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.
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.
Cash donations to the Payson Area Food Drive have beat all expectations this year thanks to a number of large contributions from government agencies and families, but food collections have come up short.
Mile-long rap sheet: 80-mile pursuit
A Winslow man with a mile-long rap sheet led police on roughly an 80-mile chase Friday that ultimately ended in his capture after officers put down not one, but four spike strips.
A high-speed chase has ended north of town.
A state-mandated study process could result in a decline in the development impact fees Payson has imposed for years to ensure new development pays the cost of the water, street, parks, police and other costs needed to serve new residents.
For allegedly threatening to hit his son with a gun during an argument about calling in sick for work, police on Jan. 10 arrested a Payson man.
For crushing an acquaintance’s vehicle so he could collect $100, a Payson mechanic will serve 18 months probation.
Cell phone apps can make exercise fun, maybe even terrifying
I was running from zombies the other weekend in the woods just outside Gila Community College, on one of my favorite running trails that it appears only beasts from some post-apocalyptic world know about.
Man gets 1.5 years for sleeping with minor
For getting a 13-year-old girl pregnant when he was 18, a Payson man will serve 1.5 years in prison.
Man gets seven years for putting woman through 24 hours of hell
When she arrived at the hospital, her eyelids were swollen shut after hours of abuse. It was clear to detectives that this was not the result of some random pounding by strangers as she claimed, but something far more sinister.
Young fire chief fired as rash of fires rattles residents
Young has suffered through a rash of fires — both structural and in the volunteer fire district boardroom.
Move over Mogollon Monster, things are about to get very weird — and scary — in Rim Country.
A couple from Alaska is brining some of the cold with them — but of the sweet variety.
Man seeks $100 for fake crash, winds up with 3-year prison term
A Payson man will spend three years in prison for attempting to extort $100 from a woman he claimed hit him on his bicycle.
Just off the Chaparral Pines hole three green, past a checkered flag waving in the warm afternoon sun Sunday, black charred wood hissed and steamed.
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for 24 people who ran into the forest south of town Tuesday afternoon and have not been seen since.
We wish we could say it got better, but the number of building permits issued in 2013 indicates things in construction haven’t turned around yet. Not even close.
There is rigid order and routine in running a jail. There has to be, especially when facilities are as outdated and poorly designed as Gila County’s.
The year started off with a bang when the Payson Fiesta Bowl Parade float and accompanying dancing ponderosa pine trees were named among the highlights of the Phoenix parade.
Girlfriend pleads for shorter sentence
A Payson man who led police on a high-speed drunken chase to Round Valley in September 2012 will spend four months in jail and three years on probation.
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office says it's looking for 30 people who ran into the forest south of town this afternoon.
Thirty-nine search warrants, 103 arrests, 47 seized firearms, 200 marijuana plants and nearly 40 grams of heroin.
If you are hungry for a slice of homemade pie from the Knotty Pine Cafe, you are out of luck.
A Christmas Day house fire has left a Young family homeless.
A medical helicopter rushed a 32-year-old man to a Valley hospital after he lost control of his quad on Christmas Day near Star Valley.
A Mesa couple is lucky to have walked away unscathed after they ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highways 87 and 188 Christmas Day and were struck by a vehicle, says the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
18-year sentence follows life of robberies, thefts, struggles
The long, sad criminal career of a Payson man ended Monday not with a bang, but a shrug.
Payson Fire Department still offering dozens of the free, life-saving devices
After a carbon monoxide alarm installed by the Payson Fire Department recently saved a family, residents have inundated the department seeking a free, installed detector.
It’s been roughly six months since the Payson Fire Department’s chief retired and the town council axed the fire marshal position.
Woman forged checks to pay $5,000 fine from previous fraud conviction
The Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and 19-year prison sentence of a Payson woman on multiple counts of fraud after she argued the court erred in letting a probation officer testify against her.
There’s a new traffic cop in town.
Extra cops were posted at Payson High School all last week after rumors of a bomb threat circulated among students.
Officers investigated two accidents at Corvair Curve Friday, one that likely resulted from the rain and the other from speeding.
Surge in donations matches need
Thanks to several matching grants, the Payson Area Food Drive has raised its goal despite a late start this year.
There are still a few days left to catch Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Phoenix Botanical Garden.
Something good is coming from wildfires.
Prosecutors get another chance in alleged assault on police officers
A judge set a new trial date Monday in a case against a man accused of assaulting officers during an arrest in October of 2011. The man’s convictions were recently thrown out due to mistakes and omissions by police and prosecutors.
Highway deaths prompt DPS crackdown on seat belt law
A 26-year-old Gisela man died this weekend when he lost control of his vehicle and it rolled off Highway 87, ejecting him.
But judge ‘irritated’ by letters in ‘tag team’ attack blaming victim
A Payson father and son have both received probation after beating a woman up in what the victim described as a tag-team assault last December.
Judge allows home arrest as history of threats emerges
A judge Thursday lowered the bond on Mike Voden, 71, accused of murdering his neighbor last month after the man’s dog entered Voden’s yard and would not leave.
A new psychiatrist is expanding his practice into Payson.
Balas sentenced after wrenching testimony of the grandmother
In a crowded Payson courtroom Monday as guards with machine guns hovered over a downcast defendant, a tearful grandmother painted the picture of a joyful, beautiful girl who once loved SpongeBob SquarePants, chocolate milk and bubble baths.
A kitchen fire in a two-story home Saturday night has displaced three people.
CO detector saves family of three
This story could have had a very different ending — a tragic ending.
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Round Valley man Wednesday on child molestation charges after he reportedly abused two young girls.
This small, but colorful art gallery and gift shop opened earlier this year in the Swiss Village Shops next to the then-Payson Florist, 802 N. Beeline Highway.
When Kathleen Rable walked away from Waushakum Pond 46 years ago, she left a piece of herself. She never really forgot about it, but she did move on.
Confrontation with judge likely subject of investigation
The State Bar of Arizona is investigating Gila County’s chief deputy attorney for possibly violating the rules of professional conduct.
County attorney questions role of judges, election of senators
Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp questioned the right of judges to review the constitutionality of legislation and lamented the passage of the 17th Amendment allowing the direct election of U.S. senators at a Tea Party meeting last week, often sounding like he was back in front of the high school government class he once taught.