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Woman who lost power arrested in generator theft

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Deputies in Mohave County say a Kingman woman whose electricity had been turned off has been arrested after a stolen generator and other items taken from a neighbor were found in yard.

Deputies a neighbor of 36-year-old Melissa Renee Walls called them Tuesday to report that her property had been burglarized. Besides the generator, the 72-year-old woman said an air compressor, paint sprayer and pressure washer were taken.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports deputies found cut locks on sheds and a motor home. They then began walking the adjacent and spotted the generator on Walls' back porch. They also spotted a tag on her power service indicating it was disconnected.

Walls was arrested for possessing stolen property and burglary tools. It's unknown if she has a lawyer.


Prescott firefighters rescue 5 from mountaintop

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Prescott firefighters say they had to rescue five unprepared hikers stranded on top of Granite Mountain late at night.

The Embry Riddle Aeronautical University students started ascending the face of the mountain late Thursday afternoon without using a trail. When they reached the summit it was getting dark and they couldn't find a trail to descend the peak. None carried food, water or warm clothing.

Fire department spokesman Conrad Jackson says after trying to find their way down they called 911 at about midnight. Fire crews and a search and rescue team responded and a fire captain boarded a rescue helicopter to try to spot the hikers and find a safe decent route.

A team hiked five miles to the hikers and led them down the mountain early Friday.


Deadline for mailing early ballots Friday

PHOENIX (AP) - The deadline for mailing early ballots for next week's primary election is here.

Ballots need to be postmarked by Friday in order to ensure they'll reach election officials in time to be counted. Any ballots arriving after Tuesday are invalid.

Voters who have not completed their early ballot or miss the mailing deadline can drop them off at any polling place in their home county on Tuesday.

Tuesday's primary election is choosing candidates for all congressional seats and statewide offices, including governor, attorney general, treasurer and superintendent of public instruction.

State legislators are also on the ballot.


Park Service waives entry fees for 98th birthday

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - The National Park Service turns 98 years old Monday and is waiving entry fees across the country in celebration.

Getting into the Grand Canyon and other national park units in Arizona will be free. Fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions still apply.

Visitors who spent time in the park beyond Monday will have to pay the regular entrance fee for the rest of their stay.

The Park Service was established on Aug. 25, 1916 and includes 401 park units.

The agency plans to let visitors in free on two more days this year - National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27 and Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

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