Thursday, October 22, 2009

CGRMC Recognizes Hospital Volunteers

 Casa Grande, Arizona – October 20, 2009 – As the national television networks focus on volunteerism across the country by featuring volunteer story lines in over 90 primetime programs this week (Oct. 19-Oct. 25), Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) recognizes the 345 volunteers who served the hospital during the last fiscal year (July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009). 

 

Together, these volunteers contributed a total of 31,289 hours to the hospital in a variety of capacities, ranging from patient interactions and customer service positions to clerical and support services.  Of these 345 volunteers, 170 were new to CGRMC and the volunteer services department had a 26 percent increase in total service hours over the previous year.  Thirty-five high school and college students participated in CGRMC's summer program this year.

 

Rona Curphy, President and CEO of CGRMC, commented, "Compassion is the common thread that is woven throughout the Volunteer Services Department.  On average, the volunteers of this department provide 86 hours a day of service to our organization.  We thank each of them for their contributions and for making a difference to our staff, patients and community."

 

Some of these differences were made by the "P.A.W.S" with Dogs program which visited 3,622 patients this year.  Another 140 patients had a Life or Baby Story written about them by a volunteer.  The hospital's front desk volunteers served 20,576 people during the year, while the Courtesy Cart volunteers provided 6,897 rides to patients and visitors.  Finally, our ordained Volunteer Chaplains comforted 4,654 patients during their hospital stay.

 

Each of these volunteers contributes significantly to CGRMC's mission "to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve through compassion and excellence in patient care."  While numbers tell part of the story, it is the compassion, dedication, and loyalty of these volunteers that cannot be measured and truly makes a difference to CGRMC and the community of Casa Grande.

 

If you are interested in making a difference in our community through volunteering, you may apply at the hospital's website www.casagrandehospital.com in the volunteer section or contact Volunteer Coordinator Karen Kerr-Osman at (520) 381-6571 for more information.

Planning Commission to Continue their Deliberations on the Comprehensive Plan on Friday, October 30, 2009

The Planning Commission held a hearing on October 15 to discuss the changes that the Board of Supervisors proposed for the Pinal County draft Comprehensive Plan.  The Board is proposing to make 53 changes to the draft, and the Planning Commission made recommendations on 52 of the 53 items.  The Commission's 52 recommendations will be shown on this website by October 23.   

On October 30th, the Planning Commission will be focusing on the final item, which addresses the Water Element of the Plan.  The Commission has asked anyone who has questions, concerns or alternative language regarding the Water Element to attend the hearing and to share their information.  The hearing will start at 9 am and will be held in the EOC Room in Building F, 31N. Pinal Street, Florence 

Thank you for your interest in the Pinal County Comprehensive Plan.

Jerry Stabley

Planning Director

520 866 6465     

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CGRMC Hosts Blood Drive at Palm Center May 14

By Karen Kerr-Osman

Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) invites the community to participate in a life-saving blood drive on Thursday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This drive will take place off the hospital campus at Palm Center in Suites 6-7, located at 440 N. Camino Mercado Dr. Come help us meet the critical blood shortage in Arizona. All blood donors are needed. To schedule an appointment, call Karen at (520) 381-6571 or go on-line to www.bloodhero.com and use the sponsor code: casagranderegional. This drive is being conducted by United Blood Services, Arizona's number one non-profit blood supplier. United Blood Services is the current blood supplier for CGRMC. Find the hero in you by giving blood.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sun Life receives prestigious Cloud award

By Renée Louzon-Benn 
Sun Life Family Health Center's Family Practice office received the Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice award, presented by the Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI).

