Public defender loses court contract because of messages
After reportedly carrying on a sexting relationship with a client, defense attorney Robert Standage lost his contract with Gila County Superior Court.
The proposed adoption of a fire building code for new home construction set off a firestorm of opinions at a Payson Town Council study session Tuesday, with most councilors adamantly against the idea.
Prosecutors, judge can’t agree on plea
A Gila County judge is standing behind his decision to reject a restrictive plea deal negotiated by the Gila County Attorney’s Office.
Home’s feeling of happiness keeps customers coming back
Tucked among Pine’s antique shops is something new.
Another smashup at deadly ‘Corvair Curve’
A “horrific” motorcycle wreck at Corvair Curve Sunday afternoon closed southbound Highway 87 for several hours and landed a man in the hospital in serious condition.
Man allegedly threatened council, staff bought guns
A man who allegedly asked police about security at town council meetings after threatening council members was arrested recently after he lied about his address to buy several guns.
State rules could force town to drop fees used for parks, Blue Ridge pipeline
Payson in April will seek public input on impact fees charged to builders to pay for water, parks, fire, police and streets.
Agreement could save $500,000
Rural fire departments must cut costs and cooperate to maintain existing services, Hellsgate Fire Battalion Chief Dave Bathke told his board members on Wednesday.
Searchers in helicopters, on quads and on horseback are searching for a man missing south of Young.
Chiefs: Agreement will improve both budgets and service
A joint powers agreement could cut fire department costs and improve service, fire chiefs from four Rim Country departments have concluded.
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office says someone mailed crushed corn chips to the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, but they aren’t sure why.
Officers juggle slew of cases
A busy, violent weekend and a flurry of court activity produced a mini-crime wave in Rim Country.
For working countless rescue missions free every year, Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd recognized members of Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Feb. 13 at the Payson Public Library, which was aglow in neon orange rescue shirts.
Something new with an old twist is coming to Main Street.
Throng of Rim Country’s best turn out for awards
Waves of laughter and smiles flooded the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino banquet room Monday night setting the already sparkly room aglow as the winners of the Best of Rim Country were announced.
A man was found dead under his ATV Thursday morning near Geronimo Estates.
Communities rally on brink of frightening fire season
Despite the loss of grant money, Pine-Strawberry will still hold brush pick-ups this year after a community group, residents and the fire department rallied to save the program.
There is now a place to eat a Mogollon Monster, the Elvis and a Croque Madame.
Firefighters brave the smoky darkness
Smoke filled the old home quickly, pouring out from cracked window seals, rusty air conditioner units and a hole in the roof where a downed tree lay.
A judge has denied Mike Voden’s request to loosen his release conditions and let him go shopping three hours a week.
Payson without animal control since August
Payson hasn’t had an animal control officer on duty since August, unleashing complaints about barking and loose dogs all around town.
Welsheimer draws from her own experience in an abusive relationship
She was only home late three minutes from work when she found her boyfriend had become an enraged, green-eyed beast she had never known.
Payson projects with hundreds of homes in early talking stages
Developers are finally once again showing interest in Payson, with several housing developments now in the very early talking stages.
A couple and their four dogs escaped uninjured from a Sunday morning house fire.
Who will be chosen Best of Rim Country?
Who serves up Rim Country’s best Mexican food? Steak? Fish fry?
A mystery package mailed to the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District Thursday initially alarmed officials until they figured out it was an unknown food substance.
Uncle Herbs’ customers sampling edible products
It’s been six months since northern Gila County’s only medical marijuana dispensary opened and the owners report things are going well, so well they are planning to expand their line of edible products and sell their own in-house pot soon.
Just two weeks after a judge gave a Payson man a second chance on a drug charge, police arrested him passed out with a stash of drugs.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Safeway has a new head florist and she brings with her 36 years of experience.
A woman whose life spun out of control after she became entangled in the area’s drug subculture shortly after moving to Payson was sentenced Monday to 6.5 years in prison for drug-related charges.
Man with gun actually visiting probation officer on campus
Officials locked down Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School Tuesday morning when a man with a gun was spotted on the high school campus.
Lethal mystery: Self-defense or something else?
Right away, Officer Chris McDonough heard a woman screaming and a dog barking.
Bring on the chrome — and coffee?
He has ‘unbelievable’ drug history, felonies, but proves a useful witness
A man with eight prior felony convictions and an “unbelievable” history of substance abuse is heading back to a prison cell after a judge sentenced him for two more felonies Monday. Miguel Junior Samarripas, 33, will serve five years in prison for selling a stolen PlayStation and stealing a receiver from Walmart.
As I stand writing this, my chair sits with its back to me. Swiveled away in silent protest I like to think, upset that I haven’t settled into its comfy embrace for hours.
Judge imposes 90-day jail sentence, orders restitution
A man that siphoned nearly $25,000 from his family to fuel a drug habit will spend up to 90 days in jail and 36 months on probation while he pays back every dime.
The Gila County Superior Court is licking its wounds after learning a citizen uncovered sensitive documents tossed in a recycle bin.
Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School were briefly put on lockdown Tuesday morning after a district employee spotted a man walking on campus with a gun.
Coming in May there will no longer be a Bank of America in Payson.
Bella Vita soon to add hair and vein removal to services
It’s gone from an antique shop, to a salon and boutique and now a med spa. It appears Chrisy’s Cottage, at 718 N. Beeline Highway, has finally completed its transition from funky chic shop to sophisticated spa under new owner Kacia Maddox.
One case, two outcomes.
They’re doggone glad the dog’s not gone no more
This is the tale of one lucky pooch. A late Christmas miracle you could say.
Three days after burning down to embers in a stove, ashes remained hot enough to start a brush fire in Star Valley on Saturday.
Payson hopes to raise money for overdue repairs and maintenance
From roofs that need replacing to broken picnic tables, the town’s parks and recreation department just doesn’t have the money to keep up.
A pencil sketch of a lion, a wooden model of a dinosaur and a clay sculpture of a pig all made starring turns at the Payson Area Advocacy Youth Council’s first-ever art contest Friday, with creations every bit as cute as its artists.
State, federal grants come through for more reflective signs
Payson is about to become a little brighter, or at least safer.
Tangles with judges prompt hearing
Gila County’s chief deputy attorney will go before a disciplinary panel in April where he could face disbarment or a lesser punishment if the panel decides he acted unprofessionally in the courtroom.
Man who injured baby’s skull gets 3.5 years in prison
A man who nearly killed his infant son was sentenced Tuesday to 3.5 years in prison.
Thanks to a voter-approved mandate, a Valley man’s first drug offense drew two years of probation instead of jail time, although he was convicted on multiple counts.
Gila County tops in state for medical marijuana cardholders and growers
Gila County continues to lead the state in medical marijuana cardholders and those authorized to grow, according to recently released data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.