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NewsNet 03-26-14

PROCESSION AND MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW FOR FALLEN TUCSON FIRE INVESTIGATOR - Services will be held tomorrow for Tucson Fire Investigator Tom Quesnel, who died from leukemia on March 14. Doctors determined the cancer to be work-related. Quesnel began his career with Tucson Fire in 1989 and became a Fire Cause Investigator in 1994. He spent the last 20 years investigating nearly 3,000 fires throughout the Southwest. Services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. starting at Tucson Police Department Headquarters (270 S. Stone), followed by a walking procession from that location to Fire Central downtown (300 S. Fire Central Pl.), where the memorial service will take place. The attire for the ceremony will be Dress Uniform with hat. Parking is available in the southwest portion of the TCC parking lot. Learn more at the Tucson Fire Department Facebook page.

CITY MANAGER PROVIDES BUDGET FRAMEWORK TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL - Tucson City Manager Richard Miranda yesterday formally presented an outline of his plan to help the City reduce its nearly $27.2 million deficit for next fiscal year. The plan includes reorganizing some departments and personnel to make government more efficient, while maintaining core public services. Many of the changes would affect the Parks and Recreation department. Even with the proposed changes, another $2 million would need to be cut to balance the budget. There are several more discussions and public hearings that will take place before Mayor and Council adopts a final budget before the end of June. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and view the PowerPoint presentation.

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY: ASSAULT SUSPECT - Tucson Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who reportedly attacked an 18-year-old student on her way to Alta Vista High School. The student says she was walking to school yesterday when she was approached  by a male on Iowa Drive, just west of Campbell Avenue. She says the man grabbed her from behind and told her not to scream, but she did scream and managed to get away. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, 5'07" tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a scar on his right arm. Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect, attached to the news release.

PIMA COUNTY CONSTANTLY CLEANING LITTER - In preparation for the summer monsoon, Pima County officials are stepping up normal efforts to clean litter from washes and storm drains. Heavy rain brings more trash into washes and storm drains, so cleaning it now will make it easier on workers later. Pima County Principal Hydrologist Marie Light says 60-inch storm drains collect all the trash and junk people don't throw away or dump intentionally. The County gets about 1,200 environmental complaints each year, she says, and half are about trash. Read more from KVOA.

LEARN ABOUT STREETCAR SAFETY - As the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar vehicles go through testing in preparation for a summer start, the streetcar's management team continues to educate community members and streetcar operators about safety. Sun Link's "Be Street-Smart" educational safety campaign is an ongoing effort to educate citizens about the streetcars presence and how to be safe around the tracks.