The Dr. Daniel T. Cloud Award is a prestigious award recognizing only those practices and clinics showing leadership and dedication in the field of immunization by reaching 90% immunization coverage levels of their two-year-old patients. Sun Life is recognized as an outstanding example to Arizona providers of best practices. Sun Life's Director of Nursing, Marion Levett, RN, accepted the award on behalf of Sun Life, at TAPI's annual "Arizona Big Shots Award Reception" held April 21, 2009 in Phoenix.
"Immunization is one of the most important ways to protect individuals, families and communities against serious infectious diseases and their consequences. At Sun Life Family Health Center, our family practice team implemented, and maintains an aggressive recall system to ensure our young patients are current with their immunizations," said Travis J. Robinette, Sun Life's Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to have achieved this goal at our Casa Grande office, and are striving to meet and exceed TAPI's immunization goals at all of our sites."
Over the past eleven years, The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) and it's more than 500 supporters have worked together for the common goal of improving rates of immunization for infants in Arizona. The dedication of health-minded corporations, local and state government agencies, community groups, and individuals has proven invaluable as the goal of 90% immunization coverage for Arizona's 2 year-olds becomes a reality.
As of January 1, 2001, TAPI became The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), expanding it's mission to not only address immunization issues for children but for Arizonans of all ages. Not only was 2001 a new millennium and a new name for TAPI, but also a new award was introduced. This award, in honor of TAPI's Chairperson, Dr. Daniel T. Cloud, was introduced for practices or clinics reaching 90% immunization coverage levels for their 2-year old populations.
To learn more about TAPI and the Cloud award at www.whyimmunize.org, learn more about Sun Life Family Health Center's services and locations, visit www.sunlifefamilyhealth.org.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

By Kostas Kalaitzidis

The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) to sponsor the 2009 Victims' Rights Week series of events. NAVAA agreed to reimburse the project up to $4,379. "In these hard economic times financial help from the federal government is very important. With this help we can provide important information to the public and raise awareness for victims' rights in our communities," Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh said.

The theme for 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act." The dates of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) are April 26 to May 2. The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division's application was among 186 from around the country and was selected for the quality of the ongoing efforts to raise public awareness about crime victims' rights and services available in our community and to commemorate 25 years of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) accomplishments.

According to Mary Jane Damron, Community Services Division Director, the Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Pinal County will showcase our efforts to reach out to victims and raise awareness of victims' rights in the community.

"The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will assist us in helping crime victims," she said. "Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities and by supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year."

The grant came from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims' rights and services and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was enacted in 1984 to provide financial support for state crime victim compensation and victim assistance programs. The Act created the Crime Victims Fund through which more than $9 billion has been collected from federal criminal fines and other penalties to support victim services.

For more information contact Kostas Kalaitzidis by phone at: (520) 866-6699 or (520) 709-1333, or by email at: Kostas.kalaitzidis@co.pinal.az.us

Additional resources: Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov and http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2009/welcome.html

Monday, April 20, 2009

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

By Kostas Kalaitzidis

The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) to sponsor the 2009 Victims' Rights Week series of events. NAVAA agreed to reimburse the project up to $4,379. "In these hard economic times financial help from the federal government is very important. With this help we can provide important information to the public and raise awareness for victims' rights in our communities," Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh said.

The theme for 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act." The dates of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) are April 26 to May 2. The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division's application was among 186 from around the country and was selected for the quality of the ongoing efforts to raise public awareness about crime victims' rights and services available in our community and to commemorate 25 years of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) accomplishments.

According to Mary Jane Damron, Community Services Division Director, the Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Pinal County will showcase our efforts to reach out to victims and raise awareness of victims' rights in the community.

"The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will assist us in helping crime victims," she said. "Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities and by supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year."

The grant came from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims' rights and services and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was enacted in 1984 to provide financial support for state crime victim compensation and victim assistance programs. The Act created the Crime Victims Fund through which more than $9 billion has been collected from federal criminal fines and other penalties to support victim services.

