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West Valley police departments collect about 1,650 pounds of unused prescription drugs as medical examiners seek to identify the drugs in death investigations. PUBLIC SAFETY, Page 3

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W. Valley fights prescription-drug abuse Matthew Casey The Republic


Michelle Wakefield copes with migraines on a daily basis, and a few years ago, doctors prescribed the special-needs teacher from Surprise pain medication to alleviate the headaches. When the drugs didn’t help, Wakefield received a different prescription from her neurologist and started looking for an opportunity to get rid of her old medicine. Wakefield, 27, found it in a Surprise Police Department Facebook post announcing the Drug Enforcement Administration-coordinated national Prescription Take-Back Day. “I don’t want to have those around my kids,” the mother of one and stepmother of three said after dropping off three bottles of her old medicine at the Bell Road Target parking lot in Surprise. Last month, a half-dozen West Valley police departments took in about 1,650 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The drugs were turned over to the DEA, which disposed of them. “It’s a group effort,” Surprise police Sgt. Mike Donovan said. “You’re disposing of things properly and making sure it doesn’t contaminate our Earth.”

LEFT: Bill Cope of Phoenix hands expired prescription drugs to Anthony DeFazio, 19, an Explorer with the Surprise Police Department, during a take-back day. ABOVE: People brought bags of prescription drugs for disposal. PHOTOS BY DAVID WALLACE/THE REPUBLIC

PRESCRIPTION-DRUG INFORMATION 10 most common prescription drugs detected in toxicology reports for accidental deaths, 2010-12 Morphine Codeine Diazepam Oxycodone Amphetamine Oxazepam Oxymorphone Hydromorphone Temazepam Alprazolam Source: The Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner

Prescription drugs taken back by West Valley police departments Glendale: 243.6 pounds. Surprise: 769 pounds. Peoria: 350 pounds. Tolleson: 79 pounds. Avondale: 140 pounds. Buckeye: About 65 pounds. Source: Department public information officials

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Dangerous drugs Prescription drugs were the primary suspected cause of death in at least 297 of 1,639 accidental deaths between 2010 and 2012 in Maricopa County, according to data from the county Office of the Medical Examiner. But data about prescriptiondrug involvement in accidental deaths compiled by the medical examiner is not exact. In some cases, as many as four suspected causes of death are listed. In others, non-specific causes, such as “mixed drug intoxication,” don’t identify specific drugs. Determining the cause of

death is complicated because even knowing there were multiple prescription drugs in a person’s system does not necessarily tell an examiner which one caused the death, said Cari Gerchick, communications director for Maricopa County. “Each case is an individual medical mystery that the pathologists have to solve,” she said. In the accidental-death cases where more than one drug was detected, judging which one caused the death amounts to speculation, said Dr. Jeffrey Johnston, the county’s chief medical examiner.

The National Association of Medical Examiners has recommended including specific drugs in the cause of death, Johnston said, and the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner intends to adopt that policy. Gerchick said the county hopes to start by the end of the year, but there is no target date because doing so requires additional training. It is a priority because prescription-drug abuse is a public-health crisis as well as a public-safety and education issue, she said. “Despite the cost, we’ll find a way to do it with existing re-

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Prevention, enforcement Prescription-drug abuse is most frequent among highschool students and older teens, said Glendale police Sgt. Jay O’Neill. That’s why the Glendale Police Department has partnered with, the Arizona affiliate of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, to educate students and parents about the issue. “They give parents the skills and the tools to have open dialogues with their kids in the hopes that the kids will talk to

the parents about the things that they see or hear about,” he said. In Surprise, all police officers participate in prescriptiondrug enforcement, Donovan said. “Anywhere we go, our awareness is such is that we are watching for signs of lots of different things,” he said. “It’s not only an elite group of six people who run around looking for drugs, it’s everyone.” The DEA attacks prescription-drug abuse at the source by monitoring the prescriptions doctors write and the amounts doled out by pharmacists, said Gregory D. Lee a retired DEA supervisory special agent.A doctor who writes a large number of prescriptions for opioid drugs would raise suspicion and could prompt an investigation. “The ultimate source of supply for the street dealer is going to be the doctor,” he said. “So it only makes sense from a DEA standpoint to go after the doctor because he is the ultimate source of the pills.” Recent changes in the way some prescription pills are manufactured help thwart abuse by making them uncrushable, Lee said. “It renders it useless from the standpoint of the people who wanted to snort it or inject it or do anything else with it,” he said. “You’re playing Russian roulette if you start taking prescription pills that were not prescribed to you.” Mary Burch, a 41-year-old Surprise resident, also brought several dust-covered boxes filled with her late mother’s medications to that city’s prescription take-back day. Like Wakefield, she decided to get rid of the drugs to keep them from her three children. “They are the last ones that I would like to get ahold of anybody else’s medicine,” she said. “I know that they’ve come home and told me that they hear about stuff throughout the (school) hallways. It’s out there. I just have to keep them educated.”


