Friday, July 5, 2013

Gila County Fair Committee Meeting

The Gila County Fair Committee meets Tuesday (July 9) at 6:pm at the Chamber of Commerce.

The topic of this month’s meeting is the Events Roster.

Miami School Board Meets Monday

The Miami School Board meets Monday night (July 8) at 6:30 in the Miami High School Library.


Visitation for John Castaneda, Sr. is tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:30am at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Rosary is at 10:30 and Mass is at 11:00.

DUI Checkpoint Tonight

The Gila County DUI Task Force is conducting a DUI enforcement checkpoint tonight (Friday) from 8:pm until 2:am on Highway 70 at the High Desert Middle School intersection.

The DUI Task Force is made up of officers from the Department of Public Safety, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, and the Globe, Miami and San Carlos Police Departments.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to identify and remove intoxicated drivers from the highway.

In addition to the checkpoint, roving patrols are working throughout the county over the holiday weekend.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4 Activities at Globe Pool

The Globe Community Center Pool has scheduled some fun activities for July 4. They include a pole run, 3 legged racing in the water, whiffle basketball, and diving for sodas and quarters.

The pool opens at 1:pm.

Police Log

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was called last night when a bear was seen in a yard on Cobb Avenue.  The bear was tranquilized and removed from the area without further incident.

A man fled on foot from a traffic stop last night. 34 year old Angel Martinez was apprehended a short time later by Globe Police. He was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony flight. Martinez also had two outstanding warrants for probation violation and another one for criminal trespass. Further investigation showed that Martinez was also the suspect in a robbery that occurred earlier in the day. He was taken to the Gila County Jail.

22 year old Soane Folau was arrested late last night on North Broad Street for criminal nuisance.

24 year old Patrick Taraba was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of larceny.

Officers are investigating a domestic disturbance that occurred on Main Street; an assault reported at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center; a report of threats and intimidation at a business on Highway 60; and a burglary on Cedar Street.

31 year old Michael Ontiveros turned himself in to the Gila County Sheriff’s Department. He was charged with domestic violence/aggravated assault in connection with a dusturbance on Monday.

41 year old Gina Benavidez was arrested at a traffic stop for aggravated DUI.

Deputies are investigating criminal damage at Four Star Mobile Home Park and a theft at Sunrise Mobile Home Park.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 year old Sierra Flores of Miami on a failure to pay warrant for attempted shoplifting.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Annual Fireworks Display July 4 at 9:PM

The annual Freeport-McMoRan fireworks display will take place tomorrow (July 4) beginning at 9:pm.

The fireworks display will be atop the historic tailings off Highway 60, across from Walmart.

Globe Library Closed July 4

In honor of Independence Day, the Globe Public Library will close today (Wednesday) at 5:30 and will be closed all day tomorrow (July 4).

The library will reopen on Friday at 9:am.

AAA Offers 'Tipsy Tow' Service for Fourth of July

Once again AAA is offering its Tipsy Tow service during the Fourth of July holiday.

Between 6:00 tonight (Wednesday) and 6:am tomorrow (Thursday, July 4), drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 1-800-222-4357.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles.

Kirkpatrick Launches Grants Resources Web Page

District One Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has launched an online page to help small businesses, nonprofits and municipalities seek grants.

The Grants Resources page can be found on Kirkpatrick’s House of Representatives website at

The page introduces Kirkpatrick’s grants specialist Cathy Melvin who is based in the Globe Distict Office.

Kirkpatrick’s district offices will present a series of grants workshops this summer beginning in Casa Grande on August 13 and in Globe on August 20.

Globe Man Rescued After Four Days in Oregon Snowstorm

An Oregon newspaper reports that a Globe man was rescued by a search and rescue team on June 20 after being stranded for four days in a snowstorm.

The Register-Guard reports that 57 year old Rip Stouffer had been planning to hike alone to California by the Pacific Crest Trail. He had warm clothing, food and water but was not prepared for the severe winterlike weather and snow accumulations.

He used his tent for a shelter and hunkered down until he was able to call for help. When the rescue team found him he was cold but unhurt.

(Thanks to Don Nash)

Police Log

Yesterday Globe Police arrested two people after a domestic disturbance on Yuma Street. 52 year old Anna Martin and 35 year old Artisha Sanchez were both charged with domestic violence/disorderly conduct.

57 year old Elmer Martin of Queen Creek was arrested late last night at a business on East Ash for use of dangerous drugs.

44 year old Todd Foerster was arrested yesterday during a followup investigation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

38 year old inmate Samuel Robertson was served a failure to pay warrant for criminal nuisance.

