Pinal County,

For the Record 06/15/21

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office reported the following people booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center:. Jason Lee, 49, was arrested on suspicion of failure to appear. Pedro Sanchez, 34, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unlawful imprisonment, two counts of domestic violence disruptive behavior-fighting, two counts...
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Pinal County,

Back to the Garden: Waiting for the Monsoon

According to the National Weather Service, monsoon season officially begins on June 15, which means we might expect to see rain, flooding, lightning, wind, and dust sometime in the next few months. But, we haven’t really had a monsoon for the past two years, so how do we proactively approach the summer months based on what has happened in our gardens and landscapes in recent years?
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Casa Grande,

CG Police working to ID body of woman found in desert

CASA GRANDE — Casa Grande Police are asking the public for help in identifying the body of a woman found on June 5. The woman’s body was found on Tank Road north of Ghost Ranch Road by a citizen who was passing by the area and saw it, according to officials. The woman’s features had decomposed past recognition. The cause of her death is currently unknown and officers do not know how long her body may have been in the desert.
Phoenix, AZPhoenix New Times

The Stak-able Era in the East Valley Has Come to an End

In 2016, Colton Grubb opened a fast-casual restaurant in downtown Gilbert based on his love of the "stak" — a method of eating he enjoys that involves, essentially, piling a bunch of types of food on top of each other in a large bowl. It was called Grubstak, and it...
Casa Grande,

191-unit SFR Development Planned for Casa Grande

Owner, Advanced Acquisitions, LLC, an affiliate of Cavan Companies, is looking to develop a new 191-unit bungalow-style rental community located at the SWC of Florence Boulevard and N. Via Del Cielo Road in Casa Grande. A request for Major Site Plan Review and Major PAD Amendment to the Los Prados...
Casa Grande,

Coates: Edging toward normal at a CG neighborhood diner

CASA GRANDE — Every table at the CookEJar had salt and pepper shakers. No longer stored away, as a pandemic caution. It was a sign. Normal was on the rebound. And the CookEJar embraced it. You just had to look around. Diners took to the tables and booths. Few wore...

Coolidge man faces charges after break-in at city office

COOLIDGE — A Coolidge man is facing burglary charges after he allegedly broke into the city of Coolidge Growth Management office in March. According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Brandon W. Clark, 36, is charged with one count of burglary. At 7:30 a.m. on March 19, a city of...

Why increase the speed limit?

I’m a resident of the Merrill Ranch 55+ community and the back of my house is adjacent to Felix Road. I have been in contact with the Florence Council, Mr. John Anderson, regarding the reasoning for increasing the speed limit from 35 mph to 45 mph. So far he has...
Queen Creek,

Queen Creek land auction attracting Samsung is postponed again

The auction of a parcel of state land in Queen Creek that Samsung is considering as an operations site has been postponed again. The approximately 915 acres is on the northwest corner of Ironwood Drive and Germann Road. The auction, which was set for Thursday, June 10, has been pushed back to Thursday, July 15. The auction had originally been set for April, but a lack of bidders has forced the postponements.

Downtown Chandler businesses feted for successes during challenging year

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke presented his annual State of the Downtown remarks, sharing information on recent growth in Downtown Chandler as well as development properties coming online in 2021 and 2022, including DC Heights, a 157-unit multi-family housing complex. DCCP Executive Director Mary Murphy-Bessler updated COVID-19 safety precautions implemented by...

Work Continues on Two Queen Creek (AZ) Fire Stations

Construction of two permanent fire stations continues underway for Queen Creek, reports The town currently has five fire stations. The two, new stations are identical in design and square footage. The new fire stations will be about 13,300 square feet total. The new buildings will be divided into three...

Arizona reports 423 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Arizona authorities on Tuesday reported 423 additional COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths from the virus. Pinal County reported 48 new cases, bringing the county total to 53,485. In all, Arizona has reported 887,569 cases and 17,779 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began. The number of people statewide hospitalized...

Coolidge man pleads guilty to arson

FLORENCE – A man accused of setting fire to a house in Coolidge has pleaded guilty to arson and will serve 10 years in prison. According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Jesus Leal-Gamino, 29, accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced on June 7 for arson. He received credit for 173 days served in the county jail.