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LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A Lake Havasu City school's PTA president has been arrested for allegedly using the organization's debit card for her personal expenses.
Starline Elementary School officials told Today's News-Herald Friday that 34-year-old Lisa Badding has been removed from her position as PTA president.
Police arrested Badding Tuesday on charges of credit-card fraud and theft.
According to an arrest report, Badding is accused of using a PTA debit card to for gas, cable bills, fast food as well as withdrawals that amounted to $1,200 in all.
When confronted by police, Badding said she did not recall making the purchases.
Badding has since been released pending her next court date.
She did not return a request for comment Friday night.
Hale Lake, founder of Island Noodles, cooks stir-fry during the IRONMAN Arizona race in Tempe on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.
Participants all around the country are going to the extreme in order to compete in Tempe’s Ironman Arizona triathlon on Sunday.
Mesa hiking, mountain biking park opens Saturday
The new Yavapai Point Trail at Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers outstanding views of the water.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials opened the floodgates at Glen Canyon Dam on Monday, sending water rushing through the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The five-day flood is meant to mimic conditions of the river before the dam was built, because the dam now blocks a majority of the sediment from traveling downstream.
Walk to Save Animals has organized a dog walk and PetFest this weekend at Tempe Town Lake.
This and that from the great outdoors
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in western Arizona say a man has been arrested for allegedly having heroin concealed inside his body.
Lake Havasu City police say 44-year-old William Brooks is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond after his initial court appearance.
He was taken into custody Saturday after a traffic stop on State Route 95.
A narcotics-sniffing dog from the Bullhead City Police Department alerted officers to several areas of the vehicle.
Police say numerous items of drug paraphernalia were located along with a .38-caliber handgun.
Detectives believed Brooks had concealed a bag of drugs within his body prior to the traffic stop.
A search warrant was obtained and Brooks was taken to the Havasu Regional Medical Center's emergency room.
Police say about 37 grams of heroin in a packet was retrieved.
Aimee Basye fell apart along Lake Mary Road in Flagstaff last summer. She was a broken woman training to complete a ridiculous feat at an uncomfortable atmosphere, and the hours of training had drained her spirit and determination.
This undated photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. The National Park Service is investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country’s most recognizable wilderness areas, including Crater Lake. (AP Photo/Instagram)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.
Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said the vandalism could lead to felony charges for the person responsible.
The images appear to come from a New York state woman traveling across the West this summer and documenting her work on Instagram and Tumblr, said Casey Schreiner of modernhiker.com, whose blog post tipped off authorities.
The investigation is the subject of well-trafficked threads on the website Reddit, where people railed against the drawings as the defacing of irreplaceable natural landscapes.
"You're seeing this emotional response of people who feel like they've been kicked in the gut," Schreiner said.
It's not the first time vandalism in parks has been documented on social media. Last year in Utah, two Boy Scout leaders caused an online uproar when they recorded themselves toppling an ancient rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park and posted it on YouTube.
But in this case, the woman appears to consider the work an artistic expression, Schreiner said.
One photograph online showed a painting of a woman's face on a rock outcropping against the panoramic sweep of Oregon's Crater Lake National Park. In another, a backpack-size line drawing of a woman smoking a cigarette appears on red rock in Utah's Zion.
The images appear to have been painted with acrylic paint or drawn with marker, Schreiner said.
He took screen shots Tuesday of seven images that appeared on Instagram and Tumblr accounts under the handle "creepytings." The accounts later were made private or taken down.
The Associated Press is not naming the woman associated with the accounts because she hasn't been charged with a crime. Efforts to reach her Thursday were not successful.
Artists who work in natural environments typically consider who owns the land and get permission to work there, said Monty Paret, an associate professor of art history at the University of Utah. The earthwork "Spiral Jetty" sculpture on the shore of the Great Salt Lake, for example, is on land leased from the state.
The images that surfaced this week look more like graffiti, Paret said.
"As opposed to tagging in a back alley, it's like tagging an iconic building," he said. "It's going to get a lot more attention."
National parks agents have confirmed the vandalism in Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks in California, Canyonlands and Zion in Utah, and Crater Lake in Oregon.
Investigators also are looking for vandalism in other places the woman's social media trail indicates she visited: Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon in California; Rocky Mountain in Colorado; Bryce Canyon in Utah; and Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Crater Lake superintendent Craig Ackerman said bad weather has kept staff from going to the painting there, which is at an elevation of about 9,000 feet. Though rangers typically remove graffiti to discourage others, sometimes cleaning it causes even more damage, he said.
Vandalism is a small but persistent problem for the Park Service, which welcomes about 280 million visitors a year, Olson said.
It typically is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison. But vandalism in national parks can be a felony if the damage is extensive or in specially protected places, he said.
Associated Press writer Jeff Barnard in Grants Pass, Oregon, contributed to this report.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two sets of human remains have been found in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover says kayakers found skeletal remains early Saturday afternoon at Lake Mohave.
Several hours later, she says, a boater found remains at Stewart's Point Cove at Lake Mead.
Vanover says two boaters went missing in February at Echo Bay at Lake Mead and have not been found.
In addition, a female hiker went missing near Lake Mohave in June.
Staff from the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office responded to both scenes, and park rangers were investigating.
Why would anyone spend money and time to watch a feature-length movie about Mormons? After attending a special screening and interviewing a few people involved with its production, I’ll propose four reasons to see “Meet the Mormons,” which begins showing in theaters Oct. 10.
A real estate developer has begun construction of a four-story apartment community in Tempe.
Authorities say thieves stripped copper wiring from 32 light poles last weekend near Tempe Town Lake.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Tempe say 32 light poles have been stripped of their copper wiring near the Town Lake Marina.
A city electrician notified police of the missing wiring.
Police believe the criminal damage and theft occurred sometime between last Sunday night and Wednesday morning.
Material damages and replacement are estimated at about $15,000.
Police are searching for suspects in the theft case.