Yuma wife who hired hitman loses sentence appeal
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - A Yuma woman convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her husband in 1997 has been denied an appeal of her life sentence.
The Yuma Sun reports the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld Lois Kay Cloud's life sentence last month at a hearing in Phoenix.
Cloud was convicted of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree murder, facilitation to commit first-degree murder and hindering prosecution.
She was sentenced in October 2010 with no chance of parole.
Prosecutors say Vincent Lee Accardo shot Kenneth Cloud in the neck on Dec. 9, 1997 while the victim was sitting in his truck outside a restaurant.
Accardo was sentenced to death but died in March 2011 of natural causes.
Cloud's appellate lawyer had argued there were several errors during her trial and insufficient evidence.
1 man dead in 2-car accident in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Police in Tucson say a 32-year-old man has died from injuries suffered when his vehicle collided with another.
Sgt. Chris Widmer says the incident happened just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Pantano Road.
Widmer says Bobby Partridge was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Widmer says the 47-year-old woman driving the other vehicle only had minor injuries and didn't need to be transported to a hospital.
Authorities say Partridge was driving his PT Cruiser at a high rate of speed and he rear-ended the other driver as she was completing a U-turn.
They say the impact caused Partridge's injuries.
Investigators believe alcohol and speed were contributing factors.
Scottsdale police seek sexual assault suspect
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Scottsdale police are searching for a man suspected of forcing his way into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her.
Officer David Pubins says the man allegedly showed up at the victim's apartment Friday at 1:30 p.m. and pretended to have a delivery for her.
Pubins says the suspect pushed his way inside when the woman opened her door and demanded she take off her clothes.
The victim told investigators he then used an article of clothing to restrain her and began to assault her.
Authorities say he left a short time later when his attention was diverted.
Police say he is described as being 6 feet, in his late 20s and having light, brown skin.
They are asking anyone with any information to contact at 480-312-TIPS.
Tucson courting car maker Tesler for 6,500 jobs
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - City officials are urging electric car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that the city of Tucson has submitted a formal proposal to become the headquarters for the 10 million-square-foot plant.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says the proposal highlights land within the city that has access to the Union Pacific mainline and the major interstates.
The city is also offering tax incentives on top of any offered by the Arizona Commerce Authority.
The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is also considering sites in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.
The proposal marks the first time officials in Arizona have spoken about being in the running.
Phoenix toddler doing well after nearly drowning
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix firefighters say a toddler is going to be OK after nearly drowning in a backyard swimming pool.
Capt. Ruben Saavedra says the 19-month-old boy's mother found him floating in the pool around 10 a.m. Sunday at their home near 35th Avenue and Ocotillo Road.
Saavedra says she immediately administered CPR and the boy began to cry and vomit.
Firefighters took the boy to a hospital and no significant injuries were found.
The mother told firefighters that she believes the child slipped outside through a doggie door and a latch on the pool fence may have been opened.
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