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Simple pot has powerful meaning for this mother L

ast week, my daughter Megan graduated with her masters degree from Arizona State University. A few days ago, she turned 21. It has been a week full of milestones and memories — for her and for me. Sitting on my patio, reflecting on these moments, I found my fingers curling around a small pot that sits on my outdoor dining table. Frankly, the pot has seen better days. But I would rather part with my right arm than this beat up RHONDA old pot. CAGLE The pot is garish; green paint chipping BITS AND PIECES away from red terra cotta. Red and pink splotches form Van Gogh-styled flowers with yellow dots forming their centers. The paint is chipping and peeling, water and seasons of searing summer heat and winter’s freezing cold wearing through its carnival exterior. It is something only a mother can love. My daughter painted this pot for me on an early spring afternoon more than 13 years ago. She was not quite 8 years old. It was before her nearly life-ending stay at Phoenix Children’s Hospital when a piece of steak ruptured her esophagus, causing 14 days in ICU and a less-than-2 percent survival rate. It was before my divorce and remarriage. Before the sudden death of my beloved husband due to cancer three years later. Before the housing market collapsed and I lost the home we had shared. Before I started over by purchasing and remodeling a foreclosed home in the West Valley. Before I met and married my new husband. Before all the moments that seem both a moment away and lifetime ago. In more ways than she can know, this pot made by my daughter bridges the span between the life before and the life that now exists. I remember her little fingers working diligently to create beauty only seen through the eyes of a little girl. I remember the sparkle in her eyes, the smile on her face, when she gave me

the gift of her heart contained in the brushstrokes of this masterpiece. I remember the pride that shone in her eyes when I took it home and planted it with summer vincas. I remember all the seasons that came after, when I replaced old flowers with new ones, on new patios in new homes — made new beauty and new memories — with Megan and her handcrafted pot at the center of each new space. Tonight, I sat on the patio that is the last one she will list as her childhood home. Her pot is next to me, holding another round of blooms for yet another season of life. Like the flowers I have nurtured, Megan has blossomed. She is beautiful, vibrant, full of promise and potential. I show her off every chance I get, the most prized and cherished of all my cultivations. She has weathered more seasons than most can — or will — endure. Those storms have created strong stock. My daughter will bloom, not because of where she is planted, but in spite of it. And she will bring beauty, elegance and fragrance into the lives of all she touches. As I watched her walk across the stage to receive her masters degree, I realized she is being transplanted into a bigger pot, a larger world. Her roots are spreading, reaching, anchoring. I can only imagine the beauty and shelter she will offer the generations to come. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I suppose that’s why the little pot she gave me all those years ago is more precious to me than ever before. I can still hold it in my hands, still trace the brushstrokes her fingers made that early spring day. In Megan’s pot, I can still nurture tiny blossoms of beauty while watching her own take root in a new pot she is creating for herself. It’s a masterpiece this mother loves.

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Glendale 9 bucks trend for drive-ins

Philip Haldiman The Republic


Before there was Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Marketplace or even Loop 202 in the East Valley, there was the Scottsdale 6 drive-in movie theater. For more than 30 years, six mammoth movie screens at McClintock Drive and McKellips Road have looked on as the land around them changed. The theater closed in 2011, and this month those dinosaurs were ripped from the ground to make way for new development. The 29-acre commercial property is on the Salt River Reservation, with Tempe to the south and Scottsdale to the north. Claire Miller, president of Solanna Group LLC, said landowners are discussing the best-use plan for development of the property. Miller said Solanna, the firm developing the property under a commercial master lease, is operated by her family, which owns about 3 acres of the movietheater property and nearly 90 surrounding acres. A second reservation family owns the rest of the property, she said.

Ownership traces to 1887 law The ownership of the land stems from the Dawes Act of 1887, or the General Allotment Act, adopted by Congress to survey Native American land and divide it into allotments. It created almost 1,000 allotments in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for individuals and families. Miller said the movie-theater land and that surrounding it has been passed down through generations. “The lease contract for Scottsdale Six was signed in the 1970s. Since then, the owners were the parents and grandparents of current owners,” Miller said. Miller said the theater owner, California-based Syufy Enterprises, parent company to West Wind Drive-Ins, had left the property in bad shape, with a number of code violations, and in 2011, the parties were unable to reach an agreement on a new lease. But Tony Maniscalco, a spokesman for Syufy Enterprises, contends the company never violated codes and wasn’t presented a lease. Demolition is expected to finish this week. Next, owners will start looking to lease the property. Miller said that after

A pile of twisted metal is all that remains of a screen at the Scottsdale Six drive in-movie theater. The drive-in screens are being torn down to make way for development. CHARLIE LEIGHT/THE REPUBLIC

THE DEATH OF ARIZONA DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS The last 50 years has seen the closure of about 50 drive-in movie theaters. Here is a snapshot of the state’s final three. 1954: The Apache Drive-In opens in Globe. 1977: Scottsdale 6 drive-in movie theater opens. 1979: Glendale 9 opens and remains the last standing drive-in movie theater in Arizona. August 2011: Scottsdale 6 and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community do

a commercial lease is in place and development projects are identified, construction can begin. This could take up to three years, she added. “With ASU and Tempe Marketplace nearby, we understand the potential for

not come together on a lease agreement, and the property goes dark. September 2013: Apache Drive-In, the third remaining theater in Arizona, shuts off its projector. April 2014: Demolition on Scottsdale 6 begins. May 2014: Demolition of Scottsdale 6 is expected to be completed. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community prepares for future development.

