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  • It’s business as usual for local police despite tensions

    Local police departments say despite rising tensions following the nationally spotlighted cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown – two black males killed during altercations with police – they have not employed any new training programs to deal with a potential increase of violence and racial tensions.In part, they say that’s because the places most affected by escalating violence have remained localized to the places in which they occurred – in the cases of Garner and Brown, those being Staten Island, N.Y and Ferguson, Mo., respectively. Furthermore, they say, officers are already trained to be ready for worst-case scenarios.“It’s business as usual,” said Tracy Suitt, public information officer for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re staying vigilant and staying ready.”The same is true of the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD), whose Lt. Kara Riley says despite the fact the protests and aggression seems largely localized to cities hundreds of miles away, officers are reminded of basic principles of self-protection.“We’re having those conversations about not becoming complacent,” she said.

  • Oro Valley tosses petition to take El Conquistador purchase to vote

    The Oro Valley Town Clerk has rejected the petition filed by opponents of the town council’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses because the signature sheets did not bear a serial number.The town was following state law when it invalidated the signatures, said town spokeswoman Misti Nowak, and since the serial number provision is a matter of state law, the town does not have the authority to override that requirement.“The town didn’t have a decision to make,” she said. “We complied with state law.”According to state statute, signature sheets filed “shall... have printed in its lower right-hand corner, on each side of such sheet, the official serial number assigned to the petition by the secretary of state.” The law also states that it is unlawful to sign a petition before it has a serial number.This serial number requirement was outlined in the materials provided to the referendum committee, Nowak said.The sheets were instead erroneously appended with a resolution number.

  • Marana Police Department honors their best officers, volunteers

    The Marana Police Department took an afternoon to honor their own. The department held its 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony on Jan. 14, at The Highlands at Dove Mountain Conference Room. Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema handed out 13 awards to 24 recipients.“Your attitudes of humility and hearts of true servants make me proud to be a part of this noble profession in general, and this department specifically,” said Rozema. “Thank you all for doing a job that very few people are willing, qualified, and capable of doing and for doing it with excellence. Be safe out there.” The ceremony recognized officers, civilians, and volunteers for their outstanding performances over the past year. The idea of the ceremony is to honor those who exemplify the true meaning of the department’s mission statement, “To provide Unparalleled Service and Unwavering Protection to every person in the Town of Marana.”Chief Rozema presented the following 13 awards. 1. Chief’s Citation Medal: Ofc. Jason Cann, Ofc. Bradley Clifford, Ofc. Daniel Sample, Ofc. Robert Quackenbush, Ofc. Lucas Wilkinson 2. Chief’s Citation Medal: Ofc. Josh Corn 

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  • Oro Valley Police arrest one of two suspects in armed robbery case

    Oro Valley Police have arrested one man in connection with an armed robbery that took place Jan. 15 at the Marshall's on Oracle and Magee. OVPD identified Jacob Choate as one of two men who made of with $2,000 in Michael Kors purses from the store, according to a media release sent on today. When security tried to stop the robbery, Choate punched the security person in the neck. They believe the other person involved in the robbery to be Gary Thompson, who is not in custody and considered a person of interest in the case. Choate was charged with one count of Aggravated Robbery and is at the Pima County Adult Detention Center. OVPD is asking anyone with information on Thompson's whereabouts to call 911, 88-crime or (520) 229-4900.  

  • Four teenagers arrested for burglary in Oro Valley

    On Jan. 18, at approximately 2:40 a.m. Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) responded to the Walgreens at Lambert and La Canada in reference to a burglary alarm.  Officers arrived on scene within a few minutes and observed a male leaving the business and running towards the rear of the business.  After a short foot pursuit he was taken into custody.  Officers found the front door glass smashed in and several packs of cigarettes and alcohol on the ground of the Walgreens.  There were a total of four suspects in this burglary.  The suspects were wearing dark clothing, hooded sweatshirts and ski masks.  OVPD Criminal Investigations Unit responded and were able to identify all the suspects in this case.  All four suspects have been arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage and possession of burglary tools.  Due to the fact that all four suspects are minors their names and photos are being withheld.    One of these suspects is connected to a burglary that occurred at this same business in December of 2014.  Charges are pending on this incident.  These investigations are on-going and OVPD is asking the public if you have any additional information that may assist OVPD with these cases to please call 88-crime, 911 or 229-4900 and ask for Detective Cruce. 

  • Police Beat

    Oro ValleyPolice Department On Thursday, Dec. 25, at about 1:40 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to a report of domestic violence at a house near Moore Road and Woodburne Way. While en route to the house, police were told that dispatch had received three phone calls from the house. The first was about an intoxicated woman who was hitting her family members. The second was a call saying the same thing, and the third was from a woman saying she had been pushed down the stairs by her brother and she might have broken her ankle. Police learned that the woman was playing music that the rest of the family did not want to listen to. After her brother turned the speakers off, an argument began. Eventually the woman, who had been drinking, tried to leave in her car. The family took her keys to prevent her from driving off, which only exacerbated her anger. While trying to get her to go down into the basement to sleep it off, she slipped on the stairs. The woman was transported to the Oro Valley Hospital to have her ankle evaluated. She was arrested, cited and released for domestic violence disorderly conduct  On Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 6:06 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Ulta at 11875 N. Oracle Road in response to a theft from a car. The caller said her laptop had been stolen from her car while she was in the store for about 10 minutes. After coming out of the store and seeing that the laptop was missing, the victim got in her car and drove to her work to make sure she didn’t leave it there. After realizing it was stolen, she drove back to the scene of the crime. The laptop was valued at about $800.  


