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Arizona in Brief: McCain daughter with her dad: ‘No place I would rather be’

McCain daughter with her dad: ‘No place I would rather be’

SEDONA (AP) — Meghan McCain has posted a photo on social media of her with her father, Sen. John McCain, saying there’s “no place I would rather be.”

The photo posted Sunday on Twitter shows Meghan McCain and her father wearing warm clothing on what appears to be a patio.


Meghan McCain

The 81-year-old Arizona Republican has been battling brain cancer. He was diagnosed last summer.

The daughter’s publicist, Teal Cannaday, says the photo was taken at Sedona.

The senator’s family has a ranch near Sedona, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Phoenix.

Meghan McCain said last week that no timetable has been determined for her father to return to the Senate but that it could be by the summer.

She said then her father was doing well as he continued to undergo treatment.

Arizona man accused of forging deeds in a home loans scam

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona grand jury has indicted a man who allegedly used fake deeds in an attempt to take out loans on homes he didn’t own including one valued at $3.5 million.

State prosecutors say Daniel Barraza Nevarez was indicted on multiple felony counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices, money laundering, forgery and criminal impersonation.

Nevarez allegedly filed a series of forged deeds transferring ownership of at least 18 different homes to himself, including some in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

The homeowners didn’t know Nevarez and were unaware the deeds to their homes had been transferred to him.

Nevarez is accused of contacting home equity lenders to try to take out cash loans on the properties.

Authorities say they believe Nevarez was unsuccessful and he was arrested in an undercover operation.

Phoenix police ID wheelchair-bound man fatally hit by a car

PHOENIX (AP) — Police have identified a wheelchair-bound man who was struck and killed by a vehicle last week as he tried to cross a Phoenix street.

Phoenix police say the victim was 73-year-old George Hatch.

The say the accident occurred about 7:15 p.m. last Friday at 19th Avenue near Sunnydale Avenue.

Police say Hatch was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver remained at the scene to speak with investigators and police say impairment doesn’t appear to be a factor.

The name of the driver hasn’t been released.