Monday, October 28, 2013

Local domestic violence shelter receives charity quilts

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts presented their most recent labor of love, a total of 105 hand made quilts, to Against Abuse, LLC at their business meeting on October 22, 2013. Against Abuse Board of Director, Torri Anderson was in attendance to accept the donation as well as provide an update on the building project.

Blanket Coordinator, Brenda Campbell said: “The 105 quilts were completed by our small group of 32 ladies during our August Charity Challenge where each member is encouraged to make two quilts for donation – but it appears that some ladies just couldn’t stop at making just two. This brings our total of available quilts just over 250.” Although Anderson could not provide an exact number of children that would be in the shelter each week, she indicated that there were 30 children in the Casa Grande center this month. “This means that we may need to recruit more members, or seek donations of fabric, batting, and supplies to keep up with the expected demand.”

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween decorating contest entries announced

Halloween is right around the corner and the contestants for the City of Maricopa's Mysterious Mansion Mayhem are busy decorating for the occasion. From creepy ghosts and goblins to magnificent pumpkins and lighting displays, this year's entries will be worth visiting on Halloween.

There are 16 homes in the house decoration contest and one in the haunted house category. Judging will be completed on October 28th with winners announced before Halloween.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Maricopa man may face criminal charges over prank

A Maricopa man may face criminal charges over a prank pulled on a co-worker who was serving on a Pinal County grand jury.

On Wednesday, October 16th, detectives from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office were called to the County Attorney’s Office regarding a threats case.

Monday, October 21, 2013

New City Hall formally dedicated on City's tenth birthday

The City of Maricopa celebrated its tenth birthday in style Tuesday night by formally dedicating their new 45,000 square-foot City Hall and Council Chambers.  The event was attended by not only current City staff and officials, but many familiar faces from the past returned to celebrate as well.

The evening started off with a sunset ceremony which included the raising of the United States and Arizona flags for the first time at City Hall (with some "technical difficulties"), comments from Maricopa Mayor Christian Price, City Manager Trisha Sorensen, Development Services Director Bob Goodhue, and officials from the architects and contractor of the facility, and finally the ribbon-cutting!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

PCSO looking for "investigative lead" in connection with Maricopa, Stanfield vehicle thefts (Updated)

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating an investigative lead connected to two stolen vehicles recently discovered at a residence in Casa Grande.

On Saturday, October 12th, PCSO was called by an individual who wanted to provide information related to a stolen vehicle. The reporting party said that she had heard through rumors on the street that an individual by the name of Zeppelin Anderson (age 42 of Casa Grande) was driving around in a stolen Dodge Ram truck.

Monday, October 14, 2013

City celebrates tenth birthday with photo contest

The City of Maricopa is holding a digital photography contest to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the city's incorporation.

On October 15th, 2003, Maricopa became Arizona's 88th municipality. That community of 1040 residents is today a city of over 45,000! The Shutter Shots digital photo contest is designed to capture all of the beauty, nuances and charm of Maricopa and its surrounding areas during a 24-hour period. It is a day in the life immortalized through digital photography so that in 20 years there is a collection of photos that illustrate what the city looked like in 2013.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

City celebrates its founding at Stagecoach Days

Maricopa’s Stagecoach Days celebration, sponsored by Orbitel Communications, kicks off on Saturday October 19th at Pacana Park. Stagecoach Days is the annual celebration of the city's founding and cultural heritage.

Whether you are a senior cowboy or a little buckaroo, this year’s festivities offer fun and games for all ages. The children will fly high in the Kids Corral, an interactive area of the festival with 10 inflatable bouncers and a rock climbing wall. Unlimited Corral passes can be purchased for $3 at the entrance gate. For kids those who love furry friends, a petting zoo and pony rides are also available at no charge.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ultra-Star Ak-Chin hosting kick-off event for Scottsdale Showdown

The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle transforms its amphitheater into a country festival for all ages on October 11th at 5:00 pm as it hosts a Western-themed event in anticipation of the upcoming Scottsdale Showdown.

Maricopa Community Theatre holding auditions for next production

Maricopa Community Theatre will begin holding auditions tomorrow for their next production, which will run in January and February.

MCT is looking for 21 cast members for Pride and Prejudice, a Victorian romantic comedy based on Jane Austen's original novel. Auditions will be held October 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, and 19th at MCT's new facility, 41600 West Smith-Enke Road, Building #12, Suite #129.

Dusty day across the desert

Winds from a passing cold front kicked up dust across the state, reducing visibility on local roads and causing at least one accident on State Route 347, north of Maricopa.

A Dust Storm Warning remains in effect until 9:00 pm tonight and there is a 40% chance of rain in the overnight hours.

(Photo: Howard Waggner/Maricopa Community News)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Maricopa Police begin training on strangulation detection

Detectives and patrol officers from the Maricopa Police Department have become the first in Pinal County to receive training on the signs and symptoms of strangulation as part of a new program initiated by the Pinal County Attorney's Office.

In three separate training sessions, MPD personnel will hear from nurses from the forensic nurse examiner unit within Scottsdale Healthcare. Among the signs and symptoms officers will learn to observe include changes in the victim’s voice, difficulty swallowing, a swollen tongue or neck, changes in the victims mental state – highly emotional, PTSD, memory loss, nightmares, etc, bruises behind the ears, and petechiae, which are ruptured blood vessels appearing on the surface of the skin as red spots. 

Arizona and Nevada to host public meetings for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study

The Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation will host a series of five public meetings this month to present the range of alternatives under consideration for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor and provide the results of the preliminary analysis.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Suspect in custody for stabbing two juveniles

A Maricopa man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident last month in south Hidden Valley.

On Saturday, September 21st, around 11:30 pm, deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff's Ofiice responded to the reported stabbing of a 14-year-old male victim in the 600 block of South Tusa Road.