The following was taken from the records at the Coolidge Police Department.

Arrests and citations

On March 5, police stopped a vehicle being driven by Savannah Valenzuela for traveling in the middle of the roadway. One other passenger, Marcel Brown, was in the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly fond burnt straws and tin foil with burnt residue, as well as one fentanyl pill. Brown and Valenzuela were cited for drug paraphernalia and released.

On March 9, Starla Corralejo was arrested during a traffic stop for possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of Corralejo’s vehicle allegedly found a glass pipe and a baggy with a trace amount of meth inside. Corralejo also had an active warrant out of Eloy. Corralejo was transported to Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

On March 9, Rosie Hursey was arrested for a probation violation warrant out of Pinal County. Police made contact with Hursey in the 1100 block of North Mesquite Lane in reference to a disturbance. Hursey was arrested and transported to Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

On March 10, Dylan Drummond was arrested for theft when police were notified Drummond had been stealing money from a local restaurant. Drummond was reportedly discounting meals as a “promo item” and keeping the cash difference, which allegedly amounted to around $500 over several weeks. Surveillance footage and transaction records confirmed the thefts. Drummond was charged and released.

On March 11, police on patrol observed and recognized Jesus Ortiz, who they knew to have active warrants. Police made contacted with Ortiz, who allegedly attempted to flee the scene. Ortiz was eventually arrested and a search of his person reportedly revealed a glass pipe and bag with 0.8 grams of meth inside. Ortiz was charged with drug possession and drug paraphernalia, and was transported to Pinal County Adult Detention Center for three other active warrants for probation violations.

On March 12, police stopped a vehicle with no license and identified the driver as Raul Romero. A records check showed Romero had an active Coolidge warrant, and after searching the vehicle police found burnt aluminum foil with trace amounts of meth. Romero was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and transported to Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

On March 12, police conducted a traffic stop on a swerving vehicle in the area of Vah Ki Inn Road and Main Street. A record’s check revealed the driver, Jaime Romero, was driving on a suspended license. Also, passenger Dantaysha Richardson had an active warrant out of Eloy. Police reportedly found several glass pipes in the vehicle with residue. Richardson was transported to Pinal County Adult Detention Facility, while Romero was released but charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and not having a valid license.

On March 13, Carlotta Hopper was arrested during a traffic stop when police allegedly found several drugs inside her vehicle. In Hopper’s vehicle was 1 gram of meth and six fentanyl pills, as well as tin foil and glass pipes for smoking. Hopper was released from custody but charges of drug possession were forwarded to the county attorney’s office.

On March 14, police responded to reports that a driver was passed out on the wheel of a vehicle on Highway 87. The driver, Kayle Karns, allegedly had trouble placing the car in park. After showing signs of intoxication, Karns was transported the police station where a breath test was administered. Karns showed a BAC of .186. Karns was cited for three counts of DUI and released.

Incidents and reports

On March 9, a heavy metal plate went missing from a roadway excavation site valued at $2,000. According to the victim, the plate would have to have been removed with a backhoe or heavy equipment as each plate weighed over 2,000 pounds. No suspect was identified and the case was suspended.

On March 10, a scooter was stolen in the 500 block of North Main street. The victim said they had noticed several days ago the scooter was missing after being parked near their home. There was no surveillance footage of the area and no suspects had been identified so the case was suspended.


Aaron Dorman is a reporter covering Coolidge and the surrounding area. He can be reached at