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CA Phoenix AZ Zone Forecast for Wednesday, April 17, 2019 _____ 651 FPUS55 KPSR 181002 ZFPPSR Zone Forecast Product for Southwest Arizona/Southeast California National Weather Service Phoenix AZ 301 AM MST Thu Apr 18 2019 This is an automatically generated product that provides average values for large geographical areas and may not be representative of the exact location that you are interested in. For a more site specific forecast, please visit weather.gov/phoenix and either (1) Select a location from the dropdown menu above the map or (2) Click a location on the map. You can refine your selection by clicking on the map displayed on the resulting page. AZZ537-540-542>544-546-548-550-551-182300- Northwest Valley-Buckeye/Avondale-Deer Valley-Central Phoenix- North Phoenix/Glendale-Scottsdale/Paradise Valley-East Valley- South Mountain/Ahwatukee-Southeast Valley/Queen Creek- Including the cities of Circle City, Surprise, Wittmann, Beardsley, Sun City West, Avondale, Cashion, Goodyear, Liberty, Peoria, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek 301 AM MST Thu Apr 18 2019 .TODAY...Sunny and much warmer. Highs 88 to 92. East wind 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. .TONIGHT...Clear. Not as cool. Lows 59 to 65. Northwest wind around 5 mph in the evening becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. .FRIDAY...Sunny and warmer. Highs 94 to 98. East wind 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming southeast in the afternoon. .FRIDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows 62 to 69. Light wind in the evening becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. .SATURDAY...Mostly...
Police say Peoria teen made up claims against teacher
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - A Peoria high school teacher has been cleared of allegations of having an inappropriate relationship and the teen that made them may face prosecution. Police said Thursday that the 14-year-old girl could be charged with filing a false police report. According to police, the Mountain Ridge High School student made several statements about being intimately involved with a teacher since fall of 2018. She also alleged that the teacher had stalked her for months through email, text and phone calls. Authorities say an extensive investigation found no evidence to support her allegations. No charges were filed against the teacher. Police closed the investigation in February but are now recommending false reporting charges. The case is awaiting review by county prosecutors.
Scottsdale police investigate in-custody death at city jail
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Police say they are investigating the death of a 53-year-old man who was being held at Scottsdale City Jail. The Scottsdale Police Department said in a Thursday statement that Matthew Chase died at the jail that morning. The statement says Chase was arrested without incident on an outstanding warrant and booked into the jail. It says jail staff noticed he appeared to be bleeding from the nose early Thursday but he was standing, alert and denied needing medical attention. Jail staff contacted the city fire department anyway, but Chase lost consciousness and fell to the ground before fire personnel arrived. Chase died despite life-saving efforts and being taken to a hospital. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
Marvin Menzies joins men's basketball staff at Grand Canyon
PHOENIX (AP) - Former UNLV and New Mexico State head basketball coach Marvin Menzies is joining Grand Canyon University as an associate head coach. The Phoenix school announced Thursday that Menzies will be part of head coach Dan Majerle's staff. Grand Canyon has won at least 20 games for four consecutive seasons and reached the past two WAC Tournament championship games. The 57-year-old Menzies had a 198-111 from 2007-16 at New Mexico State, leading the Aggies to four consecutive NCAA tournament bids from 2012-15. He also turned UNLV from an 11-win team in 2016-17 to a 20-win squad in 2017-18, the Runnin' Rebels' first 20-win season in four years. Menzies has coached college basketball for 29 years and honed his recruiting skills while an assistant at Louisville, UNLV, USC and San Diego State.
