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Leaving water jugs in the desert is littering

Tucsonan Walter Staton, 27, might have thought he was being kind when, as part of the group No More Deaths, he continued to leave water jugs in the desert for illegal immigrants.

A federal jury called this “kindness” littering, and found the guy guilty of knowingly leaving debris in a National Wildlife Refuge.

Jury Finds Tucson Man Guilty, District of Arizona’s Office of the U.S. Attorney news release

The evidence at trial showed that the defendant was a member of an organization called No More Deaths, whose volunteers sometimes leave water jugs on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in the hopes that illegal aliens crossing the border will use the water. On December 4, 2008, Staton left water jugs on the Refuge despite knowing that he could be ticketed for littering. Staton had previously been quoted in news articles stating that despite a prior conviction of another member of his group for the same violation, that he would continue to leave plastic water jugs in the Refuge.

A conviction for knowingly littering carries a maximum penalty of one year confinement, a $100,000 fine or both. In determining an actual sentence, Judge Guerin will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.
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Staton deserves some type of punishment for two reasons:

1. He snubbed his nose at previous warnings

2. He’s technically abetting criminals, no?

What do you think?

Is a year in prison and $100,000 a ridiculous maximum punishment?

Should he punished at all?

Is No More Deaths doing the right thing?

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Yappie Yorkie among those honored for saving lives

A yappie Yorkie named Tuffy is just one of 15 honorees recognized for saving a life in the past year.

In addition to Tuffy, the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter’s honorees include seven kids and seven adults who were in the right place at the right time and did the right thing.

While I’m prone to focus in the dog, these life-saving people should get at least equal billing. One of the most amazing was the kid who knew to put sugar in her brother’s mouth when he slipped into a diabetic coma. On second thought, they are all amazing.

2009 Real Heroes:

Tuffy – yapped loud enough to alert his owners to get the heck out of the burning house (pictured with his dad Brad Bishop)

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Cody Pacheco – rushed for help when his dad tumbled and became unconscious on the ski slopes

Sam Gelardi – baseball coach who saved young player when sunflower seeds lodged in the player’s throat and nearly choked the boy to death

Daniel Hoback, Carlos Franco and Carlos Monteverde – saved the life of a Tohono O’Odham police officer whose car was hit and burst into flames

Clayton Trevillyan – rescued a severely bleeding man from the side of the railroad tracks

Jesus Bernal – revived a toddler who nearly drowned in a resort pool

John Wettack – saved his friend from death from a heart attack

Christina Street – 5-year-old who rescued her baby brother from the family’s burning home

Kids Saving Lives Special Heroes Award:

Dannik Batiste – saved brothers from doom when a pizza box caught fire on the stove

Jesse Lesnewski – 8-year-old who placed sugar in her brother’s mouth to get him out of a diabetic coma

Dominique Rodriguez Armstrong – 8-year-old who saved her family from a burning home

Valencia Pierce – 6-year-old who came to her mother’s rescue by calling 911 and providing vital, life-saving information

Tahmani Williams – 12-year-old who rescued uncle, who was in a diabetic coma, by dragging him from a burning home

Read more on the heroes at Red Cross Arizona.

Did you ever save a life or have your life saved?

Do you know any other heroes?

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Walk your dog for a good cause

Desert dog lovers who want to raise money for a good cause by simply walking a mile with their pooch can do so Saturday. The walk includes a pancake breakfast (for humans only), a complimentary doggie bag and bandanna and a demonstration from the Tucson Police Department K-9s.
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What:
Canine Walk for Cops to benefit the Tucson Police Foundation

When: 7 a.m. Saturday

Where: La Mariposa Resort, 1501 N. Houghton Road

Cost: $15 for dog and human; $10 for add’l dog with same human; $5 for human only for breakfast

To register: www.tucsonpolicefoundation.org or at 6:30 a.m. before the event

Including pets in fundraisers is a great idea. I’m more inclined to participate in outdoor – or any – activities if I can bring my dogs. For the record, we’ve only been banned from three places so far.

Dogs should be included in other fundraisers and community activities. Canines would be ideal for:

• Digging and ripping out buffelgrass

• Begging for spare change

• Dragging out trash and carcasses from area washes

• Ridding markets and gardens of unwanted cucumbers

What community or fundraising activity would your pet best perform?

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Folks post crime and flatulence online

The Internet is a fast and furious way to get your message to the masses.

We thought that was common knowledge.

Based on what some folks post online for the world to see, however, they are either lacking that common knowledge or plain common sense.

The latest idiotic posting was a video of an Arizona guy sexually assaulting his passed-out girlfriend, according to a report in The Associated Press.

Man posted sexual assault on Internet, court files say, The Associated Press

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man was arrested after police say he sexually assaulted his girlfriend while she was passed out and broadcast it live on the Internet, according to a court document obtained Tuesday.

Jonathan Richard Hock, 20, was arrested Monday on two counts of sexual assault, one count of kidnapping and one count of taking a surreptitious photo, according to a probable-cause statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The court document said Hock set up a computer Web camera and sexually assaulted his girlfriend of two weeks in her bedroom as she was unconscious from drinking alcohol on Feb. 26. The woman is 20 years old.

At least such idiotic postings make the cops’ job easier.

Another inane posting recently got two Domino’s pizza makers in trouble.

Domino’s Pizza Workers Who Videotaped Themselves Passing Gas on Food Face Felony Charges, FOX News

Two Domino’s Pizza employees in North Carolina face felony charges after a video showed them passing gas on salami, stuffing cheese up their nostrils — then using the foul fixins’ in the fast food.

Here’s a hint: If you do anything illegal, immoral or that will get you fired, it’s best not to post it on the Internet.

What’s the dumbest posting you’ve ever seen?

What’s the dumbest thing you ever posted?

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Bus rates go up

Starting Aug. 1, bus riders will be paying more for a fine ride on a Sun Tran around town.

Transit Fare Increase Approved, Sun Tran news release

TUCSON, Ariz. – At a public hearing held yesterday, City of Tucson Mayor and Council voted to approve a transit
fare increase effective August 1, 2009.

Sun Tran’s one-way full fare will increase from $1 to $1.25, the express fare from $1 to $1.50, and the day pass from $2 to $3.  Sun Van’s one-way full fare
will increase from $2 to $2.50. All economy fares remain unchanged for both systems.

I’ve never ridden a Sun Tran, but $1.25 still seems reasonable for a fare.

New York City subways and buses are up to $2 per ride. But then again, each NYC ride comes with a full comedy show.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on a Tucson bus?

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