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Aug

F-35 declared ‘combat ready’

AN F-35 LIGHTNING II prepares to take off June 10 at Luke Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams
AN F-35 LIGHTNING II prepares to take off June 10 at Luke Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, on Aug. 2 declared the F-35A Lightning II to be “combat ready,” officials said.

I am proud to announce this powerful new weapons system has achieved initial combat capability,” Carlisle said in a press release. “The F-35A will be the most dominant aircraft in our inventory because it can go where our legacy aircraft cannot, and provide the capabilities our commanders need on the modern battlefield.”

Wed
17
Aug

Buckeye boy still missing

LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL wrap up their search for Jesse Wilson Aug. 11 near Interstate 10 and Miller Road in Buckeye. The 10-year-old Buckeye boy went missing from his home near Watson and Yuma roads four weeks ago. Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said the search was a recovery scenario, one of many the department was considering, and was not prompted by a tip. Searchers also combed an area near Southern Avenue and Rooks Road, but did not find anything. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI assi
LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL wrap up their search for Jesse Wilson Aug. 11 near Interstate 10 and Miller Road in Buckeye. The 10-year-old Buckeye boy went missing from his home near Watson and Yuma roads four weeks ago. Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said the search was a recovery scenario, one of many the department was considering, and was not prompted by a tip. Searchers also combed an area near Southern Avenue and Rooks Road, but did not find anything. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI assisted in the search efforts. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Police conduct secondary search for 10-year-old Jesse Wilson

Multiple police agencies returned last week to a field in Buckeye, playing out the worst-case scenario in the search for missing 10-year-old Jesse Wilson.

At about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 11, Buckeye police, along with the FBI and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, descended upon a desert area near Miller Road and Durango Street, about 2.5 miles west of where Jesse was last seen July 17 in his family’s home.

Wed
17
Aug

Avondale woman turns 100

ZELMA JARED of Avondale celebrates turning 100 years old during a Polynesian-themed party with family and friends Aug. 13 in Goodyear. View photo by Ray Thomas
ZELMA JARED of Avondale celebrates turning 100 years old during a Polynesian-themed party with family and friends Aug. 13 in Goodyear. View photo by Ray Thomas

Zelma Jared ‘keeps breathing’ into 2nd century

There’s not much left on Zelma Jared’s bucket list.

She’s visited every state in the union and traveled the oceans during four cruises.

She’s had rides on a camel and an elephant and floated in a hot air balloon.

Wed
17
Aug

Tolleson candidates face off

Community forum held Aug. 2 for City Council hopefuls

Seven candidates running for three city council seats in Tolleson and two facing off for mayor gathered Aug. 2 to answer voters’ questions during a forum at the Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain in west Phoenix.

Incumbents Lupe Leyva Bandin, Kathie Farr and Albert Mendoza and newcomers John Carnero, Donnie Gerhart, Herb Graham and Ralph Grijalva are all running for three council seats.

Thu
11
Aug

Search Continues

Law enforcement personnel wrap up their search for Jesse Wilson today near Interstate 10 and Miller Road in Buckeye. The 10-year-old Buckeye boy went missing from his home near Watson and Yuma roads three weeks ago. Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said the search was a recovery scenario, one of many the department was considering, and was not prompted by a tip. Searchers also combed an area near Miller and Rooks roads, but did not find anything. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI assisted in t
Law enforcement personnel wrap up their search for Jesse Wilson today near Interstate 10 and Miller Road in Buckeye. The 10-year-old Buckeye boy went missing from his home near Watson and Yuma roads three weeks ago. Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said the search was a recovery scenario, one of many the department was considering, and was not prompted by a tip. Searchers also combed an area near Miller and Rooks roads, but did not find anything. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI assisted in the search efforts. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Law enforcement personnel wrap up their search for Jesse Wilson today near Interstate 10 and Miller Road in Buckeye. The 10-year-old Buckeye boy went missing from his home near Watson and Yuma roads three weeks ago. Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said the search was a recovery scenario, one of many the department was considering, and was not prompted by a tip. Searchers also combed an area near Miller and Rooks roads, but did not find anything. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI assisted in the search efforts.

Wed
10
Aug

Police issue sex offender notice

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

Louie Gonzales, 29, is living at a home in the 900 block of East Centre Avenue in Buckeye, southwest of Apache Road and MC85, police said.

Gonzales is not wanted by any law enforcement agency, said Officer Tamela Skaggs, a Buckeye police spokeswoman.

In 2005, Gonzales was convicted in Colorado of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Skaggs said.

Wed
10
Aug

Sex offender notice issued

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

Louie Gonzales, 29, is living at a home in the 900 block of East Centre Avenue in Buckeye, southwest of Apache Road and MC85, police said.

Wed
10
Aug

Bicyclist hit by truck in west Phoenix

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A bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a pickup truck at about 5 a.m. Aug. 6 near 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in west Phoenix, officials said.

A man in his late 20s or early 30s appeared to be riding a bike in the middle of the intersection when he was hit, said Officer Courtney Palma, a spokeswoman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Wed
10
Aug

Litchfield to develop city center

Council negotiating to sign developer for downtown site

About 20 vacant acres in downtown Litchfield Park have the potential to become “the heart of the community,” according to consultants the City Council hopes to sign to plan and develop a city center project.

We’re now just in the starting blocks,” City Manager Darryl Crossman said of the project at the City Council’s Aug. 3 meeting.

Wed
10
Aug

Meet the Buckeye candidates

3 running for mayor; 7 running for 3 City Council seats

Buckeye has seven candidates vying for three open City Council seats in three districts and three candidates running for mayor in the Aug. 30 primary election. Early voting started Aug. 3.

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