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Aaron Narcia (PCSO photo)

 

A Maricopa man was arrested on charges of shoplifting Oct. 23 from the Circle K located at the northeast corner North John Wayne Parkway and West Bowlin Road.

At 4:31 p.m. Maricopa Police received a call that a man had taken two 18-packs of Budweiser beer from the walk-in cold storage before exiting the store without paying. The man was described as a “Native American male in his early 30s wearing blue shorts and dark blue shirt.”

When officers responded, they viewed video surveillance of the incident from which they were able to obtain the license plate number of a black Chevy Impala the suspect entered.

A vehicle matching that description with an identical license plate number was involved in a hit-and-run accident north of the Circle K at 5:17 p.m. The vehicle was located near North John Wayne Parkway and Smith Enke Road. Aaron Narcia was the only person in the vehicle.

The two 18-packs were not located, though Narcia was identified as the man in the video. He faces a charge of shoplifting.

Narcia was released on his own recognizance by Judge Henry Gooday Jr. on Oct. 24.

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Mostly sunny skies are ahead for Halloween and a busy weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A balmy week with temperatures in the 70s and 80s lies ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 87 degrees F. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 60.

Tuesday, expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 87 during the day and breezes increasing to 10 mph in the afternoon. The overnight low is expected to be around 54.

Wednesday’s forecast is for sunny and calm with a high near 79. Halloween Night will be the coolest of the week  with a prediction of mostly clear skies and a low of 47.

Thursday, too, has a sunny forecast and a high near 79. The nighttime low is predicted to be around 52 under mostly clear skies.

Friday’s forecast has sunny skies and a high near 82 followed by a mostly clear night with a low around 54.

The weekend, from this distance, looks to be sunny, a boon for those participating in the many activities planned in Maricopa.

This week in Maricopa, activities include Halloween fun, theater, music, arts and crafts, the conclusion of the Mud Run and the annual Relay for Life. For details 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. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 N. Maricopa 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.

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

Superhero Math Night is at 5 p.m. at Pima Butte Elementary School, 42202 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway.

Fall Festival is at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Elementary School, 18150 N. Alterra Pkwy.

WEDNESDAY

Creative Sisterhood is 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.

Halloween Parade and Sabrina the Scarecrow are at 10 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 is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Halloween

THURSDAY

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

Seniors play Farkel 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.

Treats for Troops is 3-6 p.m. at the office of Dr. Karen Kramarczyk, 44870 W. Hathaway Ave.

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.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

“Absurdity” is at 7 p.m. at Sequoia Pathway Academy, 19287 N Porter Road.

SATURDAY

Yard Sale for Against Abuse Women’s Shelter is at 8 a.m. at 40050 Santi Road.

Province Arts & Crafts Fair is at 9 a.m. at Province Town Hall, 20942 Province Parkway.

Relay for Life Maricopa is at 10 a.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Maricopa Mud Run Part 2 is at 10 a.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Baseball Camp Under the Lights is at 5 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

SUNDAY

Autumn Musicale is at 3 p.m. at 43356 W. Courtney Drive.

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

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Streets in Homestead South are busy with home construction under clear skies. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

This weekend’s forecast is the kind of weather that brings snowbirds to Maricopa from the cold country with mild temperatures and lots of sun.

Today is sunny with a high near 78 degrees F, to be followed with a clear night and a low around 63.

Friday will not be as warm as originally forecast, with a high of just 84 and an overnight low of 65 under clear skies.

Saturday‘s forecast sees sunny skies and a high near 85. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 65.

Sunday is predicted to be mostly sunny with a high near 82. The night will likely be partly cloudy with a low around 63.

That leads into a workweek that is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the 70s.

 

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Lucky is one of the many dogs at the Pinal County animal shelter.

The Pinal County Animal Care and Control (PCACC) shelter is filled to capacity.

The problem is so severe PCACC may have to begin euthanizing some dogs that are classified as not animal-friendly (those dogs that would do well as only pets in a home).

