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Debris fire causes Avodnale outage

A debris fire that spread to a power pole caused an outage early Monday morning in an Avondale neighborhood, officials said.

The fire started at about 3:15 a.m. in a front yard near Madden Drive and Third Street, said Division Chief Ben Avitia, a spokesman with Avondale Fire-Rescue.

I don’t know if it was under remodel, but there was a lot of construction debris and trash and building materials in the front,” Avitia said.

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Kyle Petty leads charity ride through West Valley

KYLE PETTY, center, former NASCAR driver, poses for photos with fans April 30 as he and his team stop in Tolleson on their Charity Ride Across America. View photo by Ray Thomas
KYLE PETTY, center, former NASCAR driver, poses for photos with fans April 30 as he and his team stop in Tolleson on their Charity Ride Across America. View photo by Ray Thomas

Former NASCAR driver raising funds for camp for children with medical issues

More than 100 motorcyclists led by former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty roared into Tolleson and Litchfield Park over the weekend during their cross-country ride to raise funds for a camp for children with medical issues.

We’re here to raise some money and send some kids to camp,” Petty said Saturday during a dinner stop after the first day of the week-long journey.

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May
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Avondale installs directional signage

A WAYFINDING directional sign on the corner of Avondale Boulevard and Van Buren Street in Avondale points people to the Avondale Civic Center, Phoenix International Raceway and the Gila River. The sign, which was installed in February, is one of 26 planned wayfinding signs for the city. View photo by Jordan Christopher
A WAYFINDING directional sign on the corner of Avondale Boulevard and Van Buren Street in Avondale points people to the Avondale Civic Center, Phoenix International Raceway and the Gila River. The sign, which was installed in February, is one of 26 planned wayfinding signs for the city. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Wayfinding signs direct drivers to city's points of pride

Drivers in Avondale are getting a little extra help in getting around town with the installation of the first of a series of directional signs that are also part of the city’s branding efforts.

The appropriately named “wayfinding” signs started going up in February at key intersections, according to Tracy Stevens, Avondale’s development and engineering services director.

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04
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Model behavior

MADDY WELCH, 19, a former Goodyear resident, models for Chloe. The Millennium High School graduate has been modeling for about a year with photo shoots and runway walks taking her from New York and Paris to London and Milan. Submitted photo
MADDY WELCH, 19, a former Goodyear resident, models for Chloe. The Millennium High School graduate has been modeling for about a year with photo shoots and runway walks taking her from New York and Paris to London and Milan. Submitted photo

Former Goodyear woman building reputation on fashion runways

For someone who was never too interested in clothes and describes herself as “awkward,” Maddy Welch was surprised to develop a modeling career that’s taken her to the world’s fashion capitals.

It’s pretty crazy,” said Welch, 19, who graduated from Millennium High School in 2014, when she lived in Goodyear.

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May
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Debris fire causes power outage in Avondale

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A large pile of debris caught fire early Monday morning outside a home near Madden Drive and Third Street in Avondale.

A debris fire that spread to a power pole caused an outage early Monday morning in an Avondale neighborhood, officials said.

The fire started at about 3:15 a.m. in a front yard near Madden Drive and Third Street, said Division Chief Ben Avitia, a spokesman with Avondale Fire-Rescue.

I don’t know if it was under remodel, but there was a lot of construction debris and trash and building materials in the front,” Avitia said.

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Apr
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DPS director states Merritt still a suspect in freeway shooting case

While defense attorneys for Leslie Merritt Jr. continue to speak out in support of their client, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said he is still a suspect in the freeway shooting case despite all charges being dropped.

DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead spoke out today for the first time since Merritt’s release, and said the department is still investigating the case.

Thu
28
Apr
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Police investigate threats at 2 Avondale schools

Avondale police are investigating threats at two schools in the city, but say they don’t appear to be credible.

Officers responded today to La Joya Community High School, 11650 W. Whyman Ave., after learning about posts on social media regarding a shooting planned at the campus, said Karyn Morse Eubanks, a spokeswoman for the Tolleson Union High School District.

The posts were shared among students, and several of them alerted teachers about what was being said, Morse Eubanks said.

Wed
27
Apr
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W. Phoenix man accused of stealing from homeless facing more charges

A west Phoenix man accused in January of stealing social security benefits from the homeless is facing additional charges after more alleged victims came forward, officials said.

Sergio Solorzano, 42, was indicted by a grand jury on three additional felony charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft and faking the identity of another, according to a press release by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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27
Apr
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Derby party to benefit homeless youths

All the traditions of the Kentucky Derby will come to the West Valley for an event that will benefit an agency that helps homeless youths.

Racing for Hope, a benefit for Homeless Youth Connection, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Wigwam, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. The deadline is Friday to reserve tickets, which are $100.

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27
Apr
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Fiesta Avondale to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

WHAT: Fiesta Avondale.
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale
COST: Admission is free; food and beverage available for purchase
INFO: 623-333-2400

Entertainment, food and wrestling will be the main events when Avondale presents a cultural street festival celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

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