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Grijalva moves into bigger Avondale office

CONGRESSMAN RAUL GRIJALVA, left, greets Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise March 12 during the grand opening celebration for his new Avondale office. View photo by Ray Thomas
CONGRESSMAN RAUL GRIJALVA, left, greets Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise March 12 during the grand opening celebration for his new Avondale office. View photo by Ray Thomas

Congressman's district office handles constituent issues

Members of Rep. Raul Grijalva’s district staff are settling into new digs after the congressman celebrated the grand opening of his new Avondale office.

The District 3 Democrat’s Avondale office has moved during the last couple of months to a larger space to better serve the community, according to Dan Lindner, Grijalva’s communications director in Washington, D.C.

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Police accuse Buckeye men of vehicle burglaries

Two Buckeye men were arrested Jan. 25 in connection to numerous vehicle burglaries at the Buckeye Equestrian Center, 10001 S. Miller Road in Buckeye, police said.

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Accused I-10 freeway shooter files $10M claim against state

The man accused of terrorizing Valley freeways last fall has filed a $10 million notice of claim against the state and two top officials.

Attorneys for Leslie Merritt Jr., 21, filed the claim March 11 against Gov. Doug Ducey, the state of Arizona, Maricopa County and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

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W.V. teens vie for Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs members in running for honor

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3rd teen faces charges after allegedly giving pills to classmates

A third teen at Centerra Mirage School is facing charges after allegedly giving prescription pills to classmates March 1 at the Goodyear campus, police said.

Seven pupils between the ages of 12 and 15 became ill after taking unknown pills during school, said Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department.

Police initially recommended charges in juvenile court against two seventh-grade boys they believed distributed the pills, Kutis said.

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Getting their wiggles out

FOURTH-GRADER MADISON SCHROFF sits on a large ball Feb. 5 at Scott Libby Elementary School in Waddell. The ball is one of many alternative seating options provided for pupils in Cindy Huffman’s classroom. View photo by Jordan Christopher
FOURTH-GRADER MADISON SCHROFF sits on a large ball Feb. 5 at Scott Libby Elementary School in Waddell. The ball is one of many alternative seating options provided for pupils in Cindy Huffman’s classroom. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Teacher says exercise seating helps pupils focus

One fourth-grade teacher thinks she has found a way to harness her pupils’ restless energy and at the same time focus their attention toward learning.

Cindy Huffman, fourth-grade teacher at Scott Libby Elementary School in Waddell, received a $2,000 grant awarded through donorschoose.org to purchase “alternative seating” for her classroom.

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West-MEC to open new campus

BUCKEYE MAYOR JACKIE MECK speaks March 4 at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Western Maricopa Education Center’s Southwest Campus in Buckeye. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher
BUCKEYE MAYOR JACKIE MECK speaks March 4 at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Western Maricopa Education Center’s Southwest Campus in Buckeye. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher

School will house new power plant technology program

March 4 marked the official opening of the Western Maricopa Education Center Southwest Campus, a place where both high school and college students will train for high paying jobs in the power plant industry.

West-MEC is a technological education district that covers a large part of the northern and western cities of Maricopa County, according to its website.

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Avondale renovating playground

A RENDERING shows what’s planned for new equipment for a playground at Avondale’s Friendship Park.
A RENDERING shows what’s planned for new equipment for a playground at Avondale’s Friendship Park.

Public survey helps determine theme of Friendship Park play area

Avondale residents who participated in surveys about playground renovations for the city’s largest and busiest park will get a look at the results when new swings and slides are installed soon.

The process for upgrading and updating two of Friendship Park’s playgrounds included giving the public a voice in the design process, according to Kirk Haines, Avondale’s director of parks, recreation and libraries.

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County Attorney’s Office reviewing charges against Buckeye police officer

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is still reviewing possible charges against a Buckeye police officer for an off-duty altercation with a civilian, officials said.

Lt. Jared Griffith faces charges of assault and disorderly conduct regarding a Nov. 28, 2015, fight during a house party in the Verrado community in Buckeye, police said.

The case was turned over to the Goodyear Police Department, which recommended charges against Griffith and Buckeye resident Douglas Lovell, police said.

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Charges submitted against 13-year-old boys who allegedly gave pills to classmates

Police are submitting charges against two 13-year-old boys who allegedly gave their classmates various prescription drugs March 1 at a Goodyear elementary school, officials said.

Possible charges include possession of prescription drugs, a misdemeanor, and transfer of prescription drugs and possession of drugs in a drug-free zone, both felonies, said Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department.

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