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  Some of these are seriously out of date and others are narcotics which should not be lying around.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.