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Glendale 9 lone survivor There are now 603 drive-in movietheaters screens at 356 sites in the Unit-

ed States, down about 11 percent since 1999, according to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association. Following a national trend, Arizona has lost almost 50 drive-ins in the past half-century. Maniscalco said the Glendale 9, near 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road and also owned by West Wind, is bucking this trend. The company has seven drive-ins and 36 screens in three states. He said it recently upgraded to digital projectors and improved audio equipment and screens. Glendale 9 is the last theater of its type in Arizona, and Maniscalco said business has gone up 43 percent in the past six years. “It’s grown at a record pace, and we’ve been very happy,” he said. “With general admission at about $7, people see it as a great deal and keep coming back.” The Apache Drive-In, in Globe, closed last year.



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Poker Run, car show coming up aces Martin Dolan The Republic



NAPA Auto Parts is calling all hands to this weekend’s poker run and car show in west Phoenix and Glendale. The free poker run, which is NAPA’s way of showing its loyal customers some love, is like a goofy game of five-card draw. Contestants drive to each of five participating NAPA stores, where they’ll be asked to perform some silly task, like jumping rope or using a Hula-Hoop, then draw one playing card from the pile. At the final stop, the best hand will be determined and the winner will get a new tool box. There will be a prize for the worst hand, which is good news if you’re not a card shark. Each store will have some NAPA giveaways. The run begins at 16680 N. 51st Ave., where coffee and doughnuts will be served, then makes stops at 6020 W. Myrtle Ave., 7622 W. Indian School Road and 4327 W. Van Buren St. before winding up at 2811 W. Thomas Road, where a free lunch will be served. And if you don’t have a poker face, just head to the show and grab some free chow. About 125 cars are expected. The first poker run was in 2011. Aarin Centner, area manager for NAPA Phoenix, said about 60 cars took part in that run, which was longer and spread out across the Valley. This one should be easier to complete. NAPA has been in metro Phoenix a long time, Centner said. “We want to give something back to show customers how much we care.” Rich Krasner of Glendale is big on showing appreciation, too. His red and red pearl 1966 Dodge Charger is dedicated to his mother and father, who gave him the car when he turned 16. Airbrushed on the trunk lid are the words “In memory of Mom and Dad.” The family was moving from New York to California in 1966 when their old Chevy broke

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down in Chicago. Krasner’s mom spotted the Challenger at a dealership and said, “That’s the one I want.” Dad bought it on the spot. The family moved to Arizona in 1977, and Krasner took possession soon after. He had made a few modifications, but after a motorcycle accident in 2010, his wife persuaded him to fix up the Charger rather than get another

bike. Before his father died, Krasner, 52, promised that he would restore the car in memory of his parents. The original 361-cubic-inch V-8 has had two successors; now under the hood is a 440 stroked out to a 472. Boosted by a bottlefed nitrous system, it puts out about 650 horses at the crankshaft, Krasner estimates. An

A-727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission sends the power to the rear end. “I did all the mechanical on that car,” said Krasner, who was a mechanic for 22 years before starting a truck-driving career a decade ago. Everything under the hood is plated or polished. The stunning two-tone paint is complemented by black-cloth interior with red piping. Krasner had all the badges and emblems removed and their equivalents airbrushed onto the car. The Dodge was one of three Chargers used in the 2003 Tim Burton movie “Big Fish,” and it was in the TV movie “Love, Honor and Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage,” about the Bonanno crime family. The car is a regular on the car-show circuit but it’s not a daily driver. “No, no, no, I have way too much money in it to drive it every day,” Krasner said. He says he turned down a $100,000 offer last month at Cruise on Central. “How can I replace a legacy

in my family?” Fletch Fletcher of Peoria has some sentimental ties to his car, a 1948 Ford Tudor sedan. It’s the same year, make and model as his first car, which he bought with his first paycheck at the tender age of 14. He paid $145 for that one — $45 more than the one he drives now. But Fletcher needed eight years to persuade the owner, a farmer in Rye, Colo., to sell him the car. The deal was cinched in 1986. Except for one rusted-out spot on an A pillar, the Ford was in good shape. Fletcher, 72, did a frame-off restoration, which he finished in 2005. He did all the work except for the paint and the interior. The ’48 is all blue oval: a 5-liter Ford crate motor, C4 automatic transmission, 9-inch Ford rear end, Mustang II front end, Lincoln Marquis front seats. Fletcher put disc brakes on all four corners but skipped the power steering. “No, the dummy didn’t put that on,” he said, adding that the Ford drives well down the road but, “You’ve got to eat your Wheaties or Cheerios before you go to park that thing.” He has owned from eight to 10 cars over the years: “I got into Chevys for a while and went back to Ford with this one.” For the paint, Fletcher had wanted a green like the shade popular on Mustangs in the mid’80s, but he chose a Valspar color called Sunshade Metallic Green. It’s darker than the Mustang green he had envisioned but was applied over yellow primer and turned out great.

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Selling in retirement areas requires special approach David M. Brown Special for The Republic

When a senior adult wants or needs to move, the process might need to move quickly. Older adults move for various reasons. Empty-nesters want to downsize and simplify. Others want to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Some must move because of illness or health-care needs. “Many seniors are overwhelmed with this process, and it is important for everyone — family and the professionals helping them — to be compassionate and understanding Joan about what the Andersen senior is going through,” said Joan Andersen, a sales associate with the Sun City office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. After graduating from South Dakota State University in1985, Andersen moved to Arizona and has been an agent specializing in such retirement communities as Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand and Westbrook Village for almost 20 years.

