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16
Jan
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UPDATE: Man who shot DPS trooper near Tonopah identified


DPS Trooper Ed Andersson, seen here coaching the volleyball team at Tonopah Valley High School in November 2015, has volunteered with the school for many years.

The man who shot an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper Jan. 12 on Interstate 10 near Tonopah has been identified as Leonard Penuelas-Escobar, 37, officials said.

He was in the country illegally, but has no known criminal history, DPS Col. Frank Milstead said during a press conference today.

Mon
16
Jan

Plane overturns at Buckeye Municipal Airport


A single-engine aircraft flipped over during landing Jan. 14 at the Buckeye Municipal Airport.

The pilot of a single-engine aircraft had non-life-threatening injuries after the plane flipped over Jan. 14 at the Buckeye Municipal Airport, 3000 S. Palo Verde Road, Buckeye, officials said.

Police and fire officials responded at about 1:45 p.m. for the report of an aircraft that overturned on the runway, Buckeye police said.

Sat
14
Jan

Head-on crash in Goodyear leaves 1 child dead

A 12-year-old boy died Friday night after two vehicles crashed head-on near 152nd Drive and Camelback Road in Goodyear, officials said.

A Chevrolet Impala and a Jeep were involved in the collision at about 6 p.m., said Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman with the Goodyear Police Department.

The boy was a passenger in the Jeep, Kutis said.

Four other youths were involved in the crash, including two girls ages 9 and 17 and two boys ages 13 and 16, said Battalion Chief Russ Braden, a spokesman with the Goodyear Fire Department.

All five were transported to hospitals, where the 12-year-old later died, Kutis said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but impairment does not appear to be a factor at this time, she said.

 

Fri
13
Jan
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Former Goodyear cop gets 3 years in voyeurism case

A former Goodyear police officer arrested in October 2014 after videotaping women in a tanning salon without their consent was sentenced today to three years in prison and lifetime probation with sex offender terms, according to Maricopa County Superior Court officials.

Jeffrey Streeter, 46, was arrested by Avondale police after a woman reported seeing a phone on top of a dividing wall at a tanning salon near Dysart Road and Rancho Santa Fe Boulevard in Avondale, according to court records.

Thu
12
Jan
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Cave Creek man accused of sexual conduct with Avondale girl

A Cave Creek man is facing three counts of sexual conduct with a minor involving a 14-year-old Avondale girl, court records state.

Jeffory Helms, 45, was arrested Jan. 3 and accused of touching the teen on three separate occasions in October and November 2016, records state.

Thu
12
Jan
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Phoenix woman pleads guilty to murder of husband

Victim was son of prominent West Valley businessman

    A Phoenix woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to the 2012 murder of her husband, the son of a prominent West Valley businessman, officials said.

Wed
11
Jan

Family outdoor day set at White Tanks

Families are invited to experience the great outdoors during the fourth annual Outdoor Adventure Family Day in Waddell.

The event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday is sponsored by the White Tank Mountain Regional Park and the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Activities will include a guided hike, live animal displays, desert safety education, archery and Dutch oven cooking.

Wed
11
Jan
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Parents, culture influence Avondale Hopi painter

ARTIST SHERYL SUSUNKEWA stands outside her Avondale home Jan. 6 with three of her acrylic paintings. The second generation Native American artist will be one of the featured artists Saturday and Sunday at the Litchfield Park Native American Fine Arts Festival. View photo by Jordan Christopher
ARTIST SHERYL SUSUNKEWA stands outside her Avondale home Jan. 6 with three of her acrylic paintings. The second generation Native American artist will be one of the featured artists Saturday and Sunday at the Litchfield Park Native American Fine Arts Festival. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Sheryl Susunkewa to show work at Litchfield Park art festival

For painter Sheryl Susunkewa, the Litchfield Park Native American Arts Festival is a tradition.

Since the festival began 25 years ago, Susunkewa has been showing and selling her work alongside her father, Manfred Susunkewa, a traditional kachina carver, and mother, Norma Susunkewa, who weaves baskets.

Wed
11
Jan
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Skyline’s usage exceeds expectations

BUCKEYE RESIDENTS JORGE TEPEZANO and his daughter, Yocelin, route out their desired trail before beginning their hike Monday at Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye. The park will celebrate its first anniversary with a free event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. View photo by Jordan Christopher
BUCKEYE RESIDENTS JORGE TEPEZANO and his daughter, Yocelin, route out their desired trail before beginning their hike Monday at Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye. The park will celebrate its first anniversary with a free event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. View photo by Jordan Christopher

More than 200,000 visit Buckeye park; anniversary celebration set for Saturday

As Skyline Regional Park’s first anniversary is observed, attendance figures show usage of the Buckeye park in 2016 exceeded expectations.

Wed
11
Jan
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Litchfield hosting arts festival

The Gathering changes locations, drops entrance fee for 25th anniversary

The 25th anniversary of The Litchfield Park Gathering: Native American Fine Arts Festival is being observed with a change of venue.When it’s staged Saturday and Sunday, the festival featuring the work of about 100 Native American artists will be in the center of town.

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