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Injured man rescued after a motorcycle crash in remote area

Balazs Pongracz, 50, of Venice, Calif., was involved in a motorcycle accident south of Globe in the Pioneer Basin on May 8 that resulted in a leg injury. According to a news release, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received the 911 call at about 3:27 p.m., and the injured man said he was “doing O.K., his phone was charged and he had food and water,” according to the Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies and the Search and Rescue coordinator responded to the area and located Pongrazc at 5 p.m., and the injured man was transported to the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. He was later flown to Banner Desert Hospital for treatment. In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Tri City Fire Department and Native Air responded and helped coordinate the rescue effort. Read More »

Devastating fire burns two homes at Top of the World

A tiny spark started a blaze that quickly consumed two trailer homes, several vehicles and other structures at Top of the Mountain on Wednesday. A resident of one of the trailers at the back of the Oaks Trailer Part at 52744 E. Hwy. 60 was apparently working on his vehicle when a spark ignited a fire that completely consumed his garage, his home, and, by the time Superior firefighters arrived in a tender truck with 1,800 gallons of water on board, half of a neighboring home. Read More »

Sheriff Department announces seizure of marijuana and oxycodone pills worth over $40,000.

GILA COUNTY- During a traffic stop near Pine, on Hwy 87 milepost 252, Gila County Sheriff detectives from the Drug Task Force discovered approximately 12 bundles of hydroponic marijuana and 57 oxycodone pills, a narcotic drug. The vehicle along with $281 in cash was seized as a part of this investigation. The street value of the marijuana is estimated at $39,000 and the street value of the oxycodone narcotic pills at $1,710. The stop, which occurred on April 11, 2017, at approximately 4:30 a.m, included a canine search which alerted deputies to the possible drugs.  As a result of the investigation Jimmy Brown and Amanda Wellington, both age 20, were arrested and booked into Gila County Jail for the Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Transportation of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is committed to continuing an aggressive stance on the drug problems that impact our communities. Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to thank the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission for their continued funding of the Gila County Drug, Gang, and Violent Crimes Task Force which makes operations such as this ... Read More »

Globe man’s fast ride ends with fatal accident, second-degree murder charges

Jaeden Matthew Spurgeon’s fast Monday evening ride started with a domestic violence call and ended with the death of an innocent woman. He faces charges of second-degree murder, as well as kidnapping, aggravated assault on a peace officer, unlawful flight from a peace officer, domestic violence/assault, domestic violence/threats and unlawful use of means of transportation. Read More »

Police department takes back unwanted drugs. April 29

GLOBE POLICE – On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Globe Police Department in collaboration with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Gila County Health & Emergency Management, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Fry’s Grocery Store at 2115 Highway 60, Globe, AZ 85501. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority ... Read More »

Traffic stop nets Black Tar Heroin

GILA COUNTY- Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following information regarding the seizure of approximately 3.92 pounds of Black Tar Heroin from a traffic stop on Hwy 87 MP 250 in Payson, AZ.  On March 31, 2017, at approximately 6:36 a.m., a Detective from the Gila County Drug, Gang, and Violent Crimes Task Force conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 87 MP 250. During the investigation, a task force canine was deployed and alerted to the vehicle. Read More »

Community members gear up for new grant to fight drug abuse

Concerned citizens can be the most powerful force for a community in need of change, and a diverse group of such people from Globe gathered at the Chamber of Commerce on Monday to learn about a tool to combat drug abuse. The Drug Free Community Support program presentation was organized by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and moderated by Manuel Medina, Ph.D. The meeting was the first step in a process that will result in an application for a five-year grant to educate the public and prevent drug abuse in the community. The grant, which comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is a federal grant, is due in March, so the local coalition will spend the rest of 2017 preparing and planning for implementation before applying in 2018. The group that met Monday consisted of local leaders, city and county administrators, high school students and elected officials. Under the direction of Medina, the group discussed issues that affect the Globe Miami communities. Although numerous issues bobbed to the surface during discussion, there were several that stood out as the most serious to the majority of the group. Those issues include substance abuse, teen pregnancy, ... Read More »

Man’s leg badly injured while crossing train near Broad Street

A man’s leg was severely injured this evening when he attempted to cross a stopped train in the Arizona Eastern Railroad switch yard on Broad Street. He was flown to a Valley trauma center for treatment. The incident is still under investigation, but, according to Globe Police, the man was trying to cross the stopped train when it began to move, entangling him with a mechanism on the train. “Stopped trains are unavoidable in Globe,” Chief Mark Nipp wrote in a news release. “The Globe Police Department would like to remind everyone that there is no safe way to cross a stopped train. This tragic incident demonstrates the inherent danger that crossing stopped trains presents.” Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics record that 909 pedestrian rail trespass casualties occurred in 2015 in the United States. In Arizona, 21 people were killed or injured in 2016, according to the FRA. “Trains and pedestrians do not mix,” Nipp wrote. “Please be safe.” Information contained in this report courtesy of Globe Police Department Read More »

Search of advertised ‘meth’ house leads to four arrests

13 grams of meth, marijuana, paraphernalia and other narcotics seized A Globe Police search of a house that advertised meth sales led to the arrest of four people and seizure of 13 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, various other narcotics and drug paraphernalia. During a parole search of a the home at 700 E. Maple St., which had a plastic sign out front that said “Buy Meth Here,” Globe Police officers observed several items of drug contraband in plain sight, according to a news release. They were able to obtain a search warrant, and the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force was asked to assist. These drugs and paraphernalia were seized from 700 E Maple after serving a search warrant on the residence 02/18/2017   “We have been receiving complaints about this particular residence for many months,” said Globe Police officer Kat KJellstrom. “When state parole asked us to assist with their search, I jumped at the chance.” Marlene Pazzi, 33, of Globe was arrested and charged with parole violation, possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. The following people were also arrested and charged with the following crimes: Joshua Harris, 26, Globe – possession ... Read More »

Downtown Miami fire biggest in years

Takes out two abandoned buildings in Downtown Miami area Two vacant and abandoned buildings caught fire on Valentine’s Day, causing one structure to collapse. Photo courtesy of Joey Hood Globe Fire Chief Gary Robinson said the fire started in the two-story residential building sometime around 7 p.m. and spread to its neighbor, a two-story apartment building, which collapsed during the fire. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Globe Fire Department. Robinson said the fire grew rapidly because the buildings are very old, there is a lot of open space and no windows in portions of it. “In those conditions, a fire can grow very rapidly,” he said. Although the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, there is concern in the community about vagrants building fire in abandoned buildings to stay warm. Robinson said if citizens notice people using abandoned buildings, they need to notify the proper authorities. Twenty-five firefighters fought the fire, and there were no injuries to fire personnel or local citizens. Read More »