“These dogs have been classified as being friendly toward humans, but have aggression issues toward other animals,” said PCACC Director Audra Michael. “Some have been at the shelter for almost a year. Their situation is deteriorating quickly the longer they stay in the kennels. People don’t understand they are really great out of the kennel but are crazy when they are in their kennel. They need a home.”

The shelter has 152 kennels at the facility and now has over 320 dogs on site. PCACC also took in over 55 cats yesterday from a hoarder and now has over 150 cats.

All dog adoptions right now are $30 plus $15 for license and all cats are $10. These adoption specials will last until the end of the month.

The Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adoptable dogs and cats can be found at Petharbor.com.

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Facebook @pinalcountyanimalcontrol

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

The least expensive home sold in Maricopa Aug. 16-Sept. 15 was a 13-year-old starter home in Maricopa Meadows. The home lost nearly 25 percent of its value since the last time it sold in 2005. Newly carpeted and painted inside, the home served as a rental.

  1. 46108 W. Long Way, Maricopa Meadows

Sold: Sept. 14
Purchase price: $155,000
Square footage: 1,447
Price per square foot: $107.11
Days on market: 39
Builder: Elite
Year built: 2005
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Maricopa Meadows
Features: New tile in kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room, new toilets, lots of ceiling fans, dual-pane windows, sheltered entry, two-car garage.
Listing Agent: Mary Almaguer, Apache Gold Realty
Selling Agent: Charles D. Powell, Realty Executives Tucson Elite

  1. 45638 W. Amsterdam Road, Maricopa Meadows ………..$165,000
  2. 42466 W. Hillman Drive, Rancho El Dorado ………………….$168,000
  3. 44773 W. Portabello Road, Acacia Crossings ………………..$169,000
  4. 41293 W. Capistrano Drive, Glennwilde ……………………….$170,000


    This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

Out of 20 Maricopa food establishments inspected by Pinal County’s health department Aug. 16-Sept. 15, all but three received perfect scores.

Neighboring eateries Yogurt Jungle and Say Sushi were inspected the same day, and both had a cold-holding issue. Yogurt Jungle reportedly had pistachio yogurt measured at 45 degrees instead of the required 41 degrees or below.

Say Sushi had a prep table that was not keeping food at 41 degrees or below. Food items were measured with temperatures between 56 and 60 degrees. A tray of ice was holding food at the correct temperature but was not approved refrigeration equipment. Items were placed in a walk-in unit. The inspector also noted teriyaki sauce at 119 degrees when it should have been no less than 135. The restaurant was also dinged for a shortage of date markings and a rice acidification log not being maintained.

Denny’s also had a cold-holding issue on the day of inspection. Some food items in the prep table were at 44 to 47 degrees instead of 41 and were rearranged to allow for better air flow. Liquid eggs were discarded.

Excellent [No violations found]
Butterfield Elementary
CAC – Culinary
Children’s Learning Adventure
Desert Wind Middle School
Francisco’s Mexican Food
Leading Edge Academy
Legacy Traditional School
Li’s Garden
Maricopa Head Start
Maricopa High School – Concessions
Maricopa High School – Culinary
Pima Butte Elementary
Saddleback Elementary
Santa Rosa Elementary
Sequoia Pathway Academy K-6
Sequoia Pathway Academy – Secondary
True Grit Tavern

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
Denny’s
Say Sushi
Yogurt Jungle

Needs improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
No

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

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

Mountain Trace Development received the recommendation of Maricopa Planning & Zoning Commission for a rezoning of 5.83 acres from light industrial to general mixed use. The company, which has 14 apartment complexes in Arizona and 60 more in Illinois and Indiana, is planning multi-family housing at the site of Oasis at the Wells, between Walmart and Banner Health on Porter Road.

IHOP received a permit to build a new commercial building at Edison Pointe. It is planned for 4,767 square feet, to be constructed by Straightline Builders Inc., and valued at $628,000. The project was also granted a variance for its setback on the property at the northeast corner of John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road.