Arizona lawmakers OK ban on cellphone use while driving
PHOENIX (AP) - The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. Arizona, Missouri and Montana had been the only three states that hadn't banned texting while driving. Arizona will join 16 others that bans all use of a hand-held cellphones while driving. The 44-16 vote on the toughest of three proposals debated by House lawmakers Thursday comes after years of inaction by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The Senate earlier approved it on a 20-9 vote. Ducey has pledged to sign the measure, which takes effect in January 2021. More than two dozen cities enacted local bans that will remain in effect until then. The House rejected a weaker ban on cellphone use, but approved legislation that strengthens the state's overarching distracted driving law on a 31-29 party line vote. Bills to restrict phone use while driving have been introduced for a decade but haven't advanced amid concerns by Republicans about creating a "nanny state" that overregulates behavior. Supporters of the ban pointed to the death of a police officer in January after a distracted driver lost control and struck him on a Phoenix-area freeway. Relatives of Salt River tribal police officer Clayton Townsend and others who have died in distracted driving crashes gave emotional testimony, carrying photos of their loved ones around the Capitol. The officer's death gave the proposal inertia that hadn't appeared despite tearful testimony in recent years by relatives of people killed in accidents caused by cellphone use, said Republican Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, who carried the measure with Rep. Noel...
A couple held a day laborer at gunpoint to act out a ‘sexual fantasy,’ then sent his wife photos, police say
It's a familiar scene in Phoenix, and all over the country: Early in the morning, day laborers congregate in the parking lot outside of a Home Depot, hoping to find work. Landscapers, contractors and construction crews stop by on their way to job sites and grab as many people as they need, offering them a flat fee or a meager hourly wage for a hard day's labor. The setup is rife with abuse, and the laborers, often immigrants with little knowledge of English, frequently find themselves on the losing end of exploitative arrangements. Wage theft is common, and workers have become targets for robbers because they are famously reluctant to report crimes to the police. And, as one day laborer from the Mexican state of Sonora learned last week, things can go very wrong after you jump into a stranger's truck. Phoenix police say a couple held the man at gunpoint, sexually assaulting him and then blackmailing him with photos. And they say it's not the first time the pair have done this. On April 8, the man was looking for work at a Home Depot on the west side of Phoenix when police said Brenda Acuna-Aguero, 39, picked him up, telling him that she and her husband needed help moving some items inside their home. Once they got to the woman's ordinary-looking ranch house, the situation quickly took a strange turn. The man, who The Washington Post is not naming because he is a victim of sexual assault, later told police that Acuna-Aguero had started to make sexual comments to him, telling him that "it was her fantasy to have sex with a laborer." Uncomfortable with the situation, he initially played along. Once he realized that she was serious about wanting to have sex with him, though, he told her straight out that it wasn't going to happen. Then, the woman's husband burst in the room, clutching a black rifle. Jorge...
Arizona latest state to shield lottery winners' names
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is joining a growing number of states that are allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday allowing winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more to request that their names not be made public. The move comes as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair. Current Arizona law shields winners' names for 90 days. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, but the number has now grown to at least 10. A handful of others allow trusts to claim prizes. At least eight state legislatures considered measures shielding winners' names this year. Virginia's governor signed one, while New Mexico's governor vetoed a winner secrecy measure.
Mexican day laborer forced to have sex with woman while her husband held him at gunpoint, allegedly
This wasn’t a typical case of Mexican laborers doing a job Americans don’t want.An Arizona worker alleged he was forced to have sex with a woman whose husband held him at gunpoint while she acted out a “sexual fantasy scenario,” according to the Smoking Gun.
Asylum seekers who show credible fear not eligible for bond
PHOENIX (AP) - Detained asylum seekers who have shown they have a credible fear of returning to their country will no longer be able to ask a judge to grant them bond. U.S. Attorney General William Barr decided Tuesday that asylum seekers who clear a "credible fear" interview and are facing removal don't have the right to be released on bond by an immigration court judge while their cases are pending. The attorney general has the authority to overturn prior rulings made by immigration courts, which fall under the Justice Department. It's Barr's first immigration-related decision since taking office. Typically, an asylum seeker who crosses between ports of entry would have the right to ask a judge to grant them bond for release. Under the new ruling, they will have to wait in detention until their case is adjudicated. "There will be many, many people who are not gonna even have the opportunity to apply for release now," said Gregory Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Chen said that about 90 percent of asylum seekers pass their credible fear interview, the first step in seeking asylum. The decision doesn't affect asylum-seeking families because they generally can't be held for longer than 20 days. It also doesn't apply to unaccompanied minors. Barr's ruling takes effect in 90 days and comes amid a frustrating time for the administration as the number of border crossers has skyrocketed. Most of them are families from Central America who are fleeing violence and poverty. Many seek asylum. There were a total of 161,000 asylum applications filed in the last fiscal year and 46,000 in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts. Sarah Pierce,...
