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Fatal stabbing in Claypool

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
A fatal stabbing stabbing occurred Monday afternoon on Old Oak Street in Claypool. The deceased has been identified as David Wayne Morton, age 57, of Globe. The investigation is ongoing; look for the full story in the April 1 edition of the Silver Belt.
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Couple faces initial hearings

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Globe -- The first court hearings have been set for William Culpepper and his wife, Virginia Culpepper, both of Globe.
The couple was arrested on March 11 after authorities carried out search and arrest warrants at their residence in Central Heights.
A case management conference for William Culpepper is set for 4 p.m. on May 11 before the Honorable
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Police identify bridge jumper

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Gila County -- The Gila County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who reportedly jumped off the Pinto Valley bridge on Sunday, March 15.
On that day at approximately 7:50 p.m., the Department of Public Safety contacted the Gila County Sheriff's Office for assistance with a vehicle parked on the Pinto Valley Bridge with no one located inside or around
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Globe aims to inform public

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Globe -- The City of Globe held a public meeting at city hall on Tuesday, March 16 regarding its ongoing legal dispute with Arizona Water Company.
Globe mayor Terry Wheeler and council members Lerry Alderman, Roberta Lee Johnson, Mike Stapleton, Eric Mariscal, and James P. Haley II were present in the audience.
City Manager Brent Billingsley repeated a presentation that
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Supervisors focus on rehabilitation projects

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Globe -- The Gila County Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting at the Gila County Courthouse in Globe on March 16.
The board voted unanimously to approve service agreements for three projects that will provide rehabilitation to eligible, low-income homeowners.
In addition, they voted unanimously to approve the submission of two grants, one to Freeport-McMoRan and one to the
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Man gets nine years for kidnapping, sexually abusing elderly woman

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Payson -- Gila County Attorney Bradley D. Beauchamp announced that on March 20, 57-year-old Russell Wheetman was sentenced by the Honorable Gary V. Scales to nine years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for sexually abusing and attempting to sexually assault a 90-year-old woman. After Wheetman's release from prison, Judge Scales ordered that he be placed on lifetime supervised
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Missing woman found safe and sound

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
Globe -- An elderly woman was located safe and sound on the afternoon of March 10 after having gone missing from Haven of Globe, where she is a resident.
Mrs. Josephine Moses was located at 12:52 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 near McMillian Wash, approximately 3/4 of a mile from Haven. She was found with the assistance of Native
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Another suicide at Pinto Valley Bridge?

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
Gila County -- On Sunday night at approximately 7:50 p.m., the Department of Public Safety contacted the Gila County Sheriff's Office for assistance with a vehicle parked on the Pinto Valley Bridge with no one located inside or around the vehicle.
Deputies responded to assist, as did the Tri-City Fire Department, Canyon Fire Department, and Globe Fire Department.
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Attorney’s Office cracks down on drunk driving

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
Globe -- Gila County Attorney Bradley D. Beauchamp announced that on March 4, in an effort to protect children from the often tragic consequences of adults who drive while impaired, the Gila County Attorney's Office implemented a new policy in memory of Calandra Balas.
The new policy, named "Calandra's Policy", dictates that individuals charged with DUI-related offenses with
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Couple arrested for multiple sex crimes

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
Central Heights -- On Wednesday, March 11 at approximately 4 p.m., detectives with the Gila County Drug, Gang, and Violent Crimes Task Force and Deputies with the Gila County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant and two arrest warrants at a residence on Globe Canyon in Central Heights.
An investigation had been started in 2014 by the Gila County
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Trailer engulfed by flames

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015
On Wednesday, March 4 at 2:20 p.m., the Globe Fire Department responded to a report of a travel trailer fire on Highway 60 in the area of the Miami Post Office. The initial unit on scene reported a fully involved travel trailer on the south side of the highway. The owner of the vehicle was able to unhitch his vehicle
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Supervisors don’t see eye-to-eye on curfew

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015
Globe -- A curfew ordinance failed to get approval at a regular meeting of the Gila County Supervisors on March 3 in Globe.
The board opened a required public hearing and spent time discussing the current draft of a curfew ordinance aimed at curbing illegal behavior by juveniles in the unincorporated areas of Gila County.
"We vetted this ordinance for
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Radiation exposure payouts reach $2B

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015
Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Justice Department announced that it has awarded more than $2 billion in compensation to eligible claimants under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. $88 million came from claims filed from persons and families in Gila County. This federal law was enacted in 1990 as a non-adversarial alternative to litigation for individuals who contracted certain
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Budget worries persist for Globe School Board

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2015
Globe -- Just like almost every school district in Arizona, Globe Unified School District officials are worried about how this year's state budget will affect local students and educators.
At the GUSD board meeting on March 4, School Superintendent Jerry Jennex distributed a copy of an email to state legislators from hundreds of school administrators across the state. The letter criticizes
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Reading Council to hold book giveaway at Fry’s

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
The ‘Cat in the Hat' visited the Globe Public Library on Saturday morning as part of the library's Dr. Seuss celebration. Dr. Seuss' birthday was celebrated on Monday. Gila County Reading Council will be hosting a Celebrate the Year of Reading Book Giveaway in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
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Hayden man sentenced to life for sex crimes

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
Gila County Attorney Bradley D. Beauchamp announced that on Feb. 23, 2015, 47-year-old Hayden resident Arthur James Quintana, Jr., also known as Arthur Bracamonte Quintana, Jr., was sentenced by the Honorable Gary V. Scales to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 35 calendar years following his conviction of Sexual Conduct with a Minor.
That life imprisonment term
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Meth smuggler gets 10 years

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
Globe -- Gila County Attorney Bradley D. Beauchamp announced that on Feb. 23, 2015, the Honorable Gary Scales sentenced 37-year-old New Mexico resident Amber Carlson to 10 years in the custody of the Arizona Department of Corrections for her role in transporting six pounds of methamphetamine.
Because the crime involved methamphetamine, Carlson will have to serve 10 calendar years and
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Miami Art Walk causes consternation for council

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
Miami -- The Miami Town Council spent time discussing space requests from the Miami Art Walk at a special meeting in Miami on Monday, Feb. 23.
The council denied a request from Miami Art Walk organizers to use the Fitzpatrick/Barcon Building and the Veterans Memorial Park as part of the art walk.
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AIA sets athletic divisions for 2015-18

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
Gila County -- Results were mixed for local teams as the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) finalized its athletic divisions for team sports for the 2015-2018 seasons.
The AIA typically re-evaluates the divisions on a two-year cycle.
This year, the organization determined the divisions for the next three years and changed the way that they made the determinations, which has
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Globe Council promotes public meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
Globe -- Globe City Council held a regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Globe City Hall.
During the summary of current events, City Manager Brent Billingsley announced that the City of Globe will hold a public meeting regarding the Arizona Water Company claims on Tuesday, March 17, at 5 p.m. at Globe City Hall.
The council opened a required public
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