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Body found in Buckeye canal


A body was discovered Sept. 23 in an irrigation canal on Miller Road, south of Hazen Roads in Buckeye. Photo by KPHO/KTVK

Police are investigating after a body was discovered Sept. 23 in an irrigation canal on Miller Road, south of Hazen Road in Buckeye, officials said.

The body was reported at about 4:35 p.m., and was found partially submerged in the water, said Officer Dan Hoffmeister, a spokesman for the Buckeye Police Department.

Police said the body is an adult, but had no further information regarding the sex, race, potential cause of death or how long the body was in the canal.

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Airsoft rifle found in Verrado student’s car

Police responded Sept. 22 to Verrado High School, 20050 W. Indian School Road in Buckeye, after it was reported that a student had an airsoft pellet rifle in his car on campus, officials said.

Initial rumors that the student threatened to kill someone and had assault rifles in his vehicle were untrue, said Dennis Runyan, superintendent of the Agua Fria Union High School District.

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Tractor catches fire in Buckeye

A tractor carrying herbicide caught fire at about 9:15 a.m. today near MC85 and Verrado Way in Buckeye, officials said.

No injuries were reported, and it’s unknown how the fire started, said Chief Bob Costello with the Buckeye Fire Department.

The tractor was a total loss, he said.

 

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F-35 from Luke AFB catches fire in Idaho

An F-35 from Luke Air Force Base experienced a ground emergency Sept. 23 while training at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, officials said.

The jet was preparing to conduct a training mission at about 9:20 a.m. Arizona time when a fire started in the tail section of the aircraft, said Lt. Col. Matt Hasson, a spokesman for Luke.

The pilot was able to eject, and the fire was extinguished quickly, Hasson said.

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Firefighters contain hay fire in Buckeye


Firefighters work Sept. 24 to contain a hay fire near SR85 and Broadway Road in Buckeye. Photo submitted by Buckeye Valley Fire District

Firefighters responded to a hay fire at about 1 p.m. Sept. 24 near SR85 and Broadway Road in Buckeye, officials said.

Upon their arrival, crews found a 30-foot by 50-foot row of hay bales burning near a barn and several other stacks of hay, said Capt. Cliff Turner, a spokesman with the Buckeye Valley Fire District.

Almost two dozen firefighters from Buckeye Valley and the city of Buckeye worked to keep the fire from spreading, Turner said.

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23
Sep

1 dead in Loop 303 crash

Loop 303 was closed for several hours early Friday morning at Interstate 10 in Goodyear after a fatal two-vehicle crash, officials said.

One person died after being ejected from a vehicle at about midnight in the southbound lanes on Loop 303, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The driver of the other vehicle complained of rib pain, and a passenger in that car was not injured, DPS said.

Thu
22
Sep
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Avondale man charged in wife’s 2015 death

An Avondale man was arrested Sunday on a second-degree murder warrant in connection to the December 2015 death of his wife, Maria De Jesus Lopez, 32, officials said.

Daniel Lopez, 36, has been charged with one count of manslaughter, police said.

On Dec. 16, 2015, officers responded to a home near Third Avenue and MC85 in Avondale for reports of a disturbance, and found evidence that somebody had been shot, police said.

De Jesus Lopez’s body was located two weeks later in a field near Yuma Road and Estrella Parkway in Goodyear, police said.

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22
Sep
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Avondale man declared competent to stand trial in Glendale teen’s murder

An Avondale man accused in the April 17 death of a Glendale teenager was declared mentally competent to stand trial Tuesday by a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner.

Aaron Ott, 19, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of 16-year-old Miguel Navarro near 65th Avenue and Mountain View Road in Glendale.

According to court records, Ott tried to steal an Xbox from the teen during a meeting they had set up. When Miguel refused to give up the gaming console, Ott allegedly shot him in the back and ran off.

Witnesses provided detectives with a possible description of the suspect, and Ott’s vehicle was also allegedly seen leaving the scene on multiple residential surveillance cameras in the area, police said.

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22
Sep

Buckeye man missing since Sept. 8


George Ogas

A Buckeye man has been missing since Sept. 8, and his sisters are asking for the public’s help to find him.

George Ogas, 69, was last seen leaving the Phoenix VA Hospital at 650 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

His sisters said he was supposed to take a cab, but security cameras at the hospital show him walking away.

Ogas is described as Hispanic, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds and having gray hair and brown eyes.

He has dementia and may be trying to get to California, which is where he is from, his sisters said.

If you have seen Ogas or know where he is, contact your local police agency.

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22
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Buckeye man faces felony charges for drug sales

A Buckeye man was arrested Tuesday after police served a search warrant and seized drugs, money and drug contraband from a home near Seventh Street and Beloat Road in Buckeye, officials said.

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