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3 rescued from flooded roadways

An elderly man was rescued at about 8:45 p.m. Feb. 28 after his vehicle got stuck in a flooded wash near 319th Avenue and Baseline Road in Tonopah, officials said.

Heavy rains earlier in the day flooded the roadway with water, which quickly surrounded the vehicle as he attempted to cross and caused it to stall, said Capt. Tommy Taylor, a spokesman with the Buckeye Fire Department.

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Flooding postpones Tres Rios Festival

The 14th annual Tres Rios Nature Festival has been rescheduled because of flooding.

The event, originally set for March 4-5, will be held April 1-2 at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale.

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Bomb threat made at W. Valley zoo

Facility evacuated during search

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a bomb threat was reported at about 4 p.m. March 4 at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Waddell, officials said.

The threat was called in to Dillon’s, a restaurant attached to a building in the aquarium, said Kristy Morcom, the zoo’s director of media relations.

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Man accused of shooting DPS vehicle facing attempted murder charge

A man accused of shooting a marked Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle is facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, prohibited possessor and aggravated assault against a peace officer, officials said.

Luis Aldana, 29, allegedly shot at a DPS vehicle after the trooper attempted to stop him March 2 in a residential area near 107th Avenue and Lakeshore Drive in Avondale, said Raul Garcia, a spokesman for DPS. The trooper returned fire as Aldana fled.

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Goodyear hopefuls face off

Council candidates share their positions at Feb. 28 forum

Goodyear’s seven City Council candidates united to answer voters’ questions at a Feb. 28 community forum at Skyway Church, 14900 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear.

Mayor Georgia Lord is facing off with former Mayor Jim Cavanaugh; and incumbents Wally Campbell and Joe Pizzillo and newcomers Jayson Black, Sara Gilligan and Brannon Hampton are vying for three council seats in the March 14 election.

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Woman sentenced to 20 years for husband’s murder

Victim was son of prominent W. V. businessman

A Phoenix woman was sentenced March 3 to 20 years in prison for the 2012 murder of her husband, the son of a prominent West Valley businessman, officials said.

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Man arrested in robbery, carjacking, kidnapping case

A man was arrested Feb. 28 after allegedly attempting to evade deputies for the second time in two days, officials said.

Albert Campos, 30, faces multiple charges in connection to a carjacking, kidnapping and armed robbery Feb. 27 in Tonopah, said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, a spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Woman killed at Best Buy in Avondale was victim of domestic violence

Shooter later dies after turning gun on self

A history of domestic violence culminated Feb. 27 with a fatal shooting at a Best Buy in Avondale that left two people dead, officials said.

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Buckeye lands Fry’s store in Verrado

More retail options will benefit city with tax revenues, employment

A new grocery store that’s expected to open by the end of the year in Buckeye’s Verrado community could help the city keep residents shopping locally and draw customers from around the West Valley.

Work has started on Fry’s Marketplace, which will be the anchor of Village Grove at Verrado at the northwest corner of Jackrabbit Trail and Indian School Road.

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Police seeking public’s help identifying suspect in smoke shop robbery


Phoenix police are asking the public for help identifying this man from a Feb. 18 armed robbery at a smoke shop in west Phoenix..

Phoenix police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect in a Feb. 18 armed robbery at a smoke shop in west Phoenix.

Just before 10 p.m., the man walked into the High City Smoke Shop, 8350 W. Lower Buckeye Road, pointed a black long-gun at the store’s clerk and demanded all of the money from the register, police said.

The suspect then demanded the clerk give him his cell phone. He left the store on foot and was last seen walking westbound, police said.

He had a thin goatee and was wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt with white lining, white brimmed hat, black pants and black gloves, police said.

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