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West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, June 1, 2012


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LACHCIK, 12, and Story McCaffey, 3, of Avondale work on Story’s swimming lessons Monday in the pool at Litchfield Park Recreation Center.

Bail (From Page 1)

County jail on charges of first-degree murder, illegal discharge of a firearm, disorderly conduct and misconduct involving weapons, documents show. The fatal shooting followed a history of domestic violence involving Moton and Barnes, his former girlfriend, and the mother of some of his children, said Detective Reuben Gonzales, an Avondale police spokesman.

Moton had made multiple threats to kill Barnes, Gonzales said.

intensity of violence had been escalating, police said. Recently, Moton had threatened to shoot and kill Barnes and then turn the weapon on himself. In May 2007, Moton was found guilty in Avondale Municipal Court of a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct that was filed after he punched Barnes in the face, police said.

moving parallel with them, police said. The unarmed guard said that after telling Barnes to get into her vehicle and lock the doors, the suspect broke into a run toward the vehicle and removed a handgun from his waistband, police said.

Police said the violence resulted in murder while Barnes was at Westview High School to attend an eighth-grade promotion ceremony involving her daughter, a student at Copper King Elementary School, 10730 W. Campbell Ave., in west Phoenix. During the ceremony, Barnes approached

On May 21, just four days before the shooting, Barnes obtained an order of protection from Moton in Maricopa County Superior Court, records show. Family members said the level and

Key boxes (From Page 1)

a low-cost box and program similar to one offered by the city of Peoria. “On three occasions over the last year or so, I felt the possible need for help during the night because I was not feeling well,” Lynch said. “I unlocked my double security doors. I unlocked my interior doors and I sat in my chair with a key fob so that I could hit one of those three buttons: police, fire or emergency, if I needed to. The idea of that was so that it

Greg Aniceto, a security officer at Westview, and asked for an escort to her car, explaining that she was worried about Moton, police said.

the car, he saw a man in a black jacket crouching down in the parking lot and

Ancieto related that while en route to

fired approximately five times into the red Ford Fusion, and then fled on his motorcycle, police said. In the meantime, Ancieto ran back to the school, ordered everyone into a building and told them to shut the door and wait for help, police said. Police asked the court for a high bail for Moton, saying that he has family in Nebraska, has no substantial community ties and was a flight risk.

A preliminary hearing for Moton has been set for June 5 in Superior Court.

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would save my security and interior doors from being axed down.”

boxes from the city for $50. The box is then installed by members of the fire department, Adams said. Avondale hasn’t budgeted any money in the upcoming fiscal year toward purchasing boxes, McClendon said. The City Council members said they

budget or the manpower to staff such a program, Vice Mayor Stephanie Karlin said.

The city doesn’t necessarily have the In Peoria, residents purchase lock

favored providing information on different types of boxes to their residents but weren’t keen on being in the lock box business.

“I too, also believe that it’s not the responsibility of the city to have to purchase these lock boxes and I don’t really care for the city to be in the procurement/stocking and installation and having to do inventory, and then have someone keeping track of what we have and what we don’t have,” she said. City officials are in the process of gathering information to put in a packet for residents to access, McClendon said. Staff will monitor residents’ responses and could re-evaluate the situation in the future.

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A Goodyear man died while hiking or running on a trail that leads to the top of Humphreys Peak north of Flagstaff, authorities said Tuesday. John Greer, 53, a real-estate broker, collapsed Saturday about a quarter-mile beneath the 12,633-foot summit, said Sgt. Aaron Dick, a spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Greer’s wife, Mary, told the View that her husband was a frequent runner and hiker, describing him as “an ultra-marathoner and tri-athlete.” Two hikers discovered Greer’s body about 11:15 a.m. Saturday and placed a call on a cell phone seeking help, Dick said. The hikers also performed CPR on Greer for about 30 minutes, but got no response, thus leading them to conclude that he was dead, he added.

In the meantime, the sheriff’s search- and-rescue team was called out Saturday for a body-recovery operation, Dick said. Team members arrived on scene at about 3:30 p.m. for a recovery effort that was hampered by high winds and low temperatures, Dick said. Eventually, the body was carried out on a long line attached to a helicopter.

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