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Goodyear police subdue man who fires gun in his home

A Goodyear man whom police described as possibly mentally troubled was arrested after firing gunshots into the walls, ceilings and floor of his home.

In addition, a Goodyear officer suffered a dislocated shoulder when the man scuffled with police as they tried to place him in custody, said John Rowan, a Goodyear police spokesman.

The incident took place after police were called about 8:10 p.m. Wednesday to look into a report of shots being fired at a home in the 4500 block of North 150th Avenue, Rowan said Thursday.

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Avondale couple found stabbed after domestic dispute, police say

An Avondale husband and wife were found stabbed and bloodied after what police described as a domestic dispute that turned extremely violent.

Both were taken to a Valley hospital, where they are in critical but stable condition with numerous stab and blunt-instrument wounds, police said.

Two teenaged sons of the couple locked themselves in a bedroom during the spousal battle and escaped unharmed, said Detective Reuben Gonzales, an Avondale police spokesman.

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Military Notes: May 4, 2010

Damon Armstrong completes basic training
Air Force Airman Damon Armstrong graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

He is the son of Gerald Armstrong of Litchfield Park, and is a 2008 graduate of Millennium High School in Goodyear.

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Avondale business owner touts crime-prevention program

By Leah LeMoine

special to the View

After Ed's Fish and Chips was robbed at gunpoint last year, owner Randy Raux knew he had to take matters into his own hands.

Raux and his wife and business partner, Cindy, decided to participate in Sterling Crime Free, a free crime prevention program that educates business owners, managers and residents about techniques to reduce their risk of being victims of crime.

"I thought it was absolutely incredible," Raux said. "We're sending our cashiers two at a time to the classes."

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Aboard a Goodyear blimp

Goodyear blimps are recognized the world over, but especially in the city in that shares the name.

You might have seen the Spirit of America gracefully hovering around the West Valley this week; it's been in town since April 22, Pilot in Charge Jon Conrad said.

Before its return home to Carson, Calif., it was tethered at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport because wind gusts were too strong for safe travel.

Piloting a blimp is a privilege, Conrad said.

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Sign here please

It begins with eye contact. Then a hand dances through the air creating a faux signature. It ends with either a wave to come over or a head shake to not bother. Such is the life of an autograph seeker.

Avondale resident René Vizzerra has lived it most of his life, amassing some 300 autographs from the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Lee Trevino, Magic Johnson, Joe Montana and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Most of those signatures came while on his United Parcel Service route, which is roughly at the 24th Street and Camelback Road vicinity.

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Heck school avoids $84,000 fine

After months of change orders and meetings with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, a Litchfield elementary school has been granted its certificate of occupancy and avoided more than $84,000 in fines.

The Board of Supervisors refused the certificate because it believed the campus, at 12448 W. Bethany Home Road, did not have adequate drainage and presented a public safety hazard in the event of a 100-year flood.

The district decided to allow children to start school on the campus in August, even though it did not have the certificate.

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BLM gets public input on solar project

Federal officials will decide by the end of the year whether to allow a solar-energy plant to be built on public land south of Goodyear and Buckeye.

That was the report by Joe Incardine, national project manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, during meetings this week with Valley residents.

Incardine spoke Tuesday evening during a gathering attended by more than two dozen public members at the BLM National Training Center, 9828 N. 31st Ave., in northwest Phoenix.

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ADOT announces Bullard Ave. closures

State transportation officials have announced weekday closures of Bullard Avenue at Interstate 10 in Goodyear because of freeway widening work.

The weekly closures will be in both directions on Bullard and will last from 1 a.m. through 4 p.m. Friday.

The travel restrictions began Monday and are expected to last for "several weeks," according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The freeway on- and off-ramps will remain open. However, the ramps will be closed this summer for approximately 40 days for bridge reconstruction work.

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Police arrest Buckeye man in burglary case

A Buckeye man has been arrested in a vehicle burglary that triggered the sounding of a security alarm, police said.

The suspect, Jose Luis Valdez, 26, was taken into custody after the victim identified him in a photo lineup, said Lt. Jared Griffith, a police spokesman.

Valdez was nabbed April 22 when police saw him walking along a Buckeye roadway, Griffith said Wednesday. He later was booked in a Maricopa County jail on burglary charges.

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