Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 17-19
PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel plans to return to work on Monday after exiting rehab, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced more than $1 million of federal funding will go toward helping victims of crime, and Bourbon and Bones Chophouse will open a third Valley location next year.
Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel is out of rehab with plans to return to work on Monday.
Adel spoke to The Arizona Republic on Friday just one week after announcing she had entered a rehab facility for unhealthy coping behaviors.
Although publicly announcing she had made an effort to receive help last week, Adel has been in treatment for 19 days since Aug. 29, Adel said to The Arizona Republic.
“This isn’t like you go to some magical place and they wave a wand,” Adel said. “It is a lifelong journey and I’m committed to it.”
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said that he learned Adel was attempting to do her job while still in rehab.
Penzone said that it was her duty to tell the county Board of Supervisors where she had been, giving them 24 hours to report and recommended Adel take a leave of absence.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday announced over $1 million in American Federal Rescue Plan funding toward helping hundreds of residents who are victims of crime and require financial support.
Approximately $1.2 million will go to survivors of crime for expenses, such as medical or dental needs, lost wages and some transportation costs, officials announced.
The funding may help up to 400 people who have experienced financial loss as a result of criminal activity and will go to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission’s Victims Compensation and Assistance Fund.
Ducey said in a statement protecting vulnerable Arizonans is a “top priority.”
Bourbon and Bones Chophouse will open a third Valley location on the corner of 83rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road in Peoria, officials announced Thursday.
The restaurant aims to open in fall 2022, five years after its original location opened in Old Town Scottsdale.
The venue will be 5,800 square feet, offer mountain views and include an additional 1,000 square feet of patio space.
“We like the location and believe it will be a development that’s in line with the quality of Bourbon & Bones,” S. Barrett Rinzler, founder & CEO of Square One Concepts, said in a press release.
“We know there is pent-up demand for fine dining in Peoria and the surrounding northwest area. We’ve done very well in similar circumstances in Gilbert, and look forward to delivering our style of fine dining in Peoria. We believe it’s a great fit.”
Two high school students in Mesa were charged after making threats against their separate campuses Friday, police said.
A 14-year-old female student at Red Mountain High School was charged with threats, a Class 1 misdemeanor, after claiming Friday at about 9:30 a.m. she had an explosive device in her backpack, the Mesa Police Department said in a press release.
A 15-year-old male student who attends Dobson High School was also charged with threats after posting an online threat to a social media platform at about 7:30 a.m. on Friday, leading to the high school being locked down, police said.
The incidents are isolated and neither suspect is linked to other threats reported at Mesa and other metro Phoenix high schools this week, according to Mesa police.
The highest priced single building industrial sale in Arizona history has been completed, the seller announced Thursday.
Developer LPC Desert West sold the 1.25 million-square-foot Park 303 Phase I in Glendale to BentallGreenOak, a global real estate investment management advisor and real estate services provider, for $186 million, according to a press release.
Phase I is located on 71 acres near Loop 303 between Bethany Home Road and Glendale Avenue. The building is part of LPC’s larger planned industrial park that can support up to 4 million square feet of Class A industrial development.