Media seeks camera coverage of Arias retrial
PHOENIX (AP) - Several television stations are seeking less restrictive camera coverage of Jodi Arias' planned Sept. 29 penalty phase retrial.
Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't decide on her sentence. The retrial will determine if she gets the death penalty or life in prison.
Arias' first trial was broadcast live, but the judge denied that right this time around, ruling that no footage could be broadcast until after the final verdict.
A media lawyer sought Monday to amend that order, allowing trial footage to be aired 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings.
Prosecutors don't object, but defense lawyers claim it would hamper Arias' right to a fair trial. The judge didn't immediately rule.
GIRL WITH UZI
Victim's family praying for girl in range accident
PHOENIX (AP) - The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.
The Arizona Republic reports that lawyers for the family of 39-year-old Charles Vacca delivered a video message last week to the girl's family.
An attorney for the girl's parents says the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred Aug. 25 on a brief excursion during a vacation.
Vacca was shot at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.
Prosecutors aren't filing charges in the case. Arizona's workplace safety agency is investigating the death.
One of the Vacca family's attorneys says the family understands that the shooting has prompted a national discussion about gun safety.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-LOCKUP SCHOOL
Back to school - even in Texas immigration prison
KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) - For about 200 immigrant children held with their mothers, life inside a South Texas federal immigration prison means going to school eight hours a day.
The curriculum for pre-kindergarteners to 12th graders at Karnes County Residential Center is the same as bilingual schools across the state.
Days begin with the reciting of the pledges of allegiance in English to the Texas and American flags - even though many students are facing deportation.
Advocacy groups object to jailing families under any circumstances. And some wonder how much youngsters can learn during the relatively short time many will be held in detention.
But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement counters that school helps socialize kids, and could serve to acclimate some who may end up staying in the country.
ARIZONA FACTORY FIRE
Arizona dog food plant surveyed after explosion
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Flames from welding equipment sparked the explosion Sunday, blowing out metal doors at the front of the seven-story grain elevator.
Two workers who suffered severe burns were listed in good condition Monday at a Phoenix burn center. The other two had less severe burns.
Authorities say it was the first such incident at the dog food plant in more than four decades of operation. About 250 people work at the factory.
Company spokesman Keith Schopp says a crew from the St. Louis headquarters was on site Monday surveying the damage. Production remained shuttered, but the warehouse is operating.
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health also is investigating.
Forecasters: Arizona to see wetter weather
PHOENIX (AP) - A week after the Phoenix area received record rainfall, more heavy rain and the possibility of localized flooding are expected across much of Arizona.
The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will return this week as moisture from Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') and the typical monsoon weather pattern increases the potential for rain.
Forecasters say chances for thunderstorms will increase substantially starting Tuesday and that flash flooding is possible as the week continues.
The remnants of Hurricane Norbert swamped parts of the Phoenix area on Sept. 8, flooding parts of freeways and sending rescuers scrambling to rescue stranded motorists.
Two people in southern Arizona died when they were swept away by rushing water.
RAVE PARTY ARRESTS
2 face drug charges after rave party near Wilhoit
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A Glendale man and a Scottsdale woman are facing drug charges after a large outdoor party near Wilhoit.
Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Everett Dunlap is being held on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and other charges.
They say Dunlap was in possession of more than 100 Ecstasy pills plus methamphetamine, LSD and cocaine.
His remains at the Camp Verde Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
Sheriff's officials say 19-year-old Kaitlin McLain of Scottsdale has been released on a $2,000 bond.
They say she's facing charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities say more than 450 people attended the "rave" that began Friday about 8 miles from Wilhoit at multiple campsites.
Phoenix police ID man found fatally shot in SUV
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police have identified a man found fatally shot inside an SUV along with another wounded man.
The shooting occurred early Sunday morning in west Phoenix, and Sgt. Steve Martos says 27-year-old Mariano Leon was pronounced dead at the scene.
He says the second wounded man was hospitalized in critical condition.
According to Martos, detectives believe the victims may have exchanged gunfire with at least two other people.
However, Martos says no other injured victims have been found.
Authorities: Man fatally shot in Cochise County
SUNSITES, Ariz. (AP) - Cochise County authorities say a man has been fatally shot after he allegedly broke into a house where his estranged wife and children were living.
They say the shooting occurred about 5:30 a.m. Monday in Sunsites, which is an unincorporated community in the county.
Authorities identified the dead man as 26-year-old Gary Tucker of Cochise.
County sheriff's officials say a man called to report that he had shot an intruder.
Authorities say Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff's investigators say Tucker apparently broke in through the home's rear door.
Two other men were at inside the house and authorities say one of the men shot Tucker with a handgun.
The name of the shooter wasn't immediately released. Sheriff's officials say they still are investigating the incident.
FORMER POLICEMAN-PORN ARREST
Ex-Phoenix police officer enters plea in porn case
PHOENIX (AP) - A former Phoenix police sergeant accused in a child pornography case has pleaded not guilty.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 61-year-old Robert Carrillo entered his plea Monday. His next court date is set for Oct. 29.
Carrillo was arrested Aug. 29 at his Chandler home on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Investigators say they found as many as 8,000 sexually inappropriate images of underage girls on a computer flash drive inside Carrillo's house.
Authorities say some of the images are of girls as young as age 2.
Phoenix police say Carrillo retired this spring after 37 years with the department, many of those spent in the property crimes division.
Mesa doctor pleads not guilty to sexual abuse
PHOENIX (AP) - A Mesa doctor accused of inappropriately touching two female patients during medical exams has pleaded not guilty.
Maricopa County prosecutors say Dr. Manuel Abrante entered his plea Monday. His next court date is on Oct. 28.
The 56-year-old Abrante is being held on suspicion of two counts of sexual abuse.
A 45-year-old woman told Mesa police that Abrante inappropriately touched her during a medical exam on Aug. 22.
Investigators arrested Abrante days later after discovering a similar complaint against him in 2006.
Court records show that case also involved a 45-year-old woman, who didn't seek prosecution against Abrante until now.
No ID yet on body found under Apache Junction home
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) - A body found underneath a mobile home in Apache Junction believed to be that of a missing woman still hasn't been identified.
But Apache Junction police say a person of interest in the case has been arrested on unrelated charges.
The name of that person wasn't immediately released Monday evening.
Residents called police Saturday to report a foul odor coming from the mobile home near Ironwood Drive and Apache Trail.
Police say the body was too far decomposed to identify as being a man or a woman.
They are treating it as a suspicious death.
A woman living in the home was reported missing on Sept. 4, but authorities haven't released her name.
The Pinal County Medical Examiner will determine the identity of the body and cause of death.
Jetliner makes emergency landing in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An Arizona-bound jetliner has made an emergency landing at the Oakland airport after its flaps failed to fully retract after takeoff.
Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins says the problem was noticed shortly after Flight 468 took off from San Jose Monday morning on a flight to Phoenix.
Hawkins says instruments showed that the wing flaps used for takeoff hadn't full retracted and the captain diverted to Oakland airport, where Southwest has a maintenance base.
The plane, carrying 133 passengers and crew, landed safely.
Hawkins says the flight would continue with a replacement plane.
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