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Department of Public Safety pulled over 67 commercial vehicles for inspections during a Wednesday morning detail on State Route 347 and Highway 84.

Seventy violations were found, only five of which were for speeding. Four vehicles were taken out of service, as was one driver. An arrest was made on a warrant for a misdemeanor.

State Troopers were specifically targeting trucks after getting complaints from residents and dangerous driver behavior. However, they did make one stop of a non-commercial vehicle.

The detail ran from 7 a.m. to noon in the vicinities of Maricopa and Stanfield.

Principal Chris Lineberry with children and the book he co-authored. Submitted photo

Chris Lineberry had a heart attack when he was 35 years old. He was the principal of an elementary school in North Carolina at the time. The medical event changed his life as well as the lives of his students.

He took dramatic steps to get rid of unhealthy foods and increase physical activity and stress-coping mechanisms at the school. As students’ body-mass index decreased, academic achievement improved. It was named a School of Distinction.

Now a resident of Desert Cedars in Maricopa and the principal of Stanfield Elementary, Lineberry has written a book with like-minded educators aimed at improving student fitness.

The book, “Recess Was My Favorite Subject: Where Did It Go?,” is subtitled “Improving Academic Achievement and Addressing Childhood Obesity in Your Classroom by Integrating Best Health and Wellness Practices with Required Instructional Standards.”

With the advent of more rigorous, standardized tests, many school districts across the country decreased or eliminated recess and physical education classes to make room for more academics. Lineberry saw that as an ill-informed response that did more harm than good.

“There is a significant body of research that demonstrates the connection between physical activity and achievement,” Lineberry said.

His goal is to show teachers and administrators how to keep recess a regular part of the daily schedule without limiting academics or spending money. He is doing so by example at Stanfield.

“We are the first and only school in Arizona to ever win the Gold with Distinction award from the USDA,” he said. That is awarded for a high level of physical education and nutrition.

Kindergartners exercise while counting to 100 at Stanfield Elementary. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Kindergartners exercise while counting to 100 at Stanfield Elementary. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

In October, Stanfield Elementary was awarded a $100,000 fitness center from the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils. It was presented by Jake “Body by Jake” Stienfeld, the director of NFGFC, and is open to students and staff. Lineberry said the district may also provide access to the public next year.

In January the state Board of Education’s A-F Accountability Committee discussed adding points for PE/Health Education.

Melissa Sadorf, superintendent of Stanfield Elementary School District, spoke to the ad-hoc committee, telling them that as a former PE teacher, she found it imperative to address the whole child.

“Every student at Stanfield gets at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily,” she said. “Out-of-seat time is expected every hour in every classroom; oral hygiene, which is the No. 1 cause of student absences, is also addressed.

“Health and wellness are just as much a priority as student achievement and should be recognized as such for the districts that choose to take those opportunities on,” Sadorf said.

This week, the state House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a requirement that elementary school students be given at least 50 minutes of “unstructured recess.”

Stanfield Elementary was awarded a $100,000 fitness center from the National Foundation for Governor's Fitness Councils. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Stanfield Elementary was awarded a $100,000 fitness center from the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Lineberry and his co-authors are passionate about educating the “whole” child. William Shane Hesse is a lecturer for Arizona State University and was the state’s Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2011. Lynn Miller is the principal of Sandra Day O’Connor High School. J. Allen Queen has been a professor at UNC-Charlotte for 25 years. Queen also owns the Writers Edge Press, which published “Recess Was My Favorite Subject.” All have doctorates in education.

“Most teachers got into teaching because they love kids, they love to interact with kids, and they want to help make their lives better,” Lineberry said. “Test scores are part of that. I’m not anti-test scores and I’m not anti-accountability. I am anti-accountability at the price of the health of our students and our future.

“The misconception is that we have to choose – either healthy kids, active kids, or highly-performing, academically-strong kids. We don’t have to choose. The two go together.”

He said the basic human need to be active, well-nourished and healthy is interrelated to the ability to problem-solve, read, do math and formulate a cognitive perspective.

The book leads educators to programs and lesson plans that work physical activity into the classroom. Lineberry said he does not schedule recess periods but leaves that to the teachers. He also encourages teachers to feel free to take the kids outdoors when they are getting squirmy and antsy.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity rate for children age 2-19 years in the United States is 17 percent. The rate has seen a significant decline for ages 2-5 years, from 14 percent in 2004 to 9 percent in 2014, while other age groups showed little change. The percentage of American youth considered overweight is around 40 percent.

