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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:00 am

NPCCC chamber seeks awards nominations

Nominations are needed by Friday, July 29 for the 2011 Pinnacle Awards, given each year by the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce to recognize business achievement and community contribution.

Awards for the Small, Midsize and Large Business of the Year, as well as the Legacy, Community Leader and Nonprofit awards, are being presented by the chamber at its annual meeting and awards breakfast Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador.

"We've simplified the nomination form to one page, and ask people to write a paragraph about a person or business they'd like to see recognized," said Dave Perry, chamber president and chief executive officer.

In addition to the business achievement awards, the Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have made long-term contributions to community well-being in Northern Pima County. Outstanding community service organizations are eligible for the Non-profit Award. "The Community Leader Award speaks for itself," Perry said.

Forms are available at, or at the chamber office. Breakfast is priced at $30 per person. Registration is available at the chamber office, 7435 N. Oracle, Suite 107; by calling 297-2191, by e-mailing, by faxing 742-7960, or through the chamber's eventbrite registration feature.

Johnson elected to food bank advisory board

The Marana Community Food Bank Advisory Board has a new member. Maeve Johnson, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, was elected at the July 13 advisory board meeting.

Johnson's commitment to the community is expressed in her service as a member of the Governor's Growing Smarter Task Force. Prior to her move to Marana in 2010, she was involved with the Phoenix Women's Commission and was president of the Phoenix City Club.

"We are fortunate to have Maeve's experience and enthusiasm on our board," said Linda Hampton, executive director of the Marana Community Food Bank. "She is a wonderful addition to an already fabulous team."

The nine-member Marana Community Food Bank Advisory Board assists the executive director in fundraising, community relations, solicitation of volunteers and other duties.

The Marana Community Food Bank provides food assistance each month to more than 1,700 families in Marana, Oro Valley, Avra Valley, Picture Rocks and other areas of Northwest Tucson.

OV P&Z to discuss Town Centre Aug. 2

The Oro Valley Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 2 to hear comments about the Planned Area Development (PAD) amendment for the Oro Valley Town Centre at Rooney Ranch, located on the east side of Oracle Road and First Avenue.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

The requested PAD modifications are:

• Allowing multi-family residential uses;

• Requesting additional convenience uses;

• Increasing maximum building heights for office buildings to 50 feet; and

• Modifying the Tentative Development Plan to allow increased development flexibility.

The Town encourages the public to attend and express their comments. An agenda for this meeting will be made available at least 24 hours prior to the meeting time; it can be viewed at

For questions and additional information, contact Matt Michels, senior planner, at 229-4822 or

Run to help support our troops

In coordination with the national Steven Siller Foundation and USACares, the Arizona Chapter 2 Blue Star Mothers of America will host a five-mile walk on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The Tunnel to Towers Run for Marana/Tucson will begin at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, at 7548 N. Silverbell Road.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:46 a.m., and the walk starts at 6:55 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will be used for emergency funding for troops, building homes for wounded warriors, and to send care packages to troops.

Participants are encouraged to bring an item to put in care packages for the troops. Items can include snack foods, toiletries, games, books and socks.

For sponsorship and event information, contact Debra Siefert at 305-5647, or email

Libraries to host back-to-school swap

The Pima County Library in partnership with FREECYCLE is hosting the Back-to-School Swap on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon.

If you're not sure what to do with unused items that are just gathering dust, this is your chance to swap it.

If you have items in good condition, come to the swap-it event at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library at 101 N. Stone Ave., the Valencia Branch at 202 W. Valencia Road, or Eckstrom-Columbus at 4350 E. 22nd St.

For more information, call 791-4010, email, or log on to

Former civil Attorney faces criminal charges in Oro Valley

Leslie Spira, a former civil attorney with Santa Cruz County, is facing criminal charges in Oro Valley.

Spira, 52, has been charged with impersonating a public servant and false reporting to law enforcement.

According to police records, on July 9 police responded to a domestic violence call at an Oro Valley apartment complex in the 10300 block of North Oracle Road.

As officers worked to question the parties involved, Spira allegedly claimed she was an attorney representing one of the people being questioned.

She allegedly told officers she was allowed to take private cases, even though she said she worked for the Santa Cruz County Attorney's office.

Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silva fired Spira in May for unknown reasons.

Before being dismissed, Spira had been in charge of the civil division since 2007, making $89,000 a year.

Spira is scheduled to make an initial appearance in the Oro Valley Municipal Court on Aug. 15.

Teacher charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

A former teacher and coach in the Marana Unified School District was arrested July 11 in Colorado after being charged with two counts of Internet sexual exploitation of a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Justin Ray Sargent, 33, was arrested at the Jefferson County District Attorney's office after allegedly talking online with a female who he believed was under the age of 15.

Officials of the Marana Unified School District say Sargent worked at Marana Middle School as an eighth-grade science teacher and softball coach for two years. He resigned on July 14.

School officials say none of the allegations involve local students.

On April 28, Mike Harris, a Jefferson County investigator, signed on to an online chat room under the identity of an under-age female. The investigator was soon contacted by someone using the screen name "greetme_az." Investigators allege that Sargent used two or more screen names, including "greetme_az."

Sargent allegedly engaged the portrayed child in sexually graphic online chat. The online chat continued intermittently until July 7.

According to the arrest affidavit, Sargent repeatedly asked the child to send him topless and other sexually-oriented photos of her, not knowing the child was actually the undercover investigator working for the Jefferson County District Attorney's office.

On July 8, authorities phoned Sargent, asking him to come to Golden, Colo. and turn himself in. Sargent complied with the request, traveling from Arizona to Colorado.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 16. Sargent posted a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, and was given permission by the court to travel to Arizona on a pretrial services travel permit.


Safely dispose your meds July 30

Area residents are invited to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to this Saturday's Dispose-A-Med event. It is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on July 30 at the Target store, 10555 N. Oracle Road, near First Avenue.

The Oro Valley Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, SOBER Project, Meth Free Alliance, Oro Valley Optimist Club, Golder Ranch Fire District and Pima County Wastewater, offers this opportunity to safely dispose of the unwanted medications.

In addition, student pharmacists from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, will be available to review and answer citizens' questions about their medications, and conduct free blood pressure checks.

Organizers will provide information about prescription drug safety and how to properly dispose of narcotics and other harmful drugs.

For more information, call Sgt. Amy Sloane at 229-4900.

Ajo landfill to have new hours

The landfill in Ajo will offer a new schedule beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 2. It will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday as well as all holidays observed by Pima County. The landfill is used by residents in Northwest Tucson.

The changes were made in response to requests from Ajo-area residents for different hours.

The landfill is operated by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality Solid Waste Division.

For more information, visit or call 744-6173.


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  • seeking truth posted at 11:36 pm on Thu, Aug 11, 2011.

    seeking truth Posts: 1

    [sad] prominent attorney in trouble hmmmmmm. Oro Valley Police are a nightmare


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