Movie Style Car Crash In Phoenix

From “1 dead as vehicle goes off Loop 202 onto 51

A vehicle drove off a Loop 202 freeway bridge in Phoenix and then crashed and exploded in the northbound lanes of the Arizona 51 freeway about 50-feet below early Saturday morning, authorities said.


Scorpion Antivenom For $83,046

A woman in Arizona was stung by a Scorpion and billed $25,537 after insurance paid $57,509 for antivenom according to the azcentral article “Scorpion sting leaves Ahwatukee woman with a big bill

The 52-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills woman had never felt a scorpion sting before that day. She had no intention of seeking medical help, but within an hour of the sting, Edmonds’ mild tingling sensation worsened with throat tightness, blurry vision, darting eyes and tense muscles. She could not walk and had trouble breathing.

With the help of a friend, she called Poison Control and was advised to go to the nearest hospital that had scorpion antivenom, Chandler Regional Medical Center. At the hospital, an emergency room doctor told her about the antivenom, called Anascorp, that could quickly relieve her symptoms. Edmonds said the physician never talked with her about the cost of the drug or treatment alternatives.

Having had experience with Chandler Regional Medical Center, I would have avoided going there if possible. My favorite part of the story

“We believe no one should delay seeking needed medical care because they lack insurance or have high medical costs,” the hospital’s statement said.

That’s easy to say when you don’t have to be the one paying. Had I been in the same situation and they told me how much it would cost I would have tried to live with the effects venom instead of paying $25,000. Although the article doesn’t say I suspect the woman was stung by a bark scorpion, which is different and more dangerous than the ones I get in my house.

Mysterious Flash Of Light In Phoenix

Mysterious Light Flashes During Traffic on Fox 10:

While KSAZ Channel 10 in Phoenix was doing a traffic report, a flash of light appeared on the traffic camera. No one can explain what it was.

A bright light appeared during one of Andrea Robinson’s traffic hits Thursday morning.

Fox 10 checked with APS and Salt River Project to see if a transformer had blown, but that was not the case.

The flash appeared in the area just to the right of Andrea’s head.

The Confederate Flag Is Pretty, The Mexican Flag Is For Illegals

Janie Maders owner of AJ’s Cycles in Phoenix AZ took down a Confederate Flag when the Arizona Republic asked about it, according to the azcentral article “Phoenix business owner takes down Confederate flag“. She only had it up because she thought it was “pretty”. She had other flags up too like one of Puerto Rico. She’s not Racist.

But she said she wouldn’t put up a Mexican flag. “I wouldn’t want illegals of any nationality coming to my store,” she said.

Does Arizona's Dust Storm Mark The Beggining Of The Monsoon?

In New Mexico and Arizona we are waiting anxiously for some rain. Arizona’s July 5th wall of dust known as a haboob seems to have marked the beginning of the Monsoon. These walls of dust moving into the Phoenix area are not new, I remember them nearly every year when I was growing up. This year it was a particularly large one.

The weekend outlook from the NOAA shows the seasonal shift in winds and moisture from the south.

Weekend Outlook

Kidnapping In Tuscon Arizona

A man was run off the road and kidnapped in Tuscon Arizona, his sister called the local news who called police.

The victim’s brother-in-law was en route from Tucson to Phoenix on Wednesday to pay the ransom when the Police Department’s Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement team interceded and helped devise a plan for him to meet the abductors at a restaurant near 23rd Avenue and Thomas Road, Martos said.

Missing Person Looking For The Lost Dutchman Mine


People are still looking for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona. Including Jesse Capen who disappeared looking for it in January of 2010.

He had planned to return to Denver in time for Christmas, but he either walked away or was taken from his campsite, and his whereabouts remain a mystery. He could have been bitten by a rattlesnake, shot by another prospector or fallen and broken his leg and been devoured by a bear, Burnett said.
“Deputies suspect foul play may be involved because there is no sign of him,” she said. “Even if he would have been eaten by wild animals, there would be shoes and clothes left behind.”

Capen, who had never married, worked a graveyard shift as a bellhop at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel the past 11 years. For 10 years, he spent his free time studying the legend of the Lost Dutchman mine.
“This is beyond obsessed,” Burnett said. “He has more than 100 books and maps on the legend. This was like research for a Ph.D. This is a classic case of a man’s search for treasure.”

I’ve been camping a few times in the Superstition Mountains when I lived in Arizona as a kid. It’s hard to believe that a area relatively close to a major city, with today’s technology of Google Maps and GPS locators that someone could disappear so easily.

As far as I know, Jesse Capen has not been found.