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Police Beat -- Week of March 12

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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:00 am

Oro Valley

On Monday, February 24, at about 6:21 p.m., Oro Valley police spoke to a man over the phone who was reporting road rage. The man said he was driving south on La Cañada Drive near Lambert Lane with his three kids and his wife in the car when a car came out of a business and almost hit his car. He told police he had to swerve to avoid being hit. At the next traffic light, the two cars were next to each other and the two yelled obscenities at each other. Police contacted the other driver who said he had timed his exit onto the road to end up behind the other car, but the driver hit the brakes. Police told him he couldn’t stop in the median.  

On Monday, February 24, at about 5:16 p.m., Oro Valley police spoke to a woman over the phone who was reporting road rage. She told police that went she left her house, which was near La Cañada and Naranja drives, she passed a group of landscapers. One of the landscapers was in the middle of the road. When she drove past, the man made a gesture that seemed like he was going to throw his leaf blower at the car. After dropping off her daughter who was in the car, she confronted the man, who said she scattered a pile of yard debris when she drove over it. He and four other men got into their truck and followed her after an exchange of insults. She also told police the driver was taking pictures of her car. She wanted the incident documented. Police warned the woman that she should call police instead of confronting the men. 

On Monday, February 24, at about 1 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to Canyon Del Oro High School at 25 W. Calle Concordia in response to a student acting oddly. Police were told about a student who came into class, laid down on a couch and she then fell asleep, which according to the teacher, was unusual for her. Police woke the student who appeared to be lethargic and under the influence of an intoxicant drug. She later admitted to eating brownies at lunchtime that had marijuana in them. After interviewing multiple students, seven were arrested for consuming, selling, or transferring marijuana and all were arrested for unlawful use of marijuana in a drug free school zone. All were released to a parent or guardian. 

 

MARANA

On Monday, Feb. 24, at about 11:20 a.m., Marana police talked to a man whose car had been stolen at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 while parked at the Ritz Carlton at 15000 N. Secret Springs. The man was with the golf tour at the Accenture Match Play Tournament. He had rented the car from Enterprise. The last time he saw it was on Sunday, Feb. 23. The keys were left in the ignition, which is standard procedure. He doesn’t know who used the car last. 

On Saturday, Feb. 22, at about 5:58 p.m., Marana police met with a man about damage that was done to his car. He said he had parked his car in front of the McDonalds on 8349 N. Cortaro Road at 6:15 a.m. When he returned 30 minutes later he saw a four-foot long scratch on the rear passenger door on the drivers side. 

On Friday, Feb. 21, at about 5:14 p.m., Marana police responded to the 3600 block of West Orange Grove Road about a bicycle theft. The caller said that her bike had been taken from her front porch sometime during the night. She saw the bike last at 10 p.m. and realized it was missing at 4:30 a.m. The bike is worth $400.

On Friday, Feb. 21, at about 8:14 p.m., Marana police responded to the 1100 block of West Combine Drive about criminal damage to a car. The caller said that he left his home at about 10 a.m. in one of his cars and that the now damaged car was parked in his driveway. He said when he returned home at about 6 p.m. he noticed that the parked car’s passenger side and rear bumper had scratches on it. He also saw two small rocks near the passenger side of the car and believes that some children may have used them to damage his car. The estimated cost of repair would be about $200.

 

PIMA COUNTY

On Sunday, February 16, at about 2:02 p.m., deputies with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of arson at the northwest corner of Linda Vista and Thornydale. Deputies were told three young men, who were about 10 to 15 years old, were in a nearby wash setting fire to a bush. The person reporting the fire said he told the kids they shouldn’t be burning fires. They responded by telling him they could and that they were cooking noodles. When the man approached the kids, they broke off pieces of a tree and threw them in an attempt to block his path. They then ran off toward a nearby grocery store. Deputies were unable to locate the kids. 

On Thursday, February 6, at about 10:28 p.m., deputies with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Walmart near La Cholla Blvd. and Ina Road in response to a theft attempt. Deputies were told a man tried to leave the store without paying for a television and then headed off toward Fox and Hound. The man left his cart, with the television in it, and left. Deputies were unable to find a man matching the description given to them. The television was valued at $378.

On Thursday, February 6, at about 8 a.m., deputies with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of vandalism. The caller told deputies that when her husband woke up, he found two tires on their truck to have been flattened. It appeared the tires had been poked with a sharp metal object, which was inserted on the sidewall of the tires.

 

(Editors Note: For more police reports, go to Explorernews.com and click “Police and Crime” under the Features tab. 

The reports are compiled by Randy Metcalf, he can be reached at rmetcalf@explorernews.com)

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