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Goodyear cops arrest 2 men in home burglaries case

Pair allegedly kicked down doors of houses to break in

Two men face burglary charges after allegedly breaking into multiple homes last month in Goodyear by kicking down the doors, court records state.

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Avondale misses out on All-America City Award

Sometimes it’s an honor just to be nominated.

Despite not winning an All-America City Award for 2016, Avondale officials involved in the effort said the experience was worthwhile.

We really thought we were going to win, but you never know,” said Mayor Kenn Weise, who led Avondale’s delegation at the National Civic League convention June 17-19 in Denver.

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County OKs permit for egg ranch equipment

Despite objections by neighbors of an egg processing operation, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department has approved a permit for additional equipment for Hickman’s Family Farms in Tonopah.

The department issued the air quality permit for eight emergency engines and two boilers at the Tonopah facility, which houses millions of chickens.

The permit was the subject of a public hearing in April, when opponents were led by the citizens group Save Tonopah Oppose Poultry Plant.

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Hundreds without power Sunday

About 800 customers in Waddell were without power for more than three hours Sunday during an excessive heat watch when temperatures reached almost 120 degrees in the Valley.

The outage occurred about 3:45 p.m. and power was restored by 7 p.m., said Steven Gotfried, a spokesman for Arizona Public Service Co.

It was caused by equipment failure resulting from overuse in the extreme temperatures, Gotfried said.

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Tonopah man arrested after dead dogs found on property

A DOG sits in a kennel after being rescued from a property in Tonopah where several dogs were found dead June 16. Submitted photo
A DOG sits in a kennel after being rescued from a property in Tonopah where several dogs were found dead June 16. Submitted photo

A Tonopah man was arrested June 16 following a three-month investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office into animal abuse and neglect, officials said.

Karl Giddings, 37, was booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail, where he faces charges of failing to provide shelter for an animal and failing to provide medical treatment to an animal, said Officer Courtney Palma, an MCSO spokeswoman.

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Goodyear man sentenced to 30 years on drug, firearm charges

A Goodyear man was sentenced June 13 to serve 30 years in prison for arranging to transport methamphetamine from Arizona to North Dakota, according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rocky Mayfield, 31, was found guilty by a federal jury Feb. 25 following a three-day trial for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the release stated.

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Convicted ‘Baseline Killer’ loses appeal

Convicted murderer Mark Goudeau lost an appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled June 17 to uphold his convictions and sentences.

Goudeau, 51, of Phoenix was convicted of nine counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in November 2011 for the slayings, including three in the West Valley.

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Buckeye man gets 25 years in murder of teen

Richard Burns Jr., 19, was sentenced June 15 in Maricopa County Superior Court to 25 years in prison for the 2015 death of a Buckeye teenager.

Burns pleaded guilty in April to the second-degree murder of 19-year-old Matthew Christensen, and his sentence was part of a plea agreement, according to Maricopa County Superior Court officials.

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3 die in wrong-way crash in Tonopah

Troopers suspect DUI as factor

Three people died June 17, and a fourth was critically injured when a wrong-way driver struck another vehicle on Interstate 10 near Tonopah, officials said.

Troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said they suspect impairment was a factor in the head-on collision.

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W.V. park closed for upgrades

Friendship Park project includes splash pad, picnic shelters, restrooms, landscaping

Construction on a $3.5 million renovation project at Friendship Park means that Avondale’s largest and busiest park that attracts walkers, anglers, children and ball players has closed for the summer months.

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