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Friday, September 17, 2021

Man in custody after west Phoenix apartment fire

VIDEO: One man was taken to the hospital after an apartment fire in west Phoenix Friday morning. Phoenix police say officers were called to the complex near 67th Avenue and Indian School Road regarding a man “in crisis” around 6:30 a.m. After officers arrived, they saw fire coming from the apartment building. It is believed the man started the fire and he was taken into custody. Crews transported the man to the hospital for evaluation. Video from the scene showed officers with a person who appeared to be in handcuffs. Phoenix fire officials were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and say the investigation is still underway. One family has been displaced due to the fire.
KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

A day after a bomb scare at Mesa High School, 4 more Valley schools have gone into lockdown

Police were called to at least four Valley high schools Thursday, the day after Mesa High School in Mesa was evacuated due to a bomb scare. Police were called to Red Mountain High School in Mesa Thursday morning before school opened after reports of a "suspicious package" in the building. A search yielded nothing, according to the Mesa Police Department. Canyon View High School in Buckeye was in lockdown Thursday morning after a threat was made against it, according to an announcement from the school. The department and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are investigating. Westwood High School in Mesa was put into lockdown for an hour Thursday morning after students received a Snapchat message saying a school shooting would occur at 11:22 a.m., according to a Mesa police spokeswoman.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fountain Hills Council considers uses for Rescue Plan Act Funds

PHOTO: The Town of Fountain Hills is slated to receive $8.4 million in federal assistance coming from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), divided between the current fiscal year and next fiscal year. At its regular session last week, the Town Council approved a plan that would use those funds for public safety, primarily the town’s contract with Rural/Metro for fire and emergency medical services. Staff determined that 80 percent of fire department responses are medical related and proposed that 80 percent of the funding go to the fire and medical services. With approximately $4.2 million each year, $3.1 million goes to the Rural/Metro contract and just over $1 million to the MCSO law enforcement agreement.
Fountain Hills Times

Neighbors save elderly homeowner from Phoenix house fire

Neighbors led an elderly man from his burning Phoenix home to safety early Wednesday in a blaze that took crews from three fire departments to control. A spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department said no one was injured at the house near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road. Firefighters had been told there was a chance someone was inside the house but that neighbors had been trying to get him out of the house. Crews arrived and searched inside the home to make sure no one else was inside then began fighting the fire. Avondale and Glendale fire departments assisted in the operation. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale

Search at Grand Canyon turns up remains of another missing person

Crews searching for a missing man at Grand Canyon National Park made an unexpected discovery this summer. They found the remains of another person who authorities believe was last seen at the park in 2015. The medical examiner's office is working to confirm the identity. Park officials tentatively have identified the person as 56-year-old Scott Walsh. Park spokeswoman Joelle Baird says Walsh had been living in Ecuador but had a driver's license out of Brooklyn, New York. Park rangers recently linked prescriptions found in a day pack belonging to Walsh with identification in a jacket found with his remains.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

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