Toddler in critical condition
after near-drowning in OV

A toddler who fell into an Oro Valley swimming pool Tuesday evening remains in critical condition.

Several older children were playing in the pool before the near-drowning. When they went into the house, a door to the yard was left open. The 16-month-old wandered out of the house and fell into the pool, said Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the Oro Valley Police Department.

The child’s mother quickly realized what had happened, ran into the yard and found the toddler at the bottom of the pool. She pulled the child out and began CPR, said Riley, who did not reveal the gender of the child.

At about 6 p.m., Oro Valley police and Golder Ranch Fire Department personnel were called to the home in the 300 block of West Sacaton Canyon just off North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, and the child was rushed to University of Arizona Medical Center.

“It just appears to be a horrible, tragic accident,” Riley said Wednesday.

Kimberly Matas

Suspected burglar stayed close to home, deputies report

A suspected burglar didn’t travel far from home to steal, deputies say.

He just pedaled his bicycle around the corner, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 3 p.m. Monday, deputies responded to a call about a burglary at a home in the 6100 block of South Holly Drive near South Palo Verde and East Valencia roads.

Witnesses said four people fled the home, one on a bicycle. They found the bike in the front yard of a house around the corner, in the 6000 block of South Palo Verde Road.

Deputies surrounded the home and detained the occupants. One, 27-year-old Martin Santa Maria, ran from the home but was caught. Witnesses identified him as one of the burglars, a Sheriff’s Department news release stated.

During a search of the house, detectives found items taken in the burglary. They found more in a nearby wash.

Santa Maria was booked into the Pima County jail and faces a charge of second-degree burglary. He also has three outstanding felony warrants.

Kimberly Matas