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  • Free classical concerts series starts Dec. 3

    Join classic music lovers for a free concert that combines familiar music with great works you may not have heard before. You’ll likely know Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, and you will recognize the Romeo and Juliet Overture and Polovtsian Dances, even if you couldn’t place their names. Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes is filled with fun, rhythmic melodies featuring the clarinet, giving it an almost Klezmer feel. The beautiful cello solos are not to be missed. The series starts Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3900 E. River Road, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at the Vistoso Community Church, 1200 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. in Oro Valley.

  • UPDATE: Sheriff's Department located 12-year-old girl and returned safely to family

    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department happily reported at 1:55 p.m. that 12-year-old Julia Davis has been located and reunited with loved ones.--The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 12-year-old Julia Davis. Julia was last seen yesterday, Nov. 20 around 9:00 p.m. and is believed to be somewhere on the Northwest side.She is described as:CaucasianApproximately 5’0” in height, 80 pounds in weightBrown hair, green eyesUnknown clothing descriptionAnyone with information on the location of Julia Davis is urged to call 9-1-1.

  • OVPD needs help identifying serial shoplifters

    On Sunday, Nov. 6 between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. two male suspects shoplifted numerous items from Marshalls and Kohl’s in the area of Oracle and Magee. The stolen items were loaded into the trunk of a blue, newer model Ford Mustang with red stripes down the front fenders and black wheels. Suspect one is described as a Hispanic or white male, 18-25 years-old, with short dark hair with longer bangs. He was last seen wearing a black Adidas hooded sweatshirt with stripes down both sleeves, a pair of tight, light blue jeans and black and white shoes. Suspect two is described as a Hispanic or white male, 18-25 years-old, with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, a pair of light blue jeans with holes in the thigh area and black and white shoes.  The Oro Valley Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. Images were captured on surveillance and are shown below. Please contact 88-CRIME, 911 or 520-229-4900 with any information.

  • UPDATE: OVPD apprehends cat thieves

    The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) would like to thank the community for your responses to this incident.  The juveniles have been identified.  The cat, Amiga, was safely returned to Petsmart.  Amiga was uninjured and in good health.  The investigation is ongoing with charges pending.  ORIGINAL RELEASEOn Sunday, Nov.13 at approximately 3 p.m. two male suspects entered the Petsmart located in the 10600 block of North Oracle Road. One male grabbed a cat that was up for adoption; both males ran out of the store.  Both males were described as approximately 15 years old, approximately 5’10”, both having brown hair. One male was last seen wearing a brown hat, brown tank top and brown shorts. The other male was last seen wearing a gray shirt, black pants and red shoes.The Oro Valley Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying the males. An image of the male wearing the gray shirt, black pants and red shoes was captured on surveillance and is shown below. Please contact 88-CRIME, 911 or 520-229-4900 with any information. 

  • OVPD needs help identifying Armed Robber

    On Nov.5, 2016 at approximately 10 p.m. the Oro Valley Police Department’s  patrol responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at the Giant station on Oracle and Magee.  The suspect went into the store and paid cash for a small amount for gas.  He then departed the gas pump area, returned a few minutes later and asked to use the restroom.  The suspect entered the restroom to put on a bandanna or ski mask of some type, rushes towards the clerk with a black handgun pointed at her and demanding money.  The suspect left the store heading southbound.  OVPD patrol searched the area; however, they did not locate the suspect.  OVPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who is described as a either a Hispanic or Caucasian male, approximately 5’09” 150 lbs., under 30 years-of age wearing black denim shorts and white tennis shoes with black laces.  The suspect was described as have scarring on his face. Please contact 88-CRIME, 911 or 520-229-4900 with any information.

