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Alexis Bechman

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Payson turns on the charm

Despite the early hour and chilly conditions, Payson residents came out in droves Friday for a Valley news show, which held a special six-hour broadcast from Green Valley Park.

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Headed now for prison

Drunk driver blows ‘greatest’ plea deal

A drunk driver that slammed into a Gisela couple’s yard and nearly killed their dogs, saw his path of destruction end Monday when a judge sentenced him to a year in prison, five years of probation and another 60 days in jail.

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Voden trial slated for this Wednesday

After repeated delays, a Payson man accused of killing his new neighbor is set to begin Wednesday in Globe.

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New gallery in Pine

The newest art gallery in Pine brings something warm and welcoming to town. Maybe it is the smell of varnish, acrylic oils and fresh-sawn wood that permeates the space or the art, tucked into several rooms in the charming gallery, most from either friends or family of the owners, Ed and Joanie Farnum.

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Tractor Supply Company building under construction

Construction is underway for a 21,930-square-foot Tractor Supply Company store at State Route 260 and Manzanita Drive, next to Tiny’s Restaurant.

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C.C. Cragin pipeline work starts in June

Construction work to bring C.C. Cragin (formerly Blue Ridge) Reservoir water to Payson by 2018 is well underway and residents next month will soon see those efforts as crews begin work on the Beeline Highway.

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Seven arrested on drug charges, one with illegal firearm

After a yearlong investigation, officers arrested seven people Wednesday on various drug charges.

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Police pensions payments jump

It is the “big ugly” in Payson’s budget next fiscal year: the town’s contribution to police pensions.

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Crash snarls traffic

Two taken to hospital with minor injuries

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a near head-on collision Tuesday at East Bonita Street and North Beeline Highway.

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Streets budget includes North Manzanita

Plans are underway to finish North Manzanita Street after a developer recently installed a roundabout and an extension of East Malibu Drive.

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Show Payson pride

Valley TV show filming Friday

Come out and show your Payson pride Friday as a Valley television station hosts a special broadcast from Green Valley Park.

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Search of drug house yields arrests

A car accident last week spurred a massive drug investigation and seven arrests.

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Heroin overdose

A 29-year-old man survived a heroin overdose last week, but now both he and his wife face drug charges.

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Cheering on Special Olympics athletes with police in lead

With every honk, wave and smile from passing motorists, a group of 80 Special Olympic athletes gleamed with pride Wednesday morning as they walked along the Beeline Highway, a trail of fire trucks and police cruisers following behind decorated with balloons and streamers.

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Deputies bust pot grower with too many plants

On Wednesday, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a large marijuana grow operation in Tonto Basin.

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Relay for Life this Saturday

It was the walk that almost wasn’t.

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Prosecutor’s plea

Denies sexual harassment

Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp said he had a close friendship with a woman prosecutor who worked for him, but staunchly denied he sexually harassed her in a reply to the charges she filed after he fired her late last year.

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Torch run trots through town Wednesday

Help run local law enforcement out of town Wednesday during the annual Special Olympics Torch Run on the Beeline Highway.

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Heroin death

Tragic tale of brothers with a shared addiction

Payson’s heroin scourge has claimed another victim.

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ATV rollover mars charity event

For the first time in its seven-year history, the annual Lorraine Cline Poker Run had a mishap.

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Drive-by shooting in Mesa del

A drive-by shooting at a Mesa del Caballo home Thursday night ended with one man in custody, a vehicle peppered with bullet holes and neighbors wondering how this could happen on a sleepy street in their community.

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Emergency communications confusion

Fire, police work to fix problems

A simulated plane crash in the forest east of Star Valley Saturday exposed a host of issues in the emergency response system, many of them stemming from fragmented communications.

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Payson cracking down on weekend yard sale signs

The near-record number of garage sale ads in the Roundup signals the onset of yard sale season in Rim Country, with effusion of jazzed-up posters directing traffic to sales.

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Putting Pine on the mountain biking map

Trails Day gives mountain bike group chance to showcase routes

After a year of work, the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Trail Crew recently unveiled its newest section of trail at the Pine Trails Day.

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SWAT teams in all-night standoff

Violent man barricades himself despite talks & tear gas

An overnight standoff Friday involving a small army of police left a Payson home with nearly every window broken out and soaked with gasoline, and the homeowner in jail.

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Judge: ‘Unfortunate’

One-year prison term for man who tried to get rid of inherited firearm

A man who thought he had long ago regained his right to own a gun inherited his stepfather’s gun. Not wanting to have a gun in the house, he promptly went to a pawn shop and sold it for $100.

