Sheriffs Bust Drug Dealer & Drug Lab

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) arrested an Apache Junction man who is accused of operating a drug lab. According to authorities, the arrest was made on September 27 after a two month investigation. James Love (43) allegedly posted details about his $10,000 drug lab operation on social media before he was shut down.  Continue reading...


AJUSD Budget Analysis: “Glaring” Differences

A central piece of the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board work session on Sept. 26, 2017, was a presentation by Bill Maas, Valley Schools Management Group board member and financial consultant. AJUSD Superintendent Dr. Krista Anderson had requested Maas’ assistance in identifying areas of inefficiencies within the existing budget that could possibly allow monies to be shifted. Continue reading...


Constable Acton Suspended

On Sept. 20, 2017, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted 2/1, to suspend District 7 (Apache Junction) Constable John Acton for 60 days without pay, effective immediately. Supervisors Pete Rios and Mike Goodman voted to approve the suspension, while Chairman Steve Miller voted no, stating, “I think that there’s more to this that ought to be looked at going down the pike.” Supervisor Todd House abstained due to his “personal relationship” with Acton. Supervisor Anthony Smith was absent.  Continue Reading...


AJ Community Town Hall Deemed Success

What are Apache Junction’s unique attributes and economic strengths? Where are the greatest opportunities to strengthen and grow Apache Junction’s economy? To what extent does education play a role in maximizing opportunities to grow?  These are a few of the questions that a diverse group of local residents grappled with at the Community Town Hall last Friday, September 15. Organized by the City of Apache Junction and facilitated by Tara Jackson and Evelyn Casuga from Arizona Town Hall, the 6-hour exercise succeeded in gathering information and perceptions from those who live and/or work in the city. Continue reading...


Council Meets New AJPD Resource Hire

On September 19, Chief of Police Tom Kelly introduced the newly hired Community Resources Coordinator, Rob McDaniel to the Mayor and City Council. McDaniel retired from a career in law enforcement and moved to our community from Loveland, Colorado. His duties include reaching out to Apache Junction with information from the department. His police background is extensive, and he rose in the ranks from Patrol Officer to Captain and Commander (SWAT) in Loveland. Continue reading...

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Apache Junction Police Department reminds everyone that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Tuesday, October 3rd, Chief of Police Thomas E. Kelly and Executive Director Dorian Townsend of the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) will accept a City Council proclamation as such. This will kick off the community’s effort to prevent violence before it occurs.  Continue reading...


AJ Voyeur Sentenced

An Apache Junction voyeur, arrested in 2015 for  using his cell phone to record a 14-year-old female while she was taking a shower, was sentenced to seven and one-half years in the State Department of Corrections. Jesse Sullivan, age 44, was arrested by Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) on a felony warrant on December 9, 2015. According to a statement by AJPD, Sullivan’s arrest came a day after he was seen peering through a bathroom window and recording the minor on his cell phone. Continue reading...


Name Change Considered for US 60

Among the items unanimously passed in the consent agenda for the Sept. 20, 2017, Pinal County Board of Supervisors regular session was a resolution to support a proposal to the AZ State Board on Geographic and Historic Names to rename US 60 through Pinal County as the Rose Mofford Memorial Highway. Continue reading...


Feds Sentence 3 AJ Residents for Tax Scheme

Three residents of Apache Junction were sentenced for convictions of filing false tax returns in order to claim tax refunds from the U.S. Treasury. Douglas Charron, Beverly Lock and Judith Eastman were arrested in May, 2016 and found guilty of filing 1,700 fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and fraudulently claiming $18,000 in refunds from tax years 2008 to 2011. Continue reading...


Water District Replacing Old Water Meters

Some customers of Apache Junction Water District (AJWD) have been complaining about receiving unusually high water bills this month. Some are seeing two and three times more usage on their bills than they are used to—and they are scrambling to track down leaks, and measure flow rates on toilets, shower heads and appliances. However, the water draining culprit may not be any of those mentioned, but, rather, the equipment that had been measuring water usage to their home. Continue reading...