Officers are investigating a report of a domestic disturbance on Saguaro Drive.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 year old Alexander Murphy of Minnesota at a residence in Country Club Manor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies are investigating a report of child abuse taken at a residence on Pinal Canyon; a report of a domestic disturbance taken at a residence on El Camino; a theft at the Claypool Circle K; a burglary from a storage shed at Holiday Hills Mobile Home Park; a theft at a residence on Remington; and criminal damage to a vehicle on Copper Street.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Eight, PBS is Upgrading Translators

Eight, Arizona PBS is upgrading its translators in several rural areas, including Globe-Miami.

The service upgrade will bring  free over-the-air access to Eight HD programming in full high definition video. It also provides free access to Eight’s other digital channels. In addition, the coverage area will be expanded, up to four times larger in some cases.

The scheduled on air date in Globe-Miami is July 23.

Eight, Arizona PBS will conduct a series of community informational events to show how to receive the additional digital channels and to demonstrate the enhanced quality of the digital signal.

You can also find information at

Fires on Tonto National Forest

A couple of small wildfires are burning on the Tonto National Forest.

The Haystack Fire is 23 miles northeast of Globe and 2 miles west of Haystack Butte.

The Arnett Fire has burned 3 to 5 acres. It is five  and a half miles southeast of Superior and east of Highway 177.

Police Log

Yesterday Globe Police arrested 34 year old Jessica Lara for assault at a residence on Baseline Spur.

38 year old Samuel Robertson was arrested for trafficking in stolen property, burglary and possession of dangerous drugs.

55 year old Esperanza Swinney was charged with telephone harassment.

28 year old Briana Kolinek was arrested for false reporting to law enforcement.

25 year old Korwin Smith was arrested on a warrant for criminal trespass.

Officers are investigating a theft from a vehicle at a residence on East Maple; a theft at a residence on Anderson Street; a report of trespassing at a business on South Broad Street; and trespassing at Cobre Village Apartments.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft at Miami High School; a theft of tools from a vehicle on Vernon Street; and theft of a large container of coins at a residence on Short Avenue.

Supervisors Meet Today

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets today (Tuesday) at 10:am at the Gila County Courthouse.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Chambers Named State Bar First VP

Deputy Gila County Attorney Bryan Chambers has been elected to serve as First Vice President of the State Bar of Arizona. Chambers was elected June 18 at the annual meeting of the State Bar.

As first vice president Chambers will automatically become president elect in 2014-15 and then state bar president in 2015-16. It is believed that he will be the first attorney from Gila County to serve as state bar president.

Chambers has been with the County Attorney’s Office for nearly 21 years and has served under five different County Attorneys.

Police Log

An accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound was reported late Saturday night at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center.

Nobody was hurt in a two vehicle collision last night on Ash Street. One of the drivers was found to have an outstanding Maricopa County assault warrant. He was taken to the Gila County Jail.

No injuries were reported in two separate hit and run accidents on Saturday.

Canyon Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in Ice House Canyon. One person was issued a citation for burning during a burning ban.

Globe Police responded to a residential alarm early this morning on Santee Street. 27 year old Jesse Castaneda and 21 year old Angel Cutter were arrested for burglary.

50 year old Lyle Pahe was arrested yesterday afternoon for shoplifting at a business on East Ash.

34 year old Joe Dejong was arrested Saturday evening for domestic violence/disorderly conduct after a disturbance on Euclid Loop.

Two people were arrested on Saturday at a business on South Hill Street. 52 year old Annette Afterbuffalo was charged with shoplifting and 49 year old Doreen Francisco was charged with criminal trespass.

A juvenile was issued a referral for shoplifting at a business on Highway 60
Officers are investigating shoplifting at a business on Hill Street and a burglary on South Second Street.

On Saturday the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28 year old Jessica Morales for domestic violence and disorderly conduct after a disturbance on Lower Glendale.

29 year old Mark Lopez was arrested on Friday for use of a dangerous drug, use of marijuana and warrants for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, child support and shoplifting.

29 year old Esequiel Flores was arrested on a failure to pay warrant for disorderly conduct.

49 year old Richard Baca was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

A burglary report was taken at a residence on Huie Street.

19 Firefighters Die in Yarnell Fire

Nineteen firefighters  died yesterday in a fast-moving wildfire  at Yarnell, near Prescott in Yavapai County. More than 200 homes have been destroyed.

The fire was caused by a lightning strike on Friday and spread to at least 2,000 acres by early Sunday. Triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds caused the fire to burn out of control. As of 3:00 this morning (Monday), the fire has tripled in size to 6,000 acres.

Eighteen of the firefighters were from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots. It’s unclear where the other victim was based.

The 19 deaths is the greatest loss of life for firefighters in a wildfire since 1933. It is the deadliest day for US firefighters since 9/11.

About 200 firefighters are fighting the fire, which has also forced the closure of parts of State Route 89. The fire is 0% contained.