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Avondale man sentenced to 23 years for meth distribution in Missouri

An Avondale man was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in federal prison without parole for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Springfield, Mo., according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri.

Michael Ayala, 38, pleaded guilty July 5 to participating in a conspiracy to distribute meth, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and participating in a money-laundering conspiracy, the release stated.

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Arizona legislator gets probation for food stamp fraud

An Arizona lawmaker was sentenced today to one year of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty in October to one count of unlawful use of food stamps.

State Rep. Cecilia Velasquez, who represents District 29, was indicted in May for fraudulently obtaining $1,726 in food stamp benefits between Nov. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2015.

Wed
30
Nov

Buckeye crime decreases while population increases

by Alyssa Williams

special to the View

Crime in the city of Buckeye has decreased by 21 percent in the past year despite a population increase of 20 percent over the last three years, officials said.

“It’s the strangest thing,” Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said. “Typically, you would think that an increase in population would increase our crime rate, but not in Buckeye’s case.”

The city has seen a 90 percent decrease in arson, from 10 in 2015 to one in 2016, which is the biggest decrease of overall crimes. Following that is homicide, which decreased 50 percent, from two in 2015 to one in 2016, data showed.

Hall said part of the reason for the decrease in crime is because of the effectiveness of a program called COMPSTAT, short for computer statistics. The program was created in the early ’90s by the chief of the New York Police Department.

Wed
30
Nov

Come on down!

LULA CHAN, 48, of Goodyear appears on The Price is Right Nov. 7 with host Drew Carey. Chan won a new car playing the game “The Switcheroo.” Photo courtesy of CBS
LULA CHAN, 48, of Goodyear appears on The Price is Right Nov. 7 with host Drew Carey. Chan won a new car playing the game “The Switcheroo.” Photo courtesy of Fremantle Media North America.

Goodyear woman wins new car on The Price is Right

A Goodyear woman recently drove away a winner from The Price is Right.

I was very, very surprised. I thought I felt a spirit for a minute. I just had to thank Jesus and I took off running,” 48-year-old Lula Chan said.

Wed
30
Nov

Avondale recycling used cooking oil

Avondale’s Public Works Department is collecting used cooking oil during the holiday season in an effort to reduce sewer blockages and overflows.

The recycling program will collect fats, oil and grease through the end of January.

The program was reinstated for a second holiday season after more than 500 gallons of used cooking oil was collected last year.

Wed
30
Nov
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Buckeye general plan update considers population growth

Consultant forecasts less open space in city by 2040

Buckeye won’t have as many of the open spaces that the city is famous for if a population forecast that exceeds 300,000 residents by 2040 is realized, according to a consultant who is coordinating the update of the city’s general plan.

Celeste Werner, vice president of the Phoenix-based Matrix Design Group, said the far West Valley city’s population growth — which she called “off the charts” in recent years — is expected to continue in the next 25 years.

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Nov
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DancEstrella explores hidden themes

ESMERALDA CASTRO, a DancEstrella student, rehearses Nov. 18 for the upcoming show “Hidden in Plain Sight” at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale. View photo by Jordan Christopher
ESMERALDA CASTRO, a DancEstrella student, rehearses Nov. 18 for the upcoming show “Hidden in Plain Sight” at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Fall performance will feature 22 dancers performing work they choreographed

Dancers at Estrella Mountain Community College will explore topics that aren’t always obvious during performances at their fall dance show.

Hidden in Plain Sight” is the title of DancEstrella’s performance to be staged at 3 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the EMCC Performing Arts Center, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. Admission is free.

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Nov
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Woman dies in head-on with bus

A 24-year-old woman identified as Sarah Castillo-Cornejo of Peoria died Nov. 25 after her vehicle crashed head-on into a Greyhound bus that was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in Goodyear, officials said.

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Nov
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Meck releases statement on recall

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck is responding to an effort to remove him from office by urging his opponents to solve the issue in another way.

I respect their right to recall, but I would rather work with individuals face to face to solve problems and make our city great,” Meck said in a statement released to the West Valley View Tuesday morning.

Wed
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Nov
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Buckeye adjusting water rates for 2017

The Buckeye City Council, embattled with residents who say they have been overcharged for water they didn’t use, has approved a new schedule that keeps rates the same for most water users next year and reduces rates for the largest water users.

The unanimous vote to modify water rates for 2017 came during a City Council meeting Monday after officials reviewed a rate structure that a consultant said had previously been “aggressive” in charging higher rates for big water users.

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