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Alexis Bechman

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Police need help finding thieves that stole $100,000 in tools

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help finding who broke into a construction yard and made off with $101,000 in tools.

Seven-person rollover on the Beeline Highway

A group of seven people escaped serious injury Sunday night after their vehicle rolled on the Beeline Highway.

Naked man sentenced

A man that drank three bottles of vodka and then threatened to cut a woman’s head off was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison Thursday.

Man gets 22 years for abuse of his mother

A man that left his ailing mother in filth while he spent her money, was sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

Roundup to publish online poll results in paper

Survey brings some unexpected results

It’s hard to predict what poll questions will generate the largest response on the Roundup’s website. If you are like most people, you care about the overall welfare of the community, but rarely weigh in on where you stand — at least officially.

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Homeless man arrested in Home Depot

Police arrested a homeless man who reportedly hid out in the Home Depot store after hours Sunday night to eat snack food from the registers.

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Hellsgate lobbies for ambulance certification

The Hellsgate Fire Department believes it can offer better ambulance service than the current private provider and recently presented its case for to a Valley judge for approval.

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Classic car in accident Wednesday

The front end of a white 1959 Studebaker exiting the Burger King parking lot Wednesday, Jan. 11, was smashed in an accident involving a semi truck.

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Payson launches ‘Adventure’ campaign

App, booklet links businesses, attractions

“This is gonna be the best day of my life.”

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Payson will protect night skies

If you like to go outside at night and stargaze, you aren’t alone. Payson wants to protect that starry view by becoming a designated International Dark Sky Community.

Bonita Street improvements may begin this summer

If all of the necessary easements are acquired, work to widen and improve East Bonita Street could begin as soon as this summer.

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Food drive falters

With less than a month left in the annual Payson Area Food Drive, it looks unlikely this year’s collection goal will be met.

Quiet New Year for DUIs

It was a safe New Year holiday on the streets of Payson, with only one DUI arrest.

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Four die when their plane crashes into Mogollon Rim

Lack of visibility may have contributed to fatal crash

Family and friends are mourning the death of a Valley family who died Monday when their plane crashed into the base of the Mogollon Rim north of Payson.

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Heavy rains close creek crossings

The county closed all of the Tonto Basin area creek crossings Sunday after water level at one crossing rose to more than six feet.

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A motorcyclist died alone in a fatal fall from a Salt River Canyon overlook

A motorcyclist died when he likely slipped from a Salt River Canyon overlook Sunday, tumbling some 425 feet into the canyon.

ADOT finally opens runaway truck ramp on Beeline

It took more than two years to complete, but construction work on State Route 87 at Slate Creek is finally finished.

Jail assault prompts 15-year sentence

A man that assaulted a Globe correctional officer by putting her in a chokehold in a jail cell was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Weather warning: crashes, rescues

The Christmas storm that dumped 5.5 inches on Rim Country on Christmas also spawned the remarkable story of a brave mother lost in the snow and a host of crashes.

Drugs, stolen property seized during arrests in Gila County

Police arrested six people on drug charges Tuesday night, two of which they believe are responsible for breaking into a local retailer days before Christmas and stealing weapons.

Tip for drug users: Don’t park crooked

Police arrested two people Saturday who just didn’t know how to park. Payson officers at 8:45 a.m. Saturday spotted a vehicle behind Kentucky Fried Chicken off Highway 87 sitting in the driving lane of a parking lot rather than in a parking spot.

Bad trip & a wild assault on officers

Several men are facing assault charges for becoming combative with police during their arrests.

Wild jealousy leads to stabbing in Payson

A Payson man faces aggravated assault charges after reportedly stabbing a man repeatedly on the side of the Beeline Highway earlier this year.

Payson faces lawsuit after death in motorcycle chase

Father blames officer, but town blames driver, and the friend who supplied alcohol

A father continues to pursue a lawsuit against Payson for negligence after his son was killed in a motorcycle crash during a police chase.

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And the winners of the Christmas light displays are . . .

You just have to see it to believe it. Stretched across three properties, 100,000 lights twinkle under the Mogollon Rim in Strawberry every night now through Jan. 1.

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Payson’s got a librarian with a past

Prison librarian, historian charms patrons

One good thing about murderers — they don’t steal library books. After working six years as the librarian of a southern Arizona prison, David Grassé learned a couple of interesting lessons — including whom you can trust to return a book.

