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Green Valley eviction cases can no longer be filed in Tucson court

Starting March 1, Green Valley residents facing eviction will no longer have to travel to Tucson to plead their cases, after Justice of the Peace Ray Carroll argued for a change in filing procedures.... Read more»0

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Pima court admin arrested on DUI charge handed deputy credit card instead of license

Pima court administrator Lisa Royal was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a breath test indicated she had a blood alcohol level of 0.115; she couldn't complete field sobriety tests; and handed a sheriff's deputy a credit card instead of her driver's license.... Read more»0

Pima court administrator Lisa Royal arrested on suspicion of DUI on New Year's

Lisa Royal, the administrator of Pima County's Justice Court system and a former justice of the peace, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in the early-morning hours of Jan. 1.... Read more»0

Food banks helping striking Asarco mine workers; resource fair set for Friday

The Asarco mine strike is entering its second week today and with no end in sight, supporters are doing what they can to support the impacted families, including holding resource fairs. ... Read more»0

Victim, suspect argued on phone seconds before fatal I-19 shooting

A California man accused of shooting a Tucson woman to death in Green Valley on Saturday night was arguing on the phone with her seconds before the incident, authorities said.... Read more»0

Tucson woman dies following I-19 shooting Saturday in Green Valley

A 29-year-old man and his 3-year-old daughter survived Saturday's shooting on Interstate 19 in Green Valley, but a 25-year-old woman from Tucson was pronounced dead at Banner University Medical Center.... Read more»0

Border Patrol agent charged in 45k-acre Sawmill Fire

17 months after admitting he accidentally started the 45,000 acre Sawmill Fire in the Santa Rita Mountains, a U.S. Border Patrol agent has been formally charged with a misdemeanor.... Read more»0

JP Keith Bee indicted in tax case, retires from bench

Pima County Justice of the Peace Keith Bee has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of filing false statements on three years' of tax returns for his business, Bee Line Bus Transportation. Bee, a JP since 2007, retired Friday without notice.... Read more»0

'Frat party': State fired Corp Comm candidate over harassment claims in 2016

Corporation Commission candidate Eric Sloan, whose campaign slogan is “Conservative. Experienced. Principled.” was fired from his job as chief of public policy at the Department of Gaming two years ago, after employees complained about a hostile work environment that resembled a “frat party.”... Read more»1

Border Patrol agent cited in hit-and-run caught on film

An off-duty Border Patrol agent from Sahuarita was cited and released Thursday night, hours after police released a photo of him apparently leaving the scene of a minor hit-and-run accident.... Read more»1

Report details worker's death at Sahuarita mine

A 41-year-old Asarco truck driver died at a Tucson-area mine in July because the company failed to make sure there was enough lighting at the Mission Mine’s dump sites, according to a report from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.... Read more»0

Sahuarita cop disciplined after losing SWAT rifle on duty

A Sahuarita motorcycle officer has been disciplined after losing a SWAT rifle while on patrol in May. The fully automatic rifle with a 10-inch barrel has not been recovered. ... Read more»0

Reports shed light on immigrant shooting near Arivaca

An illegal immigrant who was paralyzed after being shot by an Arivaca homeowner told deputies he never set foot inside the man's home. Michael Goodwin, 71, was indicted Aug. 14 on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the July 31 shooting of Jose Hernandez, 32.... Read more»2

Atty General to investigate Pima Sheriff's Dep't use of RICO funds

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has agreed to review whether any state laws have been violated by the Pima County Sheriff's Department use of RICO funds. The probe follows the sentencing of ex-Chief Deputy Chris Radtke on federal charges over the department's use of seized funds... Read more»0

Sudden closure of assisted-living homes sends residents packing

Thirteen residents of two Sahuarita assisted-living homes found themselves abruptly moved to new facilities Thursday and Friday, but exactly why remains unclear. The owner of the "Rancho Verde" facilities has been operating seven homes in Tucson and Sahuarita. The total number of residents affected is unknown.... Read more»1

GV News: Border Patrol confirms off-duty agent tied to Sawmill Fire

The Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol confirmed Thursday that the investigation into the Sawmill Fire involves one of their off-duty employees, an agent who was involved in the target shooting that sparked the 46,000-plus-acre blaze on Sunday.... Read more»1

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