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74-year-old Arizona man in critical condition after Gila monster bite

The Green Valley Fire Department said the man was bitten during an effort to move the Gila monster from the roadway.GREEN VALLEY, Ariz — On Tuesday, a 74-year-old man was bitten by a Gila monster, leaving him in critical condition.Firefighters arrived around 9 a.m. to the 100 block of South Paseo Tierra, after receiving a report of an animal...

The Green Valley Fire Department said the man was bitten during an effort to move the Gila monster from the roadway.

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz — On Tuesday, a 74-year-old man was bitten by a Gila monster, leaving him in critical condition.

Firefighters arrived around 9 a.m. to the 100 block of South Paseo Tierra, after receiving a report of an animal bite.

At the scene, they discovered the man had been bitten on both hands.

According to the Green Valley Fire Department, the man was bitten during an effort to move the Gila monster from the roadway and save it from oncoming traffic.

The man was transported to Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson for treatment, and the latest information we have says he is still in critical condition.

According to the AZ Desert Museum, Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizards in the world. Their bite is rarely deadly to humans, but it can cause extreme pain and other symptoms such as edema, bleeding, nausea, and vomiting.

It’s important to remember that Gila monsters are protected by law, so if you see one, leave it alone. If it’s in danger and might need to be relocated, call Arizona Game and Fish at (602) 942-3000.

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Golf cart business faces suit, Sheriff's investigation

A breach of contract lawsuit has been filed against Valley Golf Cars, and the Pima County Sheriff's Department has also launched an investigation into the company's owner.An attorney for Green Valley resident Rick Gibson states in the lawsuit that Gibson loaned Valley Golf Cars owner Jack Randall Roth $82,000 in April.As part of their deal, Gibson was to receive three-quarters of the money Roth earned from selling the golf cars he purchased with Gibson's money, the lawyers wrote. Once Gibson was repaid in full, the agreement wa...

A breach of contract lawsuit has been filed against Valley Golf Cars, and the Pima County Sheriff's Department has also launched an investigation into the company's owner.

An attorney for Green Valley resident Rick Gibson states in the lawsuit that Gibson loaned Valley Golf Cars owner Jack Randall Roth $82,000 in April.

As part of their deal, Gibson was to receive three-quarters of the money Roth earned from selling the golf cars he purchased with Gibson's money, the lawyers wrote. Once Gibson was repaid in full, the agreement was to end.

In addition, the agreement called for Roth to "put up 50% of his property" and Gibson would "hold all titles for said investment," the lawsuit stated.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed Oct. 4 in Pima County Superior Court, even though Gibson did not intend to enter into a partnership agreement with Roth, Roth prepared a partnership agreement May 9 and then tried to sell all assets of the "partnership" at various times.

"Upon information and belief, Mr. Roth has entered into similar agreements with various other individuals with the intent to defraud them the same way," the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit alleges Roth broke the contract by failing to pay Gibson and by taking all of the titles of the golf carts and putting his name on them.

Attempts to reach Roth by phone were unsuccessful and nobody answered the door at the business on North Abrego Drive on Friday.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges Gibson bought a golf cart from Roth and paid $1,000 to add blinds to it, but instead of adding blinds, Roth tried to sell the golf cart several times.

One week prior to Gibson's attorney filing the lawsuit, a woman called the sheriff's department and said Roth, her business partner, had defrauded her for more than $100,000, according to a PCSD report.

The woman said she has signed legal paperwork separating herself from the business but Roth has failed to remove her name from the business and is using a company credit card in her name, the report stated.

"The Pima County Sheriff's Office has received at least four calls over the last month alleging Jack Roth has defrauded them and detectives are investigating," PCSD Lt. Courtney Rodriguez said. "In addition, deputies are investigating an alleged assault that was reported by someone at Valley Golf Cars."

According to PCSD call logs, someone reported being struck with a baseball bat at 9:42 p.m. Oct. 7 at Valley Golf Cars.

A note posted on the door of the business reads, "Legal action is in place working on the problem that happened here Sat. night/Sun. morning. All will be taken care of! No golf cart is worth a human life!"

Another note said the business "will be closed until 'Closing' (on property). Yes! Sorry for any inconvenience! Thank you! For 29 years serving you!"

A customer wrote her name in the corner of the note saying "you have my golf (sic) + $300." It includes her name and phone number.

Cedar Creek Fire contained at 106 acres

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Updated at 10:44 a.m.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is reporting Wednesday's Cedar Creek Fire is now fully contained after spreading 106 acres.

#CedarCreekFire is 100% contained at 106 acres. Crews continue to strengthen line & mop up any remaining interior hotspots. #AZFire #AZForestry https://t.co/kWEjJCyGD9

— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) June 1, 2023

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Updated at 9:45 a.m.