  • Mayor defends Oro Valley’s support of community center and other amenities at State of the Town

    For the seventh time, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath took to the podium to deliver the 15th annual State of the Town address.During that speech, Hiremath offered a philosophical defense of the town’s controversial purchase of the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center and support for other damenities that the council has created in recent years.Hiremath challenged the gathered audience of more than 600 business leaders, elected officials, various political candidates, town residents and others to ask themselves to think about why they do the things that they do.Not just simply making money or earning respect, as Hiremath said those were simply results, but the actual motivations. Hiremath said the question of why didn’t just apply to his own personal actions but those of the town, its town council and its staff since he took office in 2010.Sharing last year with the assembled crowd during the state of the town that Oro Valley was “a community by design,” Hiremath took an opportunity with this year’s speech to highlight how that design has come to benefit the community as a whole.“A community by design is a community that doesn’t happen by accident, nor does it happen by dumb luck,” he said. “We don’t stumble into success and we don’t have to cross our fingers and hope for opportunities. It happens because we establish a vision, we develop a plan, we take deliberate action to achieve that vision and we persevere.”

  • Tomb Town: Haunted trail mixes screams with help for the hungry

    His love of horror and Halloween inspired Keith Stewart to help. For the past 15 years he has transformed his property into the Terror Trail at Tomb Town, a haunted trail that not only aims to scare, but help. All proceeds from the trail go to the Tucson Community Foodbank. Last year Stewart and his wife Jenny helped raise $1,700 for the food bank and this year the goal to raise even more. Stewart has been a horror fan his entire life and grew up rushing home to watch shows like Dark Shadows. Dark Shadows, The Disney Haunted Mansion and Universal Monster movies all fanned his love of all things horror and he spent his youth making his own small haunted house. He made his first haunted house when he was 14 years old in his neighbor’s garage. They charged 10 cents and made $18.As he became older he started doing his haunted house, but it wasn’t until he and his wife moved to Tucson that they had the room to really do what they wanted to do. “Tucson is where we finally had a yard big enough to really do a good Halloween display,” Keith said.   Billed as the “longest haunted trail in Southern Arizona” traditionally they would only do the haunted trail for one night, but with the success they had a year ago, they will now run it on Oct. 30 and 31. 

  • Zinkin, Garner and Burns say goodbye to OV Council

    In what was one of the shortest regular sessions of the Oro Valley town council—clocking in at just over 30 minutes—three of its members sat upon the dais before the public for the final time.Last Wednesday, Oct. 19, the council voted unanimously on an agenda item requested by mayor Satish Hiremath and Councilmember Brendan Burns to cancel the Nov. 2 regular session, as there was no business scheduled for that meeting. Later in the meeting, Councilmember Joe Hornat called for a motion to adjourn with five items left on the agenda, which passed by a 4-to-2 vote; councilmembers Zinkin and Bill Garner were opposed, while councilmember Burns was absent.“I have looked at the items that Mike is about to read, they have been on the agenda for some of those for two and a half years,” Hornat said. “I find it unusual that they would come up at the last meeting. As a consequence I move to adjourn.”And with that vote, councilmembers Burns, Zinkin and Garner walked from the dais for the final time. The three will retain their positions for the better part of a month before vacating their seats to councilmember-elects Rhonda Pina, Bill Rodman and Steve Solomon, who won their seats in the August primary. Before the vote was taken last week, Zinkin read a prepared statement congratulating the incumbent councilmembers and expressing both elation and frustration in looking back at his tenure on the dais.Zinkin said that the four-plus years he had served on the council have been “frustrating, aggravating and rewarding.”

  • Mayor Hiremath lays out town's plan to Jewish Community

    When Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath took office in 2010 the town was at a crossroads.Rapidly expanding, and attracting residents and businesses, there was still a struggle of philosophy with some longtime residents of the town wanting to maintain a “small town” feel. This is one difficult situation Hiremath has struggled with, which he discussed at a talk for the Jewish Federation of Arizona’s Northwest Division, located at 190 W. Magee Road., Ste. 162  on Tuesday, Sept. 13.During his talk Hiremath discussed his vision for Oro Valley as well as the progress his community has made over the years, but also the struggles it has faced and how it has overcome them.Hiremath, serving his second term as mayor, discussed a myriad of plans including building more educational facilities and housing, but also discussed his goals of uniting his community and making diversity a priority.Hiremath opened the talk by discussing Oro Valley’s recent boom and its transformation from a retirement community into a working class suburb.“What used to be once 85 percent retired is now 75 percent not retired, and that’s almost in a ten-year span,” he said. “That is a relatively short, short time to have that kind of mass transformation."

