Friday, January 31, 2014

Police Log

Last night Globe Police arrested 26 year old Armando Garcia-Cristobal for domestic violence/disorderly conduct and criminal damage in connection with a previous incident.

26 year old Randall Philpot was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal damage at a business on Baseline Spur.

25 year old Jacob Falquez was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The Gila County Drug Task Force arrested 40 year old Sash Felice Stroud on a warrant for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Robert S. Ashford of Globe passed away January 28 at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa. He was 69. He is survived by his wife JoAnn; his son Kevin Ashford of Miami; and his daughter.
Visitation for Robert Ashford is tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass is at 10:00.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church.

Claudina Logan of San Carlos passed away January 28 at Select Specialty Hospital in Phoenix. She was 61. She is survived by her sister Louella Hosay; and her brothers Harold and Anthony Logan.
The wake for Claudina Logan is Monday (February 3) at 4:pm at the Louella Hosay residence. The funeral is Tuesday at 1:pm at San Carlos Miracle Church.

BBB Warns About Phone Scam

The Better Business Bureau is warning about a telephone scam where computers are calling thousands of cell phones, letting them ring once and then hanging up.

The BBB says if you call back, you’re charged $19.95 and put on hold. If you stay on the line, you get charged another nine dollars a minute.

Experts say don’t return calls to numbers you don’t know. Don’t pick up the phone if you don’t know the number.

If you get scammed, contact your phone provider right away.

Yahoo Email Names and Passwords Stolen

Yahoo has announced that user names and passwords of its email customers have been stolen.

Yahoo doesn’t say how many have been stolen. But Yahoo is the second largest email service worldwide with over 273 million accounts.

'Coffee with the Chief'

Globe’s new Police Chief Tim Truett will host “Coffee with the Chief” on Saturday (February 1) at 10:am.

It will be held at Bernard’s Coffee Station and CafĂ© on West Ash Street.

This will be an open forum  about whatever community members wish to discuss. Chief Truett will also talk about his vision for establishing a volunteer program at the Globe Police Department.

Rabies Warning for Young Area

Gila County Rabies Control has issued a rabies warning for the Young area in northern Gila County.

A wild grey fox in the Parker Creek area near Young tested positive for rabies this week.

If you are heading  there, be aware of your surroundings. Observe wildlife from a distance. Keep your pets on a leash if you see any animals acting abnormally.

Rabid animals may show no fear of people and may even be friendly or overly aggressive.

If you or a loved one are bitten by an animal, or if you come in contact with an animal’s saliva, wash the exposed site immediately with soap and water. Report the bite to local animal control or health officials as soon as possible.

The number for the Gila County Health Deprtment is 928-402-8811.

4-H Enrollment Deadline February 1

The deadline to enroll in 4-H is Saturday, February 1.

Enrollment is now only available online. To enroll click here.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gila County Health Department Hours for Vaccinations

Starting Monday, February 10, the Gila County Health Department will provide immunizations on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2 to 4:pm by appointment only.

Walk-in vaccinations are still available from 8 to 11:am, and all day on Wednesdays.

US House Passes Extension of PILT

The farm bill that has just passed in the US House of Representatives includes a one year extension of the federal program known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). The program compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax.

Local governments—including Gila County—use the money for services like police and fire protection, and road maintenance.

Police Log

Globe Police arrested 40 year old Manuel Varela on a child support warrant, and a probation violation warrant for possession of stolen property and misconduct involving a weapon.

46 year old David Reveles was arrested on a child support warrant.

Mesa Police arrested 25 year old Ruben Mageno of Claypool on a failure to appear warrant for trafficking in stolen property, criminal damage and theft.

Gila County Responds to Report of Improper Disposal of Documents

The Gila County Superior Court sent out this press release yesterday:

Citizens of Gila County 
I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the recent news of improper disposal of court related documents that aired on Channel 3 as well as the local radio station 101.9 on January 28, 2014. As you may know, the documents are sensitive in nature. They should have been treated with the utmost care and attention. There are protocols in place to ensure that this occurs. The protocol obviously did not occur, and information was viewed by the public and exposed to those who might want to utilize the information for ill will. 
I want to apologize for our failure to conduct our work in a manner that ensured that privacy rights are upheld for everyone. I can assure you that the error has been corrected, at least from the Court side. I understand the bewilderment of the citizens of Gila County over how such an act could occur. My answer to that is twofold. One, there was a breakdown in communication and second, additional training for staff is necessary. 
The Gila County Superior Court prides itself on holding ourselves to higher expectations and results. We are committed to quality and best practices. As the Chief Probation Officer and Court Administrator, I am saddened that mistakes were made, but the fact that we made a mistake does not slow my resolve for transparency. We will continue to work to provide the service that Gila County deserves and we will continue to hold ourselves accountable, like the citizens of Gila County expect. Again, on behalf of the Superior Court, I want to apologize for our error in judgment to each of you. Thank you for your time.

                  Kendall Rhyne CPO/Court Administration
                  Gila County

CBS5 Video Shows Suspect Had Hands Raised When He Was Shot


Eloy Police say that the fatal shooting on January 14 after a 45 minute car chase  was justified.

