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Apr
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Historic cemetery vandalized with racial slurs

Community members gather April 6 for a candlelight vigil at the Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery in Avondale. The cemetery was vandalized with racial slurs and symbols earlier that day.  Submitted photo by Melissa Sanchez Ramos
Community members gather April 6 for a candlelight vigil at the Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery in Avondale. The cemetery was vandalized with racial slurs and symbols earlier that day. Submitted photo by Melissa Sanchez Ramos

An Avondale cemetery was vandalized with racial and derogatory marks early Thursday morning, police said.

More than a dozen grave markers at the Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery, 12701 W. Indian School Road, were defaced with spray painted racial epithets and swastikas sometime between midnight and 7:30 a.m., said Jaret Redfearn, Avondale police spokesman.

Avondale Police have not identified any suspects, and the case is currently under investigation.

Wed
05
Apr
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Local artist’s work to be exhibited

LITCHFIELD PARK ARTIST SANDRA CAMP stands in front of a work-in-progress acrylic landscape painting Jan. 16 in her garage. One of Camp’s paintings, titled “Celebration,” will be featured in an exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Oregon. View photo by Jordan Christopher
LITCHFIELD PARK ARTIST SANDRA CAMP stands in front of a work-in-progress acrylic landscape painting Jan. 16 in her garage. One of Camp’s paintings, titled “Celebration,” will be featured in an exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Oregon. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Litchfield Park painter’s abstract part of show in Oregon

A Litchfield Park artist is celebrating after her painting was selected to be exhibited at an art show in Oregon.

Sandra Camp’s painting, titled “Celebration,” will be part of an exhibit staged by the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

Wed
05
Apr
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Ceremony honors Tuskegee Airmen

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN retired Lt. Col. Asa Herring, left, retired Tech. Sgt. Rudolf Silas and retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby approach the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Park to place a commemorative wreath March 23 at Luke Air Force Base. The fourth annual event was in commemoration of Tuskegee Airmen Day, which is observed on the fourth Thursday in March. View photo by Jordan Christopher
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN retired Lt. Col. Asa Herring, left, retired Tech. Sgt. Rudolf Silas and retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby approach the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Park to place a commemorative wreath March 23 at Luke Air Force Base. The fourth annual event was in commemoration of Tuskegee Airmen Day, which is observed on the fourth Thursday in March. View photo by Jordan Christopher

African American wing recognized at Luke Air Force Base

More than 70 years after the first African American military wing served in World War II, the spirit of the Tuskegee Airmen continues to inspire, according to Luke Air Force Base’s 944th Wing commander.

The Tuskegee heritage is alive and well,” Col. Kirk Gallegos said during Tuskegee Airmen commemorative activities at the base. “We wouldn’t be the Air Force we are without the Tuskegee Airmen.”

Wed
05
Apr

Avondale police issue sex offender notifications

Avondale police have issued public alerts about two registered sex offenders who have moved into the city.

Christopher Ekstrom, 28, is living at a home in the 12500 block of West Elwood Street, southwest of Lower Buckeye and El Mirage roads, police said.

Wed
05
Apr

Buckeye Municipal Court relocates to Sundance Crossings Center

The Buckeye Municipal Court relocated March 20 to the Sundance Crossings Center, 21749 W. Yuma Road, Suite 101.

All court services offered at the Apache Road location will be offered at the Sundance Crossings location. The Buckeye Municipal Court will begin issuing marriage licenses in April.

For information, visit buckeyeaz.gov/courts.

Wed
05
Apr

2 arrested in high-speed chase near Buckeye

Two men are facing multiple charges after they were arrested following a high-speed chase near Buckeye, according to authorities.

The Department of Public Safety said the incident occurred after 7 a.m. March 27 when a state trooper attempted to stop an SUV going northbound on State Route 85 for a traffic violation.

Wed
05
Apr
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Sheriff’s Office IDs man accused of Buckeye home invasion, pursuit

A man accused of invading a Buckeye home and leading deputies on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle has been identified as Mitchell Newmoon, 37, officials said.

The incident started at about 7:30 a.m. March 27 when Newmoon allegedly entered a house in an unknown area of Buckeye occupied by a mother and her two children and demanded keys to a vehicle, said Sgt. Calbert Gillett, a spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Wed
05
Apr
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Avondale police name suspect in fatal shooting

Police have identified the suspect in a fatal shooting in a Fry’s parking lot in Avondale as Manuel Morales-Estrada, 30, officials said.

Morales-Estrada allegedly shot and killed a man just before 10 p.m. March 30 in the shopping center at Avondale Boulevard and Buckeye Road, said Officer Ray Emmett, a spokesman with the Avondale Police Department.

Wed
05
Apr

Hopping around town

West Valley celebrating Easter

The Easter Bunny will be hopping around the West Valley to celebrate Easter, which falls on April 16 this year.

Mr. Easter Bunny’s first stop will be at Buckeye’s Spring Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Sundance Park, 22865 Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye. Mrs. Easter Bunny will also be in attendance.

Wed
05
Apr
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Literacy group seeks English language tutors

Helping someone learn the English language is an opportunity to influence a life, according to the leader of a literacy group that serves the West Valley.

In today’s world, it’s becoming critical to speak English,” said Jan Cosgrove of Goodyear, president of the Southwest Valley Literacy Association, which serves Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson.

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