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Maricopa woman arrested for attempted murder

Maricopa police have arrested a Homestead resident who allegedly admitted trying to kill her pregnant friend and take the unborn baby.

Maricopa police investigating armed robbery

The Maricopa police department is investigating an apparent armed robbery that occurred yesterday in the Rancho El Dorado subdivision.

Child porn suspect appears in court

A Maricopa businessman arrested in January for 10 counts of alleged sexual exploitation made an appearance in court Monday.

Dead man with AK-47 found in Vekol Valley

Pinal County deputies have discovered the body of a man believed to be an illegal immigrant less than 20 miles from the city of Maricopa.

Maricopa mother charged with 10 felony counts

A Maricopa city resident charged with 10 felony counts pleaded not guilty this morning before Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Brian Rees.

Multi-agency force seizes 3,200 pounds of marijuana

A multi-agency task force targeting drug and human trafficking in Pinal County arrested 102 suspects, recovered 7 stolen vehicles, seized 12 firearms and confiscated 3,200 pounds of marijuana from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19.

Nearly 4 tons of pot seized south of Maricopa

A multi-agency task force formed to reduce drug smuggling in Southern Arizona netted more than 7,500 pounds of marijuana valued at $6 million in the Vekol Valley during a 4-day sting, according to a release issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety late Thursday.

Deputies capture alleged sex predator

Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputies have captured alleged sex offender Juan Carlos Cuadros-Ortiz.

Deputies searching for alleged sexual predator

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in locating a 5 foot, 10 inch, 270 pound Hispanic male who allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in an area a couple miles west of Casa Grande.

Maricopa mom leads police on wild chase

A woman from the city of Maricopa is being held in the Maricopa County Jail on three felony counts involving a dramatic police chase in which she plowed through multiple police cars before her vehicle became disabled in a ditch.

Smugglers hide out in local Subway

The Maricopa Police Department arrested two men in the Maricopa Subway Tuesday afternoon for the possession of 600 pounds of marijuana.

Maricopa man arrested for child molestation, sexual assault and kidnapping

Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a 43-year-old Maricopa resident on Wednesday on six counts of sexual assault on a minor, three counts of child molestation and one count of kidnapping.

Pratt attacker indicted on 6 charges, faces 40 years

Pinal County District Attorney James P. Walsh announced today at a press conference in Casa Grande that the man who broke into State Representative Frank Pratt's business and severely beat him on Christmas Day has been indicted on six felony charges.

Deputies seize 1,500 pounds of pot

A late-night pursuit through the desert resulted in a 1,500 pound pot bust south of Maricopa Monday night.

Child porn suspect appears in court

A Maricopa businessman arrested last week for 10 counts of alleged sexual exploitation of a minor made his first appearance in court this past Friday.  

Maricopa property and violent crime up, total arrests down in 2010

Despite an increase in violent and property crimes in 2010, overall arrests were down and Maricopa remains one of the safest cities in Arizona.

Hole-in-the-wall burglars sentenced

The last chapter on a group of young men known as the hole-in-the-wall bandits was penned in late December when the final two members of the group, Shadryck L. Brown and Alvin Bustamante, were sentenced to a combined 12 years in prison.

Arizona smuggling crimes shot up in 2010

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has released information it says rebuts claims by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than ever.

Controversial deputy fired for alleged contacts with cartel members

A Pinal County sheriff's deputy who survived a shootout with drug smugglers in Vekol Valley just south of Maricopa and an investigation to determine whether his dramatic tale about the armed encounter was true, was fired yesterday for comments he made to the Phoenix New Times.

Maricopa man arrested for child porn

Maricopa businessman Paul Long, 34, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 6, and booked in Pinal County Jail for 10 counts of alleged sexual exploitation of a minor.

Pratt attacker under arrest

A man arrested Tuesday morning for aggravated assault and robbery is now being charged with the Christmas Day assault of Arizona lawmaker Frank Pratt.

Rep. Pratt’s SUV recovered, searched for evidence

Police recovered the stolen SUV of Arizona lawmaker Frank Pratt in Phoenix last weekend. The 2007 GMC Yukon was stolen Christmas Day, after Pratt was assaulted and tied up by a man who had broken into the District 23 legislator's Casa Grande business, Pratt Pools.

High school and barbershop burglarized over weekend

The Maricopa Police Department is investigating three burglaries that occurred over New Year's weekend.

2010 record year for drug-bust car chases

A routine traffic stop turned into a 281-pound pot bust for a Pinal County Sheriff's Department Deputy late Monday night.

Frank Pratt home recovering, may attend Brewer’s Monday inauguration

State Rep. Frank Pratt is home and recovering after a brutal attack Christmas Day, according to his wife Janice Pratt.

State Representative Frank Pratt beaten, left unconscious

District 23 Representative Frank Pratt-R, 68, was beaten, tied up and left unconscious inside his Casa Grande business, Pratt Pools, in the early afternoon of Christmas Day.  

Maricopa drop house busted

On Friday, Dec. 17, Pinal County Deputies discovered a drop house in Maricopa, according to a release issued by the department Wednesday.

Brawl ensues as MPD officer makes arrest

Last Thursday at 8:01 p.m., Maricopa Police Officer Gerrick Ward, working in conjunction with the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force in Coolidge, Ariz., was involved in a high speed chase and melee with four suspects.

Vehicle pursuit tied to human smuggling

A standard traffic stop turned into the discovery of a bundle of marijuana and four illegal immigrants Saturday, Dec.18.

Traffic stop yields 7 bundles of pot

A standard traffic stop about 20 miles south of Maricopa turned into a 200 pound pot bust Sunday evening.