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Arizona State professor sentenced to probation

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona State University professor who accused campus police of excessive force when they arrested her has been sentenced to nine months of supervised probation.

A Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner in Mesa sentenced Ersula Ore on Friday.

Ore on July 9 pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest under a plea deal.

Under the plea deal, a felony count of aggravated assault and two other charges were dismissed.

University police say Ore was stopped May 20 for walking in the middle of a street near campus and refused to show identification. They say she kicked an officer in the shin after being handcuffed.


Storm winds flip trailers in Buckeye; 2 injured

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) - Winds from a rainstorm knocked over 10 trailers in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye as two people suffered minor injuries.

Some residents of the affected trailer park took refuge in a nearby Wal-Mart store after they lost power as a result of the Thursday night storm.

Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello says firefighters had to extricate several people from the overturned trailers.

Randy Murphree was one of those. Murphree says he and his wife had just gone to bed when the storm hit, shaking their trailer. It flipped over and they were trapped inside until freed by firefighters.

Murphree says he's thankful that he, his wife and their dog survived.

Costello says fire crews also had to deal with house fires, multiple power lines down and flooding in the area.


Resident fatally injured in Phoenix home invasion

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a 53-year-old man is dead following a home invasion.

Police spokesmen say the man died at a hospital after being injured during a scuffle with three armed and masked suspects who forced entry late Thursday night.

Sgt. Trent Crump says the suspects had gathered up the four residents of the home at gunpoint and forced them to the floor.

According to Crump and Sgt. Tommy Thompson, the suspects left the home after fatally injuring the resident. They remain at large and no descriptions are available.

Crump says detectives are withholding additional information about the victims until relatives can be notified. Police also aren't saying more about how the man was injured.

Thompson says investigators are trying to determine why the home was targeted for the robbery attempt.


Contractors ramp up for Arizona thinning project

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Contractors have their work cut out for them as they ramp up a major forest-thinning project to reduce wildfire risks in northern Arizona.

Arizona's logging industry is a shadow of its former self, and area head Steve Horner of Portland, Oregon-based The Campbell Group says it needs loggers, trucks and mills.

Campbell was brought into the Four Forest Restoration Initiative by Good Earth Power AZ LLC after the Forest Service transferred the project contract to Good Earth last year.

The project's initial phase will thin 300,000 acres, or about 469 square miles, and Horner estimates his company will need to use 300 logging trucks a day.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that community college education and training might be used to help build the skilled work force required.


Arizona man to get father's WWII purple heart

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - An Arizona man is in Vermont to receive the Purple Heart medal his father earned when he was killed during World War II fighting on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean.

Harold Andreason of Phoenix will be presented the medal Friday during a ceremony along the Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington.

The ceremony is being arranged by the organization Purple Hearts Reunited, a non-profit group founded by Vermont National Guardsman Zachariah Fike.

Since Fike began, he and his organization have returned more than 100 medals to servicemen or their families.

Andreason's father, U.S. Marine Pvt. George Harold Andreason, was killed in March 1945.

Andreason's medal was found among the belongings of an Oregon man who turned it over to Fike's organization.

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