Arizona in Brief: Inmate held in Cochise County Jail dies

Inmate held in Cochise County Jail dies

BISBEE (AP) — A man has died while being detained in a jail in the southern Arizona town of Bisbee.

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carol Capas says the death occurred Thursday morning at a county jail.

According to Capas, 35-year-old Derrick Joe Worcester had been booked into the jail Tuesday on charges of motor vehicle theft, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Capas says medical personnel examined Worcester Thursday morning after he complained of nausea the night before.

Officials checked on him roughly 18 minutes before he became unresponsive around 9:45 a.m.

He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a little over an hour later.

The Pima County Medical Examiner has completed an autopsy.

Reports on cause of death and toxicology are pending.

Flagstaff road rage suspect dies of self-inflicted wound

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — A man charged in a road rage shooting in Flagstaff has taken his own life.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported Saturday that the body of 69-year-old William Frost was found Nov. 9 in the backyard of his home.

According to police, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No suicide note was found.

Frost was arrested last month and charged with aggravated assault. He pleaded not guilty and had bonded out of jail at the time of his death.

Police say Frost shot 21-year-old William Cummings in the face Oct. 3 after a road rage incident in the Railroad Springs neighborhood.

Investigators followed up on leads and identified Frost as a potential suspect.

He was then identified by Cummings.

Man, dog hurt in shooting outside racetrack

PHOENIX (AP) — A man and a dog are recovering after being shot outside a north Phoenix racetrack.

Phoenix police say the incident happened Friday around 3:30 p.m. near Turf Paradise at Bell Road and 7th Avenue.

According to witnesses, two dogs got into a fight. This prompted the owner of one to shoot the other dog.

Police say the round ricocheted and hit the other dog owner in the foot.

The victim, who was a volunteer with a dog rescue organization, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The wounded dog is expected to make a full recovery.

The dog owner accused of firing a weapon is cooperating with authorities.

Saturday events at Turf Paradise grounds are expected to continue as planned.

Cold case suspect in Tucson slayings found in Atlanta

TUCSON (AP) — A Tucson man wanted in two separate killings is in custody after evading capture for 13 years.

Tucson police say 38-year-old Damion Smith was apprehended this week in Georgia and is awaiting extradition.

Authorities say detectives at the time believed Smith was involved in the murders of 35-year-old Alex Grijalva and 24-year-old Richard Vega.

Grijalva was found dead of blunt force trauma in an apartment in June 2004. Vega was stabbed to death in an apartment in December 2004.

Warrants for Smith for first-degree murder were issued in both cases.

Authorities say the U.S. Marshals began helping police last month and found Smith was living in Atlanta and using the name of his brother, who is in prison.

Smith was located Thursday in an Atlanta residence.

Rabies confirmed in animals near Superstition Mountains

FLORENCE (AP) — Health officials say there is a spike in rabies among animals near the Superstition Mountains.

Officials in Pinal and Maricopa counties said Friday that Arizona Department of Health Services labs confirmed two cases of rabies.

The Superstition Mountains Wilderness Area includes Lost Dutchman State Park and the Tonto National Forest.

Both are popular destinations for hikers and campers.

Park officials have recently reported seeing dead animals and aggressive animals on the trails.

Officials have posted warnings along trailheads and on campgrounds.

Hikers with pets are advised to make sure they remain leashed and have been properly vaccinated.

Phoenix police ID officer who fatally shot man holding woman

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the Phoenix police officer who fatally shot a man holding a woman at knifepoint.

Police said Friday that 37-year-old Officer Alan Bansky shot the suspect with a rifle as he was restraining the woman and holding a knife to her neck.

The Nov. 10 incident occurred near a downtown Phoenix park.

Responding officers found 43-year-old Thomas Aikens sitting with his back to a garage in an alley and holding the unidentified 57-year-old victim.

Police officers tried to get him to let the woman go, but Aikens refused and allegedly told them he was sitting on a bomb.

After the shooting, police found Aiken had wrapped a chain around the woman to keep her from fleeing.

Bansky is an eight-year veteran of the department.