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Maricopa County Sheriff's Office investigating shooting involving deputies in east Mesa | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 16, 2018
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting near Crismon and McKellips roads in east Mesa.         
Poetry spot: 'Croak' by Sawyer Elms | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 15, 2018
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.         
Feeling holiday stress? Consider a minimalist approach to gift giving and life | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 15, 2018
Peoria resident Joshua Becker, who embraced the minimalist life a decade ago, shares what that looks like during the holidays and beyond.         
Mesa mayor sees no more elections for sports complex | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 14, 2018
Mesa Mayor John Giles doubts voters will get another crack at the Mesa Plays sports complex after this month’s election defeat.
Slo-mo count shows school bond vote leaning 'yes' | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 14, 2018
It looks like Mesa Public Schools students might get their new air-conditioned buses and new computers in classrooms after all, as a bond issue reversed course last week from early returns and began building a narrow lead in the slow-motion…
Yavapai County officials arrest man who they say threatened to 'shoot it out' with deputies | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
The man reportedly fired off a round in front of a house in Cordes Lakes as the result of a dispute.         
Winter helps give Flagstaff an identity. What happens when it's not so wintry? | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
As the effects of climate change intensify, Flagstaff's snow-covered natural winters have started to melt.         
The U.S. debt is a big problem and these Mesa college students want a fix | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
Students at Mesa Community College and elsewhere are trying to tackle one of the nation's thorniest problems, the national debt.         
New Arizona ban on taxing 'services' might wreck city budgets. So cities lawyer up | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
Arizona cities are scrambling to find out if Prop. 126 shot a hole in their ability to hire more police, improve roads and fund the arts.         
A larger issue looms over short-term Colorado River plan: Climate change | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
Officials in three states are working on a Colorado River plan, seeking to avert a crisis. But they’re also recognizing bigger long-term challenges.         
Upcoming coyote-killing contest draws ire from Arizona town, animal-rights groups | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
A contest to kill the most coyotes in the Prescott area has sparked controversy, with animal-rights groups and a nearby town condemning the event.         
I-10 near Marana reopens after crash involving semitruck | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
A multi-vehicle crash involving a semitruck had closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 east of Marana at milepost 240.         
First Arizona charter schools: 'Like the Oklahoma Land Rush,' a world with few boundaries | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 14, 2018
Arizona had second-highest number of charter schools in the nation a year after the law passed. But critics were concerned with the lack of regulation.         
‘Running out of time’: Federal water official sets deadline for Colorado River deal | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 13, 2018
With a Colorado River deal unfinished, Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman gives states a deadline to sign on — or have the federal government step in.         
History of Arizona charter schools: 'I don’t think we realized what we’d done' | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 13, 2018
In 1994, legislators came together to pass a historic bill that allowed charter schools in Arizona.         
As ICE releases migrant families by the hundreds, churches and businesses step up to help | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 13, 2018
ICE has released thousands of migrant families to Valley churches that have agreed to provide shelter until they travel to their final destinations.         
Crash involving semitruck closes part of I-10 near Marana | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 13, 2018
A multi-vehicle crash involving a semitruck has closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 east of Marana at milepost 240.         
Armando Ruiz talks about running a charter school in Arizona | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 13, 2018
Armando Ruiz, a former state lawmaker, helped get charter legislation passed. He shares his experience from the early years of charter schools.         
Contractor faces sentencing for stiffing Mesa homeowners | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 12, 2018
An unlicensed Gilbert contractor who did shoddy work or walked off the job after taking homeowners’ money faces sentencing Thursday, Oct. 18.
Mesa to host free landlord seminar at Convention Center Thursday | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 12, 2018
The City of Mesa is hosting a free seminar for landlords and property managers from the East Valley. Topics covered include landlord rights and obligations, the eviction process, fair housing, the Violence Against Women Act and more.
Church doubles size of Mesa temple area redevelopment | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 12, 2018
An air of resignation seemed to settle over the Mesa Historic Preservation Board last Tuesday as members realized they were powerless to protect the Temple Historic District as they heard that a redevelopment plan for the area will nearly double.
Maricopa County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing from dead person | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 12, 2018
Gregory Todd Johnson, 39, responded to a call in the Mesa area about a dead body when the theft occurred, the Sheriff's Office said.         