Buying or selling a home in retirement communities requires knowledge that might not be needed in general real-estate transactions, one agent says. STACIE SCOTT/THE REPUBLIC

The unique aspects of being a senior specialist include difficult decisions, such as personalproperty attachments and distribution and unexpected timelines. Adult children might not be familiar with the senior real-estate market in Arizona, and they might not be able to help because they live in another state and can’t get away. “A senior-specialist agent needs to be up-to-date about all

things ‘senior’ and have relationships with service providers in the local communities who can help,” she said, noting estate-sale services, moving and home-staging companies, contractors and general resources in the area. Ideally, the decision to move can be made over time, but once the decision is made, time is often of the essence because many seniors need the proceeds to move to their next location,

Andersen said. As a result, family coordination, at least by phone and e-mail, is essential. “It is important that the senior works with an agent who can guide them through the process and communicate with their out-of-town children,” said Andersen, a multimillion-dollar producer and a member of Coldwell Banker’s International President’s Elite, an award for the top 3 percent of all company sales associates internationally.

The most important move is to price the house right, she said. “If the market changes or you must adjust the price, your family will need the time and the data from a knowledgeable agent to make educated decisions,” she said. “It is important to use both traditional and emerging means to market the home, including social media,” Andersen said. “Most buyers look at homes on the Internet before they physically go to view them, so today’s buyer has a pretty good idea of what he or she wants.” The right effort produces results that work for everyone, she said. One family that had to sell their parents’ home included four out-of-state children with full-time careers. The house needed much cosmetic help. “I gave them an ‘as-is’ price that I thought it would sell for but mentioned that they could get a much better price if they painted, carpeted and tiled, among other things,” Andersen said. “In doing so, their net increased significantly.” Brown is a Valley-based freelancer (

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$141,750 only $1,023/mo* 3bd/2ba, 1,736 sf

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4bd/2ba, 1,766 sf


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$247,500 only $1,633/mo* $130,000 only $900/mo* 4bd/3ba, 2,222 sf

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Number of sales This week: 3 Previous four weeks: 9 Same weeks last year: 11 Median price This week: $410,000 Previous four weeks: $365,000 Same weeks last year: $379,000. 515 W Coronado Rd., $510,000. 233 W Portland St., $365,000. 42 W Lynwood St., $410,000.

Number of sales This week: 2 Previous four weeks: 12 Same weeks last year: 15 Median price This week: $289,950 Previous four weeks: $230,000 Same weeks last year: $197,091. 373 E Coronado Rd., Unit 1, $174,900. 30 E Vernon Ave., $405,000.

Number of sales This week: 7 Previous four weeks: 18 Same weeks last year: 33 Median price This week: $185,000 Previous four weeks: $183,750 Same weeks last year: $147,500. 2701 N 10th St., $230,000. 2209 N Dayton St., $148,500. 1113 N 11th St., $127,000. 921 E Pierce St., $87,000. 1302 E Granada Rd., $230,000. 2849 N Greenfield Rd., $185,000. 2314 N 11th St., $245,000.

Number of sales This week: 2 Previous four weeks: 11 Same weeks last year: 17 Median price This week: $424,500 Previous four weeks: $132,400 Same weeks last year: $235,000. 940 W Palm Ln., $530,000. 2213 N 12th Ave., $319,000.

Number of sales This week: 9 Previous four weeks: 37 Same weeks last year: 38 Median price This week: $215,000 Previous four weeks: $132,000 Same weeks last year: $106,000. 4138 E Beatrice St., $87,125. 4648 E Monte Vista Rd., $235,000. 2205 N 27th Pl., $142,000. 4427 E Almeria Rd., $184,500. 2539 E Portland St., $54,900. 5507 E Roanoke Ave., $349,000. 5033 E Yale St., $269,500. 2824 N 42nd Way, $215,000. 4140 E Vernon Ave., $341,500.

Number of sales This week: 9 Previous four weeks: 24 Same weeks last year: 28 Median price This week: $65,000 Previous four weeks: $67,500 Same weeks last year: $52,550. 3045 W Villa St., $74,900. 32 S 29th Dr., $95,000. 3023 W Cypress St., $57,000. 3612 W Hadley St., $42,000. 2328 W Tonto St., $65,000. 2141 W Monroe St., $40,000. 2140 W Windsor Ave., $176,500. 2632 N 40th Dr., $70,000. 2401 W Maricopa St., $51,000.

Number of sales This week: 17 Previous four weeks: 57 Same weeks last year: 73 Median price This week: $250,000 Previous four weeks: $240,000 Same weeks last year: $236,500. 4343 N 21st St., Apt 239, $199,000. 2737 E Arizona Biltmore Cir # 28, $835,000. 1933 E Indianola Ave., $250,000. 3144 N 20th Pl., $260,000. 6135 N 16th Pl., $453,000. 2619 E Glenrosa Ave., $196,000. 6216 N 30th Pl., $245,000. 4120 N 19th St., $247,500. 1915 E Palo Verde Dr., $317,500. 2937 E Osborn Rd., $166,500. 1701 E Pinchot Ave., $215,000. 3116 N 27th St., $190,000. 2211 E Camelback Rd., Unit 802, $1,115,000. 3101 E Cheery Lynn Rd., $178,500. 2054 E Rancho Dr., $680,000. 2737 E Arizona Biltmore Cir # 12, $620,000. 3101 E Maryland Ave., $620,700.