For more information contact Kostas Kalaitzidis by phone at: (520) 866 6699 or (520) 709 1333, or by email at: Kostas.kalaitzidis@co.pinal.az.us

Additional resources: Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov and http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2009/welcome.html

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

By Kostas Kalaitzidis

The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) to sponsor the 2009 Victims' Rights Week series of events. NAVAA agreed to reimburse the project up to $4,379. "In these hard economic times financial help from the federal government is very important. With this help we can provide important information to the public and raise awareness for victims' rights in our communities," Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh said.

The theme for 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act." The dates of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) are April 26 to May 2. The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division's application was among 186 from around the country and was selected for the quality of the ongoing efforts to raise public awareness about crime victims' rights and services available in our community and to commemorate 25 years of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) accomplishments.

According to Mary Jane Damron, Community Services Division Director, the Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Pinal County will showcase our efforts to reach out to victims and raise awareness of victims' rights in the community.

"The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will assist us in helping crime victims," she said. "Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities and by supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year."

The grant came from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims' rights and services and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was enacted in 1984 to provide financial support for state crime victim compensation and victim assistance programs. The Act created the Crime Victims Fund through which more than $9 billion has been collected from federal criminal fines and other penalties to support victim services.

For more information contact Kostas Kalaitzidis by phone at: (520) 866 6699 or (520) 709 1333, or by email at: Kostas.kalaitzidis@co.pinal.az.us

Additional resources: Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov and http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2009/welcome.html

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

By Kostas Kalaitzidis

The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) to sponsor the 2009 Victims' Rights Week series of events. NAVAA agreed to reimburse the project up to $4,379. "In these hard economic times financial help from the federal government is very important. With this help we can provide important information to the public and raise awareness for victims' rights in our communities," Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh said.

The theme for 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act." The dates of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) are April 26 to May 2. The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division's application was among 186 from around the country and was selected for the quality of the ongoing efforts to raise public awareness about crime victims' rights and services available in our community and to commemorate 25 years of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) accomplishments.

According to Mary Jane Damron, Community Services Division Director, the Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Pinal County will showcase our efforts to reach out to victims and raise awareness of victims' rights in the community.

"The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will assist us in helping crime victims," she said. "Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities and by supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year."

The grant came from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims' rights and services and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was enacted in 1984 to provide financial support for state crime victim compensation and victim assistance programs. The Act created the Crime Victims Fund through which more than $9 billion has been collected from federal criminal fines and other penalties to support victim services.

For more information contact Kostas Kalaitzidis by phone at: (520) 866 6699 or (520) 709 1333, or by email at: Kostas.kalaitzidis@co.pinal.az.us

Additional resources: Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov and http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2009/welcome.html

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

By Kostas Kalaitzidis

The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) to sponsor the 2009 Victims' Rights Week series of events. NAVAA agreed to reimburse the project up to $4,379. "In these hard economic times financial help from the federal government is very important. With this help we can provide important information to the public and raise awareness for victims' rights in our communities," Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh said.

The theme for 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act." The dates of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) are April 26 to May 2. The Pinal County Attorney's Community Services Division's application was among 186 from around the country and was selected for the quality of the ongoing efforts to raise public awareness about crime victims' rights and services available in our community and to commemorate 25 years of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) accomplishments.

According to Mary Jane Damron, Community Services Division Director, the Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Pinal County will showcase our efforts to reach out to victims and raise awareness of victims' rights in the community.

"The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will assist us in helping crime victims," she said. "Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities and by supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year."

The grant came from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims' rights and services and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) during 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was enacted in 1984 to provide financial support for state crime victim compensation and victim assistance programs. The Act created the Crime Victims Fund through which more than $9 billion has been collected from federal criminal fines and other penalties to support victim services.