Empty business suites at Maricopa Fiesta continue to undergo modifications. Suite D8 is being modified into an open white-shell, and suite D4B is being separated into an independent suite to be renovated into a white-shell, tenant-ready suite. East Valley Cardiology received a business license for a suite in Maricopa Fiesta.

The former Zoyo Yogurt shop is changing into a Rosati’s Pizza at 21423 N. John Wayne Parkway. Contractor Imagine Builders received a permit to demolish the current interior. The remodeling project is valued at $150,000.

DRH Construction received a permit for a sales/construction office a 36894 W. Maddaloni Ave. as well as permits for a welcome sign and attention flags. Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, was also given the OK for monument signs.

KB Home was given a temporary use permit for a model home complex at 18198 N. Christopher Drive.


This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

The following organizations received new or renewed business licenses from the City of Maricopa from Aug. 16 to Sept. 15.

Commercial: Arby’s, Bounce Back Nutrition, Chi-Town Barber Shop, East Valley Cardiology LTD, KFC/LJS, Tacos N More

Home-based: A&P House Cleaning LLC, All American Girl Painting, Avasu LLC, AZ Property Doctors LLC, Cat’s Meow Design, Catering Your Way, Dutchman Home Inspections LLC, La Flying Dacha LLC, Liften High Garage Door Repair, Onsite Mobile, Rikkisparkles, Simply Elegant Fashions and Gifts, The Sew Suite, With Love Signed Nikki

Out of town: Ace Home Services, Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply, Cochise Contractors, Coin & Professional Equipment, Ellison Mills Contracting, Freedom Forever Arizona LLC, JS Waltz Construction, Photovoltaic Systems, Resilient Drilling Services, Rox Media Group, Softinc, Summit Fire Protection Co., Waffle Crush & Sweet Thangs Bakery & Café

Nonprofit: Copa Force One Inc.


This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

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Clouds were moving out Monday morning but are expected to return Tuesday.

After a cloudy start, Maricopa’s weather is expected to turn sunny for most of the week as temperatures climb back toward the 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 86 degrees F. However, the night will be mostly cloudy to prep for possible rain Tuesday and the low will be around 64.

Tuesday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers, but the day will be partly sunny overall with a high near 86. The possibility for rain will be 10 percent before 11 p.m., then mostly clear with a low around 61.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny with a high near 85. The nighttime low will be around 60 as the skies stay mostly clear.

Thursday also has a sunny forecast with a high near 85. The night is expected to be clear with a low around 58.

Friday‘s forecast is for sunny with a high near 87. The nighttime low will be around 58 under clear skies.

That leads to a weekend of rising temperatures and sunny skies.

Dust storm on I-8. (ADOT)

The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a dust storm warning for Pinal County until 5 p.m. A wall of dust was spotted extending from southeast of Coolidge Airport to Toltec and moving north at 20 mph.

The dust storm has less than a quarter mile visibility with winds over 60 mph. Affected highways include Interstate 10, Interstate 8 and U.S. 60. Maricopa is expected to be among cities impacted.

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

Strong to severe thunderstorms are also possible behind this wall of dust. Keep updated with this quickly evolving situation.

Raymar Arthur, 31, believed to be the “Wiggin’ Out Bandit,” was taken into custody by the FBI without incident at his home in Maricopa. He is charged with 10 bank robberies and three attempted bank robberies, which occurred between March 27 and Oct. 4 this year.

Maricopa Police Department helped close down a street in Rancho El Dorado during the activity.

The nickname, “Wiggin’ Out Bandit,” came from the various wigs that were worn during the bank robberies. At least one bank was targeted twice. The robberies averaged about one a month until a spree in August hit Chandler, Mesa and Queen Creek.

During the robberies, the suspect verbally demanded money or presented tellers with a demand note, then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was physically injured.

The FBI believes Arthur is responsible for the following robberies and/or attempted robberies:

March 27, at approximately 5:55 p.m., at the Chase Bank, 1021 N. Ellsworth Road in Mesa.

