March 29, 2013
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If the Payson Police Department were required to take a class in teenage public relations, it would pass, but just barely. A town survey reveals most Payson teens have just a so-so view of the local police. Police Chief Don Engler says that’s not good enough.
Medical marijuana patients with visible plants facing drug charges
Budding flowers poking over the top of a worn wooden fence and into a Payson south alleyway. A dark, musty basement full of plants at a hilltop home in Payson North. And buds blooming on the porch of a Pine-Strawberry home, clearly visible from the street.
Despite a shortage of police officers on the streets, the crime rate in Payson held steady last year, increasing only slightly.
Domestic violence falls, but overall rate rises thanks to rash of burglaries
The year in crime features Payson’s first homicide in years, an uptick in vehicle burglaries and a slight rise in the town’s overall crime rate, according to figures just released by the police department.
A Payson Police Department in “dire” need of new officers may see a respite next year after an aggressive hiring campaign netted dozens of worthy candidates. The department plans to send six officers to the police academy at the start of the new year who could join the force by the fall.
What police initially thought was an attempted child abduction is turning out to be more of a misunderstanding. Last week, a mother told Tonto Apache Police that a man had tried to pick up her 8-year-old son after he got off the school bus.