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Alexis Bechman

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Payson compiles $23 million project wish list for budget

From new vehicles to carpet and ball field lights, the town’s top brass presented its $23 million wish list of capital improvement projects next fiscal year on Tuesday, March 24.

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Four rescued from Salome area

Four people were safely rescued from Salome Canyon Sunday night thanks to the efforts of several agencies that worked overnight to get them out.

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Call prompts evacuation of Walmart

Customers and employees were evacuated from Payson’s Walmart Monday morning after someone called in a bomb threat.

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Wild chase

Man tries to ram deputy

A man is facing charges after reportedly trying to ram a sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle as he fled from a home in Ox Bow Estates early Sunday morning.

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Bomb threat closes Walmart Monday morning

Walmart was evacuated Monday morning after a bomb threat.

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Volunteers make tax time pain free

There is a little less than a month to file taxes and local AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are still available to help residents file free.

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Gas prices low

Station owner cites gas war

After months of paying amongst the highest gas prices in the state, Payson drivers now pay some of the lowest.

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Merging boards will streamline process for new businesses

The Payson Town Council recently took the first step toward consolidating the Design Review Board with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Harassment?

County attorney accused

A former deputy county attorney has filed a discrimination claim with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office against the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

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Police investigate ‘suspicious’ vehicle fire

Officials are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire in Star Valley Tuesday evening.

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Payson makes offer to 3rd town attorney candidate

Maybe the third time is the charm for the Town of Payson as it makes an offer to another town attorney.

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Hikers helped out of canyon near Young

Rescuers helped a group of hikers out of a canyon south of Young Sunday after they were late making it home.

Man sentenced for stealing prescription order forms

A 24-year-old former Payson football player and Hotshot firefighter will serve 18 months of probation and a weekend in jail for stealing prescription order forms and writing out a prescription to himself for pain pills. David Jesse James Carlen pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and possession of a narcotic drug, saying he makes no excuses for his actions and is sorry for all those that he hurt.

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Payson council appoints Connell to Alliance board

The Payson Town Council replaced outgoing Rim Country Educational Alliance Chair Mary Kastner Thursday with one of their own.

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Nine years for assault

90-year-old woman fought him off

A transient who tried to rape a 90-year-old woman while she walked her dog was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday.

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SWAT team responds

Officers in full SWAT gear surrounded a Verde Glen home Thursday morning after a man with a gun exhibited some unusual behavior.

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A family tragedy

Drugs, abuse shatter family, provoke 10-year prison term

A Payson man will spend the next 10 years in prison for abusing his children and other offenses.

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Pine, Payson firefighters save home

Winds pushed 20-foot flames from a shed into a Pine home Friday morning, but firefighters still managed to save most of the residence.