What Up, Tucson? 5.7.12by Amy Glor on May. 07, 2012, under Check Out My Briefs
Another Brick In The Wall
For the second time this year, Amphitheater district administrators are issuing a statement regarding alleged teacher-student misconduct.
Ironwood High School teacher, Melissa Anne Dalton, is charged with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. The charges involve two students, one 15 and the other 16.
In January, David Rogers, then a teacher at Amphitheater High School, was brought up on the same charges in connection with a 16-year-old student.
Flowing Wells District is dealing with similar allegations. Teacher Christina Marie Carbone was arrested last week on misconduct charges involving a student in the Tucson Unified School District.
All three teachers were placed on administrative leave and Amphitheater reports it has begun the process of firing Rogers.
Search and Hope Continue
Week number two passed with no sign of Isabel Celis, the six-year-old who disappeared from her bedroom on the Morning of April 20.
Local police have thoroughly searched, investigated hundreds of potential leads, involved Mexican authorities and recreated the event. Isa’s parents have cooperated fully with the investigation from the beginning, and recently addressed the local media.
A surveillance videotape released by TPD last week that many hoped would lead to key witnesses was later found to be worthless in regard to Isa’s case.
TPD will no longer be holding daily press conferences, but officials say the investigation continues to make daily progress.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911, 88-CRIME, or leave an anonymous tip on the TPD website.
Second Saturday will relocate this month to facilitate both event-goers and downtown construction. Scott Avenue will host the May event.
Ready To Continue
Despite the suicide death of its leader, JT Ready, this week, members of U.S. Border Guard say they will continue their armed patrols of the Arizona/Mexico border.
Ready, killed four people, including a toddler, before turning the gun on himself during what is being deemed a domestic dispute last week. According to FBI officials, Ready was under federal domestic terrorism investigation at the time of the shootings.
Tucson landmark theater, The Loft, has revealed plans to renovate. Upgrades will include a third screen, a bigger lobby, more wheelchair accessibility, an elevator and a rear patio.
The theater will purchase a property next door to facilitate the expansion.
Cop Killer = Crazy
Last week David “Nick” Delich, the man who led Tucson police on a 20-mile chase in 2008 after fatally shooting TPD officer Erik Hite, was sentenced to 91 years in the state mental hospital after entering a plea of “guilty but insane.” Delich is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Delich will be transferred to prison if and when doctors determine him no longer seriously mentally ill.
Delich used his opportunity to speak to inform the court that he would resurrect Hite if he knew the officer’s whereabouts. Hite’s widow said she agrees with the punishment, and hopes his treatment will help Delich find peace.
Thomas Kemp was executed Wednesday, nearly 20 years after he robbed and killed a Pima Community College student. Kemp’s final words were, “I have no regrets.”
Catch The Moon
Tucsonans were treated to a spectacular sight Saturday night, when the moon was in close proximity to the sun because of its naturally elliptical orbit. Timing of the lunar event coincided with a full moon, making the celestial body appear 14 percent larger than usual.
“Best” Ballots Begin
The Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson 2012 ballot is now available online. The perennial favorite allows Tucsonans to vote for their favorite local businesses, events, media and more.