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POLICE ARCHIVE


REPORTS FROM 
CASA GRANDE 
POLICE DEPARTMENT


The latest police strategic plan update stories, including criticisms, are found on the POLICE PLAN page, above.


The controversy over officers leaving the department is also covered under POLICE PLAN, including the resignation under fire of Chief Johnny Cervantes.




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Armed robber hits AM/PM, a Circle K store

(Posted May 1, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


CGPD is requesting assistance in identifying a robbery suspect and vehicle photographed.

Today at approximately 3 p.m., the subject in this photo robbed both the Circle K at 822 Jimmie Kerr Blvd. and the AM/PM at 2245 E. Florence Blvd. by brandishing a firearm and demanding money from the clerk. 

The suspect left both scenes in the photographed gray or silver Hyundai Elantra driven by an unidentified second suspect. 

No one was injured in either robbery and, in both cases, an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

If you have information regarding these robberies or know the identity of this suspect/suspect vehicle, please call CGPD immediately at 421-8700 or Detective S. Knauber at 421-8711 ext. 6043. 


Prescription drugs scare at CG Middle School

(Posted April 12, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On April 12, at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to Casa Grande Middle School, 300 West McMurray Boulevard, regarding the possible theft of prescription medication by a 13-year-old female student. 

The reporting party, a family member of the girl, stated she was missing an unknown quantity of morphine and Oxycodone pills.  

During the initial investigation, police and school staff determined several students at CGMS were displaying symptoms consistent with side effects of taking these types of medications.  

At this time, police believe a total of six students ranging in ages of 13-14, including the one who is suspected of bringing the pills to school, are displaying these symptoms.  

Another student has been identified in having pills in his possession, but is not displaying any symptoms at this time.  

This is an ongoing investigation and police are working closely with school staff, medical professionals and parents of these children to determine more information.  

There are no children reported to CGPD with life threatening conditions. 

The Casa Grande Elementary School District is formulating an E-Alert at this time and will send it to all parents as soon as possible with additional information, to include contact information if you have questions.













The message sent to parents from the school.

Hit-run kills cyclist, woman driver later arrested

Christina Rascon, left



(Posted April 10, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On April 9 at approximately 6:53 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the intersection of Kadota Avenue and Saguaro Street after receiving a call of a hit-and-run collision involving a cyclist.  

Upon their arrival, officers discovered a young female victim with severe injuries.  

The victim was treated on scene and transported to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.  

On the morning of April 10, police made contact with the family of the victim and were able to identify her as 20-year-old Emily Akins.

Officers interviewed witnesses on scene who provided information leading to the description of the suspect vehicle.  

Additional information was received regarding the identity and location of the driver of the suspect vehicle.  The suspect, 40-year-old Casa Grande resident Christina Rascon, was located near her residence in the 1300 block of East 11th Street.  

Rascon’s vehicle, a blue Chevrolet Equinox, was found to have front end damage consistent with the collision investigation and she displayed signs of alcohol impairment.  

Rascon was arrested and transported to the Casa Grande Police Department where she was processed and transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for booking.  

Charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal collision and DUI are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  


(Posted April 11, 2016)



Coffee with a Cop is back!

Join us this Saturday at Raising Cane's where we will have lemonade instead. 

We'll be there from 11 a.m. until around 1:30 p.m.

Remember, there is no presentation or agenda at these events. 

This is a great opportunity to meet and greet with your local police officers. 

Hope to see you there.

Missing man found dead in desert near AZ City

(Posted April 6, 2016)


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The Police Department released this statement today:


Today, the Casa Grande Police Department was notified by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office that the body of missing person, 63-year-old Johnny Meier, was found in the desert area south of Arizona City.  

Pinal County officials stated Meier appears to have succumbed to the elements and that nothing at the scene indicated foul play was involved in his death.  

Meier was reported missing on the evening of Thursday, March 24, when neighbors stated he told them he was going four-wheeling.  

Numerous local, state and federal agencies assisted in the search for Meier, which intensified after his vehicle was found in the desert two days ago.  

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the death


(Posted April 1, 2016)


Join us in congratulating our most recent promotions, above — Cpl. Robert Price, left, and Sgt. Jacob Robinson, right, pictured with Chief Mark McCrory.


Sgt. Bill Lebbs retires after more than 35 years

Sgt. Bill Lebbs, left


(Posted March 30, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Join us in congratulating Sgt. William "Bill" Lebbs on his retirement.

Bill served the Casa Grande Police Department for over 35 years. 

He served in many capacities, including Patrol, Investigations, and Professional Standards. 

His camradery, calm demeanor, great supervision and insight are some of the great qualities we are going to miss from him around here. 

Enjoy the golf, Sarge!





During retirement honors at the April 4 City Council meeting, Lebbs holds a service plaque noting Aug. 18, 1980, to March 24, 2016.

Mayor Bob Jackson said that makes Lebbs the longest serving employee in the history of the Police Department.

“Actually it’s been an honor serving,” Lebbs told the council and audience. 

“I’ve enjoyed almost all of it. There have been some few rough times, but it’s been a pleasure serving the city of Casa Grande for this long.

“Thank you much.”

Two women molested, police seeking suspect

(Posted March 29, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is investigating two cases, one involving a male subject who made vulgar and derogatory statements to a female pedestrian and another involving a male subject who also made vulgar and derogatory statements to a different female jogger and also touched her inappropriately. 

The first incident occurred in December of 2015 in the area of Cottonwood Lane and Peart Road and was not initially reported. 

The second incident occurred in late February of 2016 in the area of McMurray Boulevard and Carolyn Way and was reported. 

After interviewing both victims, the description of the male was very similar and Police believe he may be the same subject involved in both cases.

The male is described as a young Hispanic male (possibly 17-18 years old), long black hair, approximately 5’7”-5’8” tall, about 140 pounds, and in both cases he was on a skateboard.

If you have any information regarding these cases or the identity of the male in question, contact Detective T. Schmitz at (520) 421-8711, ext. 6060.


             Missing endangered man sought

MARCH 28 UPDATE:


The Police Department issued this update today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating 63-year-old Casa Grande resident Johnny Meier.  

Meier was reported missing on the evening of Thursday, March 24, when neighbors stated he told them he was going four-wheeling.  

Meier has been to Casa Grande Mountain to four-wheel in the past, but gave no indication of his direction when he left.  

He has not contacted his family, friends or the Casa Grande Police Department.  

Meier was last seen wearing a black tank top, black jeans and black boots.  He is described as a white male, 5’9”, 165 pounds, gray/bald hair and hazel eyes.  

He was driving a light blue or silver 1994 Ford Explorer with an Arizona license plate of WC GYW93.   

Meier gave no indication of harming himself, but is reported to suffer from dementia.  

The Casa Grande Police Department has made searches of the city, mountain and desert areas for Meier and/or his vehicle.  As of today, Mr. Meier has not been located.  

Detectives are working with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to utilize their air support to conduct searches in the desert and mountain areas in and around Casa Grande.  

This search is scheduled for today, depending on weather and wind conditions allowing the air support unit to operate safely.  

Detectives are in contact with a relative of Meier and hoping to reach as many people with this information as possible.  

If you have any information about Meier or his whereabouts, please call CGPD immediately at 421-8700.


Identities sought of two in shopliftings probes 

Casa Grande police are seeking the identities of two people in shoplifting investigations. Contact Det. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038


Police seeking IDs in double shootings case

(Posted March 23, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


Shortly after midnight on March 23, two adult males were dropped off at the Casa Grande Banner Hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. 

They were dropped off by two unknown black males in a red SUV type vehicle. 

The shooting is believed to have taken place in the 200 block of East Viola in Casa Grande.

Police believe the other subjects in the photos were present at the time of the shooting and are requesting any information about the incident and the identity of the subjects who brought the victims to the hospital.

If you have any information regarding this case, contact Detective T. Schmitz at 421-8711 ext. 6060. 

You can also report anonymously by calling SILENT WITNESS at 836-2100, or to submit a crime tip by text  simply text "SW911 plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). 

SILENT WITNESS may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case. 


Prisoner transport van will have video cameras

A typical prisoner transport van, left



(Posted March 20, 2016)


The equipment list is HERE



Approval has been given for buying the Police Department a 2016 prisoner transport van for $26,407 to replace one with 209,863 miles on it.

Another $20,848 will be spent to outfit the Chevy 2500 cargo van with equipment including video cameras.

Video cameras?

It’s a sign of the times, new Police Chief Mark McCrory told the City Council as the purchase was being discussed. 

“I think everybody’s aware that in today’s society, especially in law enforcement, if you want to be transparent, not only for the safety of your officers and safety of the prisoners that you’re transporting, but to avoid future liability, the investment is in a video system.

“I think, anybody in this room would agree in this day and age it is not only a luxury but it’s a necessity.

“Look at it as a $20,000 insurance policy for the city, to protect us not only from liability but the safety of the transport officers and safety of the people that we are transporting.”

The department is also beginning to equip officers with body cameras, for the same reasons.

The city has been using a van borrowed from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, “which I don’t think anybody likes that setup for using that van,” McCrory said.

According to the staff report accompanying the agenda item, the city considered possibilities for using some equipment from the van with 209,863 miles on it. That van does not have a video system.

“However,” the report continues, “it was determined that it would be in the best interest to procure new equipment due to concerns for the safety of officers as well as persons being transported. Equipment to be provided will include a three-camera video observation system for enhanced safety and security.” 

Other equipment includes secured seating and secured lighting.

Councilman Karl Montoya questioned why the Police Department had been using a van with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer.

“How do we get a van to go to 209,000, you’ve got your mileage out of it,” he said. “To me, it scares the death out of me. I’d be scared to death, because I mean not only from shoplifters to murderers and everybody in between, all the crazies in between, that’s a long way to go to Florence in a van with 200,000 miles. That scares me.”

Public Works Director Kevin Louis responded that, “We looked at replacing that van, I believe it was two years ago. It was still in good shape, so we pushed the miles out past the 100,000 mile mark, which is typical for vehicles.

“However, I think you have to look at the conditions that it drives in. It’s long distances, not short distances. 

“So for instance, when you hit 200,000 miles in that vehicle it’s not the same as when you hit 50,000 in a trash truck. It’s a different impact on that vehicle, so we were able to extend the miles on that vehicle out past its useful life expectancy.

“It was still a safe vehicle to drive. We would never put an unsafe vehicle on the road.”


Child pornography suspect kills himself

(Posted March 17, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement this evening:


In late February of this year, the Casa Grande Police Department assisted Pinal County Adult Probation in a search of the residence of a registered sex offender, 45-year-old Albert Thomas Shade. 

This search was conducted in Casa Grande. 

During the search, probation officers seized numerous items of Shade’s property, to include a computer. 

Shade absconded to the state of Florida and Pinal County Adult Probation issued a warrant for his arrest.

The computer was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Forensics Analysis Unit where over 800,000 files of child pornography were discovered. 

Casa Grande police detectives contacted the city of Sebastian Police Department in Florida and requested their assistance in locating Shade. 

Earlier today, Sebastian police located Shade’s vehicle at a residence and made contact with him. 

During this contact, Shade committed suicide. 

Shade’s family has been notified and they are aware of the incident and his death.

This remains an open and ongoing investigation. 

Our agency will continue to work closely with the Sebastian Police Department and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Analysis Unit to process and complete this investigation.

TCPalm newspaper in Florida gives this account:

Albert Shade Jr., left


SEBASTIAN — A man wanted by authorities in Arizona died from a self-inflicted knife wound when he was confronted by Sebastian police, officers said Thursday.

Detectives went to a neighborhood in the 800 block of Carnation Drive about 1:21 p.m. Thursday to keep an eye on a home where Albert Shade Jr., 45, was said to have been staying, police spokesman Cmdr. John Blackledge said.

Police in Casa Grande, Ariz., said Shade was a registered sex offender and had violated the conditions of his release, Blackledge said. Investigators had a tip he was visiting a friend in Sebastian.

Detectives confronted Shade about 2:45 p.m. when he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. The suspect cut himself in the neck and retreated inside the home, Blackledge said.

Officers spent 15 to 20 minutes calling for the man to surrender and used a loudspeaker, Blackledge said. Officers put on protective gear and forced their way inside. The wanted man was pronounced dead from his neck wound, Blackledge said.

The homeowner and his wife were not home at the time. Police reached them after the incident.

Blackledge said an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death. No timetable was given.


Police seeking three robbery/assault suspects

(Posted March 15, 2015


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On March 14 at 4:45 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the 500 block of West Manor Drive reference a suspicious circumstance.  

Upon their arrival, police located a 22-year-old male who stated he was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by six  unknown males.

Officers searched the area and were provided with witness information that the possible suspects may have left in a white car driving east on Manor Drive.  

Police made contact with the vehicle and three of the six occupants fled. 

The three remaining suspects, ages 19, 22 and 22, were detained and ultimately arrested for their involvement in the robbery and various other crimes.  

The three outstanding suspects were not located.

Police have also discovered information that a party was taking place at a residence on Manor Drive and the suspects were attending this party.  

CGPD is asking for your assistance in identifying the three outstanding suspects.  

Police have no identifying information to describe the suspects, but are hoping someone may have knowledge of the incident.    

If you have any information regarding this case, contact Detective Walsh at 421-8711, ext. 7140.  

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100, or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes).  

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Body found behind Safeway identified as local man

Casa Grande Dispatch update story


Posted March 4, 2016)


The Police Department announced this today:


On March 3, 2016, at 9:27 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to an unknown disturbance call behind Safeway, 1637 N. Trekell Road. 

Officers arriving on scene located a deceased person lying in the landscape area directly behind the business.

CGPD detectives were called out to investigate and identified the deceased as 36-year-old Casa Grande resident Paul Saucedo. 

Saucedo’s next of kin has been notified of his death. 

Although detectives have determined at this time there is no immediate cause to believe foul play led to the death of Saucedo, a medical examiner’s report is expected to complete the investigation.


Police seeking ID of two shoplifting suspects





If you recognize her, contact Officer M. McCabe at 421-8711 ext. 6038.













If you recognize him, contact Officer C. Fox at 421-8711, ext. 6022.




(Posted Feb. 29, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


CGPD is attempting to identify this person in connection with a recent shoplifting case.

If you recognize this person, please contact Cpl. J. Robinson at 421-8711, ext. 6950. 

Aspen Court fires investigated as arsons

(Posted Feb. 9, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Feb. 5, at approximately 10 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to two apartment structure fires at Aspen Court Apartments, located at 1641 North Kadota Ave. 

Although significant damage resulted from the fires, these apartments were vacant and no one was injured. 

Our agency is investigating these fires as arsons.

If you have any information regarding these fires or the individual(s) who may be responsible for them, please contact Detective Price at 421-8711, ext. 6062. 

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes). 

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Eloy man killed in head-on vehicles collision

(Posted Feb. 5, 2016)


The Police Department made this announcement today:


On Feb. 5, 2016, at 6:58 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a vehicle collision involving two vehicles on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway just west of Val Vista Boulevard.

Upon their arrival, officers discovered a female driver of a Chevrolet truck with serious injuries and a male driver of a Ford truck with serious injuries. These two drivers were the sole occupants of the vehicles.

The female driver, identified as 38-year-old Casa Grande resident Lillian Cortez, was flown to a Phoenix area hospital. She is currently in stable condition. 

The male driver, identified as 32-year-old Eloy resident Yancy Juarez, was transported by ambulance to Casa Grande Banner Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Juarez’s next of kin has been notified of his death.

At this time, investigators have determined Ms. Cortez was traveling eastbound toward Casa Grande and Mr. Juarez was traveling westbound toward Maricopa when the two collided in a head-on collision. 

Investigators have not determined the cause of this collision and it remains under investigation. 


Seven new police officers sworn in Monday night

(Posted Feb. 1, 2016)


Seven new Casa Grande police officers were sworn in Monday night during the City Council meeting.

They are, above, Brandon Garcia, Jonathan Symmonds, Victor Perea, Jonathan Guerrero, Colten Nash, Franco Harris and Loc Nguyen.

Interim Police Services Manager (acting chief) Chris Vasquez said in a Facebook post that for the first time in several years the department is at full strength of 81, from chief on down.

"I had three important goals I wanted to accomplish as interim chief of the Casa Grande Police Department," his posting said. 

"First, improve morale. Accomplished. Second, restore trust in the office of chief. Accomplished. And third, have no police officer vacancies. Tonight accomplished."


Protective vest donated for police dog Floki

(Posted Feb. 2, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


Casa Grande Police Department’s K9 Floki has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 

The vest was sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and is embroidered with the sentiment, “Stay safe our 4-legged Hero!”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. 

The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. 

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided more than 1,700 protective vests in 49 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $1.6 million. 

All vests are custom made by Armor Express in Central Lake, Mich.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795-$2,234, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of four to five pounds. 

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, Mass. 02718.


Both Saturday house fires investigated as arson

(Posted Jan. 25, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Jan. 23 between 7:30-7:40 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to two residential structure fires.  

Our agency is investigating these fires as arsons.

The first fire was located at 1562 N. Park Ave. and the second fire was at 1286 E. Brenda Drive.  No one was home during these events and no one was injured.   

If you have any information regarding these fires or the individuals who may be responsible for them, please contact Detective Schmitz at 421-8711, ext. 6060.  

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes).  

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.






Juan Murillo, left




Marc Pedregon, right

Alert neighbors help nab two burglary suspects

(Posted Jan. 20, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Jan. 20, 2016, at 8:17 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received a 911 call regarding two subjects behaving suspiciously in the 600 block of West Racine Loop. 

Several neighbors were able to provide witness information indicating these two subjects may have stolen property from vehicles in the neighborhood. 

Based on the descriptions provided, officers responded and immediately identified the two reported subjects in the area.

Officers began interviewing witnesses and neighbors and were able to determine the subjects entered an open garage of a residence on West Racine Loop and burglarized a vehicle inside. 

Witness statements and evidence located in the area led officers to discover two more vehicles were burglarized, one on Racine Loop and one in the 1800 block of North Parkside Lane.

The two subjects detained were identified as 21-year-old Juan Murillo and 21-year-old Marc Pedregon. 

Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation, including interviewing the suspects. 

Detectives determined the suspects took several items from the garage and vehicles, to include a bicycle, computer tablet, two space heaters and other miscellaneous items. Some of these items contained information indicating the addresses of the victims.

Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. 

Numerous charges, including residential and vehicle burglary, will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


No-cost spay/neuter vouchers now available

(Posted Jan. 20, 2016)


The Casa Grande Police Department posted this announcement today:


The Arizona Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Committee awarded the City of Casa Grande Animal Care and Adoption Center a $10,000 grant to assist with spay and neuter surgery costs. 

This is the fourth year the city has been awarded this grant. 

The grant funds were made available from the support and sales of the Arizona Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Pet Friendly License Plates.

Residents who live in the Casa Grande city limits can apply to spay or neuter their pets at no cost. 

Only two pets per household are eligible. 

Pets must be at least three months old and have a current rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccination certificate must be presented or one will be provided at the time of the surgery at a cost of $10.

Pet owners who are interested in participating in the program must fill out an application to receive a voucher. 

Application forms are available at the Finance Office (510 E. Florence Blvd., Building B) or by calling the Animal Care and Adoption Center at (520) 426-9300. 

The voucher only covers the cost of the spay or neuter. 

The pet owner has no obligation to receive additional services other than the rabies vaccination. 

Once applications have been submitted, staff will call within a week to schedule a surgery date.

The Animal Care and Adoption Center will continue to give out spay and neuter vouchers to residents who live in the Casa Grande city limits until grant money is depleted.


Officer Brandon Garcia joins Police Department



(Posted Jan. 14, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Join us in welcoming our newest police officer, Brandon Garcia.

Brandon graduated the training academy today and is ready to serve Casa Grande.


Teen boy stabbed, police hunting assailant

(Posted Dec. 29, 2013)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Dec. 26 at approximately 5:11 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call in the 500 block of East Manor Drive regarding a stabbing.

Officers discovered a 16-year-old boy lying in the front yard of his residence holding a towel to the front right side of his torso. 

The victim stated he was approached by a male subject demanding he give him his cell phone. The victim stated a physical altercation ensued and the suspect struck him several times, including once with a sharp object which penetrated his front right ribcage area. The victim was able to maintain control of his cell phone.

The teenager was treated on scene by EMS and flown to Maricopa Medical Center for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The victim was able to describe the suspect as possibly Hispanic with a dark skin complexion wearing mostly black and a beanie. The suspect may have left in a white sedan.

At this time, police do not have any significant leads in this case and are asking that anyone having information regarding this case or the suspect involved contact Detective B. Walsh at 421-8711 ext. 7140.


Two hunted for passing counterfeit currency

Two are suspected of passing counterfeit bills, left


(Posted Dec. 29, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject(s) in this photograph regarding a forgery case that occurred on Dec. 27 at 11:45 a.m. 

The man is described as a young black accompanied by a young Hispanic female. 

The man is suspected of passing multiple forms of counterfeit currency at the Casa Grande Dillard's department store.

If you have any information regarding this crime or the individuals in this photograph, contact Detective B. Walsh at 421-8711, ext. 7140. 

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply texting “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes). 

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Leads sought in assault with rifle incident

(Posted Dec. 29, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Nov. 27 at approximately 6 p.m. the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call in the 500 block of East Racine Place regarding an aggravated assault.

Officers discovered a 24-year-old man stating an unknown man exited a vehicle and pointed a black assault style rifle at him. The victim stated the subject made a threatening statement toward him, got back into the vehicle and left the area. The victim was not injured.

He described the subject with the rifle as a Hispanic male, 18-24 years old, with brown eyes, diamond earrings in both ears and wearing a blue bandana over the lower portion of his face. He also described him as wearing a black hat, black tee shirt and blue pants. He said the man had multiple tattoos on both forearms and numbers tattooed on his fingers.

The vehicle was described as a primer color 4-door Honda with gold rims and dark tinted windows. There may have been at least three unknown passengers in the vehicle as well.

At this time, police do not have any significant leads in this case and are asking that anyone having information regarding this case or the suspect involved contact Detective T. Schmitz at 421-8711, ext. 6060.


Centner retiring after almost 25 years with PD







Detective Margo Centner, who retires Dec. 24 after almost 25 years with the Police Department, holds a service plaque and framed gift.


