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Build it and they will come

AN ARTIST’S RENDERING shows what Marionneaux Elementary will look like once built. The newest school in the Buckeye Elementary School District is under construction at Roeser Road and 238th Lane in Buckeye, and is expected to open for the 2017-18 school year. Submitted rendering
AN ARTIST’S RENDERING shows what Marionneaux Elementary will look like once built. The newest school in the Buckeye Elementary School District is under construction at Roeser Road and 238th Lane in Buckeye, and is expected to open for the 2017-18 school year. Submitted rendering

New elementary school under construction in Buckeye

It looks harder to say than it actually is, Marionneaux Elementary — pronounced Mary-in-no — is the newest addition being built in the Buckeye Elementary School District, and will be as unique as its name.

The 15-acre campus on Roeser Road and 238th Lane in Buckeye broke ground Oct. 4, 2016, and is still in the construction phase. It is scheduled to be up and running by the 2017-18 school year beginning in August.

Fri
10
Mar
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Crime spree involving 6 suspects ends in West Valley

A crime spree that started early Friday morning and traveled throughout Phoenix and Glendale ended up in the West Valley at 107th Avenue and Camelback Road, officials said.

It started at about 1 a.m. at 55th Avenue and Osborn Road in Phoenix when six people in a Chevrolet Tahoe confronted some people at Marivue Park, said Lt. Wayne Dillon, a spokesman with the Phoenix Police Department.

At least two of those suspects had guns. One of them had a shotgun. One of them had a handgun,” Dillon said.

Fri
10
Mar
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Liberty superintendent gets vote of confidence

School board supports Rogers despite complaints from parents

The Liberty Elementary School Board has given a vote of confidence to its superintendent, who has been the subject of criticism by a group of parents who claim he is mismanaging the district.

The 3-1 vote of support for Superintendent Andrew Rogers came during a special board meeting Thursday night after the board spent almost two hours in executive session.

Wed
08
Mar
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Unsafe levels of lead found in drinking water at Tolleson Union High School

A program launched earlier this year to test for lead in drinking water at schools across Arizona found that samples from Tolleson Union High School were higher than recommended levels.

Screenings were conducted Jan. 28 at the campus by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and school officials were notified March 3 about the issue.

Wed
08
Mar
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Police seek help identifying robbery suspect

Phoenix police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect in a Feb. 18 armed robbery at a smoke shop in west Phoenix.

Just before 10 p.m., a man walked into the High City Smoke Shop, 8350 W. Lower Buckeye Road, pointed a black long-gun at the store’s clerk and demanded all of the money from the register, police said.

Wed
08
Mar

Buckeye Police issue sex offender notice

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

Silvestre Hernandez, 27, is living at a home in the 21500 block of West Durango Street, southwest of Verrado Way and Yuma Road, police said.

Hernandez is not wanted by any law enforcement agency, said Detective Tamela Skaggs, a police spokeswoman.

Wed
08
Mar
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3 rescued from flooded roadways

An elderly man was rescued at about 8:45 p.m. Feb. 28 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
08
Mar

Flooding postpones Tres Rios Festival

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

The event, originally set for March 4-5, will be held April 1-2 at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale.

Wed
08
Mar
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Bomb threat made at W. Valley zoo

Facility evacuated during search

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a bomb threat was reported at about 4 p.m. March 4 at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Waddell, officials said.

The threat was called in to Dillon’s, a restaurant attached to a building in the aquarium, said Kristy Morcom, the zoo’s director of media relations.

Wed
08
Mar
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Man accused of shooting DPS vehicle facing attempted murder charge

A man accused of shooting a marked Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle is facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, prohibited possessor and aggravated assault against a peace officer, officials said.

Luis Aldana, 29, allegedly shot at a DPS vehicle after the trooper attempted to stop him March 2 in a residential area near 107th Avenue and Lakeshore Drive in Avondale, said Raul Garcia, a spokesman for DPS. The trooper returned fire as Aldana fled.

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