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Trooper’s rescuer speaks out

THOMAS YOXALL recounts the events of Jan. 12 when he saved a Department of Public Safety officer who had been shot and was being attacked on Interstate 10 near Tonopah during a press conference Jan. 24 in Phoenix. KPHO/KTVK photo
THOMAS YOXALL recounts the events of Jan. 12 when he saved a Department of Public Safety officer who had been shot and was being attacked on Interstate 10 near Tonopah during a press conference Jan. 24 in Phoenix. KPHO/KTVK photo

Man saves DPS officer’s life Jan. 12 near Tonopah

When Thomas Yoxall set out on Interstate 10 in the early morning on Jan. 12, he never imagined he would end up saving a life, and also taking one, he said.

The 43-year-old came to the aid of Trooper Ed Andersson, who was being attacked by a man on the side of the freeway at Milepost 89 near Tonopah.

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01
Feb
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Public housing project points to greater needs

THE AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND plays the national anthem at the grand opening of Madison Heights Jan. 25 in Avondale. Madison Heights is a 143-unit, low-income housing project. View photo by Jordan Christopher
THE AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND plays the national anthem at the grand opening of Madison Heights Jan. 25 in Avondale. Madison Heights is a 143-unit, low-income housing project. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Officials celebrate grand opening of Madison Heights

A 143-unit rental housing project for low-income residents that opened in October in Avondale is already full, and a waiting list of hundreds of families indicates there’s more demand for similar projects.

Public officials and the project’s developer celebrated the grand opening of Madison Heights on Jan. 26.

Tue
31
Jan
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Mother arrested after allegedly stabbing infant son to death in Buckeye

A 5-month-old boy died after his mother allegedly stabbed him Monday afternoon at their home in Buckeye, officials said.

Wed
25
Jan
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Avondale event featuring fine art, jazz

Work by West Valley artists will be on display, and a Valley jazz quartet will perform during the first cultural event of the year to be sponsored by the city of Avondale.

The Art Showcase Reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale.

It’s the first time Avondale has hosted such an event, which is part of an effort to add more cultural programs to the event calendar, according to organizer Stacey Lindsay, with Goosebump and Events.

Wed
25
Jan

Ground-breaking ceremony set for W. Valley Catholic high school

A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the next step in establishing the first Catholic high school in the West Valley.

The event will be at 10 a.m. Friday for St. John Paul II Catholic High School, which will be at 13720 W. Thomas Road in Avondale, next to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Future students, their families and community leaders are expected to participate in the program.

Wed
25
Jan
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Litchfield Park hosting annual fishing derby

From 650 to 700 anglers are expected to line Tierra Verde Lake when Litchfield Park hosts its annual fishing derby.

The Kiwanis Litchfield Park Winter Trout Derby on Saturday will be the first major event on the 4.5-acre lake, 301 S. Old Litchfield Road, since it’s been refilled following a construction project.

It’s a big family tradition for a lot of people,” said Tricia Kramer, special events coordinator in the city’s Community and Recreation Department.

Wed
25
Jan
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Most kidney donors don’t know who they’re helping

Most living kidney donations come from family members, but an increasing number of donations are coming from people who don’t know the recipient, according to the medical director of the kidney transplant program at Banner — University Medical Center in Phoenix.

More and more people are willing to donate, even though [the kidney] is not for their immediate family,” Dr. Alfredo Fabrega said. “More donate to anyone who needs it.”

Wed
25
Jan
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Donor says giving kidney was worth it

JORDAN COLLINS, 22, left, visits with Cristian Gonzalez, 23, last month in the hospital after donating her kidney to him. The Agua Fria High School graduates didn’t know each other before the operation. Submitted photo
JORDAN COLLINS, 22, left, visits with Cristian Gonzalez, 23, last month in the hospital after donating her kidney to him. The Agua Fria High School graduates didn’t know each other before the operation. Submitted photo

Jordan Collins remembers that when she was about 12 years old, she knew someday she would like to donate a kidney to someone in need.

Even then, she had a feeling for people and helping them out, she said.

Now 22, Collins got her chance to help someone in a big way when she donated a kidney last month to a man who happened to attend the same Avondale high school she did.

Wed
25
Jan

Avondale police issue sex offender notice

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

Bianca Vierra, 28, is living at a home in the 500 block of East Dee Street, southeast of MC85 and Fourth Street, police said.

Vierra is not wanted by any law enforcement agency, said Sgt. Thomas Alt, a police spokesman.

Wed
25
Jan
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3 men facing charges for illegal marijuana grow site in Tonopah

Three Phoenix men were indicted Jan. 17 in connection to an illegal marijuana grow operation near 571st Avenue and Centennial Road in Tonopah, according to court records.

Arturo Perez, 31, Jose Moreno, 31, and Jordan Sheldon, 25, were arrested Jan. 11 and accused of growing more than 250 pounds of marijuana, records state.

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