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Buckeye man sentenced to 18 years in teen’s death

Zakary Howard, 22, was sentenced July 1 in Maricopa County Superior Court to 18 years in prison for the 2015 death of a Buckeye teenager.

Howard pleaded guilty in April to the second-degree murder of 19-year-old Matthew Christensen, and his sentence was part of a plea agreement, according to Maricopa County Superior Court officials.

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Officer accused of sexual conduct with Lewis prison inmate

A correctional officer at the Lewis prison complex in Buckeye was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sexual contact with a male inmate, officials said.

Juan Ramirez Jr., 26, of Glendale was booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and faces two counts of unlawful sexual conduct, according to court documents.

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2 dead after man allegedly kills wife, shoots at police in Buckeye

Two people are dead after a Buckeye man allegedly killed his wife and then shot at police June 25 outside their home at Southern and 238th avenues, officials said.

The man died during the shootout with police, said Officer Dan Hoffmeister, a spokesman with the Buckeye Police Department.

Police have not released the couple’s names, but a fundraising site set up for their young daughters identifies them as Bill and Breanne Ferguson.

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Reminder issued on food safety

The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a warning to take extra food safety precautions when planning one’s July Fourth menu.

FSIS warns of the following:

Without refrigeration or a heat source, perishables should not be left out for more than two hours if the temperature is at or below 90 degrees Fahrenheit and only for one hour if the temperature is at or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the expected hot weather on July Fourth, food should be returned to a cooler or refrigerator within an hour.

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Avondale police looking for garage thief

A STILL SHOT from an Avondale resident’s home security camera taken June 13 shows a man police accuse of burglarizing several West Valley garages. Submitted photo
A STILL SHOT from an Avondale resident’s home security camera taken June 13 shows a man police accuse of burglarizing several West Valley garages. Submitted photo

Police are on the lookout for a man seen on surveillance video stealing from garages with open doors in Avondale and Phoenix.

Avondale resident Miles Bouchard caught the man on camera June 13 stealing his daughter’s $200 electric scooter out of their garage near 109th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

He’s not afraid. He’s not afraid of neighbors seeing, he’s not afraid of anything, just walking up there like he belongs in that house,” Bouchard said.

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Arizona legislator accused of defrauding food stamp program

A state representative whose district covers parts of the West Valley was indicted last month for alleged food stamp fraud, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

State Rep. Ceci Velasquez, D-District 29, faces felony counts of fraudulent schemes and practices, unlawful use of food stamps and theft. She was charged May 23 by the Arizona State Grand Jury, and the indictment was unsealed June 20.

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Avondale, Buckeye named Playful Cities

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Buckeye and Avondale have each been named a Playful City USA by the KABOOM! Playful City USA national program, which advocates for local policies that promote play activities for children.

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Single-car crash on Interstate 10 near Tonopah claims 2 lives

For the second Friday in a row, a fatal accident occurred on Interstate 10 near Tonopah, officials said.

At about 1:25 p.m. June 24, a vehicle with four people on board was traveling eastbound on I-10 near milepost 90 when it drifted into the left shoulder for an unknown reason, said Bart Graves, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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Man’s body found June 23 in Avondale

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Police are investigating after a man’s body was found at about 4:45 p.m. June 23 near Indian School Road and Santa Fe Trail in Avondale, officials said.

The man has been identified as William Gilliland, 44, of Phoenix, said Officer Ray Emmett, a spokesman for the Avondale Police Department.

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Police: Body found near W. Valley racetrack likely that of missing west Phoenix man

A body located June 23 near Phoenix International Raceway is likely that of a west Phoenix man who went missing earlier this week, police said.

Ramon Arvizo, 50, was last seen the morning of June 19 at his house near 85th Avenue and Buckeye Road, police said.

His family said Arvizo was depressed about a recent loss in the family, and was probably using an off-road vehicle in the Salt and Gila river bottoms.

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