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CGPD looking for naked man
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CASA GRANDE — Police are looking for someone who may be exposing himself inappropriately in public.

The Casa Grande Police Department has received two official complaints and is also investigating several reports on Facebook and Twitter of a “half-dressed” man displaying himself in public.

“We are actively involved in a very in-depth investigation at this time,” CGPD spokesman Thomas Anderson said. “They are out working this case right now. We have received reports, and there have been investigative efforts by our detectives to build this case.”

Anderson said police do not have a clear description of the man. Anderson said he believes that police will have more information soon.

“And hopefully we will be able to identify a suspect and bring this case to a close,” he said.

Anderson said it is difficult to determine how many times the half-naked individual has been seen in Casa Grande.

“Some of the information that we were putting together is coming from social media and third-party reports. All of that has to be vetted. That is part of the process at this time. It is hard to say just how many reports there have been,” Anderson said.

He said police investigators believe they are searching for one male, but it has not been positively determined if there might be more than one person involved.

Anderson asked anyone with information about someone exposing himself to contact police right away.

“If they have been a victim of that or been a witness to it, we ask that they call 911 or our non-emergency number 520-421-8700 immediately and ask to speak with an officer about it. The more information and the quicker we get the information, the quicker we can put an end to this ongoing investigation. We want to find out who this person is,” Anderson said.

Police ask that if people see someone exposing himself in public, not to post it on social media, but rather call the Police Department without hesitation.

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CG library expansion will provide more room for patrons
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CASA GRANDE — With a 600-square-foot expansion, patrons will soon find more room to spread out, study and meet at the Casa Grande Main Library.

The expansion project has a $765,000 price tag and will add a 440-square-foot conference room as well as two quiet study spaces to the city’s downtown location.

“The Main Library has one conference room right now that’s heavily used,” Library Manager Amber Kent said. “Meeting space is one of the most common requests we receive.”

On July 8, the Casa Grande City Council agreed to award the project contract to Core Construction.

The improvements will impact a small section of the library.

The new conference room will be built on the east side of the building. While the public entrance will remain in place, the patio will be removed and the new conference room will take its place.

“You’ll enter the new room off a small foyer in the new entry,” Kent said. “All of that is in the addition.”

The hallway will be reconfigured to accommodate a new break room and two study rooms. The Book Worm snack shop, operated by the Friends of the Library, will be eliminated.

“The Book Worm will no longer be in operation,” Kent said. “We’ll add a wall to make the Book Worm into a break room.”

Once complete, the small study rooms can be used by individuals or small, non-commercial groups.

“This will give our library users a private, quiet space to study, work or meet with service agencies,” Kent said.

The new spaces will bring the Main Library up to par with the Vista Grande branch, which also has two study rooms and a conference room.

Work is expected to begin in September and should take about five months to complete.

About $720,000 in development impact fees designated for library expansion services are earmarked to fund much of the project along with about $45,100 from an Arizona State Library grant.

As well as creating new spaces, the project also covers furnishings, technical and utility improvements within the designated areas.

The council in January approved a $40,802 preconstruction contract with Core Construction as the first phase of the project. Hunt & Caraway is the architectural firm behind the renovation design.

The library was remodeled in 2013 but at the time, money for the additional meeting rooms was not available. Since then, the city has raised the money through development impact fees collected from land developers.

US moves to limit asylum for threatened family members

PHOENIX (AP) — Immigrants who fear persecution because of their family ties will no longer be eligible for asylum, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday.

Barr, who has power to overturn immigration court rulings as head of the Department of Justice, argues not all family units are necessarily considered a “social group” for the purposes of asylum.

People can seek asylum in the U.S. if they can prove a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in specific social group.

Until now, asylum seekers who were threatened because of something their family member did or did not do were eligible. For example, a mother whose life was threatened because her son refused to join a gang would previously qualify for asylum.

But the administration of President Donald Trump has taken several actions to limit asylum, including making it harder for victims of domestic violence to get protection and ending bond for asylum seekers, which was recently overturned in federal court.

It is unclear how many people are affected, but advocates say it could be thousands of people. The government doesn’t track cases involving people who are granted asylum because of their family ties.

Barr’s decision is on a case involving a Mexican man who is seeking asylum because his family was targeted after his father refused to let a drug cartel use his store for business.

Victoria Neilson, a managing attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, said the ruling reverses years of precedent and is another attack on asylum.

“It’s almost laughable if people were not going to be killed as a result of this decision,” Neilson said.