Number of sales This week: 6 Previous four weeks: 21 Same weeks last year: 24 Median price This week: $103,250 Previous four weeks: $104,000 Same weeks last year: $82,000. 3034 N 52nd Pkwy, $109,500. 4837 W Highland Ave., $85,000. 4432 W Mitchell Dr., $81,000. 3611 N 48th Dr., $111,500. 4016 N 57th Ave., $97,000. 4314 W Weldon Ave., $120,000.

Number of sales This week: 18 Previous four weeks: 55 Same weeks last year: 48 Median price This week: $96,950 Previous four weeks: $104,000 Same weeks last year: $74,750. 4047 N 76th Dr., $80,000. 7644 W Mitchell Dr., $114,999. 6308 W Clarendon Ave., $83,000. 7334 W Turney Ave., $118,000. 7637 W Sells Dr., $95,000. 3346 N 82nd Dr., $135,000. 4818 N 78th Ave., $98,900. 8019 W Indianola Ave., $88,900. 7202 W Indianola Ave., $116,000. 7969 W Elm St., $136,900. 8027 W Roma Ave., $95,000. 7831 W Mariposa Dr., $127,500. 6935 W Devonshire Ave., Unit 1360, $35,000. d $

1360, $35,000. 4843 N 63rd Dr., $91,700. 6711 W Osborn Rd., Unit 146, $40,000. 3360 N 76th Dr., $95,000. 7726 W Earll Dr., $104,000. 4637 N 83rd Ave., $260,000.

Number of sales This week: 1 Previous four weeks: 3 Same weeks last year: 3 Median price This week: $50,000 Previous four weeks: $50,000 Same weeks last year: $56,600. 1109 E Cocopah St., $50,000.

Number of sales This week: 13 Previous four weeks: 42 Same weeks last year: 25 Median price This week: $128,315 Previous four weeks: $115,000 Same weeks last year: $79,900. 7019 W Holly St., $80,000. 7818 W Cypress St., $128,315. 4515 W Cambridge Ave., $84,100. 7772 W Pipestone Pl., $136,724. 2820 N 55th Ave., $125,000. 7830 W Cypress St., $143,288. 7352 W Windsor Ave., $150,135. 7807 W Monte Vista Rd., $141,145. 7830 W Palm Ln., $152,754. 1823 N 77th Dr., $141,635. 6032 W Granada Rd., $99,900. 7208 W Monte Vista Rd., $107,000. 2024 N 64th Ln., $110,000.

Number of sales This week: 12 Previous four weeks: 47 Same weeks last year: 54 Median price This week: $147,500 Previous four weeks: $128,000 Same weeks last year: $110,000. 10225 W Camelback Rd., Unit 50, $163,990. 2242 N 92nd Dl, $200,000. 4521 N 84th Ave., $128,000. 11125 W Monterosa St., $145,000. 2007 N 83rd Dr., $116,000. 8435 W Osborn Rd., $125,000. 2535 N 85th Dr., $155,000. 9170 W Berkeley Rd., $150,000. 10728 W Glenrosa Ave., $130,000. 1846 N 84th Ln., $93,000. 2308 N 91st Gln, $193,000. 10903 W Coolidge St., $165,000.

Number of sales This week: 7 Previous four weeks: 32 Same weeks last year: 24 Median price This week: $81,000 Previous four weeks: $93,000 Same weeks last year: $76,500. 2131 E Violet Dr., $81,000. 5625 S 21st Pl., $150,000. 5231 S 44th St., $151,500. 4210 S 46th Pl., $40,000. 4605 E Jones Ave., $37,500. 2308 E Atlanta Ave., $65,000. 607 E Cody Dr., $120,000.

Number of sales This week: 17 Previous four weeks: 72 Same weeks last year: 50 Median price This week: $158,000 Previous four weeks: $149,250 Same weeks last year: $132,000. 2629 W Beverly Rd., $180,000. 3328 W Maldonado Rd., $147,000. 6920 S 19th Ln., $224,976. 8921 S 10th Dr., $218,650. 5424 S 38th Dr., $106,000. 2340 W Baseline Rd., $160,000. 5444 S 19th Ave., $91,000. 6913 S 19th Ln., $210,000. 4512 S 26th Dr., $115,000. 2629 W Maldonado Rd., $158,000. 6906 S 14th Dr., $138,500. 1709 W Wier Ave., $55,000. 3033 W Pleasant Ln., $247,990. 6723 S 37th Dr., $148,000. 2517 W Darrel Rd., $165,000. 2529 W Darrel Rd., $165,000. 6816 S 36th Dr., $127,500.

Number of sales This week: 19 Previous four weeks: 55 Same weeks last year: 48 Median price This week: $180,000 Previous four weeks: $168,000 Same weeks last year: $140,000. 1945 E Saint Anne Ave., $263,500. 6427 S 23rd St., $120,000. 7010 S 32nd Pl., $180,000. 3339 E Fremont Rd., $215,000. 613 E Pearce Rd., $365,000. 7041 S 42nd St., $136,100. 1802 E Donner Dr., $196,900. 3131 E Legacy Dr., Unit 1088, $217,500. 2722 E Ellis St., $230,000. 1526 E Hazel Dr., $402,061. 206 E Gwen St., $138,500. 6211 S 11th St., $95,000. 6620 S 18th St., $81,000.