  • A town and its police: Oro Valley’s community department

    When Oro Valley Police Department Police Chief and Interim Town Manager Daniel Sharp asks town residents what level of crime they find acceptable, the reaction is often immediate.“They just about throw me out of the room,” Sharp said. “‘What are you, nuts?’ they say. ‘No crime is acceptable.’”With such high expectations set by Oro Valley residents, Sharp has for the better part of two decades been at the top of a 100-member police force that strives to set standard for policing practices by implementing a community policing philosophy.When Sharp gets such a strong response to his question about acceptable crime levels, he said it’s like sweet music to his ears. With nearly four decades in law enforcement, Sharp has become a nationally recognized for his studies, lecturing, practicing and understanding of community policing. After his long tenure with the Tucson Police Department, Sharp moved up north to Oro Valley and found himself within a town wholly accepting—and expecting—the level of safety and community wellbeing that he sought to establish as an officer. Sharp said achieving proper community policing will change with the community being policed; the police must react to the citizens as well as those who do business in Oro Valley and those who pass through.“It’s a set of values,” he said. “It’s not a program and it’s not an initiative. It’s how we do business. The community should be dictating and we should be listening to our community.”

  • Bruggeman creating a legacy at Canyon Del Oro High School

    Several weeks into her eighth year at Canyon del Oro High School, 29-year-old history teacher Elizabeth Bruggeman looked back at the beginning of her career, when the University of Arizona graduate was at the helm of a class all her own.“The biggest thing I wanted to do that first year was make history relatable,” she said. “I think that this is a big problem that kids have. They dislike history, they see it as just facts, or ‘what’s the purpose of this, why do I need to know this?’ I would purposefully look for things that are going on now so that when I would teach them about that historical topic, I could say how it was directly impacting us in the current tense, today.”Whether discussing ongoing elections or looking into the origins and concepts underlying social issues, Bruggeman said she believes tying in current events to history is just another aspect to understanding history. Bruggeman believes learning history develops skills in youth that will help them throughout their lives: critical thinking, document analysis, understanding the perspectives of others, strong critical reading and writing skills.“I don’t think that you can truly understand anything going on in the world without understanding how we got here or why we are here and furthermore, I think it’s just a good sense of global citizenship to know about events that are going on, to be aware of candidates and current aspects of government or economics,” she said. “You can’t really get any real insight into that without knowing why things are the way they are.”The decision to pursue teaching came to Bruggeman at a young age. She has vivid memories of sitting in her bedroom and lining up dolls as students and trying to get her brothers to write papers for her to grade. Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., Bruggeman attended the UA and earned a bachelor’s degree in history education in 2009. Having previously worked within the Flowing Wells district as a college student, Bruggeman said she was interested in teaching in north Tucson after graduating college. During her studies, she said that several individuals directed her to the Amphitheater School District and she was ultimately drawn to CDO because of the school’s impressive amount of extracurricular offerings.

