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UPDATE: Man who allegedly shot woman at Best Buy in Avondale dies

A woman shot to death Monday at a Best Buy in Avondale has been identified by police as 26-year-old Melissa Mendez, an employee at the store and mother of two.

The alleged shooter, Henry Cota Jr., 27, also died Tuesday at a local hospital, said Officer Jaret Redfearn, a spokesman with the Avondale Police Department.

Police said there was a history of domestic violence between them.

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Leading the way in water

Goodyear strikes deal with SRP for CAP canal water

The Salt River Project and the city of Goodyear recently proposed and passed an agreement that won’t leave a salty taste in residents’ mouths.

The Goodyear City Council voted to approve a unique West Valley deal with SRP at its Jan. 23 City Council meeting to have Central Arizona Project water delivered through SRP’s system.

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Avondale lands Vitamin Shoppe distribution center

Coldwater Depot Center project to open this summer with more than 100 jobs

A new distribution center for a national vitamin supplement company is expected to employ more than 100 workers when it becomes operational in Avondale by the middle of the year.

The Vitamin Shoppe recently closed a deal for a 10-year lease on a 187,000-square-foot building in Avondale’s Coldwater Depot Center at Van Buren Street and 127th Avenue, according to Dan Davis, economic development director for the city.

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‘Minimum wage, maximum burden’

Proposition 206 hurts W.V. businesses, schools, business owners say

To raise, or not to raise the minimum wage, that is the question ...

That was one of the questions, anyway, on Election Day when Valley voters decided to raise the minimum wage by voting yes on Proposition 206.

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Feb
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MCSO investigating armed robbery carjacking, kidnapping in Tonopah

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a kidnapping, carjacking and armed robbery Monday in Tonopah that caused a nearby elementary school to stay on lockdown until 5:30 p.m., officials said.

At about 2 p.m., deputies responded to a reported robbery at the Wintersburg General Store near Wintersburg Road and Salome Highway in Tonopah, said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, a spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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UPDATE: 1 dead in shooting at Best Buy in Avondale

Police are investigating a shooting Monday at a Best Buy in Avondale that left one woman dead and the alleged shooter critically injured, officials said.

Officers responded at about noon to the store at 99th Avenue and McDowell Road for reports of shots fired, said Officer Jaret Redfearn, a spokesman with the Avondale Police Department.

Upon their arrival, officers found a man and woman inside the store with apparent gunshot wounds, and both were transported to local hospitals, Redfearn said.

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Avondale brothers accused of possessing child pornography

Two Avondale brothers are facing 10 counts each of sexual exploitation of a minor after child pornography was allegedly found on a computer in their home, according to court records.

Ignacio Molina, 37, and David Molina, 28, were arrested Feb. 15 at their house near Central Avenue and Buckeye Road in Avondale, records state.

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Teen’s car shot after alleged drug deal


A teen's car was shot early this morning on county land near Germann and Tuthill roads after an alleged drug deal. Photo by MCSO

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an early morning drug deal led to a shooting on county land near Germann and Tuthill roads, officials said.

The shooting was first reported to the Arizona Department of Public Safety at about 1 a.m. Wednesday after a 17-year-old reported he had been shot on Interstate 10, said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, an MCSO spokesman.

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Tonopah house fire under investigation

Arson investigators are looking into a “suspicious” house fire Sunday morning near 422nd Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Tonopah, officials said.

Deputies responded at about 9:45 a.m. and met with firefighters from the Tonopah Valley Fire District, who said the fire appears to have started inside the house, said Sgt. Calbert Gillett, a spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Phoenix man accused of driving past checkpoint

A Phoenix man was arrested Feb. 2 after allegedly driving through a security checkpoint at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Tonopah without stopping, court records state.

Carlos Gonzalez, 21, is facing one count of criminal trespassing at a nuclear structure, records state.

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