April 11, at approximately 4:14 p.m., at the Wells Fargo, 1951 W. Baseline Road in Mesa.

May 11, at approximately 6:53 p.m., at the MidFirst Bank, 4750 E. Chandler Blvd. in Phoenix.

June 1, at approximately 6:11 p.m., at the Wells Fargo, 1951 W. Baseline Road in Mesa.

June 25, at approximately 6:01 p.m., at the US Bank, 3185 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.

July 16, at approximately 5:51 p.m., at the Wells Fargo bank, 339 E. Brown Road in Mesa.

Aug. 1, at approximately 7:02 p.m., at the Wells Fargo bank, 4970 S. Alma School Road in Chandler.

Aug. 2, at approximately 7:02 p.m., at the US Bank, 1960 W. Main St. in Mesa.

Aug. 16, at approximately 2:46 p.m., at the Wells Fargo bank, 339 E. Brown Road in Mesa.

Aug. 22, at approximately 7:00 p.m., at the Wells Fargo, 1122 N. Higley Road in Mesa.

Aug. 23, at approximately 5:55 p.m., at the US Bank, 18495 E. Queen Creek Road in Queen Creek.

Aug. 23, at approximately 6:30 p.m., at the Wells Fargo bank, 155 W. Combs Road in Queen Creek.

Oct. 4, at approximately 6:54 p.m., at the US Bank located at 1960 West Main Street in Mesa.

Surveillance photos of “Wiggin’ Out Bandit”

An anonymous tip from the public ultimately led to the identification of the suspect.

The day of his arrest, Arthur had a disposition in Maricopa Municipal Court on two charges in a DUI drug case from April. One charge was dismissed while he pleaded guilty to the second with incarceration ordered along with fines of more than $1,500.

 

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Fair weather is forecast for the weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Only a slight chance for rain is now predicted for the weekend as October settles into mild temperatures and mostly sunny days, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday is expected to cloud-free, with a sunny forecast and a high near 86 degrees F. The overnight low will be around 64 under partly cloudy skies.

Saturday comes with a 10-percent chance of rain before 11 a.m. Otherwise, the day will be mostly sunny with high near 89. There is 20-percent chance for rain overnight when the low drops to around 65.

Sunday has a 20-percent chance for precipitation, with thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 86. The chance for rain is 10 percent overnight, with a low temperature around 62.

From this point, next week looks to be in the low 80s with lots of sun.

Intestate 10 near Casa Blanca exchange.

 

A newly approved study will examine potential capacity and other upgrades to Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Casa Grande.

The study will be led by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), in partnership with Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The I-10 evaluation is expected to take about 18 months to complete, including an expected cost and phasing strategy.

Recently, the Gila River Indian Community Council agreed to participate in the study, which will establish an overall master plan for the corridor.

“The Gila River Indian Community is very appreciative of MAG for spearheading this effort, and we look forward to being part of the team that completes this study,” said GRIC Gov. Stephen R. Lewis. “The Community believes this study will help ensure the safety of the Community’s members and residents of the surrounding municipalities as they travel the I-10 corridor and promote development both on and off the Gila River Indian Reservation.”

The goal is to identify major elements that will need to be improved or replaced and determine how to provide the necessary capacity to meet current and future travel demand. The bridge across the Gila River and the interchange at Casa Blanca Road are two examples of existing structures that may have to be replaced.

“As ADOT has made significant investments through the years to increase I-10 capacity between the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, our plans for the 23 miles across the Gila River Indian Community have always recognized the sovereign tribal authority over this area,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski.

MAG has allocated about $65.5 million for improvements to the portion of I-10 in Maricopa County.

The I-10 study will be coordinated with a study being conducted by MAG in partnership with GRIC for State Route 347, which connects the City of Maricopa to I-10 across the Gila River Indian Community. MAG serves the metropolitan Phoenix area, including the City of Maricopa.