  • Lisaius couple pleads guilty to child endangerment

    A former KOLD 13 crime reporter and his journalist wife pled guilty to a misdemeanor endangerment charges.Both Som and Krystin Lisaius had previously pled not guilty to charges of possession of a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and child abuse after being indicted on June 9.The couple will have a sentencing hearing on Oct. 3.Trouble first began for the couple around 11 a.m. Sunday, May 15, when the couple took their 4-month-old child to the Oro Valley Hospital, fearing for her wellbeing. After the infant girl was evaluated by hospital staff, the couple refused to allow nurses to perform a blood draw on the child. Sometime later, the parents left with the child against medical advice but agreed to have her transferred to Banner University Medical Center for further evaluation.Cocaine was eventually found in the child’s system, and both parents admitted to having used the drug just the previous night at a barbecue they were hosting at their home. Krystin also admitted to a UMC social worker to recently breastfeeding the child and both parents later tested positive for the drug.During the course of investigation, Som told Oro Valley Police Department detectives that evening that he and his wife hosted a barbecue at their home for a birthday celebration, including family and friends. Lisaius eventually admitted that he used cocaine that night, and also used the drug “every six weeks or so.” He also said that he has witnessed his wife using cocaine since having their child.

  • [UPDATE] Challengers hold lead in Oro Valley

    Much-needed Update 4:Posted over the Labor Day weekend, 529 votes were added to the Oro Valley totals - bringing the grand total to 34,419.Votes to win: 5,737Rhonda Pina:  6,890 votes (+96)Steve Solomon: 6,816 votes (+110)Bill Rodman: 6,204 votes (+99)

  • Pre-primary campaign finances released

    Submitted just days before tomorrow’s primary election, another campaign finance report from candidates, political action committees and other politically involved members of the Oro Valley community has shed light on the inner workings of each campaign.The council seats on the ballot this year belong to the three incumbent candidates: councilmembers Brendan Burns, Bill Garner and Mike Zinkin. Hoping to claim a spot on the town’s ruling body are residents Rhonda Pina, Bill Rodman and Steve Solomon. All reports with the exception of Rodman’s covered June 1 until Aug. 18, Rodman ended his reporting on Aug. 26.Much as she was at the end of June, Pina sits as the highest drawing candidate in terms of finances. As of Aug. 26 she had raised a total of $27,240. Following behind her was Rodman at $26,375.00 and then Solomon at $23,441.43.The greatest contribution came from Humberto and Carina Lopez, the former the cofounder of HSL Properties, who gave $5,000 each to all three campaigns. Omar Mirales, Lopez’s nephew and current president of HSL, contributed $3,000 to Pina and Rodman and just over $2,900 to Solomon. Other notable contributions came from Jim and Vicki Click, Jr. ($2,500 each) and Peter Fasseas ($1,000).Additionally, Pina, Solomon and Rodman each received $1,000 from the Realtors of Arizona PAC and $250 from the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. Though not has large individually, seven employees of investment firm Diamond Ventures, Inc. each donated to the challengers totaling nearly $2,000.

  • Mailers cause a fuss in election proceedings

    Though he may have not been on the dais during the second candidate forum, or even in the room, one member of the Oro Valley community had both his name and political action committee brought forth multiple times.Initially formed last year in opposition to the referendum effort involving the acquisition of the community and recreation center, Don Cox and his Triple E PAC have become entangled within the town’s current political struggle.Cox and his PAC were first brought up during councilmember Brendan Burns’ opening statement at the Aug. 10 candidate forum hosted by the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort. During his speech, Burns challenged candidates Rhonda Pina, Bill Rodman and Steve Solomon to disavow Cox and the Triple E for “his hateful actions” for the rest of the campaign cycle.What Burns referenced is a four page, full color mailer sent by the PAC to town residents containing information on all six candidates in the election: incumbents Burns, Mike Zinkin and Bill Garner and challengers Pina, Solomon and Rodman.Clearly supportive of the challenging candidates, the mailer contains negative information on Zinkin, Garner and Burns, including negative statements allegedly made by Zinkin’s son, excerpts from a 2014 Explorer article regarding Burns’ legal troubles and a 2014 article from The Arizona Daily Star regarding comments Garner made about the Oro Valley Police Department.Cox, who said the flyer was made by just copying and pasting information from the internet and requested documents, said he was just looking to educate the voting public in Oro Valley. Instead of the “two or 3,000” people in the town that Cox said pay close attention to local politics, he said the mailer was aimed at those “less informed about what’s going on.”

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