(Police Department photo)

(Posted Dec. 21, 2015)


You can watch the video of the ceremony by clicking on Item F at

http://casagrandeaz.swagit.com/play/12212015-965



Detective Margo Centner was honored Monday night upon her retirement at close to 25 years with the Casa Grande Police Department.

At the start of the City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Jackson said that when he came to work for the city as pubic works director in June 1991 Centner, who began with the department that April, was one of the first police officers he met.

"She is the first female officer to serve and reach retirement within the city of Casa Grande," Jackson said, "leaves us with almost 25 years of service."

Noting that he was sure Centner has seen many changes in the Police Department, Jackson continued that, "While enjoying her role as a police officer she has kept our streets and neighborhoods safe and has excelled as a detective. She was named Detective of the Quarter in 2015 and has taken part in solving many local and national level crimes.

"It's always kind of bitter-sweet with retirements. I'm glad for you that you're retiring; I'm not glad for us, because we lose tremendous experience when people like yourself leave.

"Always delightful, great personality and I just wish you all the best in retirement. Thank you and congratulations."

Centner's last day with the department is Christmas Eve. "That's my Christmas present, I don't have to go to work the next day," she said.


Capt. Winston completes FBI National Academy

Capt. Winston, left



(Posted Dec. 17, 2015)



The Police Department announced this today:



Capt. Reginald Winston of the Casa Grande Police Department has graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

On Dec. 11 in Quantico, Va., Winston was among 230 law enforcement officers to successfully graduate the 10- week academy known for its academic excellence, advanced communication, leadership and fitness training.

Winston has served the Casa Grande police community for nearly 20 years and currently is Patrol Division commander where he is responsible for all patrol functions, including police response to calls for assistance and proactive enforcement of state and city statutes, field training, K9 units, and bicycle patrol. 

He also serves as a major in the Arizona Army National Guard, bringing his military service career to 24 years.

“Capt. Winston received valuable leadership training that he will share with our staff and citizenry to continue to provide the service our community has come to expect," said Chris Vasquez, interim director of police services 

"The FBI Academy training will make him an even better leader than he already is.”


Woman hit on Florence Boulevard, later dies

(Posted Dec. 15, 2015)


The Police Department released this statement this afternoon:


On Dec. 14, at 7:02 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian in the 2100 block of East Florence Boulevard directly in front of Siegel Suites Select.

Upon their arrival, officers discovered a female pedestrian lying in the roadway and a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with front end damage. 

The female victim, later identified as 41-year-old Christianne McCarthy, was flown to a Chandler hospital for treatment of apparent internal and head injuries. McCarthy did not survive her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital shortly after midnight. Her next of kin has been notified.

The scene was closed for several hours as our Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) completed their investigation. 

Investigators determined the victim, who was residing at the Siegel Select Suites, was crossing southbound on Florence Boulevard after leaving the Chevron convenience store when she was struck by the eastbound truck. 

She was accompanied by her 5 year old son, who was not struck or injured. 

Witnesses stated the victim was in the center turn lane waiting for a break in traffic when a vehicle in the inside lane slowed for her. The truck that struck her was in the outside lane and the 80-year-old male driver may not have seen her or the child.

There is no marked cross walk in the area where this collision occurred. 

The driver of the truck was not cited.


(Posted Dec. 14, 2015)


Our next Coffee with a Cop is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17, from 7-9 a.m. at Starbucks, located at Florence Boulevard and Peart Road.

DUI saturation patrols through holiday month

(Posted Dec. 1, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols throughout the month of December as part of the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force. 

The saturation patrols will begin each weekend night and run until the early morning hours.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community. 

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande. Sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Pinal County are scheduled to attend. 

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence. 

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


14-year-old girl shot by accident at city range

(Posted Nov. 30, 2015)


The Police Department made this announcement today:


On Nov. 28 at 5:31 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the city’s public shooting range, located at 2766 South Isom Road, after receiving a report of a 14-year-old girl who was shot.  

A Police Department park ranger was conducting a security check of the range at the time and immediately responded by providing first aid.  Upon their arrival, officers assisted the park ranger until EMS arrived.  

The girl was flown to a Phoenix area hospital and is expected to recover. 

Based on the investigation, detectives determined 50-year-old Howard Reno was attempting to holster his 9mm handgun at a range table and accidentally discharged it.  

The bullet struck the girl, who was sitting approximately 20 feet away, in the upper front torso and exited her back.  

The child’s family was on scene during the incident and Reno is a family friend.

CGPD Detectives are forwarding the report to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  


(NOTE: The Police Department corrected its original news release to indicate that the girl is 14, not 13)


'tis the season to be wary 

(Posted Nov. 23, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement and holiday shopping tips


The Casa Grande Police Department will be out in full force over the holiday season to ensure a safe environment for our citizens.

Uniformed patrol officers, bicycle patrols and Citizen On Patrol volunteers will be patrolling common shopping areas in an effort to deter crime and provide immediate assistance if needed. 

Remember, your safety and security begins with you being aware of your surroundings, both situational and environmental.

We want to thank our friends at the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) for reminding last-minute shoppers to keep safety in mind as they hunt for those last-minute bargains. 

There is quite a bit of information here, make sure to read it all and put it to good use.


Shopping in stores

• Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.

• Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card statements as they come in.

• Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as one-time or multi-use disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.

• Wait until asked before pulling out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information. 

• Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.


Walking to or from your car

• Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket. 

• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. 

• Check the backseat and around the car before getting in.

• Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk, or, if possible, take them directly home.


Shopping with small children

• Make a plan in case you are separated from each other.

• Select a central meeting place.

• Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.


Shopping online

• Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone's computer should have antivirus, antispyware, and antispam software, as well as a good firewall installed. 

• Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to "verify" your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate business owners will not contact you in this manner.

• Beware of "bargains" from companies with whom you are unfamiliar. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

• Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or "https" in the URL address.

• Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company. 


DUI patrols scheduled over holiday weekend

(Posted Nov. 23, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols from Friday through Sunday as part of the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force. 

The saturation patrols will begin each night and run until the early morning hours.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community. 

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande. Sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Pinal County are scheduled to attend. 

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence. 

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


Two armed robberies, a chase, search, arrest 

Julius Santiago Trejo, left


(Posted Nov. 11, 2015)


The Police Department issued this press release this afternoon:


On Nov. 11,  the Casa Grande Police Department arrested 21-year-old Julius Santiago Trejo after responding to two separate armed robberies that occurred this morning.

At approximately 3 a.m., officers responded to the Circle K at 822 E. Jimmie Kerr Blvd. in response to an armed robbery that had just occurred. 

Store employees stated a male subject wearing a hoodie entered the store with a rifle and demanded money. He was able to flee the store with cash and a carton of cigarettes. The witness information provided to police described the suspect entering the passenger compartment of a silver SUV

Shortly after 4 a.m., officers were searching for the suspect vehicle throughout the city when they received a second call of an armed robbery occurring at the Circle K located at 2194 N. Trekell Road. 

Upon their arrival, officers witnessed the suspect vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Equinox, fleeing east through the desert. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, which failed to yield, resulting in a pursuit that ended in the area of Cox Road and Randolph Road where the suspect vehicle crashed.

Police established a perimeter and located a male subject matching the description of the robbery suspect. This subject, identified as Santiago Trejo was taken into custody at that time without further incident. 

Additional resources, including surrounding agencies such as the Department of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol and the Pinal County Sheriff Office assisted in the search for the second suspect believed to be the driver of the vehicle. The Arizona Department of Corrections with tracking dogs and DPS and PCSO with helicopters were utilized. The search was ended shortly before noon and the second suspect was not located.

Detectives are currently interviewing the primary suspect, Santiago Trejo. They hope to identify the second suspect soon. 

Among other evidence, a rifle matching the description of the one used by the robbery suspect was located in the suspect vehicle and taken into custody.

No one was injured in the robberies. Residents in the area of the search were asked to remain indoors and report any suspicious activity or persons.

Santiago Trejo will be booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center today. Numerous charges, including armed robbery, will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Casa Grande arrest in nationwide laptops scam

Sonia Ellis, left


(Posted Nov. 6, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Nov. 5, the Casa Grande Police Department arrested 51-year-old local resident Sonia Ellis for her involvement in a nationwide laptop scam.

On Nov. 2, department detectives received information regarding three HP Z Notebooks in their original packaging that were pawned at a local pawn shop. These Notebooks, a type of high-end laptop, have a high value and, along with being in their original packaging, created suspicion with the reporting party. 

Detectives then began an in-depth investigation which led them to a much larger scam.

Detectives traced the Notebooks back to a company in Pennsylvania that sold 15 of them to a company in Georgia. This company then sent the 15 Notebooks to whom they believed was a George Washington University representative. They were sent without receiving payment because they utilize a purchasing order method. 

Unfortunately, the George Washington University representative was actually a Casa Grande resident named Sonia Ellis.

Detectives have determined Ellis pawned three of the Notebooks here in Casa Grande and four more in Mesa. 

A search warrant was executed at Ellis’ residence in the 300 block of North Lincoln Avenue and the remaining eight Notebooks were located there. 

The 15 Notebooks are valued at just over $20,000. 

Ellis’ level of involvement is still under investigation.

She was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. 

Charges of fraudulent schemes and trafficking of stolen property have been forwarded to the

Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Death of three-month-old child investigated

(Posted Nov. 4, 2015)


The Police Department issued this today:


On Nov. 3 at 4:11 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department was dispatched to assist the Fire Department with a call of a child that was not breathing at a residence in the 200 block of East Third Avenue.

Officers arrived on scene to find an unresponsive 3-month-old female child and began administering CPR. The Casa Grande Fire Department arrived and took over lifesaving efforts. 

The child was transported to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, but was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.

At this time, detectives have determined the child was at home with her father taking an afternoon nap. Upon waking, the father realized the child was unresponsive and called 911.

Although this is an ongoing investigation and a full autopsy will be required to complete it, detectives do not suspect foul play at this time. It appears as though the child’s sleep position may have caused asphyxiation, but that has yet to be confirmed.

There were no other children or adults in the home at the time of the incident. The child’s mother arrived shortly after and both she and the father are fully cooperating with the investigation. 

Upon completion of the investigation, a full report will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Gunshot goes through 15-year-old girl's foot

Timothy Zazueta, left



(Posted Nov. 3, 2015)


The Police Department made this announcement this morning:


On Nov. 2 at 8:59 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to Palm View Apartments, located at 851 East Palm Park, after receiving a report of shots fired in the area. 

The call was immediately upgraded with a report of a 15-year-old female shot in the foot.

Officers arrived on scene and discovered the female in an apartment with an apparent gunshot wound to her left foot. 

The girl was transported to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center where she was treated and later released to family. 

It was determined the bullet went completely through the girl’s inner left foot.

Based on the investigation, detectives determined 22-year-old Timothy Zazueta was involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the apartment complex. 

During the altercation, Zazueta fired two shots into the air and fled into one of the apartments. 

While in the apartment, Zazueta was attempting to hide the firearm when he discharged another shot. The round struck the girl.

The firearm has been recovered and is described as a 9mm handgun. 

There were several other people in the apartment, including four more juveniles who could have been injured in this incident. 

No one else was injured.

Zazueta was interviewed, arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. 

CGPD is forwarding the following charges to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review:

 • One count of aggravated assault with a weapon.

• Three counts of unlawful discharge of a weapon

• Five counts of endangerment.


Park rangers provide variety of services for city

(Posted Nov. 3, 2015)


The Police Department released this today:


Historically, the Park Ranger Program has been managed by the City of Casa Grande Parks and Recreation Department. 

In late 2013, those responsibilities were transferred to the Casa Grande Police Department. Since then, the program has undergone a dramatic transformation. 

We have hired and certified three park rangers, provided them with training, uniforms and equipment and integrated them into the police patrol squads.

The park rangers are responsible for over 23 parks and numerous city buildings and properties in Casa Grande. Their mission is to provide respectful and professional assistance to all park users and to ensure compliance with laws and city codes through education and enforcement. 

The park rangers write reports, patrol parks, take enforcement action when appropriate, conduct security checks at all city buildings and properties, handle after hours animal calls, assist patrol officers during emergencies by providing traffic control and assist in the search of missing persons.

The work of the park rangers requires them to utilize vehicles that are properly marked as park ranger vehicles. 

We recently discovered a Casa Grande Fire Department vehicle that was scheduled to be taken off-line and sold at auction. We were able to complete a proposal to have this vehicle transferred to the Police Department and, for a very low cost, were able to have a graphics wrap applied. We also salvaged an emergency lighting and radio equipment package from another police vehicle and installed it in the truck. 

Needless to say, our park rangers are thrilled to have this vehicle available to them to perform their duties. 

We are extremely appreciative of the efforts of our Fleet Department, City Manager’s Office and everyone else involved in preparing this vehicle for use and saving our city funds that can be used elsewhere.

We are also proud of our park rangers and the program. 

Please take advantage of our program by communicating with the park rangers when you see them out in our community.


Oct. 13 update from PD:

Well, that was fast! Thanks Casa Grande, we have identified the subjects in the photo! This is a great example of community policing!

(Posted Oct. 12, 2015)


The Police Department issued this today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying the two males in this photograph, reference a recent theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. 

If you have any information regarding the identity of them, please contact Officer T. Miller at 421-8711, ext. 6066.


Citizen Police Academy now begins Nov. 10

(Posted Oct. 26, 2015)


The Police Department issued this update to the announcement below:


Our Citizen Police Academy has been rescheduled to begin on Nov. 10.

This is a five-week academy that meets every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6-9 p.m.

If you are interested in attending, contact Wendy Lloyd at 421-8711, ext. 6140, to register.

(Posted Oct. 6, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The next Citizen Police Academy will be Oct. 27-Dec. 10.

The Casa Grande Police Department Volunteer Unit is comprised of over 110 citizens from our community. These volunteers assist us in our daily operations in areas such as office and clerical, fleet management, traffic control, and community outreach, just to name a few.

Every year, we host a minimum of three citizen police academies. We value our partnership with the Casa Grande community and this academy provides a great opportunity to strengthen and nurture that relationship. It also gives citizens the opportunity to learn about great ways to volunteer with us. 

Our next academy starts on Oct. 27 and goes through Dec. 10. Classes are held at the department, 373 East Val Vista Boulevard, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. throughout the six weeks. Each night, there are three instructors from various divisions teaching the ins and outs of police work. 

Class space is limited to 35 participants.

If you are interested in attending the academy or volunteering, contact Wendy Lloyd at the Casa Grande Police Department at 421-8711, ext. 6140.

Register ends Oct. 23.


Sexual exploitation of minor arrest, indictment
   Other charges are organized retail theft, trafficking of stolen property

Alejandro Quintanar, left



(Posted Oct. 1, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 26-year-old Alejandro Quintanar on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, organized retail theft and trafficking of stolen property.  

In early September, the Casa Grande Police Department began an investigation into thefts from various retail stores including Target and Walmart. These incidents involved the theft of expensive electronic merchandise.  During the course of the investigation, officers identified Alejandro Quintanar as a primary suspect and arrested him on Sept. 17. Quintanar was not booked into jail at that time due to a medical issue.  

Quintanar’s cellular phone was seized for evidence related to organized retail theft.  

In a joint investigation with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, CGPD was able to obtain evidence from Quintanar’s phone, including numerous images and videos depicting child pornography. Fifty video files were discovered of what are known images of child pornography.  

On Sept. 24, Quintanar was arrested at his residence in the 700 block of West Gila Bend Highway.  He was subsequently booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charges of sexual exploitation of a minor were forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  

On Sept. 30, Quintanar was indicted on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.


Man shot to death, mother of their child held

Audra Jarrett, left


(Posted Sept. 28, 2015)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Sept. 27 at 11:34 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received a 911 call from 26-year-old Audra Lynn Jarrett reporting she had shot her child’s father. Officers responded to the 600 block of East Manor Drive and discovered Jarrett waiting outside.

Officers entered the residence and discovered 34-year-old Jesse Rodriguez lying in the hallway with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest area. Officers immediately began to administer first aid, but Rodriguez did not survive and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Officers discovered a .45 caliber handgun in the residence. 

A 5-year-old child was also in the residence and was turned over to a family member. The child was not injured. At this time, investigators have determined there was a verbal dispute between Jarrett and Rodriguez, which preceded the shooting. 

This remains an active investigation.

Audra Jarrett was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charges of second-degree murder  are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


(CG News note: The detention center posting shows Jarrett is being held on $250,000 bond, with court date of Oct. 8.)


Pet Club robbed at gunpoint, two being sought

(Posted Sept. 28, 2015)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Sept. 27 at 5:21 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a 911 call at Pet Club, located at 1330 East Florence Blvd. 

The caller was a store employee reporting two male subjects robbed the store at gunpoint. 

The caller stated the subjects then fled the store through the back door with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Upon their arrival, officers were able to gather witness statements and video evidence of the robbery. 

One male is described as possibly Hispanic, 5’6"-5’8" tall, short black hair, wearing a long sleeve black shirt and shorts. The second subject is described as possibly Hispanic, 5’6"-5’7 tall, short black hair, wearing a long sleeve black shirt and tan shorts. 

The first male subject was reported to be carrying a black handgun. 

No one was injured during the robbery.

The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking information regarding this robbery. 

If you recognize these subjects or have any information regarding this robbery, please contact Detective Robert Price at 421-8711, ext. 6062. 

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes). Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


(Surveillance camera images are below)


CG home burglarized, police nab two suspects

(Posted Sept. 28, 2015)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Sept. 26, the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the 1200 block of East Avenida Fresca for a burglary in progress. The call for service was made by the homeowner who stated they heard unknown subjects in their residence.

Upon arrival, officers set up a perimeter of the residence and removed the homeowner for safety. oA CGPD K9 Officer with K9 Floki announced themselves at the door of the residence, ordering the suspects to exit. At that time, two male subjects fled from the rear door of the residence and surrendered when they encountered officers.

The subjects were identified as a 17-year-old male and 18-year-old Johnny Delapaz. Delapaz was found to be in possession of property taken from the residence. 

Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail. Charges of burglary will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Silent Witness tip leads to armed robbery arrest

(Posted Sept. 23, 2015)


The Police Department issued this today:


On Sept. 18 at 12:31 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to Fry’s Food Store, located at 1385 East Florence Blvd., regarding a shoplifting in progress. 

Upon arrival, store employees reported a male subject attempted to leave the store with food items without paying. Store employees confronted the subject and he brandished a handgun, told them to back off and fled the store on foot. 

Officers searched the area for this subject, but he was not located at the time.

Based on witness statements, photographs and descriptions, officers were able to identify the subject as 38-year-old Francisco Figueroa. Figueroa did not have a current home address and was believed to be homeless.

Based on direct information provided by a Silent Witness tip, officers were able to locate Figueroa in the 1100 block of East Love Street around midnight on Sept. 19 and took him into custody. 

The firearm was not located at that time. 

The next day, officers retraced the path believed to be taken by the suspect and, along with another witness’ statement, discovered a CO2 cartridge air pistol matching the description of the firearm used in the armed robbery.

Silent Witness is a non-profit program created to give citizens the opportunity to assist law enforcement in solving crimes. Citizens remain completely anonymous and are paid cash rewards of up to $1,000 when the information they provide leads to an arrest or indictment.

The Casa Grande Police Department is forwarding robbery charges to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review. 


.45 bullet passes through two doors, hits boy, 8

(Posted Sept. 8, 2015)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Sept. 8 at 2:04 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center after receiving a report of an 8-year-old boy with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper left arm. Upon arrival of our detectives, the boy was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for specialized treatment. He is expected to undergo surgery later today.

Based on the investigation, detectives determined 39-year-old Mike Lee Dickey was babysitting for the boy’s parents. 

Dickey was in the bathroom removing his firearm, a .45 caliber handgun, from his waistband when it discharged. 

The single round passed through two doors, ultimately striking the boy in the upper left arm while he slept in his bedroom.

CGPD detectives are forwarding the report to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Speed may have caused fatal cycle-semi crash

(Posted Sept. 8, 2015)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


Scroll to next story for initial posting and link to Garcia funding page



On Sept. 6 at 10:20 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a vehicle collision near Franklin Foods, located at 1221 W. Gila Bend Highway.  

Upon their arrival, officers discovered a semi trailer and a motorcycle were involved in this collision.  

Officers also discovered a 22-year-old male lying on the roadway with apparent serious injuries. He was transported to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center where he died from his injuries.  

The male, who was determined to be the motorcyclist, was identified as Casa Grande resident Zachariah Noel Garcia.  

The 61-year-old male driver of the semi was not injured.

The scene was closed for several hours as our Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) completed their investigation.  

Investigators determined the driver of the semi entered the roadway from Franklin Foods heading east when the motorcycle collided with the rear of the trailer.   

At this time, investigators believe speed may have been a contributing factor in this collision.  

The semi driver has not been cited.  

This is an ongoing investigation


No report yet on fatal cycle-semi truck accident

(Posted Sept. 7, 2015)


No information has yet been released by the Police Department about a fatal motorcycle-semi truck accident Sunday night on Gila Bend Highway.

According to social media, a fundraising account for the family of Zach Garcia, who leaves a wife and two sons, two years old and six months old, has been set up at http://www.gofundme.com/wn3mckg4.


Checking the welfare of our senior citizens

(Posted Sept. 4, 2015)


The Police Department posted this today:


Above are some of the members of our longest running volunteer program — Senior Phone Patrol.

Seniors are often homebound. They may have various medical issues and have no one in the immediate area who can check on their wellbeing on a daily basis.

Senior Phone Patrol is a group of volunteers who make phone contact with seniors who participate in the program. 

A short "How are you?" type of conversation takes place. The volunteer notes the conversation and makes a quick determination if the senior is okay. As time passes, the caller and participant grow to be phone friends, making the daily call more important to both. 

When the call is not answered, the caller will attempt to contact again within a few minutes. If there is no answer after the third call, a listed friend or responsible party is called. If no contact is made at all, the volunteer coordinator or a police officer is sent to the participant's residence to make physical contact. 

This is a free service, but some restrictions do apply.

This program has been consistent in our department and community for more than 30 years. We are very proud of our volunteers and their loyal service. 

For more information, call CGPD Volunteer Services at 421-8711, ext. 6140.


