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Avondale brothers accused of possessing child pornography

Two Avondale brothers are facing 10 counts each of sexual exploitation of a minor after child pornography was allegedly found on a computer in their home, according to court records.

Ignacio Molina, 37, and David Molina, 28, were arrested Feb. 15 at their house near Central Avenue and Buckeye Road in Avondale, records state.

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Teen’s car shot after alleged drug deal


A teen's car was shot early this morning on county land near Germann and Tuthill roads after an alleged drug deal. Photo by MCSO

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an early morning drug deal led to a shooting on county land near Germann and Tuthill roads, officials said.

The shooting was first reported to the Arizona Department of Public Safety at about 1 a.m. Wednesday after a 17-year-old reported he had been shot on Interstate 10, said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, an MCSO spokesman.

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Tonopah house fire under investigation

Arson investigators are looking into a “suspicious” house fire Sunday morning near 422nd Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Tonopah, officials said.

Deputies responded at about 9:45 a.m. and met with firefighters from the Tonopah Valley Fire District, who said the fire appears to have started inside the house, said Sgt. Calbert Gillett, a spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Phoenix man accused of driving past checkpoint

A Phoenix man was arrested Feb. 2 after allegedly driving through a security checkpoint at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Tonopah without stopping, court records state.

Carlos Gonzalez, 21, is facing one count of criminal trespassing at a nuclear structure, records state.

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EMCC hosts Black History Month event

Black History Month will be observed during an event in Avondale with the theme “Responding to Change.”

Described as a “learning day with fun cultural activities,” the communitywide festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ceremonial Plaza at Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

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Litchfield Run Walk set for Sat.

Runners will compete for the best times in three events during the annual Litchfield Park Friends of the Rec Run Walk.

The event on Saturday includes competitive 10K, 5K and one-mile courses. A Healthy Classroom Challenge will also be held for pupils and their families.

The event benefits the Recreation Center and is expected to raise between $3,000 and $5,000, said Tricia Kramer, special events coordinator for Litchfield Park.

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Bowls of Hope spring eternal

Annual event promotes hunger awareness, helps food banks

In Arizona, poverty is a root cause of severe hunger for more than 1 million people, according to All Faith Community Services, a nonprofit in the West Valley.

An annual event to be held this month will help the organization with its mission to assist the homeless and impoverished of all ages in the area.

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Batter up!

CLEVELAND INDIANS PITCHER SHAWN MORIMANDO practices pitching Feb. 17 at Goodyear Ballpark. Saturday marks opening day for spring training games with the Indians vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark and the Chicago White Sox vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. View photo by Jordan Christopher
CLEVELAND INDIANS PITCHER SHAWN MORIMANDO practices pitching Feb. 17 at Goodyear Ballpark. Saturday marks opening day for spring training games with the Indians vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark and the Chicago White Sox vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Spring training returns to W. Valley  

Major League Baseball players are getting ready to step up to the plate as the Cactus League’s spring training is about to be in full swing.

Starting Saturday, the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox return to the West Valley to train for the regular season.

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Court center opens in Avondale

THE SOUTHWEST REGIONAL Court Center houses four Maricopa County justice courts on Van Buren Street between 104th and 105th avenues in Avondale. A grand opening ceremony for the $22.3 million facility was held Feb. 15. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher
THE SOUTHWEST REGIONAL Court Center houses four Maricopa County justice courts on Van Buren Street between 104th and 105th avenues in Avondale. A grand opening ceremony for the $22.3 million facility was held Feb. 15. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Justice in the West Valley has a new home.

Operations started this week at the Southwest Regional Court Center, a complex that houses four Maricopa County justice courts in Avondale.

The $22.3 million, 75,757-square-foot building sits on a 15-acre parcel at 10420 W. Van Buren St.

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The dark side of teen dating

Groups work to prevent violence in relationships among youths

The young man seemed like a nice guy and the early dates were fun, but as the relationship developed, things changed and he became controlling, possessive, jealous and even violent.

It’s a typical story for many young women who are victims of teenage dating violence, and one that an 18-year-old Goodyear woman (who will be called Connie for this story) has lived through.

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