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Construction Phase of Pinal County Courthouse Renovation Underway

With the interior demolition complete and the architectural design finalized, the next and biggest step of the renovation of the 1891 Courthouse is now underway – interior construction.

“Considering the age of this building, it will be a very sensitive project.  It is not typical of our past projects where we build from the ground up.  You have to plan this properly, it means taking extra care during demolition and construction but this is an exciting time,” said construction project manager Archie Carreon.

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Car Wash Benefiting the Family of Tristan Sutton

A car wash is being held Sunday July 15th from 8am to noon at BASHAS’ GROCERY STORE - 5310 S. Superstition Mtn. Drive - Gold Canyon, Arizona to help raise money for funeral expenses and hospital bills for little Tristan Kyler Sutton who received his Angel Wings June 6, 2012 at 1:22am.

  • Free Food and Beverages
  • Generous Donations to Help Raise Money to Set up a Memorial Fund in Tristan's Honor will be raffled

“We celebrate his life and, although we will miss him and his winning smile everyday. He will remain forever in our hearts.” Mrs.Sutton

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County Voter ID Cards

Laura Dean-Lytle, Pinal County recorder, would like to inform voters in Pinal County that voter identification card will be issued to all active registered voters throughout the county within the next week.  

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Martyn’s ‘Truth Squad’ Under Investigation

Julie Nunley, CEO Banner Ironwood


A Pinal County political group headed up by Pinal County Supervisor Bryan Martyn is under investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to determine if the organization violated state campaign-finance laws.

The group, known as the “Pinal County Truth Squad,” organized in February in an effort to influence the outcome of the 2012 city election in the Town of Florence. 

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Brother of Fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry to Speak at PCSO Peace Officers Memorial Service

Peace Officers Memorial pictured outside the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Florence

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a very special guest will speak at the 2012 Peace Officers Memorial Service outside the Sheriff’s Office this Thursday, May 10th.

Kent Terry, brother of the late Brian Terry, will serve as the guest speaker during the service.

Brian Terry, a US Boarder Patrol Agent, was killed in the line of duty after he and fellow Border Patrol agents with the elite tactical BORTAC team were engaged while patrolling Peck Canyon, in Pima County, Arizona; eleven miles from the Mexican border.

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Desert dumping a problem for San Tan Valley, Pinal County, says officials

A map of where Hunt Highway and Magma Road intersect in San Tan Valley where desert dumping has been a reported problem.

The San Tan Valley area off of Magma Road and Hunt Highway has been a known problem area for over a year, acting as both a site of illegal desert dumping and target practice, according to officials.

The desert area, near Johnson Ranch, has caught the attention of the Pinal County Sheriff ’s Office, and San Tan Valley citizens. Shooting is an ongoing problem in that area, said PCSO Public Information Officer Elias Johnson.

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Truth, justice, etc.

Paul Babeu is going to run for a second term as sheriff.

Yep, he’s fallen from grace in the Congressional race and now has his sights lowered to reelection. Expect the announcement soon. Perhaps this week.

Overall, Sheriff Babeu raised $144,000 for his Congressional campaign during the first quarter of 2012. That topped his two Republican opponents and gave Babeu bragging rights in Congressional District 4.

That’s the good news for Babeu.

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From the Desk of Supervisor Pete Rios


Residents of District 1,

It seems that things seem to slow down during the summer months, but here in Pinal County the summer means we are heading into a busy time of the year.

Our 2011-2012 fiscal year comes to end in the beginning of July.  We are in the process of developing a new budget for 2012-2013.  I can tell you now the county will not raise the tax rate for this fiscal year.  As a matter of fact we may reduce it by 10 or 20 cents per hundred dollar assessed valuation.

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From the Office of Supervisor Pete Rios

On June 20, the Board of Supervisors adopted a fiscal year 2012-13 budget of $334,515,835. This is a budget that is six percent lower than last year’s budget. 

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Juror Appreciation Week in Pinal County First Week in May

The First week in May in Pinal County as been officially proclaimed by the Board of Supervisors as Juror Appreciation Week. The Clerk of the Superior Court, Chad A. Roche, ap- proached the Board to secure the proclamation that honors Jurors who answer the call to Jury Service.

“The right to a jury of one’s peers is a concept that anchors the American justice system,” Roche said. “It is a vital duty and privilege of citizenship,” he continued. The Clerk’s office plans on highlighting the im- portance of Jury Service throughout the week.

