Barricade situation concludes at Phoenix hospital
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say an armed man has surrendered, ending an hours-long barricade situation at a hospital.
Sgt. Trent Crump says the man surrendered at Phoenix Baptist Hospital at about 6 a.m. Monday.
That was more than three hours after he allegedly pulled a knife when officers responded to a call about a trespasser in the emergency room.
According to Crump, the officers got the knife away from the man during a scuffle but the man took refuge in a bathroom after pulling a gun from his waistband.
The emergency room was closed during the barricade situation, and hospital staff and visitors were told to enter and leave the hospital from the other side of the building.
ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING
Monday marks deadline in racial profiling case
PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers in the racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office face a Monday deadline for recommending who should be appointed to monitor the agency's operations to ensure it isn't making unconstitutional arrests.
The recommendations are being made to U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, who will ultimately select a monitor for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.
Attorneys on both sides were asked to agree on a candidate for the post.
If lawyers can't agree on a prospect, each side must recommend three candidates for the job.
Snow concluded in a May ruling that the agency has systematically singled out Latinos in its immigration patrols and that deputies unreasonably prolonged the detentions of people who were pulled over.
Arpaio's office is appealing the ruling and opposed the appointment of a monitor.
LANDRUM TAYLOR-SECRETARY OF STATE
Democrat Landrum Taylor to announce Sec State bid
PHOENIX (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor is set to formally announce she is running for Arizona Secretary of State in 2014 after months of exploring a run for her party's nomination.
Landrum Taylor's campaign says she plans to make the announcement at a state Capitol press conference Monday morning. She is the only Democrat so far in the race.
Republicans in the race include state Sen. Michele Reagan, Rep. Justin Pierce and investor Wil Cardon.
The secretary of state in Arizona is the state's top election officer.
Incumbent Ken Bennett is barred by term limits from running for re-election but is running for Republican nomination for governor.
Landrum Taylor served for the past year at leader of the Senate's Democrats but was ousted from the post in October.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-PRESCOTT VALLEY
Prescott Valley commits to development project
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Town officials in Prescott Valley have agreed to put $40,000 for promoting regional economic development.
The Prescott Daily Courier reports that the commitment of the money to the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership was approved last week in a unanimous vote by the town council.
Still, Councilwoman Mary Mallory expressed concern about whether other communities would contribute money to support the partnership.
Councilman Rick Anderson noted Chino Valley is the only other local municipality that has committed money to partnership.
Town Manager Larry Tarkowski says the town's business and industrial partners are supporting the partnership.
He says communities are realizing their main competition for industry isn't each other but instead outside the area, such as Flagstaff.
Auction house ignores US plea to delay Hopi sale
PARIS (AP) - A French auction house has ignored an urgent request by the U.S. Embassy to delay a sale of dozens of sacred Hopi masks.
EVE auctioneers say Monday's sale of 32 artifacts, which the Hopis say represent their ancestors' spirits, will go ahead despite a plea from the Embassy on Saturday that the sale be delayed to give the concerned tribes time to travel and identify the artifacts.
The auction house says it had exchanged letters with the San Carlos Apache tribe whose objects are included in the sale alongside a Zuni tribe altar, and Native American frescoes and dolls.
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