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The FBI is looking for two “violent casino
robbers” who held up the Mazatzal Hotel
and Casino early Tuesday morning.
Around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, two masked men
dressed completely in black entered the casino
brandishing a long gun and pistols, according
to an FBI press release.
FBI Special Agent and Media Coordinator, Glenn
Milnor, is sharing surveillance videos from
the July 17th, Mazatzal Casino robbery.
The video shows two males dressed completely
in black and wearing hoods and masks, running
through the Mazatzal Casino, located on the
Tonto Apache Indian Reservation, Payson, AZ.
The subjects fled the casino and crossed Highway
87 to a waiting vehicle.
The FBI asks anyone who has information regarding the robbery or the incident to call the number on your screen.
Now to Holbrook.
Opening arguments were held Tuesday in the
first trial for 18-year-old Snowflake resident
Fish has been charged with two counts of aggravated
assault relating to an incident on November
11 of last year at Five Mile Draw north of
On November 11 at Five Mile Draw, Fish and
Ethan Taylor, allegedly threw a 100-pound
rock off a 60-foot cliff together.
Multiple people standing below the cliff were
The outcome of this trial is somewhat critical
for Fish because he has a trial pending as
well for an alleged incident in the locker
room at Snowflake High School shortly after
the Nov. 11 incident at Five Mile Draw.
Fish is charged of sexually assaulting a fellow
student on Nov. 20, 2017, to which he has
also pleaded not guilty.
For the full story, see reporter Mike Lieby’s
story in your Friday, July 20th edition of
As an excellent historical prelude to Pioneer
Days, the White Mountain Stake Center organized
and sponsored an LDS Trek reenactment to help
young adults learn about the trials and hardships
experienced by mormon pioneers that crossed
the plains in the mid 1800’s.
A group of 150 – 180 young adults between
the ages of 14 -18 were fortunate enough to
be part of the 3-day re-enactment.
The group wore clothing of the period and
pushed hand carts on dirt roads through an
area of Vernon forest.
The towns of Taylor, Snowflake and St. Johns
will be holding their annual Pioneer Days
Celebrations this weekend.
See your Friday Independent newspaper for
a schedule of events.
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Where KIDS come FIRST.
The high for Friday, July 20th will be 87
degrees with a 40 percent chance of scattered
Saturday will be about the same temp under
cloudy skies and the same 40 percent chance
of rain after 11am.
The hot, humid weather continues into Sunday
but the chance of afternoon rain will drop
to 30 percent.
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Thank you for watching.
I’m Laura Singleton.