Suspect caught after jumping from freeway bridge
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - A man sought in a carjacking and a robbery is in custody after jumping from a freeway bridge in a Phoenix suburb.
Tempe police say officers used "stop sticks" to stop a stolen vehicle on the Loop 202 freeway in north Tempe early Friday morning.
The driver got out and jumped off the eight-story-tall bridge. Officers found him below the bridge, and he's been taken to a hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
The car had been taken in a Thursday night carjacking in Tempe, and the same unidentified man also was sought in a later robbery in Mesa.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says the Loop 202's right three westbound lanes at the scene near the Loop 101 freeway are closed because of the police activity.
INTERSTATE 40 CLOSURE
Accident closes westbound I-40 near Ariz.-NM line
CHAMBERS, Ariz. (AP) - Westbound Interstate 40 is closed about 30 miles west of the Arizona-New Mexico line due to a truck accident Friday morning.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says travelers should expect an extended closure at Chambers and I-40's junction with U.S. 191.
ADOT advises drivers to delay travel and to exit I-40 before reaching the closure area.
It says there are no nearby alternate routes to get around the closure. However, westbound motorists can take U.S. 191 south to St. Johns and then take U.S. 180 westbound to return to I-40 at Holbrook.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says nobody was injured when a tractor-trailer rig tipped over, blocking the roadway.
ADOT says I-40 in that area is icy but it's not immediately known whether those conditions caused the accident.
DEATH PENALTY CASES
State drops plan to shift death penalty cases
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Attorney General's Office is pulling the plug on a plan to shift some of its work in death penalty cases to another prosecuting agency.
The Attorney General's Office says it no longer plans to have the Maricopa County Attorney's Office take over responsibility for some death penalty cases that are in a type of appeals process heard in trial courts.
The state office earlier this year proposed shifting Maricopa County cases in those proceedings to the county office because of a large number of cases from Maricopa County and other circumstances.
However, the state office now says it plans to keep the work because it alone has expertise in relevant federal law and because keeping the cases will prevent further delays.
Police: Woman found dead on Flagstaff sidewalk
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Police in Flagstaff are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on a city sidewalk.
They say 56-year-old Sylvia Christensen had been with friends in downtown Flagstaff and began walking home sometime after 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Passers-by reported finding her lying unresponsive on a sidewalk later that morning.
Police say Christensen's body was located a short distance from her home.
The cause and manner of death still are under investigation, but police say alcohol and exposure appear to be contributing factors.
MONEY LAUNDERING ARRESTS
6 arrested in money-laundering ring in Arizona, NY
PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say six people believed to be members of a money laundering organization in Tucson and New York are in custody while two others are being sought.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says the drug ring was involved in laundering $1.6 million through a Tucson casino and bank accounts from June 2010 to May 2013.
Authorities confiscated 84 pounds of marijuana that was sent from Tucson to New York through commercial shipment in October.
Acting on a tip, authorities served a warrant on the shipment and discovered drugs inside a 60-galllon air compression unit that had been resealed and painted over.
The AG's Office put racketeering liens on 15 bank accounts associated with the six people arrested plus a Tucson home that authorities believe was paid for with drug money.
State investigating elk poaching in northern Ariz.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is looking for whoever was responsible for the poaching of four cow elk earlier this month.
Officials say the elk were killed about one-quarter of a mile off State Route 89A across from the Oak Creek Vista overlook on the Coconino National Forest.
They say it happened the morning of Dec. 7 during an antlerless elk season.
An investigating officer says hunters in the area reported hearing more than a dozen gunshots.
The officer found that one of the elk had been gutted and dragged to what is believed to be a silver pickup. The other elk were within 75 yards.
Wildlife manager Lee Luedeker calls the killings senseless.
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