Manuel Orosco Longoria was alleged to have stolen a car in Casa Grande. He was shot by a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy after the chase ended in Eloy. Witnesses told police that Longoria said he had a weapon and wouldn’t be taken alive, but no weapon was found.

Sheriff’s officials say Longoria refused to obey verbal commands and reached into his car just before the deputy fired. Last week Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu  said this appeared to be a case of suicide by cop.

However, a cell phone video shown on KPHO CBS5 in Phoenix shows that one deputy fired the fatal shots after Longoria raised his hands over his head, appearing to surrender. The video also shows that another deputy lowered his weapon after Longoria raised his hands.

It turns out that the stolen car actually belonged to Longoria’s sister, who reported it stolen when he didn’t return it on time.

CBS5 says the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting even though it occurred within the jurisdiction of the Eloy Police Department. The deputy that opened fire has already been cleared to return to duty.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Personal Information Found in Globe Dumpster

Last week a visitor to Globe found piles of personal information in a recycling bin. The documents included court paperwork with names, birth dates and social security numbers. There were also juvenile criminal histories and personal mental health histories.

The woman—who prefers to remain anonymous-- told 3TV in Phoenix about it. They contacted Gila County Court Administrator and Chief Probation Officer Kendall Rhyme.

Rhyme says he believes the documents were mistakenly recycled instead of shredded. He says both he and Gila County as a whole will make sure everyone understands how to properly discard such important documents.

EPA Proposes Pollution Controls at Freeport Miami Smelter and 5 Other Facilities

The US Envornmental Protection Agency is proposing pollution controls at six facilities in Arizona to improve visibility at national parks and wilderness areas.

The EPA is proposing a plan to limit emissions such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide at facilities including Freeport McMoRan’s Miami smelter and ASARCO’s Hayden smelter.

The EPA estimates this would reduce sulfur dioxide by almost 30,000 tons a year and nitrogen oxides by 3,100 tons a year.

The EPA will hold public hearings on February 25 in Phoenix and on February 26 in Tucson. The agency will accept comments for 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Police Log

Last night Globe Police arrested 30 year old Brandon Benton for aggravated DUI and use of marijuana.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office arrested 26 year old Levi Packard on a failure to appear warrant for DUI.

The Graham County Sheriff's Office arrested 28 year old Annette Henry of Peridot on a failure to appear warrant for unlawful use of means of transportation.

Mesa Police arrested 38 year old Ryan Dayton of Globe on a warrant for burglary and theft.


Lifelong Miami resident Erlinda C. Briones passed away Monday (January 27) in Chandler. She was 91. She is survived by 4 daughters; her son; her brother; and 9 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Rosary for Erlinda Briones is Thursday, January 30 at 9:30am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Mass is at 10:00.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Miami School Board Meets Tonight

The Miami School Board meets tonight (Tuesday) in the Miami High School Library.

Supervisors Meet Today

The Gila County Board of Supervisors meets this morning (Tuesday) at 10:am.

The agenda includes information about the County Manager’s Strategic Blueprint for 2014.

The Supervisors will consider a resolution requesting that Congress restore Payments in Lieu of Taxes funding for fiscal year 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

'Legends of Superior Trail Ecotourism Festival' February 8

The “Legends of Superior Trail Ecotourism Festival” is on Saturday, February 8. It starts at 9:am.

The events include guided hikes, group equestrian rides, a group mountain bike ride, a barbecue luncheon and an evening ghost walk in downtown Superior.

The Festival will be held at the Magma Club in Superior.

Police Log

Yesterday the Gila County sheriff's Office arrested 59 year old Larry Channell on a child support warrant, criminal damage, endangerment and disorderly conduct.

A juvenile was arrested on Saturday for domestic assault, disorderly conduct and underage consumption.

Miami Police arrested Jordan Tarango on a warrant for disorderly conduct.

38 year old Bashan Solomon was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Scottsdale Police arrested 44 year old Benedict Tellez of Globe on a warrant for burglary and theft.

The Department of Public Safety in Phoenix arrested 51 year old John Pearce of Claypool on a failure to appear warrant for misconduct involving weapons and possession of a stolen firearm.

On Friday Globe Police arrested 19 year old Alexander Luz for domestic violence/disorderly conduct and criminal damage. Luz was also arrested for domestic violence/assault in connection with a previous incident.

42 year old Carlos Aguirre was arrested for theft of means of transportation and fraudulent schemes after he was involved in a hit and run collision on Highway 60.


Johnny Magdaleno Rubalcava passed away Friday (January 24) in Scottsdale. He was 79. He is survived by his wife Thelda; 2 daughters;3 sons; 3 sisters; his brother; 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Visitation for Johnny Rubalcava is Wednesday (January 29) at 9:am at the LDS Claypool Chapel. The funeral follows at 10:am.

Miami Council Meets Tonight

The Miami Town Council meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30.

The Council will consider awarding the Bullion Plaza Gym Management Services contract to Miami Genesis, Inc.

They will consider authorizing the Miami Arts Commission to use the Barcon Building, Veterans Memorial Park and other areas for the Miami “Art Walk” at the end of April.

The Council will direct Town staff to prepare a resolution and take necessary action concerning the Alternative Expenditure Limitation.