MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT FROM TUCSON LOCATED - Santos Urias, 77, was located safe and unharmed this morning in Sells, Arizona. A citizen recognized Mr. Urias from media reports and contacted authorities in the area. Urias left his home yesterday to get lunch, but did not return. His family says Mr. Urias is diabetic, has heart problems and is in the early stages of dementia. Read the updated Tucson Police Department news release.
TUCSON POLICE SUPPLY HOLIDAY GIFTS TO CHILDREN - The Communications Division of the Tucson Police Department (TPD) "gift adopted" all 54 students of the Imago Dei Middle School on N. 6th Ave for the delivery of Christmas presents this year. Many of the students and families have limited means. Gifts delivered today include shoes, socks, shirts, sports equipment, CDs, gift cards, games, toys, school supplies and items based upon a wish list from the students. The event is in partnership with the Imago Dei Middle School Board of Directors and Santas Helpers, Inc., who donated jackets and sports balls to the students. TPD also "adopted" the Manor at Pantano, an apartment community for low income seniors, providing them with food for their emergency pantry, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and small appliances for residents in need. Read the TPD news release.
TUCSON RECEIVES EQUALITY AWARD - The Cities of Tucson and Bisbee recently received Equality Awards from the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce for their passage of Civil Union Ordinances, allowing same-sex couples to register their unions with the cities. In April, Bisbee became the first community in Arizona to pass such an ordinance. The Mayor and Tucson City Council passed the ordinance in June, allowing same-sex couples the right of inheritance, power of attorney and other things. Watch the story on Tucson 12.
DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson offer a free smart phone app for reporting graffiti in Tucson. Graffiti, along with other non-emergency issues, such as potholes, code violations, litter, and more, can also be reported on the SeeClickFix website and through its mobile app. These are examples of how Tucson, along with many other cities across the nation, is using technology to make communications between citizens and city government faster and easier.
City of Tucson apps
SeeClickFix app for Android
SeeClickFix app for iOS
Watch a University of Arizona PSA about MyTucson
LAST WEEKEND FOR ZOO LIGHTS - Zoo Lights at the City of Tucson's Reid Park Zoo features animal-themed light sculptures, thousands of sparkling holiday lights and Santa Claus. The annual event runs nightly through Dec. 23, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $4 for children and kids under the age of two are free.