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Avondale woman sentenced for stealing $260K from clients in Indian community

An Avondale woman was sentenced May 25 to spend 30 months in jail and pay back $260,000 she stole from clients in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona.

Freida Ann Battise-Moore, 55, recently pleaded guilty to theft or embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization, the attorney’s office stated in a release.

Battise-Moore, who was a law school graduate and member of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe, was hired in 2001 by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to serve as the court-appointed representative for the tribe’s incapacitated and incompetent members, the attorney’s office stated.

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Former Goodyear employee accused of defrauding city sports program of $18K

A former Goodyear employee is accused of shorting the city almost $18,500 from its adult sports program, according to court records.

Ryan Mansfield, 32, of Surprise was arrested May 19 and faces charges of theft, fraudulent schemes and computer tampering, court records state.

Mansfield resigned from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department before the theft was discovered in November 2015, said Sherine Zaya, a spokeswoman for the city.

According to court record, employees with Parks and Recreation met with the city’s finance department on Nov. 19, 2015, and learned there was a significant shortfall in revenue for adult sports.

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May
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Goodyear takes steps to develop wellness park

Land transferred by county could be site of project in partnership with medical centers

With the acquisition of 130 acres of county flood control land, the city of Goodyear is taking the first steps toward developing a project with local medical centers focused on wellness.

Wed
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May
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West Valley Jewish center welcomes Torah

ELLIOT COHEN of Colorado Springs, Colo., carries the newly donated Torah April 3 during ceremonies for the Chabad Jewish Center of Goodyear. The Torah was donated by Steven Castillo and Elliot and Linda Cohen of Colorado Springs, Colo. View photo by Ray Thomas
ELLIOT COHEN of Colorado Springs, Colo., carries the newly donated Torah April 3 during ceremonies for the Chabad Jewish Center of Goodyear. The Torah was donated by Steven Castillo and Elliot and Linda Cohen of Colorado Springs, Colo. View photo by Ray Thomas

Thanks to a generous donation, the Chabad Jewish Center of Goodyear officially has a Torah scroll to call its own.

The Chabad Jewish Center held a formal dedication ceremony April 3 at the Palm Valley Community Center in Goodyear to welcome the Torah to the West Valley.

We’re glad that we’ve reached this milestone,” said Rabbi Berel Zaklikofsky, director of Chabad Jewish Center. “There’s excitement in the air. We’re looking forward to a one-of-a-kind experience of having our own Torah. There’s nothing like it.”

Wed
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May
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Fires continue to spark in Gila River

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE a brush fire May 22 in the Gila River bottom. Photo submitted by Buckeye Valley Fire District
FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE a brush fire May 22 in the Gila River bottom. Photo submitted by Buckeye Valley Fire District

Firefighters responded to a brush fire in the Gila River bottom for the fourth time in about two weeks when flames broke out at about 10:30 p.m. May 21, officials said.

Crews with the Buckeye Valley Fire District caught the fire in its early stages and were able to keep it from spreading to more than an acre, said Capt. Cliff Turner, a spokesman for the department.

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May
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Fire breaks out at Avondale apartment

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Firefighters responded to an apartment fire at about 4:45 p.m. May 20 near Litchfield Road and Western Avenue in Avondale, officials said.

Wed
25
May
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Former Salvation Army catches fire

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For the second time this year, a fire broke out at a former Salvation Army building near Dysart Road and Riley Drive in Avondale, officials said.

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25
May
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Former reporter accused of public defecation in Goodyear

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A former reporter with KPHO/KTVK was arrested May 16 after he was accused of defecating in the front yard of a Goodyear home, according to the police report.

Jonathan Lowe was covering a story at about 3:30 p.m. near Sarival Avenue and Durango Street when the incident occurred, the report states.

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May
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Goodyear man arrested in cop shooting

A Goodyear man is facing felony charges after allegedly shooting at police May 13 near McDowell Road and Pebble Creek Parkway in Goodyear, officials said.

King Justice Allah, 25, was released from the hospital May 21 and booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail, said Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman with the Goodyear Police Department.

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Goodyear Verizon store robbed May 21

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Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred about 8 p.m. May 21 at a Verizon store near Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street in Goodyear, officials said.

The car used in the robbery was found near Citrus and Camelback roads, but an unknown number of suspects were not located, said Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department.

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