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  • Dillinger Days, Vinyl Festival take over Hotel Congress this weekend

    History buffs and music enthusiasts alike will find something to love at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, this weekend.On Friday night, Congress is kicking it's annual two day festival remembering when John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1 in the 1930s, was captured by Tucson police. Friday's event, where Congress will turn itself into speakeasy, is only open to the 200 people who purchased tickets in advance.However, Hotel Congress opens up at 9 a.m. on Saturday for a family-friendly event featuring carnival games, a Dillinger-themed walking tour and Old Time Memory Game Show. The Cup Café, Hotel Congress' restaurant, will feature 1930s-inspired specials for the day.In the Lobby Gallery there will be a showcase of award winning artist Danny Martin's "Days of Dillinger," a series of illustrations made of India and house paint.Then, on Sunday, Hotel Congress is hosting a vinyl festival in the evening, from 5 to 7 p.m., with local vendors selling and playing records in the lobby. After the festival, there will be a free after party featuring music by Paul Collins of the Nerves and other touring acts.

  • Scene 1: “Mindy Anna Jones” now showing at Great American Playhouse

    The latest rendition from the local theater group at The Great American Playhouse rolls back the clock to a time when the mystical Aztecs ruled the land, but that doesn’t mean that 20th century rock songs are in short supply. As musical and well choreographed as ever, the most recent GAP play brings a new twist on a familiar character. “Mindy Anna Jones and the Lost Ark of Time” follows a heroic young archaeologist, Mindy Anna Jones (Jennifer Ackerley Lawrence), as she attempts to keep the powerful Ark of Time out of the hands of the nefarious Roman (Sean MacArthur) and his goons. But there is more than meets the eye to this group of adventurers. The battle for the Ark of Time will lead all who are in pursuit on a wild chase throughout time, creating ample opportunity for clever pop culture references, hilarious set pieces, and even character transformations. The play is penned by local theater staple Nick Seivert. Seivert’s writing style has its own particular formula, one that brings forth a recipe rich in volume and silliness. Seivert also plays the role of the wise and whimsical Montezuma, illustrating his talent for making people laugh both with his acting as well as his writing.The bright shining star of the play is the actress in the title role, Jennifer Ackerley Lawrence. The charismatic superwoman, Mindy Anna Jones is the part Lawrence was born to play, and she embraces the task with perfect transformation, complete with a brilliant smile and a cracking whip. Lawrence has flown beneath the radar in recent GAP productions, but “Mindy Anna Jones” is truly her coming out party. Randy McDonald, now notorious for his bottomless energy reservoir, plays the very confused Orizaba, a lackey to the primary villain. The part was surely written with McDonald in mind, as Orizaba’s role is that of a bling wearing, rap lyric slinging punk in a jumpsuit. Here McDonald is given free reign to do what he does best – get the crowd going. The role was a little over the top at times, but seeing McDonald and Sean MaCarthur tag team a musical mash up of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” with Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” was something special, and may have even been the highlight of the entire evening.  Amy DeHaven is cast perfectly as Augusta, the evil girlfriend of Roman.  DeHaven has no equal when it comes to playing an English accented, smug and ruthless female villain, as femininely treacherous as Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth. 


  • Ironwood Ridge grappler wins Triple Crown

    Ironwood Ridge’s Danny Vega is the odds-on favorite to win the 113-pound state title next month, but the work he did over the summer is just as impressive, if not more so. Vega won the “triple crown” of wrestling by winning three distinctly different national championship tournaments. Vega won the Folkstyle Nationals in Iowa back in April, then won the USAW Junior Men’s Freestyle and USAW Greco National Championships in the span of six days. Vega was not surprised to win the triple crown, setting the goal early on. “Yes I did,” Vega replied when asked if he believed he could win the Triple Crown. “I’ve been training the hardest I ever have before.”His high school coach has been impressed with how hard Vega trains. “Danny is an all out competitor,” said Ironwood Ridge Head Coach Tim Berrier. “His drilling of technique is machine-like.” Each tournament is a different style of wrestling, with their own set of rules and strategies. Folkstyle is the same style as Arizona high schools, while Freestyle and Greco Roman are the two events in the Olympics. 

  • Vega and Howard win titles at Flowing Wells Invitational

    Two area wrestlers won their weight classes at Flowing Wells Invitational, annually one of the one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state. Ironwood Ridge’s Danny Vega and Marana’s Travis Howard each won championships and remained undefeated on the season. Vega was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning the 115-pound weight division. Vega beat Sunnyside’s David Salazar in a technical fall after going up 16-1. Vega’s Nighthawks finished eighth in the event with 135 points. Mesa Mountain View won the team title with 316 points. Travis Howard improved to 37-0 on the season after winning the 222-pound title. Howard beat Centennial’s Lewis Arendall 5-1. “He’s having a huge season,” said Marana Head Coach Bruce Hiley, who says that with his wins at Flowing Wells, Howard has set a Marana record for wins. 

  • New AIA placements for area HS teams

    The AIA announced new Divisional placements for all team sports for the next three seasons, beginning next season. The placements are tentative as their is still an appeal process.Here is the full list:Canyon Del OroBaseball Division IBoys Basketball Division IGirls Basketball Division II

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