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FILE - This Oct. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Leslie Merritt Jr., who was once charged in some of metro Phoenix's freeway shootings during the summer of 2015. A civil trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in a false-arrest lawsuit filed against the Arizona Department of Public Safety by Merritt, who was jailed for seven months on charges in four of the 11 shootings. His case was dismissed after ballistics evidence against him came under heavy criticism. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Civil trial to begin over arrest in Phoenix freeway attacks

Oct. 27, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Leslie Merritt Jr. was jailed for seven months after he was charged in four of the 11 shootings that terroritzed motorists five years ago on metro Phoenix freeways. He steadfastly maintained his innocense and the case against him was finally dismissed in 2016 after ballistics evidence came...

Authorities: Peoria man, daughter died in small plane crash

Oct. 27, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

CORDES LAKES, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday released the names of two people who were killed in the crash of a small plane in a remote area of Yavapai County. The victims were 34-year-old William Engel Bell of the Phoenix suburb of Peoria and his 8-year-old daughter Amira Caballero, according to...

Bridge inspections will close ramps on 2 Phoenix freeways

Oct. 27, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Department of Transportation officials say two major metro Phoenix freeways will have overnight ramp closures this week for bridge inspections. ADOT officials say the ramps at the Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 “Stack” interchange in Phoenix will be affected from...

Phoenix police: 2 die after a domestic violence incident

Oct. 26, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man was fatally shot after a domestic violence incident that left a woman dead and a teenage boy injured, Phoenix police said Monday. Officers were called out to a neighborhood about 10 p.m. Sunday after multiple calls about a fight at a home. When officers arrived, they found the man...

Small plane crashes in Yavapai County; 2 people aboard dead

Oct. 26, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

CORDES LAKES, Ariz. (AP) — Two bodies were found in the wreckage of a small plane in a remote area in Yavapai County, authorities said Monday County Sheriff’s officials said an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter located a downed non-commercial aircraft about 5 ½ miles east southeast...

Trump, Harris plan Western stops in campaign's final week

Oct. 26, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona and Nevada will be buzzing with activity in the last week before the election as both presidential candidates try to swing the crucial battlegrounds in their direction. President Donald Trump and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are both scheduled to hold events in...

Arizona Supreme Court explains education tax ruling

Oct. 26, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A trial judge misconstrued an earlier court ruling when he blocked a voter initiative over the summer that the state Supreme Court later revived, the high court said in a Monday ruling that explained its reasons for reinstating the Invest in Education Act to the November ballot. The high...

Newspaper: Arizona is lax in inspecting school buildings

Oct. 25, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona law requires that the School Facilities Board inspect all district school buildings once every five years for building deficiencies and conduct preventive maintenance inspections at 20 randomly selected districts every 30 months. According to the Arizona Republic, the state...

Sheriff’s office in Phoenix struggling with Arpaio legacy

Oct. 23, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Even though Joe Arpaio was ousted as metro Phoenix’s sheriff four years ago, the agency he used to run still struggles in the wake of his controversial 24-year tenure, including overhauling traffic patrols that treat Black and Hispanic drivers differently than whites and a backlog of...

2 adult drivers killed in head-on crash; 3 children injured

Oct. 23, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

Two adult drivers were killed Friday morning in a head-on crash that left three children injured, Maricopa County authorities said. A man driving one car and a woman driving the other were killed, sheriff’s Sgt. Bryant Vanegas said. He said the injured children were in the woman's car and included an...