and I join all Arizonans in praying for Cindy and the entire McCain family during this difficult time and offering our full support.
As we mourn his passing and celebrate his truly phenomenal life, we’re also faced with the void John McCain’s absence leaves in the heart and soul of our nation.
John McCain fought for America every day — from the Navy through Vietnam to the U.S. Senate. He fought for what he thought was right, even when it wasn’t popular. His dogged patriotism and passion for country made him an inspiration, and a model, for all of us.
John McCain was about more than politics. He brought us above partisanship and challenged us to be great.
He once told us, ‘We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.’
May his life and legacy continue to inspire us to build a future for this country, and a history for this country, that would make John McCain proud.”

Sen. Jeff Flake: “Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at John McCain’s passing. The world has lost a hero and a statesman. Cindy and the McCain family have lost a loving husband and father. I have lost a wonderful friend.”

President Donald J. Trump: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”

First Lady Melania Trump: “Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.”

Former President Barack Obama: “John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed. We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible – and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.
Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”

Former President George W. Bush: “Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. And to me, he was a friend whom I’ll deeply miss. Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Cindy and the entire McCain family, and our thanks to God for the life of John McCain.”

State Sen. Steve Smith: “‏After a lifetime of service, praying that SenJohnMcCain is with our Lord Jesus in Heaven and praying for comfort for his family.”

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines: “American hero, legendary patriot, larger than life. Thee are just a few of the words that describe the incredible man Senator John McCain was.
Senator McCain was not only cherished by the Arizonans he represented in Congress and the U.S. Senate, but by the nation he served in the U.S. Navy. He was more than just an Arizona Senator. He was an icon, a statesman and someone I was honored to call my friend.
Hearing the news of his passing today filled our hearts with so much grief. The AZGOP family, the state of Arizona and the entire nation will always remember your bravery and outstanding character. Please join Rosalie and I in keeping the Senator and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you, Senator McCain for your lifelong service to our country. May your legacy continue to inspire so many others the way it has inspire all of us.”

Russ Tamblyn, actor: “‏John McCain was tough as nails and the kind of decent moral Statesman I may not have agreed with but always respected. With him dies the moral compass of the Republican Party. God speed, Senator. You were a diamond in the shrapnel.”

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Maricopa Mayor Christian Price holds the gavel as league president.

Mayor Christian Price has been named president of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.

The organization held its annual conference this week in Phoenix. The 25-member executive committee represents the interests of 91 municipalities.

“It is a tremendous honor and incredible responsibility to be elected president of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns,” Price said. “This position gives Maricopa unprecedented access to state lawmakers, helps to protect her interests and recognizes Maricopa as an influential participant in statewide policy-making.”

The league offers resources and technical assistance to municipalities and represents the league on issues before the Legislature that could impact local government.

Committee officers are elected to two-year terms. Price was the treasurer. He will replace Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as president.

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Maricopa's weekend weather is forecast to be a mix of sun, rain and coarse particles. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A weekend of temperatures in the low 100s and some chances of rain are in Maricopa’s forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, there is a 20-percent chance of showers but mostly sunny skies and a steady temperature around 98 this afternoon. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 79.

Friday includes a high pollution advisory for Pinal County. According to the county’s Department of Air Quality, an episode of strong and gusty winds is forecast to generate widespread blowing dust that may result in local coarse particle concentrations that pose a health risk. Adverse health effects increase as air quality deteriorates. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 101. Overnight there is a 20 percent chance of rain a low around 79.

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 102. There is a 10-percent chance of rain before 11 p.m. The night willbe partly cloudy with a low around 79.

Sunday includes a 10-percent chance of showers in the morning but the day is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 78.

Next week is expected to have lots of sun and daytime temperatures over 105.

Photo by Mason Callejas

At least one person was injured in a collision Thursday at the intersection of Porter Road and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

A PT Cruiser and a pickup truck were involved in the incident, which caused temporary lane closures. A woman was described as having lacerations from broken glass.

MPD is directing traffic at the location while investigating. The incident occurred around noon.

A dust storm heading toward the Maricopa area from the east.

The National Weather Service has issued a Dust Storm Warning for Pinal County including the Maricopa area until 6:15 p.m.

An area of blowing dust was over Arizola and Casa Grande at 5:30 p.m. and moving south. There is less than a quarter-mile visibility with strong wind in excess of 40 mph. The conditions are considered dangerous and life-threatening to travel. Dust is expected to impact Interstate 10 and Interstate 8 as well as State Route 87.

