NewsNet 02-02-15

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT PERFORMS SWIFT WATER RESCUE - Tucson Fire Department (TFD) units Friday night rescued a male motorist from the bank of a wash near 6th Street and Perry Avenue. The man was swept approximately 200 yards downstream from where his car entered the wash. The first TFD unit on scene confirmed that a SUV was in the water and the water level was up to the windows of the vehicle, which was empty. Eventually, TFD crews spotted the man and were able to lift him from the bank of the wash area. He was evaluated and then transported to the hospital for further medical care. The Tucson Police Department also had personnel on the scene to help in the search and conduct the investigation as to why the rescued motorist was in the wash. You can find video of the site at the TFD Facebook page linked below.

CITY DEPARTMENTS PARTNER WITH OUTSIDE AGENCIES TO HELP HOARDERS - Concerned for the safety of area residents and rescue workers, about 50 local agencies have established a task force to address the problem of hoarding and how to help those individuals struggling with the issue. City Code Enforcement inspectors say they encounter a hoarding case about every other week. The issue poses significant risk to residents, as well as rescue personnel called to the homes of hoarders. On March 3, the task force is offering its first educational session for those seeking help with the issue. The meeting will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road, Room 1104. "Buried in Treasures," is part of a 20-week program and support group. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

NEW PIMA COUNTY COURTHOUSE OPENED TODAY - Pima County Consolidated Justice Court has moved to the Pima County Public Service Center at 240 N. Stone Ave. Today's ribbon cutting capped an 11-year process to open the facility. Unanticipated expenses brought the final cost for the courthouse to $143 million. The new building brings with it modern security, technology, and accessibility that the historic Pima County Courthouse lacked. Construction has yet to be completed for a parking garage, retail shops, and plaza at the center. Visit the City's Park Tucson website to find parking options downtown. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

ENJOY FOOD TRUCKS DOWNTOWN TOMORROW - If you work, will be attending the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, or have business in Downtown Tucson tomorrow, you have another option for lunch. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., five food trucks will be in front of the main library to help raise money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed after the weekend storms? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report those issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov.