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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.

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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 InMaricopa.com. 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.

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

Republican
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

Republican
Doug Ducey 70,7%
Ken Bennett 29.3%

Democrat
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.

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

Democrat
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.

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

Democrat
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.