BORDER PATROL SHOOTING-TRIAL
Trial begins in suit over Border Patrol shooting
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal judge in Tucson has started a trial to decide whether the federal government must pay damages to a Mexican citizen who was shot and wounded by a Border Patrol agent near Nogales in 2010.
A suit filed on behalf of Jesus Castro Romo contends the agent shot Romo in the back as he attempted to flee back toward Mexico in 2010.
The government contends the agent shot Romo in the abdomen when Romo picked up a rock and seemed poised to throw it at the agent, putting the agent in fear for his safety.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that District Judge James A. Soto heard opening statements Monday.
The trial is expected to last through the week.
Tucson streetcars to start running Friday
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson's $197 million streetcar system will start running Friday.
Rides on the nearly 4-mile line will be free for the first three days. Then it will cost $1.50 to ride one way or $4 for an all-day pass.
Construction began in 2012 on the Sun Link.
Politicians including U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ron Barber, D-Ariz., were in Tucson on Monday as part of a series of events this week celebrating the start of the line.
Officials: Rebar spikes placed on forest roads
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Officials say someone is placing sharpened rebar spikes around Forest Service roads in Arizona.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that U.S. Forest Service officials said at least five pieces of spiked rebar were found on a forest road in the Happy Jack area. Authorities say the sharp objects were responsible for slashing at least eight tires over the weekend.
Officials say the rebar is apparently being placed in areas that are used by off-highway vehicles.
U.S. Forest Service officials are offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
West Valley Hospital opens new trauma center
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - A new top-level trauma center has opened to serve the western part of the Phoenix area and western Arizona as far as the California line.
West Valley Hospital in Goodyear opened its Level 1 trauma center on Monday to provide 24-hour emergency care.
According to the hospital, opening the trauma center follows a $26 million expansion project and the addition of 50 surgical specialists.
Officials say the hospital and EMS providers conducted 17 days of drills to prepare for the opening.
West Valley Hospital is part of the Abrazo Health network.
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