Dropped lawsuit claimed Queen Creek council candidates’ nominating petitions were invalid

A lawsuit, since dropped, questioned the validity of the nominating petitions for Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney and Councilwoman Julia Wheatley and listed 15 other defendants. The lawsuit was filed June 13 in Maricopa County Superior Court. It was dismissed June 21-22, according to information at superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket. “The court finds that the nominating petitions in […]

MCSO reminds Queen Creek residents to lock their cars

By locking doors and removing valuables, Queen Creek residents can help reduce the likelihood of having a vehicle burglarized, according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office captain. “Criminals don’t want to spend a lot of time or make a lot of noise when burglarizing a vehicle – they are looking for cars with their doors […]

Town of Queen Creek encourages residents to ‘Shop QC’ for school supplies

The first day of school is right around the corner and town of Queen Creek officials are encouraging residents to Shop QC for any back to school needs. From backpacks, lunch boxes and paper, Queen Creek stores have all back-to-school needs. And, when you shop Queen Creek, you not only support local businesses, you also […]

Queen Creek firefighters save newborn puppy stuck in shower drain

Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department officials were successful in extricating a newborn puppy that was stuck in a shower drain. Engine 413 was dispatched at 9:15 a.m. June 30 to an “assist citizen” incident in the 18000 block of east Canary Way and arrived on scene at 9:16 a.m., Constance Halonen-Wilson, public information officer for […]

Queen Creek thefts, burglaries reported July 1-7 to MCSO

Above are the general locations of vehicle and home burglaries reported July 1-7 to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for the community of Queen Creek. Incidents investigated by MCSO included: July 2 Theft reported 4:30 a.m. in the 21000 block of East Rittenhouse Road. Burglary from vehicle reported at 9:18 p.m. in the 22200 block […]

Report: Hispanic motorists in Maricopa County still arrested, searched more often

Maricopa County patrol officers stopped Hispanic drivers for longer periods and searched them more often than other drivers, according to an annual report analyzing traffic-stop data. The results are similar to those over the past three years. Whites were stopped for an average of 13 minutes, compared with Hispanics, who were stopped for about 16 […]

Monopalm, sign plan before Queen Creek planning commission July 11

An 80-foot-tall wireless-communication monopalm at Rittenhouse and Combs roads and a sign plan for the Lowe’s center at Queen Creek and Ellsworth roads will be discussed at Wednesday’s planning commission meeting. A commission work session is to be held at 6 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Queen Creek Community […]

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office traffic unit arrests DUI suspects July 4

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit was out in full force July 4, with deputies looking for drivers who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “We appreciate the aggressive effort of our traffic unit during the holiday weekend to keep Pinal County roadways safe,” PCSO Sheriff Mark Lamb said in a release. […]

Q-and-A with Queen Creek council candidate Emilena Turley

One Queen Creek resident is running for mayor and three for three seats on the council in the Aug. 28 primary election. All are presently on the council. The Queen Creek Independent e-mailed questionnaires to the candidates. They will be posted online in the order they were received. Name: Emilena Turley Age: 46 Present or […]

Group performs complimentary Taps at funerals

While we’re celebrating our freedom on Independence Day, let us remember those who have served our country in making it great, and those who are still fighting for our freedoms. From local community activists to our military men and women, we thank you. I received a letter from Roger C. Ellis and his wife, Mitzi, […]