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Sheriff's office: Exposure suspected in couple's deaths

ASH FORK, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say exposure is suspected in the deaths of a married couple whose bodies were found in snow along a road near a rural Arizona home. The medical examiner will determine cause of death of 74-year-old Richard Alexander and 79-year-old Elizabeth Alexander who were found Friday near the small community of Ash Fork. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the couple's car was found along Old Route 66. The office said it's possible snow kept the bodies from view for an unknown period of time. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the area likely received about 12 inches of snow during a storm that hit the region at the end of November.


Police: Man arrested in fatal stabbing of his twin brother

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a 27-year-old Phoenix man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of his twin bother. A Police Department statement released Saturday said Christian Piedra was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the Friday evening killing of Bryan Piedra during a “domestic violence dispute” in their apartment. The arrested brother remained jail Saturday while awaiting an initial court appearance. Online court records didn't list an attorney for him who could comment on the allegations.


Mud snail halts trout deliveries from Arizona fish hatchery

CORNVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Game and Fish Department has halted trout deliveries from a hatchery near Cornville after finding invasive mud snails during a routine survey. The department has been buying fish from out-of-state vendors to ensure trout are stocked as scheduled. Officials say wildlife might have brought New Zealand mud snails from Oak Creek to the Page Springs Fish Hatchery. The mud snails reproduce quickly and can disrupt the food chain.


Navajo Gaming purchases Flagstaff restaurant, nearby land

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has purchased a $5.2 million plot of land in northern Arizona that could develop into a casino or gaming facility aimed at increasing business and drawing people to other Navajo property. The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise announced its 14-acre purchase including Horseman Lodge Steakhouse intended to direct more restaurant businesses and passersby to the Navajo Nation, especially at Twin Arrows Casino Resort east of Flagstaff. Navajo Gaming officials say there are no immediate plans to build a casino or gaming facility on the property, which would require land status changes approved by federal and state agencies.


Prosecutor: Former immigration attorney, husband convicted

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a disbarred Arizona immigration lawyer and her husband each face up to five years in prison when sentenced on convictions for conspiring to commit acts that included forging the signature of a court clerk. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Sullivan said Saturday that a  jury in Tucson returned verdicts late Friday against disbarred attorney Marivel Cantu-Madril and attorney Richard A. Madril, Cantu-Madril's husband. Sullivan said Cantu-Madril was convicted of conspiracy plus counts of forgery and possession of false seals of government agencies but acquitted of mail fraud while Madril was convicted of conspiracy, the only charge against him. Attorneys for Cantu-Madril and Madril did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday.


Tucson presses for fixes to residents' gripes about scooters

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson officials are calling on the two e-scooter companies operating in the city to fix problems reported by neighborhood groups. There have been complaints about scooters blocking sidewalks and alleys amid a lack of enforcement since the city launched a six-month pilot program in September. The Arizona Daily Star reports that nearly 30,000 people used e-scooters provided by Razor and Bird for over 120,000 rides. City Council members have refused to go along with one member's call to end the program immediately. However, the council gave the companies and city transportation officials 30 days to come up with a plan to solve the issues.


Search for girl in rural Arizona creek enters 2nd week

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are still hoping to find a 6-year-old girl who has been missing for more than a week since being swept away in a rural Arizona creek. Gila County Sheriff's officials say searchers will resume using boats and drones Saturday in Tonto Basin in their recovery effort of Willa Rawlings. Divers will focus on a levee system in the creek. The girl has been missing for eight days. The girl was one of nine family members in a military-style truck that became stuck Nov. 29 while trying to cross Tonto Creek. Two 5-year-old boys died.


Ex-school official accused of stealing from Arizona district

PHOENIX (AP) — A former business manager for a rural Arizona school district is accused of stealing nearly $40,000 from the district and a youth soccer organization. A 21-count grand jury indictment filed late last month in Pinal County Superior Court charges Amanda Dawn Holcomb with fraud, theft, computer tampering and violation of duties of a custodian of public monies. The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Friday the charges stem from an investigation by the state Auditor General's Office and that Holcomb used her position to steal over $38,000 of Ray Unified School District money and $900 in donations received by the youth soccer organization. Online court records don't list an attorney for Holcomb who could comment on the allegations against her.