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Body of girl, 10, pulled from Phoenix-area lake

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say the body of a 10-year-old girl has been recovered from a lake northeast of Phoenix.

Maricopa County sheriff's officials tell The Arizona Republic that three cousins under the age of 15 were in Saguaro Lake on Saturday afternoon when the raft they were on flipped.

Sheriff's Lt. Chad Brackman tells the newspaper that divers found the girl's body 30 to 50 yards from shore. He says the girls weren't wearing life vests.

MCSO spokeswoman Lisa Allen says the girls were near Butcher Jones Beach when a passer-by noticed them in distress and helped the two survivors out of the water. She says the two appeared uninjured.


Missing Tucson girl's parents still have hope


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - On the two-year anniversary of their daughter's disappearance, the parents of Isabel Celis say they are still hopeful that she will come home.

With Monday marking two years since they last saw their then 6-year-old child, Becky and Sergio Celis tell the Arizona Daily Star that they hope renewed efforts by Tucson police will yield some clues.

Eight detectives were assigned in January to review the case and conduct new interviews.

On the morning of April 21, 2012, Sergio Celis went to wake up Isabel for a baseball game, but she was gone. Becky Celis had already left for work. Sergio Celis called authorities.

The couple say a relative who moved away shortly after Isabel went missing has been uncooperative with the investigation. They hope police will get to interview him. The Celises would only say the relative is someone who hasn't been in contact with the family.

Becky Celis says someone approaches them at least once a week to say they are thinking of Isabel.

Meanwhile, they are trying to maintain a normal life of school and activities for Isabel's two older brothers. But they say they are resistant to make new memories without their "Isa."


Progress made on 600-acre southern Arizona fire

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Fire officials say a lightning-caused blaze that has scorched 600 acres on a large ranch in southeastern Arizona has gotten closer to being fully contained.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carol Capas said Sunday afternoon the O'Donnell Fire about 3 miles southeast of Elgin was at 65 percent containment.

Capas says crews will spend the day working along perimeter lines and doing mop-up operations.

No structures or residents are threatened.

Officials say the fire doubled in size Saturday thanks to a wind shifting during a burnout operation in O'Donnell Canyon.

Two type 2 crews, two engines and a water tender are working on the fire, which is burning in a lightning-prone area north of the Huachuca (wah-CHOO'kuh') Mountains.

Crews battling the Brown Fire in that mountain range came to help.


Boy critically hurt after falling off car bumper

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a boy was seriously injured while riding on the bumper of a vehicle.

KNXV-TV reports that Sgt. Steve Martos says the boy remained in extremely critical condition Sunday after falling off the bumper of his stepfather's car while it was in motion.

Martos says the stepfather was driving at the time of the incident Saturday evening.

It is not known if the stepfather will face any charges.

Police did not release the boy's name or any other identifying information.


2 girls hurt in Phoenix while riding ATVs

PHOENIX (AP) - Police in Phoenix say two girls have been seriously injured in an accident while riding all-terrain vehicles.

Police spokesman Steve Martos says a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old were riding the ATVs near 36th Avenue and Minnezona Avenue on Saturday night.

Martos says the girls were trying to take a photo while riding and ended up hitting a parked vehicle.

He says both were taken to a hospital and one of them is listed in extremely critical condition.


GOP gubernatorial candidates relying on geography

PHOENIX (AP) - Two Republican candidates for Arizona governor in an already crowded field could have a critical advantage thanks to support close to home.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported earlier this month that with at least seven possible contenders in the Republican primary in August, a candidate could require as little as 14 percent of the vote to win. In a tight race, a winner could only need 20 to 25 percent of the vote.

Republican pollster Margaret Kenski says geographic bases alone might not seem like enough. However, any advantage helps when dealing with a closely contested or crowded race.

The low figures mean Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Secretary of State Ken Bennett could get a significant geographical boost because of their name recognition locally. Other high-profile candidates include State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who lives in Paradise Valley, and former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones, who lives in Phoenix. But Ducey and Jones have never served in public office at the city or regional level. Jones is a first-time political candidate.

Political observers say Smith has strong name identification in Mesa and its surrounding suburbs. Meanwhile, Bennett has a great deal of support from Prescott and Yavapai County, where he started out politically.

Election data shows that 8.2 percent of 586,000 votes in the 2010 Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary were from Mesa. More than 6 percent were from Yavapai County.


San Xavier visitors sheltered from falling debris


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - On the eve of the busy Easter weekend, crews have erected a covered walkway structure at the foot of the east tower of historic Mission San Xavier del Bac. Its purpose is to protect visitors from pieces of the aging tower that could break loose and fall to the ground.

The building dates to the late 1700s and is still an active church.

A notice posted by the Patronato San Xavier says emergency fixes are expected to be completed within a few weeks.

Patronato executive director Vern Lamplot says an inspection of the tower last week found loose pieces of material that could fall from the upper cornice, the southeast corner and other parts of the tower.

No pieces have fallen off the front so far, but Daniel Morales with Morales Restoration and Builders says a 7-foot-long piece of material fell off the back, or north, side of the tower last summer. He says nobody was hit.

Morales says crews last week erected a safety passage of scaffolding reinforced with strong chain-link fence barriers to stop falling pieces and covered with fabric to catch finer debris.

Lamplot says the mission's west tower has been renovated by Morales and his crew, but the east tower is now very much in need of similar restoration.

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