Fatal shooting closes part of Phoenix-area freeway
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities are investigating whether a man killed in a shootout with state Department of Public Safety officers Monday morning was involved in two Phoenix-area homicides.
The unidentified man died after officers used tire-puncturing strips to stop his car on the U.S. 60 freeway in Tempe.
Buckeye police Lt. Jarod Griffith says the dead man was sought in the killing of a tow-truck driver in Buckeye on Sunday, and Tempe police Sgt. Mike Pooley says the vehicle in the freeway shooting matches the description of one sought in connection with the Buckeye shooting.
Meanwhile, Glendale police say they're investigating whether the man killed in the freeway shooting earlier Monday fatally shot a convenience-store employee. Pooley says the description of the Glendale shooter matches the man killed in the freeway shooting.
Man released from prison re-arrested an hour later
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Pinal County authorities say a man ended up back in custody about an hour after he was released from prison.
The Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Daniel Clegg was arrested Thursday following an Interstate 10 traffic stop that turned up marijuana and a loaded handgun under Clegg's seat in a car in which he was a passenger.
Clegg had been released from a privately operated in a state prison Thursday morning after serving a term on a drug conviction from Pima County.
The Sheriff's Office says he's been booked into jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving a weapon.
Woman pleads not guilty in death of Mesa man
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A 20-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 54-year-old Mesa man.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman says Judith Elaine Walthers entered her plea Monday.
She's charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kevin Worzalla.
She also faces charges of burglary, trafficking in stolen property, escape and theft of means of transportation.
Worzalla's family told police on Feb. 4 that he hadn't been heard from for a week and asked them to conduct a welfare check.
Officers then found Worzalla dead inside his home with signs of trauma. Police say his vehicle and other property were missing from his apartment.
Police say Walthers had been staying with Worzalla and her DNA was found on bloody items located at the crime scene.
COLORADO RIVER-FLOOD EXPERIMENT
Colorado River dam opening for flood experiment
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Water will once again flow in an old Colorado River channel in Mexico that's been sucked dry by farms and cities.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the gates of Morelos Dam a mile south of the border will open March 23 to release a man-made flood expected to last eight weeks.
It's part of an experiment that will be closely watched by a team of Mexican and American researchers.
The so-called "pulse flow event" mimics the floods that happened each spring before the Colorado River was dammed up and its waters stored in reservoirs such as Lake Mead.
It's meant to spur the growth of plants and trees in the now-dry river delta.
The project was authorized by a 2012 amendment to a treaty between the U.S. and Mexico.
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