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Arizona in Brief: El Mirage food bank hopes for return of stolen delivery truck

El Mirage food bank employees are asking for the public's help in locating their delivery truck (similar to this one) stolen on Thanksgiving.

El Mirage food bank employees are asking for the public's help in locating their delivery truck (similar to this one) stolen on Thanksgiving.

El Mirage food bank hopes for return of stolen delivery truck

EL MIRAGE (AP) — El Mirage food bank employees are still holding out hope that their delivery truck, stolen on Thanksgiving, will be returned.

Valley View Community Food Bank director Jesse Ramirez tells Phoenix’s KPNX-TV that the keys to the vehicle were with staff at the time.

Ramirez says someone must have hot-wired the 2003 Chevy, which was parked right in front of the food bank on Thursday.

The truck is used to deliver meals to more than 300 needy residents daily.

Ramirez used his own truck to pull a trailer to make deliveries and pick-ups.

Anyone with information about the st9olen trick is asked to call El Mirage Police Department at (623) 500-3000.

The food bank has started a Gofundme page.

Ducey plan to locate inmates in South Phoenix jail panned

PHOENIX (AP) — A plan to add a prison employment center and housing for former inmates who violate release conditions at the county jail in south Phoenix is facing opposition from elected officials who represent the area.

The proposal from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office would place a 335-bed employment training center for soon-to-be released inmates at Maricopa County’s Durango Jail complex. Also planned for the site is a 265-bed community corrections facility housing inmates who break release rules.

The proposal has been in the works for months, but community members, business owners and elected officials slammed it on Monday. Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo called it “environmental racism” and criticized the idea of putting more inmates in a depressed community.

He and others questioned why the state isn’t looking at other areas.

Crews begin rearranging security features at Arizona House

PHOENIX (AP) — Crews are working on removing a security perch inside the Arizona House of Representatives building to make more room in the lobby area.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports existing security gates and metal detectors will be rearranged to better control traffic entering the chamber’s building.

House Republican Caucus spokesman Matt Specht says the work is estimated to cost $45,000 and should be finished by late December.

The construction of the entire security system, complete with metal detectors, gun lockers and a Kevlar wall, originally cost taxpayers $442,000.

House Speaker J.D. Mesnard pushed for the latest remodeling in May.

Rep. Kelly Townsend says while she agrees the perch takes up too much space, she wasn’t in favor of taking something that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars apart.

Phoenix police identify victim of hit-and-run; driver sought

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police have released the identity of a woman killed when struck and dragged by a car in a hit-and-run in which no arrest has been made.

Police say 43-year-old Doesha Eskew was the woman killed early Thursday morning near East Thomas Road and North 36th Street.

Man killed in truck crash after not stopping for police

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a man later determined to have been involved in an aggravated assault died when he crashed his truck after it was seen speeding and didn’t stop for an officer.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard says an officer tried unsuccessfully tried to pull over the speeding truck Sunday night before the man lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a wall and pole.

The incident began near 15th Avenue and Indian School Road and ended about two miles (3 kilometers) away near 15th Avenue McDowell Road.

Howard didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry on whether the officer was pursuing the speeding truck at the time of the fatal crash.