Santa Rita HS student accused in gun threat
A freshman at Santa Rita High School was arrested on suspicion of making a hoax gun threat Thursday, Tucson police said.
The boy borrowed a cellphone from a classmate to call 911 about 9 a.m. claiming someone had three guns on the campus, 3951 S. Pantano Road, police said in a news release.
Officers traced the call to a cellphone on campus. After finding the phone and questioning a group of students, the 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of making a false emergency report and disrupting an educational facility. Both are misdemeanors.
The Star is not identifying the boy because the allegations are low-level crimes.
On Tuesday the school was in lockdown for hours after a neighbor reported seeing someone with a gun near the campus. No gunman was found.
Bicyclist is injured
critically in hit-run
A bicyclist was injured critically in a hit-and-run Thursday morning at Interstate 19 and West Ajo Way, authorities said.
A green Jeep Liberty was traveling east on Ajo shortly after 7 a.m. when it struck the bicyclist, who was in a crosswalk at the southbound ramp to I-19, said Raul Garcia, a state Department of Public Safety spokesman.
The driver of the Jeep was last seen by witnesses headed south on I-19, Garcia said.
The vehicle is believed to be a 2005 to 2007 model. It has front-end damage and lost the grill in the crash, he said.
The bicyclist was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center for emergency surgery, Garcia said. The bicyclist suffered serious head injuries, he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call DPS at 746-4500.
Oro Valley road closures Saturday
Oro Valley will host the USA Triathlon-Duathlon Championships Saturday, causing some road closures and traffic delays, officials said.
The event is from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Innovation Park Drive from Tangerine Road to Rancho Vistoso Boulevard will be closed to motorists from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There also will be traffic delays in the area to allow groups of cyclists to pass.
Officers with the Oro Valley Police Department will conduct traffic control and provide updates on road closures and traffic issues via Twitter and Facebook.