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Thu
28
Jan
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Girl found safe after Amber Alert

Avondale police briefly activated the Amber Alert system after a 3-year-old girl was reported missing but soon was found unharmed, authorities said.

The incident ended Friday night after officers found that girl as well as a 24-year-old man, described as a "person of interest" in the case, said Detective Reuben Gonzales, a police spokesman.

Both were discovered at an apartment complex near 23rd Avenue and Indian School Road in west Phoenix, he said.

Wed
27
Jan
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Bones found in Goodyear may be human, police say

Human skeletal remains may have been found Wednesday in the Estrella Mountain Ranch community in south Goodyear, police said.

Investigators are gathering evidence in the area of Estrella Parkway and Dry Creek Road, south of Elliot Road, said John Rowan, a Goodyear police spokesman.

The evidence will be forwarded to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office for inspection, Rowan said.

The remains were discovered about 11:30 a.m. by a passerby who called police to report the find, he said.

Wed
27
Jan
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Goodyear picked for Suntech solar plant

China-based Suntech Powers Holdings, a multi-billion dollar corporation, announced today (Jan. 27) at the AZ4Solar Symposium in downtown Phoenix that its first U.S. manufacturing plant will be located in Goodyear.

The facility will begin with 75 fulltime employees and hopes to double that number within a year.

The facility will showcase the company's latest solar electricity technologies. Suntech is the world's leading solar company as measured by production output.

Wed
27
Jan
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Property tax on Litchfield Park agenda

The Litchfield Park City Council will discuss and possibly vote on establishing an initial primary property tax during a special meeting at 7:30 tonight in the Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd.

The item was added to the special meeting's agenda at 1 p.m. Monday, about 54 hours before the meeting. The original purpose of the meeting was to go over the city's general plan.

The agenda was amended after the idea of imposing a city property tax was suggested at the city's annual Town Hall meeting Jan. 23. The city currently does not have a property tax.

Wed
27
Jan
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160 hopefuls vie for 5 Avondale police jobs

For the police officer hopefuls who made a trek to Avondale, it was a grim sign of the tough economic times.

The drama was played out Tuesday morning when 160 applicants showed up competing for five openings on the Avondale Police Department.

Avondale is one of few Valley police agencies that are hiring, so the heavy turnout was not surprising, said Detective Reuben Gonzales, a police spokesman.

"In this job market and in this economy, people are looking for more than just a job," Gonzales said. "They are looking for a career, as well.

Wed
27
Jan
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West Phoenix home invaded Wed. morning

A home invasion took place early Wednesday when several armed men forced their way into a southwest Phoenix home, according to police.

Details are sketchy, but the crime occurred at a home near 91st Avenue and Watkins Street, a few blocks north of Lower Buckeye Road, police said.

Shortly after 5 a.m., the robbers apparently kicked in a front door and demanded drugs and money from a family, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The crooks ended up stealing a pickup truck and a few personal items belonging to the family, Thompson said.

Tue
26
Jan
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Avondale girl found safe after Amber Alert

Avondale police briefly activated the Amber Alert system after a 3-year-old girl was reported missing but soon was found unharmed, authorities said.

The incident ended Friday night after officers found that girl as well as a 24-year-old man, described as a "person of interest" in the case, said Detective Reuben Gonzales, a police spokesman.

Both were discovered at an apartment complex near 23rd Avenue and Indian School Road in west Phoenix, he said.

Tue
26
Jan
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Tolleson breaks ground for new police HQ

Tolleson officials met Tuesday to break ground for a new $10.4 million police and municipal court building.

The structure, which will go up on a 3-acre site at 8350 W. Van Buren St., is scheduled for occupancy by Dec. 1.

The one-story facility has been seven years in the planning stage, City Manager Reyes Medrano Jr. said.

"Now, we're at the point that we're actually going to be putting up the walls," Medrano told a large gathering.

Tue
26
Jan
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Wilcox faces new indictments

A new criminal indictment has been brought against Mary Rose Wilcox, an embattled member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The indictment, which was handed down Jan. 25 by a Maricopa County grand jury, takes the place of an earlier one that was returned Dec. 7.

However, prosecutors said the new 42-count indictment adds six new counts of conflict of interest against Wilcox, who represents parts of the Southwest Valley.

Mon
25
Jan
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L. Thomas Heck Middle School weathers rain

Last week's heavy, consistent rains might have been enough to wash away doubts of drainage and flooding issues at a local middle school.

L. Thomas Heck Middle School has been in hot water with the County Board of Supervisors for allowing pupils to be in the building because it does not have a certificate of occupancy. Pupils have attended school since August.

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