Arrest made in Monday's north city fatal crash

Mauricio Barreras Moraga, left


Scroll down page for initial news release


(Posted Sept. 1, 2015)


The Police Department made this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department Critical Accident Investigations Team continues to investigate the fatal collision that occurred yesterday on Trekell Road. 

Investigators have identified the three occupants as 24-year-old Mauricio Barreras Moraga, 20-year-old Kimberly Marie Armenta and a 15-year-old male. 

Kimberly Armenta was found deceased at the scene of the collision. The two males were flown to Phoenix area hospitals. The 15-year-old was treated and released to his family yesterday.

Mauricio Moraga was released from the hospital this afternoon, taken into custody by CGPD and transported to the Casa Grande Public Safety Facility for booking. 

Investigators have determined Moraga was the driver of the truck, which was reported stolen from Maricopa. 

Investigators are forwarding numerous felony charges on Moraga to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review. These charges include manslaughter, aggravated assault and theft of means of transportation.


DUI saturation patrols Friday through Monday

(Posted Sept. 1, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7, as part of the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force. 

Saturation patrols will begin each night and continue throughout the early morning hours.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community. 

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande. Sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Pinal County are scheduled to participate. 

Please remember that consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence. We ask our citizens to make good decisions. 

If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


Crash in north city leaves one dead, two injured

(Posted Aug. 31, 2015)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Aug. 31, 2015, at 2:20 p.m., a 15-year-old male walked into the front lobby of the Casa Grande Public Safety Facility on Val Vista Boulevard to report he was involved in a vehicle crash in the desert east of the station.  

Police responded immediately and discovered a white 2007 Ford pickup truck in a ditch next to Trekell Road approximately one mile south of Val Vista.  

Officers discovered one of the occupants, a 20-year-old female, deceased next to the truck.  

The third occupant, a 26-year-old male, was located walking in the Villago subdivision just west of the scene.  The truck was found to be reported as stolen out of Maricopa.

The juvenile who entered the Public Safety lobby was able to relay information to officers describing the other two occupants, matching the discoveries made by officers at the scene of the collision and in the Villago subdivision.  

The juvenile had significant injuries and was flown to a Phoenix area hospital. The adult male found in Villago also had significant injuries and was flown to a Phoenix area hospital. At this time, the extent of their injuries is unknown.

The scene was closed for several hours as our Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) completed their investigation.  

This roadway is a dirt road and not suitable for high speeds. Investigators believe speed and lack of seatbelt use were contributing factors in this collision.  

This is an ongoing investigation.  

It is unclear at this time who was driving the vehicle and if any charges will be filed.  

The names of all involved are not available at this time. 


Caution alert about door-to-door solicitors

(Posted Aug. 22, 2015)


The Police Department issued this notice today:


As some of you may have read in our local newspaper or heard around town, we have had some reports of individuals soliciting in neighborhoods and representing themselves as sales or repairmen for various cable companies. 

Based on these various reports and others, we have initiated an investigation to address the credibility of these solicitors. 

Although soliciting is legal and many solicitors do have valid credentials acquired through the city of Casa Grande, there are some that do not and we are attempting to identify any who may be involved in crimes in our community.

If you have experienced a solicitor in the past 10 days who represented themselves as a cable service repair, install or salesman, we ask you to contact Sgt. Dave Engstrom at 421-8711, ext. 6340. 

Sgt. Engstrom is looking for any type of information regarding these individuals, such as descriptions, vehicles, license plates, etc. 

Please leave him a voicemail if he is not available.


CG NEWS NOTE: Reports are also circulating about persons representing themselves as satellite TV company workers.


Help sought in finding shoplifting suspects

(Posted Aug. 20, 2015)


The Casa Grande Police Department is investigating a recent shoplifting and is asking for your assistance in identifying the two individuals in this photo wearing red shirts. 

If you recognize these individuals, please contact Officer M. O'Conner at 421-8711, ext. 6332.


Four Police Department Youth Explorers promoted

(Posted Aug. 19, 2015)


The Police Department posted this today:


Please join us in congratulating our Casa Grande Police Department Youth Explorers (Post 2920) who were promoted tonight.

From left are lieutenants Jacob Montoya and Carlos Gutierrez and sergeants Olivia Bradford and Josh Carter.       (Police Department photo)

(Posted Aug. 17, 2015)


Join us in congratulating Officer Scott Brown for winning the 2015 MADD DUI Enforcement Officer of the Year award last week in Tucson. This award represents his commitment to keeping our community safe.                                               (Police Department photos)


McCartney/CG Avenue signal now fully operational

(Posted Aug. 4, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Along with a new school year, the city of Casa Grande has installed a new traffic control signal at the intersection of McCartney Road and Casa Grande Avenue. 

The signal is fully operational as of Monday, Aug. 3, after a month long installation and testing process. This new signal is expected to alleviate the congestion caused, in part, by the addition of Villago Middle School and the Early Childhood Learning Center located in the Villago subdivision.

As with any new change to traffic conditions, the Casa Grande Police Department is asking citizens to pay close attention to this new signal and obey all traffic laws regarding it. You may notice additional police resources throughout the city during this first week of school, but the responsibility of safe driving remains with the citizen throughout the year.

Do your part to help keep Casa Grande streets safe this school year. Practice safe driving habits and always use common sense.

McCartney/CG Avenue traffic signal now active

(Posted Aug. 1, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today


The new traffic signal on McCartney Road at Casa Grande Avenue has been activated. 

It will blink red (which means STOP) through the weekend and be fully active after school starts on Monday morning.

Please be cautious when entering this area and remember that a traffic change such as this requires us to pay more attention and develop new habits.

Drive safe, CG.


A rash of vehicle burglaries -- take care

(Posted July 30, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Last night, CGPD received several reports indicating a rash of vehicle burglaries in the Shadow Ridge and Tamaron subdivisions. 

Please remember to:

• Always lock your doors and take your keys with you.

• Never leave valuables in your vehicle.

• Use visible theft deterrent devices.

• And, always report a vehicle burglary (even if only attempted) to your Police Department.


Man held in string of burglaries, attempts

Sager Sweis, left


(Posted July 28, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 29-year-old Sager Sweis in connection with burglaries that occurred early Monday morning.

Police began investigating this string of burglaries, some attempts only, shortly after midnight, Monday, July 27. CGPD received a report of a suspicious person in and around the MainStay Suites at 851 North Henness Road. Upon their arrival, officers discovered a room had been entered and items were stolen. These items were later discovered in Sweis’ possession.

At approximately 6 a.m., Sweis was located at Acacia Lofts in the 1400 block of East Ninth Street after witnesses reported seeing him jumping a fence and attempting to gain access into a residence. At that time, Sweis was taken into custody. 

He was found to be in possession of numerous items of evidence that connected him to the MainStay Suites burglary and one that would be discovered later in the investigation.

Officers continued the investigation when CGPD learned of two more incidents. 

The first took place at Best Western where video surveillance clearly shows Sweis breaking into two vending machines, causing extensive damage and stealing money from the machines. 

The second incident took place at Sparkle Auto Spa where video surveillance shows a man matching Sweis’ description attempting to gain access to the business. He was unsuccessful and then walked east toward the Army Recruiting Office, where a report was made later of a burglarized vehicle. Police identified the victim of the vehicle burglary and it was discovered that some of the items found in Sweis’ possession came from that vehicle. These items included multiple forms of identification and a bank check.

Sweis was booked and transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. Multiple charges of burglary, trespassing, criminal damage and identity theft will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review. These cases have been turned over to the CGPD Criminal Investigations Division and detectives are working to identify any further incidents Sweis may have been involved in.


School safety traffic enforcement begins Aug. 3

(Posted July 28, 2015)


Watch the video HERE


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


A new school year is underway and that means hundreds of children in Casa Grande will be walking, biking, riding and driving to and from school every week day. 

Beginning Aug. 3, the Casa Grande Police Department will be providing additional resources throughout the community to enforce safe driving and pedestrian habits. This enforcement will last the entire first week of school. 

Our goal is to make drivers and pedestrians aware of Arizona traffic laws as they relate to crosswalks and pedestrians.

CGPD offers the following tips for you when it comes to pedestrian safety:

• SLOW DOWN ... especially in residential areas. Drivers should take extra precaution in places where children and pedestrians are common, like schools, parks, playgrounds and bus stops.

• YIELD ... to pedestrians who are crossing at a marked crosswalk. Be aware of those crossing at unmarked areas. Vehicles approaching from the back must stop also.

• Always STOP ... behind the crosswalk where the painted lines are visible to the driver. Remember to come to a complete stop when making a right turn on a red light, especially when a pedestrian is using the crosswalk.

• Always keep an eye out for pedestrians when driving. 

• Look left and right when approaching a crosswalk.

• Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. A driver must yield when entering or exiting a parking lot or private property if a pedestrian is crossing on the sidewalk.

It is devastating when a life is lost or seriously impaired because someone failed to obey basic traffic safety rules. Injuries can occur even at very low speeds. Do your part to help keep Casa Grande streets safe this school year. Follow these safety tips. Practice safe driving habits and always use common sense.


Man arrested for home invasion, armed robbery

Thomas H. Catoizzi, left


(Posted July 24, 2015)


The Police Department posted this today:


Scroll down for earlier story, arrest


On July 23 at 1:30 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department arrested 24-year -old local resident Thomas H. Catoizzi in direct connection with the armed robbery that occurred on July 20 in the 1200 block of East Clearview Drive.

This follows the July 21 arrest of Royes Joseph King. King was arrested for possession of property obtained from the robbery, but police do not believe at this time that he was directly involved in the robbery.

Catoizzi was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charges of armed robbery, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, burglary and theft of means of transportation will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

Police continue searching for one outstanding suspect connected to the robbery and request that anyone with information regarding the incident call them immediately at 421-8711, ext. 6580.


Man had items from CG home invasion, robbery

Royes Joseph King, left


(Posted July 23, 2015)


The Police Department posted this announcement this evening:


On 7-20-15 at approximately 4:20 p.m., two unknown male subjects entered a residence in the 1200 block of east Clearview Drive, robbing the homeowner at gunpoint. Each of the subjects had their face partially covered with bandanas.

The two took items from the home, to include the victim’s vehicle, which was recovered a short time later in the 1500 block of North Kadota Avenue.

Detectives responded to a tip the morning of 7-21-15 regarding a subject identified as 21-year-old Royes Joseph King. King sold items to multiple pawn shops within the city, which were positively identified by the victim as having been taken from his home during the robbery.

On 7-21-15, King was arrested in the 1500 block of Casa Grande Avenue without incident. He was later charged with two counts of trafficking in stolen property and two counts of possession of stolen property. He has not been charged with robbery at this time. A search warrant was served on his residence and his vehicle.

(JULY 24 UPDATE: A press release today from the Police Department said that while King had items taken during the home invasion, officers do not believe at this time that he was directly involved in the robbery.)

King was booked into the Pinal County Jail the evening of the 21st.

The investigation is ongoing and the Casa Grande Police Department requests that anyone with information regarding the incident contact them at 421-8711, ext. 6580.





BE
AWARE

Child left in hot car remains in critical condition

(Posted July 21, 2015)


The full press release is HERE


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On July 19 (Sunday) at approximately 3 p.m. Casa Grande police officers responded to the 200 block of  West Caribbean Drive reference 2½ -year-old Hadley Sellaro (female) being left in a vehicle.

Officers interviewed Hadley’s parents, 54-year-old Stephen Sellaro and 41-year-old Courtney Sellaro, learning the family of nine returned home from church in two different vehicles at approximately 12:30 p.m. Stephen had three children in his vehicle and Courtney had four children, including Hadley in her vehicle. 

After parking in their driveway, Courtney asked one of her children to unbuckle Hadley. Courtney told police she had to run inside to use the restroom. Hadley was unbuckled; however, was not removed from the vehicle at that time.     

Hadley was found by the family approximately 2½ hours later, still inside the vehicle. She was breathing but unresponsive. Stephen and Courtney attempted to lower Hadley’s body temperature with cool water while calling 911.


(CG NEWS NOTE: The Weather Service records show the temperature at that time at Casa Grande Airport, the monitoring location for this area, was 91 degrees in the shade. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131-172 degrees when outside temperatures are 80-100. Link to that report is HERE.) 


Hadley was treated on scene by the Casa Grande Fire Department. She was transported by ground ambulance to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center where she was stabilized. At approximately 5 p.m. Hadley was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where she remains in critical condition, prognosis unknown.

The family has been cooperative with investigators and no arrests have been made. Charging reviews for one count of child abuse against Courtney Sellaro and Stephen Sellaro are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. 


CG NEWS JULY 21 UPDATE: A prayer chain request this afternoon said the girl is in a medically-induced coma in an attempt to reducing swelling of her brain.

Cops arrest 'Dent Doctors' scam suspect

(Posted July 11, 2015)


Scroll down page for initial scam story


The Police Department issued this announcement this morning:


The Casa Grande Police Department has made an arrest in connection with recent reports of individuals and groups scamming citizens by fraudulently offering to repair vehicle dents.

35-year-old Randy Thompson was arrested last night and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for a PCSO fraud warrant and pending charges of fraudulent schemes being forwarded by our agency in connection with previously reported dent scams.  

This arrest came after Casa Grande police officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Walgreens on Pinal Avenue at Kortsen Road.  Officers attempted to contact the occupants of the vehicle when the individuals fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood.  

Officers were able to identify one of the subjects, a 16-year-old male, who led them to a house on North Sweetwater Drive.  At this residence, officers discovered Randy Thompson and several other individuals who may be involved in the dent scams.  

Thompson was arrested in connection with prior fraudulent schemes involving the dent scams.  

This is an active and ongoing investigation and police expect to make more arrests in the near future. 


Burglary, credit card fraud suspect ID sought

(Posted July 9, 2015)


The Police Department issued this today:


We need your help in identifying this person. 

She is believed to be a suspect in several vehicle burglaries and fraudulent use of credit cards, not just in CG, but in Scottsdale as well. 

If you recognize her, please contact Detective Margo Centner at 421-8711 ext 6160. 


Warning: Beware of scam by 'Dent Doctors'

(Posted July 9, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Beware of a recent trend of scammers who claim to be dent removal experts, but take your money and run.

In the past several months, the Casa Grande Police Department has taken numerous reports of at least two or more people working together to scam victims out of money by offering to fix dents in their vehicles. They often call themselves “Dent Doctors.” 

These scammers will either dent your vehicle first or find a vehicle with an old dent, then knock on your door or approach you in a public parking lot and offer to fix it for a small fee (anywhere from $100-$300).

The majority of victims seem to be elderly, but not all. 

When denied the opportunity to “fix your dent” the scammers are reported to become belligerent and aggressive. Although no one has reported being assaulted, this has caused sufficient fear in some victims to just give in and pay the fee. 

The scammers then work on the dent by trying to pull or push it out, apply a wax compound and buff it. They are usually gone by the time the victim has realized the work was not completed or the damage is worse than when they started. 

Although not all of these scammers have been identified, CGPD and other agencies are looking for the man in this photograph at left in connection with this scam. His name is Randy Thompson, he is 35 years old, 5’11” tall, 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a 2004 Silver Dodge Ram. 

If you know or see him, please call CGPD at 421-8700 immediately. 

As for the scam itself, here are some tips for this one and others like it:

• Know who you are dealing with. Don’t give money to people you don’t know or haven’t had the chance to verify their credibility as a business. 

• Ask to see their credentials or business permit.

• Never allow anyone to follow you to an ATM for a payment for services.

• And, of course, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is ...


Sergeant donates $500 award to B&G Clubs

(Posted July 9, 2015)


The Police Department posted this today:


Recently, we told you about Sgt. Dave Engstrom being selected by the Arizona Elks Association as Police Officer of the Year. (Scroll down on page)

Along with the award, the Elks presented him with a $500 check.

Sgt. Engstrom was humbled enough by the initial recognition and chose to pay it forward today by donating his check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley. 



Things to know about those boarded-up homes

(Posted July 7, 2015)


The Police Department posted this today:


Are there houses like this in your neighborhood?

Hopefully not. More likely, these types of vacant homes can be found in unfinished subdivisions in many cities just like ours. 

Here are a few tips about these eyesores:

• Teach your kids to stay away from them. Even though they look abandoned, they still belong to someone and entering them is considered trespassing (and potentially dangerous, to say the least).

• If your subdivision has an HOA, contact them and report it. If not, then contact our city Code Enforcement and report it.

• If you see suspicious activity around a property like this, report it to police immediately.






(Posted June 16, 2015)


Is it time for your neighborhood to start a Block Watch? 

Don't wait for a crime to occur. Be proactive and start one today.

Call our Crime Prevention Office at 421-8711, ext. 6760, to set up your Neighborhood Block Watch.


Terrorism liaison officer certified for CGPD

(Posted June 10, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is proud to announce that one of our detectives is now certified through the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) as a terrorism liaison officer (TLO).

The ACTIC is recognized as the State Fusion Center, located in Phoenix and is managed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The Governor’s Arizona Homeland Security Plan was the driving force behind the creation of ACTIC. 

The plan stated “The state will establish a 24/7 intelligence and information analysis center that will serve as a central hub to facilitate the collection, analysis and dissemination of crime and terror related information.” The ACTIC opened on Oct. 1, 2004.

The advantage of having a detective on our staff certified as a TLO is evident in the fact that law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and across the world are frequently facing domestic and foreign threats. The ability to network within ACTIC and disseminate that information allows us to identify and assess the credibility of these threats and take proactive measures to mitigate them.

CGPD Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Joe Leos said, “This certification will allow our department to liaison between local, state and federal agencies throughout Arizona and enhance our intelligence capabilities.”


CG NEWS note: Because of the nature of the assignment, the detective's name is being kept confidential.


Deputy city manager involved in auto collision

JUNE 5 UPDATE


Although the news release from the Police Department about the Larry Rains incident said the case had been forwarded to the City Attorney's Office for review, that has not yet happened.

City Attorney Brett Wallace said in an email today to CG News that, "I can tell you that this item has NOT been referred to my office yet, nor would it ordinarily be until the police receive the lab results, which is expected to take 6-12 weeks.  

"If the results are forwarded to us and indicate that prosecution is warranted our normal procedures would be to ask for a special prosecutor to be appointed from outside our office to avoid the appearance of a potential conflict."


The original Police Department news release is HERE  


(Posted June 1, 2015)


The Police Department issued this today:


On Friday, May 29th, at approximately 8:40 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a motor vehicle collision in the area of North Trekell Road and Kortsen Road. 

Officers responding identified one of the drivers as Casa Grande Deputy City Manager Larry Rains.

Preliminary investigation showed that Mr. Rains may have been impaired at the time of the collision. 

As with all investigations involving possible impairment, this case has been forwarded to the Casa Grande City Attorney’s Office for review.


Casa Grande Dispatch posting with Rains' comments is HERE


Suspect sought in multiple-stabbings case

(Posted May 27, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject(s) responsible for assaulting a man on Sunday, May 24, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Florence Street just south of the railroad tracks. 

The victim was stabbed multiple times but was able to survive his injuries.

The suspect’s description is vague, with a height of 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, a husky build and wearing a long sleeve black shirt with hood. 

If you have any information regarding this assault, please contact Detective Stephen Knauber at 421-8711, ext. 6043. 

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes). 

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Two new officers join Police Department

(Posted May 26, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


We welcome our two newest officers to the Casa Grande Police Department.

Officers Mark O'Connor and Christopher Valenti graduated from Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center Thursday, May 21, and began their duty to our community immediately. 

Join us in welcoming them aboard.


Updated photos of armed robberies suspects

 

Scroll down page for original photos, item

(Posted May 21, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Last week, we posted pictures of two robbery suspects we are looking for. Here are some better pictures of them.

If you have any information regarding the identity of these men, contact Detective Derek Peters immediately at  421-8711, ext. 6064.

 




Dave Engstrom
named Arizona
Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year

(Posted May 18, 2015)


Casa Grande Police Department Sgt. Dave Engstrom was recognized this past Saturday by the Arizona Elks Lodge Association as Police Officer of the Year.

In October of 2014, the Casa Grande Valley Elks Lodge #1957 recognized Sgt. Engstrom locally as Police Officer of the Year. He was then in competition with Police Officers recognized by all 45 lodges throughout the state of Arizona. 

On Saturday, May 16th, at the Annual Elks Convention in Tempe, Sgt. Engstrom was awarded a plaque and recognized as Arizona’s Police Officer of the Year.

Sgt. Engstrom has been a member of the Casa Grande Police Department for more than 15 years and currently serves as the supervisor of the Community Response Team. 

He is an asset to our community and we are proud of his service and the recognition offered by the Arizona Elks Association.


   Police seek armed robberies suspects



(Posted May 15, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


CGPD is asking for your help in identifying the suspects and vehicle in these photos, responsible for two recent armed robberies of convenience stores. 

The vehicle is a newer model silver Chevrolet Malibu. 

If you have any information regarding these suspects or the vehicle, please contact Detective Derek Peters at 421-8711 ext. 6064. 


Buckle Up Arizona ... It's the Law!

(Posted May 14, 2015) 


The Police Department posted this announcement today:


In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Casa Grande Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona … It’s the Law!  

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state.  The enforcement mobilization will run from May 18, 2015, through May 31, 2015.  

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent.

Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.


Coffee with a Cop (and firefighters) on Friday






(Posted May 13, 2015)


Our next Coffee with a Cop is this Friday (May 15) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Fire Station 504 on McCartney Road just east of Peart. 

Police and firefighters together. 

Hope to see you there.


In remembrance of K9 Clint

(Posted May 7, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Please join the CGPD in mourning the loss of former CGPD K9 Clint. 

Twelve-year-old Clint lost his battle with an internal infection yesterday. 

Clint began his service to our community in 2006 and worked side-by-side with Cpl. Scott Tracy for over five  years when he was medically retired with an eyesight condition.

Clint was responsible for assisting Cpl. Tracy in numerous arrests and drug seizures throughout his career. He performed countless demonstrations for area schools, civic organizations and at public safety events. He was the most popular attraction to families, especially children. 

Throughout the years, Clint won plenty of trophies in various categories of competition in the Desert Dog Police K9 Trials, all of which are still on display at the department. 

Clint will always be remembered for his service to Casa Grande and his loyal partnership to Cpl. Tracy.


CG man held for two sexual assaults on a minor

Shawn Donlay, left


(Posted May 6, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Tuesday, May 5, 201 at approximately 12:10 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department arrested 48-year-old local resident Shawn R. Donlay. 