6620 S 18th St., $81,000. 7015 S Golfside Ln., $237,000. 1837 E Alta Vista Rd., $135,000. 816 E Greenway Rd., $75,000. 6214 S 47th Way, $149,900. 6512 S 5th Way, $157,500. 2223 E Valencia Dr., $244,000.

Number of sales This week: 14 Previous four weeks: 36 Same weeks last year: 32 Median price This week: $141,500 Previous four weeks: $126,750 Same weeks last year: $120,426. 6520 W Toronto Way, $135,000. 7106 W Whyman Ave., $125,000. 202 N 64th Dr., $275,000. 8118 W Hammond Ln., $149,000. 1721 S 64th Ave., $127,000. 2612 S 81st Ave., $140,000. 5318 W Burton Dr., $127,500. 7913 W Napoli St., $115,000. 8018 W Williams St., $197,000. 7122 W Superior Ave., $158,000. 6520 W Adams St., $115,000. 3213 S 81st Ave., $150,000. 7114 W Superior Ave., $143,000. 7218 W Southgate Ave., $183,715.

Number of sales This week: 19 Previous four weeks: 60 Same weeks last year: 39 Median price This week: $150,000 Previous four weeks: $146,250 Same weeks last year: $140,000. 1306 S 119th Dr., $134,900. 10957 W Chase Dr., $186,000. 12375 W Jackson St., $163,000. 9 N 119th Ave., $200,500. 2101 S 119th Dr., $283,000. 11202 W Taylor St., $158,000. 501 N 111th Dr., $125,000. 12634 W Del Rio Ln., $55,000. 11576 W Western Ave., $135,000. 613 S 125th Ave., $167,000. 514 N 119th Dr., $184,000.

Z5 N 119th FRIDAY, 23, 2014 514 Dr., MAY $184,000. 319 N 6th St., $130,000. 12238 W Monroe St., $145,000. 11250 W Baden St., $140,000. 11959 W Belmont Dr., $140,000. 12366 W Flanagan St., $138,900. 11943 W Jackson St., $150,000. 11230 W Garfield St., $168,000. 12522 W Jackson St., $155,000.

Number of sales This week: 36 Previous four weeks: 117 Same weeks last year: 106 Median price This week: $154,450 Previous four weeks: $149,900 Same weeks last year: $128,000. 20217 W Desert Bloom St., $194,990. 21951 W Antelope Trl, $220,000. 6893 S 251st Dr., $167,900. 7324 S 254th Dr., $159,900. 19414 W Ramos Ln., $235,000. 23106 W Moonlight Path, $163,900. 7505 S Morning Dew Ln., $99,900. 725 S 228th Dr., $184,500. 24140 W Hadley St., $154,000. 5677 S 236th Ave., $130,000. 25510 W Whyman St., $154,900. 23652 W Pecan Rd., $155,000. 23621 W Hopi St., $215,315. 23954 W Hadley St., $139,000. 22272 W Mesquite Dr., $132,000. 22823 W Moonlight Path, $247,900. 22976 W Yavapai St., $140,000. 25016 W Dove Gap, $115,000. 25363 W Park Ave., $185,900. 11012 S 206th Dr., $228,000. 1588 S 220th Ln., $112,500. 5437 S Dove Creek, $114,999. 25380 W Park Ave., $194,000. 9140 S Parkside Ln., W, $159,900. 9080 S Parkside Ln., W, $115,500. 23543 W Chickasaw St., $196,315. 6988 S Sunrise Way, $149,900. 20211 W Desert Bloom St., $176,000. 21579 W Watkins St., $159,931. 70 N 193rd Ave., $142,500.

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70 N 193rd Ave., $142,500. 25739 W Gibson Ln., $140,000. 144 N 224th Ln., $148,000. 25674 W St., James Ave., $135,000. 23745 W La Salle St., $99,885. 9228 S Palo Verde Rd., $110,000. 23772 W Corona Ave., $140,000. Number of sales This week: 1 Previous four weeks: 2 Same weeks last year: 1 Median price This week: $80,000 Previous four weeks: $65,000 Same weeks last year: $65,000. 405 N Porter Dr., $80,000.

Number of sales This week: 41 Previous four weeks: 125 Same weeks last year: 126 Median price This week: $189,000 Previous four weeks: $190,000 Same weeks last year: $189,260. 2982 S 186th Ln., $248,828. 16054 W Sierra St., $179,900. 419 N 168th Dr., $130,000. 2638 S 172nd Ln., $216,846. 13605 S 180th Ave., $143,000. 10135 S 184th Dr., $235,000. 17689 W Manso St., $255,000. 17707 W Cottonwood Ln., $265,148. 3905 S 186th Dr., $223,152. 2307 S 173rd Dr., $169,900. 16591 W Fillmore St., $143,000. 358 S 152nd Ln., $186,500. 2639 S 158th Dr., $185,000. 17842 W Chuckwalla Canyon Rd., $270,000. 15843 W Washington St., $137,000. 12666 S 179th Dr., $395,000. 17024 W Shiloh Ave., $188,500. 11311 S Santa Fe Ln., $283,000. 16153 W Papago St., $180,000. 16738 W Polk St., $166,000. 16011 W Vogel Ave., $165,000. 17581 W Wind Drift Ct., $189,000. 16173 W Durango St., $189,000. 16549 W Hadley St., $245,000. 16187 W Hilton Ave., $240,000. 17514 W Arroyo Way, $246,000. 16174 W Jefferson St., $125,000. 18563 W Capistrano Ave., $250,000. 16118 W Miami St., $196,750. 16246 W Hualapai St., $258,000. 17235 W Apache St., $143,000. 18271 W Desert Trumpet Rd., $326,220. 1798 S 156th Ln., $213,000. 16055 W Tohono Dr., $183,958. 18651 W Miami St., $246,607. 15848 W Yavapai St., $144,000. 16582 W Belleview St., $148,000. 2051 S 155th Dr., $161,500. 16082 W Morning Glory St., $115,001. 2402 S 160th Ave., $125,000. 17262 W Toronto Way, $199,518.

