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Semi rolls on freeway ramp

The freeway ramp from southbound Loop 101 to eastbound Interstate 10 was blocked for almost two hours June 16 when a semitrailer rolled over at about 11 a.m., officials said.

The driver lost control, and the semi rolled onto its side, blocking traffic, said Quentin Mehr, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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Judge orders release of former shooter suspect’s gun, car

In a ruling June 17, Judge Warren Granville ordered the release of a gun and vehicle owned by former freeway shooting suspect Leslie Merritt Jr., and stated they be returned to him June 30.

The former Avondale man was arrested in September 2015 in connection to four of the 11 shootings that had occurred on Interstate 10.

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Track coach gets probation for fondling student

A former track coach was sentenced June 17 to 16 years of supervised probation for fondling a student athlete last year in Buckeye.

Gabriel Campos, 36, of Surprise was arrested in March 2015 for groping and fondling the 16-year-old girl at a park outside of school hours, records stated.

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Man found dead in store parking lot

Cause of death still under investigation

A 29-year-old man was found dead in his car June 14 at a Walgreen’s parking lot at 107th Avenue and Indian School Road in Avondale, officials said.

Police identified the man as Felix De La Paz of Litchfield Park, said Officer Ray Emmett, a spokesman with the Avondale Police Department.

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Buckeye lands national manufacturer

Cardinal IG expected to bring in 100 jobs by 1st quarter 2017

Buckeye will be the new home of a national glass manufacturing company’s production facility, the first large-scale economic development project in the city in more than 20 years.

Cardinal IG, a subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries based in Eden Prairie, Minn., has purchased land just north of downtown Buckeye to build a 200,000-square-foot facility to manufacture energy efficient insulating glass for window and door companies for residential use.

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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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