If driving, avoid dust storms if possible. If caught in one, pull off the road, turn off your lights and keep your foot off the brake.

Thomas Sikes (left) and Bryon Carrillo face charges after a crash killed two of their friends Sunday. MCSO photos


Detectives arrested two men from Maricopa in connection to a fatal accident that claimed the life of two other passengers in the Valley.

The one-vehicle crash reportedly occurred Sunday at approximately 1:30 a.m. on southbound State Route 143 near the Interstate 10 junction. Maricopa resident Johnnie Verdoza, 21, and Carlos E. Monteverde Garcia, 25, from Sonora, Mexico, were killed in the wreck, according to DPS.

The alleged driver, 22-year-old Thomas Robert Sikes, is facing two counts of suspicion of manslaughter and one count of endangerment. Sikes’ passenger, Bryon Jesus Carrillo, 21, is accused of obstruction of a criminal investigation.

The heavily damaged 2015 Nissan passenger vehicle was discovered during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 by a DPS trooper responding to a report of an unknown injury crash.

“After a walk though of the area, the trooper was unable to locate the driver of the vehicle or victims from the crash,” the DPS news release states.

The bodies of the victims were eventually discovered hours later.

At 9 p.m. Aug. 19, family members of one of the victims found the bodies approximately 50 feet south of the crash scene. The family tracked a cell phone signal to the location and reported it to Phoenix Police.

The DPS report states the bodies appeared to have been concealed with foliage.

The Pinal County Sherriff’s Office later notified DPS they received a call from Carrillo, a surviving passenger.

Adriana Colin-Lemus has also been charged in the incident. MCSO photo

Carrillo reportedly told law enforcement he and his friends were headed home to Maricopa after leaving a bar in Tempe at the time of the crash.

The report includes Carrillo’s recollection of what came after the wreck. He describes climbing out of the vehicle and his unsuccessful attempt to locate the two friends allegedly missing from the car.

Carrillo accused Sikes of encouraging him to leave the area together, according to the report.

Later, Sikes’ girlfriend reportedly picked up the pair at a nearby gas station. None of them called emergency responders to report the fatal crash, DPS said.

The girlfriend, 25-year-old Adriana Colin-Lemus of Peoria, is suspected of hindering prosecution.

Sikes, Carrillo and Colin-Lemus and are being held in Maricopa County Jail.

Diana Edwards. PCSO photo

A man called law enforcement last week after his wife discovered a woman attempting to break into their home.

Diana Edwards, 32, is suspected of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia and second-degree burglary. The woman was also wanted on two felony warrants at the time of her arrest.

The incident allegedly occurred Aug. 12 at approximately 11:11 a.m. at a residence on Cielo Lane in Maricopa, according to a Maricopa Police Department report.

Edwards is reportedly the ex-girlfriend of the man living in the home.

According to the report, the man’s wife observed an unknown woman banging on the front door of the residence and attempting to gain access inside. The wife alerted her husband to the situation, and he “ran upstairs and retrieved a pistol in order to defend his wife and himself,” the man reportedly told MPD.

By the time the husband returned to the front door, the police report alleges Edwards had ran to the back of the residence and entered the home through an unlocked patio door.

After a verbal confrontation between the man and Edwards, she reportedly exited the home and jumped into the yard next door.

Upon police arrival, Edwards allegedly began resisting arrest by attempting to pull away from officers, according to the report.

Edwards is also accused in the report of kicking officers and attempting to bite a lieutenant three times while being secured in the back seat of a patrol vehicle.

MPD reportedly discovered a syringe of clear liquid that was later identified as amphetamine.

Edwards was transported to the hospital for having difficulty breathing “and it was discovered she had taken close to 100 various types of benzodiazepine pills,” the report alleges. The suspect was transported to the Pinal County Jail after being medically cleared.

Edwards was reportedly wanted on two felony warrants before her arrest Aug. 12, according to court documents.

The first, from an incident in October 2016, was four counts relating to forgery.

The second warrant included charges of unlawful flight from pursuing a police officer and drug possession/use from January 2018. A $5,000 bond is assigned to each of those warrants.

Edwards is also being held on an additional $10,000 bond for the aggravated assault on the peace officer charge.

Edwards is facing multiple felony charges including, burglary in the second degree (Class 3 felony); possession of drug paraphernalia (Class 6 felony); Resisting arrest (Class 6 felony); and aggravated assault against a peace officer (Class 6 felony).

A class 1 misdemeanor was included in Edwards’ host of charges for allegedly driving on a suspended license in 2012, according to court documents.