Donlay has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a minor and was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

Detectives are conducting an ongoing comprehensive investigation, to include interviewing witnesses and collection of evidence. 

This is an active investigation; therefore, further information is unavailable at this time.

Suspects sought in string of vehicle burglaries

(Posted April 30, 2015)


The Police Department issued this today:


We are asking for your help in identifying the subjects in this video believed to be responsible for several recent vehicle burglaries. 

The video is not the best quality and rather dark, but if you recognize the individuals in it, please contact Sgt. Dave Engstrom at 421-8711, ext. 6340.


The video is HERE.


(Suspects appear at about 20 seconds into video.)


Video shows criminal damage suspect in action

(Posted April 27, 2015)


The Police Department posted this announcement and video today:


We need your help in identifying a criminal damage suspect. 

Over the past few months, CGPD has received numerous complaints of random broken vehicle, garage and residential windows by a suspect(s) using a brick or rock, in most cases. 

We recently acquired this video surveillance of a suspect committing one of these crimes.

This individual appears to white or Hispanic and may have some facial hair (goatee). 

If you recognize this person, contact Sgt. Chris Palmer at 421-8711 ext. 6580.


The video is HERE.

(Suspect appears about 44 seconds into video)


PD begins DUI saturation patrols Friday, May 1

(Posted April 27, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be conducting a DUI saturation operation beginning Friday, May 1,  and ending on Monday, May 4. 

Our efforts will be focused on detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on our community.

Please remember, consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle is considered to be under the influence. 

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcohol beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


Unused, outdated medication disposal sites open

(Posted April 27, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Do you have unused or expired prescription meds? Not sure how to get rid of them?

You can drop them off at our headquarters (373 E. Val Vista Blvd.) or the Communications Center (520 N. Marshall St.) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

These medication disposal containers have been a great resource for our community and a direct result of the great partnership we have with the Casa Grande Alliance.

Learn more about the Casa Grande Alliance and the network of great resources they provide by visiting their website at www.casagrandealliance.org.


Assistance sought in cleaning up graffiti in CG

(Posted April 21, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Are you interested in helping us clean up Casa Grande?

Our graffiti abatement coordinator, Sheila Chavez, is looking for volunteers to help clean graffiti throughout Casa Grande. 

If you are interested in helping out, please call her at 421-8711, ext. 6570.


Suspect arrested, stolen items recovered

(Posted April 20, 2015)


COREY BATES, LEFT


Last week, the Casa Grande Police Department took reports of two separate residential burglaries on the northwest side of Casa Grande. In each of these burglaries, residents in the area were able to provide officers with significant information about a potential suspect and suspect vehicle.

Coincidentally, officers responded to a single-vehicle collision the same day and the vehicle involved matched the description of the suspected burglary vehicle. The vehicle contained stolen property linked to the prior burglaries. 

The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Casa Grande resident Corey Bates, was arrested and booked into Pinal County Adult Detention Center. Charges of burglary and theft have been forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.

This investigation led CGPD detectives to serve a search warrant at Bates’ residence in the 1600 block of East Elaine Court. The search produced numerous stolen property items linked to the prior burglaries and several other burglaries in the recent past. 

This is an active investigation and detectives plan on forwarding additional charges of burglary based on this evidence and property recovery. 

The majority of the stolen property has been returned to the owners.

Although the collision Bates was involved in was not related to the burglaries, detectives commend the citizens living in the related neighborhoods for their willingness to provide eye witness accounts and information leading to a successful investigation. 

An active neighborhood watch program and concerned citizens are a crucial element in the deterrence and detection of crime and, in this instance, everyone involved played an important role in the apprehension of this

suspect.


$1,000 reward possible in three arson cases

(Posted April 15, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On April 14, 2015, the Casa Grande police and fire departments responded to three individual calls for fires between 1:03 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

The first call was reported behind the C-A-L Ranch store located at 1116 E. Florence Blvd. where a portion of the loading dock was burning. 

The second call, which came in at 1:32 p.m., was reported in the backyard of a residence in the 900 block of North Lehmberg Avenue and involved the burning of a storage shed accessible by the alley. 

The third and final call was reported in the southern bathrooms of Carr McNatt Park and involved miscellaneous items burning in a grocery cart.

Each of these fires was put out immediately by first responders and no one was injured in these incidents. 

Police believe these fires were set intentionally and are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible. There is no suspect description available at this time.

If you have any information regarding these fires, contact Detective Centner at 421-8711, ext. 6160. 

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100. To submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes). 

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Three structure arson cases being investigated

(Posted April 14, 2015)


The Police Department posted this today:


Over the past few hours, we have responded to three calls of small structure fires in the central part of our city. 

These fires appear to have been set intentionally and we are actively searching for a suspect. 

We do not have a suspect description at this time. 

If anyone has any information regarding these fires, we ask that you call CGPD immediately at 421-8700.


(CG NEWS note: Fires were reported behind C-A-L Ranch at Florence Boulevard and Trekell Road, just north of Ninth and Lehmberg and in restrooms in McNatt Park at 10th Street and Cameron Avenue.)


PD's Facebook posts on April 14 about downtown incident


Convenience Depot/Spice ring busted
           DEA statement          CGPD news release

Meet the department's newest captain

(Posted April 7, 2015)


Capt. Angel Leos, left


The Casa Grande Police Department's newest captain was introduced to the City Council during Monday night's (April 6) meeting.

Angel Leos, a 25-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, is heading the Criminal Investigations Division.

His appointment ends the search to replace the two captains hired under the tenure of Chief Johnny Cervantes, who resigned under fire for his handling of the department and officers. Both men were his acquaintances. One left under mysterious circumstances still not explained by the city, the other when he and Cervantes cleaned out their offices at night and disappeared.

Reginald Winston, an experience CGPD officer who was passed over for promotion to captain when Cervantes hired the two, was named a captain after Chris Vasquez took over.

Leos was introduced by Vasquez, who although he has the title of interim police administrative director is in actuality the acting chief.

Referring to the tan uniforms worn by DPS officers versus the blue in Casa Grande, Vasquez said, "We're teaching him how to dress in the right colors and understand that there's more to law enforcement than just traffic.

"He spent 25 years with them and he does bring, actually, a wealth of information or a wealth of expertise to the Police Department, especially when it comes with canine. He's probably one of the most renowned canine experts, not only in the state of Arizona but nationwide, when it comes to drug interdiction and other areas of canine usage, so he does bring a wealth of expertise in that area."

Vasquez said Leos also has experience as an acting police chief in Douglas and with the Capitol Police Department, "so I think we're blessed to have him on board."

Speaking to the council, Leos said, "I'm ecstatic to be here. Born and raised in Pinal County, Picacho-Eloy area, very familiar with Casa Grande. I look at some of the growth we've had here and remember working in the cotton fields back in the '70s, '80s, now they're all businesses.

"Very ecstatic. Very good agency. I'm looking forward to coming on board and bringing some of my expertise, some of my experience, my leadership experience, to the officers here and to the agency.

"Very happy to be here and, again, thank you for giving me this opportunity."


Fatal medical condition causes vehicle crash

(Posted April 3, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Friday, April 3, 2015, at 5:57 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a single-vehicle collision on Overfield Road just north of Cottonwood Lane. 

Upon arrival, Officers discovered a single vehicle resting in the irrigation canal with a single occupant who was found deceased on scene by another citizen.

The driver was identified as 59-year-old Casa Grande resident Socorro Melendez-Ortega.

The CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) responded and took over the investigation. 

Preliminary investigation determined Melendez-Ortega, the driver of the white 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck,  was traveling southbound on Overfield Road when he left the roadway and struck the irrigation canal just before Cottonwood Lane. 

Although the investigation is still ongoing, based on information from EMS and the Medical Examiner’s Office it appears at this time that Melendez-Ortega suffered a fatal medical condition causing him to leave the roadway. 

The family of Melendez-Ortega has been notified of his passing and the ongoing investigation. 

The roadway was closed for several hours during the investigation and has now been re-opened.


Two officers thanked for saving man's life

(Posted April 2, 2015)


The Police Department issued this today:


We were honored to host Richard and JoAnn Kennedy at our station today. 

A few months ago, Richard Kennedy suffered a severe heart condition immediately before a serious injury collision. 

The first two officers on scene were veteran officers Chris Western, left in above photo, and Cpl. Francisco Lujan.

These two officers did what each of us is trained to do. 

Recognizing the need for immediate care, they removed Kennedy from the vehicle and began life saving efforts. 

Western stabilized Kennedy's body as Lujan began chest compressions. 

Kennedy was transported to the hospital by our brothers at Fire and EMS. 

Medical staff at the hospital contacted us later saying the immediate assistance by the two saved Kennedy's life.

Kennedy has made a full recovery, is in good health and great spirits.

We thank the Kennedys for visiting us to recognize the amazing work our officers did. 

Please join us in thanking Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy and join us in thanking these two officers for their service to our community.


Three finish motor school, join accident team

(Posted April 2, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Please join us in congratulating our newest members of the CGPD Traffic Unit. From left, Officer Scott Brown, Cpl. Scott Tracy and Officer Paul Valentino recently graduated from motor school and are already members of our elite Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT).


Police need identity of this person


(Posted March 26, 2015)


The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject on the bicycle.

Please contact Officer Espino at 421-8711, ext. 7030, if you know his identity.


Three injured in serious CG Avenue crash

(Posted March 24, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at approximately 2:31 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the scene of a serious collision in the 1400 block of North Casa Grande Avenue at O’Neil Drive. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a collision involving 2 vehicles, one of which had multiple occupants suffering from multiple injuries.

Due to the serious nature of the collision, the CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) was activated. 

Based on their investigation, members of CAIT determined a 27-year-old Casa Grande woman was driving southbound on Casa Grande Avenue in a gold 2003 Nissan Altima when a red 2000 Ford Explorer traveling north on Casa Grande Avenue failed to yield by turning west onto O’Neil in front of her. 

The collision caused the Ford Explorer to turn over and come to rest on its left side.

The 30-year-old female driver of the Ford was flown to a Phoenix area hospital for serious injuries. The first passenger, a 37-year-old male, was also flown to a Phoenix area hospital for serious injuries. The other  passenger in the Ford, a 55-year-old male, was taken to a Phoenix area hospital by ambulance for his injuries. The status of the three individuals is unknown at this time.

The female driver of the Nissan was not injured.

The roadway remains closed at this time as the CAIT Team conducts its investigation.


Bicyclist dies following downtown accident

(Posted March 16, 2015)


The Police Department issued this update today to the announcement below:


The man involved in yesterday’s collision on Fourth Street at Picacho Street did not survive his injuries. 

The bicyclist, identified as 51-year-old Casa Grande resident Cruz Gamez Jr., passed away last night at a Phoenix area hospital. 

The collision remains under investigation as the CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team continues to conduct interviews and review evidence.

(Posted March 15, 2015)


The Police Department made this announcement this evening:


On Sunday, March 15, 2015, at approximately 10:51a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a collision involving a bicyclist on Fourth Street at Picacho Street.

Police discovered a gold 2004 Lexus SUV in the roadway facing eastbound and a male victim (bicyclist) lying in the roadway. 

The 51-year-old male bicyclist was flown to a Phoenix area hospital with serious injuries and remains in critical condition.

The 81-year-old female driver of the vehicle and her adult female passenger were not injured. 

The CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team was called and assumed control of the investigation. 

Investigators have determined the driver of the vehicle was traveling east on Fourth Street when she struck the bicyclist, who turned in front of the driver. 

The roadway was closed until approximately 1:30 p.m., causing traffic to be detoured. 

The exact cause of the collision is unknown at this time as investigators continue to conduct interviews and review evidence.


Two Coffee with a Cop events scheduled

(Posted March 11, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Coffee with a Cop.

Our next two events are scheduled and we hope you can attend.

Our host on Tuesday, March 17, from 9:30-11 a.m. is Cook E Jar 2nd Edition, located in the Main Library at 449 N. Drylake.

Our host on Wednesday, March 18, from 8:30-11 a.m. is Casa Grande Main Street, located at 110 W. Second  St., on the patio in the alley.

As always, no agenda or presentation, just an opportunity to meet your local police and enjoy some coffee. Hope to see you there.

Woman in critical condition after hit by vehicle

(Posted March 5, 2015)


The Police Department released this today:


On March 5, 2015, at approximately 7:26 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a collision involving a pedestrian on Highway 84 (Florence Boulevard) just west of Pinal Avenue.

Police responded to the scene and discovered a red 2003 Hyundai Coupe in the roadway facing eastbound and a female victim (pedestrian) lying in the roadway. 

The 24-year-old male driver of the vehicle was not injured. The 41-year-old female victim was flown to a Phoenix area hospital with serious injuries. She remains in critical condition.

The CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team was called and assumed control of the investigation. Investigators have determined the driver of the vehicle was traveling east on Highway 84 when he struck the victim who was crossing on the roadway in a non designated crossing area.

The roadway was closed for several hours, causing traffic to be detoured. The cause of the investigation is unknown at this time as investigators continue to conduct interviews and review evidence.


Can you help the cops identify these people?

(Posted March 5, 2015)


The Police Department released this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is requesting your assistance in identifying the subjects in this photograph. If you know the identity of these subjects, please contact Sgt. Al Grijalva at 421-8711, ext. 6370. 


East Barrus Place homicide suspect arrested

Jason West, left


(Posted Feb. 26, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Feb. 25, 2015, at 12:55 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call for service in the 600 block of East Barrus Place reference a possible suicide.  

The caller reported finding the victim, identified as 53-year-old Jeffery Zimmerman, deceased in the living room of the home with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.  

Upon arrival, officers immediately identified the death as suspicious and established a crime scene to begin a more in-depth and extensive death investigation. Detectives were able to speak with neighbors on the street and identified key witnesses and items of evidence leading them to rule the death a homicide.  

Based on this evidence, detectives identified a neighbor, 24-year-old Jason West, as the suspect. West was transported to the Casa Grande Police Department and interviewed.  

A search warrant was executed at West’s residence and numerous firearms were taken into custody.  

The motive for the shooting is unclear at this time.  

West was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.  

Charges of first degree murder are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Identification sought in shoplifting case

(Posted Feb. 11, 2015)


The Police Department released this today:


Do you recognize this person? 

He is being sought in a shoplifting investigation.

If so, contact Detective Centner at 421-8711 ext. 6160.


FEB. 12 UPDATE to above
from Police Department

Thank you to our great Facebook friends! 
Because of your immediate responses, the subject we asked you to help identify has been identified.

Serious multivehicle crashes at Golden Corral

(Posted Feb. 10, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement at 10:10 p.m. today:


On Feb. 10, 2015, at approximately 5:18 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the scene of a serious collision in the 2000 block of East Florence Boulevard in front of Golden Corral. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a collision involving three vehicles with multiple occupants suffering from multiple injuries.

Due to the serious nature of the collision, the CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) was activated. 

Based on their investigation, members of CAIT determined the 34-year-old driver of a 2001 Nissan Xterra was driving eastbound on Florence Boulevard when he failed to yield to oncoming traffic while attempting to turn into the Golden Corral parking lot. 

The Xterra collided with a westbound 2014 Honda sedan which was driven by a 41-year-old female. 

Another vehicle, a westbound 2006 Dodge Magnum driven by a 16-year-old male, swerved to avoid the Xterra and left the roadway, crashing into the perimeter wall of the Golden Corral parking lot.

The driver of the Xterra was flown to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix for serious non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda and two children, ages one and three, were transported to Banner Casa Grande Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge and a 7-year-old passenger were also transported to Banner Casa Grande Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway remained closed into the evening with traffic being detoured through adjacent parking lots.


Proud to lead and escort our local youth as they complete their Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March today (Jan. 16)

Casa Grande mother, daughter die in collision

Photo from Arizona Republic/12 News video


Arizona Republic/12 News video is HERE

(Scroll to bottom of item)


Fundraising account HERE



(Posted Jan. 14, 2015)


The Police Department issued this statement this afternoon:


On Wednesday, Jan. 14,  at 8:12 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a serious collision on Thornton Road at Peters Road.  

Upon arrival, officers discovered a collision scene involving a Walmart semi truck and a 2005 Pontiac coupe sedan.  

Preliminary investigation determined the driver of the Pontiac did not yield at the stop sign resulting in a collision with the semi truck.  

The sedan contained a total of four occupants. 

The driver of the sedan, 47-year-old Casa Grande resident Leslie Wesley, was found deceased on scene. The other three occupants were all identified as teenage children of the female driver.  One of the teenagers, 13-year- old Jenna Wesley was also found deceased on scene.  The other two teenagers (14 and 17 years of age) were transported to Phoenix area hospitals with serious non-life threatening injuries.  

Next of kin notification has been made to family members. 

The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Investigators believe heavy fog in the area was a contributing factor in this collision.  The area of the collision is adjacent to the entrance of the Walmart Distribution Center.  

The scene was closed for several hours as our Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) completed their investigation.

From the Fire Department about the fatal accident:
Please keep the families in your thoughts. Godspeed. This is about as tough as it gets. Also, please remember our responders. The police, fire/EMS, and transport agencies that mitigated this tragic incident are without a doubt suffering. Thank you all for all that you do.


Racing vehicles, blasting mufflers -- police aware 
of problem and taking action, advisory board told

(Posted Jan. 8, 2015)



You've seen them all around town -- cars racing down the streets, loud mufflers blasting. 

In fact, you often hear them before you see them.

The Police Department has been hearing about the situation from residents and is taking action to combat the problems, the Police Advisory Board was told Thursday night (Jan. 8).

Board member Joshua Carstens had asked that the matter be put on the agenda, having not yet heard anything about an earlier request.

Capt. Reginald Winston, who heads the Patrol Division, said a couple of squads have been working on the problem.

"Of course, you know, we receive complaints on a regular basis of speeding, reckless vehicles," he said. "One of the biggest things we've encountered are vehicles with modified mufflers, which cause excessive noise. And groups of these same subjects congregate in the parking lots after the businesses close."

Winston said the majority of issues from speeding and reckless driving are on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning about about 9.m. and lasting until past 1 a.m., "out racing and speeding up and down the streets."

Other complaints received about such vehicles, he continued, include running red lights, making U-turns across double yellow lines and near collisions with other vehicles. 

"They're causing other drivers to lose control because they're acting erratically out on those streets," he said.

The Police Department has begun several programs to deter the problems, the board was told.

"One of the things that we've been implementing is the metro counting system which actually measures the amount of traffic that goes in a particular area and can provide us with the speed," Winston said. 

"Once this is tracked, when we get evidence of speeding, racing vehicles we can pull that information and then deploy resources out to try to combat that from occurring."

Other measures include using the traffic speed trailer that flashes up the speed of approaching vehicles and setting up marked but unmanned decoy police vehicles at particular intersections.

"Our Citizens on Patrol, that's one of our biggest assets, having those citizens in different areas to have eyes out there on the street and provide that patrol officer who's out there on duty with information as to where these incidents are occurring," Winston said.

"And the public information officer uses our Twitter page and our Facebook pages, getting information out and requesting citizen feedback in reference to combatting these speeding and racing vehicles."

Citations are written for drivers of speeding vehicles, Winston continued.

"The modified mufflers, it's illegal to do that and those vehicles are cited to try to deter them from continuing that activity," he said. 

"Reckless driving, exhibition of speed, improper headlight lamps, we're looking at all sorts of resources within our laws and ordinances to combat the speeding and racing.

"We've narrowed down particular intersections where they're doing this and deploying those resources to combat that."

The downside, Winston said, is that "once we've identified a particular location, of course they can quickly move somewhere else."

Overall, he continued, "we're doing our best to combat this and measures have been taken to prevent this."


Holiday DUI Task Force statistics compiled

(Posted Jan. 8, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department, in coordination with the Pinal County DUI Task Force, participated in 19 days of saturation patrols throughout the month of December 2014.  

Our agency was extremely proactive in the enforcement efforts within our own city and the following are the results of these patrols.  

• 600 contacts or traffic stops were conducted

• 52 designated drivers were contacted

• 13 arrests were made for misdemeanor DUI

• 1 arrest was made for extreme DUI

• 2 arrests were made for aggravated DUI

• 1 arrest was made for DUI under age of 21

• 7 arrests were made for minor consumption

• The BAC (blood alcohol content) average for all arrests was 0.106

We want to extend our appreciation to all agencies involved in the Pinal County DUI Task Force and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for their support.  

Our efforts are directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community.  

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions.  

As always, if you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


(The presumptive limit for DUI in Arizona is 0.08)

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/28/01381.htm


Extreme DUI statute:

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/28/01382.htm


Aggravated DUI statute:

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/28/01383.htm


CVS on Florence Boulevard robbed at gunpoint

(Posted Jan. 5, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement this morning:


This morning at approximately 2:40 a.m., the CVS store at 1686 E. Florence Blvd. was robbed at gunpoint by an unknown suspect. 

The suspect brandished what appears to be a black handgun and demanded cash from the store employees. 

No employees were injured during the robbery, but the suspect did get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

As pictured above, the suspect was wearing a loose light gray and dark gray horizontal striped hoody with a white zipper on the front, navy or black loose sweat pants and black shoes. (This is the best quality photograph available at this time)

If you have any information about this crime or the identity of the suspect, please contact Detective R. Price at 421-8711 ext. 6062 or call the Casa Grande Police Department immediately at 421-8700.


Police Department issues telephone scam alert

(Posted Dec. 29, 2014)


The Police Department issued this alert today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is actively investigating several incidents in which a person misrepresenting himself as a Pinal County sheriff's deputy has called victims and threatened to arrest them for missing jury duty.

This caller claims a letter for grand jury duty was sent and due to not appearing for that duty, a warrant for their arrest will be issued. The caller goes on to tell the victim this arrest can be avoided if a check for a certain amount of money is sent to him.

BEWARE! 

This is a scam.

Similar incidents are being investigated by the Sheriff's Office.

If you receive a call of this nature, please get the caller's information and contact our department immediately at 421-8700. 

Remember, always use caution when an unknown person solicits or demands money from you, whether online or in person.


Arizona Republic story on damages to house
(A followup to SWAT team item below)

SWAT team routs barricaded man on 10th Street

(Posted Dec. 17, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement late this evening:


On Wednesday, Dec. 17, at approximately 3 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call reporting a possible domestic dispute in the 100 block of West 11th Street. 

