December 2013

Navajo Blogger Pairs Humor, Politics In Articles

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo blogger is using satire to draw attention to tribal politics.

Andrew Curley first wrote about Navajo President Ben Shelly being furious that the National Security Agency had not been monitoring his phone calls. Truth is, Shelly constantly is battling with the federal government for the tribe to be recognized as a sovereign nation, but no he does not want anyone tapping his cellphone.

Man Who Died In CA Skydiving Accident Identified

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A man who died in a Southern California skydiving accident has been identified as a trainer of military skydivers from Arizona.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office identified the victim of Friday's accident in Perris as 29-year-old Jason Granger of Yuma, Ariz. Skydive Perris Manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld said Granger was a highly-qualified skydiver who trained members of the military in free fall skills.

Dispute In Tempe Mall's Lot Escalates To Shooting

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities said a dispute in a Tempe mall's parking lot escalated into a shooting that left one woman with a minor injury.

Police Spokesman Michael Pooley said the shooting in the Arizona Mills mall lot around 6 p.m. on Saturday started out as a dispute between 20-year-old Voyee Smith and other males described as being in their late teens or early 20s. Pooley said Smith and another person began exchanging gunfire at a time when the lot was nearly full.

Arizona Man Fatally Mauled By Dog Was Teacher

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A man who was fatally mauled by one of his dogs was a teacher and the husband of a former Bullhead City mayor who also was injured by the dog.

Bullhead City police said 64-year-old Thomas J. Vick and 65-year-old Diane Vick were injured Saturday when they tried to break up a fight between their dogs, a boxer and a cocker spaniel. Police Lt. Nick Sessions said the boxer turned on the Vicks and began attacking them.

Casa Grande Woman Arrested On Suspicion Of Christmas Murder

An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children and of stabbing her former husband on Christmas Day.  One of her children died.

Police in Casa Grande said 35-year-old Connie Villa was arrested Sunday on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder.

According to police, the ex-husband called 911 after he was stabbed when he went to Villa’s home. Officers found the body of 13-year-old Aniarael Macias in the home where Villa was also suffering from what are believed to be self-inflicted stab wounds.

Officers Arrest More Than 3,000 Since Thanksgiving

Law enforcement officers across the state have made more than 3,000 arrests for impaired driving since Thanksgiving. Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says the DUI patrols are trained to detect those impaired by either drugs or alcohol.

“We have a lot of officers who are trained as drug recognition experts and when we make these traffic stops they recognize the symptoms of impairment and that’s what happens,” Gutier said.

He says he’s concerned about the number of people being stopped on DUI-drug charges, which he says is on the increase.

Group Seeks To Prove Driver’s License Denial To Dreamers Is Motivated By Discrimination

Those challenging the state’s denial of driver’s licenses to “dreamers” are asking for internal documents and testimony, possibly from Governor Brewer, in their legal fight to prove her actions illegal. The governor, by executive order has denied driver’s licenses to those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying their presence in the country is not authorized by federal law, which is a state requirement to get a driver’s license.

Tipsy Tow Program Offers To Bring Inebriated People And Their Cars Home

AAA is once-again offering to pick up drunk drivers and take them home with its Tipsy Tow program this New Year’s Eve. And, spokeswoman Michele Donatti says they’ll also tow your vehicle home.

 “That’s kind of a unique feature of Tipsy Tow, is that well if we tow your vehicle home, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to someone making the decision to drive or not is they don’t want to leave their vehicle, so Tipsy Tow solves that problem by actually towing their vehicle home,” Donatti said.