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Craig Wismer elected Arrowhead Justice of the Peace

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:15 am

Arrowhead Justice of Peace

Tony Behrens                   320

Debra Boehlke                  2,395

Jana Gunn                        1,387

David C. Hickman             1,377

Francisco Meneses            65

Patrick H. Montgomery      18

George L. Mothershed       61

Craig Wismer                   4,860

Richard A. Young              271

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    SURPRISE, Ariz. --  The Surprise Police Department is investigating several incidents involving a subject calling residents claiming to be a police officer with the City of Surprise, police officials said Monday in a warning to residents about the scam."The subject advises the resident that they have an arrest warrant that will be activated unless they pay the fine immediately," stated Sgt. Mike Donovan, a department spokesman, in a news release."The resident is directed to obtain a money order or pre-paid credit card at a local store, and then call back to provide the necessary information for the subject to access the money. The subject tells the resident that they have 30 minutes to provide the information to access the money, or the warrant will be activated.Donovan said investigators have determined the calls are a fraudulent attempt to obtain residents' money."The Surprise Police Department would like to clarify that no police officer would make such a request of its residents and recommends that residents do not provide confidential information over the phone."Any resident receiving a suspicious call of this nature is requested to immediately contact the Surprise Police Department at 623-222-4000.

  • Veterans heal through art program

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  • Arts council finds improved HQ in former Heard West site

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  • MCSO: Crash leaves elderly driver injured

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  • Sheriff: 7 new MCSO Dist. 3 deputies will be 'big help'

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  • EPCOR wastewater district study could impact thousands of users

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  • Discover what happens in Vegas first hand

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  • Sheriff: 7 new MCSO Dist. 3 deputies will be 'big help'

    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Residents in the Sun Cities and throughout unincorporated Maricopa County’s northwestern segment will see faster responses, likely receive more attention in criminal investigations and, in general, probably find it easier to contact a sheriff’s deputy now that seven new officers have been added to the force patroling the Sheriff’s Office District 3.“This will help out. It is a large area. This makes a big difference for us,” said Sheriff Joe Arpaio after swearing in the seven newest district deputies during a brief ceremony and news conference at the District 3 substation in Surprise Monday.The six men and one woman bring to 70 the district’s contingent, including deputies, detectives and administrative and clerical personnel, according to Dist. 3 Cmdr. Bill VanAusdal.  With three new deputies added in October 2013, the district force is virtually where it was before the recession of 2008-2009 forced county officials to curtail hiring in the Sheriff’s Office and other areas of the county work force.The district also has added 11 new vehicles over the past year or so.County Supervisor Clint Hickman of Goodyear, who represents the area served by MCSO’s District 3, said attracting new business to the West Valley cannot be realized without a stronger county law-enforcement contingent.“We (the five supervisors) wanted to make sure we’re making this a healthy organization before we started blocking and tackling when we build the next building, build the next library. We need to make sure the single most important thing we do is law enforcement. Myself and the other board members felt strongly we were being a little underserved when it came to law enforcement,” he said.

  • Glendale police to award man who assisted in suspect's arrest

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  • HealthSouth rehab liaison earns companywide recognition

    Carolyn Monson, LPN, rehabilitation liaison at HealthSouth Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, was honored with HealthSouth’s companywide Outstanding Employee Achievement Award in Birmingham, Ala., last week.She was one of only six finalists out of 23,000 HealthSouth employees to be recognized and honored with this award. Award winners are selected based on their performance in four areas: contributions to extraordinary patient experience, team spirit and cooperation, commitment to continuous quality improvement and going above and beyond the call of duty. The process began with each of the 103 hospitals honoring a hospital employee of the year. The six finalists were named at the regional level and the one overall winner was named by the company.Monson started her career at HealthSouth Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital two years ago. She was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young and then enrolled in school to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She enjoys her role as liaison and providing support and comfort to patients at their bedside. Her dedication to her patients and their families in her role at HealthSouth put her in the spotlight as a finalist.“Carolyn has the ability to touch each patient as if they were her own family,” said Beth Bacher, CEO at HealthSouth Valley of the Sun. “Her gift for taking the burden or worry off of our patients during a time of crisis results in her serving as a true advocate for their healthcare course.”In her role at the hospital, she serves as rehabilitation liaison and likes that she wears many different hats. She acts as a social worker, case manager, educator, nurse and hand-holder. She likes to think of herself as a support system for patients by giving out her phone number for patients to call at any time and treating every patient as someone’s parent, sibling or child.Outside of work she enjoys volunteering for the American Red Cross and its disaster team, playing with her granddaughters and reading paperback books.

  • Closing arguments slated in Glendale officer's death case

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  • PD: Peoria toddler left in car while mom slept inside home

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  • Woman to discuss fire that almost claimed her life, two others at Peoria condo

    PEORIA, Ariz. -- One of three survivors who narrowly escaped a condo fire last month will speak for the first time publically about the experience while reuniting with the first responders who saved her life.Brooklynn Castellanos, 19, will address media during an appearance at Peoria’s Public Safety Complex Thursday morning, department spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said in a news release Tuesday.“Ever since the June 29 fire that trapped three 19-year-olds in their small bathroom, there has been a lot of interest by the media to talk with the victims and the crews who helped rescue them,” Jacinto stated.Castellanos was huddled in her bathroom near 107th and Northern avenues with her roommate and boyfriend trying to survive the fire as it burned through her home. She called 911, reporting the fire and called for rescue. She then called her father, a Peoria firefighter, and stayed on the phone with her parents until she lost consciousness, Jacinto said.Crews arrived in time to rescue all three victims, and, through their advanced life-saving efforts, all of the teens survived.All three were recently released from hospitals and are at home, showing great progress in their recovery, Jacinto said.

  • Peoria Education Foundation extends fundraiser

    The Peoria Education Foundation has extended an opportunity for community members to help Peoria Unified School District teachers and students.By donating $25 to the Peoria Education Foundation, you can provide support to Peoria Unified staff and students for the upcoming school year. Donate by July 25 and receive a brand new backpack. Parents and community members can even sponsor a child who might not have a new backpack by making a donation and specifying that it go to a student in need.Backpacks will be available for pickup in one of three colors at the District Administration Center at 6330 W. Thunderbird Road. This is a limited time offer. To make a one-time donation and enrich the lives of the students and teachers within the district, follow this link: http://www.peoriaedfoundation.org/domain/31.Since 1987, the Peoria Education Foundation has offered grants to teachers in the Peoria Unified School District to enhance the educational experience of students. The Foundation is an IRS designated 501(c)(3). Last school year, the foundation distributed $28,000 in grants to support a wide variety of programs and technology needed in classrooms and $13,000 was given to students pursuing their secondary education.

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