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APACHE JUNCTION — Greg Head, 65, was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder early Sunday morning.

According to police records in Apache Junction, a homicide was reported at a residence in the 300 block of East Junction Street at 10:07 p.m. Saturday. Police received a 911 call from a man who stated that he had just shot his wife and dog.

When the officers arrived on scene they discovered the body of a 66-year-old woman later identified as Patricia Cude. Police arrested Head.

Head remains in the county jail pending the posting of a $250,000 secured bond.

For a first-degree murder conviction, the only possible punishments are the death penalty or natural life in prison.

Suspect in GC thefts found

GOLD CANYON — Between Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls about stolen golf clubs from open garages in the MountainBrook Village neighborhood in Gold Canyon.

During the investigation, deputies named 24-year-old Jacob Neubauer as the suspect, PCSO said.

According to the PCSO, Neubauer would drive through the neighborhood looking for open garage doors. When he came across one, he would get out of his vehicle, locate golf clubs in the garage, then return to his vehicle with the golf clubs before driving off.

Many of the stolen golf clubs later were discovered at a golf resale shop in Phoenix.

Neubauer was aware that the PCSO had been looking for him. At about 6:30 a.m. Friday he turned himself in at the PCSO substation in Gold Canyon.

“Great work by our deputies for taking this thief into custody,” said Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb. “These predators are looking for easy targets when they’re looking for items to steal. Simply by closing your garage door, even when you’re at home, you become less attractive to these criminals.”

Neubauer was booked into the Pinal Count Adult Detention Center. He faces charges to include multiple counts of second-degree burglary, theft, trafficking of stolen property and criminal trespassing.

7 arrested in AJ drug raid

APACHE JUNCTION — The Apache Junction Police Department SWAT and Community Resource Enforcement units, with support from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, executed simultaneous search warrants in the 1500 block of East 26th Avenue on Wednesday.

Twelve people were initially detained for weapons, narcotics and stolen property charges and outstanding felony warrants.

After some investigation, seven were arrested at the scene and transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. Four of the seven were booked on outstanding warrants, while David Barkley, 39, James Hansen, 42, and Misty Barkley, 32, were booked in jail on charges of selling dangerous drugs and narcotics.

David Barkley and Hansen were also booked on additional charges of misconduct involving weapons.

As a result of the search warrant, detectives seized three stolen weapons, including an AR-15 rifle, one stolen laptop computer, suspected fentanyl pills, approximately one-quarter pound of methamphetamine and $2,581 in cash.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.