Number of sales This week: 28 Previous four weeks: 84 Same weeks last year: 63 Median price This week: $163,750 Previous four weeks: $166,500 Same weeks last year: $160,000. 5519 W Kowalsky Ln., $234,950. 4825 W Caldwell St., $153,500. 7219 W Darrow St., $199,000. 7030 S 44th Ln., $136,500. 4750 W Fremont Rd., $162,035. 9325 S 35th Dr., $162,500. 7718 S 48th Dr., $159,000. 9407 S 33rd Dr., $145,000. 5810 W Desert Dr., $154,800.

5810 W Desert Dr., $154,800. 4612 W Burgess Ln., $145,000. 5215 W Beverly Rd., $160,000. 5431 W St., Kateri Dr., $189,950. 6513 S 68th Gln, $209,000. 5349 W Huntington Dr., $155,000. 4821 W Gary Way, $165,000. 6833 S 68th Ln., $170,500. 5021 W Harwell Rd., $171,000. 6833 W Alta Vista Rd., $220,000. 5329 W Glass Ln., $146,200. 4733 W Caldwell St., $202,361. 5436 W Coles Rd., $260,000. 8619 S 47th Ave., $290,000. 5606 S 53rd Ave., $141,000. 5423 W T Ryan Ln., $182,000. 4668 W Carson Rd., $150,000. 5206 W La Mirada Dr., $325,000. 3510 W Thurman Dr., $142,900. 7035 W Alta Vista Rd., $169,000.

Number of sales This week: 20 Previous four weeks: 62 Same weeks last year: 73 Median price This week: $249,000 Previous four weeks: $264,000 Same weeks last year: $229,000. 13222 W Annika Dr., $368,000. 19235 W Reade Ave., $167,000. 18628 W Georgia Ave., $297,000. 13618 W Cavalier Ct., $127,000. 12415 W San Miguel Ave., $140,000. 12713 W Keim Dr., $365,000. 5415 N Annie Ct., $278,281. 3515 N Mansfield Dr., $380,000. 13206 W Citrus Way, $215,000. 13002 W Luchana Dr., $328,000. 5412 N Annie Ct., $258,118. 19334 W Pasadena Ave., $322,502. 181 Laguna Dr., W, $148,000. 19340 W Pasadena Ave., $309,030. 12633 W Missouri Ct., $253,000. 12544 W Apodaca Dr., $200,000. 12536 W Estero Ln., $169,000. 4705 N Brookview Ter, $215,000. 915 E Acacia Cir, $161,000. 13166 W Mulberry Dr., $245,000.

Number of sales This week: 17 Previous four weeks: 64 Same weeks last year: 52 Median price This week: $150,000 Previous four weeks: $152,000 Same weeks last year: $142,500. 3408 S 97th Dr., $139,900. 10329 W Hughes Dr., $176,476. 10024 W Kingman St., $125,000. 8694 W Washington St., $176,321. 8695 W Washington St., $157,153. 9528 W Miami St., $169,000. 8715 W Payson Rd., $154,655. 9306 W Kingman St., $139,000. 8602 W Sonora St., $136,500. 9336 W Pioneer St., $176,000. 10044 W Albeniz Pl., $145,000. 10436 W Wood St., $150,000. 9156 W Polk St., $50,000. 5710 S 100th Ave., $260,000. 8920 W Gibson Ln., $150,000. 9336 W Miami St., $149,000. 10125 W Marguerite Ave., $225,032.

Number of sales This week: 1 Previous four weeks: 5 Same weeks last year: 2 Median price This week: $125,000 Previous four weeks: $83,000 Same weeks last year: $116,700. 2217 S 349th Ave., $125,000.

Number of sales This week: 20 Previous four weeks: 53 Same weeks last year: 62 Median price This week: $199,750 Previous four weeks: $166,000 Same weeks last year: $154,750. 10580 W Amelia Ave., $125,000. 10901 W Wilshire Dr., $143,000. 12705 W Cantenia Rd., $121,900. 11614 W Sage Dr., $156,900. 10633 W Coronado Rd., $118,500. 11618 W Clover Way, $219,500. 12559 W Sheridan St., $168,000. 12821 W Indianola Ave., $204,000. 2450 N 120th Dr., $260,000. 2428 N 127th Ave., $242,000. 3605 N 103rd Dr., $204,900. 12377 W Highland Ave., $200,000. 13502 W Earll Dr., $332,000. 10834 W Alvarado Rd., $124,000. 4538 N 124th Ave., $199,500. 12206 W Cambridge Ave., $182,400. 2209 N 105th Ave., $149,000. 10828 W Monte Vista Rd., $213,000. 13519 W Avalon Dr., $250,000. 11123 W Ashland Way, $200,000.

