LOWE’S FRAUD RING

Two men have been arrested as part of a fraud ring targeting returns of merchandise, sometimes stolen, to Lowe’s building stores in Casa Grande and Chandler. www.haroldkitching.com/police

SPEED DETAIL

A multi-agency Pinal Avenue speed enforcement detail today resulted in 62 citations in total; 42 drivers were cited for speeding and 10 were given warnings for speed.  The remaining citations were for various (non-speeding) traffic violations. www.haroldkitching.com/police

JEWELRY THEFT

The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 66-year-old Cleveland Armstrong in connection to last week’s jewelry theft at Sommers Jewelers. Armstrong’s accomplice in the crime, 57-year-old Carolin Strange, was located by the Eloy Police Department and arrested, as well. Police said that on Feb. 15, Armstrong removed a tray of jewelry valued at nearly $20,000 from one of … Read More…

LEIJA RETURNS

Gloria Leija, who was Casa Grande city clerk for 19 years before retiring in January 2012, is back in the position. Her hiring was unanimously confirmed by the City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting. After retiring, Leija entered teaching but in 2013 took the position of clerk for the town of Wickenburg. www.haroldkitching.com/news

TEEN BUILDING

The City Council, acting Tuesday night, has given initial approval to an amended lease with Central Arizona College for the Casa Grande Teen Center building at 520 N. Camino Mercado, south of Florence Boulevard just west of Interstate 10.According to the staff report accompanying the agenda item, “The stated use of the building will be modified from a Teen  Center to a site for … Read More…

ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

Developers have submitted a proposal to Casa Grande for Dreamland Villages, a project they say will be “a world class entertainment, resort, office and retail mixed use development … best compared to that of the Disney World Resort in Orlando Fla.” The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the idea during its March 2 meeting. The 111-page proposal is posted at www.haroldkitching.com/news