SALT LAKE CITY – A man who refused to wear a mask on an Allegiant flight out of Utah has been fined $ 10,500.
The passenger refused to wear a mask over his mouth and nose on the Feb. 27 flight from Provo, Utah, to Mesa, Arizona, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday. Flight attendants said they asked the man to wear his mask correctly seven times, but he removed it every time they walked away.
The FAA said when the passenger was asked to cooperate, he argued with the flight attendant, refused to provide identification and said he would continue to lower his mask.
The passenger approached a flight attendant after the flight landed and touched her, the agency said.
The FAA said he then approached her and complained to her about her application of the policy, which intimidated the flight attendant and made her cry.
The name and place of residence of the passenger were not disclosed.
The FAA this week imposed eight other civil penalties, ranging from $ 7,500 to $ 21,500, on passengers who refused to wear masks.
The FAA has received at least 3,200 reports of unruly passenger behavior since January, including around 2,475 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal mask mandate. The FAA identified potential violations in 540 cases and initiated enforcement action – including more than $ 682,000 in fines – in 83 cases.
Woman arrested in motorway accident that killed her mother and 5 children
PHOENIX – A 35-year-old woman who was injured in a violent accident involving three vehicles that killed her friend and the woman’s five children has been arrested.
The woman was jailed Thursday on four counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug-related accessories, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
On July 2, a large platform struck the back of a car driven by Natisha Moffitt, 35, and then struck the other woman’s SUV, who was carrying her four children, on Interstate 10 at about 80 kilometers west of Phoenix, authorities said. .
The crash split Moffitt’s car in half and it caught fire, killing her and her five children, the department said.
The women’s vehicles were moving west before the two entered a “No U-turn” zone in the median and collided after entering the eastbound lanes, the department said.
The woman and her four children were seriously injured. She was arrested after she was released from the hospital.
Online court records did not identify a lawyer for her who could comment on her behalf.
Increased humidity slows growth in Arizona wildfires
PRESCOTT – Rising humidity has slowed the growth of a major wildfire threatening a small rural community in north-central Arizona, officials said on Friday.
Crews battling the 24.5 square mile lightning blaze in southern Yavapai County were installing pumps and sprinklers and again emptying control lines from previous fires in case the blaze approached of Crown King, according to a statement issued by the incident management team assigned to the fire.
Crown King residents remained on notice of a possible evacuation.
The fire was contained to about 29% of its perimeter, the statement said.
Recent seasonal rains in Arizona this week allowed five national forests and state land managers to lift previously implemented public access closures due to the now reduced threat of severe wildfires.
The police shot dead a man; apparent handgun was a water pistol
PHOENIX – Police officers in Phoenix responded after a man made several calls to 911 and killed him after announcing he had a gun, then pointed what appeared to be a handgun at them, police said on Friday.
The object pointed at by the 64-year-old man before he was shot Thursday night turned out to be a water pistol, the police department said in a statement.
The sergeant and three officers involved in the shooting attended the house and offered to help after the man repeatedly called 911 Thursday morning, making various statements indicating a mental health issue, the statement said.
No identity has been disclosed.
Tina Sweeney set to become Phoenix’s first female postmaster
PHOENIX – Tina Sweeney is set to become Phoenix’s first female postmaster.
Sweeney, in her 29th year as a postal worker, was due to be sworn in on Friday at the town’s main post office.
She began her postal career in June 1992 in Utah.
Since then, Sweeney has served as a Customer Services Supervisor and Customer Services Manager at four different Salt Lake City resorts.
She has also been a Post Mistress in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria and most recently the Post Office Operations Manager in Arizona.
In his role as Phoenix Postmaster, Sweeney will oversee more than 1,400 employees who work in 19 stations, branches and retail units.
Sweeney is also responsible for delivery operations, which include more than 790 urban and rural routes serving more than 694,000 delivery points.