“The time has come for a paradigm shift,” Lineberry said.

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From left: Lynn Miller, Chris Lineberry, Jake Stienfeld, Gov. Doug Ducey and William S. Hesse. Submitted photo
From left: Lynn Miller, Chris Lineberry, Jake Stienfeld, Gov. Doug Ducey and William S. Hesse. Submitted photo

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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A fight may have turned into arson in Stanfield Sunday night.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a fight near 38000 W. Apache Drive just after 10 p.m. Before they arrived, another caller reported a trailer on fire in the vicinity.

“When we arrived at the fire location, we found a travel trailer on fire behind a residence,” PCSO spokesman Mark Clark said. “The occupant of the trailer was not there, but she was later located and found to be OK.”

The resident told deputies her ex-boyfriend made vague threats on the phone earlier, saying “she would pay” for dating someone else.

The fire is being investigated as suspicious.

“We cannot confirm it is an arson, but we are working with the fire department to determine if it was intentionally set or not,” Clark said.

The people fighting, which initiated the calls to the location, were not found or identified.

Malcolm Johnson (from left), Sammie Lee Johnson, Kathy Johnson and others were arrested by PCSO this week in Stanfield. (PCSO photos)

A Johnson family in Stanfield wound up behind bars Wednesday.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people on Pima Road early in the morning, two of them on drug charges.

“The arrests were made by PCSO detectives as part of an ongoing criminal investigation,” PCSO spokesman Mark Clark said.

Roy Lee Johnson, 63, of Maricopa, was charged with possession of marijuana for use, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for use, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sammie Lee Johnson, 57, of Stanfield, was charged with marijuana possession of use and sale, drug possession for use and sale and a violation of compliance with an earlier sentence. His cash bond was $621.

Malcolm Terrell Johnson, 22, of Stanfield, was charged with failure to appear in the second degree. His cash bond was $900.

Kathy Lynn Johnson, 49, of Stanfield, was charged with violation of a promise to appear. Her bond was $1,575.

Brandon C. Thomas was arrested on a warrant. (PCSO photo)
Brandon C. Thomas was arrested on a warrant. (PCSO photo)

But PCSO was not finished on Pima Road. A little later in the morning, Brandon Christian Thomas, 27, of Stanfield, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He appeared before Judge Lyle Riggs in the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court on Thursday. His bond on the failure to appear charge was $793. The drug charged netted at $1,000 bond.

The Shamrock Farms tour in Stanfield is popular with school groups. The tours opened for the season this week. Photo by Adam Wolfe

Shamrock Farms in Stanfield has opened for tours with the cooler weather setting in.

The tours are available for individuals, families and groups to find out where their local milk comes from and how it is processed. Tour participants can get a hands-on look at how their milk and dairy products are made, from the cows’ diet to the manufacturing process.

“Shamrock Farms Farm Tours are extremely important to our retail partners and families,” Shamrock Farms Marketing Manager Christina Calio said. “They learn about our farm to table freshness and where their milk comes from.”

Shamrock Farms has approximately 20,000 cows on the property. This includes 11,000 milk cows, 1,000 organic cows and thousands of calves.

Tour participants are able to see where the cows are milked, fed and cleaned. They are also able to feed and pet calves that were born just days before.

“It was very hands on and everyone was very friendly,” Tour participant Robin Rowe said. “They explained everything in detail to the families, and it was very enjoyable for all.”

The tour lasts approximately one hour, and participants are able to walk away with a wealth of knowledge about their local milk producer.

To book a tour, interested parties can contact Shamrock Farms www.shamrockfarms.net or call (602) 477-2462.

“Shamrock Farms Farm Tour is open for educational tours from October through May,” Calio said. “Our farm tours change to accommodate our guest needs. Anywhere from educational outings to corporate events (can be accommodated).”

Aside from the daily tours, Shamrock Farms will host its annual “Joy to the Herd” holiday event Dec. 4-6. Participants are able to take pictures with Santa and play in actual snow in the desert during the event.

Tickets for the event are $10 for children and $12 for adults.