Trump firma plan de sequía del Río Colorado
PHOENIX (AP) - El presidente Donald Trump firmó el martes un plan para reducir el uso del agua del río Colorado, que abastece a 40 millones de personas en el oeste de Estados Unidos, anunció el mandatario en Twitter. El plan de contingencia por sequía para el río Colorado tiene como objetivo evitar que los niveles de dos embalses clave caigan tanto que sean incapaces de abastecer de agua o generar electricidad. El acuerdo se negoció entre los siete estados que se abastecen del río. México también accedió a almacenar agua en el Lago Mead, en la frontera entre Arizona y Nevada, en caso de que el plan fuera aprobado antes del 22 de abril. Arizona tiene el último lugar en la jerarquía de acceso al agua del río Colorado y será la entidad más perjudicada. El estado negoció un acuerdo por separado para proveer otras fuentes hídricas y nueva infraestructura de aguas subterráneas a los granjeros ubicados entre Phoenix y Tucson.
Phoenix police investigate discovery of human bones in canal
PHOENIX (AP) - Police in Phoenix say they're investigating the discovery of what appears human bones found in a canal. They say patrol officers received information Tuesday afternoon that someone found what they believed to be a human bone protruding from a canal drain. Police say more bones were found in a large water vault located just north of the canal at Van Buren and 40th Street. It's unclear how long the bones have been in the canal and police say investigators can't confirm the gender. But they say investigators believe the bones belong to just one victim.
Husband of US soldier deported to Mexico, then allowed back
PHOENIX (AP) - The husband of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was deported to Mexico last week and then allowed back to Arizona after the move sparked outrage. The Arizona Republic first reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 30-year-old Jose Gonzalez Carranza last week. Gonzalez Carranza came to the U.S. illegally when he was a teenager. Within hours of the newspaper's story Monday, authorities told Gonzalez Carranza that he could return to the U.S. His wife, Barbara Vieyra, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. She was 22. The couple has a 12-year-old daughter who lives with Vieyra's parents. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who has embraced a tough stance on immigration, said on Good Morning Arizona that the story bothered him and that the deportation was "not right."
Ex-Macy's worker accused of bomb threat on Goodyear store
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Police have made an arrest in connection with a bomb threat against Macy's department store in Goodyear last fall. Goodyear authorities said Tuesday that 30-year-old Antoinette Perez, a former Macy's employee, has been booked into jail on suspicion of making terrorist threats and threatening or intimidating. According to police, a suspect made bomb threats via Twitter to a Macy's warehouse in November. Macy's closed the site for four hours as a result. Investigators spent the next several months obtaining search warrants to look at electronic data. They say the investigation led them to Perez. She was taken into custody April 12 at a convenience store without incident. Perez remains held on a $50,000 bond. It was not immediately known if she had an attorney.
Man convicted of murder in death of still-missing girlfriend
PHOENIX (AP) - A jury verdict is scheduled to be read Tuesday in a Phoenix courtroom the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend, who was the subject of an unsuccessful search. Robert John Interval was tried on one count of premeditated first-degree murder in the presumed death of 34-year-old Christine Mustafa. She was the subject of a 12-week search of a Phoenix landfill after disappearing in May 2017. After the search ended in December 2017, police said there still was enough evidence to win a conviction. During the trial, the prosecution said the 39-year-old Interval made incriminating statements in texts, bought mattress covers the day Mustafa disappeared in May 2017 and was seen outside a trash transfer facility later that day. Police say Mustafa had plans to leave Interval.
Sentencing set for Backpage official convicted of conspiracy
PHOENIX (AP) - A July 29 sentencing date has been set for the sales and marketing director of Backpage.com for his earlier guilty plea to conspiring to facilitate prostitution in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes to draw them away from competitors. Dan Hyer was the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in Arizona cases accusing the site of ignoring warnings to stop running prostitution ads. Some of the site's operators also are accused of laundering money earned from ad sales after banks raised concerns that they were being used for illegal purposes. In all, six others affiliated with Backpage.com face charges in the case. Authorities say the site has brought in $500 million in prostitution-related revenue since its inception in 2004.
