News Briefs

Man with dementia drives the wrong way on 303

A 78-year-old man suffering from dementia was involved in a wrong-way crash at 8:53 p.m. July 12 on State Route 303 at milepost 126, north of Sun City, in the southbound lanes.

The wrong-way vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, was headed north in the southbound lanes when it struck a Tesla. The wrong-way and the Tesla drivers sustained nonlife-threatening injuries. 

At the time, the wrong-way driver was being sought by Peoria Police. He was admitted to a nearby hospital. 


Shooting suspect provided false name

Melissa Maguire provided a false name and date of birth to Peoria officers after a police incident around 1:30 p.m. July 15. 

Police approached Maguire about entering several vehicles in the parking lot of 6800 W. Peoria Avenue, according to Peoria police. The woman fired an unknown number of shots at officers, who returned at least one round, striking the female in her cheek.  

She was treated and released at an area hospital but was later readmitted. No officers or innocent bystanders were injured during this incident.

Glendale police is the lead investigating agency for this case as part of the West Valley Incident Response Team. 


Back-to-school bingo offers backpacks, supplies

School-aged youth and teens are invited to join the city of Peoria for bingo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. 

Each registered participant will win a backpack filled with school supplies. Axiom Church will supply backpacks to kindergarten through eight-grade students, and the HART (Helping at Risk Teens) Pantry will provide backpacks for high school students. 

Youth must register by calling 623-773-7436.


Peoria’s pools offer swim lessons, other programs

Peoria and Sunrise pools are available for open swim through Aug. 1. Daily passes for children (ages 2 to 17) are $2 and adults (18 and older) are $4. 

Registration for the final, summer, weekend swim lessons is open. The 30-minute classes will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 7 to Aug. 29. Lessons are $25 for residents and $57 for nonresidents at Sunrise Pool. Call 623-773-7137 or email for additional information. 


AM/PM is hiring

The city of Peoria is seeking outgoing, positive and responsible individuals who desire to work with youth in the AM/PM before- and after-school care program. Staff members will supervise and monitor children by actively participating with them through play and staff-led enrichment, such as literacy, arts and crafts, as well as STEAM projects. The ideal candidate will provide an enhanced experience, enjoy positive participant interactions and welcome the opportunity to make a difference. For details visit and review the city of Peoria’s employment opportunities and search “childcare provider-rec leaders.” 


July is Smart Irrigation Month

Peoria is offering a rebate of up to $250 for upgrading old irrigation controllers to approved smart irrigation controllers. When combined with proper in-ground irrigation efficiency and maintenance, the average Peoria homeowner can reduce overall water use by 15% by upgrading. To learn how, visit