PCSO arrests two women transporting drugs

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office officials have announced the arrest of two women suspected of trafficking more than $32,000 worth of heroin. Just before 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1, a Pinal County Sheriff’s K9 deputy was conducting traffic enforcement on Interstate 10 when he noticed a 2015 Chrysler with “extremely dark” tinted windows, according to […]

July 25-Aug. 2 Gold Canyon Pinal County Sheriff’s Office report

The following is a sampling of incidents that were reported to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for the community of Gold Canyon and are available at https://communitycrimemap.com/. See other crime reports at https://apachejunctionindependent.com/section/sheriff-and-fire/. July 25-Aug. 2 •Fraud, reported at 4:03 p.m. July 25 in the 2900 block of South Prospector Circle. •Alarm, reported at 9:37 […]

July 12-17 Gold Canyon Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report

The following is a sampling of incidents that were reported to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for the community of Gold Canyon. See other crime reports at https://apachejunctionindependent.com/section/police-sheriff-fire/. July 12-17 •False alarm, reported at 5:54 p.m. July 12 in the 8000 block of East Autumn Sage Trail. •Alarm, reported at 11:07 a.m. July 12 in […]

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office crime incidents reported Feb. 14-16

The following is a sampling of incidents that were reported to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for the communities of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. See other crime reports at https://apachejunctionindependent.com/section/sheriff-and-fire/. Apache Junction •Search and Rescue: Lost Dutchman State Park. Reported at 4:53 p.m. Feb. 14. •Traffic offense: East 29th Avenue and South Tomahawk Road. […]

PCSO: Missing woman may have known Apache Junction man found dead in San Tan Valley

Sheriff’s office calling the man’s death a homicide   A woman who may have ties to an Apache Junction man found dead under suspicious circumstances has been missing since May 23, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. Renae Gardner, 44, was last seen in the area of Ellsworth Road and Meridian Drive, just west […]

Man found dead in San Tan Valley ID’d as Apache Junction resident

Detectives asking for public’s help to solve case     A dead body found June 7 in a canal in San Tan Valley has been identified as Keith A. Long, 51, of Apache Junction, according to a post on the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Detectives say the circumstances surrounding his death are suspicious […]

Man dies in all-terrain vehicle incident near Superior

Mike Monahan, a captain of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, was found dead March 17 after going missing while riding an all-terrain vehicle, according to a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

PCSO deputies are investigating the death, which is believed to have taken place on a trail near the Picket Post Trailhead outside of Superior. At about 8:30 p.m. on March 17, PCSO received word that Mr. Monahan was found dead by friends a few miles in from the trailhead.

Deputies from the Pinal County Search and Rescue unit arrived at the trailhead shortly after 9 p.m. and contacted the persons reporting the incident. The man’s friends called PCSO for assistance when he had not returned to his campsite after being out for more than five hours riding his Polaris ATV alone.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report

The following incidents were reported by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for the communities of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon.

Apache Junction

Traffic offense: Delaware and Broadway. Reported at 11:33 p.m. March 2.
Traffic offense: West Apache Trail and North Delaware. Reported at 9:54 p.m. March 2.
Suspicious act traffic offense: West Apache Trail and North Ironwood Drive. Reported at 9:01 p.m. March 2.
Traffic stop warrant arrest: South Ironwood Drive and West Baseline Avenue. Reported at 9:53 p.m. March 2.
Traffic offense: West Foothill Street and Meridian. Reported at 11:51 p.m. March 2.
Suspicious activity traffic stop: South Cedar Drive and West Broadway Avenue. Reported at 12:31 a.m. March 3.
Suspicious act information report: North Boyd Road and East Shiprock Street. Reported at 9:40 a.m. March 2.
Residential burglary, forced entry: 4600 block of North Idaho Road. Reported at 12:01 p.m. March 2.

Gold Canyon

Fraud: 5700 block of South Kings Ranch Road. Reported at 10 a.m. March 2.
Traffic offense: East U.S. Highway 60 and South Mountain Brook Road. Reported at 10:43 a.m. March 2.
Animal problem: 12000 block of East U.S. Highway 60. Reported at 2:46 p.m. March 2.
Shots fired: East Peralta Road. Reported at 4:49 p.m. March 2.
Suspicious act, trespassing: East Peralta Road. Reported at 5:20 p.m. March 2.
Emergency message delivered: 6400 block of South Mesa Vista Circle. Reported at 7:48 p.m. March 2.
Traffic offense: South Kings Ranch Road and East Sleepy Hollow Trail. Reported at 9 p.m. March 2.
Traffic offense: East U.S. Highway 60. Reported at 9:08 p.m. March 2.

Sheriff’s office: Pilot, flight nurse killed in air ambulance crash, flight medic survives

The names of the three Native Air Ambulance crew members in the medical transportation helicopter that crashed Dec. 15 have been identified.

Pilot David Schneider, 51, of Gilbert, and flight nurse Chad Frary, 38, of Mesa, were fatally injured in the crash. Flight paramedic Derek Boehm, 38, of Gilbert, is the sole survivor and is listed in fair condition at a local hospital, according to a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths as the result of their helicopter going down at approximately 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 in a remote area of the Superstition Mountains about 12 miles north of Superior.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a Wednesday morning press conference, “We ask for prayers for the families of the crew members aboard. This is a medical crew who helps people each and every day and now has gone down in this tragic incident.”

During the press conference, Sheriff Babeu provided the following timeline of events:

•On Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office communications center received a call from Native Air asking if there were reports of a helicopter crash. They were told that none had been reported at the time.

•At 8:18 p.m., the dispatch center received a call from the Arizona Department of Public Safety advising the sheriff’s office that Native Air had requested assistance in locating a missing helicopter that had left the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, flying to Globe. Pinal County deputies responded to the reported area where last contact was made with the flight, but were unable to the remote location by ground.

*At 8:27 p.m., Native Air representatives advised DPS that they had found the crash site of their downed helicopter in a rugged area of the Superstition Mountains and had dropped off two of their medical staff on the ground nearby, who were making their way to the crash site.

2 dead, 1 injured after medical helicopter crashes in Superstition Mountains

Two people are dead and a third is in very serious condition after a medical helicopter crashed north of Superior Tuesday night, Dec. 15.

According to officials, the helicopter crashed in very rugged terrain in the Superstition Mountains.

Air Methods, which owns the helicopter, confirmed that two crew members had died, one crew member was “safe” and there were no patients on board.

In a media briefing Wednesday morning, Dec. 16, Sheriff Paul Babeu said the survivor was taken to a trauma center in Phoenix and is listed in very serious condition.

No identities have been released at this time.

The helicopter was returning to Globe from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport when it crashed about 12 miles north of Superior. The aircraft had been reported missing around 6 p.m.

Sheriff Babeu said the survivor signaled rescue crews with a “flashlight device.” A Department of Public Safety helicopter crew saw the crash site and the survivor, but they were unable to land. The crew member was rescued by a military aircraft about 10:15 p.m.