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  • LETTER: Attorney questions actions of federal officials

    This is an open letter to FBI Director Comey and U.S. Attorney General Lynch.I am an attorney, admitted to practice law for 54 years at various times in California, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. The disgrace each of you have brought upon the legal profession cannot go unsaid. Your total disregard and abandonment of decency, respect for the law and even common sense, is difficult to understand.Your collective inability or unwillingness to understand and apply the meaning of the words “gross negligence” in the matter of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s violations of federal statutes regarding her “email/server” scandal is appalling.One definition of gross negligence is “the intentional failure to perform a manifest duty in reckless disregard of the consequences.” How Secretary Clinton’s behavior, which you define and accept as “extremely careless or reckless,” fails to meet the definition of gross negligence as set forth in the statutes is not comprehensible. Your failure to present the facts uncovered by the FBI to a grand jury demonstrates your collusion in ignoring evidence of her gross negligence. Your ruse of defining her conduct as careless or reckless rather than grossly negligent will earn you both negative placement in history.The high esteem in which each of you have been held in the past is deservedly diminished. What did it take to cause you to sell your souls to the Obama/Clinton machines?Paul Tatz

  • LETTER: Trump supporters do not care about the truth

    How can Trump call Hillary Clinton “Lying Hillary” when an independent fact-checking website, PolitiFact, rates her statements as being “Mostly True” or “True” more than 50 percent of the time?Compare that to Trump’s rating of “True” or “Mostly True” less that 10 percent of the time. His statements earn a “Pants on Fire” rating 20 percent of the time with “False and “Mostly False” statements accounting for almost 60 percent more.Obviously, those supporting Trump for president don’t care about the truth.Shirley McAllisterSun City

  • LETTER: Wastewater rate increase means subsidizing others

    There have been guest commentaries, letters and other information in the Sun City Independent the past few weeks concerning the full consolidation of the five EPCOR Water Co. wastewater districts.The bottom line is EPCOR’s proposal would mean that Sun City residents would end up subsidizing Anthem, Agua Fria, Mohave and Sun City West infrastructure! Sun City residents would have three rate increases in three years from the present rate of $22.11 to $41.02. That is a 54 percent increase!Sun City does not need to support these other communities.Join the Sun City Condominium Owners Association, Sun City Home Owners Association and PORA of Sun City West and vote against full consolidation (Dockett No. WS-01303A-16-0145). Send a letter, email or call the Arizona Corporation Commissioners and express your displeasure concerning this issue or it will cost you many dollars. Send letters to Arizona Corporation Commission, 1200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007-2996. Commissioner phone numbers are: Andy Tobin, 602-542-3625; Tom Forese, 602-542-3922; Doug Little, 602-542-0745; Bob Stump, 602-542-3935; and Bob Burns, 602-542-3682.Jerry WalczakSCCOA vice president

  • Brookdale Sandridge provides Shred-A-Thon in Sun City West

    Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge wiil offer a Shread-A-Thon from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7 in the parking lot in front of the community, 13810 W. Sandridge Drive, Sun City West.A shredding truck will be on-site and assistance with unloading documents will be provided. The event is free but donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.Refreshments and tours of Brookdale are also free.For information about the Shred-A-Thon or Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge call 623-584-2338.Sherri Williams is the sales and marketing director for Brookdale

  • Surprise hosts on-site prostate screenings Oct. 6

    Prostate On-Site Project will lead prostate cancer screenings in Surprise in conjunction with the city from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at 16081 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, will provide affordable prostate cancer screenings to men 40 years and older or younger if a history of prostate cancer runs in the family.Prostate Cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms. One in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime; if detected early, the course of treatment is less evasive and survival is nearly 100 percent possible.The event provides a PSA (prostate specific antigen) a non-fasting blood test, DRE (digital rectal exam), Testicular exam and physician consultation by a board certified urologist.Times maybe extended, or shortened as needed due to participation. Walk ups are welcome but registration is encouragedPOP accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield/Cigna/UnitedHealthCare. Specialist co-pay fees may apply. Medicare is not covered.

