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NewsNet 04-29-14

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUES MAN WHO FELL 15 FEET INTO A TRENCH - Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Technical Rescue Teams pulled a workman from a 15-foot ditch at the 600 block of South Houghton Road yesterday. TFD Captain Barrett Baker says the call came in at 1:30 p.m. and the victim was pulled out with a series of ropes and pulleys shortly thereafter. He was immediately transported to an area hospital for further medical evaluation, though his injuries were non-life threatening. Read more and see the rescue video at TFD Facebook page.

EMPIRE VISTA ANNEXATION TAKES EFFECT MAY 9 - The Mayor and Tucson City Council's approval authorizing the Empire Vista Annexation District becomes effective a week from this Friday. The 100-acre district, located south of Valencia and north of Interstate 10, was approved April 8. The newly-annexed area includes 152 single-family homes and a number of businesses, including a retail/service station and vacant, undeveloped land on approximately 54 acres, said Annexation Project Manager Mike Czechowski. This is the first major residential annexation the City has completed within the last decade, he said. Residential annexation increases the state shared revenue the City receives from the State of Arizona. Read the Mayor and Council April 8 agenda materials.

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT  (TPD) OFFICER RECEIVES MEDAL OF MERIT - TPD recently awarded a Medal of Merit to Officer Daniel Bustamante to recognize his "meritorious contribution that greatly benefits the Department." Bustamante has been the Operations Division Downtown Community Response Officer since January 2013. Among other things, Bustamante, with the help of the City IT department, developed and currently maintains a web page for the Downtown Division. This allows officers to use their laptops to access information such as trespass letters, homeowners association (HOA) statistics, and announcements and contact numbers. In addition, Bustamante developed an active shooter curriculum to present to community groups, neighborhood associations, and schools. Read more about Bustamante at the TPD Facebook page.

FINAL WATER AWARENESS PRESENTATION TOMORROW - April is Water Awareness Month in Arizona, and Tucson Water and several Tucson City Council Members have been hosting public sessions to discuss water-related community issues. Topics include present and future water resources, long-range planning, water quality and safety, investment in infrastructure and technology, and drought. The next (and final) session, co-hosted by Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik, will be held tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. 1st St. For more information, call (520) 791-4601. Read the news release.

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