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Globe man beats victim with sawed-off shotgun

SWAT team arrests Robert Herrera for assault, misconduct with weapon and other charges A Globe man who beat his victim with a sawed-off shotgun, causing deep lacerations on the victim’s head and neck, was arrested today on two counts of domestic violence/aggravated assault, misconduct with a weapon and several other felony charges. Globe Police were called to the home of Robert Christopher Herrera at 589 Hackney Hill Road in Globe the evening of July 16 for a report of domestic violence. Bystanders told police they wrestled the shotgun away from Herrera, and as the victim was driven away, the suspect reportedly fired one round at the vehicle with a .380 caliber pistol. The bullet struck no one. A search warrant for the suspect’s residence was obtained. Based on the nature of the crime and the circumstances, the Globe Police Department requested the assistance of the Arizona Department of Public Safety SWAT team (DPS SWAT) and the Gila County Drug, Gang, and Violent Crimes Task Force. On July 19, at about 2:15 p.m., DPS SWAT served the search warrant on the residence and took Herrera into custody without incident. After the residence was secured, Globe PD and the Gila County Task Force conducted a search of the ... Read More »

Globe Police actively investigating recent rash of burglaries

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Over the last few weeks, there have been a significant increase in the number of burglaries. The burglaries are primarily concentrated in the Globe downtown area, although there have been some in other nearby areas. The Globe Police Department is actively investigating these crimes and are asking for assistance from anyone who may have information regarding these burglaries. If you have information concerning burglaries, please call the Globe Police Department: Non-Emergency Line:        (928) 402-1872 WeTip (Anonymous Reporting):      (800) 78-CRIME – (800) 782-7463 The Globe Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind business owners throughout Globe to check the security of your building. Here are a few suggestions that can help make your home or business less appealing to burglars. Lock your doors and windows (many burglars enter through an unlocked door) Use a deadbolt that has a minimum of a 1” throw and use 3” screws to secure the deadbolt. Use security locks or blocks for windows and sliding doors. Make sure to secure old unused doorways and windows. Keep jewelry stored in a se Anonymous Reporting cured location (safe) and large amounts of cash. Install a security alarm ... Read More »

Man in Globe killed with single stab wound

Globe Police discovered a man dead from a single stab wound after receiving a 911 call June 30, 2017. When they arrived at the home at 541 W. Hackney Hill Road in Globe, they found a hysterical woman inside, and she was taken into custody without incident. Police also found a deceased man inside who appeared to have been killed with a single stab wound. The police had to force entry into the house when they arrived. They were initially given the wrong address during the 911 call, but they soon discovered the correct address, according to the news release from the Globe Police Department. No names – the victim or the person of interest – will be released until the next of kin has been notified and the investigation is concluded. According to the Globe Police, this is believed to be an isolated incident. Read More »

Globe PD focuses on impaired drivers during the Fourth of July weekend.

Globe – June 29th, 2017 The Globe Police Department in cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will be conducting DUI Enforcement activities for Fourth of July weekend. The Globe Police Department will conduct this event to focus on both drug and alcohol impaired drivers in the hope of reducing the impact of impaired driving. This enforcement detail will conduct high-contact traffic enforcement targeting impaired drivers with zero tolerance regarding alcohol violations. Patrol officers will focus on identifying drug and alcohol impaired drivers to include juveniles, young adults and older adults, before they get involved in a collision. The cost of DUI and impaired drivers to communities is extremely high in terms of money, costs of criminal prosecutions, incarceration costs and most of all the tragic loss of human life. Read More »

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 »