  • Peoria police seek public’s help in finding armed robbery suspects

    Peoria police are hoping the public can help them in finding two suspects connected to an armed robbery near the Sun Cities-area, according to a statement.On Sept. 26, at about 2:40 a.m., two unknown suspects entered a business located at 8955 W. Grand Avenue, in Peoria. The suspects entered the business via the north entrance.Suspect one immediately confronted and pointed a gun at the on-duty clerk. Suspect one demanded all the money from the register while suspect two walked behind the counter and obtained a known amount of U.S. currency. Suspect one then entered the rear office area and removed a large amount of documents and records, while suspect two remained with the clerk.The suspects exited the business and were seen getting into a black or dark colored Dodge Ram, 4-door pickup truck that was driven by another unknown male. The vehicle was last seen traveling southeast on Grand Avenue.The incident was captured on video surveillance and the suspect descriptions are as follows. To view the video, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaPoliceDepartmentArizona/videos/pcb.765516433590782/765515666924192/?type=3&theaterSuspect One: Black male, 20-30 years old, 5’7”-5’9,” 150-165 pounds, medium build. He was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white slipper type shoes. He was wearing gloves and his face was covered by a face mask and was armed with a black short barrel revolver handgun.

  • Brookdale Sandridge provides Shred-A-Thon in Sun City West

    Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge wiil offer a Shread-A-Thon from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7 in the parking lot in front of the community, 13810 W. Sandridge Drive, Sun City West.A shredding truck will be on-site and assistance with unloading documents will be provided. The event is free but donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.Refreshments and tours of Brookdale are also free.For information about the Shred-A-Thon or Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge call 623-584-2338.Sherri Williams is the sales and marketing director for Brookdale

  • Surprise hosts on-site prostate screenings Oct. 6

    Prostate On-Site Project will lead prostate cancer screenings in Surprise in conjunction with the city from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at 16081 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, will provide affordable prostate cancer screenings to men 40 years and older or younger if a history of prostate cancer runs in the family.Prostate Cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms. One in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime; if detected early, the course of treatment is less evasive and survival is nearly 100 percent possible.The event provides a PSA (prostate specific antigen) a non-fasting blood test, DRE (digital rectal exam), Testicular exam and physician consultation by a board certified urologist.Times maybe extended, or shortened as needed due to participation. Walk ups are welcome but registration is encouragedPOP accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield/Cigna/UnitedHealthCare. Specialist co-pay fees may apply. Medicare is not covered.

  • Peoria police seek public’s help in finding armed robbery suspects

    Peoria police are hoping the public can help them in finding two suspects connected to an armed robbery near the Sun Cities-area, according to a statement.On Sept. 26, at about 2:40 a.m., two unknown suspects entered a business located at 8955 W. Grand Avenue, in Peoria. The suspects entered the business via the north entrance.Suspect one immediately confronted and pointed a gun at the on-duty clerk. Suspect one demanded all the money from the register while suspect two walked behind the counter and obtained a known amount of U.S. currency. Suspect one then entered the rear office area and removed a large amount of documents and records, while suspect two remained with the clerk.The suspects exited the business and were seen getting into a black or dark colored Dodge Ram, 4-door pickup truck that was driven by another unknown male. The vehicle was last seen traveling southeast on Grand Avenue.The incident was captured on video surveillance and the suspect descriptions are as follows. To view the video, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaPoliceDepartmentArizona/videos/pcb.765516433590782/765515666924192/?type=3&theaterSuspect One: Black male, 20-30 years old, 5’7”-5’9,” 150-165 pounds, medium build. He was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white slipper type shoes. He was wearing gloves and his face was covered by a face mask and was armed with a black short barrel revolver handgun.