Arizona House spent $47,000 in 1st month of Stringer inquiry
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House paid a law firm more than $47,000 for the first month of its investigation of former Rep. David Stringer, records show. Stringer resigned last month when confronted with a Baltimore police report showing he was accused of paying boys for sex in the 1980s. He's denied the allegations. The law firm Ballard Spahr billed $47,218 for its early work on the probe, according to an invoice dated March 12 and released to The Associated Press under Arizona's public records law. The record shows 12 lawyers worked on the investigation for about 122 hours and billed between $215 and $512 per hour during the first month. Stringer and his attorney, Carmen Chenal, did not respond to requests for comment. The House Ethics Committee hired the team led by Ballard Spahr attorney Joseph Kanefield to investigate after the panel received two ethics complaints against Stringer. Both cited a Phoenix New Times report that Stringer was charged with unspecified sex crimes in 1983. The charges were later expunged, and authorities in Maryland refused to release records. One complaint also cited Stringer's offensive remarks on race and immigration. Stringer fought hard to keep records related to his arrest and a later investigation by the District of Columbia bar from becoming public. House Speaker Rusty Bowers said Stringer resigned when he was told the House had received the long-buried police report. Investigative materials, including the police report, were released publicly two days later. The firm has not submitted its final invoice. The records released do not show how much the firm paid a private investigator to locate the 1983 police report. The report showed that a teenage boy told detectives he and another teen met Stringer in a park, went to his...
Verdict reached in Phoenix murder trial; To be read Tuesday
PHOENIX (AP) - Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2017, but Maricopa County Superior Court officials say it won't be read until Tuesday morning. Robert John Interval was tried on one count of premeditated first-degree murder in the presumed death of 34-year-old Christine Mustafa. She was the subject of a 12-week search of a Phoenix landfill after disappearing in May 2017. After the search ended in December 2017, police said there still was enough evidence to win a conviction. During the trial, the prosecution said the 39-year-old Interval made incriminating statements in texts, bought mattress covers the day Mustafa disappeared in May 2017 and was seen outside a trash transfer facility later that day. Police say Mustafa had plans to leave Interval.
Glendale homeless shelter protesters take the fight to the landlord’s house and temple - QNS.com
For months, Glendale and Middle Village residents have grown concerned that the owner of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. would convert it into a homeless shelter — especially with construction activity there increasing in recent weeks. In response, the Glendale Middle Village Coalition filled two coach buses with protesters on April 13 and …
Arizona man accused of killing four people, including wife and two daughters, believed murders OK ‘in God’s eyes’
An Arizona man accused of killing four people, including his wife and two of their children, believed the murders were OK "in God's eyes," according to authorities.
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Arizona State working on contract extension with Hurley
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State and basketball coach Bobby Hurley are working on a contract extension to keep him in the desert. Hurley made the announcement on Twitter Thursday, thanking school President Michael Crow and athletic director Ray Anderson for entrusting him to lead the program. Hurley, the former Duke star from New Jersey, had been rumored to top St. John's wish list after coach Chris Mullin stepped down. A new deal with will entrench Hurley in Tempe, where he has guided the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. Arizona State beat St. John's in the First Four before losing to Buffalo in this year's tournament. Hurley, who previously coached at Buffalo, is 73-58 in four seasons with the Sun Devils. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Arizona House votes to repeal HIV/AIDS instruction law
PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a move by Arizona lawmakers to repeal a law barring HIV education that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle." (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The Arizona House has approved the repeal of a 1991 law barring HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle" following the filing of a lawsuit by LGBT groups. Wednesday's action sends the measure to the Senate and comes a day after Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich declined to join in defending the suit filed last month against the state's Board of Education and schools chief. The 1991 law also prohibits HIV and AIDS instruction that "portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle" or "suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex." The lawsuit says the law stigmatizes LGBT students. Republican state Rep. T.J. Shope sponsored the repeal amendment and called the law "antiquated." Gay legislators celebrated the legislation in emotional, sometimes deeply personal speeches. ___ 12:30 p.m. Arizona lawmakers are expected to begin the process of repealing a 1991 law that bars HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle" following the filing of a lawsuit by LGBT groups. Wednesday's planned action in the state House comes a day after Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich declined to join in defending the suit filed last month against the state's Board of Education and schools chief. The 1991 law also prohibits HIV and AIDS instruction that "portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle" or "suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex." The lawsuit says the law stigmatizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and is discriminatory. . ..
