Buckeye Union High School vandalized

The Buckeye Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of young men who vandalized Buckeye Union High School, causing more than $1,000 in damage.

Between 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, and 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, eleven subjects tipped over golf carts, dented the tops and painted graffiti on the carts, doors and walls, according to police. The vandals also discharged fire extinguishers and destroyed landscaping.

Police said the young men were captured on video surveillance jumping the school fence and wreaking havoc on school grounds. And the suspected vehicle appears to be a late model Hyundai, silver or tan in color.

Buckeye Police Department’s school resource officers are investigating and hope the public will help. The school is willing to pursue prosecution.

Damaging school property is a felony and Buckeye police ask parents to talk with their kids about these types of pranks gone wrong. The consequences can have lasting effects.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Officer Armando Perez by emailing him at aperez@buckeyeaz.gov or by calling the Buckeye Police Department’s main line at 623-349-6497 and leaving him a message.

Smoke shop busted for selling tobacco to minors

Goodyear police recently conducted a sting operation at a local smoke shop that was suspected of selling tobacco products to minors.

According to officers, the police department’s neighborhood enforcement team (NET) received multiple complaints regarding Innovape Smoke Shop selling tobacco and vape pens to underage customers.

NET officers say they witnessed on May 10 multiple underage patrons purchase tobacco and vapes from 20-year-old employee Ramzy Asi, who reportedly admitted to investigators that he had sold tobacco to minors and doesn’t always check for identification.

Ramzy was cited for providing tobacco to a minor, while five minors between the ages of 15 and 17 were cited for possession of tobacco. Another adult was cited for possession drug paraphernalia while exiting the smoke shop. All subjects were released.

“In an effort to combat the nationwide vaping epidemic among children, the Goodyear Police Department takes the sale of tobacco and vaping products to underage minors seriously and will enforce the law to the fullest extent,” police said.

Goodyear police seize $216K in meth

Goodyear police have arrested two California residents for transporting a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Yucaipa residents 60-year-old Rito Delgado Renteria and 53-year-old Blanca Moncada were found to be in possession of 45 individually wrapped bundles of methamphetamine, weighing a total of 54 pounds and estimated at a total street value of $216,000, police said. Each bag weighed 1.2 pounds.

Renteria and Moncada were initially stopped May 14 for speeding near I-10, at Bullard Avenue, but the pair’s behavior and a K-9 tipped police off to something suspicious.

The individuals were reportedly acting nervous and provided officers with conflicting statements, police said.

So, officers obtained a search warrant, after which they discovered the methamphetamine.

Police said Renteria and Moncada will be charged with transportation of dangerous drugs.

Buckeye police investigating death

Buckeye police are investigating the death of a Maryvale man, who was found at an area on Watson Road north of I-10.

According to officers, 45-year-old Daniel Bonner, also known as “Bones,” was found dead after police were called around 5 a.m. May 4.

Upon the officers’ arrival, homicide detectives were called to assume the investigation.

Bonner was last seen at his home the evening of May 3. His family has been notified and is cooperating and assisting with the investigation, according to police.

Detectives are looking for anyone who has information about this incident. They wish to talk with anyone who may have seen or been seen with Bonner the night of May 3.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Buckeye Police Department tip line at 623-349-6411 or by email at bpdtips@buckeyeaz.gov.