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As police surrounded Christopher Mendoza in his Avondale neighborhood, his fellow gang members assisted his escape by firing gunshots at other locations and making multiple false 911 calls, according to booking documents.

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Welcome to the world, the West Valley’s newest resident: Delilah Josette Ruiz was born at 6:11 a.m. Jan. 1, at Abrazo West Campus, the hospital’s first baby of 2020.

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Buckeye City Council voted last week on a new water fee. Water rates will not change.

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America generates almost 38 million tons of plastic waste every year, ranking second only to China. That’s a lot of plastic, and despite decades of recycling efforts, the bulk of it winds up in landfills and waterways.

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Buckeye Union High School graduate Kole Calhoun called signing a two-year deal with the D-backs “a dream come true.”

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The city of Buckeye has Christmas tree drop-offs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 11, at the five Buckeye fire stations: Fire Station 701, 404 S. Miller Road; Fire Station 702, 1911 S. Rainbow Road; Fire Station 703, 2582 N. Verrado Way; Fire Station 705, 30050 W. Tartesso Parkway and Fire…

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The Goodyear City Council approved nearly $20 million for two new fire stations at its Dec. 16 meeting. According to a presentation, the fire stations will place a heavy emphasis on firefighters’ long-term health and improving response times for the community.

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It’s the kind of block where neighbors say hello to each other, kids ride their bikes or play catch in the street. Even by Goodyear standards, the neighborhood is tidy and new, with dozens of homes being built near South Cotton Lane and West Van Buren Street. 

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The Buckeye Police Department utilized Ring’s Neighbors app to educate the community on burglaries from unlocked cars.

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One lucky guest at Desert Diamond Casino West Valley hit the jackpot for more than $1 million, scoring plenty of holiday shopping money.

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Tammy Vo, a spokeswoman for the city of Goodyear, explained the city’s appeals process.

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Fueled by scanners picking up police chatter, a small section of the population ardently started following law enforcement communications decades ago.

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Opening ceremonies for the ninth annual Patriot All-America Golf Invitational will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, on the driving range of the Wigwam Golf Club.

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The 65-foot sign casino officials lit last week is a sign the opening of the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley is approaching.

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The new year will usher in a new way Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division customers will get license plates, complete vehicle registrations and many retrieve other document needs such as vehicle titles.

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The city of Avondale, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), is offering free U.S. citizenship classes at the Care1st Avondale Resource Center. 

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The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation, is launching a special year-long project to cover the rise of youth suicides in Arizona, exploring the underlying causes and looking for possible…

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The Buckeye Police Department and community members put together an event to help those in need during the holidays.

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In February, Copeland Investigations delivered a stinging, 271-page report, “Buckeye Police Department Investigations.” Fifteen months earlier, Copeland was hired by Buckeye to investigate  various allegations made by an anonymous letter writer.

Update: Buckeye Police shot and wounded suspect Christopher Mendoza Dec. 23. He was taken to a hospital and awaits charges.

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While one new freeway is expected to relieve traffic woes between the East and West Valleys opened Saturday, a smaller project on the Interstate 10 is ramping up - which will lead to temporary slowdowns.

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Wednesday, Dec. 18, will go down in history as Impeachment Day.

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Those who sell ribbon and giant scissors had a big year, as 2019 was booming for new West Valley businesses and residents.

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Goodyear Police Chief Jerry Geier and Deputy Chief Justin Hughes were placed on paid administrative leave on Oct. 7 “due to recent allegations of impropriety,” according to Tammy Vo, spokeswoman for the city.

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Goodyear ex-Police Chief Jerry Geier was fired late Friday, Dec. 20. Paid suspensions continue for Deputy Chief Justin Hughes and two other police employees. Tammy Vo, a Goodyear spokeswoman, said Goodyear will not provide details, as Geier has filed an appeal. "Geier was placed on administr…

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They are a sight and sound as common to the Christmas season as colorful lights strung on cacti and Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas.”

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Phoenix Police arrested Sean Katz, 27, at his Avondale home Saturday, Dec. 8. The former Heritage Academy teacher and coach was charged with sexual conduct with a 17-year-old minor.

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After decades of planning and preparation, years of litigation and 36 months of digging, blasting and back-breaking work, the Congressman Ed Pastor Freeway connecting the east and west valleys is about to open.

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