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Avondale family escapes early morning house fire


Firefighters battled a house fire early this morning near El Mirage and Lower Buckeye roads in Avondale. Five people escaped the fire without injury. Photo by KPHO/KTVK

A family of five was able to escape their Avondale home after it caught fire early this morning, 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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2 arrested in connection to burglary at west Phoenix dental office

Two Phoenix residents were arrested Thursday 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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Avondale police seeking robbery suspects


Video surveillance shows two suspects in a robbery Dec. 17 at a Circle K in Avondale.

The Avondale Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects in a robbery at about 7:20 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Circle K at 1595 N. Avondale Blvd. in Avondale.

The suspects fled the gas station with about 20 cartons of cigarettes, said Officer Ray Emmett, a spokesman with the Avondale Police Department.

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Avondale police issue sex offender notice

Avondale police have issued a public alert about a registered sex offender who has moved into the city.

Jack Munoz, 28, is living at a home in the 12200 block of West Washington Street, southeast of Van Buren Street and Fairway Drive, police said.

Munoz is not wanted by any law enforcement agency, said Sgt. Thomas Alt, an Avondale police spokesman.

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Avondale man convicted of terrorism

An Avondale man was convicted Monday of multiple terrorism offenses in connection to helping a New York college student join and train with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

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Annual Tale of Two Cities to celebrate cultural diversity

A YOUNG MEMBER of Ballet Folklorico Esperanza waves from a float during last year’s Tale of Two Cities Parade in Goodyear. This year’s parade is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Goodyear Community Park on Litchfield and Thomas roads and proceed east along Thomas. View photo by Jordan Christopher
A YOUNG MEMBER of Ballet Folklorico Esperanza waves from a float during last year’s Tale of Two Cities Parade in Goodyear. This year’s parade is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Goodyear Community Park on Litchfield and Thomas roads and proceed east along Thomas. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Avondale, Goodyear, EMCC sponsor parade, festival Saturday

Local law enforcement will be honored during the sixth annual Tale of Two Cities parade and festival, an event that also celebrates the West Valley’s diversity of cultures with a naturalization ceremony for new citizens.

The free event on Saturday will be staged by the neighboring cities of Avondale and Goodyear as well as Estrella Mountain Community College, which is observing its 25th anniversary.

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Air Fair to celebrate aviation

Vintage aircraft to be on display Saturday at Buckeye airport

WHAT: Buckeye Air Fair
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Buckeye Municipal Airport, 300 S. Palo Verde Road, Buckeye
COST: Free
INFO: www.buckeyeairfair.com

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Scouts honor Avondale vice mayor with award

Group’s 1st Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Sandi Nielson

Nielson,-SandiThe West Valley Boy Scouts Firebird District has given its first Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime volunteer Sandi Nielson of Avondale.

The honor was among about 40 awards presented Jan. 12 at the group’s annual recognition dinner.

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Campaign to recall mayor plans meeting

Fewer complaints recorded in Buckeye water billing controversy

A leader of a campaign to recall the mayor of Buckeye spawned by controversy over disputed water charges is admitting the effort is more difficult than he anticipated.

Jeff Hancock said he doesn’t know how many signatures have been gathered for a campaign that could oust Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meek since the effort was launched two months ago.

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Goodyear gives bus driver Lifesaving Award

MARGARITA BUENO, a Greyhound bus driver, receives the Lifesaving Award from Goodyear Fire Chief Paul Luizzi Jan. 23 during a Goodyear City Council meeting. Bueno was awarded for saving the lives of her passengers during a deadly, wrong-way crash Nov. 25 on Interstate 10 in Goodyear. View photo by Ray Thomas
MARGARITA BUENO, a Greyhound bus driver, receives the Lifesaving Award from Goodyear Fire Chief Paul Luizzi Jan. 23 during a Goodyear City Council meeting. Bueno was awarded for saving the lives of her passengers during a deadly, wrong-way crash Nov. 25 on Interstate 10 in Goodyear. View photo by Ray Thomas

Imagine driving to Phoenix from California at 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 10. You finally reach the city of Goodyear. And then you see headlights coming your way.

That nightmare was Greyhound bus driver Margarita Bueno’s reality the day after Thanksgiving as she was driving a bus load of passengers from San Bernardino. Bueno tried to direct the bus out of the way, but the collision was inevitable, she said.

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