Tragic tale of addiction leads to prison

She fell and rose and fell again, but couldn’t beat her addiction

A woman who has battled to stay sober for most of her adult life was sentenced to two years in prison last month for driving drunk again and assaulting an officer.

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Historic end of an era for Payson council

Town’s longest-serving mayor, councilors end selfless service

The guard changed at Payson Town Hall this week, as the town’s longest-serving mayor and councilors stepped down Thursday to make way for new leadership and a new vision.

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Family wins new furnace just in time for winter

It will be a warmer Christmas for one Payson family. Josh and Kaylee King have struggled to keep their home warm during the winters with no central heating.

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Food banks feed the hungry, the sick

He spent all his life in construction, but an injury on the job near retirement left him nearly destitute.

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Businesses brace for minimum wage hike

From ice cream to child care, with the voter-mandated increase to the minimum wage prompting salary adjustments in January, a number of local businesses say their prices will rise as well to deal with the added expense.

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Hairy chins, big hearts

It was an unexpected diagnosis. In September, Payson resident Don McDaniel learned he had oral cancer. Thus began a rigorous round of daily chemotherapy and radiation treatments, leaving his mouth so badly blistered he can’t eat.

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Mayor-elect urges better marketing

Mayor-elect Craig Swart­wood wants to see Payson become more than a drive-through community.

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Alliance reopens stalled university talks

ASU turns back toward Payson after campus plan flops in Mesa

After a pause in negotiations, the Rim Country Educational Alliance has resumed its effort to convince Arizona State University to operate a university campus in Payson.

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Payson Police now fully staffed

After many years of trying, the Payson Police Department has recruited a full lineup of officers.

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Star Valley honors Binney’s service

Star Valley this week paid tribute to outgoing Vice Mayor George Binney’s eight years of serve to the community and welcomed new councilor Bobby Davis.

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Pine water repair crew cuts into gas line

While Pine-Strawberry crews were busy on a house fire Monday, Payson firefighters were called to a gas line break elsewhere in Pine.

Payson sales tax collections rising

Not bad. But not as good as Payson hoped. That’s the conclusion that emerges from the town’s October financial report — showing the town has pulled $500,000 out of its reserves, despite sales tax figures running a little ahead of the state.

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Fireplaces spur rash of blazes

Firefighters in Pine rushed to save two houses this week, both with nearly identical chimney fires resulting from poor construction.

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Don’t miss Rubber Duckie race for charity this weekend

We don’t have a salmon run in Payson nor southern Arizona’s sandhill crane migration, but for one day, we will have the largest duck race across the state.

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Four home fires reported Saturday

It was a busy weekend for Payson firefighters who respond to four reports of fires.

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Mini flips out

Police found a Mini Cooper Countryman lying flat on its roof in the center of a quiet residential street Thursday, Dec. 1.

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Tragic case of abuse, but a common problem

A Payson man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday, Nov. 28 for shaking an infant after he grew frustrated by the child’s crying.

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Smoke detectors alert Pine family to fire

A Pine home caught fire early Thursday morning due to some Christmas decorations on a fireplace mantel.

Valley teen killed in UTV wreck near Roosevelt

A 16-year-old Valley teen was killed Saturday after rolling an all-terrain vehicle near Roosevelt Lake.

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Swartwood promises lots of changes

Mayor-elect Craig Swartwood said there are going to be a lot of changes when he takes office Dec. 15, from shaking up the police department to re-working fire codes and a new marketing campaign, Swartwood said he has a lot he wants to accomplish in the next two years.

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Reading the Range aids ranchers, Forest Service

Studying a small square of soil, Ashley Hall brushed her hand over several strands of grasses outside the Shoofly Ruins northeast of Payson on a crisp clear morning in mid November.

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Stranded father and son rescued

A father and son were forced to camp out for three days after their truck went off a dirt road east of Roosevelt Lake Thanksgiving weekend.

Payson council makes slew of appointments

With three of incumbents’ terms ending, the Payson Town Council last week made a slew of appointments to various town boards.

Chief deputy hired for county attorney’s office

The Gila County Attorney’s Office has hired a new chief deputy attorney after Shawn Fuller abruptly left the office at the end of August.