Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:03 am
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:51 pm
A bridge collapse has killed one person at a Loop 202 construction site in Mesa.
Monday, March 25, 2013 8:51 am
A Mesa woman who sparked a police investigation after disappearing last week has been arrested in connection with a grisly murder.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 11:00 am
Seeking gift ideas for that music lover this holiday season, check out the following box set reviews from The Associated Press:
Saturday, September 1, 2012 3:30 pm
The B-list rules Hollywood’s fall and holiday movie season: Bond, Bella and Bilbo.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:08 pm
A man who has suffered life-threatening injuries after his van struck a stopped school bus Wednesday remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 12:06 am
Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:11 pm
This time of year, it’s hard to miss the displays of fireworks on
sale at grocery stores or inside parking lot tents.
But one thing is far less obvious to consumers: While it’s legal to
buy fireworks anyplace in Arizona, it’s illegal to actually use
them in many places.
Public safety advocates are trying to spread the word out of
concern the distinction is lost on many people.
Mesa police Det. Steven Berry said fireworks retailers are probably
doing their best to tell buyers whether it’s legal to use fireworks
where the products are being sold. But he said retailers may not
take into account that the buyer could live a few blocks away, in
another community where fireworks use is illegal.
Berry said he can see where confusion would arise.
“If people assume it’s readily available for sale in the grocery
store, they assume it must be legal, and that’s not really the
case,” Berry said.
In the East Valley, it’s legal to use fireworks Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
in Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek, as well as around the July 4th
But fireworks are illegal at all times in Chandler, Tempe and
Violations could result in fines of $250 or more.
Where fireworks are allowed, they can only be used on private
property. By state law, legal fireworks include ground-based
fountains, sparklers, pinwheels, smoke bombs, torches and wheels.
Any fireworks that explode or shoot into the air are
Arizona’s legislature opened the door to fireworks in 2010 by
allowing their sale. Cities and counties can restrict the use — but
they can’t prohibit sales.
The new law is a concern to the Valleywide Fire Officer Information
Network, a collation of 23 fire departments. The group notes that
8,800 people in the U.S. were treated in emergency rooms in 2009
for fireworks injuries, mostly to the hands, head or
Men accounted for 73 percent of injuries, according to the National
Fire Protection Association. The association counted 18,000 fires
and 1,300 structure fires associated with fireworks.
Police and firefighters say they know fireworks are used even where
they’re illegal, though problems vary.
Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo said police respond to reports of
fireworks but that it’s hard to track the source by the time an
officer arrives. Most fireworks reported are small, make little
noise and don’t shoot into the air, he said.
“We just really have not seen a problem” Favazzo said.
Tempe did have some small fires last year around Independence Day,
fire inspector Jim Schmit said. One included some leaves burning on
a roof, but none of the fires caused major damage, Schmit
Tempe is working to keep better track of what fires or injuries are
fireworks related. The city could have more fireworks-related fires
than inspectors are aware of because some alley or trash bin fires
aren’t as fully investigated as other blazes. And some injuries
don’t get counted either, Schmit said.
“Sometimes people won’t tell you how they got burned,” he said.
“They may just say they got burned, not that they were playing with
In Tempe, retailers are supposed to post signs informing potential
buyers that fireworks use is illegal in the city. The Fire
Department inspects retailers, including the six or so tents that
were up last year.
The potential for fireworks use could be much higher this year
based on the number of tents, he said.
“There are a lot more out there now,” Schmit said. “I think we’ve
already inspected a dozen tents here in Tempe for New
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 7:36 am
This time of year, it’s hard to miss the displays of fireworks
on sale at grocery stores or inside parking lot tents.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 5:52 am
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 3:32 pm
A 9-month-old boy who had fallen into a backyard family swimming
pool on Sunday has died.
Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:33 pm
Varsity basketball statistics throught Feb. 21:
Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:41 pm
Girls basketball statistics
Saturday, February 6, 2010 5:29 pm
Varsity basketball statistical leaders for the season
Saturday, January 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Varsity basketball statistics through Jan. 24:
Saturday, January 16, 2010 7:34 pm
Varsity basketball statistics for the week of 01/17:
Friday, January 8, 2010 11:07 pm
Host Mesa High pulled a stunning upset on Friday, beating
previously unbeaten state powerhouse Goodyear Millennium 1-1, 4-1
in penalty kicks in a boys nonregion soccer match. Millennium
entered the match at 13-0 and was ranked No. 14 in the nation by
Monday, September 21, 2009 3:57 pm
As a school ambassador, ninth-grader Ryan Mullaly would help
greet, escort and chaperone new students at Mesa's Rhodes Junior
High. Ryan was a tall, lanky, good-looking kid, and often would
dress up by wearing a nice shirt and tie, Rhodes Junior High
Principal Matt Devlin said Monday.
Thursday, June 11, 2009 3:34 pm
A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World
Series, which starts Saturday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
(coaches' records at current schools through super regionals):
Sunday, April 12, 2009 10:14 pm
Police have identified a woman who was killed after the pickup
truck she was driving late Sunday collided with another vehicle,
also leaving her male passenger dead and injuring her two children,
Monday, March 30, 2009 12:10 pm
A woman was killed late Sunday after a motorcycle she was riding
as a passenger was struck by a car pulling out of a convenience
Thursday, March 12, 2009 2:56 pm
Mesa police have arrested one of two men believed to be involved
in a burglary at a pizzeria where several thousands of dollars were
stolen from a fundraiser benefiting the family of two young
brothers killed in an alcohol-related crash days earlier.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:16 pm
Friday, January 23, 2009 5:16 pm
Saturday, December 27, 2008 11:12 pm
The Cardinals have been fragile when they get off to poor
starts. They have to grin and bear such situations and fight