MAG Chair Gail Barney, mayor of Queen Creek, said GRIC input would be an important part of the I-10 study. The economic development activities being pursued by the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority in the northern section of GRIC will be considered in the study.

 

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The other shoe finally dropped.

The football programs of Maricopa and Central high schools were given an official warning by the Arizona Interscholastic Association at a Monday board meeting, the result of an altercation between the head coaches after the Sept. 14 game.

The violations were self-reported.

Central reported its own coach, Jon Clanton, was the aggressor in the Homecoming night incident. The report stated Clanton pulled Maricopa head coach Brandon Harris into him during the post-game handshakes and yelled expletives at him after the Rams won 55-0. He then knocked off Harris’ visor as the Maricopa coach verbally engaged with him.

Clanton was placed on administrative leave, where he has remained.

As for Maricopa, it reported the situation was quickly put under control by the actions of students, assistant coaches and administrators. The school suspended Harris for one game.

According to AIA bylaws, a warning “places a school in jeopardy in that further violation of any rules or regulations may result in probation.”

At the same AIA board meeting, the MHS volleyball program was given “advisement” after it played a transfer student who had not sat out 50 percent of the season. Advisement is a word of caution.

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White & Parker.

Mostly sunny days are ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, but more wet weather may be just around the corner.

Today, there is still a 10-percent chance of showers in the afternoon, but the day remains mostly sunny with a high near 77 degrees F. After 11 p.m., the chance for rain increases to 60 percent, with precipitation up to a 10th of an inch, as the temperature drops to around 54.

Tuesday, thunderstorms are possible after 11 a.m., with a 30-percent chance. The day is forecast to be partly sunny with a high near 70. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 52.

Wednesday is likely to be sunny with a high near 77. The nighttime low may be around 54 under mostly clear skies.

Thursday also has a sunny forecast with a high near 79. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 57.

Friday, expect another sunny day with a high climbing to 84. The overnight low may be around 61 as the skies stay mostly clear.

But possibilities for rain return for the weekend, though the daytime temperatures are expected to stay in the 80s.

The annual Maricopa photo contest, a special documentary screening, a book sale and fly-in are all part of the many activities this week in Maricopa. For details on these events, or to add your own, visit InMaricopa.com/Calendar.

MONDAY

Shutter Shots Photo Contest is midnight to midnight all over town to celebrate the anniversary of the city’s incorporation.

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

Kids Bilingual Story Time is at 9 a.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

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

“Underwater Dreams” documentary is at 3 p.m. at Central Arizona College – Maricopa Campus, 17945 N. Regent Drive.

Narcotics Anonymous is 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.

Maricopa Healing Rooms are at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Healing Ministry, 19997 N. Justin Drive.

TUESDAY

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

Kids Bilingual Story Time is at 9 a.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

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.

A Joint Meeting of City Council/MUSD Governing Board is at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

City Council Regular Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

WEDNESDAY

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

COMET Bus Shelter Unveiling is at 9 a.m. at Central Arizona College – Maricopa Campus, 17945 N. Regent Drive.

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. 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 is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

MUSD Governing Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at Maricopa Unified School District, 44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.

Business Speed Networking is at 6:30 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

THURSDAY

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

Seniors play Farkel 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.

Zonta Club of Maricopa meets at 5:30 p.m. at Honeycutt Coffee, 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 109.

Maricopa Healing Rooms are at 6:30 p.m. at Maricopa Healing Ministry, 19997 N. Justin Drive.

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

Tortosa Community Garage Sale is 7 a.m.-1 p.m. around the Tortosa community.

Millar Airport Fall Fly-in with free breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. at Millar Airport, 53510 W. McDavid Road.

Friends of the Maricopa Public Library Book Sale is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, Building 10.

SUNDAY

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

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

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

Santa Rosa wash is closed at all crossings.

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

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

Photo by Victor Moreno

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

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

  1. 42443 W. Bravo Drive, Rancho El Dorado

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

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

    This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Bret Roberts

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

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

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

Rain clouds loom over Maricopa Monday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Michelle Sorensen

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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