MCSO deputy caught on own body cam in suspected theft from dead person's home | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 12, 2018
Audio from the body worn camera footage appeared to have captured MCSO deputy Gregory Johnson counting the money, court records show.         
At a pivotal time, a paintbrush offers a new adventure | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 12, 2018
As I got older, I would sometimes feel myself congealing. As soon as I felt it, I would have to do something about it.         
'I never expected this': Believe Project gift helps Scottsdale teacher buy school supplies | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 12, 2018
Suzy Garza, a teacher at Chrysalis Academy, received $100 from The Believe Project, a pay-it-forward effort to give hope to those in need.         
Teacher at Chrysalis Academy receives Believe Project gift | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 12, 2018
Teacher at Chrysalis Academy wins Believe award         
Judge weighs prior incidents in Mesa man's sex assault case | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 11, 2018
A Superior Court judge last week took under advisement a question of whether prior sexual assaults can be introduced at the trial of a Mesa man accused of sexually assaulting two babysitters at different times in his home.
Mesa opening hazardous waste drop-off | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 11, 2018
Mesa city officials on Wednesday, Oct. 17, will open its new household hazardous materials facility 2412 N. Center St., Bldg. 2, off Lehi Road.
Questions over legal competency to stand trial in Maricopa County can linger for years | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 11, 2018
Maricopa County prosecutors traditionally take a tough-on-crime stance that makes them want to prosecute each case to the fullest. And seriously mentally ill defendants are often found competent to stand trial.         
This program for mentally ill defendants mostly focuses on declaring them fit for trial | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 11, 2018
Restoration to Competency is intended to assist the court in making a pivotal decision about the fate of mentally ill defendants. But does it really work in their best interest?         
Female chemistry professor at UA files class-action lawsuit, alleges discrimination | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 11, 2018
Dr. Katrina Miranda, a chemistry professor at the University of Arizona, claims she was denied pay and promotions because of gender discrimination.         
No students injured in Gilbert Schools bus crash in Mesa | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 11, 2018
36 students from Harris Elementary School were on board.         
A slashed tire, a pointed gun, bullies on the road: Why do Waymo self-driving vans get so much hate? | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 11, 2018
Waymo self-driving vans have been targeted on Phoenix-area roads and freeways, but the company rarely seeks arrests         
Woman who died in crash on State Route 51 identified as 31-year-old Jennifer Vegtel | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 11, 2018
Two people were killed in a collision Monday night on State Route 51. Authorities said a 5-year-old boy and 31-year-old Jennifer Vegtel died.         
3 Mesa museums offering free admission this Friday | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 10, 2018
Three downtown Mesa museums will offer free admission 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, for Merry Museums, a Museum Discovery Day event. Participating museums are Arizona Museum of Natural History, the i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Contemporary Art Museum.
Mesa cross-dresser gets 35 years for brutalizing girl, 3 | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | December 10, 2018
A Mesa man was sentenced to 35 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to the kidnapping and the attempted child abuse of a 3-year-old girl who was found covered in feces and in a garbage bag.
Silver Alert active for 68-year-old man missing in San Luis | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 10, 2018
A 68-year-old man suffering from mental conditions was last seen in San Luis, Arizona, on Sunday evening.         
Bless you. Now you and your flu bug can stay away from me | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 10, 2018
I'm arming myself against the flu with hand sanitizer, vitamins, a crucifix, a wooden stake and garlic. It's not getting in the house.         
Spike in house fires has Red Cross, Phoenix Fire warning of holiday home hazards | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 10, 2018
Officials say people should keep an eye on Christmas trees, candles and heating elements, such as central heating and portable heating systems.         
A little teddy bear and other adoptable dogs and cats in Valley shelters this week | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 10, 2018
Each week, The Republic highlights some of the adoptable pets in the Valley. This week includes a talkative kitty and the best buddy you'll find.         
Person who painted racially derogatory remarks on mural sought by Yuma police | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 09, 2018
The graffiti on the mural at Del Sol Market occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, according to Yuma police.         
OSIRIS-REx: What to know as UA spacecraft arrives at asteroid Monday | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 09, 2018
NASA spacecraft operated by the University of Arizona scheduled to arrive at Bennu asteroid on Monday, Dec. 3, after two-year journey.         
Phoenix weather: Fog in parts of Valley Saturday before temperatures warm up | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | December 08, 2018
Valley residents woke up to find parts of Maricopa County cloaked in a thick fog on Saturday morning.