Upon arrival, the calling party reported to officers that 31-year-old Casa Grande resident Abram Ochoa was involved in a domestic dispute. Officers then witnessed Ochoa enter a residence at 116 West 10th Street.

Ochoa is known to our department as a subject with an outstanding felony warrant as well as being a suspect in numerous retail thefts in our community. Officers recognized him as the outstanding suspect and established a perimeter to locate him in the residence.

Following numerous orders by police to exit the residence, Ochoa refused to do so. Police maintained the perimeter and surveillance of the house and activated the Pinal Regional SWAT team. After numerous attempts to convince Ochoa to exit the residence of his own accord, the SWAT team proceeded to secure the residence and utilized chemical agents to force him to exit.

At approximately 10 p.m., Ochoa was taken into custody without further incident. He was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for his warrants. 

There is an ongoing investigation into the retail thefts and any charges resulting from that investigation will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney's Office for review.


DUI patrols running through early January

(Posted Dec. 10, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is participating in DUI saturation patrols throughout the month of December and into the first weekend of January 2015 as part of the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force. 

The saturation patrols will begin each night and run until the early morning hours.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community. 

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande. Sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Pinal County are scheduled to attend. 

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence. 

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


Man arrested for drug sales out of local Arby's

(Posted Dec. 4, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Dec. 3, 2014, the Casa Grande Police Department Narcotics Unit arrested 49-year-old Arizona City resident Gregory Copley for possession and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale.

Over the past month, detectives were able to identify several sales of methamphetamine at Copley’s place of employment, the Arby’s at 1220 East Florence Blvd. in Casa Grande. 

The Narcotics Unit conducted a search warrant at the business and Copley’s residence in Arizona City. Copley was taken into custody at the Arby’s location.

During a search warrant, Detectives discovered and seized 22 grams of methamphetamine, a significant amount of cash and a 2010 GMC truck. 

Copley’s girlfriend, 45-year-old Laurelea Reed was also arrested for possession of marijuana. 

Copley and Reed were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and all charges have been forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney Office for review.


New pickup for traffic enforcement, investigations

(Posted Dec. 4, 2014)


Scroll down page for original Aug. 21 stories about the pickup and why it is needed


The Police Department issued this today:


 The Casa Grande Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the purchase of a police package 4x4 pickup truck to be utilized by our traffic unit.

With this specific grant, our department has purchased a Ford F150 4x4 and is already using it to support and enhance selective traffic and speed enforcement throughout the city and other agencies within Pinal County. 

This vehicle allows us to continue to fulfill our obligation to meet the overall needs of the community by enabling us to access rural areas. 

It also has significant storage capacity, allowing traffic officers and those assigned to the Department Critical Accident Investigation Team (CAIT) to begin serious and fatal collision investigations immediately when arriving on scene. 

Additionally, this vehicle will be utilized during DUI saturation patrols, assisting officers at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community.

The ultimate goal of traffic law enforcement is to reduce traffic collisions. Our department provides enforcement efforts toward violations, not only in proportion to the frequency of their occurrence in collision situations, but also in terms of traffic related needs.

The Casa Grande Police Department works closely with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to address traffic safety and would not be able to accomplish this mission without their partnership, cooperation and assistance.


Four busted after drug sales investigation

(Posted Dec. 3, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Officers with the CGPD Community Response Team received information regarding criminal activity, including the sale of drugs, in several neighborhoods in Casa Grande. 

Utilizing surveillance and a door-to-door contact method, these officers focused their investigation on identifying problem areas and individuals who were involved in this activity.

On Nov. 29, 2014, officers made contact with a subject in the 600 block of West Saguaro Street. This person was in possession of 4.5 grams of methamphetamine. Another person was contacted who was in possession of drug paraphernalia. 

This began a more in-depth investigation in this area, leading to the identification of two more individuals related to the sale and possession of drugs. 

In all, four men were arrested during this investigation. Along with the arrests, officers discovered two shotguns, over 103 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and a significant amount of cash.

Officers arrested 51-year-old Casa Grande resident Martin De Leon and 58-year-old Casa Grande resident Rex Walter, both charged with possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

Also arrested was 54-year-old Casa Grande resident Gerald Villnow, charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen credit card, possession of prescription drugs and being a prohibited possessor of a firearm. 

The fourth subject arrested was 23-year-old Eloy resident Luis Onate for possession of drug paraphernalia.

De Leon, Walter and Villnow were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and Onate was cited and released. All charges were forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney Office for review.





(Posted Dec. 1, 2014)


John Pedraza, the newest member of the Casa Grand Police Department, was sworn in by City Clerk Remy Miller at the beginning of tonight's City Council meeting. Pedraza graduated from the police academy in mid November.


You can help these two help Special Olympics



Sgt. Juan De Leon and wife, Amy, hope to raise at least $2,000 in an effort to support Special Olympics.

(Posted Dec. 1, 2014)


The Police Department posted the following today:


What would you do for Special Olympics?

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of Arizona is the largest fundraiser for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Each year, officers from our department participate in fundraisers, hoping to raise money and awareness for these great athletes.

This year, Sgt. Juan De Leon and his wife, Cpl. Amy De Leon, are taking the ultimate leap of faith -- by rappelling off of CityScape in downtown Phoenix on Dec. 13. It is a 27-story building.

They will need to raise at least $2,000 by Dec. 12 to do it, all of which goes to the athletes involved in Special Olympics.

We know some of you may be interested in supporting them with a tax-free donation.

You can follow this link:


Four busted in major Villago burglary

(Posted Nov. 25, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Nov 21, 2014, a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of West Caribbean Drive of the Villago subdivision. 

A total of $15,000 worth of property, including a 2014 KTM 250 motorcycle, a KTM 50cc motorcycle, a Honda 50cc dirt bike, a Honda ATV and a laptop was stolen.

Over the next two days, officers with the CGPD Community Response Team began an in-depth investigation that led them to identify two juvenile brothers, ages 15 and 16, who were involved in the theft. 

Officers were able to recover the two motorcycles from the brothers. 

During the investigation, officers contacted a third person connected to the juveniles. This person has been identified as 19-year-old Casa Grande resident Devin Chavez. Chavez was in possession of the stolen KTM 50cc motorcycle. 

A fourth person connected to the brothers was identified as 28-year-old Casa Grande resident Derrick Jefferson. Jefferson was in possession of the stolen Honda ATV.

The two juveniles were arrested and referred to Pinal County Juvenile Services. Jefferson was arrested and referred to Pinal County Attorney Office for his involvement in the burglary. Chavez was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for his involvement in the burglary.

All four vehicles and the laptop were returned to the owner.


Gunpoint robberies at Holiday Inn Express

(Posted Nov. 21, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Nov. 21, 2014, at 5 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received a call of an armed robbery at the Holiday Inn Express located at 805 N. Cacheris. 

Callers reported a man attempting to rob the hotel staff. 

Two more 911 calls were received from additional callers stating they were also robbed at gunpoint by a subject.

Upon arrival, officers, with the assistance of the Pinal County Sheriff Office and U.S. Border Patrol, established a perimeter of the hotel and surrounding area. 

Utilizing these law enforcement officers and members of the Pinal County Regional SWAT team, a thorough search of the area was conducted. As a result of this search, witness statements and hotel video surveillance it was determined the suspect fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival.

A total of four people were robbed, including the hotel staff. No one was injured during this incident. Witnesses stated the suspect used a handgun during the robbery. It is not known at this time what was taken from the victims.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his twenties, wearing an olive colored (possibly camouflage) hoody sweatshirt, a white bandana partially covering his face, tan or gray pants and carrying a black duffel bag.

The Casa Grande Police Department is continuing to search for the suspect at this time. 

We ask anyone with information regarding this crime or if anyone sees the subject to call 911 immediately. 

If seen, please do not approach the subject. He is considered armed and

dangerous. 


G-Diamond Ranch burglary suspect caught

(Posted Nov. 20, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Over the first two weeks of November, a single-family residence in the G-Diamond Ranch subdivision was burglarized multiple times. The homeowners were out of town during this time. Items stolen included firearms, electronics, jewelry and personal effects.

The Casa Grande Police Department Community Response Team conducted an in-depth investigation, including door-to-door neighborhood interviews, pawn shop inquiries and following up on leads.

On Nov. 19, Officers were able to identify the suspect responsible for these burglaries. 

Officers arrested 43-year-old Coolidge resident Ronald L. Calhoun. 

Calhoun was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charges of burglary, theft of a firearm and trafficking of stolen goods have been forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney's Office.

During the course of this investigation, officers were able to recover some of the stolen items, to include firearms, and return them to the owner.


CG man held for Compass Bank robbery

John Gaffney, left


(Posted Nov. 19, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On Nov.15, 2014, the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a robbery call at Compass Bank,  1101 E. Florence Blvd.  

The suspect demanded money from bank employees and was able to flee the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.  

Bank employees, along with video surveillance, provided police with a good description of the suspect.  

On Nov. 17, police responded to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center for a subject who was trespassing.  This subject was arrested and transported to the Casa Grande Police Department for processing.  

During the booking process, this trespassing suspect was identified by staff to match the description of the suspect in the Compass Bank robbery.  Based on the description, evidence found on the suspect and interview conducted by investigators, this individual was confirmed to be the man wanted for the robbery.  

The suspect has been identified as 54-year-old Casa Grande resident John Ray Gaffney.  Gaffney was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility and charges of robbery have been forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney Office.



(Posted Nov. 16, 2014)


The Police Department announced this today:


Join us in welcoming our newest member of the Casa Grande Police Department.

John Pedraza, center, is shown with Lt. Frank Alanis, left, and Capt. J.R. Parrow immediately following his graduation.


Department Life Saving Awards and promotions

(Posted Nov.10, 2014)


The Police Department issued this today:


This past Friday was a very important day for our Police Department and our community. 

Seven of our sworn officers were recognized for their heroic efforts with the Department Life Saving Award and three others for their recent promotions.

We would like to recognize the following for going beyond the routine call of duty and helping to save someone's life:

Officer Efren Lujan

Officer Onishia Noland

Officer Jacob Robinson

Detective Brian McCloskey

Corporal Francisco Lujan

Sgt. Al Grijalva 

Sgt. Juan De Leon

Additionally, under promotions we would like to present to you the three newest supervisors for our department: 

Sgt. Jeffery Cardita

Sgt. Christopher Palmer

Lt. Frank Alanis

These officers and supervisors were joined by their families, friends and peers as they accepted their recognition. We thank everyone for attending, to include our mayor, city manager, City Council and supporting citizens.


Incorrect billings for alarms fines investigated

(Posted Oct. 31, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement today:


The city of Casa Grande Alarm Ordinance encourages compliance with false alarm mitigation efforts through mandatory permitting of all alarm owners, educational awareness classes and fines for excessive false alarms.  

The city’s Finance and Police departments work together in these compliance efforts.  

However, for the recent September/October billing cycle for excessive false alarms some problems were discovered.  Many permit holders notified the city that there were inaccuracies in the billed invoices.

City staff began looking into the matter immediately. 

Regretfully, an audit of recent invoices revealed a technical malfunction of miscoded information which led to improper invoicing on the September and October billing for outstanding fines dating back through 2012. 

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of billing, these errors were not discovered until mailing already occurred. While the Police Department alarm coordinator is working to address every complaint or concern received, steps are being taken to ensure this does not occur in the future. 

Apologies are extended to any Casa Grande citizen who received one of these errant invoices. We are resolved to correct this unfortunate matter quickly as we endeavor to upgrade billing systems and procedural policies that reduce the chance for error.   

Alarm owners are hereby notified:

The billing cycle which includes any invoice dated in September or October 2014 may be disregarded at this time. Staff members are working to verify information and correct any errors prior to any further billing being conducted. 

Any alarm permit holders who have already paid their invoices, specific to this billing period only, will receive a refund within 30 days of all alarm fees paid. This does not include the $10 fee paid for an annual permit renewal, which was not impacted by this issue. 

Moving forward, residents and business owners are encouraged to do their part in reducing false alarms, which costs the city greatly in unnecessary use of valuable resources and personnel. 

For those residents or business owners in need of a current permit ($10 fee) they can apply via the city website at: 

http://casagrandeaz.gov/dept/police/pdforms/alarm-permit/.

For those alarm owners who wish to earn a $50 false alarm waiver certificate (valid to current permit holders for one year and one household/business) they can call the alarm coordinator’s office to schedule attendance at a free one and a half hour alarm awareness class. 

For this and any other concerns or questions, please call us at 421-8711, ext.6570.



After nine months, captain leaving department

(Posted Oct. 13, 2014)


Todd Hanley, one of two captains brought into the Casa Grande Police Department in February as part of Chief Johnny Cervantes' reorganization, including implementing the strategic plan, is departing.

The terse email sent today to department employees and some city officials said:

"Effective October 17, 2014, Captain Todd Hanley will no longer be an employee of the Casa Grande Police Department."

No further details have been given.


Unused prescription drop-off locations available



(Posted Oct. 1, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Need to get rid of some unused or outdated prescription drugs?

Please visit our drop-off locations at 373 E. Val Vista Blvd. or 520 N. Marshall St. 

Please, no liquids or needles.

These drug collection units are co-sponsored by CGPD and the Casa Grande Alliance who continue to partner for a safe and drug-free community.

Want to know more about the Casa Grande Alliance and the local efforts of our nationally recognized coalition? Visit them at www.casagrandealliance.org.


CG man killed in motorcycle crash at mall

(Posted Aug. 30, 2014)


The Police Department issued this press release today: 


On Aug. 30, 2014, at 2:13 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a serious collision behind Marshall's department store in the Promenade Mall at 1004 N. Promenade Parkway. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a collision scene involving a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, 22-year-old Casa Grande resident John Isaac McCaslin II, was found deceased on scene.

Investigators on scene determined McCaslin was leaving a bar located at the mall when he appeared to have lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. No other vehicles were involved in the collision. 

Based on the initial investigation, both alcohol and speed appear to be factors involved in this collision. 

The family of McCaslin has been notified of his death.


Police cars to carry emergency water bottles

Terry Sutton, purple shirt, explains the Summer Water Outreach idea to Mayor Bob Jackson, left. With them are Capt. J.R. Parrow and Regis Sommers. Each donated ice chest from Walgreens, left, carries thank you messages.



(Posted Aug. 28, 2014)



Casa Grande Police Department patrol cars will begin carrying bottles of water for use in emergencies such as finding a dehydrated person or someone appearing to be in distress.

Twenty cases of bottled water were paid for by Sutton Law at 100 E. Florence Blvd., taking advantage of a price discount offered by the Walgreens at Florence and Peart Road and the donation of ice chests by the same drugstore.

The program, known as Summer Water Outreach, was the idea of Regis Sommers of Old Town Custom Framing and Gifts, 719 N. Center Ave.

During a presentation Thursday for Mayor Bob Jackson, Sommers said she got the idea after seeing many people walking down the street in front of her store in the blazing sun, sweating and with no water. She often gave them water, she said.

She took the idea to Terry Sutton at the legal offices, who agreed that it was a worthwhile project, Sommers said.

Sutton said there have been occasions when people have come into his offices during the summer heat asking if they could have water, so he knows there are other situations when it is needed.

After the two agreed, Sommers said, she approached the Police Department, eventually working with Capt. J.R. Parrow, who commands the Patrol Division.

Sommers eventually handled most of the coordination with the department and Walgreens. Some other assistance was provided by CG News.

In addition to the price discount and donation of the ice chests, she said, Walgreens told her that next year it would donate hard-sided ice chests rather than the foam ones.

Parrow said the water bottles and chests would be in patrol cars beginning on Monday, starting a continuing program.

He described the program as a way for the Police Department to partner with organizations in reaching out to residents as part of the community policing philosophy.

In his letter to Walgreens describing the program, Parrow wrote, "When an officer observes overheated or exhausted individuals that might not otherwise be able to provide for themselves, they will be able to give them a free water bottle.

"This compassionate alliance will be one way to show we all care about our great citizens and will address a serious summer health concern."



New pickup will carry accident investigation items

(Posted Aug. 21, 2014)


The staff report is HERE



The days when investigating a traffic accident in Casa Grande, fatal or otherwise, consisted of one cop with a notebook and another to blow a whistle while directing traffic around the scene are long gone.

Now it's a heap of equipment, electronic and otherwise, that must be hauled to the scene.

And it's so much that it doesn't all quite fit in the truck of a patrol car, requiring a bungee cord to keep the truck lid from flapping up and down.

That's part of what Chief Johnny Cervantes explained to the City Council during discussion about buying a dedicated Ford F-150 4-wheel drive pickup for traffic accidents and other traffic related operations.

The vehicle would be purchased from Glenn Jones Ford in Casa Grande, the only bidder able to meet the delivery date specified in the grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. 

It wasn't the lowest bid.

Jones bid $31,544.31. PFVT Motors of Phoenix bid $25,323.84, Courtesy Chevrolet of Phoenix bid $27,717.24 and Chapman Ford of Scottsdale bid $23,913.77.

The rest of the $47,000 state grant will be used to outfit the vehicle.

The question from Councilman Ralph Varela was whether Jones Ford would still be the bid winner if it somehow cannot deliver the vehicle on time.

"Since the other three were not able to get the bid in on the required time, if this vehicle goes beyond that required time is there a penalty?" Varela asked. "Otherwise, that would give (Jones) an unfair advantage of not meeting the deadline, either."

Jones has to meet the deadline, Cervantes replied.

"If they don't meet it, then we would be in violation of the grant requirements and probably not receive the money," he said.

According to the staff report, the vehicle would also be used for speed enforcement details and during DUI enforcement operations.

A pickup was chosen, Cervantes said, because of the amount of equipment used during accident investigations. (See photo in story below)

"We have to stuff it all in the trunk (of a patrol vehicle) and sometimes actually have to use a bungee cord just to keep that secured," he said.

Council approval of the purchase was unanimous, with Councilwoman Mary Kortsen absent.

Why a pickup is needed for accident investigations

(Posted Aug. 21, 2014)


Police Department photo



The Police Department gives this explanation of what is carried to traffic accident scenes:


• Cooler: Used to keep water and other beverages cold so that officers and citizens at a scene can stay hydrated.

• Leica AIMS unit: This is the secondary, or backup, unit used to measure collision scenes. The station is comprised of: 

1. Tripod.

2. Camera.

3. Distance meter with accessories. 

4. Adjustable pole. 

5. Large  cases used to transport/protect equipment.

•  Canopy: Used to provide shade during sunny days to members of the traffic unit, keep equipment cool and provide protection during the monsoon.

•  ARAS 360 unit: This is the primary unit used to measure collision scenes, create incident scene drawings, create 3D scene environments, perform crash reconstruction calculations, generate 3D animations and other functions integral to the computer based incident investigation.

The station is comprised of:

1. Tripod. 

2. Nikon DTM-322 camera. 

3. Prism. 

4. Adjustable pole. 

5. Laptop computer. 

6. Large cases used to transport/protect the equipment.

• LIDAR Pro Laser lll: This is a multipurpose laser that is used for both traffic enforcement and measurement of collision scenes. Depending on the situation this unit could be deployed to measure and diagram a scene. It was recently used in January of 2014 to measure a train vs. pedestrian incident in the downtown area.

• Folding table: Used to place equipment and other items at scenes.

• BOSCH crash data retrieval tool: Used to capture crash data directly from all supported vehicles, giving a detailed report of critical data parameters leading up to and during a crash. Some of the parameters include pre-crash data, vehicle speed, brake status, throttle position, ignition cycles and seat belt status to name a few. The collected crash data is used to make informed decisions for accident claims, accident reconstruction and vehicle safety.

• Equipment box: 

This box contains numerous items needed for an accident investigations:  

1. Small cones used for the measurement of scenes.

2. Miscellaneous tools. 

3. Trauma kit. 

4. Biohazard suits. 

5. Blood kits.

6. Numerous spray paint cans used to mark up scenes. 

7. Various forms (Medical Examiner's Office, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center forms, etc.) needed for investigation. 

8. Crime scene tape.


Not included in picture:


• Printer: Used for writing warrants, citations or other needs. 

• Duty bag: Contains additional forms, traffic vest and other items needed for scene management. 

• Traffic barricades: Used to close off roads or route traffic in a certain direction.

• Traffic cones: Used to close off roads, route traffic in certain directions, mark evidence at scenes or used for measurement.


Three new Police Department officers sworn in

(Posted Aug. 18, 2014)

      CG NEWS photo




Three new Casa Grande police officers were sworn in by City Clerk Remy Miller during Monday night's City Council meeting.

They are, from left, Jeffrey McKean, Anthony Clubb and Curtis Kieser.

Having officers sworn in before the council is a new program instituted by Chief Johnny Cervantes.

"Why do we do that?" Cervantes asked during an earlier briefing to the council about progress on the department's strategic plan. 

"Remember what I said about our role as the guardian of democracy. Obviously, democracy is occurring right in this council room, so what better place to send the message to our officers that this is where they're beginning their careers, so they never forget that we serve the community and that we partner with the community. 

"But it's also something for their families, too, something to remember."



New Casa Grande cops out meeting the community

(Posted Aug. 12, 2014)


The Police Department posted this today:


Our new police officers are walking the beat in Ghost Ranch today, introducing themselves to the community and discussing crime prevention efforts in the area.



CG NEWS NOTE: This is in line with what Chief Johnny Cervantes has been briefing the City Council about in going over accomplishments in the Police Department strategic plan. A main part of his presentation so far has been officer involvement with the community, being proactive against crime. Stories are posted under POLICE PLAN.


(Police Department photos)


Three new cops join Police Department

 Three new officers have joined the Police Department after  graduating from the training  academy. Left to right are Anthony  Clubb, Jeffrey McKean and Curtis Kieser.  


(Police Department photo)


 (Posted Aug. 11, 2014)


Is it for real this time, Chris?

(Posted Aug. 4, 2014)


The Police Department posted this today:



A big thank you to Chris Vasquez!

For the past three years, Chris has been the first face you see when visiting the Casa Grande Police Department, where he served as our police aide. 

He says he is really retiring this time … we'll see about that.

Thanks for ending your lengthy law enforcement career with us at CGPD. Enjoy retirement, Chris.


