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Tue
10
Jan

Missing Avondale man returns home

An Avondale man reported missing Dec. 28 returned home Sunday, officials said.

Ricky Rice, 44, was unharmed and in good health, said Sgt. Thomas Alt, a spokesman with the Avondale Police Department.

During further investigation, there were no signs of foul play and it was determined Mr. Rice left the area under his own free will,” Alt said.

 

Tue
10
Jan
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Boy found wandering alone in Tonopah

A young boy who was found wandering alone Monday morning near Indian School Road and 368th Avenue in Tonopah has been reunited with his mother, officials said.

A resident called deputies at about 8:15 a.m. after finding the 7-year-old boy on the side of the road wearing only a blue long-sleeve shirt and a diaper, said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, a spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were unable to communicate with the boy, who is autistic, Enriquez said.

Thu
05
Jan
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Goodyear man accused of sexual conduct with underage client

A Goodyear man was indicted Dec. 30 on five counts of sexual conduct with a minor, according to court records.

Edwin Lobos, 45, who owns a record label and promotional company, is accused of having sexual conduct with a 17-year-old client at least three times between August and October 2016 at his home near Cotton Lane and Lower Buckeye Road in Goodyear, records state.

Wed
04
Jan

Former Westview High School student pleads guilty to making threats towards campus

A former Westview High School student pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges relating to threats made last October toward students and faculty at the Avondale campus, officials said.

Alonzo Vargas, 18, of Goodyear entered a guilty plea for interfering with and threatening an educational institution, according to the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Wed
04
Jan

Hazmat crew looking for ammonia leak at fertilizer plant in Buckeye


Hazmat crews are searching for an ammonia leak at Fertizona near State Route 85 and Baseline Road in Buckeye. Photo by KPHO/KTVK

Firefighters responded at about 5:45 a.m. today to Fertizona near State Route 85 and Baseline Road in Buckeye after employees reported a strong ammonia smell, officials said.

Employees were evacuated, and a hazmat crew is working to locate the cause of the leak, which may take some time because there are several mobile agricultural tanks on site, said officials with the Buckeye Valley Fire District.

Wed
04
Jan

The art of hunting

KALEN PEARSON, a falconer with Falcon Force, holds Mr. Crowley, a 2-year-old Barbary falcon, before removing his hood for flight Dec. 1 at Duncan Family Farms in Goodyear. Falcon Force specializes in falconry-based bird abatement. View photo by Jordan Christopher
KALEN PEARSON, a falconer with Falcon Force, holds Mr. Crowley, a 2-year-old Barbary falcon, before removing his hood for flight Dec. 1 at Duncan Family Farms in Goodyear. Falcon Force specializes in falconry-based bird abatement. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Goodyear farm uses birds of prey to remove pests

Click to see video of the Falconer: http://bit.ly/2ikC8Jk

Falcons take flight in the friendly skies at Duncan Family Farms in Goodyear, where falconer Kalen Pearson was hired to rid the farm of crop-destroying birds.

Wed
04
Jan

Police looking for missing Avondale man

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The Avondale Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find an endangered missing resident.

Ricky Lee Rice, 44, has been missing since 8 p.m. Wednesday and is believed to be driving a black 2011 Toyota Camry with Arizona license plate BVB3570.

Wed
04
Jan
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Avondale man accused in mother’s death

Man allegedly told police he’s a paranoid schizophrenic

An Avondale man was arrested Dec. 27 after allegedly stabbing his mother to death in their home near Avondale Boulevard and Durango Street, officials said.

Wed
04
Jan

Buckeye Police Department earns CALEA accreditation

The Buckeye Police Department was formally presented with its accreditation award Nov. 5 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The organization’s mission is to accredit public safety agencies who are found to be in compliance with an established set of professional standards and consistently demonstrate excellence in their policies, procedures and practices.

Wed
04
Jan
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Goodyear hospital offers new stent technology

A TRADITIONAL METAL STENT is shown Nov. 21 next to a newly developed absorbable stent, which is being implemented at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear. The hospital is among the first in the Valley to use the new stent, which is similar to dissolving sutures. View photo by Jordan Christopher
A TRADITIONAL METAL STENT is shown Nov. 21 next to a newly developed absorbable stent, which is being implemented at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear. The hospital is among the first in the Valley to use the new stent, which is similar to dissolving sutures. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Abrazo West Campus implanting absorbable stents

People in the West Valley who need a stent to open a blocked artery have a new option in fighting heart disease, the leading cause of death among men and women.

Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear is among the first hospitals in the Valley where doctors are installing a new version of stents that are absorbable, similar to dissolving sutures.

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