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Scare at school bus stop prompts alert

Police are still looking for a suspicious vehicle and two men who stopped near a bus stop Thursday and stared at a student.

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New limousine/taxi owner has goal of giving back

A Payson man given a unique opportunity to start his own business is finding a way to pay it forward.

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New bed and breakfast getaway opens in Pine

On the north end of Pine sits a large red home with a wraparound porch and plenty of flowers for the elk.

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‘Hit it head on’

Drug meeting offers hope

Like a forest fire burning through town, drugs have consumed many families’ lives. The only way to stop the advance of this flame front is to hit it head on, said Payson Mayor Kenny Evans Tuesday at the second town-held meeting on heroin and drugs in the community.

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Plea canceled, trial slated

A man accused of stealing scrap ammunition from his employer and selling it has been allowed to take back his guilty plea and will instead face a jury in June.

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Multiple agencies to participate in mass casualty training exercise on Saturday

Expect to see helicopters in the air and fire trucks heading in and out of Star Valley Saturday as the Gila County Sherriff’s Office hosts a mass casualty training exercise.

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Regret spurs guilty plea

A man who tried to run down seven people at a bonfire in 2013 was sentenced to 16 years in prison April 17.

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Sheriff will close Payson jail for training

To send jail staff to training, the Gila County sheriff decided to close the Payson jail for eight days in May. As a result, Payson police will have to drive anyone arrested to the Globe jail, which will mean one or two officers will lose half a shift every time they take someone to jail.

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Judge Cahill retires

After a 40-year legal career in Gila County, Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill told the Roundup Monday he is retiring.

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Payson Water Co. wins well dispute on appeal

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld a civil judgment in favor of the Payson Water Company in a Geronimo Estates water well dispute against a local homeowner.

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Payson commission shake-up

Council dumps planning incumbents

The Payson Town Council elected to place three new members on the Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday instead of re-appointing several members who wanted to continue, disappointing several residents who said it was a “grave mistake.”

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Citizens urged to weigh in on 260 project

Plans to widen the last section of Highway 260 outside of Star Valley are at least six years out under the Arizona Department of Transportation’s current plan.

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Family in denial ignores addiction’s warning signs

When Beth Smith found a needle and spoon in her 16-year-old daughter’s bedroom, she did what most parents would do. She called the cops and watched them cart away her daughter’s much-older, drug-using boyfriend.

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Payson hires attorney

It took multiple tries, but the Town of Payson has finally hired a new town attorney several months after the former town attorney won a seat on the Gila County Superior Court bench.

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School bus porn prompts probation

A man who printed out pornographic images and showed it to students on a school bus will carry a felony record for doing so and spend a year on probation.

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Campground creeper busted

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man they say was secretly taping campers as they showered at a Roosevelt Lake campground.

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Man dies as dispatchers dicker about helicopter

Roundup investigation reveals roots of tragedy

A man shot in the neck by an officer died in part as a result of a confusing, politically-driven policy that canceled dispatch of a helicopter paramedics pleaded for repeatedly, according to a Roundup investigation.

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Prosecutors won’t file charges in child’s gun death

Neighbor left out loaded guns, didn’t know children would visit

Almost a year ago, a 3-year-old boy shot and killed his 20-month-old brother with a loaded handgun he picked up at a neighbor’s house.

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Missing woman found

Cops, dogs, volunteers, helicopters produce a happy end to a scary situation

It took searchers seven hours, but a volunteer team located a 70-year-old woman with dementia who wandered away from home Saturday night. To their enormous relief, they found her very cold but otherwise unhurt at the high school.

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An addict’s tale

Like most photo albums, Tony Harczynski’s is filled with awkward family portraits from childhood — hair slicked back, brother’s goofy grin, the rueful smiles of Mom and Dad. Next come the pictures of Harczynski’s daughter, which he points to proudly.

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Teens miraculously unhurt after vehicle plunges 90 feet

Three Flagstaff teens survived a 90-foot rollover into Fossil Creek Canyon Wednesday night. One girl was “miraculously” uninjured after being trapped under the vehicle for hours, rescuers said.

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Voden trial delayed again

The second-degree murder trial for a Payson man accused of killing his neighbor has been delayed again.

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SWAT team can’t find defiant felon

Payson Police Department SWAT team members surrounded a home on South McLane Road Thursday night looking for a man wanted on multiple felony warrants.

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Contract forces Payson to pay town manager six months severance

The highest paid town official in Payson will get six months of salary as a severance benefit, which her contract requires even if she quits on her own or the council wants her to leave.