Emergency communications center dedicated


Police Chief Johnny Cervantes, above, speaks to those attending Monday's dedication of a renovated emergency communications center. At left, he holds the scissors to be used by Mayor Bob Jackson, right, in cutting the ribbon to the facility. Picture below story is of a communications console workstation.



(Harold Kitching photos)


(Posted July 28, 2014)


You'll find information about the Communications Division at

http://casagrandeaz.gov/dept/police/communications-division/


At the bottom of this story is earlier one outlining what the communications center upgrades would cover



Casa Grande's renovated emergency communications center was dedicated Monday morning with a ribbon cutting on the steps of the building at 520 N. Marshall St.

It was the last step in a process that was planned after the Police Department moved out of the building three years ago, going to a joint public safety facility on Val Vista Boulevard.

The building was then designated to be a communications center and a police substation.

"Although police officers will not be at the station full time, citizens can walk in the front lobby and speak to a dispatcher via an intercom system," the city announcement said. "If needed, an officer can be dispatched to meet with citizens."

Police Chief Johnny Cervantes told those attending that, "This is not an individual project. This is a team project and there's a lot of people." He thanked Mayor Bob Jackson, the City Council and City Manager Jim Thompson for supporting the renovation of a building built in 1978.

Other thanks went to city Project Manager Ted Hawkins and his people and the police and fire command staffs.

Most importantly, Cervantes said, thanks should go to the emergency dispatchers running the center, working for years in cramped quarters in a building never designed for that work. On top of that, he said, the staff then had to move into a trailer house on the property while the renovations were in progress.

"What a phenomenal job they do," Cervantes said.

Dispatchers routinely handle 911 calls, nonemergency calls for assistance and direct police and firemen to locations, he said.

"But our communications experts do so much more," Cervantes added.

"They calm an excited, fear-filled caller, they walk our citizens through lifesaving skills and they take the time to explain the police and fire activities to those who need to know.

"To the first responders, they are considered the lifeline, the people to depend on when the situation seems out of control.

"They provide direction and advice.

"It is only fitting that we provide them with the most state of the art facility to do these tasks."

Cervantes said that as part of the renovations, "our city has researched and identified the equipment and resources considered by industry leaders to be the best fit for this extremely difficult job.

"The dispatchers really are the lifeline, they're the first people that get contacted under most extreme difficult situations and they provide the competence necessary to provide that service. So I just want to thank you for all your efforts."

Here's what the renovation included ...

(Posted March 19, 2014)



Casa Grande is embarking on a major project to upgrade and modernize its emergency communications system.

According to the posting asking for qualified proposals, the work will be to provide and start up a computer-aided dispatch/records management system for the police and fire departments. Additionally, the system would include a law enforcement records management system, mobile data computing, automated field reporting, automatic vehicle location system and conversion of existing records. Training in the new operation would also be provided.

Computer-aided dispatch is the system that manages 911 and nonemergency calls for service and the sending of the calls to police officers or firefighters.

The records management system stores case records and creates statistical reports.

                                          (Story continues below chart)


"The purpose of this project is to implement an updated CAD/RMS for use by public safety departments enabling all users to better analyze public safety trends, link crimes and events, identify suspects or patients, and improve the quality of field reporting and statistical reports," the request says.

"The CAD/RMS project is created to replace the existing CAD/RMS solutions, which the city has used for more than 15 years. The primary drivers of the project are the limited level of functionality offered by the existing system, aging hardware and software, technical support concerns, and to ensure the safety of department personnel. 

"The ultimate goal is to create a combined public safety Emergency Communications Center that encompasses joint communications functions for police, fire and emergency medical resources, and includes an Emergency Operations Center. 

"Casa Grande’s long-range vision includes becoming a regional ECC in support of the needs of neighboring jurisdictions."

The request says specific project objectives include:

• Re-engineer business processes to increase efficiency.

• Reduce handwritten forms and duplication of effort (e.g. entering same data into multiple systems).

• Eliminate nonenterprise level databases and spreadsheets used to track data.

• More accurately deploy resources. For example, dispatchers and supervisors in the field will be able to determine where units are located within the city, as these units respond to calls in real time. This will lower response times for all public safety units.

• Staff can compile and publish frequently used statistical reports without the assistance of technical staff and without the need to access multiple databases.

• Units can write and file incident reports in the field. 

• The CAD/RMS will be available to their users at least 99.99 percent of the time, on a

24/7/365 basis, within six months of implementation.

• Increased safety to units as more information will be available directly within the vehicles.

• Accurate data conversion of selected data ranges and fields.

• Use mapping capabilities within CAD system.

• Technical architecture will comply with current Casa Grande standards.

• Provide ability to analyze public safety incidents for commonalities, trends, and patterns.

After proposals have been received and evaluated, the best qualified one will go before the City Council in September.

"For planning purposes," the request says, "the city Of Casa Grande has identified a total installation timeframe spanning up to 24 months from the date of City Council authorization and execution of the contract for successful completion of the system implementation activities, no later than Oct. 31, 2016."

The communications center, with expansion of work areas and modernization of the building almost complete, is located in the old Police Department building on Marshall Street south of Florence Boulevard.


Description

The Police Department's website and part of the request give this description of the Public Safety Communications Division:

The Public Safety Communications of the Police Department provides the personnel that link the public with the sworn officers in the field. The division has 15 public safety clerk positions whose functions include 911 operator, public safety dispatcher, records clerk, receptionists, secretary, and supervisor. Public Safety Communications is currently under the command of Mike Brashier.

Civilian personnel are most often the first line of communications with the general public, whether handling “walk in” citizens requests for service or answering 911 emergency calls for both the Police Department and Fire Department. 

Civilian employees classify and prioritize the calls for service, dispatch officers as needed, record dispositions of calls, then handle the follow up paper work. The followup work consists of data entry into the department’s computer system, filing of reports, and transferring reports to related agencies and entities such as prosecutors, courts, and insurance companies.

Public safety dispatchers (911 operators) attend to incoming calls on eight phone lines, 10 911 lines, four extensions and one Silent Witness line. 

They must also enter all calls for service into the police computer to dispatch the calls. Other duties include fulfilling records requests, processing and filing incoming paperwork, data entry of all citations and police reports into the computer system, criminal history inquiries in the state’s crime computer, submitting fingerprints through the state’s automated fingerprint identification system, and numerous other tasks to keep the internal operation of the department organized and efficient.

Supervisors in the division perform as “working supervisors,” doing one of the above jobs in addition to assisting with scheduling, completing employee evaluations, supervising civilian employees, and completing projects assigned by the commander.

When not assigned as a 911 operator or public safety dispatcher, the public safety clerks function as records clerks assisting in the records duties. 

These duties include forwarding reports to other criminal justice agencies, preparing statistical information, uniform crime reporting to the state and FBI, and other secretarial duties for the chief of police and his three division commanders.


92-year-old woman's rape suspect arrested

(Posted July 22, 2014)


The Police Department issued this news release today:


On April 23, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m., a 92-year-old female Casa Grande resident was sexually assaulted in her home in the central part of the city.  

Based on evidence collected at the scene and the ongoing investigation, police believe the suspect forced entry into the residence by way of a side door. The suspect then sexually assaulted the woman in her bedroom where she was sleeping.  

The victim fled her home to a neighbor’s house to seek help.  The neighbors called 911 immediately.  

During the investigation, police followed a lead about a person matching the suspect description who may have made sexual advances to another elderly woman.  

This information led police to identify 20-year-old Casa Grande resident Alfred M. Otero as an investigative lead.      

CGPD detectives obtained a court order to obtain a DNA sample from Otero. The DNA sample was submitted to the Department of Public Safety crime lab. Yesterday, the Casa Grande Police Department received the results from the DPS crime lab, confirming Otero’s DNA matched that of evidence collected at the crime scene.  

Otero was located this morning at his residence in the 1100 block of East Fifth Street. He was taken into custody and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.  

The Casa Grande Police Department will be submitting charges of sexual assault, burglary and aggravated assault to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

  


UPDATE to below:

(Posted July 16, 2014)


The Police Department issued this further update this morning:


Last night at approximately 8:16 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a shoplifting call at Kmart, located at 1214 E. Florence Blvd.  

Upon their arrival, police identified the shoplifting suspect as Angel Luz.  Angel Luz was also wanted for the stabbing of Adam Craig Lewis earlier in the day.

Luz was taken into custody without incident.  

He was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charges of aggravated assault have been forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.


At 9:23 p.m. Tuesday, the Police Department sent out this bulletin:


Stabbing suspect Angel Luz has been located and is in custody.


Victim critical, police seek stabbing suspect

(Posted July 15, 2014)


Angel Luz, left, in May 2014 photo



The Police Department issued this statement today:


Today at approximately 9:35 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a stabbing call at an apartment in the 400 block of West 10th St.  

Upon their arrival, officers located the victim, 24-year-old Casa Grande resident Adam Craig Lewis inside the residence with what appeared to be numerous stab wounds.  

Lewis was transported by ambulance to Banner Casa Grande Regional Medical Center and then flown to a Phoenix area hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries.  He is currently listed in critical condition.  

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate a suspect or weapon used in the incident.  

Although the motive for the stabbing is unclear at this time, officers gathered significant evidence and witness information leading them to determine the suspect’s identity.  

The suspect, who is not in custody at this time, has been identified as 21-year-old Angel Luz.  

Luz is a Hispanic male, 5 foot 2 inches tall, 110 pounds with black hair and black eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white jersey, and a bandana on his head (possibly blue or black).  

Police are actively searching for Luz and ask the public to call 911 immediately if he is located or his whereabouts are known.  

You may also call Silent Witness at 836-2100 or Detective Schmitz at 421-8711, ext. 6060.  Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Second Avenue house fire classified as arson 

(Posted July 14, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement today:


On July 9 at approximately 11 a.m., police officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a house fire in the 400 block of West Second Avenue.  

This fire is being investigated as arson.  

After gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses, officers are asking for the public’s help in locating an investigative lead.  

This person is described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s, riding a 10-speed bicycle, wearing green or blue shorts and possibly a ball cap.  

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or the person described above to call Silent Witness at 836-2100 or Detective Stephen Knauber at 421-8711, ext. 6043.  Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Police seeking leads in downtown assault case

(Posted July 14, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement today:


On July 12 at approximately 8 a.m., police officers were dispatched to the area of 300 North Florence Street in reference to an unconscious male subject.  

Upon their arrival, officers located a 57-year-old Hispanic male who appeared to have sustained significant injuries to his head and face.  

This man was flown to a Phoenix area hospital where he required surgery for treatment.  

Police believe this man may have been assaulted in the late afternoon or early evening of Friday, July 11, in the area of Peart Park.  

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Silent Witness at 836-2100 or Detective David Linehan at 421-8711, ext. 6054.  

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


A bust,
not a bang, for the Fourth of July



The Casa Grande Police Department and other Pinal County law enforcement agencies ran Fourth of July holiday DUI saturation patrols through Sunday night, July 6. This man was the first brought in, a little after 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Officers said he was detained on suspicion of DUI and an open alcohol in a vehicle violation. Statistics are not yet available.

Pinal Avenue fatal collision under investigation

(Posted July 2, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement this afternoon:


On July 1, 2014, at 8:26 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a serious collision at the intersection of Val Vista Boulevard and Pinal Avenue. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a collision scene involving a Blue Mercury Tracer station wagon and a Pinal County water truck. 

The water truck was driven by 40 year old Rodrigo Leyva, who was not injured. 

The station wagon was driven by 59-year-old Casa Grande resident Jimmy Bertoldo Garcia Jr. 

Garcia was flown to Maricopa Medical Center for treatment of severe injuries and later died at the hospital.

Investigators on scene determined Garcia was traveling north on Pinal Avenue when he disregarded the red signal light and entered the intersection at Val Vista Boulevard, colliding with the water truck which was traveling eastbound through the intersection. 

At this time, it is unknown why Garcia disregarded the red signal light and the collision remains under investigation.


Kids and abandoned homes, buildings don't mix

Abandoned buildings or homes range from a boarded up former funeral home in the downtown area, left, to homes in newer subdivisions, above.



(Posted July 3, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement today:


Is there an abandoned home in your neighborhood?

The Casa Grande Police Department asks that you talk to your kids about the dangers of these homes. Although they may look like a great place to play hide and seek or other childhood games, many of these homes have been abandoned or foreclosed and present an extreme danger to curious children. 

Additionally, entering these homes unlawfully is criminal trespassing. 

Teach them to stay away from these homes. 

If you notice a home that is vacant and children, or even adults, are entering without permission, please report this to the Police Department. 

Thank you and stay safe.


DUI saturation patrols over July 4 weekend

(Posted July 2, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols from Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, as part of the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force. 

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community. 

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande. Sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Pinal County, the Department of Public Safety and Florence are scheduled to attend. 

The saturation patrols will begin each night and run until the early morning hours.

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence. 

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.



(Posted June 28, 2014)


The Police Department posted this today:


Thank you to Danny Noland and all the great volunteers who helped repaint the CG on our mountain!

Casa Grande is proud of your commitment to keeping CG beautiful!


An earlier post read:

CGPD is lending a helping hand to local Boy Scout Danny Noland this morning. Danny is working on his Eagle Scout by repainting the CG on Casa Grande Mountain.


Upgrading emergency communications

(Posted June 25, 2014)


The Police Department posted this announcement today:


Wondering what that is up above the old Police Station on Marshall Street?

This location will be opening soon as the new Communications Center for police and fire. These brave guys are installing the communication tower which will make it possible for all first responders to get information from you to us as fast as possible.


Man sought as lead in aggravated assault case

Mario Martinez, left



(Posted June 17, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement this evening:


The Casa Grande Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault that occurred today (June 17) at approximately 10:22 a.m. in the area of Hermosilla Street and Second Street. 

During this incident, an unknown suspect struck the 28-year-old victim, Javier Martinez, with an object that lodged in his head.

Police are looking for 23-year-old Mario Martinez, who is only considered to be an investigative lead in this case. 

Mario has been known to drive a white 2004 four-door Pontiac Grand Am bearing an Arizona license plate number of BFP8627. 

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case or the whereabouts of Mario Martinez to contact us immediately at 421-8700 and ask for Detective S. Knauber or the shift supervisor.






NEWEST COP


Officer Thomas Scheurn, the newest member of the Police Department, was sworn in by City Clerk Remy Miller during the June 16 City Council meeting. Scheurn graduated June 4 from the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy, earning the Top Exemplary Recruit Award.


AFTERNOON UPDATE TO STORY BELOW:

The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued this announcement the afternoon of June 13:


Mr. Walker was located today in Yuma.

His family is grateful for all of the support from the community and very thankful that James was found to be in good physical condition, considering what he has been through.


The Casa Grande Police Department added this note:


Mr. James Walker has been found! The Casa Grande Police wishes to extend our thanks to all our wonderful citizens for their support and to the law enforcement agencies that assisted in locating him!


A family's letter of thanks to the Police Department

(Posted June 13, 2014)


The Police Department issued this today:


A Must-Read Story About Our Casa Grande Police Department


The day after my first born child graduated from high school fear and devastation struck our family. Our home was burglarized in a way that caused us to feel violated, distraught, invaded, angry and fearful. They took collectables and photos that could not be replaced. Knowing that these items were in the hands of those who you would never share family pictures with was unthinkable. 

These individuals armed themselves as these rummaged through our home and the thought that one of my children could have been home during this encounter caused me many sleepless nights. These people entered our home, our place of peace and tranquility, the place were family would reunite after a long busy day, a place of comfort. A comfort that would have never been restored if it weren’t for the reaction presented by the Casa Grande Police Department.

The day after this event Sgt. Engstrom came to our home and counseled us in a way no other professional could. He gave us hope, understanding and direction on how to go forward. He took the time to explain to us what he was going to do and he gave us a sense of comfort that minimized the effect this action had caused. Many nights thereafter I came home to police presence in our neighborhood. I received a call from Sgt. Engstom every day, even on his day off with an update on our case. He put together a task force that went door to door looking for clues as to who could have committed this crime. It was that effort that led them to substantial evidence that put these criminals behind bars. 

Tears filled my eyes when Sgt. Engstom called me and said we have your son's comic collection and more. Sgt. Engstrom and his teams efforts paid off for everyone. Had they not taken the time to find answers these criminals would still be on the street committing more crimes like this, or even worse.

Although this was devastating to our family the results were rewarding as this crime led the Casa Grande Police Department to seven arrests associated either directly to this event or others they were all involved in. We now sit here with our sense of being and comfort as the Casa Grande Police Department was able to regain the valuables that really meant a lot to our family. 

I know this crime may be minimal compared to other events that happen in our society however I find comfort in knowing our streets are being watched by individuals like Sgt. Engstrom and his team. This in itself makes me a proud resident of Casa Grande. 

Our family would like to personally thank and recognized the following officers who played a key role in taking these individuals off the street, Sergeant Engstrom, Officer Robinson, Officer Bloomer, Office Timmons, Officer Fox and Officer McCabe. 

Please take the time to shake the hand and thank an officer from the Casa Grande Police Department, they really do care.

Sincerely, 

A Family Who Cares, June 2014


Armed man incident ends in his surrender

(Posted June 12, 2014)


The Police Department issued this report today:


On June 9, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance in the 2500 block of North Sandstone in the Coyote Ranch residential community. 

The resident, Trent Hancock, was allegedly involved in a disturbance involving his wife the evening before and two other family members that morning at the residence. 

Hancock was known to be armed at the time of the incident and believed to be home alone when police were called by the family members. He had also made statements that he wanted to harm himself or others.

Once on the scene officers established contact with Hancock via telephone. Although he initially refused to come out to speak with police about the matter, about an hour later he exited his residence and was taken into custody. 

The residence was checked and there were no other people home during the incident and several firearms were removed from the residence. 

Hancock faces charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

Total time in the neighborhood was about two hours from first responder to end of incident.


Police still seeking leads in June 1 shooting

(Posted June 12, 2014)


Scroll down page for earlier story


The Police Department issued this statement today:


On June 1, 2014, at around 2 a.m. a Casa Grande man was shot in the area of First Street and Cameron Street. 

Police later stopped the van the suspects were in and arrested one of the suspects, Estevan Castro. 

The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking help in identifying the second suspect in the case. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Silent Witness at 836-2100 or Detective Brian Walsh at 421-8711 ext. 7140. 

Silent Witness may pay an cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Casa Grande woman, 28, dies in auto crash

(Posted June 10, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On June 9, 2014, at 10:17 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received a 911 call reporting a traffic collision near the railway crossing at 1200 W. Maricopa Highway. 

Arriving officers discovered a passenger vehicle had left the roadway, struck a cement structure and came to rest just south of the crossing. 

The vehicle was partially on fire and quickly extinguished. 

Closer investigation revealed that the driver and sole occupant was partially ejected and had suffered fatal injuries. 

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 28-year-old Amy M. Williams of Casa Grande. Her family has been notified.

No other vehicles were involved.

The CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.


Leads still sought in Hector Villarreal murder

(Posted June 5, 2014)


The Casa Grande Police Department issued this announcement today:


On May 6, 2014, at 6:59 p.m., a deceased male was discovered at 878 West Forrest Drive in Casa Grande. The male was identified as 60-year-old Hector Villarreal. 

During the course of the investigation it was determined Hector was a victim of homicide. The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for help in solving this crime.

If you have any information about this homicide, please call Silent Witness at 

836-2100 or contact Detective Troy Schmitz at 21-8711 ext. 6060. 

Silent Witness may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Police seeking suspects in Kmart stabbing

(Posted June 5, 2014)


The Casa Grande Police Department issued this announcement today:



On May 27, 2014, at 7:08 p.m., two subjects were stopped by the manager at Kmart for shoplifting. 

One of the subjects stabbed the manager in the abdomen with a knife and they both fled the scene. 

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1: Hispanic male, early 20s, white shirt, khaki shorts, long black socks and black and white shoes (stabbing suspect).

Suspect #2: Black or Hispanic male, early 20s, white shirt, black shorts, black tennis shoes, sunglasses on head

The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for help in solving this crime.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Silent Witness at 836-2100 or contact Detective Dave Linehan at 421-8711 ext. 6054. 

Silent Witness may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


UPDATE:


The Police Department later issued this clarification after some Facebook followers questioned the location of the pictures:


We thank your for the great observation, these pictures are indeed from Kohl's. Nevertheless, the crime did actually occur at Kmart and these are the two individuals involved, they just happen to be photographed together again at a different store. Thank you.


The Police Department's newest officer

(Posted June 4, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement and photograph this evening:


Join us in congratulating and welcoming the newest member of the Casa Grande Police Department, Officer Thomas Scheurn.

Officer Scheurn graduated from the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy tonight and even earned the Top Exemplary Recruit Award. 

We are proud of him and look forward to having him serve our community.

Shortly after having his parents pin his badge on his chest, Officer Scheurn posed with Investigations Capt. Todd Hanley, left, and Patrol Capt. J.R. Parrow.


One man arrested, leads sought in shooting

(Posted June 2, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 1:58 a.m. on June 1, 2014, in the area of First Street and Cameron Avenue.  

The unidentified shooter discharged a firearm, striking 49-year-old Casa Grande resident Mark Thomas Rebolloso once in the right leg.

The shooter was a passenger in a stolen 2005 Dodge Caravan. This vehicle was found shortly after the initial 911 call, in the 200 block of East Second Avenue.  

Three occupants of the vehicle were detained. One of the occupants, 21-year-old Casa Grande resident Estevan Castro, was determined to be the driver.  

He has been arrested and is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

The other two occupants were interviewed and released.  

The shooting suspect has not been identified and is not in custody at this time.  

Police believe the shooting was a direct result of a prior altercation between the shooter and the victim.  

This case remains under investigation.  

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the shooting suspect to call 421-8700 and request to speak to the supervisor on duty.


Police Department seeks community volunteers

(Posted June 2, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department Volunteer Services Unit is looking for men and women in our community to assist the police department in making our city a safer place to live, visit and do business.

Police volunteers provide valuable services such as Senior Phone Patrol, Silent Witness staffing, Citizens on Patrol, graffiti abatement, traffic control, event coordination and crisis response, to name a few.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Wendy Lloyd at the PD by calling 421-8711 ext. 6140 or visit the main station at 373 East Val Vista Blvd. and ask for an application.


Look-alike gun at Vista Grande causes concern

(Posted May 21, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement this afternoon:


This morning at 7:41 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call at Vista Grande High School regarding a possible weapon on campus.  

