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More than 60 Phoenix firefighters test positive for virus

Jul. 12, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 60 firefighters with the Phoenix Fire Department have tested positive for the coronavirus. “We have had multiple positive cases in the past week, a truly alarming amount,” P.J. Dean, a spokesman for United Phoenix Firefighters Association, told Phoenix radio station...

Ducey orders flag honor for pilot killed in wildfire fight

Jul. 8, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff Wednesday for a pilot killed in a helicopter crash while helping fight a wildfire. The crash that killed Bryan Boatman of Glendale occurred Tuesday under unknown circumstances, officials said. The identity of...

Helicopter helping fight Payson wildfire crashes, pilot dies

Jul. 7, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter helping to fight a wildfire near Payson crashed under unknown circumstances Tuesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the pilot was the only person aboard the Bell UH-1H helicopter that went down Tuesday afternoon about...

More than 81,000 Arizona businesses get coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Just over 81,000 Arizona small businesses were approved for loans worth $8.6 billion under a government program meant to keep people employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Monday by the federal government. The Arizona companies reported saving more than 1 million...

Mesa man fatally shot after confrontation with authorities

Jul. 6, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A 70-year-old man has died after being shot by Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies following a confrontation in Mesa. Sheriff’s officials received a call Sunday from a woman who said her husband was acting out of character and she feared for her safety. When deputies...

Mesa woman facing drug charges for third time since 2019

Jul. 2, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — State prosecutors say a Mesa woman has been arrested on drug possession charges for the third time since October 2019. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said 34-year-old Trisha Lynn Weaver remains jailed without bond on suspicion of conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Douglas Haig, left, and his attorney, Marc Victor leave the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas, after pleading guilty to illegally manufacturing tracer and armor-piercing bullets found in a high-rise hotel suite where a gunman took aim before the Las Vegas Strip massacre two years ago. Haig is a 57-year-old aerospace engineer who used to reload bullets at home in Mesa, Airz., and sell them at gun shows. Douglas Haig has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison after selling home-loaded bullets to the gunman who killed 58 people in the Las Vegas Strip shooting in Oct. 2017. Haig, 57, also was sentenced Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Las Vegas to three years of supervised release after pleading guilty last November to illegally manufacturing ammunition. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

Arizona man gets 13 months in Vegas shooting ammunition case

Jun. 30, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Arizona man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 months in federal prison for selling home-loaded bullets to the gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing 58 people in the Las Vegas Strip in October 2017. Douglas Haig, 57, also was sentenced to three years...

Mesa police officer fired following on-duty shooting

Jun. 30, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Mesa police officer was fired after he was charged with aggravated assault for shooting an unarmed man during a disturbance call in December. The Mesa Police Department issued a written statement Monday announcing Officer Nathan Chisler was fired from the department on Thursday, the...

Arizona wildfire triggers evacuation notice for rural area

Jun. 27, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An evacuation notice was issued Saturday for a sparsely populated rural area northeast of Tucson because of a wildfire burning brush in a desert valley after coursing across the Santa Catalina Mountains. There are about a dozen homes in the Redington area covered by the evacuation...

Hospitals activate surge plans as Arizona case count climbs

Jun. 27, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Some Arizona hospitals have begun activating surge plans to increase their capacity to treat coronavirus patients as confirmed cases rise and more people seek treatment. Large hospitals activating plans to add capacity to treat COVID-19 patients included Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa...