Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:55:57 GMT
Some funny guys are visiting the University of Arizona before their new movie hits theaters.Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (AKA McLovin') and Jerrod Carmichael we be on campus on Thursday to promoteMore >
Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (AKA McLovin') and Jerrod Carmichael we be on campus on Thursday to promote their new movie "Neighbors."More >
Thursday, April 24 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:28:48 GMT
A car accident has closed Silverbell Road at Sunset Wednesday night, according to Pima County Sheriff's Office. Tucson Electric Power has arrived on the scene, repairing power lines. They are workingMore >
Tucson Electric Power is on the scene, repairing power lines. They are working to restore service during the closure.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:49:34 GMT
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street.More >
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street. More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:10:23 GMT
Motorists can expect slow traffic on Interstate 10 in both directions because of crashes on both sides near Kolb Road. ADOT expects back ups until 7:30 p.m.Stay with Tucson News Now for updates.CopyrightMore >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:15:30 GMT
A Tucson man may face felony charges after a 90-year-old woman involved in a car crash died from her injuries. Tucson police responded to a report of a two-car crash at the intersection of Speedway Blvd.More >
The 60-year-old driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and his passenger suffered minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital.More >
Thursday, April 24 2014 7:10 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:10:33 GMT
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –The Tucson Police Department is investigating an overnight homicide. According to TPD, An adult female was found deceased with obvious signs of trauma in the 1300 block ofMore >
According to TPD, An adult female was found dead with obvious signs of trauma in the 1300 block of East 28th Street.
Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:15:08 GMT
Six people hired to protect children in Arizona have been fired. Charles Flanagan, the head of Arizona's new child welfare agency, said he fired five senior Child Protective Service workers who came upMore >
Charles Flanagan, the head of Arizona's new child welfare agency, said he fired five senior Child Protective Service workers who came up with a plan that led to more than 6,500 abuse and neglect cases being closed.More >
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
You may have read the book, or maybe you plan on going to the movies tonight to see ‘Lone Survivor.' But did you know that story has a Tucson connection?
The man and his squadron who rescued that lone survivor are right here in Tucson.
Josh Appel works as an ER doctor at the University of Arizona Medical Center and was a member of the 305th Rescue Squadron, a reservist Combat Search and Rescue team stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
The reviews for the movie are good, big names headline it and it's expected to blow out the box office.
But to Appel, 'Lone Survivor' isn't just a movie. It's a part of his life.
He was a pararescueman with the United States Air Force Combat Search and Rescue Squadron-APJ.
On June 28, 2005 they got the call: an Army Chinook helicopter had been shot down during a rescue attempt of a four man Navy SEAL team, killing the crew and the eight-man team on board.
That's when he first learned about Operation Redwing and the men involved.
"Some missions you do and you don't think, ‘This is going to be a big deal.' This, everyone knew, was a big deal," Appel said.
The movie tells the story of Lieutenant Michael Murphy and his four-man team in Afghanistan.
Their reconnaissance mission was compromised by goat herders they let go. The team was surrounded by Taliban forces. Petty officer first class Marcus Luttrell was the lone survivor.
On July 2, Appel and his team flew through enemy fire to rescue him from an Afghan village.
"We got them on board and I don't know if the pilots heard me or I actually got on the mic and said, 'Go go go,' but I was pretty adamant about getting out of there," he said.
Two days later, on July 4, Appel and his team went back into enemy territory to recover the bodies of Luttrell's teammates.
That doesn't make it into the movie, but Appel will never forget it.
"That's the mission I thought for sure we were going to be shot down," he said, "because they knew we were in the area. They knew we were coming back."
Since then, he has gotten to know Luttrell and the families of the men who died.
He says he's glad the movie is out to remember them. But for him these men and their mission, will never be forgotten.
"Everyone deserves to know what his teammates went through and how it turned out," Appel said. "You don't want to go out and die for your country, but you will do whatever you need to make sure your teammates get home."
Today Josh Appel is Doctor Josh Appel.
He works in the ER at University Medical Center.
He was there Jan. 8, 2011, when the victims of Tucson's mass shooting were brought in.
He's started an international fundraiser in honor of the men who died, specifically Lieutenant Michael Murphy. Copyright2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:17:23 GMT
Of the 180 public school districts in Georgia, Bremen's city schools have the top rating, according to the new standards of the College and Career Ready Performance Index. The announcement was celebratedMore >
Of the 180 public school districts in Georgia, Bremen's city schools have the top rating, according to the new standards of the College and Career Ready Performance Index.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:56 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:56:46 GMT
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman, III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.Coleman was caught on cameraMore >
Fulton County police arrested Atlanta Public Schools paraprofessional Alger Shafter Coleman III and charged him with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery.More >