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Judge rejects Douglas hospital's last-ditch attempt to keep doors open

Cochise Regional Hospital’s last-ditch attempt to keep its doors open has been rejected by a federal judge, who refused to order Medicare to keep funding operations of the Douglas facility. Problems cited by the agency included failure to monitor patients, lack of prescribed medications, failure to properly transport patients and an inability to troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment.... Read more»

Officials: Iraqi pilot killed in Douglas F-16 crash

The Iraqi pilot of an F-16 fighter that went down near Douglas on Wednesday night died in the crash, officials said. The body of Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan, who had been flying a night training mission with the Arizona Air National Guard, was found at the crash site southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

Iraqi pilot crashes Tucson-based F-16 near Douglas

An F-16 fighter jet flown by an Iraqi pilot crashed near Douglas, southeast of Tucson, Wednesday night, authorities said. The Iraqi Air Force plane was flying a night training mission with the Arizona Air National Guard, and the fate of the pilot, Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan, is unknown.... Read more»

Mexican detainee dies in ICE detention center

A Mexican national died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Eloy Detention Center on Wednesday... Read more»

Senate OKs naming Douglas crossing for former Gov. Raul Castro

The port of entry in Douglas will be named after Arizona's late Gov. Raul Castro, pending the president's signature. Castro, first and thus far only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, died in April. Memorial services are scheduled for this week.... Read more»

7,800 assault rifle rounds found in dog food at Douglas border crossing

Officers at the Douglas Port of Entry arrested a Tucson woman Wednesday after they discovered she was trying to smuggle more than 7,800 rounds of ammunition into Mexico, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»1

Douglas border crossing being named for former Gov. Raul Castro

The port of entry in Douglas will be named after Arizona's late Gov. Raul Castro, if Congress carries through with passing a measure introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva. The House unanimously backed the renaming Tuesday, moving a bill co-sponsored by the state's entire congressional delegation. Castro, first and thus far only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, died earlier this month.... Read more»

Rolling joints: Douglas teens attempt to smuggle pot in bicycle tires

Two Douglas-area teens were arrested when Customs and Border Protection officers discovered seven pounds of marijuana hidden in the tires of their bicycles as they tried to roll through a border crossing.... Read more»

Remembering Raul Castro, Arizona’s first and only Hispanic governor

Castro, who died Friday at age 98, had a rough childhood in the border community of Douglas that included walking miles to school while white kids took the bus and wondering where his next meal would come from. He wandered as a hobo for a time and boxed on the side to make ends meet.... Read more»

Man arrested attempting to smuggle ammo to Mexico

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 300 rounds of ammunition shoved in his waistband and taped to this thighs just before he crossed into Mexico at the Port of Douglas on Tuesday. ... Read more»

Kickstarter deadline for Panorama: Photos of the entire Az-Mexico border

Just in: Help us hit triple our goal before Saturday's deadline! Support TucsonSentinel.com's "Panorama de la linea," an unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them. Contribute on Kickstarter before time runs out.... Read more»

Border agents rescue lost hunter

Border Patrol agents rescued a lost hunter Tuesday after family members reported him missing near Douglas. ... Read more»

Ex-BP agent gets prison in money-laundering case

A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his involvement in scheme to launder drug money. Raimundo Borjas was arrested in 2013 for having deposited drug proceeds at a credit union in 2010. He pleaded guilty last year.... Read more»

Douglas Port officers find assault rifle bound for Mexico taped to man's torso

A Douglas-area man was arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to smuggle an M-4 assault rifle into Mexico through the Douglas Port of Entry, officials said. ... Read more»

CBP officers arrest five, seize more $500K in hard drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $500,000 in heroin and methamphetamine and arrested five at two Arizona ports last week. ... Read more»1

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