Arizona in Brief: Driver fatally hits boy biking on Phoenix sidewalk

Driver fatally hits boy biking on Phoenix sidewalk

PHOENIX (AP) — A 13-year-old boy has died after a vehicle struck him as he was riding on a Phoenix sidewalk.

Phoenix police spokeswoman Mercedes Fortune says the incident happened Friday afternoon near 19th Avenue and Broadway Road.

According to police, the driver was heading south on 19th Avenue when he crossed into the northbound lanes, hitting the boy. Fortune says he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver, who police say is between age 17 and 18, stayed at the scene. Police say he displayed signs of impairment. This is the second time in as many days that a pedestrian was fatally hit while on a sidewalk in Phoenix.

Legislators want 2 women in House to cede leadership

PHOENIX (AP) — Four women in the Arizona Legislature called for two prominent women in the House to be relieved of leadership roles Friday, citing allegations that both had inappropriate relationships with employees.

In a letter sent to House members the four Republican representatives urged the removal of Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita and Democratic Rep. Rebecca Rios from leadership positions. Rios is the minority leader of the House Democratic Caucus. Ugenti-Rita is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rios was recently accused in an ethics complaint by a fellow Democrat, Rep. Ray Martinez, of having an inappropriate relationship with a House employee. Martinez was also upset that Rios was not planning to endorse him.

Ugenti-Rita is one of several women in recent weeks to accuse GOP Rep. Don Shooter of sexual harassment. Shooter denied the allegations and accused her of pursuing an affair with a staffer and making inappropriate sexual comments during a hearing.

Construction ban of Phoenix’s Chinese Cultural Center lifted

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge is lifting a temporary restraining order that prevented a construction company from making any changes to the exterior of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix.

The decision, which was filed Friday, lifts the restrictions on the commercial complex on Dec. 11.

True North Companies has been seeking to renovate 98 of the 103 condominium units it owns at the site. The proposed renovations include overhauling the center’s iconic tile roof and prayer garden. An attorney for the owner of a restaurant in the center says they will appeal the ruling.

Bodies of children killed in house fire return to Arizona

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — The bodies of four children have been brought back to Arizona after they perished in a deadly fire in Illinois that also killed their father and stepmother.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reports the remains of Ethan Shaw, LeAnne Shaw, Hailey Shaw and Dylan Shaw were brought back to Maricopa this week where their mother Veronica Masterson lives. They were between 11 and 17 years old.