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03
Mar

Woman sentenced to 20 years for husband’s murder

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

Rebekah Mellon, 36, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January for the shooting death of Donald Mellon Jr., 46, on July 31, 2012, at their home near Encanto Boulevard and Central Avenue in Phoenix, according to court records.

Surveillance video from the home showed the shooting taking place and identified Rebekah Mellon as the shooter, records state.

Investigators say she smoked a cigarette on the sofa where her husband lay dying and waited 20 minutes to call 911.

Fri
03
Mar

Recent rains postpone Tres Rios Festival

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

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

Recent storms have filled the water basins in the northern parts of the state, according to a press release from the city of Avondale. To allow for available space for future runoff, Salt River Project has released water from its reservoirs, causing the Salt and Gila rivers to flow, and the site of the festival to be flooded.

Event activities will include wildlife displays, archery, fishing, canoeing, bird watching and hiking.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days with musical acts performing along the river until 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Thu
02
Mar
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UPDATE: Man accused of shooting DPS vehicle in Avondale apprehended near I-17


A man accused of shooting at a DPS vehicle in Avondale today was taken into custody near Interstate 17 and Dove Valley Road. Photo by KPHO/KTVK

A man accused of shooting a marked Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle at about 10 a.m. today in Avondale was apprehended in north Phoenix, officials said.

Luis Aldana, 29, was located near Interstate 17 and Dove Valley Road, about 30 miles away from the initial search.

He was transported to a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound to an upper extremity, but is currently in stable condition, said Officer Jaret Redfearn, a spokesman with the Avondale Police Department.

The initial incident occurred in a residential area near 107th Avenue and Lakeshore Drive after a DPS trooper attempted to stop Aldana’s vehicle for having window tinting that was too dark, said Raul Garcia, a spokesman for DPS.

Wed
01
Mar
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Man rescued from vehicle after attempting to cross flooded road

An elderly man was rescued at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Wed
01
Mar
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Man arrested in connection to robbery, carjacking, kidnapping in Tonopah

A man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly attempting to evade deputies for a second time in two days, officials said.

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

Wed
01
Mar
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Event combines nature, music

LOGAN YOUNG of Glendale fishes with his father, Jeff, during last year’s Tres Rios Nature Festival in Avondale. This year’s festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Meridian Wildlife Area. View photo by Jordan Christopher
LOGAN YOUNG of Glendale fishes with his father, Jeff, during last year’s Tres Rios Nature Festival in Avondale. This year’s festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Meridian Wildlife Area. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Sunset concert added to Tres Rios Festival in Avondale

An “after hours” outdoor concert will be a new feature at an annual event that celebrates nature in Avondale.

The 14th annual Tres Rios Nature Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at the Meridian Wildlife Area, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale. Admission is free.

Wed
01
Mar

Litchfield Park to host art & wine festival

About 200 artists and craftsmen will be showing and selling their work at an arts festival this weekend in Litchfield Park.

The 19th annual Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the streets in downtown Litchfield Park. Admission and parking are free.

Art will include paintings, sculptures, fine photography, pottery, jewelry and home décor, according to event organizer Candy Vermillion.

Wed
01
Mar

Dog Days organizers pushing adoption

LEFTY, a 4-year-old Chihuahua, smiles for the camera as he struts in a pink costume Feb. 21 in Goodyear. Lefty was abandoned in a shopping cart and is one of several dogs ready for adoption through No Paws Left Behind Senior Rescue and Sanctuary, which will be at the fourth annual Dog Days of Buckeye event Saturday. View photo by Jordan Christopher
LEFTY, a 4-year-old Chihuahua, smiles for the camera as he struts in a pink costume Feb. 21 in Goodyear. Lefty was abandoned in a shopping cart and is one of several dogs ready for adoption through No Paws Left Behind Senior Rescue and Sanctuary, which will be at the fourth annual Dog Days of Buckeye event Saturday. View photo by Jordan Christopher

4th annual Buckeye event set for Saturday in Sundance

The need for dog adoptions in the West Valley is huge.

That need is evidenced by local nonprofit rescues’ abundance of canines in need of homes.

Wed
01
Mar
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Street party

Tolleson hosting Latin Jazz and Mariachi Festival

The streets in Tolleson will be alive with the sound of music this weekend as the city hosts its Latin Jazz and Mariachi Festival for the second year.

The free event will be from 1 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Tolleson’s Paseo de Luces downtown area along Van Buren Street from 91st to 94th avenues.

Wed
01
Mar
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Avondale considering Festival Fields upgrades

FESTIVAL FIELDS PARK at 101 E. Lower Buckeye Road is being looked at by the Avondale Parks and Recreation Department for improvements including a splash pad and more ball fields. View photo by Jordan Christopher
FESTIVAL FIELDS PARK at 101 E. Lower Buckeye Road is being looked at by the Avondale Parks and Recreation Department for improvements including a splash pad and more ball fields. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Project could add splash pad, ball fields, lake to park

A splash pad, additional ball fields and even a lake are part of concepts under consideration for improvements at Avondale’s Festival Fields Park, 101 E. Lower Buckeye Road.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has been working on alternatives for improvements at the park, which were recently reviewed by the Avondale City Council.

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