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Arizona in Brief: Police: 17-year-old held in stabbings, including 1 fatality

Police: 17-year-old held in stabbings, including 1 fatality

MESA (AP) — Mesa police say a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in the drug-related stabbings of two men, including a 19-year-old who died.

Police did not release the name of the juvenile in custody in connection with the stabbings Friday but said the man who died was 19-year-old Aaron Green.

Police said previously that the fatally wounded man died after being found in the parking of an apartment complex and that the second man who was stabbed had minor injuries when he was located.

Police said the people knew each other and that the stabbings resulted from a drug debt.

No additional information was released.

Woman gets 8.5 years in prison for attack with baseball bat

BULLEAHD CITY (AP) — A 55-year-old northwestern Arizona woman has been sentenced to prison for 8½ years on convictions stemming from a baseball bat attack on another woman who was trying to collect on a $5 debt.

Gina Jeannette Dumont of Bullhead City was sentenced Wednesday in Mohave County Superior Court in Kingman on November aggravated assault convictions stemming from the Oct. 30, 2016 incident.

The Mohave County Daily News reports that an advocate from victims services read a letter in court from the victim saying she has had three surgeries and has spent months in the hospital.

She also lost her job because she can’t use her hands.

The attack occurred at Dumont’s home after the victim went there to collect the debt owned her by Dumont a one-time friend.

W.Va. officials traveling to Arizona in January for elk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say 60 elk coming to the state from Arizona will be captured in January.

Division of Natural Resources wildlife chief Paul Johansen told The Gazette-Mail that a private company will capture the animals in Arizona over a 3-day period in late January and state workers will tag and microchip them and take blood samples.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved the capture and transport as part of West Virginia’s ongoing elk restoration project.

West Virginia elk project leader Randy Kelley said after the animals are captured, they will be held in quarantine for 30 days in Arizona, and then put on trucks for transport to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County, West Virginia.

Kelley said he was a little surprised when he was told capturing the elk would take only three days.

“I figured it would take about a week, but the company that will be doing the work is apparently really good at it,” he added. “The Arizona folks said they were able to capture about 20 a day when they were helping Kentucky with their elk reintroduction project.”

Kelley said he’ll take a handful of workers who have experience with the large animals, which can weigh up to 700 pounds.

“If (the contractor is) able to capture the animals that fast, we’re going to have our work cut out for us,” he said. “That means we’ll be working up two to three of them every hour.”

He said Division of Natural Resources hopes to be able to release the animals in West Virginia in March. They will join nearly two dozen elk received in 2016.

Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.

Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to do more to teach media literacy skills that they say are critical to democracy.

The effort has been bipartisan but has received little attention despite successful legislation in Washington state, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Mexico.

Several more states are expected to consider such bills in the coming year, including Arizona, New York and Hawaii.

“I don’t think it’s a partisan issue to appreciate the importance of good information and the teaching of tools for navigating the information environment,” said Hans Zeiger, a Republican state senator in Washington who co-sponsored a bill that passed in his state earlier this year.

Advocates say the K-12 curriculum has not kept pace with rapid changes in technology. Studies show many children spend hours every day online but struggle to comprehend the content that comes at them.

Police: Pedestrian killed when struck, carried on vehicle

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a pedestrian died after being struck by a car and then carried on the vehicle for over a block without the driver stopping or calling authorities.

Sgt. Vince Lewis says there was no indication that the 65-year-old woman driving the car was impaired and that the case was under review.

Lewis says 35-year-old Ramon Corrales was not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck on South Seventh Avenue Friday night.

Lewis says the driver proceeded from where she struck Corrales to her apartment complex without making any attempts to notify authorities “of the collision or the obviously injured pedestrian.”

The driver’s identity was not released.