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Naval Academy will host summer seminar
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Applications are beingaccepted through March 31 for the UnitedStates Naval Academy Summer Seminar(NASS) 2012.NASS is designed for students who will have just completed their junior year of high schoolin the summer of 2012.This program is a fast-paced, six-dayexperience for high-achievers who may beinterested in pursuing an appointment to oneof the nation’s service academies and servingas a military officer after graduation. NASS isheld in three sessions: June 2-7; June 9-14; andJune 16-21.Summer seminar introduces students to theopportunities at the Naval Academy whereacademics, athletics, and professional trainingplay equally important roles in developingour nation’s leaders. Students will live in thedormitory, Bancroft Hall, eat in the diningfacility, King Hall; participate in academicand leadership workshops; and experiencea variety of other activities at the academy.Students will have an opportunity to seefirst-hand what the academy has to offerthrough its exceptional academic, athletic,extracurricular activities and leadershiptraining programs.The academy’s current students, knownas midshipmen, run the summer seminartraining with oversight by active duty Navyand Marine Corps officers. More than 2,250students from around the U.S. attend thisrigorous program each year.“If you are a student who wants a summerchallenge with the opportunity to sampleuniversity-level academics at a first-rateengineering school, the summer seminarprogram will let you discover how the NavalAcademy can help you achieve your goals,and give you a jump start on the admissionsprocess,” said Naval Academy SummerSeminar officer-in-charge, Lt. Thomas Dotstry,By applying to the 2012 Summer Seminar,students are also applying for admission to theNaval Academy, class of 2017.There is no need to submit a preliminaryapplication when it becomes available on April1 for students desiring to apply for admissionto USNA.Students with questions about NASS and theapplication process should call 410-293-4361 orvisit www.usna.edu/admissions.The deadline for applications is March 31,2012. Seminar fee is $350.
Commission to host Sierra VistAbility Day
SIERRA VISTA — The City’s Commissionon Disability Issues has announced this year’sSierra VistAbility Day on Saturday, March 31,at the Buena High School cafeteria, from 10a.m. until 1 p.m.This event allows persons with disabilities,family members, and caregivers to haveaccess to resources, products, and supportorganizations in a single location. Studentswith disabilities are also invited to findresources to aid in the transition from highschool to college.Free blood pressure and blood sugar testingwill be available. Please fast two hours prior tothe blood sugar test.Vista Transit will provide free curb-to-curbpickup for this event. Call 417-4888 for detailson getting a ride.For more information, contact Jeff Pregler at(520) 458-3315.
Tombstone man joins veteran’s committee
On Wednesday March 14, TombstoneResident W.F. “Bill” Pakinkis, Southern AreaDirector of the Arizona Veterans Hall of FameSociety was sworn in as a member of theTucson Veterans Affairs Committee at theirmonthly meeting, held at the Mayor and CityCouncil Chambers in Tucson.Bill is also the current Post Commanderof American Legion Roy Fourr Post 24 andCommandant of the Wild West DetachmentMarine Corps League, Tombstone.
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Multiple wrecks near mallleave 1 with minor injuries
BY JACOB PETERSEN
SIERRA VISTA — Despite the number of people involved, onlyone person was trans-ported to Sierra VistaRegional Health Centerafter five vehicles wereinvolved in two sepa-rate accidents withinabout a 40-minute pe-riod near the Mall atSierra Vista Saturday.The first accident oc-curred at about 2:43p.m. when the driverof a red sedan headingeastbound on AvenidaCochise across High-way 92 attempted a leftturn in front of an SUVheading westbound onthe same road.According to Cpl.Josh Nicola with theSierra Vista Police, thesedan “failed to yieldfor the Ford Explorer.”One person, a malepassenger in the sedanthat appeared alert andwas walking aroundafter the accident, wastransported to thehospital with what ap-peared to be minor in- juries, Nicola said.As a result of the ac-cident, the westboundlanes of Avenida Coch-ise were blocked westof Highway 92 for about45 minutes and trafficwas backed up in bothdirections along High-way 92 and on AvenidaCochise, east of thehighway.As tow truck work-ers were in the pro-cess of loading thetwo disabled vehiclesfor transport from thescene, the call came outfor a second accidenton Highway 92 about150 yards south of thefirst, directly in frontof the Texas Roadhouserestaurant.Many of the policeofficers and EMS of-ficials tending to thefirst accident quicklymade their way downto road to find threevehicles involved ina series of rear-endcollisions.According to Cpl.Nicola, the driver of the first vehicle wasstopped as a result of the traffic backup cre-ated by the first acci-dent when the driverof a truck rear-endeda second vehicle andpushed it into the first.Nobody was injuredas a result of the three-vehicle accident, al-though the driver of the truck was arrestedfor driving on a sus-pended license, Nicolasaid. Drugs or alcoholare not suspected to befactors in either acci-dent, he said.In total, nine peoplewere involved in bothaccidents — five in thefirst and four in thesecond.