Patrol and school resource officers responded to the school immediately and began searching the grounds.  

Based on information given by a witness, officers were able to quickly identify a 16-year-old male student who had a paintball gun in his vehicle.  The paintball gun was designed in the style of an automatic rifle and could easily be mistaken for a real rifle.  The student admitted having possession of the paintball rifle on campus.

There was no immediate threat to anyone on campus and no one was injured.  The campus was not locked down because school was not yet in session.  

The 16-year-old student was released to his parents and police have submitted charges of disruption of an educational institution and disorderly conduct to the Pinal County Juvenile Court.  


Seat belt enforcement campaign under way

(Posted May 19, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways, this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Casa Grande Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

The enforcement mobilization will run today through June 1.

Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona ... It’s the Law!

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state. Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent.

Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.


City cops interdict 279 pounds of marijuana

(Posted May 16, 2014)


The Police Department issued this press release this afternoon:


On May 16, 2014, at approximately 10:13 a.m., Casa Grande police arrested two male subjects in connection with drug smuggling.  

Officers assigned to an anti-drug smuggling detail were working in the area of Chui Chu Road and Battaglia Road when they observed a brown Chevrolet truck and a red Honda car traveling north on Chui Chu Road from the Tohono O’Odham reservation.  These vehicles appeared to be traveling together.  

Officers noticed the Honda was traveling well over the posted speed limit and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The Honda stopped approximately a half mile after officers engaged them with their emergency lights and sirens.  

Officers immediately identified numerous packages in the backseat of the Honda, resembling packaged marijuana.  Officers also identified a strong scent of marijuana.    

During the investigation, officers discovered a total of 12 packages of marijuana weighing 279 pounds and valued at $139,500.  The marijuana and the 1995 Honda has been seized by the CGPD.  

The driver of the Honda was identified as 18-year-old Eloy resident Wesley Morris.  The passenger of the Honda was identified as 27-year-old Mexico resident Guadalupe Mena-Zayas.  

Morris and Mena-Zayas were both arrested and are both being charged with crimes including possession and transportation of marijuana.  

These charges were forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  


UPDATE to story below

(Posted May 7, 2014)


This afternoon, the Police Department issued this update to the possible homicide story, below:


The victim has been identified as Casa Grande resident Hector Villarreal.  

The victim was found with visible injuries to his chest and upper torso, the cause of which is still under investigation.  

The type of weapon(s) used and suspect information is not available at this time.  

The investigation is still ongoing and is being treated as a homicide.    


Man's body on west side a possible homicide

(Posted May 6, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement this evening:


The Casa Grande Police Department is currently investigating a possible homicide on the west side of the city.

At approximately 6:59 p.m. today (Tuesday), CGPD officers responded to a call in the 800 block of West Forrest Drive.  

Upon arrival, Officers discovered the deceased body of a 60-year-old Hispanic male inside of his residence.  

At this time, the cause of death is unknown, but foul play is suspected. 

This is an active investigation and further information will be released when available. 


Eight busted for DUI during weekend sweep

(Posted May 6, 2014)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


The Casa Grande Police Department conducted a DUI enforcement detail over the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend. The detail began on Friday and ended on Monday. Officers patrolled the city in an effort to identify impaired drivers and educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving.

By the end of this detail, officers made eight DUI arrests and issued 87 citations. Of the eight DUI arrests, two were for Aggravated DUI, four were for Extreme DUI, one was for DUI Drugs and one for DUI above 0.08. The average blood alcohol content of the arrested drivers was 0.158.

(CG NEWS note: The drunken driving threshold is 0.08)

The officers who participated in the enforcement effort conducted a total of 279 traffic stops due to driving violations. Other than DUI, some of the key citations issued were for speeding, stop signs, and child restraint and seat belt violations.

It is important to recognize that our officers contacted 23 designated drivers during this detail. 

The Casa Grande Police Department continues to urge the public to make smart decisions when drinking alcohol. Remember to have a designated driver or make alternate arrangements for transportation.


The newest for the CG Police Department

 Four new Casa Grande police officers were sworn in by City Clerk Remy Miller during  Monday night's City Council meeting. From left are Scott Christofferson, Spencer  Hirshfeld, Scott McNutt and Jon Campa-Molina, all graduating last Thursday from  the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center. Councilman Dick Powell,  serving his fifth four-year term on the council, said, "I want to compliment the  swearing in of the police officers tonight. I've never seen that done at one of our  meetings and I think that it was very impressive. I think it also shows them how  much we appreciate them coming into our employ."


Deuel takes two golds in weight competition

(Posted April 29, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement today:


Check out Officer Victoria Deuel.

Last weekend, she competed in the Arizona Police and Fire Games in Tucson. She competed in the power lifting event for her weight class and won Gold in Single Bench Press and Gold for All Around.

Matt Duran is VFW's Police Officer of the Year

(Posted April 28, 2014)


The Police Department posted this today:


One of our own was recognized today by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Arizona.

Officer Matt Duran was awarded with the VFW Police Officer of the Year.

Congratulations Officer Duran. You are a great example of a police officer and a great role model as a school resource officer.

And thanks to the VFW, Western Conference Chaplain Janie Miller and Past District 10 Commander Jerry Miller for presenting the award.


Two officers take honors in jiu jitsu competition

(Posted April 28, 2014)


The Police Department issued this statement today:


Last week, these two Casa Grande Police Department school resource officers competed in the North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation's 2014 Grand Canyon State Open -- Gi and no-Gi style.

Officer Jeff Thornton competed in the Medium/Heavyweight Division and won Gold in Gi and Silver in no-Gi.

Officer Orlando Jimenez competed in the Lightweight Division and won Gold in no-Gi.

These wins have secured them both a place in the World Championships coming soon.


E. Saguaro stabbing victim in stable condition

(Posted April 20, 2014)


You'll find the press release HERE


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is investigating a stabbing that took place this morning at approximately 3 a.m. in the 200 block of East Saguaro Street.

Officers responded to a stabbing call and, upon arrival, discovered a 23-year-old Casa Grande man with a stab wound to his abdomen.  He was flown to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment and is currently listed in stable condition.  

Police have identified 44-year-old Joyce De Leon, the victim’s girlfriend’s mother, as the suspect.  

This incident remains under investigation and charges of aggravated assault/domestic violence will be submitted to the Pinal County Attorney's Office. 


(CG NEWS note: The victim's name has not yet been released by police.) 


Social hosting/unruly gatherings ordinance
has worked well in city, CG Police Board told

(Posted April 16, 2014)


Click here for text of the ordinance


The complete City Code is at

http://www.amlegal.com/library/az/casa_grande.shtml




Since Casa Grande passed a social hosting/unruly gatherings ordinance in 2009, life has been easier for law enforcement officers, Sgt. Dave Engstrom told the Police Advisory Board.

What the ordinance basically does is give police a tool to control unruly gatherings, such as parties providing alcohol or drugs to underage drinkers.

Before the ordinance, police might know that activity was going on in a house or building but had to get a warrant to enter. With the ordinance, they are allowed to enter after they see that activity.

"Previously, when we had a specific house and we got to the front door we were locked in to actually have to do warrants," Engstrom said. "We couldn't develop sufficient probable cause to just walk in and take care of a house party.

"If you have four or five cars blocking the street, you have juveniles drinking, drinking in public, neighbors complaining about noise or excessive traffic, that gave us, once we got that call for service and we showed up at that residence, a little more leeway that we didn't have previously."

It wasn't always that way.

"Back in May of 2007," Engstrom said, "Rancho Grande had a serious problem, because with the influx of all the mortgage issues and abandoned houses they were taking over these houses, charging kids five to 10 bucks at the door. Most of those were gang initiated things and there was a profit margin being made by some of our local gang people.

"Some of these houses had 60 to 80 kids in them, sometimes a hundred or more. The alcohol poisoning, finding weapons. Nothing was in these houses but beds and alcohol and a refrigerator. They weren't living in them, they were just going in and taking over the houses.

"There were outside people that were at some of these parties, there was a gang member from Nevada, one from California, they had felony warrants and here's 13- or 14-year-old kids that their clothes aren't the most appropriate consuming alcohol.

"And the one search warrant that we did, it took probably 10 to 15 Border Patrol agents, county deputies, plus our two squads to effectively work 70 to 80 people. They locked the entire front section of Rancho Grande down.

"In that instance along, a MAC-10 handgun was dumped under one seat. Every room had an abandoned handgun in it. Interesting, and no one claimed them, of course, but every room had an abandoned handgun.

"Eventually you can't keep dealing with calls for service without some type of interdiction."

The social hosting/unruly gatherings changed the game.

"When all those guidelines went through, it gave the right as soon as I got to the front door, once it's open and I see a crime, I see a keg and I see kids in the room, that gave me the right to walk into the house. Once I determine that there's a crime, either alcohol violation, kids using drugs, something that involves a minor in a crime, I now can go in and seize the kegs, go through the rest of the house, search for kids that may be under the influence of alcohol, collect all the beer, take photos and process the scene without having to go through the process of waiting for a judge, hold the house for two hours and write a warrant, which that takes even more (officers) off the road at night.

"It made interdicting these incidents a heck of a lot easier, because we had a statute on the books that we could actually employ that was legal.

"But, of course, if they lock the door and don't allow us in, we have to force entry, have to write a warrant. And the judges are very supportive of those. Those are very simple warrants. They're misdemeanors, but they're very simple in there for a purpose.

"Some areas had so many problems that we knew there was going to be a felony that was connected to a simple misdemeanor event, and sure enough, that's what they were."

The ordinance does not cover legal parties, Engstrom stressed.

"You can have your typical basic party or something that doesn't violate a law, sure," he said. "We weren't targeting those people and interdicting parties that didn't require us to use enforcement. They were specifically for what falls in line with the ordinance."

Since the ordinance went into effect, Engstrom said, seven to 10 cases have been handled. One, on West Turino Place, involved two calls within the same week.

"The first time, I don't think they clearly got the message," Engstrom said. "But we think they were again profiting on parties and invited in kids, because when we arrived the second time the adults were throwing the kids over the fence. Well, once we locked the place down, we effectively interdicted that party and there hasn't been any repeat calls for service there at all."

Overall, Engstrom said, "there's only periodically on the average two maybe three calls a year, and that's it, which is a great thing.

"Really, once we started employing it, it made a heck of a big difference, it really did."

Another benefit of curbing such gatherings, Engstrom said, is, "We know in turn there's your accidents, there's juveniles going from the acceleration of consuming alcohol to experimenting with drugs, the "spice" issues and things like that.

"I believe at night it reduced some of our accident rates for DUIs, it relieved some of those issues, because when you interdict a party with 60 or 70 kids, those are people's children, they're family members. When kids get inebriated on alcohol the sexual assaults and things like that occur and those are very time-intensive for investigators. I think we reduced a lot of those.

"We know later, after these parties close out, the drive-by shootings, people shoot rounds off in the air.

"Overall, it made some significant impact … across the entire city.

Social media also has played a part, Engstrom said, pointing out that, "the tweeting and the kids that pass along when we do the interdiction on those parties, people get tickets, people go to jail. Now we find out that people go to Arizona City and have desert parties. If we get a chance to interdict those we will, but most of those are pretty hard to get in on because the kids have parameters on their tweets when they have house parties."

When enforcement has been taken at a house, police are allowed to post what is known casually as a "scarlet letter," although it is actually a large bright orange notice that the location has been busted for violating the ordinance.

"I've done three," Engstrom said. "The neighbors love it."

Once posted, the notice cannot be taken down without permission from a court.

"We haven't had any instances with people trying to take them off," Engstrom said, "but they make an impact and a statement. The neat thing is, it's posted where the rest of the neighbors can see it from the street. It really works very well, very well."

Engstrom said that in addition to the unruly gathering enforcement, he wants to start focusing on drag racing, often stemming from drinking, and most of which is being done on the outer parts of the city.

"Some of them were in an unoccupied home subdivision out on the way to Tanger Mall on the left there. Some kids have told their social media they're going in different spots. And we've had fatal accidents years ago in the past with the drag racing.

"So that's kind of my next project, see if we can curb some of that. Because eventually, yes, we're going to get accidents, there's going to be a wreck, there's going to be drinking and incidents, because those kids get engaged in that.

"In fact, we've interdicted those crews in Western Manor. That's where a lot of that started, was the outlying neighborhoods where they think there's going to be no police intervention. But we've been able to actually stop those, so now they just go outside of our region in areas where we're not constantly patrolling that much. 

"Once we identify them, that spot is now at zero and they move to a new spot. So we're going to study that for a little bit and learn how it progresses."


Man in motorcycle crash is from Arizona City 

(Posted April 16, 2014)


The updated press release is HERE


The motorcycle driver involved in an accident Tuesday on Overfield Road has been identified as 22-year-old Arizona City resident Dallas Michael Lee Furnish.

(See original story below). 

Police said Furnish remains in a Phoenix area hospital and is now listed in stable condition.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, although speed is considered to be a factor, the Police Department press release said.

Motorcyclist severely injured in Overfield crash

(Posted April 15, 2014)


You'll find the official press release HERE


A 22-year-old man suffered severe head trauma during a motorcycle accident Tuesday on Overfield Road.

The Police Department announcement said officers responded to the call at 1 p.m.

"Responding officers discovered a 22-year-old male who was involved in a single vehicle (motorcycle) accident," the announcement said. 

"The victim was flown to a Phoenix area hospital due to severe head trauma. At the time of this release, he is listed in critical condition. Officers have not identified any witnesses at this time."

Because of the man's condition, his name was not available for release, the announcement said. "Officers are currently investigating the accident and, at this time, the cause is unknown," it continued.  

Overfield Road between Highway 287 (Florence Boulevard) and Cottonwood Lane was closed for about three hours, but has since reopened.


16-year-old CG boy killed, 5 others injured
in crash on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway

(Posted April 13, 2014)


James Seaton, left. 

(photo from gofundme.com)


The initial press release is HERE


The followup press release is HERE



A 16-year-old Casa Grande boy was killed and five other people injured during a major traffic collision early today on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway near Bianco Road.

The Police Department said James Seaton died as a result of the crash between a 2005 Chevrolet Impala and a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado.

A police press release said Jennifer McGee, 34, of Maricopa was driving the Silverado. Driving the Impala, the release said, was 19-year-old Randy Puerner. Identified as his passengers are Justin Harrington, 17, Dakota Repass, 16, and Anthony Brooks, 16.

"Investigators have been in contact with the parents of the juveniles involved in the collision and the family of the adult female driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash," the press release said.

"Although it is unknown what condition each of the survivors is in at this time, all five remain hospitalized in various Phoenix area hospitals.

"Investigators continue to believe speed was a factor in the collision, but are not ruling out any other possibilities."

Seaton was taken to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The emergency call came in at 12:12 a.m.

The initial press release said investigators believe Puerner was going east on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway when he drifted into the westbound lane, hitting McGee's vehicle.

The highway was closed for several hours.



CG NEWS note: A fundraising effort for funeral expenses for James Seaton has been launched at http://www.gofundme.com/8ar7v4?preview=1


As of noon today (April 16), the site reported that $3,940 had been donated, surpassing the goal of $3,500.


Knocking on doors, meeting residents brings
leads to 42 arrests, Police Advisory Board told

(Posted April 10, 2014)


If Casa Grande police officers come knocking at your door, don't get nervous. They're probably just there as part of a new proactive community policing program that calls for getting to know residents, saying hello, talking with them.

It's also led to 42 arrests from tips.

Chief Johnny Cervantes told the Police Advisory Board during Thursday night's meeting that, "We created, using existing resources, a Community Response Team. It's really just employing a proactive strategy to try to get ahead of crime."

One of the ways the department thought would help was going door to door.

"And it's exactly what it says," Cervantes said. "Basically, we go to people's doors in neighborhoods where we believe there is some existing problems and we knock on the door.

"It's right in line with our philosophy, which is community policing, and that essentially is saying we need to work with the community to solve community problems.

"And it also is in line with the second piece of that philosophy, which is we believe that a large percentage of crime is committed by a small percentage of individuals.

"So both of those philosophies come together in this door to door strategy where we knock on people's doors and just basically talk to them and introduce ourselves."

Since the program was started on July 19 of last year, Cervantes said, "We have actually knocked on 1,455 doors in different areas of the community.

"Sometimes all it results in is a contact, meaning 'hello.' And even the officers were shocked initially at the reception from some of the community members: you're just here to say hello? Yes, that's exactly what we're here for."

Other times, the chief said, it results in key information.

"As a result of this strategy," he continued, "we have arrested 42 offenders as a result of the information that we received from some of those contacts."

In one case, Cervantes said, the team went into a neighborhood that was having crime issues.

"We also knew before we went there that there was a burglary at one of our local schools," he continued. "We didn't have any idea who committed that burglary or any leads whatsoever. 

"But as a result of going into that neighborhood we developed a lead within, I want to say, a couple of hours, give or take a few minutes, and we were able to solve that crime based on the information we received from just going out there proactively, solving that crime that same night, identifying the key people involved in that crime.

"So, it's 42 arrests from just going out there proactively, talking to people and saying hello."

In essence, Cervantes said, "It's accomplishing everything that we thought it would and then some.

"And of course we want to continue to utilize this strategy as an effective method."


Two arrested for burglaries in Western Manor

(Posted April 1, 2014)


The Police Department posted this today:


On March 23 and 24, the Casa Grande Police Department responded to calls for service reference two burglaries in the Western Manor subdivision. During their investigation, Police collected evidence and spoke to several citizen witnesses. Police suspected a group of juveniles to have stolen a bicycle and a motorcycle during these events.

The department's Community Response Team took over the investigation and on March 27  they conducted two search warrants resulting in the discovery and arrest of two suspects and the return of some of the stolen property.

Our department has been actively employing a community policing concept in the Western Manor neighborhood and it is working very well. Crime has been significantly reduced and the citizens are taking part in improving their neighborhood with the assistance of the Community Response Team. 

The Casa Grande Police Department and our Community Response Team is dedicated to reducing crime and improving community relations throughout our city.

Thank you to the great residents of Western Manor for caring so much.


Casa Grande police seek help in two cases

(Posted April 1, 2014)


The Police Department posted these announcements today:


Man sought

The Casa Grande Police Department is conducting an investigation and is asking for your help in locating Terry Collins Jr. 

His picture is above. 

Please forward any information to Sgt. David Engstrom at [email protected] or call 421-8711 ext. 6340. 


(CG News note: The department did not say what the investigation is about.)


Heritage Motors burglary

The Casa Grande Police Department is conducting an investigation reference a burglary that took place at Heritage Motors on March 10. We are seeking information about the person in the video link below. 

If you have any information about this person or this crime, please contact Sgt. David Engstrom at [email protected] or call 421-8711 ext. 6340. 

The video link is:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=700449546664783&set=vb.236981269678282&type=2&theater


Security guard at high school admits sending
nude photos to 17-year-old girl; he's arrested

(Posted March 27, 2014)


The Police Department issued this press release Thursday evening:


On Thursday, March 27, 2014, at approximately 5 p.m., 23-year-old Casa Grande resident John Leslie Beighey Jr. was arrested following an investigation alleging that he sent nude photos of himself to a 17-year-old female student at the school where Beighey is employed as a security guard.  

The Casa Grande Police Department was notified of the alleged misconduct by administrators at Casa Grande Union High School earlier this afternoon.  Investigators then interviewed the student, the security guard and school officials.  

During the interviews, Beighey admitted to sending the pictures to the student.  Upon conclusion of the interviews, investigators arrested Beighey.  

The Casa Grande Police Department has submitted charges of furnishing harmful items to a minor, a class 4 felony, to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.  

Beighey booked and transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.  

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available for release at this time.  


Police need helping in finding young arsonists

(Posted March 21, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


We are investigating a recent series of arsons in our city, the majority of which are dumpster/trash can related fires. 

Possible suspect information is one to two young males, possibly riding bicycles. 

We realize this is limited info, but if anyone has any information regarding these crimes, we encourage you to contact the casa Grande Police Department and request to speak to Detective Palmer. Remember, our non-emergency number is 421-8700. 

If you suspect someone may be committing the act of arson, please call 911 immediately. 

Thank you.


They all helped save his life

(Posted March 12, 2014)


The Police Department posted this today:


Congratulations are in order! 

On Friday, Feb. 28, Bill Anthony suffered a medical emergency at a local business. This triggered a chain of events that not only changed the life of Mr. Anthony, but everyone you see pictured here.

Mr. Anthony collapsed and suffered from a very serious heart condition. 

Community member Ester Gonzalez called 911. Community members George Salas and Chuck Salas then initiated CPR under the guided direction of Public Safety Dispatcher Melissa Engstrom. 

Community member Roberto Lucio ran outside for help and flagged down Police Officer Jeremy Ybarra. Officer Ybarra immediately responded and took over providing CPR until Fire Department Engine 501 members Capt. Brandon Baker, Engineer Jesse Valle and Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Finucane arrived and took over life saving efforts. 

Shortly after, Southwest Ambulance Paramedic Rick Rebenstorf and EMT Kory Coffman arrived, took over life saving efforts and transported Mr. Anthony to the hospital.

These citizens and first responders showed great courage and commitment, and their cooperative efforts ultimately saved Mr. Anthony’s life.

Last night, The Casa Grande Police Department, Fire Department, Southwest Ambulance and Carol Gibbs of The University of Arizona’s S.H.A.R.E. Program joined together to honor these heroes for their efforts. Mr. Anthony and his wife joined us as well, and expressed his gratitude to them.

Please join us in thanking all who were involved. 

This one incident is a great example of teamwork and indicative of the responsibility we, as community servants and citizens, have to each other.


Motorcyclist killed on Florence

(Posted Feb. 22, 2014)


The Police Department issued this news release Saturday night:


On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 6:08 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received a 911 call reporting a traffic collision at the intersection of Florence Boulevard and Colorado Street.  

Arriving officers discovered a pickup truck, an SUV and a motorcycle involved in the collision.  

The motorcyclist, a white male, was not alive when officers arrived on scene.  No one else involved in the collision was injured.  

The CGPD Critical Accident Investigation Team conducted the collision investigation.  

Investigators determined the driver of the motorcycle was attempting to turn north onto Colorado Street from westbound Florence Boulevard when the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado, driving east on Florence Boulevard, turned north onto Colorado Street in front of the motorcycle. Both drivers had a green signal, but the motorcyclist did have the right of way.  

