Arizona in Brief: Sky Harbor Airport hikes parking fees

Sky Harbor Airport hikes parking fees

PHOENIX (AP) — It's going to cost fliers more to park their cars at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Daily parking rates in the terminal garages and east economy uncovered and covered lots increased on Wednesday.

The Arizona Republic reports the daily rate for uncovered parking at the popular east economy lot went up from $9 to $12, while parking in the lot's covered garage increased from $11 to $14 a day.

Parking in the terminal garages went up to $26 or $27 a day depending on the lot from the previous rate of $25.

Off airport parking operators are hoping to take advantage of the boosted airport rates by grabbing business from the city-owned airport. Rates for uncovered parking can dip as low as $6 a day during promotions.

Man fatally stabbed outside a Flagstaff elementary school

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Police in Flagstaff are looking for a suspect after a man was fatally stabbed outside an elementary school.

They say two men were arguing around 3 p.m. Thursday before the stabbing occurred.

Flagstaff Unified School District officials say the incident had nothing to do with Killip Elementary School.

The man who was stabbed was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

School officials say all students are safe and were released to their parents.

Authorities asked to charge man with murder in Coconino Co.

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Police in Flagstaff have requested that the Coconino County Attorney's Office charge a man in the killing of a Glendale teacher.

The body of 44-year-old Cathryn Gorospe was found last month on private property in Mayer.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Flagstaff police are requesting the charges in Coconino County because it's believed Gorospe was murdered in or near the small town of Williams.

Authorities haven't released the cause of death.

Gorospe went missing on Oct. 6 after posting bond for 27-year-old Charlie Malzahn, a man she had dated for about a month.

Authorities say Malzahn was seen driving Gorospe's blood-stained SUV on Oct. 9 in Phoenix and arrested after fleeing from law enforcement.

He remains jailed in Phoenix on charges unrelated to Gorospe's death.

Tucson gun store owner thwarts attempted robbery

TUCSON (AP) — A Tucson gun store owner says he confronted two men who broke into his shop and were trying to get away with his merchandise.

Frontier Gun Owner Jim Sharrah tells KGUN-TV he went to check on his store after his alarm company informed him Wednesday morning that there was glass breakage and forced entry.

He says he found two men loading a barrage of shotguns, rifles and handguns onto a U-Haul truck.

Sharrah and the men got into a scuffle before they got away.

Tucson police say they left the U-Haul truck and the guns behind.

Police are looking for the suspects.

Judge won't appoint special prosecutor in Joe Arpaio's case

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected an unusual request from critics in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal case as part of a flurry of legal challenges since President Donald Trump pardoned the ex-lawman.

The pardon spared Arpaio a possible jail sentence and led to the dismissal of his case, but it has not erased his contempt-of-court conviction from his record. Since the Aug. 25 pardon, attorneys have argued about the practical effect of the clemency, how it should be interpreted and the limits of presidential pardon powers.

The latest legal volley came Wednesday when the judge who found Arpaio guilty rejected a long-shot request from legal advocacy groups to appoint a special prosecutor to appeal her ruling that let the pardon stand.

The groups say a special prosecutor was needed because the U.S. Justice Department isn't pursuing an appeal and the power of the courts is at stake.

They cited an obscure court rule that allows judges to appoint special prosecutors if the Justice Department declines to prosecute contempt-of-court cases. The department won a conviction against Arpaio but says the pardon ended the case.

In ruling on the unusual request, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton said the groups didn't cite any court cases that suggest the Justice Department's decision not to appeal amounts to a refusal to prosecute. Appointing a special prosecutor "would run counter to the court's order affirming the pardon's validity and dismissing the case with prejudice," Bolton said.

The conviction stemmed from Arpaio disobeying a 2011 court order that barred his office's traffic patrols targeting immigrants. Prosecutors had accused Arpaio of prolonging the patrols for 17 months to boost his successful 2012 re-election campaign.

Tucson police: Home invasion leads to chase with gunfire

TUCSON (AP) — Tucson police say a man who chased robbers after they shot their way into his home was wounded when one of the robbers fired an assault weapon from a car window at the man's pursuing vehicle.

Police say the wounded man pulled over and was treated for injuries considered non-life threatening but that a police helicopter pursued the robbers' vehicle and that two people were detained after the vehicle stopped and its occupants scattered.

Sgt. Pete Dugan says the incident began early Thursday morning when the men shot through a sliding gas door, entered the home and took items before leaving.

Police say drugs and paraphernalia were found in the home and that they didn't consider the home invasion a random act.