June 19, 2013
- A man was arrested on Monday after he attacked two employees at a Mesa business with a wooden stick, according to a court document. James Wynn, 58, was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument after he entered the business at 213 S. Alma School Road, police said.
- Mesa's most contentious budget process in several years ended Monday when the City Council approved a $1.33 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That gargantuan figure is about $70 million higher than the budget for the current year, but the number by itself can be misleading.
- It was 1933. Fewer than 4,000 people lived in the small farming community. Like every town in the United States, Mesa's residents were struggling through the Great Depression. It also was the year that 25-year-old Holland Melvin was finishing up his Master of Arts degree at the University of Arizona. Why is this important?
- One person was killed and another was injured after a temporary wooden structure collapsed at a construction site off Loop 202 near Warner Road on Wednesday morning, a Mesa Fire Department official said. Mesa Fire Department crews went to the scene after responding to calls of the collapsing at about 6 a.m., said Capt. Forrest Smith of the Mesa Fire Department. When crews arrived, they saw wooden debris under a ramp under construction next to the freeway.
- Two bridges in the Southeast Valley have been identified as needing repairs and 62 do not meet current design standards, according to a Republic review of data from the Federal Highway Administration. That does not necessarily mean that the bridges are unsafe, only that repair needs have been identified, said Doug Nintzel, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation.
- Musician Dean Colley thought he would never do a "tribute show" until someone told him he "looked like Neil Diamond."
- Good music and a "funny, campy story" inspired Park Avenue Theater's production of "Little Shop of Horrors," which opens Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
- The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) has a plethora of lovable senior (5 years and older) cats available for adoption. These sweet animals have many good years of love left - making them ideal pets.
- Nazi SS commander Michael Karcoc was tracked down in Minneapolis Sunday where he's been hiding since World War II. He's 94 years old. His defense lawyer is claiming that his parents brought him here illegally and he's just trying to get an education.
June 18, 2013
- A Mesa citizens panel on Thursday recommended that a former security manager for the Mesa Police Department be reinstated to his job with back pay and benefits, a city spokesman said. David Pensyl was fired earlier this year for handing an assistant police chief her personnel file.