TUCSON TOP 3: Scammers, fatal crashes and flooding in Louisiana

TUCSON TOP 3: Scammers, fatal crashes and flooding in Louisiana
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(Source: Preaux Motion Video and Photo)
Manuel Alvarez. (Source: Manuel Alvarez / Facebook)
Manuel Alvarez. (Source: Manuel Alvarez / Facebook)
The rider of this motorcycle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after crashing into another vehicle on Grant Road. (Source: KOLD News 13)
The rider of this motorcycle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after crashing into another vehicle on Grant Road. (Source: KOLD News 13)
The battle over legalizing marijuana is front and center in the November election here in Arizona. (Source: KPHO)
The battle over legalizing marijuana is front and center in the November election here in Arizona. (Source: KPHO)

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TOP STORIES

NO. 1: SCAMMING TUCSON RESIDENTS

An old scam is making its way around southern Arizona again.

The scammers claim to be raising money for the men and women in blue.

KOLD News 13 viewer Linda said she received a call from a 928 area code, which shows up on the caller ID as Yuma, Arizona. The man on the other end, who asked for a $15 donation, claimed to be with the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police.

Linda said it sounded legit at first, but when she started asking questions, the man got pushy. Then he said he was transferring the call to his assistant.

Linda hung up and started alerting local law enforcement about the scam. Todd Griffith, president of FOP for Lodge one in Tucson, didn't like hearing someone is using their name for fraud.

Griffith said the Tucson FOP does not conduct phone solicitations, but other FOPs in Arizona do, so he suggests contacting the organization directly to verify it's legit before giving money.

The FOP said if you do want to donate to their organization, it's best to do it online.

KOLD News 13 called the number that showed up on Linda's caller ID, 928-723-0156, but it went directly to an automated message.

NO. 2: FLOODING IN LOUISIANA

Six people have died and thousands are homeless in the historic flooding in southeastern Louisiana.

Louisiana has been hit hard by severe weather this year but this current storm is expected to break records.

As of Sunday morning, over 7,000 people and 500 pets have been rescued from flooding.

Please join the Raycom Media family of stations as we support the American Red Cross of Louisiana. Our local chapters are working around the clock to deliver hope and help for people impacted by this severe flooding event. Click HERE for more information.

NO. 3: DEADLY CRASHES

It has been a deadly few days on the roads in southern Arizona.

On Thursday, Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez died in a motorcycle crash near Sells, Arizona.

Alvarez and another agent were conducting dirt bike patrols on the Tohono O'Odham Nation Reservation when they collided.

The 37-year-old Alvarez, a 13-year veteran of Border Patrol, is survived by his wife and four children.

Thursday afternoon, Joel W. Cohen and Mary Jane Cohen were killed in a crash on Golf Links Road.

Alexander Bondy, 21, is facing second-degree murder charges in connection with the crash.

Police said Bondy was impaired and speeding when he lost control of his vehicle, jumped the median and flew into oncoming traffic.

Friday night, 58-year-old Scott Koch was riding his bicycle when he was hit and killed on East Valencia Road in Rita Ranch.

Authorities said Eric Joseph Corral showed signs of impairment when he was arrested on a murder charge. The Tucson Police Department said Corral, 44, blew through a stop light and ran over Koch, who was in the crosswalk. Corral then left the scene but was arrested a short time later thanks to eye witnesses and an off-duty officer.

On Sunday, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash on Grant Road near Columbus Boulevard.

The TPD said the preliminary findings indicate a vehicle may have pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene.

HAPPENING TODAY

Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry is expected to issue a ruling this week, possibly as early as Monday, on a push to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.

Election officials on Thursday certified that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted enough valid signatures to let voters decide on the issue in November.

Under the measure, adults age 21 and older could carry up to one ounce of marijuana and consume it privately. Adults could also cultivate up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed space and possess the marijuana produced by the plants. No more than a dozen plants would be allowed in a single residence.

On Friday, a lawsuit was filed in an effort to block the initiative from the ballot. The opponents claim the CRMLA petition didn't include enough information on the measure.

WEATHER

It will be mostly sunny today and will also be dry and hot. The high will be close to 100 degrees but it's going to be cooler tonight.

The chance of storms will pick back up Tuesday and increase throughout the week.

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