For more information contact Kostas Kalaitzidis by phone at: (520) 866 6699 or (520) 709 1333, or by email at: Kostas.kalaitzidis@co.pinal.az.us

Additional resources: Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov and http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2009/welcome.html

Saturday, April 18, 2009

CGRMC Seeks Student and Adult Volunteers

By Karen Kerr-Osman

Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) is now accepting applications for students age 14 to 18 to participate in our summer student volunteer program. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in various positions depending on their skills and interests. While volunteering, students will gain a better understanding of the hospital environment and information about career opportunities for the future. We are also in need of adult volunteers to fill several positions, including the gift shop, front desk, life stories and the emergency department waiting area. If you have time and the desire to give back to your community, you may apply on-line at www.casagrandehospital.com or call Karen at (520) 381-6571 for more information. Space is limited for the student program and the application process is lengthy, so apply soon! The student program will begin with a special orientation on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Arizona Plein Air Painters 2nd Annual Members Show April 2-11th

By William Dellandre

The first two pictures are done in oils by Gregory Hull.

The Arizona Plein Air Painters will hold their 2nd Annual Members Show from April 2-11th at the Sedona Arts Center Community Gallery.  The opening gala, beginning at 5pm on April 2, gives art enthusiasts an opportunity to meet the artists from across the state who will be participating in this prestigious annual event. Award winning Sedona artist Gregory Hull will judge the show and preside over awards presented during the gala to artists for the Best of Show painting and 2nd and 3rd place winners. There is no charge for admission to the gala.

The Arizona Plein Air Painters (APAP) is a membership organization made up of professional and emerging Arizona artists who are dedicated to painting directly from life. Plein air paintings are often favored by art buyers because of the freshness and spontaneity that is evident in these works.  APAP has a broad mission that includes art education, and natural and cultural heritage preservation, in addition to hosting art shows and local paint-outs for members. APAP preservation partners include the National Park Service, Arizona State Parks , and the Nature Conservancy.  For additional information about this show and other planned events visit the APAP website at www.arizonapleinairpainters.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Juvenile Court Offers Volunteer Orientation

By Donna McBride

 

Pinal County Juvenile Court has a volunteer opportunity for those who would like to contribute time to young people who are trying to repair the harm they have caused to their individual communities.

 

The Restorative Justice Panels involve community members working along-side court staff to hold youthful offenders personally responsible for their actions and to guide them toward repairing the harm they caused to victims and their community. This is done by having the family meet with community members to discuss their offense, what they are doing to make positive changes, how they will repair that harm and providing consequences.

 

Communities with Panels include Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence, Eloy, Apache Junction, Maricopa, Queen Creek and the Tri-Community area. Each panel meets monthly in the evening with a time commitment averaging 2 hours.

 

Volunteers are required to go through a reference and fingerprint check as well as a Volunteer Orientation which are held on a quarterly basis. An orientation is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 9:30am – 11:30am in Florence.  Registration is required.

 

If you are interested in getting involved in your community, please contact Donna McBride at 520-866-4098 or DMcBride@courts.az.gov.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pinal County Attorney's Office - Maduena Case - Conviction

Florence, AZ - Genaro Maduena, 36, was sentenced to a 25 year term in
prison, with the Department of Correction's, after a jury found him
guilty of two counts of sale of methamphetamine and two counts of sale
of marijuana. The sentence must be served before the defendant is
eligible for release.

"I am proud of law enforcement, our prosecutors and the courts for
protecting our families by getting the purveyors of poison like
methamphetamine off of our streets," said James P. Walsh, Pinal County
Attorney and Pinal County Anti-Meth Coalition Chairman.

Kelly Neal of the Pinal County Attorney's Office prosecuted the case.
This long sentence was imposed by the Court because the jury found that
an underage person was present during one of the two narcotics sales,
which is an aggravating circumstance that can lead to the tougher
sentence.
The two sentences will run consecutively for a total of 25 years in
prison.  Additionally, Mr. Maduena will have to serve the entire 25 year
sentence before he is eligible for release.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Prescription Drug Turn-In

By Kostas Kalaitzidis

 

Florence, AZ – The Pinal County Attorney's Office along with the Sheriff's Office would like to see all unused, left over or expired prescription drugs out of people's cabinets and away from our children and our ground water. 