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ASU Head Coach Todd Graham to appear at Florence Chamber event

Todd Graham, the head coach of Pittsburgh, is ASU's 23rd football coach.

Todd Graham, first-year head football coach at Arizona State University, will appear at the Florence Holiday Inn Express as the featured guest of the Florence Chamber of Commerce during its monthly luncheon, May 15 at noon. The lunch and program, "Speaking Victory," is presented by the chamber, the ASU Sun Devil Club, and the ASU Foundation President's Community Enrichment Programs.

"We have a large number of Sun Devil fans in the Florence area, and I’m looking forward to meeting as many as I can,” said Graham, who is 49-29 in his six-year head coaching career and most recently was head coach at Pittsburgh in 2011. “Getting together with the Florence Chamber folks is a great way we can continue to spread the word about ASU and our football team.”

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Supervisors Appoint Ronald LeDuc to Interim Constable of Apache Junction Justice Court

Mike Speakman, Family Education Coach

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Gold Canyon resident Ronald LeDuc to fulfill the remaining term as Constable of Apache Junction Justice Court Precinct Seven.

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Supervisor Bryan Martyn Stepping Down

Pinal County District 2 Supervisor Bryan Martyn, announced that he would be stepping down from his current position, and accepting the position as the next director of Arizona's state parks system.

He will be replacing interim Director Bill Feldmeier.

Martyn was elected as one of the three members of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in 2008.

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Stolen PCSO Weapons

On 05-09-12, around 4:30 a.m., an unknown person(s) broke in to an unmarked Pinal County Sheriff’s Office vehicle parked at a residential address in Casa Grande and stole the following items:

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House, Senate Pass Resolution Supporting Proposed Rail Project Coalition of Advocates Key to Rallying Support

Julie Nunley, CEO Banner Ironwood

The Union Pacific Railroad first announced plans to construct a classification yard in the Picacho area in 2006.  Last month, Arizona’s state Senate and House approved a resolution in support of the project.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 1044, sponsored by Senator Al Melvin, (SCR1044) passed the House with a 46-4 vote and passed the Senate 19-9.   

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Former Vice Mayor Eck Files Notice To Sue Sheriff Babeu

Malicious prosecution suit arises from 2009 ‘road rage’ incident in Apache Junction

A Notice of Claim was filed on April 23, 2012 on behalf of Robert Eck, Jr., Robert Eck III and Cynthia Eck for more than two million dollars in damages from Sheriff Paul Babeu and Pinal County for “maliciously ordering the filling of unfounded criminal charges against Robert Eck, Jr.”

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Sheriff Babeu Honors AZ City Teens Who Helped Save Woman’s Life

Pictured left to right are Deputy Jason Carnes, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Antonio Ramirez, Salvador Morreno and Chief Deputy Steve Henry.

Sheriff Babeu recently honored two Arizona City teenagers for helping to save a woman who was discovered lying unconscious in front of a residential home.

On April 27th, Salvador Morreno, 11, found the woman near South Huntington Road and Benito Drive in Arizona City. As Morreno tended to her, he flagged down Antonio Ramirez, 15, who called 911.

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Apache Junction Suing County

Casa Grande joins in suit, allege County withheld funds

The cities of Apache Junction and Casa Grande are suing Pinal County and County Treasurer Dolores J. Doolittle for withholding tax increment financing (TIF) funds since Oct. 28, 2010.

“As a result, the cities have been impoverished by the failure of the County to distribute the TIF funds,” according to the lawsuit dated June 19, 2012.

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Alarm Permits in Pinal County Top 15,000 for First Time

A local business in Florence is armed with an alarm and permit issued by the PCSO Alarm Unit.

Call it a by?product from being one of the fastest growing counties in America, the number of homes and business with alarm permits in Pinal County has grown to over 15,000 for the first time since permits were issued in 2003.

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AJ Hospital Founder Dies In Small Plane Crash In NM

Dr. Robert Siegel, the man most responsible for bringing a hospital to Apache Junction, was honored with the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News

Cardiologist Dr. Robert Siegel piloting private plane

A prominent Valley cardiologist and founder of the Apache Junction Hospital (Arizona Regional Medical Center) died in the crash of his small private plane near Las Vegas, New Mexico on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012.

Dr. Robert M. Siegel, 63, was killed in the crash reportedly after experiencing engine problems shortly after refueling and taking off from the Las Vegas airport.

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