News Briefing for June 21, 2019

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2019 9:00 am

Thirty-five people have been arrested in connection with a Northern Arizona drug operation. The Arizona Daily Sun, reported yesterday that the dealers dealt in a wide range of drugs including heroine, marijuana, and acid. The Sun also reports that they were arrested at a wide variety of locations including Butler Avenue, among others.

A 16-year-old man from Glendale has pleaded guilty to setting three fires last year in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Last year. The first fire started in May 27, 2018, and burned 11 acres, then two more began a day later. The man claimed he was camping with his family at the time and sought entertainment by lighting branches on fire. He has been ordered to pay $75,000 in restitution.

In Phoenix yesterday, the Arizona Corporation Commission passed a resolution that will ban utilities from shutting off power to customers from June 1-October 15 each year. The decision came in the wake of the death of a woman in Sun City West when her power was disconnected on 107-degree day in September 2018. APS reported that her power was disconnected because she was $51 short on her electric bill. The resolution received a unanimous vote.

Breezy weather expected for today, we have a high of 75 degrees and southwest winds around 16 to 25 miles per hour, though they could get as high as 38. Tonight, clear skies with a low of 43, and southwest winds with speeds estimated at 16-21 miles per hour, though there is a possibility gusts could get as high as 38. There is no chance of rain in the current forecast.