In order the protect the public, the Pinal County Attorney's Office and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office will be holding a Prescription Drug Turn-in during the Lost Dutchman Days of Apache Junction. Our booth will be at the Rodeo Grounds, 1590 East Lost Dutchman Blvd.  

The public is invited to bring their left over prescription drugs to the Law Enforcement Booth at the Rodeo Grounds on Friday, Feb. 27th, 2009, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Deputies will be standing by to collect the drugs, which will then be destroyed by the Sheriff's Department in a safe and legal manner. 

Left over prescription drugs are in all of our cabinets.  They come from prescriptions which we did not finish when we were sick.  Some of these are seriously out of date and others are narcotics which should not be lying around. 

One of the serious problems among our youth is the misuse of prescription drugs.  These are normally obtained from left over drugs in parent's medicine cabinets.  Teens will mix these drugs without knowing that mixing some of them can be dangerous and sometimes fatal.   

Another problem is with adults who either do not pay attention or who are confused and accidentally take the wrong drug.  This, also, can have serious consequences. 

These left over medications need to be disposed of.  However, we do not want people to flush them into the water table or to throw them in the trash where they can be recovered by children or others. 

 

Saturday, February 14, 2009

CGRMC Hosts Blood Drive February 24, 2009

By Karen Kerr-Osman

 

Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) invites the community to participate in a life-saving blood drive on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, from 8am to 1pm. Registration will begin in the Infirmary Room across from the cafeteria.  Come help us meet the critical blood shortage in Arizona.  All blood donors are needed.  To schedule an appointment, call Karen at (520) 381-6571 or go on-line to www.bloodhero.com and use the sponsor code: casagranderegional.  This drive is being conducted by United Blood Services, Arizona's number one non-profit blood supplier.  United Blood Services is the current blood supplier for CGRMC.  Find the hero in you by giving blood. 



Friday, February 13, 2009

Mock Trial Competition Set for Pinal County Students

By Donna McBride 

 

The Department of Pinal County Juvenile Court Services and its Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be co-sponsoring the Pinal County 7th Annual Mock Trial Competition.  Several hundred middle school and high school students are expected to compete during the day long competition at Pinal County Superior Court in Florence on Friday, February 20, 2009 starting at 8:00am.

 

Students will have the opportunity to compete for best witness, opening statement, closing statements, cross examination, direction examination, and witness as they showcase their prosecution and defense skills.

 

Those competing in the middle school division are Casa Grande Junior High School, Cactus Middle School, Eloy Junior High School, West School, Toltec Middle School and Villago Middle School.

 

High School division includes Coolidge High School, Casa Grande High School, and Florence High School.

 

A distinguished group of Pinal County Superior Court Judges will be on hand to oversee the competition: Judge Kevin White, Judge Boyd Johnson, Judge Bradley Soos Judge Brenda Oldham, Judge Teresa Ratliff, Judge Carter Olson, Judge Rudy Georgini, Judge Stephen McCarville, Judge Jana Vanderpool and Judge Gilberto Figueroa.

 

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a diverse group of citizens who work with Juvenile Court Services to evaluate and enhance services to young people in Pinal County. Their common interest is to ensure that Juvenile Court practices continue to reflect the best interest of youth, families, victims, and the community.

 

 

For more information contact:  Donna McBride

Pinal County Juvenile Court Services

520-866-4098

 

 

 

 

Overview of the two cases are provided below

 

 

State of Independence vs. Sandy Townsend

 

The Middle School case; State of Independence vs. Sandy Townsend, is a criminal case where the defendant; Sandy Townsend has been charged with second degree murder of a homeless woman; Ms Terese Jameson.

 

 The body of Terese Jameson was discovered by Detective Ray Taylor in a trash dumpster in the alley behind Silver Streak Café, a restaurant owned by the defendant, Sandy Townsend. A piece of bloodstained paving stone bearing the fingerprints of Sandy Townsend was also found with the body. Forensic test results indicate that there are several other unidentifiable prints on the paving stone.

