Here are a few images from around Queen Creek in the past few weeks.
Barney Family Sports Center is coming along nicely.
Nice big tree at Arid Zone Trees on E. Germann.
Some rural graffiti.
Have a nice day!
Below is the article from the Arizona Republic - comments are my own.
Arrest in prostitution ring shocks Agritopia residents
- Aug. 6, 2008 07:12 PMThe Arizona Republic
Residents in Gilbert's Agritopia community, an area of cottage-style houses with an urban farm, were shocked when police arrested a resident suspected of being a key player in a Valley prostitution ring. (Shocked is an understatement except maybe for that one soccer mom)
Phoenix police arrested Peter Shifman, 56, this week and seized his home and vehicle. Police suspect Shifman of being the ring's accountant. (Can they seize your stuff if you are just a suspect?)
He faces nine felony charges, including money laundering, conspiracy and maintaining house of prostitution. (otherwise known as a Bungalow of prostitution)
At least 100 people worked in the Phoenix-based operation that set up high-dollar dates through various escort Web sites including AZ Confidential, Escorts in Action, and Hips Touring, police said. (Not to mention Craigslist and word of mouth)
At least 50 were arrested in raids that began Monday. (Holy Smokes)
Some of Shifman's neighbors were surprised that police suspect their neighbor being involved in the operation.
"They're just good salt of the earth, honest people," David Barber, who lives across the street from Shifman and his family. (Just makin' an honest living)
Barber said he never noticed anything suspicious about Shifman or his home.
He described him as kind-hearted and a good neighbor, even questioning how involved Shifman might have been in the prostitution ring.
"I'll wait for the trial to be over to find out," he said.
Neighbor Sherry Charniski said Agritopia is not the kind of area police visit frequently, which added to her shock of Shifman's arrest.
"It took us all by surprise," said Charniski, a neighbor. "I mean, this neighborhood? This is basically a Christian neighborhood." (Huh? - Who makes the determination if a neighborhood is Christian or not?)
Cottage Living magazine recently named Agritopia, near Ray and Higley roads, the top neighborhood for 2008. The neighborhood features a Christian school, community center and various parks for its 300 classical and 150 cottage-style houses.
with some graphics by Your-Digital-Dream/Traci Sims