Number of sales This week: 22 Previous four weeks: 90 Same weeks last year: 86 Median price This week: $275,120 Previous four weeks: $275,887 Same weeks last year: $277,586. 14621 W Windward Ave., $340,000. 3228 N 147th Ln., $227,000. 15092 W Elm St., $336,500. 14334 W La Reata Ave., $257,000. 18190 W Campbell Ave., $370,433. 4177 N 181st Ln., $299,893. 16113 W Almeria Rd., $252,000. 13333 W Roanoke Ave., $233,000. 2694 N 158th Dr., $312,500. 2728 N 144th Dr., $350,000. 18217 W Montecito Ave., $253,515. 15738 W Cypress St., $635,000. 18240 W Montecito Av


Z5 FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Smart mutts might feast on CleverPet


e are the first to admit that when it comes to intelligence, Accessory Dog is somewhere between “single-celled organism” and “inanimate object.” Her lack of smarts is clinically proven, having failed the “Get the treat from under the cup” and “Escape from under the blanket” tests. Still, if the CleverPet device currently on Kickstarter is ever funded and SCOTT manufactured, we’re CRAVEN getting it. PET TALES Remember the Simon game, where you had to press a series of lighted buttons to win? That’s CleverPet, sort of, and way dumbed down. The game, called a “learning console” by inventors, features three lighted touchpads arranged in a semicircle along a shallow food dish. Based on the rules in play, dogs can “win” a treat by pressing the right buttons at the right time. Makers claim the console will track

how your dog is doing and adjust the skill level accordingly, offering a continuing challenge. For example, once a dog has mastered pressing the first button to light, releasing a treat into the bowl, she’ll level up and have to press two buttons in the order they are lit. As success continues the game becomes more difficult, adding lights, sounds and lengthier progressions until one day you return and CleverPet is nothing but bits of plastic strewn throughout the kitchen. If Accessory Dog does get a crack at CleverPet, we can’t imagine her getting past the first level (press any button). In fact, we’d expect nothing more than finding teeth marks on the housing of the treat reservoir. The console’s Kickstarter campaign runs through May. Those pledging $199 will receive CleverPet if the project is funded. Retail pricing is expected to be $279. For details, visit and search for CleverPet. And please let us know if you see a device called Not-SoCleverPet, unless it involves cups or blankets.


Tootsie is a sweet, people-loving cat In her 7 years, Tootsie has made it clear she loves people more than anything. All you need to do is stroke her back to get a soft purr of contentment. The brown and black tabby has been known to follow her human companions around the house. As soon as a lap is evident, she’ll likely leap into it, offering her chin for scratching. Her affection for non-humans is lacking, so it might be best if she SUN CITIES 4 PAWS RESCUE were the only pet in the home. You may visit her at Sun Cities 4 Paws, 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. For more information, call 623-876-8778. Visit other adoptable felines at the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road. Visiting hours are noon-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.


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Mtn. Ridge softball team reflects on season, future Tyler Killian azcentral sports

It’s easy to look at Glendale Mountain Ridge’s 8-1 loss to Mesa Red Mountain in the Division I state softball championship May 19 and say that Mountain Ridge fell short. But that would be overlooking the long journey Mountain Ridge took this season just to make it to the first title game in program history. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. They fought all the way to the end,” coach Michele Markham said. “They worked so hard with this goal in mind, and we finally made it here. That’s what they wanted, and they did it. They got here. We were just one step behind. We were almost there.” It was a familiar ending to the season for Mountain Ridge, which has been eliminated from the state tournament in four of the past five seasons by Red Mountain, the owner of five consecutive state champion-

Red Mountain’s Victoria Sotelo scores in front of Mountain Ridge catcher Corrin Green in the fourth inning of the Division I state championship game. PHOTOS BY DAVID KADLUBOWSKI/THE REPUBLIC

Mountain Ridge pitcher Giselle Juarez in full windup during the championship game May 19.

ships. Markham said the team often talked about finding ways to rise to that level — to pattern itself after the most successful softball program in Arizona. Turns out, the admiration is

has that team believing they can win, and that’s a good thing. That’s a great thing.” Perhaps the best news for Mountain Ridge is that the team appears primed to get even better. It loses its top player in Cor-

mutual. “The heart and desire that they play with is awesome,” Red Mountain coach Rich Hamilton said. “It’s something that we’d like to emulate. (Markham) has them playing like that, and she

rin Green, who hit close to .600 this season, but returns every other player next year. And with Red Mountain graduating several top seniors, including pitcher, Bre Macha, the next year or two might be Mountain Ridge’s time to reach the summit. “They’ll be back again,” Hamilton said. “They’ll be here and ready to go.” Even with another heartbreaking loss to move past, Mountain Ridge is grateful for the experience and excited about the future. “This whole ride has been so much fun,” Markham said. “They had a blast. It was so exciting. And our entire school was supporting us. I couldn’t ask for more. We had so many faculty and teachers (at the championship game). It was just amazing. So I think they’re going to carry that through to next season and be even more fired up.”

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