Man injured in Avra Valley house fire

A 48-year-old Avra Valley man was flown to Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix early on Aug. 16 after escaping a house fire.

Avra Valley fire officials said the man and a woman escaped the mobile home fire that started around 2:15 a.m. The fire was confined to the bedroom, where it took fire crews about 30 minutes to put it out.

The man suffered burns to his torso, arms and hands.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Optimists to ‘scramble for youth' at golf tournament

The Oro Valley Optimist Club is now accepting registrations for its Scramble for Youth golf tournament. The fundraiser is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start on Sept. 9 at the El Conquistador Country Club, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive in Oro Valley.

The entry fee is $110 per person, which includes golf fees, the use of a cart, food, a team photo and a tee favor.

The special guest for the event is Laura Ianello, coach of the University of Arizona women's golf team.

Proceeds benefit various youth programs. They include Dispose-A-Med, Drug Awareness Day, Project Graduation, student of the month, Arizona Youth Partnership and Fight Against Childhood Cancer.

To register online, visit

For more information, call Don Cox at 918-8888 or Mike Wilson at 591-9640.

Speaker to discuss green options at NARFE meeting

National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1874, Tucson, will meet Sept. 19 at the Home Town Buffet, 5101 N. Oracle Road, just north of River Road. Current and retired federal employees, spouses, guests and visitors may attend.

Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m.; the meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $9.50 per person.

Guest speaker Marilyn Civer from the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce will discuss recycling and options to help improve the environment.

For more information, call Valerie H. Davis at 908-0774.

NARFE has been safeguarding and improving the earned rights and benefits of America's active and retired federal employees since 1921.

Man shot prior to car crash in Marana

Police are asking for the public's help in solving a case that has been deemed a homicide.

At 9:20 p.m. Sunday, Marana police officers responded to a call regarding shots that were fired and a car crash near North Luckett Road and West Linda Lane.

Upon investigation, officers found Stevel N. McDermott, 41, dead inside his car. Police believe McDermott and his car crashed into a tree and fence in the area after being shot, according to Sgt. Tim Brunenkant, a spokesman for Marana police. McDermott died from injuries sustained in the crash, Brunenkant said.

Police are not releasing where on his body McDermott was shot due to an ongoing investigation.

According to witnesses, the shots were fired during a fight between McDermott, who resides in Tucson, and another man. The other man is believed to have driven away in a small sports utility vehicle.

Police have no leads in the case.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Rollover accident victim is hospitalized

The driver of a car involved in a single-car rollover Aug.18 was flown to University Medical Center Tucson for treatment.

The driver, a female who was not identified in press information, was found inside her car, which rolled over on Highway 79 just west of Oracle Road early this afternoon. Golder Ranch Fire District units responded to the call for assistance at about 1 p.m. today.

GRFD units had to extricate the driver, who was then flown by LifeNet to UMC. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident. DPS believes speed may have played a role in the accident.

GRFD reminds all drivers to utilize their seatbelts when traveling ina vehicle and to obey posted speed limits.

Middle school football teams to duel it out

The Marana Middle School will host a "Duel in the Desert" jamboree this Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon to support middle school football.

The event is aimed at allowing local seventh- and eighth-grade lightweight teams to come together to represent their schools and show team colors, spirit and pride.

The competition is all about bragging rights, as winners of the event will have their year and school name engraved on a team plaque.

In the competition, each scrimmage will be 45 minutes with a running clock, and no timeouts. Each scrimmage will begin at the 35-yardline with no kickoffs, no down markers and no first downs.

Each team will be given 10 offensive plays regardless of a touchdown. If an extra point is attempted, the attempt will count against the 10 plays.

In the event a touchdown is scored, play will resume at the 35-yard-line until the 10-offensive play limit is met.

Turnovers will be whistled dead, and possession will remain with the defense. No infractions will be addressed, only corrected.

All players on the team are required to play.

Teams competing in the Aug. 27 event include Amphi, La Cima, Coronado, Marana, Cross, Tortolita, Flowing Wells and Wilson.

New book club to discuss Rodo's ‘Ariel' in Spanish

Club de Lectores, a new readers' group that reads books authored in Spanish by writers from Latin America and Spain and discusses them in Spanish, will host its next meeting on Sunday, Sept. 4. The September book selection is "Ariel" by Jose Enrique Rodo.

The group will meet on the first Sunday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Bookman's bookstore, 1930 E. Grant Road, near Campbell Avenue. Membership is free.

The group welcomes people who read and speak Spanish fluently as well as those who do not. However, the latter should be aware this group's mission is not to teach the Spanish language.

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