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Arizona lawmakers pass cellphone driving ban, sends bill to Ducey

PHOENIX — Editor's note: In the above video, the father-in-law of police Officer Clayton Townsend makes his plea for passing a statewide distracted driving law. Townsend was killed when he was struck by a car operated by a man texting.


Pinal County: Woman tried to pay for raffle with fake $100 bill at Country Thunder

FLORENCE, AZ — The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says a woman from Surprise tried to pass off a fake $100 bill while entering a raffle for an organization that helps the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during Country Thunder.


It Soon Will Be Illegal to Text and Drive in Arizona

The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would prohibit forms of distracted driving. One of the approved bills, sponsored by Republican State Representative Noel Campbell, targets people who use their cellphones while driving. The other bill, sponsored by State Senator


Theft, fraud reported in Gold Canyon April 6-10 to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

Above are the general locations of a theft and fraud reported April 6-10 to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in the community of Gold Canyon. Theft of property, reported at 9:18 a.m. April 6 in the 6500 block of East Casa de Leon Lane.


Company in Arizona says it can build border wall better, faster and cheaper than anyone

COOLIDGE, Arizona — The states neighboring Mexico are looking at options, along with the federal government, on how to build a fence or wall along the border. Build 218 miles of border fence with access roads for the Border Patrol. Incorporate high-tech surveillance and facial recognition cameras. P


Wildlife officials say 2019's first known Southeast Arizona bear sighting was April 2

Wildlife officials thought they had a video, with a timestamp showing April 6, of Southeast Arizona's first confirmed bear sighting of 2019, but they've since obtained an earlier photo.


Arizona police release graphic video of deadly officer-involved shooting

Arizona police released a video Wednesday that showed a man throwing a wrench at deputies before they shot him to death while responding to a call from family members concerned for the man’s mental health on Friday.


Supervisors OK south Pinal winery despite cross-county objections

FLORENCE — A future winery and event center on the Pinal-Pima county line drew objections from approximately 15 neighbors on the Pima side, who predicted their rural lifestyle would be disrupted by reckless drivers, crime, noise and other problems.


Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names

PHOENIX — Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.


PCSO: Deputies find various drugs in impaired pregnant woman's vehicle

PINAL COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A pregnant woman was arrested after the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said she was impaired while driving and had different types of drugs in her vehicle.


SunZia to hold public meeting April 24 on transmission line in Oracle

SunZia Transmission LLC will host a public meeting 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Oracle Community Center, 685 E. American Ave. in Oracle, to provide an opportunity for public comment on the proposed realignment of transmission lines on Arizona State Trust lands in Pinal County near the San Ma


Southern Arizona will be hoppin' with Easter egg hunts this weekend

Tucson community organizations are gearing up for the Easter holiday with activities for the whole family. Saturday egg hunts will prepare little ones for what’s in store on Easter Sunday, and music and activities will get you in the spring mood.


Oro Valley Police deploy extra enforcement along busy roadway

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Oro Valley Police Department is ramping up their patrol along a busy roadway as part of their HiVE program. HiVE or high visibility enforcement is a program that the Oro Valley Police Department started in 2013. The program ran for some time before stopping due to staffing change


Summer open burning restrictions begin May 1

The Superstition Fire and Medical District will join Pinal County in the restriction of all open burning beginning on Wednesday, May 1. The Pinal County Air Quality Division on April 1 began issuing three-day-only open burning permits. All permits will expire on May 1, according to a release.


Late Eloy detective honored at award ceremony

FLORENCE — An Eloy police detective who died earlier this year from medical complications was honored last week at an awards ceremony for local law enforcement. The Eloy Police Department choose to give a posthumous honor to Detective Sharonda Dean in recognition of the six years she spent with the


Official: California water district lawsuit threatens drought plan

PHOENIX — Arizona's top water official said Wednesday that a lawsuit filed by California's Imperial Irrigation District could pose a threat to the newly approved multi-state Drought Contingency Plan.


Oro Valley: the road ahead

Maps are vital when you’re taking a road trip, and whether you keep a ragged, worn atlas in your vehicle or have updated to a smart phone, maps are a necessity. The Town of Oro Valley’s primary map is the Your Voice, Our Future General Plan, which is a 10-year plan that was approved by voters in 201


Celebrate Arbor Day, plant a tree with Mayor Winfield

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Town of Oro Valley will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree with Mayor Joe Winfield, Saturday, April 27. It will be at the Steam Pump Ranch located at 10901 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley, AZ 85737 from 9:30 until 11:30.


Traveling exhibition celebrates the beauty of hope

Art finds many homes in Southern Arizona, including some unlikely ones like Roche Tissue Diagnostics in Oro Valley. Roche, an innovator of cancer diagnostics for patients worldwide, has long committed itself to the arts, and partners with the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance to incorporat


ADOT to vote on future Oracle Road improvements

Oro Valley has a chance to see North Oracle Road restored from one end of town to the other. The Arizona Department of Transportation plans to invest $31 million in pavement preservation and related improvements on Oracle Road, also known as State Highway 77, between West River Road and Calle Concor