Arizona News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Glendale Fire Department bids farewell to beloved Crisis K9

The Glendale Fire Department is saying goodbye to one of its 4-legged colleagues. Topaz, the department's Crisis K9, died Monday after succumbing to a brief illness. Topaz was a yellow Labrador who is best remembered for his work with children and bringing comfort to those whose lives he touched while on emergency calls. He was a welcomed member in the fire stations, and all firefighters knew him to be a well-trained canine who was always ready to go to work. Topaz’s handler, Lynette Pompa, brought Topaz to the Glendale Fire Department from Michigan’s Paws with a Cause Foundation.

Woman killed in Scottsdale ATV crash has been identified

VIDEO: The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim in a fatal off-road vehicle crash in Scottsdale. Sheriff's officials say the victim was 58-year-old Ramona Linda Hernandez from Scottsdale. The crash occurred on a dirt road at 136th Street and Lone Mountain Road just after 7:30 a.m. According to MCSO, A woman lost control of the ATV vehicle. Authorities say the woman was the only occupant of the ATV vehicle at the time of the crash.

One.n.ten youth center reopens in Phoenix after arson incident

VIDEO: A youth center is re-opening Wednesday at a new location after they were targeted by an arsonist. The one.n.ten youth center will now be located at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness off of Portland Street and Central Avenue. Back in July, police say Darren Beach intentionally lit the organization's previous location on fire. However, expansion plans had already been underway, according to Development Director Travis Shumake. Shumake says after the fire, donations poured in from community partners, non-profit organizations and complete strangers.
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Hiker, her missing pooch rescued from Tucson Mountains

A woman trying to rescue her missing dog on the Tucson Mountains fell and sustained injuries Tuesday morning. She and her dog were both rescued Sept. 19 by Drexel Heights Fire District Technical Rescue Team, along with Southern Arizona Rescue Association and other agencies. The rescue operation began at 8:15 a.m., said Tracy Koslowski, a Drexel Heights Fire Department spokeswoman. The woman was taken to Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, and the dog was taken to a veterinarian clinic.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wisner is Hellsgate’s new chief

A man who spent his entire career working up through the ranks at Hellsgate Fire District will spend his remaining years as chief. The Hellsgate Fire board appointed John Wisner fire chief Wednesday night, a culmination of 24 years of work. Wisner said he never thought he would carry the title, as there was no indication the district’s then-chief would leave before Wisner retires in three years. When Hellsgate’s fire chief left the district for a new job earlier this year, the board appointed Wisner interim chief.
Payson Roundup

Multi-million dollar Scottsdale home a complete loss after first-alarm fire

VIDEO: A multi-million dollar home is a complete loss after a first-alarm fire broke out overnight in Scottsdale. According to Scottsdale fire, the fire broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Monday night near Pima Road and Sierra Pinta Drive. When firefighters arrived, the home was well involved and firefighters made entry to perform a search and rescue. However, the fire captain made the decision to pull them out without an all clear because of the dangers posed by the fire. Luckily, firefighters then learned that the homeowners were not home and were actually at their first home in Chicago.

Arizona City Fire District’s finances have changed under new chief

The Arizona City Fire District has undergone some financial changes under the tenure of its new chief. The amount budgeted for personnel costs has increased by about $340,000 over the last three years, district records show. The district had mostly consisted of part-time employees who also worked for neighboring fire departments. After Heaton became chief two years ago, he took steps to phase out the part-timers to increase efficiency for the department. The chief said he’s pleased with the results of employing 12 full-time staffers.
Pinal Central

Gila County has limited recourse for code complaints

Pine’s Trident Winery and Pine Ice have both provoked complaints from neighbors in recent weeks. Gila County community development officials have fielded the complaints, but have limited recourse. As previously reported in the Roundup, even if fines are charged due to code enforcement violations, the county does not have an effective means to collect the fines if the negligent party chooses not to pay. Currently, the ordinance has no real “teeth.” The county can send letters; hold hearings on violations; and impose fines in the event hearing officers uphold the finding of a violation, but has no way of collecting those fines.
Payson Roundup

Firefighters save several animals from Gilbert house fire

Firefighters were able to save several animals from an overnight Gilbert house fire, according to fire personnel. The house fire broke out sometime early Tuesday morning near Guadalupe and Gilbert roads. Fire crews from Gilbert and Mesa worked to get control of the house fire and in the process saved several animals inside. At this time, it is unknown if anyone was home at the time of the fire or if there were any injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Restaurant due to open next week catches fire in Phoenix

VIDEO: A restaurant that was due to open next week caught fire late Monday night in Phoenix, according to authorities. Phoenix fire crews responded to the restaurant fire near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road around 8:45 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found a working fire that was extending into the attic, Phoenix fire Capt. Rob McDade said. Fire crews were able to gain fire control and perform a complete search and rescue. Early on, firefighters believed the restaurant was vacant.

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