Wyatt Earp gun sells for $225,000 at auction
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A gun thought to have been carried by Wyatt Earp during the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone has sold at auction for $225,000.
A telephone bidder in New Mexico made the winning bid for the Colt .45 revolver Thursday night.
Officials with J. Levine Auction & Appraisal say the auction of numerous items related to Earp and his family in Scottsdale brought in more than $445,000.
The auction house initially valued the Colt between $100,000 and $150,000.
The items belonged to the estate of Glenn Boyer, an author of several books on Earp. Boyer died in February 2013.
Some have questioned the items' authenticity while others say Boyer was a credible researcher.
Josh Levine, who heads the auction house, says the Colt comes with several pages of documents testifying to its authenticity. The documents include a notarized, sworn affidavit signed by Boyer in 1994. There is also a letter from Colt that states the gun was made in the time period that Earp lived.
A Chandler man spent $150,000 on a shotgun owned by Earp, a family archive and other items.
Tucson police: Suspect shot, was returning to bank
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a suspected bank robber was fatally shot by Tucson police after getting a box of ammunition from his vehicle.
Police also say 35-year-old Santiago Avila was a fugitive wanted in California in connection with an assault on a peace officer.
Police say they received a 911 call about a robbery in progress Thursday afternoon.
Officers arrived to see a man matching the robber's description walking out of the bank with a handgun.
Police say he ignored commands to stop and drop the gun.
He instead went to his SUV, got a box of ammunition and began walking back to the bank's front door when officers shot him.
Police say he died in the parking lot.
Congressional committees probing Arizona's VA care
PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake say congressional committees are investigating allegations that up to 40 Arizona veterans died while awaiting medical appointments.
The two Republican senators from Arizona held a news conference Friday across the street from the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
Last week, the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs said the panel's investigators concluded as many as 40 Arizona veteran deaths could be related to VA delays in providing them medical care.
Some veterans say wait times now average 55 days.
Phoenix VA Health Care System officials say they've asked for an external review by the Inspector General and will address any problems quickly.
Tusayan lawmakers OK outline of town's future
TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) - Lawmakers in Tusayan (TOO'-say-ohn) have approved a general plan that drew opposition for not specifying a water source for a major development.
The vote by the Town Council came earlier this week.
Town manager Will Wright has said that the general plan isn't meant to go into detail about water sources. Instead, it's a 10-year wish list of sorts for recreation, public services, transportation and development.
Officials at the Grand Canyon had raised concerns that development cited in the general plan would quadruple the town's use of water over the next decade.
The Italian company proposing a dude ranch, high-end boutiques, five-star hotels, hundreds of homes and a high-density shopping area says no decision has been made on a water source.
Tusayan lies just outside the Grand Canyon's South Rim entrance.
Phoenix man sentenced in deadly 2013 shooting
PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a 2013 burglary attempt resulted in the shooting death of his getaway driver.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 29-year-old Adrian De La Cruz was sentenced Friday.
De La Cruz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February. He originally faced a charge of first-degree murder during the commission of a crime.
De La Cruz was shot and wounded outside a northwest Phoenix nightclub on March 30, 2013.
An off-duty Phoenix police officer working security at the club reported seeing several people trying to steal a small refrigerator from his pickup.
It led to a shootout involving the suspects, the officer and a nightclub employee.
De La Cruz needed weeks of hospitalization to recover from his wounds before his arrest.
D-Backs activate OF Ross after hip surgery
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated outfielder Cody Ross from the disabled list and designated left-handed reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith for assignment.
Ross sustained a dislocated hip while running to first base against the New York Mets on Aug. 11. He underwent surgery and was back working out far sooner than had been anticipated.
Ross batted .278 with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 94 games for the Diamondbacks last season. Ross gives Arizona five outfielders on its roster.
Rowland-Smith, an Australian, appeared in six games for Arizona this season, posting a 4.91 ERA.
ASU's McKissic granted 6th year of eligibility
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State forward Shaquielle McKissic has been granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA and will return to the Sun Devils next season.
Coach Herb Sendek announced the decision via Twitter on Friday.
McKissic had been designated a senior last season by the NCAA because he graduated in 2009 but he spent two years out of basketball.
The forward averaged nine points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Suns GM confident Bledsoe will be back next year
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is plotting the team's future after an unexpectedly successfully season, and he's confident that future includes Eric Bledsoe.
McDonough, speaking at an end-of-season news conference on Friday, says the backcourt of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic "is among the NBA's best.'"
Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and McDonough has repeatedly said the Suns will match any offer another team may make. He says the Suns would prefer to work out a deal before free agency begins.
Bledsoe was noncommittal when asked this week if he wanted to remain with Phoenix, repeatedly saying he simply wanted to work on his game and spend time with his family.
P.J. Tucker also is a restricted free agent and the Suns want him back too. Channing Frye has the opportunity to opt out of his contract if he wishes.
Phoenix, predicted to be among the NBA's worst teams after going 25-57 last year, used an entertaining, up-tempo style to win a surprising 48 games, matching the most wins for a team that failed to make the postseason in the 16-team playoff era.
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