Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:49:34 GMT
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street.More >>
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street. More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:55:13 GMT
Some funny guys are visiting the University of Arizona before their new movie hits theaters.Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (AKA McLovin') and Jerrod Carmichael we be on campus on Thursday to promoteMore >>
Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (AKA McLovin') and Jerrod Carmichael we be on campus on Thursday to promote their new movie "Neighbors."More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:15:08 GMT
Six people hired to protect children in Arizona have been fired. Charles Flanagan, the head of Arizona's new child welfare agency, said he fired five senior Child Protective Service workers who came upMore >>
Charles Flanagan, the head of Arizona's new child welfare agency, said he fired five senior Child Protective Service workers who came up with a plan that led to more than 6,500 abuse and neglect cases being closed.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:28:48 GMT
A car accident has closed Silverbell Road at Sunset Wednesday night, according to Pima County Sheriff's Office. Tucson Electric Power has arrived on the scene, repairing power lines. They are workingMore >>
Tucson Electric Power is on the scene, repairing power lines. They are working to restore service during the closure.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:44:55 GMT
Affordable, structured care for infants up to preschool has been a move pushed by new Tucson Unified School District superintendent HT Sanchez to build loyalty with employees and parents.More >>
Early Learning Centers are set to open July 1st. Employees can get discounts and enroll infants as young as six weeks old.More >>
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
It is a danger
Tucson's officer pilots face every day they're on the job: patrolling the city
from the skies. Officer pilots work closely with ground units, helping
track suspects, they are the eye in the sky that's helping keep our city
Some on the
ground though, are not concerned about the officers' safety. It is not
just police helicopters, even medical helicopters, commercial jets, and
military plans are increasingly becoming targets of those pointing laser beams
who is in charge of government affairs for the Tucson Police Officers
Association said it was a serious and growing problem.
year, in the U.S., there were 3,000 documented incidents of aircraft being struck
Winsky said the
Phoenix area was number one in the area for laser strikes, and Tucson was not
far behind. Police pilots reported dealing with at least 50 to 60 laser
strikes in 2013.
officer pilot Chris Potter was manning one of the flights, when a laser pointer
targeted his chopper, leaving him with permanent eye damage.
years ago I was coming back to the airport when a bright green laser entered my
aircraft through an open window on the right side, it burst into more than a
100 rays of blinding light, and contacted my right eye. It left me with
permanent eye damage in my right eye. It immediately felt like someone
had punched me and left a debris like glass. I had flash blindness
in there to where I could not see,".
is still flying the Tucson skies, now he has dedicated his life to helping make
laser strikes a felony crime in Arizona. Potter is helping co-author a
bill that would make it a class 5 Felony to point lasers at any aircraft in the
sky. This included medical helicopters, military planes, commercial jets,
Sgt. Jason Winsky was in Phoenix on Thursday for a hearing in the Judiciary House
Committee. Winsky told Tucson News Now the bill unanimously passed, and
was on to the full House and Senate next for a hearing. After that it
would go to the Governor to sign into law.
the FBI, Tucson is number one in the nation for arresting suspects accused of
pointing lasers at aircraft. Once the suspects were caught, police
said there was no punishment. They could charge the suspect with and
"endangering" charge, but it was a slap on the wrist because it was
not a felony.
Ethan Orr's office worked with law enforcement to help craft the bill.
there was no price tag attached to the bill, and there seemed to be no
opposition so far. Winsky stressed this bill was all about safety.