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Rainwater harvesting can be dangerous

TRAILER-PARK WATER WARS

FOOTHILLS AREA

FEB. 8, 6:01 P.M.

A dispute involving a man and a neighbor who said he was only trying to help the man with his rainwater-harvesting efforts ended with the neighbor getting bashed on the head with an empty garbage can, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

Deputies who were called to the scene interviewed the man, who said he collected rainwater runoff from the roof of his trailer in garbage cans. He said the neighbor came over, ostensibly to help him, but overturned one of the cans almost directly on top of him.

The neighbor said he had noticed a mud stain in one of the garbage cans and wanted to help by cleaning the can with a hose, but he accidentally sprayed the man with water. That's when the man picked up the empty garbage can and struck him, the neighbor said.

After a witness to the incident backed up the neighbor's story, the rainwater-collecting man was taken to jail on suspicion of assault with a garbage can.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS GO HOME DRUNK

RINCON BEAT

FEB. 1, 9:59 P.M.

An extremely intoxicated man broke into his own house, then forgot to stash his pot before deputies came to investigate the break-in, a PCSD report said.

An apartment complex resident called deputies to report seeing two men arguing in the parking lot. After one of the men left, the other stumbled around the parking lot for a while and then went up to the door of an apartment and kicked it in.

Deputies found the man who had kicked in the door crawling through a culvert in a nearby desert wash.

Though so intoxicated he could barely speak, the man managed to explain that he'd arrived home drunk and misplaced his keys so he decided to break in.

Upon entering the apartment, deputies saw what appeared to be a baggie of marijuana in plain view along with a water pipe covered with residue. Asked if the baggie and pipe belonged to him, the man replied, "Of course."

It turned out that the man had also injured himself by jumping from his second-story balcony in an effort to elude the deputies.

The man was cited and released on suspicion of possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

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