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Arizona in Brief: Newborn boy found abandoned in Tucson airport restroom

TUCSON (AP) — Officials at Tucson International Airport say a newborn infant has been found abandoned in a restroom.

Airport spokeswoman Jessie Butler says the baby boy was found by an airport employee Sunday night lying on a bathroom changing table.

The baby had been cleaned after being born and wrapped up.

Butler said Monday that the baby was checked by airport police and firefighters and appeared to be healthy. He was taken to a local hospital and remains there.

The baby was found in a restroom near the rental car counters and outside airport security.

Tucson Airport Authority police are reviewing security camera footage as they try to determine who left the baby. Butler says they are also trying to determine if the baby was born in the bathroom.

Arizona woman visiting shooting area killed by stray bullet

BUCKEYE (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona woman has died after being struck in the chest by a stray bullet while visiting a desert area popular for target shooting.

Police on Monday announced the death of 24-year-old Kami Gilstrap of Goodyear.

Buckeye police spokeswoman Detective Tamela Skaggs says Gilstrap was with family members at the shooting area Sunday when she was struck. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital but later died.

Gilstrap was in the desert about 30 miles west of Phoenix when she was shot.

Skaggs says neither the type of bullet that struck her nor the person who fired the shot has been identified. A large number of people apparently were shooting in the area.

It’s legal to shoot on large swaths of U.S.-owned land in Arizona.

Phoenix police: 2 arrested in Wisconsin in man’s death

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say deputy U.S. Marshals and police in Green Bay, Wisconsin, have made two arrests in the death of a Phoenix man.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Alan Pfohl says in a Monday news release that the 21-year-old and 16-year-old brothers were awaiting extradition to Arizona to face charges related to the death of 48-year-old Jon Clarke.

Clarke’s ex-wife found him dead inside his Phoenix house on Wednesday. Police haven’t released details of how he was killed.

Phoenix homicide detectives identified a suspect and learned he may be headed to a Green Bay home. Police and deputy U.S. Marshals there went to the house Friday and arrested one person. Phoenix detectives arrested the second person when they arrived.

Their names haven’t been released.

Pima County Jail is now using full-body scanners for inmates

TUCSON (AP) — The Pima County Jail is using full-body scanning devices to screen incoming inmates for contraband.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the jail began using the scanners in November.

The scanners can take an image similar to an X-ray.

Authorities say jail officers can detect potentially dangerous contraband such as knives or drugs in a more accurate and less invasive way with the scanners.

They say the scan takes just seven seconds and provides much better screening accuracy.

Jail staff found two people trying to smuggle in illegal items in their body cavities during the scanner’s first week of use.

The Star reports that previously, a strip search wouldn’t provide the officers with the ability to see what had potentially been consumed by an inmate.