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Pima County has terminated its contract with Select Development and Construction, who was tasked with the widening of Magee Road between La Cañada Drive and Oracle Road. County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says the contractor did not perform in accordance with the contract terms, provisions, and requirements in the timeframe allotted.
By now we have all heard about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the instances where the virus has found its way into the United States. In many cases, the coverage has been overwhelming and frightening for some. In the swirl of media coverage, it can be difficult to evaluate what really is the true risk to our community. I am confident that the likelihood of a person becoming ill with the Ebola virus here in Pima County always has been, and remains, infinitely low.
It’s a trend forming around the country. Young children toying around with Airsoft guns, BB guns and toy look-a-like guns on the streets. Many of them paint or remove the orange tips on the guns that help distinguish that it is not a real firearm, something that is proving to be dangerous for not only law enforcement, but anyone that comes in contact with the person holding them.
On November, 29, 2014, officers from the Marana Police Department conducted a warrant sweep searching for subjects who had active DUI warrants issued by the Marana Municipal Court. Six people were arrested on a total of 9 warrants. One of the warrant arrests involved a person who was currently on probation for DUI. That person's probation has now been revoked. The warrants served totaled $10,107. Each person arrested was transported and booked into the Pima County Jail.
On November 25, Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies received a call around 1:40 p.m. in reference to an armed robbery that took place in the 6400 block of North Oracle Road (near the intersection of North Oracle Road and West Orange Grove Road).
I am very pleased to announce that District 1 will be receiving a large portion of the $5 million allocated for road repairs this year. Although the County Administrator did not approve of road repair funds being allocated for neighborhood roads, there was some good news for residents when the Board approved $1.9 million for arterial road repair projects in District 1 at the November 18th Board of Supervisors meeting. While I did ask for consideration of funding neighborhood roads in failing condition, I was informed by the Director of Transportation that only arterial roads would be addressed. Regardless, at this time of Thanksgiving, I am very thankful that my fellow Supervisors approved any funding for District 1 road repairs and hope we can continue to work to find solutions to our road problems.
Oro Valley Police Dept.
A two-year study to determine the feasibility of Interstate 11 – a corridor connecting Phoenix to Las Vegas and potentially Mexico to Canada – has been completed, according to officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
On October 18, 2014, Officers from the Marana Police Department conducted a warrant sweep searching for subjects who had active DUI warrants issued by the Marana Court. Five people were arrested on a total of 7 warrants. The warrants that were served totaled $11,111.00. Each person arrested was transported and booked into the Pima County Jail.
Road repair continues to be a hot topic in Pima County, and now, a Sept. 26 memo released by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry looks to clear up what he says are common misconceptions on how the county uses its Department of Transportation (DOT) funding.
Oro Valley Police Department
The Pima County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather situation associated with the remnants of Hurricane Odile, now Tropical Storm Odile.
In her recent monthly column for The Explorer, District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller asserts that Pima County lacks the leadership to solve the county’s road maintenance problem. Supervisor Miller’s comments are very disappointing – as well as inaccurate.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors accepted a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in a 4-0 vote during last week’s meeting. The money will go toward improvements to the Port of Tucson Container Export Rail Facility.
A disabled 12-year-old boy, identified as Patrick Mathews passed away yesterday following a residential fire near N. Oldfather Road, and W. Cortaro Farms Road.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has cleared four members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors of allegations that they violated the state’s open-meeting law.
Northwest side students did well in Pima County’s anti-graffiti poster contest.
The Pima County Small Business Commission has selected The Planning Center and the Golden Goose Thrift Shop to receive its 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards.
On August 18, Donna Rose Smith accepted a plea agreement in the death of her son, Patrick Michael Smith.
On August 13, 2014, at approximately 12:55 AM, Deputies with the Foothills Patrol District responded to a reported shooting in the 5100 block of North Shannon Road. Upon arrival, they found a 26-year-old male, later identified as Peter Koepnick, with a gunshot wound to his head and face. The Northwest Fire Department provided initial treatment for Mr. Koepnick at the scene. He was then transported to the University of Arizona Medical Center where he remains in serious condition.
A 16-month old child was still hospitalized late last week after a near-drowning incident that took place in Oro Valley on July 22.
On Saturday, July 19 around 6:40 p.m. the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a collision involving a 5-year-old girl on the 2100 block of East Orange Grove Road.
The delayed North La Cañada Drive widening project is now costing its contractor $2,500 a day.
Pima County Department of Transportation is charging the contractor Select Development, $2,500 per day that they are late after the scheduled July 1 completion date.