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Top: EMS officials collect information from people involved in a two-vehicle accident atthe intersection of Avenida Cochise and Highway 92 at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday.Above: Police and EMS officials tend to a second accident scene just south of AvenidaCochise and Highway 92 after an earlier accident that occurred at that intersection.
BY BILL HESS
FORT HUACHUCA — Post officials haveconfirmed the names of a soldier killed and an-other that was injuredin an early Thursdaymorning accident.Dead is Spc. Jona-than S. Thomas, 22, of San Marcos, Texas,who died after beinghit by a motor vehicle,post spokeswomanTanja Linton said.Thomas was a Sat-ellite Communica-tion Systems OperatorMaintainer assigned toCompany C, 40th Expe-ditionary Signal Bat-talion. His active Armyservice began Nov. 16,2009.His awards and deco-rations include theGlobal War on Terror-ism Medal, the ArmyGood Conduct Medal,the National DefenseService Ribbon, theArmy Service Ribbonand a Certificate of Achievement for per-formance during theBattalion Field Train-ing Exercise “Opera-tion Renegade Calm.”Injured is Sgt. Ray-mone Soberanes, a Mul-tichannel Transmis-sion Systems OperatorMaintainer assigned toCompany A, 40th ESB.He was treated at SierraVista Regional MedicalCenter and released,Linton said.“C Company, 40th Ex-peditionary Signal Bat-talion, lost a great sol-dier,” said Capt. BrianDiego, the companycommander. “Spc. Jon-athan Thomas’ selflessservice, dedication toduty and eye for detailshas spoken volumes tohis work ethic.”“Our battalion losta great soldier, hus-band, father and son,”said Lt. Col. AndrewMcClelland, the battal-ion commander, “Spc.Jonathan Thomaswas respected and ad-mired by all his fellowsoldiers and leadersalike.”The incident is being jointly investigated bythe Sierra Vista Po-lice Department andFort Huachuca’s ArmyCriminal InvestigativeCommand office, Lin-ton said.A memorial servicefor Thomas will be heldon the fort at a laterdate, she said.
O cials name soldier killed in crash
Sherif’s make arrest ater shooting at lake
BY ERIC PETERMANN
PARKER LAKE — On Satur-day March 17, at approximately1 a.m., the Cochise County Sher-iff’s Office was advised of ashooting incident that occurredat Parker Canyon Lake in theHuachuca Mountains. Deputiesresponded to the scene and locat-ed a male subject suffering froma graze wound below his leftknee, reportedly from a gunshot.Witnesses at the scene advisedthat eight people from Tucsonwere camping at the lake when22-year-old Franisco Raul Rodri-guez, Tucson, reportedly beganthreatening the group with a 9mm handgun. Rodriguez thenforced the victim into his ve-hicle before a struggle ensued.During the struggle, the weapondischarged, grazing the victimbelow his left knee. The victimwas transported to the SierraVista Regional Health Care Cen-ter for treatment of his wound.Rodriguez has been bookedinto the Cochise County Jail oncharges of aggravated assaultwith a deadly weapon, endan-germent, recklessly handling aweapon, and kidnapping.The investigation is being con-tinued by the Sheriff’s Office.