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Arizona in Brief: Man arrested in 2 shooting deaths at Phoenix apartment

Man arrested in 2 shooting deaths at Phoenix apartment

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting deaths of a man and woman inside a Phoenix apartment.

Phoenix police say 35-year-old Cleophus E. Cooksey Jr. was arrested in Sunday night’s shooting in an apartment complex near the intersection of Highland Avenue and 12th Street.

The identity of the victims hasn’t yet been released.

It’s not known whether Cooksey has yet been assigned an attorney.

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Maricopa County grand jury indicts man in sexual assaults

PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County grand jury has indicted a man on six counts of sexual assault in cases from 2003 to 2006.

Authorities say 28-year-old Michael Paladino is in custody and facing a Jan. 29 court date.

It was unclear Monday if he has an attorney.

County prosecutors received notification in April that a previously untested sexual assault kit from 2005 had come back with a match to Paladino’s DNA.

Authorities then found Paladino was listed as a suspect in multiple sexual assault cases in the Phoenix metro area and many of the victims were juveniles at the time.

Paladino was arrested last month for a non-related driving offense and gave investigators the opportunity to interview him in relation to the sexual assaults.

He has denied the allegations of sexual assault.

Yuma police identify man who was fatally shot in a bar

YUMA (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was fatally shot at a Yuma bar.

Yuma police say 37-year-old Joseph Benjamin Roosevelt was taken to a hospital after the shooting early Sunday and was pronounced dead.

They say 38-year-old Carlos Moreno Leal Jr. has been booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Police say the two men knew each other, but a motive for the shooting remains unclear.

Officers responded to reports of an aggravated assault at a Yuma bar shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.

They arrived to find Roosevelt with a gunshot wound.

Police say Leal was identified as a suspect in the shooting and he was located and arrested.

It isn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer for his case.

Police: Woman to be labeled ‘person of interest’ in killing

BUCKEYE (AP) — Police responding to a shooting at a home in Buckeye discovered a 2-year-old boy inside who had been fatally shot.

Buckeye police say the boy’s 26-year-old mother will be labeled as a “person of interest” in Friday afternoon’s shooting. The woman was suffering from stab wounds when officers arrived and is being monitored by police as she receives medical care at a hospital. Buckeye police say in a statement that there are no outstanding suspects from the shooting, but didn’t explicitly say whether any arrests were made and how the attack on the child occurred.

Arizona man illegally sold venomous reptiles in S. Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to selling venomous desert reptiles in South Carolina.

The State of Columbia reports that the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a release Friday that Jonathan Sampson Benson pleaded guilty last week to three counts of violating a federal law restricting people from selling wildlife across state lines. Benson, a former Greenville-area resident, received five years’ probation, $5,000 in fines and an order to turn over the wildlife to the government.

DNR spokesman David Lucas said animals packaged for sale in South Carolina included two Gila monsters, two prairie rattlesnakes, two tiger rattlesnakes and a speckled rattlesnake. The venomous animals were intercepted before they reached their destination.

Lucas said importing non-native wildlife threatens native wildlife and can also be dangerous to humans.

Arizona Republic’s publisher to resign, take faculty post

PHOENIX (AP) — The president of The Arizona Republic and will resign effective Jan. 5 to take a position at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Arizona Republic reports that Mi-Ai Parrish will fill an endowed chair created in honor of former Republic Publisher Sue Clark-Johnson, who died in 2015.

She cited as accomplishments her role in helping the company grow its audience, expand its digital footprint, develop new revenue and support award-winning journalism.

She wrote a column responding to threats after The Republic endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in the paper’s history.

During a spate of sexual-misconduct accusations in the media, politics and Hollywood, Parrish disclosed Rep. Don Shooter made a demeaning sexual and racial remark to her in 2016.


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