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Alexis Bechman

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Plea recanted in scrap ammo case

Maker says selling unsafe ammunition endangered public

A Payson man who admitted taking scrap ammunition from his employer and selling it, asked a judge Monday to recant his guilty plea and set a trial date after the state reportedly didn’t give him the plea deal he expected.

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Man who murdered mother, now sentenced for abuse

Child abuse nets 2.5-year prison term

A man that says he murdered his mother when he was a teen because she abused him, is heading back to prison after beating his own children.

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Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

With plenty of negative press about law enforcement nationally, our local police chief is asking residents to show support for officers Friday during National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD).

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Fundraiser Sunday in Pine for family who lost infant son

The community has rallied behind a local family with a fundraiser planned this weekend in Pine after they unexpectedly lost their infant son.

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Tearful mother

Distraught masseuse pulled a gun, now she’s headed to prison

Despite a last-minute plea to stay with her baby a few more weeks, a former Payson massage therapist went to prison Monday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

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‘Crime of passion’ earns prison term for estranged husband

A “crime of passion” landed a 33-year-old man in prison for 1.5 years.

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Code update allows expanded construction

Change effective townwide, not just Heather Circle area

A construction code amendment that drew considerable public outcry at a recent Planning and Zoning Commission meeting passed through the town council without so much as a peep.

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Town drafts agreement for Rim Ranch development

Industrial park will still go through planning, zoning hearings

Town staff is in the midst of hammering out a pre-annexation development agreement with the future owner of the Rim Ranch (also known as Fox Farm) for the site of a reported ammunition manufacturing facility.

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Crashing through a winter wonderland

Storm dumps a foot of snow, snarling traffic, delighting visitors

Just before noon Wednesday, the police scanner in Payson sprung to life with officers around Rim Country radioing in call after call of slide-offs and vehicles slip-sliding into each other.

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Condo fire costs couple everything

Pet Chihuahua perishes in blaze

A young couple is picking up the pieces after losing everything, including their dog, in a devastating fire early Monday morning.

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Fire destroys Payson condo unit; cause under investigation

Freezing conditions hinder firefighters

Battling below freezing temperatures and a raging hot fire, firefighters had their hands full with a blaze in the Forest Hills Condominiums early Monday morning.

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Alleged brawl ends with three arrests

One man claims police harassment

Three Payson men are facing charges after a drunken brawl ended with a snapped telephone pole and a crashed car.

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Sentence delayed for abuser

Man convicted for beating wife, children

A man facing a prison sentence for abusing his wife and children asked a judge for more time Monday to present his case.

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‘Suspicious’ fire

Hellsgate and Payson firefighters extinguished a small, but rather suspicious vehicle fire Tuesday afternoon in Star Valley.

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Float ready for Fiesta Bowl Parade

After nearly four months of work, the Town of Payson will unveil its float at Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix.

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Goodbye to Ed, Tim

Councilor, town attorney at one last meeting

The council said goodbye last week to two long-standing town figures as it welcomed a new town councilor and staff just in time for the New Year.

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Probation for truck theft — one last break

Two years after stealing a pickup for a joyride, a Payson man wound up on probation after his sentencing on Monday.

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Judge sends ‘mean, violent drunk’ to prison

Calling him a “mean, violent drunk,” Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill on Monday sent Brian Apps to prison for 3.5 years for beating and torturing his wife.

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New code officer enforcing sign ordinance

If you are a business owner, you may have already met Jason Larson, the town’s new code compliance specialist tasked with enforcing everything from business signage to overgrown yards.

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Squirrel suspected in service outage

Technology blackout drives Rim Country residents nuts

All it took was one break and most of Rim Country was without phone, TV and Internet service for much of Tuesday, crippling businesses and leaving subscribers wondering how this could happen.

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Payson still needs town attorney

The search for a new town attorney has hit a roadblock once again.

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2nd slide on ice fatal

A Phoenix man survived a rollover Sunday morning south of Payson, but was killed when another driver lost control and struck him.

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Crash kills teen

A former Rim Country student died this weekend when his vehicle rolled north of Payson and caught fire.

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Going home

Residents begin returning to Canal Apartments

With soiled carpet and water-soaked walls replaced, the first round of residents moved back into the Canal Senior Apartments Monday and everyone is expected to be back home by Christmas, staff says.