  • Brookdale Sandridge provides Shred-A-Thon in Sun City West

    Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge wiil offer a Shread-A-Thon from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7 in the parking lot in front of the community, 13810 W. Sandridge Drive, Sun City West.A shredding truck will be on-site and assistance with unloading documents will be provided. The event is free but donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.Refreshments and tours of Brookdale are also free.For information about the Shred-A-Thon or Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge call 623-584-2338.Sherri Williams is the sales and marketing director for Brookdale

  • Surprise hosts on-site prostate screenings Oct. 6

    Prostate On-Site Project will lead prostate cancer screenings in Surprise in conjunction with the city from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at 16081 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, will provide affordable prostate cancer screenings to men 40 years and older or younger if a history of prostate cancer runs in the family.Prostate Cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms. One in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime; if detected early, the course of treatment is less evasive and survival is nearly 100 percent possible.The event provides a PSA (prostate specific antigen) a non-fasting blood test, DRE (digital rectal exam), Testicular exam and physician consultation by a board certified urologist.Times maybe extended, or shortened as needed due to participation. Walk ups are welcome but registration is encouragedPOP accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield/Cigna/UnitedHealthCare. Specialist co-pay fees may apply. Medicare is not covered.

  • Peoria police seek public’s help in finding armed robbery suspects

    Peoria police are hoping the public can help them in finding two suspects connected to an armed robbery near the Sun Cities-area, according to a statement.On Sept. 26, at about 2:40 a.m., two unknown suspects entered a business located at 8955 W. Grand Avenue, in Peoria. The suspects entered the business via the north entrance.Suspect one immediately confronted and pointed a gun at the on-duty clerk. Suspect one demanded all the money from the register while suspect two walked behind the counter and obtained a known amount of U.S. currency. Suspect one then entered the rear office area and removed a large amount of documents and records, while suspect two remained with the clerk.The suspects exited the business and were seen getting into a black or dark colored Dodge Ram, 4-door pickup truck that was driven by another unknown male. The vehicle was last seen traveling southeast on Grand Avenue.The incident was captured on video surveillance and the suspect descriptions are as follows. To view the video, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaPoliceDepartmentArizona/videos/pcb.765516433590782/765515666924192/?type=3&theaterSuspect One: Black male, 20-30 years old, 5’7”-5’9,” 150-165 pounds, medium build. He was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white slipper type shoes. He was wearing gloves and his face was covered by a face mask and was armed with a black short barrel revolver handgun.

  • Former firefighter accused of sexual assault had checkered work history

    A former Phoenix firefighter who was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Glendale, had a spotty work record before he was fired.Jeffrey Charles Wilson, 52, was arrested Tuesday after tips from the public on a composite drawing led police to him. The victim was assaulted Sunday near 91st Avenue and Bethany Home Road.He has no bail and awaits a scheduled Oct. 7 preliminary hearing.The suspect was first hired Oct. 3, 1994 by the Phoenix Fire Department and had climbed his way up to fire captain by 2006.Then it seem to unravel, according to his disciplinary records provided by the Phoenix Human Resources Department following a public records request.He was suspended for 72 hours or three shifts — Dec. 16, 2009, Jan. 21, 2010 and Feb. 17, 2010 — following an investigation that substantiated two separate complaints involving inappropriate behavior and comments he made to women firefighters in 2008 and 2009, the report said.

  • Peoria police seek public’s help in finding armed robbery suspects

    Peoria police are hoping the public can help them in finding two suspects connected to an armed robbery near the Sun Cities-area, according to a statement.On Sept. 26, at about 2:40 a.m., two unknown suspects entered a business located at 8955 W. Grand Avenue, in Peoria. The suspects entered the business via the north entrance.Suspect one immediately confronted and pointed a gun at the on-duty clerk. Suspect one demanded all the money from the register while suspect two walked behind the counter and obtained a known amount of U.S. currency. Suspect one then entered the rear office area and removed a large amount of documents and records, while suspect two remained with the clerk.The suspects exited the business and were seen getting into a black or dark colored Dodge Ram, 4-door pickup truck that was driven by another unknown male. The vehicle was last seen traveling southeast on Grand Avenue.The incident was captured on video surveillance and the suspect descriptions are as follows. To view the video, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaPoliceDepartmentArizona/videos/pcb.765516433590782/765515666924192/?type=3&theaterSuspect One: Black male, 20-30 years old, 5’7”-5’9,” 150-165 pounds, medium build. He was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white slipper type shoes. He was wearing gloves and his face was covered by a face mask and was armed with a black short barrel revolver handgun.