When the collision occurred, the motorcyclist was propelled forward and collided with a Chevrolet Trailblazer stopped in the southbound center turn lane of Colorado Street.  It appears at this time the motorcyclist was killed upon initial impact with the pickup truck.  

The driver of the pickup truck, 42-year-old Silvina Habana-Torres, was arrested and transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.  Investigators have submitted charges of causing death by use of a vehicle.  

Habana-Torres did not have a valid driver license. 

The victim has been identified as 64-year-old Daniel K. Harman of Buckeye, Ariz. His family has been notified.



The gun, the danger ...
Woman honored for helping subdue burglaries suspect

 Candace Gasbarre receives thanks from Police Chief Johnny Cervantes, for her actions in  spotting a gun and helping a police officer subdue a burglaries suspect.

(Posted Feb. 18, 2014)


The man struggling with a Casa Grande police officer trying to arrest him had a gun in his waistband. 

Candace Gasbarre didn't hesitate, grabbing his arm to keep him from reaching the weapon and perhaps using it against the cop.

For her actions, she was honored during Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Police Chief Johnny Cervantes gave the council some background leading to the incident on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Gasbarre's place of employment.

"Being involved is the core of our philosophy and we ask our community to get involved," Cervantes said. "But we always try to limit their exposure to risk or danger.

"Sometimes the situation requires immediate action, and that's what we're here to talk about tonight and Candace being here tonight."

Cervantes said there had been an increase in burglaries in a residential neighborhood.

"We had an idea of who it was," he said, "because he had been released from jail pending sentencing for some other similar crimes. But we just couldn't catch him.

"Obviously, we had some concerns and the community had some concerns. The community started expressing their concerns not only to the Police Department, but they started organizing a community meeting to discuss the ongoing issue.

"When we see that, we feel like we have the responsibility to take some proactive measures, so that's what we did in this case. We started utilizing techniques that I won't disclose here, for obvious reasons.

"And also we started working with the county attorney, himself, to try to develop a way to revisit this guy's release conditions. He recommended under a program that we register some of the community members as a community watch group so that they would have legal standing for any court proceedings that would move forward when this individual came to court.

"As part of that, we actually went door to door and we contacted over 200 residents to notify them not at the meeting but also about some ongoing issues on the occurrence of the burglaries problem that we were experiencing."

On Jan. 25, Cervantes said, "we identified this individual at Candace's place of employment and we wanted to arrest him and speak with him.

"Well, as you can imagine, some people do not want to go to jail. This one specifically did not want to go to jail and he started fighting with the officer. It was basically a resisting and struggle. Unbeknownst to the officer, this individual had a gun in his waistband.

"Candace witnessed this and acted immediately to prevent that individual from reaching and grabbing that gun. She grabbed his arm and helped the officer restrain this individual until other officers could get there.

"Now, clearly, we can all imagine what would happen had Candace not acted decisively. 

"So I just want to recognize her for her quick action and thank her on behalf of the Casa Grande Police Department for your quick action and putting yourself out there and getting involved."

Cervantes said an appreciate plaque will be delivered to Gasbarre's home.



Fired officer's appeal denied
              Casa Grande Dispatch story is HERE

Termination upheld by city manager
                Casa Grande Dispatch story is HERE


  Do this during a traffic stop

  (Posted Jan. 30, 2014)


  The Casa Grande Police Department posted this announcement today:


  We get asked all the time about what to do during a traffic stop. 

  Below is a little advice from the National Law Enforcement Officers   Memorial Fund. 

  Remember to buckle up and drive safe.


1-year-old boy dies after being hit
by a truck; investigation continues

(Posted Jan. 28, 2014)


The Casa Grande Police Department issued this statement late Tuesday night, Jan. 28:


On Jan. 28, 2014, the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a 911 call from a residence in the 700 block of East Ninth Street reference a 1-year-old boy possibly run over by a truck.

The mother of the boy called 911 at approximately 8:49 p.m. stating her son was hit by a car and was not awake.  

Police officers responding to the scene found the child in the residence with his family. The child was unresponsive and showed significant signs of trauma. Officers initially attempted to render aid and medics arrived on scene to assist.  

The child was transported to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center where medical staff pronounced him deceased shortly thereafter.  

Initial investigation leads police to believe the father of the child may have struck the child with his truck when he left the home and returned a short time later.  

Investigators are trying to determine why the child was outside and if he was supervised.  

It is unknown at this time if any charges will be filed in this case.  

Due to the ongoing investigation, further details are not available at this time. 

 

Help support Casa Grande Alliance

(Posted Jan. 29, 2014)


The Police Department posted this today on Facebook:


We want to take a moment to give a "SHOUT OUT" to the Casa Grande Alliance by asking all of you, our loyal Facebook Fans, to check out their page and help them increase their fan base!


We are proud to be their partner for a safe and drug free community!


And a big thanks to you for following us into the social media world! Have a safe day!


https://www.facebook.com/CGAlliance



Fred Duerr retires from Police Department

 Fred Duerr, right, is congratulated by Chief Johnny Cervantes upon his  retirement after 20 years as a police officer and 10 years as a prisoner  transport officer.


(Posted Jan. 28, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Join us in congratulating Fred Duerr.

Today is his last day with Casa Grande Police Department. 

Fred served our community as a police officer for 20 years and 10 more as a prisoner  transport officer.

Fred has played an integral role in maintaining our fleet and equipment over the years and he will be missed.

Enjoy your retirement, Fred.


Do you know these two?

(Posted Jan. 21, 2014)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is trying to identify the two subjects in the following photographs. 

The male subject is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5' 11" to 6' 2", medium build, facial hair, wearing a black and white striped shirt and blue jeans. 

A female was with the male subject and she is described as Hispanic, 5' 5" or taller, black hair, wearing eye glasses, blue jeans, a black and white scarf and a black shirt. 

If you have any knowledge of who these people are, please contact the Casa Grande Police Department at 421-8711 ext. 6340. 


CG NEWS note: Police have not yet said why they are seeking the identities.


Man walking on tracks killed by train

(Posted Jan. 9, 2014)


The Police Department issued this news release today:


On Thursday, Jan. 9, at approximately 11:59 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call involving a westbound Union Pacific train colliding with a pedestrian.  

Officers arrived and discovered a male subject lying on the north side of the railroad tracks between Florence Street and Sacaton Street.  It was immediately apparent the victim was deceased.  

Investigators believe the train was traveling approximately 50 miles per hour and the victim did not survive the blunt force trauma from contact with the train.   

Police were unable to locate any witnesses who could describe the incident.  The train engineer described to police seeing a man walking toward his train.  He sounded his horn several times, but was not able to stop before striking the man.  

The victim has been identified as a 49 year old Casa Grande resident, but his name will not be available until his family has been notified.  

At this time, it is unclear what caused the man to walk into the path of the train. The CGPD critical accident investigation team was on scene most of the afternoon.  The investigation is ongoing. 


UPDATE: Facebook users have said the man was Juan DeLeon, 49.

Keck, Bonsall retire from Police Department

(Posted Jan. 9, 2014)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


Please join us in congratulating two law enforcement professionals as we celebrated their retirement today from the Casa Grande Police Department!

Commander Mike Keck (left in photo) and Sgt. Mark Bonsall have spent their entire careers protecting and serving the City of Casa Grande and it's citizens. We thank you for your service and wish you all the best in your retirement!


CG NEWS note: The men told CG News that they will take positions as investigators with the Pinal County Attorney's Office.


CG police active during DUI sweeps

From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, Casa Grande Police Department officers participating in a countywide task force to find persons driving while under the influence made three extreme DUI arrests, seven aggravated DUI arrests, 25 for misdemeanor DUI, nine DUI drug arrests. The department said the average blood-alcohol content of those arrested was 0.122, above the .08 that determines DUI. Statistics for the entire multi day sweeps have not yet been released.


See photos in GALLERY from New Year's Eve in Casa Grande.


(click on photos to enlarge)



Mother in stabbing incident arrested
for murder, attempted murder;
tried to poison children, police believe

Police Department Public Information Officer Thomas Anderson, left, answers questions from the media.



(Posted Dec. 29, 2013)


The complete Police Department press release is HERE



Connie Villa, the woman involved in stabbing incidents on Christmas Day, was arrested Sunday morning as she was released from a Valley hospital and charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder.

The attempted murder counts stem from the stabbing of her ex husband, Adam Villa, and what police say was the attempted poisoning of three of her children, ages 3, 5 and 8.

A fourth child, 13, was found dead in the bathroom and police suspect she was also poisoned but are waiting for a toxicology report.

The announcement was made Sunday afternoon during a Police Department press conference attended by CG News and multiple Phoenix television stations. The Casa Grande Dispatch newspaper was not there.

Public Information Office Thomas Anderson told the media that, "As many of you know, we began an investigation on Dec. 25, Christmas night, at 9:31 p.m. when we received a 911 call from Adam Villa, the ex husband of Connie Villa, stating that she stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso and he was driving himself to to the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center."

When officers arrived at The Colony Apartments at 351 N. Peart Road, Anderson said, they "were forced to make entry into the apartment and discovered Connie Villa in the apartment with apparent stab wounds to her upper torso. She had a knife that she had positioned to her own chest. Officers were able to subdue her and remove her three children away from her.

"During that initial entry and investigation, officers discovered 13-year-old Aniarael Macias lying on the bathroom floor. Medical staff was on hand and they entered there and determined that Aniarael Macias was deceased."

Anderson said Connie and Adam Villa were taken to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment of injuries. Based on evidence at the scene and concern for the children, he said, they were also taken to a Phoenix area hospital for evaluation.

"This morning at approximately 9 a.m. we arrested Connie Villa at Maricopa Medical Center where she was being released after treatment for what we believe are self inflicted stab wounds to her upper torso," Anderson said.

"In coordination with the Pinal County Attorney's Office we are charging Connie Villa on one count of first degree murder and four counts of attempted first degree murder for the three surviving children and her ex husband, Adam Villa.

"Our investigation indicates Connie Villa forced her children to take prescription narcotic drugs in an intent to kill them. We believe she then contacted her ex husband and lured him to her apartment where she stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso.

"Initial evaluation of the children discovered they had trace amounts of opiates in their systems. 

"All three children are currently in good condition and Child Protection Services had placed them in the custody of Adam Villa's family. Mr. Villa remains in the hospital and is in stable condition."

Anderson said Adam Villa is not the father of Aniarael. "Her biological father was contacted and is working closely with the police in this investigation," he said.

"Although an autopsy for Aniarael was conducted yesterday in Pima County (Pima County Medical Examiner's Office) the results  did not identify a cause of death.

"Investigators feel the evidence found at the scene of the crime, along with interviews and medical information about the three surviving children, give our department cause to believe that she was attempting to end of lives of all of her children and Adam Villa. As I said, this investigation is ongoing. There may be further charges coming.

"Our department is also awaiting a toxicology report for Aniarael Macias, along with the three surviving children, which may take two to three weeks to return.

"We would like to acknowledge the offices of the Pinal County and Pima County medical examiners and Pinal County Attorney's Office for their services in this investigation."

Anderson then called for questions from the media. Below is the transcript, with answers from Anderson:

Q: Did she admit to anything yet, Connie?

A: Connie is still being interviewed. We've had multiple interviews with her and we haven't determined yet her motive. She has not admitted anything to us yet. We're still conducting that investigation.

Q: So the investigation just led you to believe that she stabbed herself, or how do you know that she stabbed herself?

A: Based on evidence we found at the scene, interviews with all involved, including the children, and some interviews with her and medical information we have about the three children, we feel we had cause to arrest her for the charges.

Q: The 13-year-old, did she (Connie) also give her prescription drugs? Was she also stabbed?

A: When we found her there were no apparent signs of injury. Medical examiner's office found no cause of death, no apparent time of injury. Like I said, we're waiting for a toxicology report but we believe that she also attempted to poison Aniarael Macias. We believe she was using prescription narcotic drugs.

Q: Do you know what those were?

A: I don't know what those are at this time.

Q: Do you think she got those prescription drugs legally or illegally?

A: I don't know if she got them legally or illegally. We did find some prescription drugs on scene, but those are part of the investigation, an ongoing investigation, and we're anxiously awaiting the toxicology reports. But as I said, it will take awhile.

Q: Had your Police Department been out to her apartment in the past recent months for calls for help?

A: I don't have that information.

Q: You said that she made the kids take prescription drugs. Did they tell you that she just forced them, here take this, drink some water, swallow these down?

A: I'm not sure of how she was trying to force them to take the drugs, still part of this investigation. And as you know, this is still an ongoing investigation so certain elements of this investigation we're not able to present at this time?

Q: Do we know how long (Connie and Adam Villa) have been separated or divorced?

A: I don't have that information.

Q: Do you know of any CPS prior involvement with her and her children?

A: I don't know of any prior with CPS, but our investigators are speaking to CPS, they're in contact with them, and if there was I'm sure we'll make it part of our investigation.

Q: Any indication of motive yet, why?

A None yet.

Q: Do you know how many times she stabbed herself?

A: I don't know how many times.

Q: Was she under this medication, or anything like that?

A: I don't know if she was under those medications or any medications. I'm sure the investigators have some of that information but they're not yet prepared to release some of those things.

Q: Do you happen to have any idea of what she said to officers when they said you're under arrest? Did she say anything like I didn't do it, or I did?

A: When we arrested her this morning? No, I don't know any statements she made to the police this morning when we arrested her. We arrested her at Maricopa Medical Center when she was released and transported her, where we are booking her for the charges.

Q: Again, no apparent injuries on Aniarael?

A: Correct. We saw and medical staff on scene saw no apparent injuries to Aniarael and the autopsy that returned yesterday showed no clear sign, no clear cause of death. We're really hoping to get those toxicology reports. That will help us in our investigation tremendously.

Q: So as of right now you don't know how she ended up in the bathtub?

A: I don't know if she was in the bathtub. I know she was in the bathroom. I don't know how she ended up in the bathroom. That's where we found her at.

Q: So you don't know that she was poisoned, but that's based on the other kids that she was?

A: Correct. Based on that and based on evidence found at the scene, we suspect that she was poisoned also.

Q: When you say the officers were forced to make entry when they first arrived at the apartment, were there several knocks that she just wouldn't answer?

A: Right. Officers knocked on the door, they attempted to get someone's attention inside, no one answered the door. Based on the necessity to go in because of the information that we received from Mr. Villa our officers felt it necessary to force entry into the home.

Q: When they went into the bathroom, was the door locked?

A: I don't know that, I wasn't given that information. 

Q: Amazing story.

A: It is. It's a tragedy in our community, too. We're small enough to where it hits a lot of people.

Q: Someone I interviewed said she's part of a mom group and they were just like in love with her and talking about how great of a mom she is. I'm not saying that she's not.

A: We hope we can figure out. I mean, you don't always know what happens with someone that did something like this. Sometimes you don't find out, we're going to have to figure it out. A lot of detail, a lot of things are going to have to come together for us."


Statement from family of Aniarael Macias

(Posted Dec. 29, 2013)


On Sunday, KPHO 5 television in Phoenix posted this statement from the family of Aniarael Macias:


"On behalf of Michael Macias, Ania's father, Vera Macias, Ania's grandmother and extended family, we request that the focus of this tragedy be a celebration of our precious Ania's life. She was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit who was taken from us much too soon. Michael and his family are heartbroken.

"Ania was always smiling. She loved her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed spending time with her father and sister Gaby. We are writing this statement in hopes that the media and other outlets will allow Michael and our family to grieve peacefully.

"We thank everyone for the outpouring of support for our family. We appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts. We pray that justice will be served."


Husband, wife stabbed; child
found dead in the bathroom

(Posted Dec. 26, 2013)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at approximately 9:31 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a 911 call reference a domestic dispute at The Colony Apartments, 351 N. Peart Road. 

The caller, a 33-year-old male identified as Adam Villa, stated his wife stabbed him and he was driving himself to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.

Officers responded to The Colony Apartments and found 35-year-old-Connie Villa and her children in the apartment. Initially, three of her children, ages 3, 5 and 8, were found in the apartment with her. During the investigation, Police discovered a fourth child, a 13-year-old female, identified as Aniarael Macias, deceased in the bathroom.

The initial investigation revealed that two adult subjects had been stabbed. Connie and her husband were both flown to separate Phoenix area hospitals for treatment. The three surviving children were transported to a Phoenix area hospital for evaluation. The cause of death of the 13-year-old girl is unknown at this time and police are awaiting an autopsy to confirm.

At this time, it is unclear what the dispute was over. As of this morning, both parents and the three children remain hospitalized. 

This investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and autopsy.


Child molest suspect sought

(Posted Dec. 19, 2013)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is currently investigating a possible child molest case in the area of Kortsen and Trekell roads. 

The school resource officer at Cactus Middle School reported the incident occurred this morning between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of Courtyard Apartments. The victim, a teenage female, was approached by an unknown male who physically contacted her. Police responded to the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. 

Officers conducted a door to door search for witnesses and suspect information. Police will be providing extra patrol in the area during school beginning and release times. Police have also contacted the school district and they will be contacting parents to inform them of this incident. Police ask that you remind your children to be aware of their surroundings when they walk to and from school and to report any suspicious persons to a trusted adult immediately. 

The suspect is described as a light skinned male, between 5’6 and 6’ tall, skinny build, wearing a black hoodie, pants, with a tattoo by his left eye. If anyone has information about this incident, please call the Casa Grande Police Department at 421-8700 and ask to speak to Detective Knauber.


Fatal stabbing seen as self defense

(Posted Dec. 19, 2013)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at approximately 10:10 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call reference a possible stabbing in the 100 block of West 10th Street. 

Upon arrival, police discovered 21-year-old Casa Grande resident James Denby Jr. lying in the hallway with an apparent stab wound to his chest. James’ brother, 19-year-old William Denby was also on scene.

Initial investigation leads police to believe that William and James were involved in an argument that became physical. At this time, it appears that William stabbed his brother in self defense. 

James was transported to Maricopa Medical Center for treatment. He did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at MMC at 1:40 a.m. today.

This investigation is ongoing and it is currently unknown if any charges will be filed.


Robbery victim stabs two assailants

(Posted Dec. 19, 2013)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at approximately 7:54 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a call reference a possible robbery. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim, a 31-year-old male Casa Grande resident who stated he was walking through the alley in the 400 block between West Ninth and West 10th streets when two unknown men approached him. The victim stated a fight ensued and he was struck and kicked several times.

A short time later, police responded to a medical call in the area of the 1400 block of North French Street reference two men with injuries. Both men sustained apparent stab wounds and required medical treatment at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. 

One of the men, 28-year-old Casa Grande resident Adrian Valdez, was treated and released with minor cuts to his shoulder and back. His brother, 25-year-old Fabian Valdez was later transported to Maricopa Medical Center for further treatment of an apparent stab wound to his chest.

Initial investigation leads police to believe the Valdez brothers attempted to rob the victim and were injured when he defended himself. 

Fabian Valdez’s condition is unknown at this time. 

This investigation is ongoing and it is currently unknown if any charges will be filed.


Death may have been medical problem

(Posted Dec. 19, 2013)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at approximately 11:43 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received an out of state call from the daughter of a Casa Grande resident asking for a welfare check on her. The daughter stated she had not heard from her mother in several days and wanted police to check on her.

Upon arrival at the mother’s residence in the 1600 block of North Mesa Verde Drive, Officers discovered 60-year-old Penelope Arthur deceased. Arthur was found in the bathroom. 

Initial investigation leads police to believe Arthur’s death may be the result of a medical condition. There were no signs of foul play. Police are waiting for results of an upcoming autopsy to confirm the cause of death.


Woman found dead in bathtub

(Posted Dec. 17, 2013)


The Police Department issued this press release today:


On Saturday Dec. 14, 2013, at approximately 5:01 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department received a medical 911 call from a residence in the 1100 block of North Kadota Avenue reference a possible drowning. Police officers were dispatched to the residence to assist the Fire Department.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 39-year-old female was found deceased in the bathtub of the bathroom. The woman, identified as Amy Ramos, lived at the residence with her mother and brother. The initial investigation leads police to suspect Ms. Ramos may have experienced some type of medical condition causing her to fall into the bathtub. 

There were no signs of foul play. Police are waiting for results of an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.



Police release details regarding
fatal crash involving 10-year-old

Update story from Casa Grande Dispatch is HERE

Anthony Curtis Johnson II, left



(Posted Dec. 2, 2013)


The Police Department issued this press release today regarding the fatal accident involving a 10-year-old boy:



On Wednesday Nov. 2, 2013, at approximately 4:43 p.m., a fatal collision occurred in the intersection of Trekell Road and McMurray Boulevard.  

Officers responded to the scene of the collision and discovered three vehicles involved.  The driver of a 1995 Chevrolet Impala, 27-year-old Casa Grande resident Anthony Curtis Johnson II, was traveling south on Trekell Road and attempted to turn east onto McMurray Boulevard directly in front of oncoming northbound traffic.  

The driver of a 2002 GMC box truck, 34-year-old Apache Junction resident Darryl Ayers, was traveling north on Trekell Road when Johnson turned in front of him.  Ayers attempted to stop, but could not avoid colliding with Johnson’s vehicle.  Johnson’s vehicle spun and made contact with a 2007 Chevrolet truck operated by 38-year-old Phoenix resident Michael Denning who was stopped at the red light in the westbound lane of McMurray Boulevard.  

Johnson’s vehicle had two passengers, one a 9-year-old boy and the other a 10-year-old boy.  Denning’s vehicle had one adult male passenger.  No one was injured in either of the two trucks.  The 9-year-old boy, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported by air ambulance to a Phoenix area hospital for elevated blood pressure and was released the next day.  

The 10-year-old boy, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle during the collision.  He sustained fatal injuries during the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.  

The child’s mother arrived on scene and was notified of the details of the collision, to include the death of her 10-year-old son.

Anthony Curtis Johnson was identified as the boyfriend of the boys’ mother.  Investigators do not believe Johnson was impaired at the time of the collision, although Johnson was driving on a suspended/revoked license and is currently on felony probation for aggravated DUI.  

Johnson was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility.  He was charged with negligent homicide, aggravated assault, causing death by a motor vehicle, and driving on a suspended/revoked license.  He is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.   



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