Storm Closes Highway 260, Lost Hunter Found

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A hunter lost near the Mogollon Rim was found and returned to his camp uninjured Sunday, Sgt. Terry Hudgens with the Gila County Sheriff's Office said.

Superior resident, Raul Scholnick, 41, became lost near Ellison Creek at the base of the Mogollon Rim Sunday morning after becoming disoriented, Hudgens said.

Scholnick left his fellow hunters in their camp near Forest Road 431 in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest early Sunday morning to go out on his own to look for elk, Sgt. Hudgens said.

Scholnick's fellow campers called GCSO when he failed to return to camp on time.

Hudgens said searchers found him late Sunday morning walking along La Cienega Road after he provided deputies directions to his location via a handheld two-way radio.

"He said he was numb and cold, and was having some trouble breathing before we found him," Hudgens said.

Scholnick told deputies he rested for a while and recovered before they found him attempting to walk out.

Scholnick was returned to his campsite around noon by GCSO, Hudgens said.

Accident closes road

A semi-truck accident Saturday around noon closed the westbound lanes of Highway 260 for about an hour-and-a-half, Capt. Rick Heron with Diamond Star Fire Department said.

"It appears that the truck slipped off the road near milepost marker 263, close to Little Green Valley, due to slippery conditions from the rain," Heron said.

DPS was unavailable for details as this story went to press.

Star Valley house fire

A residence at 2041 S. Moonlight Drive in Star Valley suffered minor fire damage Saturday night, Capt. Rick Heron with Diamond Star Fire Department said.

He said the call came in to the fire department at about midnight and by the time they arrived at the scene the chimney and part of the attic were fully engulfed.

"We were able to put the fire out quickly and no one was injured," Heron said.

Heron said the fire started in the chimney area and spread to the attic.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but it was probably due to sparks from the chimney coming into contact with the attic, a spokesperson with Diamond Star Fire Department said.

Damage estimates were not available.

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