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management said someone who lives in the area was welding around 2 in the afternoon and that’s how they fire started. They said the fire burned at least 100 acres but said the fire isn’t spreading.

They said right now it’s at least 80 percent contained and said by tonight they’re expecting it to be fully contained.

As for any houses or buildings, they said those weren’t affected by the fire and said there were no evacuations.

They said crews will be working to put out hot spots tonight and tomorrow too.

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Updated at 7:20 p.m.

Crews continue to work on controlling the fire and will remain doing so through the night and into tomorrow.

———Updated at 3:30 p.m.

The Cedar Creek Fire is moving north due to the wind covering about 30 to 40 acres.

———The Green Valley Fire Department is responding to a brush fire on West Hardscrabble Road and South Cedar Creek Road, south of Green Valley.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department advised through its Twitter feed that residents should be alert and prepared for an evacuation.

"Please take all necessary precautions and remember, if evacuation is implemented, DO NOT forget critical items such as medications, proper clothing, phone charging equipment, etc," PCSD said.

Stay with KGUN 9 for further updates.

——-Bivian Contreras is a real-time editor for KGUN 9. Bivian graduated from the University of Arizona School of Journalism with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast and is currently pursuing a degree in Broadcast Operational Meteorology. Share your story ideas and important issues with Bivian by emailing bivian.contreras@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Southern Arizona woman treated for snake bite amid busy rattlesnake season

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. - As temperatures rise in Arizona, more rattlesnakes are out and about. A woman in Green Valley was bitten this week outside her own home, but what happened next was quite unusual.The Green Valley Fire District says that this is one of the busiest rattlesnake seasons it has ever seen. First responders take around 15 to 20 calls per day to remove and relocate snakes and Gila monsters."We’re talking probably a good 2.5-3 foot snake," said L.T. Pratt with Green Valley Fire....

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. - As temperatures rise in Arizona, more rattlesnakes are out and about. A woman in Green Valley was bitten this week outside her own home, but what happened next was quite unusual.

The Green Valley Fire District says that this is one of the busiest rattlesnake seasons it has ever seen. First responders take around 15 to 20 calls per day to remove and relocate snakes and Gila monsters.

"We’re talking probably a good 2.5-3 foot snake," said L.T. Pratt with Green Valley Fire.

On Wednesday morning, crews were called after learning an elderly woman had been bitten on her right foot by a rattlesnake.

The snake was apparently hiding in a decorative pot just outside of her gate, and that there was no coiling up of this snake, no rattling, but the snake just bit her," Pratt said.

Elderly woman treated for rattlesnake bite at Southern Arizona hospital

Elderly woman treated for rattlesnake bite at Southern Arizona hospital

With warmer weather, more rattlesnakes are out and about, and a woman in Southern Arizona found that out the hard way. However, the rattlesnake that bit the woman also played a role in the woman's treatment. FOX 10's Stephanie Bennett reports.

Paramedics rushed her to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, but crews also rounded up the snake and brought it to the hospital.

"Of course the crews having that equipment on scene were able to capture that snake, box it up, and then with our communication with the receiving hospital, the physician had asked that we bring the snake in for tests," Pratt said.

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A Scottsdale family was in for quite the surprise, after they called for help to remove what they first thought was one single rattlesnake from their front porch.

Bryan Hughes, owner of Rattlesnake Solutions, has been out tracking snakes south of Phoenix. Their crews are also busy getting about 20 calls a day.

"You can call a professional to come and remove it," Hughes said. "More important than removing that snake is to figure out why that snake is there to begin with so you can prevent the next one."

On Friday, his team found a few rattlesnakes in Scottsdale hiding in the drainpipe of a church.

For this next three weeks, the snakes will be very active, Hughes says, but they'll become more nocturnal as the Valley reaches the triple digits.

"They also have a lot to do right now," Hughes said. As soon as the temperatures really get stable in the triple digits it's going to be too hot, so right now they have to eat, they have to mate, they have to move they got all this stuff, so that makes them cross trails cross backyards, cross roadways and that’s why you will see them."

If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, firefighters say you should call 911. Don't touch or handle the snake, and if you're bitten on the hand or foot, remove shoes and any jewelry because swelling will start almost immediately.

8 Secretly Amazing Places to Retire in Arizona

Arizona has something to offer everyone with its deserts, rivers, valleys, lakes, and snow-capped mountains. As a result, it is a popular choice for retirees to lay down their roots and live out their lives in peaceful splendor. Other attractions include beautiful scenery, warm weather, and a low cost of living. So, whether you prefer a small-town feel or the hustle and bustle of the big city, he...

