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Litchfield marks centennial

Weekend of activities planned to celebrate 100 years since founding of community

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Ground broken for Catholic High School

School in Avondale will open in 2018 with 500 students

Construction is set to begin after a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the first Catholic high school in the West Valley.

Five hundred students are expected to attend when St. John Paul II Catholic High School opens in August 2018 just north of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and School, 13720 W. Thomas Road in Avondale.

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Lifting up veterans

Buckeye event to help former service members with benefits, jobs Saturday in Verrado

The Buckeye community is extending its arms to help veterans with its fourth annual Veterans Lift Up event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies, 1495 S. Verrado Way, Buckeye.

Giving veterans a helping hand after serving their country is always necessary, Buckeye Councilman Craig Heustis said.

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Former Westview student gets 3 years probation for threats

A former Westview High School student was sentenced Monday to three years of probation for threats he made toward students and faculty at the Avondale campus, according to Maricopa County Superior Court.

Alonzo Vargas, 18, of Goodyear pleaded guilty Jan. 3 to interfering with and threatening an educational institution.

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2 arrested in dental office burglary case

Two Phoenix residents were arrested Feb. 2 in connection to a burglary at a west Phoenix dental office, officials said.

Billy Clayton, 39, and Shawna Houseal, 25, were booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and face charges of third-degree burglary, court records show.

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Police find multiple bales of marijuana in Phoenix apartment

Phoenix police are investigating after numerous bales of marijuana were found in an apartment near 99th Avenue and Camelback Road in west Phoenix, officials said.

At about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 3, officers responded to the apartment complex for reports of shots fired, said Sgt. Alan Pfohl, a spokesman with the Phoenix Police Department.

Upon their arrival, officers discovered an apartment door had been kicked in, and there was evidence of shots fired both inside and outside the apartment, he said.

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Free tax assistance offered through April 15

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Residents who make less than $54,000 a year can receive free tax assistance until April 15 at the following locations:

Estrella Mountain Community College: Noon to 3 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in Ocotillo Hall, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

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Avondale family escapes Feb. 3 house fire

A family of five was able to escape their Avondale home after it caught fire in the early morning on Feb. 3, officials said.

Firefighters responded at about 2:30 a.m. to the house near El Mirage and Lower Buckeye roads, said Division Chief Ben Avitia, a spokesman with the Avondale Fire and Medical Department.

Officials believe the fire started in the garage and quickly spread to the roof and back of the house, Battalion Chief Justin Ernst said.

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Program tests school drinking water for lead

Statewide testing targets 7,000 buildings at 1,200 sites

Drinking water at several West Valley public schools is being tested for lead as part of a statewide program being conducted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The testing is being done at 7,000 buildings at 1,200 schools in Arizona, according to Trevor Baggiore, director of ADEQ’s Water Quality Division.

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Liberty opens recharge facility

Goodyear site is result of public-private partnership

A facility created by a unique public-private partnership that uses treated wastewater to recharge aquifers has started operating in the West Valley.

Arizona’s first public-private reclaimed water recharge facility is the result of a 100-year partnership between Liberty Utilities and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, a groundwater replenishment authority.

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