  • Front porch festival brings trappings of autumn to downtown Glendale

    Celebrate the autumn season at Glendale’s Front Porch Festival and Old Towne Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 with a variety of activities, sales and much more.The historic district will delight visitors, with more than 80 shops that will welcome all on their lawns and front porches, with demonstrations, crafts and more. There will also be a contest among the merchants for the “Favorite Scarecrow” decoration.Guests will be encouraged to vote for their favorites, to be entered to win a basket full of treats and goodies. The business that receives the most votes will get a blue ribbon and of course, bragging rights.The event will kick-off a donation drive for Treats for Troops, a program that sends care packages to deployed military in partnership with the Military Family Support Group. Items needed include:• Candy, snacks (nothing that will melt)• Small canned food and fruit (pop-top lids)

  • Flip Flippen names Country Meadows Elementary a showcase school Monday

    Flip Flippen, founder of the Flippen Group, will visit Country Meadows Elementary School, 8409 N. 111th Ave., in Peoria all day Oct. 3.Flippen will visit the campus and its nearly 1,200 students as they are one of only 11 schools nationwide to receive the Flippen Group’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School award for 2015-16.As part of the award, Principal Val Barrett will present another school with a "Love It Forward" gift certificate, worth up to $30,000, for staff training. Flippen’s visit is to personally congratulate the staff of both schools for their award and has a full-day agenda planned.Monday's itinerary includes:• 8:20 to 8:40 a.m. – Flippen will greet students/families at the front of the school• 8:40 to 9:10 a.m. – Flippen will tour the school and interact with teachers and students

  • Peoria police seek public’s help in finding armed robbery suspects

    Peoria police are hoping the public can help them in finding two suspects connected to an armed robbery near the Sun Cities-area, according to a statement.On Sept. 26, at about 2:40 a.m., two unknown suspects entered a business located at 8955 W. Grand Avenue, in Peoria. The suspects entered the business via the north entrance.Suspect one immediately confronted and pointed a gun at the on-duty clerk. Suspect one demanded all the money from the register while suspect two walked behind the counter and obtained a known amount of U.S. currency. Suspect one then entered the rear office area and removed a large amount of documents and records, while suspect two remained with the clerk.The suspects exited the business and were seen getting into a black or dark colored Dodge Ram, 4-door pickup truck that was driven by another unknown male. The vehicle was last seen traveling southeast on Grand Avenue.The incident was captured on video surveillance and the suspect descriptions are as follows. To view the video, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaPoliceDepartmentArizona/videos/pcb.765516433590782/765515666924192/?type=3&theaterSuspect One: Black male, 20-30 years old, 5’7”-5’9,” 150-165 pounds, medium build. He was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white slipper type shoes. He was wearing gloves and his face was covered by a face mask and was armed with a black short barrel revolver handgun.

  • Growth issues on ballot, population to play heavily in Peoria election

    Population growth is forcing residents to pay close attention to their ballots for this year’s general election, Nov. 8.The city’s population is about 162,000, based on a mid-decennial census conducted in 2015, a growth of about 5 percent from 2010 to 2015. Additionally, the city has seen the population increase about 50 percent since 2000.Two tax-related items on the ballot will address keeping up with this growth.Proposition 400 is asking voters to fund amenities in the city such as in public safety, open space, recreation and other quality of life enhancements for about $146 million, through a 0.4 percent sales tax increase.Also, the Peoria Unified School District is asking voters to approve a $198 bond to fund the future needs of students that include the construction of two new schools, improvements to existing ones and transportation as well as new technology. The bond would be paid for through an annual increase in property taxes of $102.48 on a $138,000 home.Officials from the city and PUSD say the passage of these measures are integral to the future of Peoria.

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