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Planning brouhaha

Residents protest plan to loosen access requirements

Despite some residents’ objections, the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday recommended the Payson Town Council increase the number of homes allowed on a cul-de-sac to comply with a model, international fire code.

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Hitting the kids

A 29-year-old Payson man faces a slew of child abuse charges after reportedly slapping around his girlfriend’s children.

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MHA to the rescue

Health Alliance donates $5,000 to help homeless residents

The Mogollon Health Alliance Monday donated $5,000 to help the residents of the Canal Senior Apartments, who were displaced last month due to water damage.

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Man accused of molesting granddaughter

A 70-year-old Chandler grandfather is accused of molesting his 12-year-old Payson granddaughter repeatedly and attempting to assault his then 17-year-old granddaughter as well.

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Competition, transportation drive up gas prices

As gas prices steadily fall elsewhere, the cost per gallon in Rim Country remains high and that’s frustrating drivers.

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P&Z to discuss amending number of lots allowed for one-road subdivisions

The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday will take up subdivision access.

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Slip sliding away: Rash of accidents block highways

Two-car pileup in Star Valley

A 23-year-old Payson man is expected to survive a Wednesday night vehicle accident, police say.

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Crash closes 260 for hours Wednesday night

A 23-year-old Payson man is expected to survive a vehicle wreck Wednesday night, police say.

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Man with violent record faces trial for sex with girlfriend’s daughter

A grand jury indicted a Payson man recently for allegedly repeatedly molesting his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter.

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Man put on probation for attacking brother-in-law

A man who said he was so angry he blacked out and assaulted his brother-in-law was sentenced to probation Monday.

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Holy cow!

Open range poses threat on Houston Mesa Road

If you have driven along Houston Mesa Road in the past few months, you have probably seen them and maybe nearly hit one. Several hundred black cows are roaming free, grazing along the roadway which leads to Mesa del Caballo and other communities under the Rim.

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Payson picks town attorney – again

With Payson’s attorney of eight years leaving and his replacement recently turning down the job, things were looking grave for the town last week until they found Kane Graves.

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No more room at the inn?

Money running out for displaced Canal residents

Efforts to get the Canal Senior Apartments habitable again after massive water damage earlier this month is going well, but organizers aren’t sure how they will keep tenants in hotel rooms until workers finish repairs.

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Quick action saves mother of five

Thanks to a few quick-thinking Safeway employees, a mother of five survived a massive cardiac arrest.

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On top of the world

Fitness model finds footing in tribe’s diabetes wellness program

There are no street signs here, but down a long dirt road in northern Arizona, past mountains, canyons and springs, a ranch sits on a mesa with a view that stretches for miles. They call it Top of the World.

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Local sales vital

Businesses rely on sales, town relies on sales tax

With the holiday shopping season ramping up, local business owners are holding their breath. With fewer Valley visitors in the winter, business owners rely heavily on local shoppers this time of year to make it through another year. But with more people shopping online and at big box stores, some worry how they can compete.

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Elderly woman fights off rapist, say police

A homeless man who reportedly tried to rape a woman in the woods near the Payson First Church of the Nazarene last month will appear in court next week.

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Pot case plea

Nature’s Harvest admits guilt

Nature’s Harvest, which ran medical marijuana patient assistance programs in Payson and the White Mountains, has pleaded guilty to illegally facilitating the sale of marijuana.

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Lack of smoke alarm could have proved fatal

Firefighters say two people are lucky to be alive after a fire started in their kitchen while they were sleeping Wednesday.

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Tonto Bridge proves too high for L.A. woman

A woman complaining of altitude sickness was rescued from Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Wednesday afternoon after she fell and couldn’t get up.

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Sidewalk chalk prohibition lifted by council

Payson children can once again bust out the sidewalk chalk, without fear of the police.

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4-way stop at Forest and Sherwood denied

The Payson Town Council recently denied a man’s request to place a four-way stop at West Sherwood Drive and West Forest Drive after town staff found it wasn’t warranted.

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Rim Country fire crews all tapped out

Fire taxes region’s resources

Who you going to call to a burning house when everyone — absolutely everyone — is off or on other calls? If you’re the Payson Fire Department, you call everyone — and hope someone shows up.

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Two council meetings this week

The Payson Town Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m., today, Nov. 18, in council chambers to adopt the general election results and discuss the replacement of the town attorney.

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Payson council chooses new town attorney

The Payson Town Council has selected a new attorney and he comes by way of the Town of Florence.