Arizona has something to offer everyone with its deserts, rivers, valleys, lakes, and snow-capped mountains. As a result, it is a popular choice for retirees to lay down their roots and live out their lives in peaceful splendor. Other attractions include beautiful scenery, warm weather, and a low cost of living. So, whether you prefer a small-town feel or the hustle and bustle of the big city, here are 8 secretly amazing places to retire in Arizona.

1. Casa Grande

Many retirees struggle to decide whether to retire in Phoenix or Tucson. However, there’s a lovely little city right in the middle of the two called Casa Grande, which is one of the secretly amazing places to retire in Arizona. One of the city’s charms is its historic downtown area, with more than 40 buildings on the local and national historic registers. Furthermore, the city has a touch of new-world amenities, like chain restaurants, major retailers, eateries, and shops. Casa Grande has around 60,000 full-time residents who enjoy:

2. Green Valley

Green Valley is only 20 miles from Tucson and 40 miles from the Mexican border. It is a picturesque town famous for its retirement community. People looking for a slower-paced life enjoy its affordable homes, abundant sunshine, and proximity to larger cities. Furthermore, the town offers several public golf courses. Locals can also enjoy plenty of culture and entertainment. For example, the Community Performance & Art Center showcases live theatre productions, concerts, and art exhibitions.

Retirees can also enjoy cycling in the historic Santa Cruz River Valley, which has stunning views of the desert landscape. Green Valley’s sense of security is also something to savor, with weekly farmers markets, meetings at the local library, and bird-watching clubs.

3. Cottonwood

Have you ever dreamed of retiring in the heart of wine country? Cottonwood can offer you a retirement filled with good wine, thanks to the multiple farms in the area. Venture to the Verde Valley Wine Trail on a Sunday and indulge in wine while learning about the history and production of the state’s finest wines. Furthermore, Old Town Cottonwood has several wine-tasting rooms amongst its modern boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and antique shops. But, if you prefer the peacefulness of nature, Cottonwood also offers state parks with walking paths, hiking and biking trails, and fishing holes. The town has a close community, with ideal weather during every season, making it one of the secretly amazing places to retire in Arizona.

4. Prescott

Prescott, Arizona, has an amazing history! This is the town that was Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp’s playground. But, it’s the scenery that attracts most retirees, ranging from pine forests, lakes, granite boulders, and rolling meadows. Additionally, its mild, year-round weather is definitely appealing. Become part of the community by joining the city’s monthly art walks, which include visiting distilleries, microbreweries, and restaurants, with line dancing, live music, and karaoke at the famous Whiskey Row Saloons. While Prescott might feel like a small town, it still has all the amenities of a city, like major shopping retailers. Lastly, if you feel like a change of scenery, Sedona, Jerome, and Phoenix are only a short drive away.

5. Flagstaff

Flagstaff is located in northern Arizona and is notorious for Humphreys Peak, the highest mountain in the state. Winters are particularly beautiful as the peak is covered in snow, creating a stunning backdrop for the desert landscape. Therefore, this town is ideal for retirees who love the snow and winter activities like snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling. Furthermore, Flagstaff’s cool winter climate is refreshing compared to the rest of the state’s sweltering climate. Lastly, outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the breathtaking mountain scenery and numerous hiking trails.

6. Mesa

Mesa is one of the best places to retire in Arizona. Many people flock to this city for its amazing weather. Mesa experiences 330 days of sunshine a year, which you can spend at several nearby lakes and the Salt River. Retirees can also relax on a lake cruise or visit a local water park to cool off. Furthermore, this city is a haven for sports fans. For example, during springtime, there are over 200 Major League spring training games over 30 days. Golfing is also popular, with 100 golf courses within close proximity to Mesa’s city center. The Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail is another big attraction, which showcases cuisine from the area’s many farms.

7. Show Low

Located on the eastern part of the state near the border of New Mexico lies the city of Show Low, a charming town in the White Mountains. It holds the title of one of northern Arizona’s fastest-growing cities, making it a great place to invest in property. Many people love Show Low for its weather, as it experiences all four seasons. But, what really makes this city one of the best places to retire is its numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation like fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking. Show Low has over 200 trails of interconnecting multi-use trail loops. Lastly, this city is home to the largest forest of Ponderosa pine trees in the United States.

8. Sedona

Sedona sits in the northern Verde Valley region and is a great place to consider for retirement. This city has a great climate, with moderate temperatures. It is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering multiple hiking opportunities, cycling, or offroading. But what makes Sedona unique is its spiritual exploration and healing. There are many places in the city where one can meditate, shop for crystals, and more. Retirees also enjoy Sedona’s festivals, New Age shops, and boutiques. But the sunsets are the best thing about this city. When the sun sets, it reflects off Sedona’s iconic red rocks, which creates a masterpiece. It also has a thriving art community, boasting several art galleries.

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