NewsNet 12-18-14

MAYOR AND COUNCIL CLEAR WAY FOR NEW MIXED-USE HOTEL COMPLEX NEAR UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA - The Mayor and Tucson City Council this week approved the demolition of four historic buildings on the northeast corner of Euclid Avenue and Fourth Street to make room for an approximately 140-room hotel with retail and an underground parking garage. The site is being developed by 7one4 Tucson LLC, which said the buildings were too dilapidated and not cost-effective to fix. Read the Mayor and Council agenda from Tuesday.
TUCSON POLICE OFFICERS HONORED FOR SAVING LIVES IN MACHETE ATTACK - Five officers from the Tucson Police Department (TPD) received commendations yesterday for their roles in saving the lives of two people attacked last week by a man with a machete. Officers Jacob Smith, Steven Boggie, Raul Navarro, Alex Ferguson and Kyle Frank responded to a residence on Dec. 11, where a female victim had run across the street and asked a neighbor to call 911, saying she had been stabbed, said Capt. Michael Gillooly, a commander of Operations Division Midtown. Two officers stayed with the woman and treated her injuries with their new trauma kits, which Gillooly said includes tourniquets designed to stop bleeding. Three others entered the residence and helped a male victim, who was in danger of losing both hands and a leg from the attack. The officers stopped the bleeding while they secured the area for paramedics. The suspect, an ex-boyfriend of the woman, was captured the same day. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
DOWNTOWN PARADE OF LIGHTS THIS WEEKEND - The 20th annual Downtown Parade of Lights & Holiday Festival, presented by the Downtown Tucson Partnership, will be held this Saturday. More than 20,000 spectators are expected to attend. The day's festivities start at Armory Park at 4 p.m. with a marching band, followed by other entertainment. At 6 p.m., Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will light the Christmas tree in front of the Main Library. The parade begins at 6:30 at 17th Street and Stone Avenue.
SANTA'S COMING TO TUCSON THIS WEEKEND - Santa Claus will be visiting children Saturday at the Historic Train Depot downtown, 414 N. Toole Ave. From 1:30-4 p.m., Santa will greet kids in front of the historic locomotive. Following the visit, there will be a holiday movie. The annual visit with Santa is free, but donations are accepted for the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum.
STAY SAFE WHILE DRIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON - While we do a lot of communicating with family this time of year, please heed this message: Do not text while driving. In this video, Tucson 12 shows you how easy it is for a moment of distraction to turn tragic. Texting while driving also is illegal in city limits. In addition to risking your own life, and the lives of others, motorists caught texting while driving are subject to a $100 fine, which increases to $250, if involved in an accident.
Watch the Spanish version of the video.