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Hezekiah Turner. PCSO photo

A Maricopa man was arrested on aggravated domestic violence charges June 27 after an alleged violent incident took place involving a family member.

A Maricopa Police report shows Hezekiah Turner, 20, was booked on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage after a verbal argument with a family member allegedly turned violent.

Turner, who in the past 15 months had been charged in three other domestic violence cases, allegedly began screaming and then punching multiple holes in the walls of a family member’s home, according to the report.

He then purportedly threw multiple items across the house, the report said, causing his family member to fear for their safety.

Upon reviewing Turner’s criminal record, police decided to additionally charge him with aggravated domestic violence, his fourth DV charge since April 2016.

“Due to Hezekiah being arrested for domestic violence more than three times in 84 months he is also charged with aggravated domestic violence, which is a Class 5 felony,” the police report stated.

In Arizona, a class 5 felony concerning repetitive dangerous offenses can result in five to eight years in prison.

Turner is being held at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence on a $2,500 bond.

 

Other Maricopa arrests:

Thomas William Clark, 67, was arrested by a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy June 30 on multiple charges. He was taken into custody in the 50000 block of West Val Vista Road.

Charges include possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime, possession of dangerous drugs for use, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mauro Padilla Jr., 33, was arrested by PCSO on July 4 at 7 p.m. on Padilla Road. He is charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

Kevin Arthur Perrine Sr.

A Stanfield man was arrested on multiple charges after a fight Sunday night.

Kevin Arthur Perrine Sr., 52, was arrested on the 36000 block of West Talla Drive by a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy at around 9:09 p.m.

He is accused of six felonies and three misdemeanors. Perrine is held in the Pinal County jail.

Felony charges include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct with a weapon, criminal damage, possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The misdemeanor charges include threatening with injury, assault and fighting per domestic violence.

Brent Burroff. PCSO photo

A warrant arrest attempt turned into a barricade situation in Hidden Valley Wednesday for Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

According to PCSO, a suspect was wanted for outstanding warrants for fraud and theft-related charges.

When officers arrived on scene, a property off Peters and Nall Road, the suspect went back into his RV and refused to come out, PCSO spokesperson Navideh Forghani said.

When he apparently barricaded himself in the RV, SWAT was called in, involving several law enforcement vehicles arriving in the area.

“When they got there, the suspect came out without incident. He has been arrested,” Forghani said.

Brent Burroff, 32, was taken into custody around 5 p.m. Wednesday on Cattle Drive in the Hidden Valley area, west of the intersection of Ralston Road and Peters and Nall. His total bond is set at $21,300. He faces two charges of failure to appear and noncompliance. An arraignment hearing is set for Feb. 24.

Sheriff Mark Lamb is still stocking up his office. Photo by Mason Callejas

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb sits down with InMaricopa’s Mason Callejas to talk about his first days in office, his approach to enforcement, RICO funds, border issues and the budget, and what he sees for the future of the department. One of his primary goals is improving morale.

Lamb, a Republican, defeated Kaye Dickson in November’s General Election. Born in Hilo, Hawaii, he is married with five children. He is fluent in Spanish, and his first law enforcement job was with Gila River Indian Community.

He also points out PCSO is hiring. Go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pinalcounty/jobs/1631101/deputy-sheriff?keywords=deputy%20sheriff&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJob

PCSO discovered hundreds of pounds of marijuana in a Yukon abandoned by the driver after a chase. PCSO photo

An apparently speeding vehicle led a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy on a chase on State Route 347 Tuesday afternoon. In the end, the driver and passenger escaped but the abandoned vehicle was allegedly found to be carrying 451 pounds of marijuana.

The deputy spotted the 2002 GMC Yukon traveling at a high rate of speed south of Maricopa on SR 347 around 5:41 p.m. When he tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver did not stop and the pursuit was initiated.

After leaving the highway, the Yukon ran a stop sign and eventually stopped at the intersection of Dune Shadow Road and Hidden Valley Road. The driver and a passenger in the front seat ran west into the desert.

“As the deputy approached the vehicle to make sure it was clear, he observed several large bundles in the rear cargo area wrapped in camouflage material,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “The bundles contained 451 pounds of marijuana. The driver and passenger were not located.”

The vehicle and marijuana was seized and detectives will follow up on the case with the registered owner, according to PCSO.

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The Circle K in Stanfield was robbed early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday at 2:44 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call from a clerk reporting that an armed robbery had just occurred at the Circle K at 36935 W. Highway 84 in Stanfield.

Two males entered the store while a third waited in the driver’s seat of a red car. The two in the store were wearing bandanas over their faces, sunglasses and hooded jackets to disguise their identities.

“The clerk had been stocking a shelf when he noticed the two suspects standing at the register area,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “As the clerk walked behind the counter, he observed one of the suspects exposing a handgun. The suspect said to the clerk, ‘You know what it is, Homie.’ The suspect then demanded the money from the register. The second suspect stood by as the clerk handed the gunman the money from the register.”

The men left and no one was injured.

“Video footage taken from the store shows the suspects getting out of a red four door sedan that was parked on the east side of the building,” Babeu said. “The vehicle has heavy oxidation on the roof and hood. The driver of the vehicle was observed remaining in the vehicle. When the suspects walked to the front of the store, the driver pulled out from the parking space, out of view from the camera’s range.”

If anybody recognizes the suspects involved or vehicle, they are asked to contact the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111.

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Fourteen people in a pickup truck were turned over to Border Patrol. PCSO photo

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, 14 people who entered the United States illegally from Mexico were arrested Thursday afternoon on Interstate 10. Most were found in the bed of a pickup truck.

A deputy with the PCSO K9 unit stopped the 1994 Ford pickup after allegedly observing several traffic violations near mile mark 194 on I-10.

“As the deputy approached the vehicle, he could see there was a blanket spread out covering something in the back bed of the truck,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “As he got closer, he observed the driver of the truck quickly climb into the backseat of the truck.”

After placing the driver in custody, the deputy pulled back the blanket and found several people lying in the truck bed. Babeu said they were wearing a “carpet shoes” to conceal tracks and had several gallon bottles of water.

A total of 14 people were in the vehicle. Babeu said all had entered the country illegally. The driver was cited for traffic violations and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol, who also took custody of the others and the pickup.

Gustavo Olivo, 17, and Arthur Eric Magana, 16, have been formally charged with the felony of first-degree murder by the Pinal County Attorney's Office. (PCSO photos)

A 20-year-old man living in an unincorporated area south of Maricopa was shot to death Nov. 7 and two teenage suspects have been indicted.

Wyatt Miller died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He apparently knew the two teens involved.

Monday, Gustavo Olivo, 17, and Arthur Eric Magana, 16, both of Maricopa, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery. They are listed at addresses within the city limits.

PCSO was called to a residence in the 54200 block of West Cardinal Road just before 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. The location is a couple of miles north of Interstate 8.

The caller said somebody was shooting at her and her husband from outside the house. She then said her husband went outside to check.

When deputies arrived, said to be within minutes of being dispatched, they found Miller dead inside a 2001 Chevy truck in the front yard. He was described as having “numerous gunshot wounds.”

Two sets of shoe prints were followed to a residence in the 2300 block of South Oak Road.

“Once at the residence, the homeowner advised the two subjects ran into the back room of his home,” Sheriff Paul Babeu stated. “Deputies went inside of the residence, and the two suspects were taken into custody. The shoe prints on the suspects matched the pattern of the shoe prints at the scene. One of the suspects had blood on his shoes as well.”

Babeu said robbery appears to be the motive and the three were acquainted.

He said the investigation indicated Olivo and Magana were inside Miller’s vehicle when one of them shot Miller several times. They allegedly then stole his money and other property.

Arraignment for the juvenile suspects is scheduled for Nov. 18 at Pinal County Superior Court.

Newly promoted are (from left) Marc Miller, James Rimmer and Sergio Ochoa. (PCSO photos)

Sheriff Paul Babeu announced today the promotion of three deputies to the rank of sergeant.

With 24 deputies vying for the positions, the three candidates that rose to the top were James Rimmer, Marc Miller and Sergio Ochoa.

The three deputies were joined by colleagues and family members earlier this week at a promotion ceremony where they were officially given their stripes and oath of office by Sheriff Babeu.

Matthew J. Wix

A Maricopa man faces several charges after his arrest Monday morning.

Matthew John Wix, 23, of Maricopa, had a warrant after allegedly failing to comply with an earlier court order.

He was arrested at around 9:13 a.m. by a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy at PCSO on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of liquor, drugs or vapors. DUI with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more, extreme DUI with BAC of .15-.20 and super extreme DUI with BAC over .20.

Wix was originally charged in November 2015 in a drug case. A warrant was issued in February. That warrant was quashed Monday.

Charges in Pinal County Superior Court are possession and use of drug paraphernalia and extreme DUI with a BAC between .15 and .19.

Two people were killed after a two-vehicle collision on Amarillo Valley Road south of Maricopa Tuesday night.

According to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Clark, Elizabeth Cruz, 57, and Francisco Rendon, 63, died at the scene.

The incident happened just before 7 p.m. near the intersection with Teel Road.

Clark said Cruz and Rendon were traveling north in a Hyundai SUV when their vehicle collided with another northbound vehicle, a pickup truck, and then veered off of Amarillo Valley Road into a drainage canal. Cruz and Rendon were ejected from the SUV.

Cruz was identified from her driver’s license and was the registered owner of the SUV. Clark said the two were not married but had been together for more than 30 years and had children in common.

It is not known which of the deceased was driving the SUV. No criminal charges are expected, as it is believed to be accidental, with fault for the collision with the deceased.

There were no reported injuries to the other driver involved.

To help the family with funeral expenses, see https://www.gofundme.com/27gsquh8

Ragon Sandoval is accused of stabbing a man in Maricopa. PCSO photo

A Maricopa man is in critical condition after being stabbed in a fight Thursday, and his alleged assailant is behind bars.

The fight took place in the 49000 block of Julie Lane south of Maricopa. Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was called around 9:45 p.m. by a resident who reported a man going door-to-door asking for help.

When a deputy arrived, a resident directed him to a man lying on a porch with four serious stab wounds. As the 39-year-old victim was being treated, he told first responders he was stabbed by Ragon Thomas Sandoval, a homeless man living in the area.

Sandoval, 29, turned out to be the man who was reported going door-to-door in the neighborhood.

“Deputies located Ragon Sandoval in an abandoned shack nearby the crime scene,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “He claimed to have been assaulted by a group of men in the street and he stabbed one man with a knife in self-defense. The investigators were unable to substantiate an assault that justified the suspect stabbing the victim.”

Sandoval was arrested and booked into PCSO jail pending charges of aggravated assault causing injury, aggravated assuault with a deadly weapon and being a fugitive from justice. The victim was flown to a Phoenix trauma center, where he remains.