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Tue
12
Apr
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Battling bullying

MILLENNIUM HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE TAYLOR FULLER stands on her school’s track last December. The 16-year-old, who has been a victim of bullying, often uses running to deal with tough situations and stress. View photo by Jordan Christopher
MILLENNIUM HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE TAYLOR FULLER stands on her school’s track last December. The 16-year-old, who has been a victim of bullying, often uses running to deal with tough situations and stress. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Goodyear teen talks about trauma of torment

In fourth grade, classmates created clubs based on hating her and even wrote songs and books depicting her death.

That was just the beginning of the bullying for 16-year-old Taylor Fuller.

The next year, they made up the code name “Kaleidoscope” to secretly talk about her.

Mon
11
Apr
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West Phoenix youth leader accused of sexual conduct with a minor

 

A west Phoenix youth pastor was arrested April 9 for allegedly having sexual conduct with a 15-year-old church member, officials said.

Robert Jerez, 35, faces charges of sexual conduct with a minor and sexual abuse after allegedly having sex with the girl at least 10 times between November 2015 and January, court records state.

Thu
07
Apr
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Buckeye police arrest man in sexual assault case

A Buckeye man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a sexual assault reported at about 11:25 a.m. the same day near Miller and Maricopa roads in Buckeye, officials said.

Jeffrey Short, 36, was booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and faces several felony charges, including violent sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct with a weapon and sexual abuse, said Officer Tamela Skaggs, a spokeswoman with the Buckeye Police Department.

When police responded to the Buckeye house, they found the front door open and nobody was inside, Skaggs said.

A neighbor reported that a woman showed up at their house partially clothed and asking for help, and that a man fled the area at a high rate of speed, Skaggs said.

Buckeye police learned the man, later identified as Short, might be in the area of 35th and Southern avenues in Phoenix, and asked Phoenix police to assist with its helicopter, Skaggs said.

Wed
06
Apr
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Avondale’s KidFest returning Saturday

Children get an event all their own when the city of Avondale hosts a day of play that celebrates families.

KidFest will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale.

The free event will mark the debut of a new playground structure at the park, according to Christina Underhill, who helps oversee logistics for KidFest as part of her job as assistant director of Avondale Parks, Recreation and Libraries.

Wed
06
Apr
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MCSO makes 2 arrests in puppy mill case

Two people were arrested March 29 at their home in Tonopah in connection to a large puppy mill busted in November, when 129 animals were seized by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

Catherine Hutchison, 61, and Kevin Main, 54, face 208 charges each: 75 counts of failure to provide medical treatment and 129 counts of animal neglect, all misdemeanors, along with four counts of physical injury to an animal, a felony, said Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, a spokesman with MCSO.

Wed
06
Apr
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Desert Edge puts spin on classic musical

DESERT EDGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Kai Marayag and Melina De La Paz rehearse March 31 for the musical West Side Story, which will be performed Thursday through Saturday at the Goodyear school. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher
DESERT EDGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Kai Marayag and Melina De La Paz rehearse March 31 for the musical West Side Story, which will be performed Thursday through Saturday at the Goodyear school. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher

High school theater students performing West Side Story this week

When Cory Beal returned as theater director this year at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear and learned they’d be performing West Side Story in the spring, he decided to put his own spin on the classic musical.

Wed
06
Apr
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Bringing out the big guns

CARRIE LIGHTFOOT of The Well Armed Woman shoots a vintage World War II Howitzer cannon  with AZFirearms April 3 in Buckeye. The cannon was featured in the new movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher
CARRIE LIGHTFOOT of The Well Armed Woman shoots a vintage World War II Howitzer cannon with AZFirearms April 3 in Buckeye. The cannon was featured in the new movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Cannons used in Batman v Superman come from AZFirearms in Avondale

Batman and Superman may be the big guns of the superhero world, but an Avondale firearms shop was called on to provide some of the firepower for the movie about the clash of the titans.

AZFirearms supplied two vintage Howitzer cannons that are featured in a scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Wed
06
Apr
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Water line break shuts down 99th Ave. at Interstate 10 in Tolleson

A portion of a major thoroughfare in Tolleson was closed four days last week after a water line broke in the middle of the night.

Tolleson officials originally expected northbound 99th Avenue at Interstate 10 to be closed just a couple of days, but work took longer than planned, Utilities Director Mark Berrelez said.

The break to a 12-inch water line was reported at about midnight March 30 and shut down northbound 99th Avenue under the freeway until 7 p.m. April 2.

Wed
06
Apr
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Mayor promotes Avondale’s progress

AVONDALE MAYOR Kenn Weise speaks at the annual State of the City address March 30 at Main Event Entertainment in Avondale. View photo by Jordan Christopher
AVONDALE MAYOR Kenn Weise speaks at the annual State of the City address March 30 at Main Event Entertainment in Avondale. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Weise touts residential, commercial growth during State of the City address

Avondale’s residential and commercial growth is striking a balance for a future that the city’s mayor said could include high-rise office buildings, the return of a popular annual celebration and perhaps even national recognition.

Wed
06
Apr
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Officials investigating 3 fires in Avondale

Avondale officials are investigating after three fires broke out at unoccupied buildings within less than eight hours.

Firefighters responded to the first fire at about 7:20 p.m. March 28 at a mobile home near Fifth Street and Western Avenue, said Division Chief Ben Avitia, a spokesman for Avondale Fire-Rescue.

The mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and was a total loss, Avitia said.

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