Three men facing charges in connection to 2016 double homicide

Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies say they have arrested a known motorcycle gang member for his involvement in a 2016 double homicide. Police say Clint Wendelschafer was taken into custody near Ellsworth and Adobe Roads in Mesa just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Mr. Wendelschafer was wanted for his involvement in the murder of 51-year-old […]

PCSO: 1 of 2 Apache Junction home invasion suspects in custody

Apache Junction home invasion suspect, 34-year-old Aaron Ryan, was arrested by Phoenix police early July 30, during a traffic stop, officials say. The officer conducted the stop north of Tatum Boulevard and Greenway Road around 2:46 a.m., according to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Navideh Forghani. Ryan was driving a 2006 Nissan sedan […]

2 suspects sought in Apache Junction home invasion case

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 34-year-old Aaron Nicholas Ryan and 36-year-old Rachel Faye Ryan in connection with a home invasion that took place on Saturday, July 28, in the Apache Junction area. Just after 11 a.m. Saturday, Pinal County Sheriffs Office deputies were called out to a home near the 1400 block […]

Apache Junction public safety workers prepare for an active shooter

Apache Junction law enforcement and fire/medical personnel train constantly to prepare for an active shooter. There’s no such thing as being over-prepared, so the Apache Junction Police Department officers and Superstition Fire and Medical District paramedics trained in June doing active shooter exercise drills at Apache Junction High School, according to a press release. “This […]

Apache Junction suspect arrested on drug charges, police say

More than 2.5 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, other prescription narcotics and about $10,000 in cash was recovered from a home in the 200 Block of South Vista Drive, Apache Junction Police Department said. On March 15, officers from the AJPD’s Community Response Enforcement Unit, assisted by the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, executed a search […]

[UPDATE:] Two injured when horse-drawn stagecoach hit vehicles at Lost Dutchman Days rodeo grounds

[Update: The stagecoach accident occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. Feb. 24, Krysta Paffrath, a volunteer with Superstition Mountain Promotional Corp., said in a Feb. 26 press release. “As the Wells Fargo stage was being presented in the arena with dignitaries and representatives of Wells Fargo, the stage horses did not respond to the driver and ran away with the historic stage in tow. The stage made contact with the entrance gate, shearing it off, and the stage proceeded through the rodeo contestant area and towards Lost Dutchman (Boulevard) through the parking lot. The stage came in contact with vehicles, coming to a stop when the right front wheel of the stage lodged in the back tire area of a full-size parked pickup. The collision caused three of the four occupants on the stage to be ejected. The team of horses (was) not injured in the accident. As of today, Feb. 26, one person remains in the hospital. Rodeo Chairman Denny Walter, Apache Junction, received a substantial head injury. He is currently in the trauma unit ICU of Banner Desert Hospital. He is awake and alert following the instructions of his team of doctors as they dictate his path of care. Others injured in the accident have no comment as of the date/time of this release.”]

Apache Junction police seeking location of missing juvenile, Tala Crary, 15

  Anyone with knowledge of the location of Tala Crary, 15, of Apache Junction, should contact the Apache Junction Police Department or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She has been missing since Feb. 17. Tala is described as white, with black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 3 inches […]

Stay on the alert for IRS impersonators

The Apache Junction Police Department would like to warn all Apache Junction citizens of IRS scams that continue to target people of all ages. Every tax season residents get telephone calls from people identifying themselves as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service. These criminal individuals tell the resident they owe money for fake tax bills […]

Vote on design for Apache Junction Paws and Claws Care Center vehicle

Paws and Claws Care Center, the Apache Junction Police Department’s animal shelter, has acquired a 2000 Chevrolet half-ton cargo van to transport its family pets to adoption events and pick up material and supplies. It is also to provide mobile advertising for PCCC to improve awareness of the city of Apache Junction’s animal control services […]

Apache Junction resident Alysha Cox convicted in animal-abuse case

  An investigation that began more than a year ago by Apache Junction Police Department Animal Control Officer KC Sheahan was adjudicated in Apache Junction Municipal Court on Feb. 8. Alysha M. Cox, 24, of the 1400 block of South Ironwood Drive, was found guilty of 24 counts of animal neglect and will be sentenced […]