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Pima County board names Jan Lesher as acting administrator

Dec. 07, 2021 20:47 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to name Jan Lesher as the acting county administrator. Lesher has been leading the county as its chief deputy administrator since Oct. 23. That is the date when County Administrator...

Pima County inmate found unresponsive in jail cell has died

Dec. 07, 2021 20:35 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Pima County jail inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell last month has died at a Tucson-area hospital, authorities said Tuesday. County sheriff’s officials said 37-year-old William Omegar Jr. was declared dead by hospital staff on Dec. 2. ...

6-year-old girl dies after being struck by a truck in Tucson

Dec. 06, 2021 00:08 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A young girl died after being struck by a pickup truck in Tucson, according to authorities. Police said officers were called to the scene Saturday afternoon about a vehicle colliding with a pedestrian. They arrived to find...

Arizona evictions up, but not close to pre-pandemic levels

Dec. 03, 2021 19:06 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Eviction filings are creeping up in Arizona, but they are not even close to pre-pandemic levels as agencies do a better job of getting out rental aid, court officials and advocates say. Scott Davis, spokesman for the Maricopa County Justice Courts, which...

Arizona reports 5,236 more COVID cases; hospitalizations up

Dec. 03, 2021 13:08 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Friday reported over 5,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases as virus-related hospitalizations continued to rise. The 5,236 additional cases and 14 deaths reported by the Department of Health Services raised the state's pandemic totals to...

Phoenix man sentenced to prison in ammunition smuggling case

Dec. 03, 2021 00:07 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 26-year-old Phoenix man has been sentenced to over three years in prison for attempting to take thousands of rounds of ammunition from the United States to Mexico. A federal judge in Tucson sentenced Mauricio Robles on Wednesday on his July 26...

Arizona history-Dec. 5-11

Dec. 01, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Sunday, Dec. 5 On this date in 1873, a Telegraph Ball was held in Tucson to celebrate completion of the first military telegraph to the town. On this date in 1905, there was great public indignation when President Theodore Roosevelt’s message to...

99% of Tucson employees compliant with COVID vaccine mandate

Dec. 01, 2021 00:56 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is hoping all city employees are compliant with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. City officials said 99% of city employees had at least been partially vaccinated by the Dec. 1 deadline. Romero...

Arizona officer fired after shooting of shoplifting suspect

Nov. 30, 2021 20:43 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson police officer has been fired after he was accused of shooting a shoplifting suspect in a wheelchair nine times, killing him, after the man brandished a knife, authorities said Tuesday. Police announced at a news conference that Officer...

Tucson officer investigated in pinning women to ground case

Nov. 29, 2021 16:46 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An off-duty Tucson police officer who was seen on video pinning a woman and her grown daughter to the ground in a restaurant parking lot two weeks ago faces administrative and criminal investigations, the police department said in a statement. The...