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Maricopa Police Chief Steve Stahl will give a year in the review of the police department during his Coffee with the Chief event on Saturday.

Join Stahl and other members of the MPD at the department, 39675 W. Civic Center Plaza South from 8 to 9 a.m. The conversation will include matters important to Maricopa residents.

After the chief’s review of 2014, he will participate in an open-topic question-and-answer session.

Call 520-316-6868.

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Pinal County Supervisors Anthony Smith will host a special town hall event for Maricopa Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

"I am looking forward to these town halls," Smith said. "The senators and representatives will be on hand to share some of their insights on what the upcoming legislative session will bring and to take questions as well."

Legislators who are scheduled attend from District 11 are State Sen. Steve Smith and Reps. Vince Leach and Mark Finchem. Some county officials will be on hand as well to answer questions from attendees.

"I think it is important for everyone to hear from our representatives and county officials on how the state works with Pinal County and its communities to prosper even in tough economic times," Smith said.

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Drop off your Christmas trees
Copa Cares and the Maricopa Public Works Department are providing a Christmas tree drop-off site for residents through Jan. 31. No contractors will be allowed to use the site. The drop-off site is located at 45862 W. Garvey Ave. (Old Park & Ride Site), a quarter-mile west of Roosevelt Avenue. Public Works crews are chipping the trees and disposing them at the Weinberger Landfill.
Since the program started in 2009, 2,982 trees have been chipped. Call John Bemis at 520-316-6946 or Holly Fain at 520-316-6927.

Heritage District Committee to meet
The Maricopa Heritage District Citizen Advisory Committee will meet Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station 575 in the Community Room, 45695 W. Edison Road.
Members will have a presentation on the Planning Division’s efforts to implement the Mixed Use Heritage Overlay District and the Transportation Corridor Overlay District. They will also receive an update on projects in the Heritage District.
Heritage District Committee meetings are open to the public.

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Pinal County Superior Court Judge Robert Olson has ruled to allow a claim against Orbitel Communications to continue, despite the defendant's plea for a dismissal.

The ruling came during a Dec. 17 court hearing, during which the judge ruled to unseal information and dismiss only one of the four claims brought against the cable provider by the Rancho El Dorado homeowners' association.

The four claims brought forth by the association include declaratory relief, unjust enrichment, constructive fraud and a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claim.

The RICO claim was the one dismissed by the judge; however, the plaintiff was given the opportunity to restructure and bring back the fourth item within the next 90 days or see that portion of the suit permanently dismissed.

The suit is set for a status review March 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Pinal County Superior Court, and at that time a course of action on the suit will be determined.

The cable provider entered into a 30-year agreement with the first master-planned community, Rancho El Dorado, in which the company agreed to provide cable service to every lot in exchange for a monthly assessment of $12 per lot, which would be included in the monthly HOA dues and passed along to the cable company.

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Tuesday, a car chase in Maricopa instigated by a report of a reckless driver ended badly for the suspect and a pursuing deputy.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched around 2:52 p.m. to the area of Ralston and Farrell roads. Witnesses said a white Dodge Caravan with no visible license plate was driving all over the road, using both lanes of traffic and forcing cars off the road, according to the report.

Within three minutes, deputies spotted the vehicle near West Papago Road and North Ralston. With lights and sirens, they gave chase and watched the van turn east onto Papago. The pursuit took both vehicles north on Brewer Road, east on Peters and Nall, south on White and west on Val Vista.

When Val Vista became a dirt road west of Ralston, the heavy dust from the high-speed chase limited the sight of the pursuing deputy. The vehicle collided with a concrete irrigation canal at low speed, according to PCSO spokesman Jim Knupp, who added the deputy was not injured.

Another deputy vehicle emerged from the dust and took over the chase. The deputy quickly located the vehicle in the 52000 block of West Val Vista Road. It had been driven through a gate and struck a Southwest Gas meter, causing a gas leak, before coming to a rest near a tree in a resident’s front yard.