 

Ms Jameson was an employee of the defendant, Sandy Townsend at the Silver Streak Café. Shortly before her death, Ms Jameson had been fired for what the defendant called persistent lateness to work.

 

According to Ms Jameson's son/daughter, Mickey Jameson, and a Chris Long, an employee of the homeless shelter where the Jameson's had stayed briefly, Sandy Townsend had fired Terese when Terese confronted Sandy with a suspicion that horsemeat was being used in the Silver Streak café burgers.

 

On the morning of her death, Terese Jameson went to the café with the intention of giving Sandy an option of either rehiring her, or she reports to the city health about the use of horsemeat.

 

The only other person present at the café that morning was Pat Gonzalez, a meat delivery driver who says he/she did not witness any altercation between Sand and Terese Jameson. However, Pat says he/she did see a group of teenagers around the trash dumpster where Terese's body was later found. A single parent, Jean/Gene Wade believes that her/his son, Steven "Big Dog" Wade, who is in local gang with a reputation for preying on the homeless, and is currently missing, may be involved in the murder.

 

 

 

Jamie Anderson v. Taylor Williams

  

This year's high school case, Jamie Anderson v. Taylor Williams, is a civil action focused on cyber stalking, a timely topic in today's computer age.  The plaintiff is Jamie Anderson, a Lincoln High School senior, who used the school's chat room as a means to stay on top of her/his academic pursuit of the highly coveted valedictorian scholarship.

 

The plaintiff was tied with defendant Taylor Williams for top spot in the class until her/his concentration was allegedly destroyed after reading threatening postings in the chat room between March 6 and March 10, 2008.

 

The cyber stalker sent Jamie additional threats via an anonymous e-mail on March 11, 2008, in a message that also included a link to a threatening web page.

 

The plaintiff contends that these statements caused her/him severe emotional distress, resulting in lower grades and loss of the valedictorian scholarship. Anderson alleges that the defendant was the person who posted the threatening remarks in order to cause Anderson to lose the valedictorian scholarship. William's actions, according to Anderson, violated the State of Arizona's civil cyber stalking statute (hypothetical). All events, characters and documents created for the 2009 case are fictional.

 

The 2009 mock trial case was initially drafted by the Illinois State Bar Association as a criminal case. It was substantially re-written to be a civil case for use in Pennsylvania by Jonathan A. Grode, a third year student at Temple University James Beasley School of Law and Jane Meyer, Esq., of the Pennsylvania State Bar Young Lawyers' Division Mock Trial Committee and the National High School Mock Trial Championship Board of Directors.

 

The case problem was again substantially re-written by Shannon L. Donahue, Esq., of Shannon L. Donahue, PC, Michelle Giger, President and CEO of Center for Civic Values, and Karl Johnson, Esq., of Luebben, Johnson & Barnhouse, LLP.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CGRMC Breastfeeding Class

By Karen Kerr-Osman

 

Expectant mothers are invited to the next session of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center's Breastfeeding Basics Class on Saturday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  This free class will include important breastfeeding information, as well as food and fun.  To register, call CGRMC's Childbirth Education hot line at (520) 381-6543, or Diane Medina, Breastfeeding Coordinator with the Pinal County WIC program, at (520) 866-7292.

 

 

Friday, January 23, 2009

New Director: CG Association of Realtors


Western Pinal Association of Realtors now has a new director, Donna Schlarb. According the the association's newsletter, Donna has been an office manager,
administrative assistant, sales representative,
purchasing agent and more. She maintained
daily operations for a large real estate office
and managed the administrative staff of 6. She
has promoted, sold and merchandised product
in major retail pet stores. She has skills in
Quick Books, Work and Excel and other
computer programs. Her background
experience qualifies her highly for her new
position as your Association Executive. Out of
the 50 applicants for the job the hiring
committee Donna fit the bill best.