Arizona becomes 1st to match out-of-state work licenses
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona will allow doctors, manicurists, home inspectors and just about anyone else who needs a license to do their job to work in the state if they're already licensed elsewhere. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday making Arizona the first state to automatically grant occupational licenses to anyone who moves to the state with an unblemished credential from back home. The legislation comes amid growing scrutiny of requirements for professional licenses. Some say they suppress the economy by making it harder for people to move for work and driving up the costs of services. Critics of the legislation say Arizona will dumb down the standards for professional work. .
Arizona Legislature axes licenses for blow-dry salons
PHOENIX (AP) - Hair stylists in Arizona who only provide blow-drying, curling and shampoo services won't have to be licensed until a proposal on the way to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's desk. Scottsdale Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita's legislation passed the House on a 31-26 party-line vote Tuesday. The Senate had approved the plan in February with a bipartisan 21-9 vote. The proposal was dubbed the "dry bar" bill because of an emerging business providing quick spruce-ups for clients. It drew strong opposition from licensed cosmetologists and their state association, who argued that even though the shops don't cut or dye hair, licensing is needed for health and safety. House Democrats embraced that argument during debate Tuesday, but Republicans laughed off the fears as hypothetical. Ugenti-Rita unsuccessfully pushed the same plan last year.
US Congress approves Colorado River drought plan
PHOENIX (AP) - A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump. The U.S. House and Senate approved the Colorado River drought contingency plan on Monday. Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent years negotiating the drought plan. They aim to keep two key reservoirs from falling so low they cannot deliver water or produce hydropower. Mexico has promised to store water in Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border if the U.S. legislation is approved by April 22. State water managers and federal officials have cited a prolonged drought, climate change and increasing demand for the river's flows as reasons to cut back on water usage. The agreement runs through 2026. In the lower basin, Arizona and Nevada would keep water in Lake Mead when it falls to certain levels. The cuts eventually would loop in California if Lake Mead's level drops far enough. The measure approved Monday reflects language proposed by the states but also includes a section that says the implementation of the drought plan won't be exempt from federal environmental laws. The Imperial Irrigation District in California, which holds the largest entitlement to Colorado River water, and environmental groups had raised concern about draft language they took to mean federal laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act would be disregarded.
News of the Day From Across the Nation
1 Baltimore politics: The city council on Monday sent a letter to Mayor Catherine Pugh calling on her to resign as investigators probe lucrative deals she negotiated to sell her children's book series. Bernard Young is the city council president who has temporarily departed the panel to take over Pugh's day-to-day responsibilities. The mayor took an indefinite leave of absence, citing health reasons. In response to the council's letter, Pugh said she "fully intends" to return once her health improves. 2 Mother killed: A man shot and killed the mother of his 17-month-old child during a custody exchange in front of a Southern California police station and was arrested several hours later, authorities said. The child was not injured. The woman was approaching the front door of the Hawthorn Police Department Sunday evening to pick up the child when the father emerged from a parking lot with a shotgun and opened fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. His identity and the names of the mother and child were not released. 3 Chicago violence: Two men who opened fire on a crowd of people gathered for a baby shower, wounding six people, including two children, may have acted in retaliation for an earlier gang conflict, police said. Authorities have only "shards of information" about what happened at the family gathering in Chicago because witnesses are not cooperating, a police spokesman said. At least a dozen people were gathered outside a home decorated with balloons for the baby shower when two armed men approached on foot and began shooting Saturday evening. The gunmen fired multiple rounds and fled. Three of the victims were hospitalized in critical condition. 4 Trump club: A Monday bond hearing was adjourned until next week...