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Fri
23
Sep

1 dead in Loop 303 crash

Loop 303 was closed for several hours early Friday morning at Interstate 10 in Goodyear after a fatal two-vehicle crash, officials said.

One person died after being ejected from a vehicle at about midnight in the southbound lanes on Loop 303, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The driver of the other vehicle complained of rib pain, and a passenger in that car was not injured, DPS said.

Thu
22
Sep
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Avondale man charged in wife’s 2015 death

An Avondale man was arrested Sunday on a second-degree murder warrant in connection to the December 2015 death of his wife, Maria De Jesus Lopez, 32, officials said.

Daniel Lopez, 36, has been charged with one count of manslaughter, police said.

On Dec. 16, 2015, officers responded to a home near Third Avenue and MC85 in Avondale for reports of a disturbance, and found evidence that somebody had been shot, police said.

De Jesus Lopez’s body was located two weeks later in a field near Yuma Road and Estrella Parkway in Goodyear, police said.

Thu
22
Sep
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Avondale man declared competent to stand trial in Glendale teen’s murder

An Avondale man accused in the April 17 death of a Glendale teenager was declared mentally competent to stand trial Tuesday by a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner.

Aaron Ott, 19, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of 16-year-old Miguel Navarro near 65th Avenue and Mountain View Road in Glendale.

According to court records, Ott tried to steal an Xbox from the teen during a meeting they had set up. When Miguel refused to give up the gaming console, Ott allegedly shot him in the back and ran off.

Witnesses provided detectives with a possible description of the suspect, and Ott’s vehicle was also allegedly seen leaving the scene on multiple residential surveillance cameras in the area, police said.

Thu
22
Sep

Buckeye man missing since Sept. 8


George Ogas

A Buckeye man has been missing since Sept. 8, and his sisters are asking for the public’s help to find him.

George Ogas, 69, was last seen leaving the Phoenix VA Hospital at 650 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

His sisters said he was supposed to take a cab, but security cameras at the hospital show him walking away.

Ogas is described as Hispanic, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds and having gray hair and brown eyes.

He has dementia and may be trying to get to California, which is where he is from, his sisters said.

If you have seen Ogas or know where he is, contact your local police agency.

Thu
22
Sep

Buckeye man faces felony charges for drug sales

A Buckeye man was arrested Tuesday after police served a search warrant and seized drugs, money and drug contraband from a home near Seventh Street and Beloat Road in Buckeye, officials said.

Thu
22
Sep
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Avondale man allegedly injures firefighters during his arrest

An Avondale man was arrested Sept. 14 after allegedly injuring two firefighters who attempted to help police detain him, according to court records.

Toddrick Cooks, 22, was booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix and faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault, court records state.

Police were called to a home at about 9:45 p.m. Sept. 14 near Third Avenue and MC85 in Avondale after Cooks allegedly threatened to kill his wife and son while holding a knife, records state.

When police arrived, they saw a woman with cuts and blood on her face being taken out of the house by paramedics, records state.

Wed
21
Sep

Avondale man arrested at border for 2nd-degree murder warrant

An Avondale man was arrested Sunday on a second-degree murder warrant after he attempted to cross the border from Mexico into the United States, officials said.

Daniel Lopez-Olivarria, 36, a Mexican national, was stopped by officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations at the Port of Nogales as he went through a pedestrian lane at the DeConcini crossing.

When officers conducted a records check, they found Lopez-Olivarria had an active arrest warrant for second-degree murder.

Wed
21
Sep

Burned Hopeville building was community center

Not only did the Mount Zion Christian Assembly in the Hopeville Community in Buckeye not catch fire, it’s also not abandoned.

The View reported Monday that the church went up in flames at about 5:20 p.m. Sept. 17 near Pima Street and Verde Road in Buckeye, which was the information provided by the fire department.

The Rev. Abraham Harris III informed the paper today that it was an old community center that burned, not the church.

Wed
21
Sep

Man struck by car in west Phoenix dies

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A man died after he was struck by a car at about 7:25 p.m. Sept. 17 near 103rd Avenue and Buckeye Road in west Phoenix, officials said.

The pedestrian was identified as Fadi Tawil, 38, said Officer Courtney Palma, a spokeswoman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Wed
21
Sep
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Avondale runoff election to cost taxpayers $18,000

Leading mayoral candidate falls 15 votes short of majority necessary to win seat outright during August primary

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