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At about 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 44-year-old Richard Alex Padilla of Tolleson, and 42-year-old Jeffrey Charles Schomer, of Gilbert were arrested and charged with Burglary in the third degree.

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The Apache Junction Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS §13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreem…

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In the early morning hours of Friday, January 24th, Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) responded to a call of an armed robbery that took place at the Circle K located at 85 W. Superstition Blvd. The suspect was armed with a handgun when he climbed over the counter and demanded money fr…

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The Social Security Administration launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to continue warning people about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. The PSAs feature a message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul. Social Security and its Office of the…

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On January 3, Apache Junction Police Chief Thomas Kelly came to the AJ Rangers Friday night meeting and accepted two donations.  The first donation was $1000.00 for the annual Toy Drive at Christmas, and the second donation was for the D.A.R.E. Program in the amount of $750.00. The chief tha…

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Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) Detective Stephanie Jewell was awarded the Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution (Palo Verde Chapter) Law Enforcement Award. Detective Jewell was chosen to be honored for her professionalism and dedication, which has led to several successfu…

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). In the United States, countless men and women are victimized by stalking, yet it is consistently one of the most misunderstood and minimized crimes in our culture today. From a law enforcement perspective, stalking can prove to be a challe…

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The Apache Junction Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS §13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreem…

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). In the United States, countless men and women are victimized by stalking, yet it is consistently one of the most misunderstood and minimized crimes in our culture today. From a law enforcement perspective, stalking can prove to be a challe…

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Facing the high cost of impaired driving on the lives of Arizona’s citizens and communities, the Arizona Supreme Court has continued the statewide electronic search warrant program for vehicular offenses with a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

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Two of Apache Junction Police Department’s (AJPD) long time employees are giving themselves the gift of retirement this Christmas. Police Telecommunications Officer (911), Irene Carrillo and Sergeant Pat Wagner have both decided to move on to a new phase of life and will end their respective…

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On Sunday, December 15, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) apprehended a man suspected of robbing the Papa Murphy’s Pizza located in the 2000 block of west Apache Trail. According to the 911 caller, the suspect fled the area on foot. AJPD Sergeant Davi…

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The Apache Junction Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS §13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreem…

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The Apache Junction Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS §13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreem…

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The Apache Junction Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS §13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreem…

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The Arizona Supreme Court received a $42,530 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety that will be used to enhance training for judges on traffic laws, case management and DUI. The grant also makes it possible to send judicial trainers to expand their skills and knowledge a…

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Two of Apache Junction Police Department’s (AJPD) long time employees are giving themselves the gift of retirement this Christmas. Police Telecommunications Officer (911), Irene Carrillo and Sergeant Pat Wagner have both decided to move on to a new phase of life and will end their respective…

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The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) has recently reorganized the Community Outreach Program, staffing the position with a sworn police officer. Having a sworn officer available to disseminate information and answer questions from the public is advantageous for all stakeholders. Corp…

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The Apache Junction Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS §13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreem…

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December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As we prepare for festivities with family and friends, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD), in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), remind all drivers that it’s dangerous to drive after drinking. The …

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As the hustle of the holidays approach, Salt River Project reminds its customers that professional scam artists often prey during hectic seasons in an attempt to swindle distracted, unsuspecting victims.

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Officers from Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) accepted an invitation from Starbucks, located in the 2500 Block of West Apache Trail, to participate in their Annual Coffee with a Cop event. Officers not only had a chance to chat with the public about various department programs and a…

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Shawna Britton was convicted in 2015 of multiple counts of Attempted Sexual Conduct with a Minor. Her victim was a juvenile who was known to her. She is 5’2”, 150 lbs, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Britton is living at 1680 W. Apache Trail, #110 in Apache Junction. She is considered by th…

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On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) Special Weapons and Tactical Unit (SWAT), Community Resource Enforcement Unit (CREU), along with support from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, executed simultaneous search warrants in t…

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Eric O’Connell (28) was convicted in 2010 of Attempted Child Molestation. His victim was known to him. He is 5’8”, 155 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. O’Connell is living at 2528 W. 16th Ave. in Apache Junction. He is considered by the Apache Junction Police Department to be a Level 2 R…

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1-13 years old. In 2017, an average of two children per day were killed while riding in motor vehicles while an estimated 376 were injured every day in 2017. Of the 675 children that were killed more than one third of them wer…

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One of the best things about the school year getting underway is that a whole new set of kids in Apache Junction will be going through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. D.A.R.E. was established in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, and it was so popular that it …

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Jonathan Ortiz (43 ) was convicted in 1999 of Attempted Sexual Conduct with a Minor who was known to him. He is 5’5”, 238 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. Ortiz is living at 1281 N. Desert View Dr. in Apache Junction. He is considered by the Apache Junction Police Department to be a Leve…

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The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is excited about our partnership with Securus Technologies, which will bring technology to the inmates at the Adult Detention Center. The launch of this technology aims at preparing the incarcerated with 21st century skills to help them have a successful fut…

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Brandon R. Alley (34) also known as Teena Marie was convicted in 2003 in Oregon for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Sexual Abuse where the victim was known to him. He was also convicted in 2005 for Attempted 3rd Degree Assault. In 2015, he was convicted for Attempted Child Prostitution and…

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Popular voting for the nationwide #WhyWeServe grant contest started Thursday, July 25, and one of our local heroes is a finalist. Officer Earnest Eaton of the AJPD is competing, in hopes that he can earn a share of the awarded grant money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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Cory M. Papp (43) was convicted in 2016 of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child/20+ images. His victims were unknown juvenile females. He is 6’3”, 170 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. Papp is living at 231 W. 22nd Ave. in Apache Junction. He is consid…

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Cory M. Papp (43) was convicted in 2016 of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child/20+ images. His victims were unknown juvenile females. He is 6’3”, 170 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. Papp is living at 231 W. 22nd Ave. in Apache Junction. He is consid…

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July 23rd marks the beginning of the new of school year here in Apache Junction. The streets and intersection in the areas around the schools will be extra busy with increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) encourages all motorists, parents and stude…

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For the first time in Apache Junction Police Department’s 39 year history, five women at AJPD earned the highest honors in five categories recognized by the department’s awards committee.

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On Saturday, May 11, the Apache Junction High School prom was cut short when it was discovered that multiple cars in the venue parking lot at Schnepf Farms had one or more tires slashed. Several cars were also keyed.

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The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) is increasing traffic enforcement efforts on Ironwood Drive between Guadalupe Road and Superstition Blvd. The enhanced enforcement is one part of a strategic plan to decrease the number of traffic collisions on Ironwood Road.

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Beginning Monday, June 3, 2019, Apache Junction Police Department will be making some changes to their alarm program. The city of Apache Junction will no longer be processing alarm registrations or accept payments. AJPD will contract with the PM AM Corporation, who will be monitoring the ala…