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Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:10 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

On the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 5, Oro Valley police officer Sgt. Mike McBride was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at the intersection of Oracle and Magee roads, where the traffic lights were malfunctioning. The officer did not have life-threatening injuries, a release said. The motorist, identified as 32-year-old Jason Robert Garcia, was cited for failure to control speed to avoid an accident.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, at 6 a.m., Oro Valley officers located a suspicious vehicle at 8252 N Northern Avenue. The officer noticed a black Honda Civic with the interior lights on, the driver's side window down about four inches, a key in the ignition, and the stereo missing. A check of the car's owner returned to a couple from Sahuarita. After searching the vehicle and talking with dispatch, the officer was able to call the owners of the vehicle. The man told police he was at Oro Valley Hospital, where his wife was having a baby. He did not know his car was missing. At about 9:45 a.m., after reporting the car stolen to Pima County Sheriff's Department, the man retrieved the vehicle. Officers checked for fingerprints and swabbed for DNA on the key left in the ignition.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, at about 4:20 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to the block of 100 E. Mountain Vista Drive in response to an officer who saw two male subjects run from a house. Around 5:30 a.m., a Pima County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit arrived. After a short while searching the area, the dog alerted to a backyard. Due to the gate being locked and the fence's height, officers knocked on the front door and asked the resident if they could search his back yard. The man said the person they were looking for was in his backyard and was now in his home. After drawing his gun, the officer told the suspect to come out of the house with his hands up. The suspect complied and was arrested. He told officers he was "drunk" and on probation for a DUI.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 1:40 p.m., Oro Valley police officers responded to Ironwood Ridge High School after the assistant principal got a tip that a student was selling marijuana on campus. Officers were able to locate the 10th-grade student in his physical education class. When officers search the pockets of his clothes, they found a plastic bag containing what the student later told police was marijuana. He admitted to buying the bag and selling some of it to students on campus. The student's mother was called and came to the school. The student was arrested for possession and sale of marijuana in a drug-free school zone.

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