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23
Dec
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Ex-Tolleson H.S. District admin. assistant indicted on theft, fraud charges

A former Tolleson Union High School District employee was indicted Dec. 15 for felony charges of theft, misuse of public monies and fraudulent schemes.

Jamie Fimbres allegedly embezzled more than $10,000 from vending machine revenues and school facility rental payments while working as an administrative assistant at Sierra Linda High School in west Phoenix from 2009 to 2011, the records show.

She was fired from the district in October 2011.

The Arizona Office of the Auditor General is handling the case.

Tue
23
Dec
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Indictment made in 17-year-old child murder case

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has made a break on a child murder case after 17 years of investigations by various law enforcement agencies.

Avelino Guzman Tamala, 51, was arrested Dec. 13 by U.S. Marshals after a grand jury indicted him for the murder of an approximately 4-year-old girl named Crystal Reyes.

Crystal’s partial remains were discovered in a remote area of desert near Mobile in 1998. Crystal is believed to have lived with her grandmother in Mexico before being brought to live in the U.S. with her biological mother, Anna Reyes, and Tamala.

According to witnesses, Crystal was physically abused in the U.S. home and forced to live in a dog kennel.

Tue
23
Dec
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City, trash service holiday schedules

The following cities will have closures and altered schedules for the holiday season:

Buckeye

Christmas Eve: Open from 7 to 11 a.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Tue
23
Dec
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Keep your holidays jolly with safety

Christmas trees add a splash of color and light to an otherwise dark and dreary winter season. Between all of the gift giving, shopping, cooking and family visits, it can be hard to remember that festive trees can also pose a fire hazard.

To keep your holidays jolly, double check to make sure that string lights aren’t plugged into overloaded electrical sockets, said George Good, chief of Tolleson’s Fire Department.

Tue
23
Dec
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Pet of the Week - December 23, 2014

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You wanted pets, we give you pets.

With this weekly feature, readers can view profiles of adoptable cats and dogs of various shapes and sizes from Glendale’s Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

Most of the animals that will have their mugs shown in this space will be canines and felines that are a little harder to place because of size, age or a special need, but are wonderful pets nonetheless. Each animal has its own character so if you’re smitten by an animal in this column, head down to the shelter and see for yourself.

Tue
23
Dec
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May all your Christmases be clear

SMOKE HOVERS over Van Buren Street at 91st Avenue in Tolleson last Christmas Eve. When high pollution advisories are issued, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department calls for mandatory No Burn Days.
SMOKE HOVERS over Van Buren Street at 91st Avenue in Tolleson last Christmas Eve. When high pollution advisories are issued, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department calls for mandatory No Burn Days.

Check for No Burn Day restrictions before lighting up those logs

Nobody dreams of a hazy, brown Christmas, but that ends up being the case when Valley residents ignore No Burn Day restrictions and light up their wood burning fireplaces during the holidays.

During the winter months, Maricopa County has higher levels of air pollution caused by wood burning smoke, which puts it at risk of not meeting federal health standards.

“More people get together and use their wood-burning fireplaces this time of year,” said Bob Huhn, spokesman for the Maricopa County Air Quality Department. “A lot of people do bonfires, too, and that really adds to it. Even one fire can affect the concentration levels.”

The standard is based on a three-year period, and PM-2.5 smoke levels were borderline high in 2011 and 2012, Huhn said.

Tue
23
Dec
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Luke’s new partner comes from down under

AN AUSTRALIAN F-35 lands Dec. 18 at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. The fifth-generation fighter jet is one of two that landed at the West Valley base for the Royal Australian Air Force, Luke’s first international partner on the F-35, to train on.
AN AUSTRALIAN F-35 lands Dec. 18 at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. The fifth-generation fighter jet is one of two that landed at the West Valley base for the Royal Australian Air Force, Luke’s first international partner on the F-35, to train on.

Australia joins Glendale base as 1st international partner to train on F-35

Luke Air Force Base officially became an international training site for the F-35 with the arrival of two Australian jets last week.

The Royal Australian Air Force is the first partner to set up camp at the Glendale base for training alongside American pilots on the fifth-generation aircraft.

“Today, we take another tremendous step forward in our transition to the F-35 here at Luke,” said Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander. “Australia is the first of 10 nations that will not only become part of the Luke community, but will share in calling the West Valley a home away from home.”

The others will be the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Turkey, Denmark and Italy, in addition to foreign military sales partners, Japan, Korea and Israel.

Mon
22
Dec
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Fri
19
Dec
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Luke’s latest jets come from down under

Australia joins Glendale base as 1st international partner to train on F-35

Luke Air Force Base officially became an international training site for the F-35 with the arrival of two Australian jets this week.

The Royal Australian Air Force is the first partner to set up camp at the Glendale base for training alongside American pilots on the fifth-generation aircraft.

Fri
19
Dec
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Interstate 11 study moves forward

To ensure the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study continues to move forward, the State Transportation Board approved the next step in the process and the funding to make it happen.

The board took action to approve $15 million for the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement, which would allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to begin an environmental study in the area between Nogales and Wickenburg, part of the proposed corridor for I-11. The study is expected to take three years to complete and will begin in 2015.

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