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MCSO: Man and son found dead in vehicle pulled from a canal

BUCKEYE VALLEY (AP) — Authorities say a man and his teenage son have been found dead inside a pickup truck pulled from a canal on the far southwestern outskirts of metro Phoenix.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say agricultural workers found the truck in a water-filled canal near Agua Caliente and Old U.S. 80 in the Buckeye Valley area on Wednesday morning.

They say the 38-year-old man and his 14-year-old son were both from Gila Bend and reportedly were returning from a hunting trip when the truck went into the canal for an unknown reason.

The names of the two victims aren’t immediately available.

Sheriff’s officials say it’s still unclear how long the truck was in the canal before it was discovered.

The causes of death will be determined by the county medical examiner’s office.

Suspect in 7 Arizona bank robberies arrested in Mississippi

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a woman suspected of robbing seven banks in Arizona over a three-month span this year has been arrested in Mississippi.

FBI officials in Phoenix announced Wednesday that 33-year-old Miranda Maloney was taken into custody late last month by FBI agents and Gulfport, Mississippi police officers.

Authorities nicknamed the robber the “Grimace Bandit” for wearing a purple shirt and a purple scarf during some of the robberies.

Maloney is accused of robbing three banks in Phoenix and one each in Tucson, Marana, Goodyear and Yuma between Sept. 30 and Nov. 4.

The FBI didn’t immediately release any additional information on the robberies or Maloney’s Dec. 23 arrest.

City’s tax incentives under investigation

TEMPE (AP) — A Phoenix-area city’s use of tax breaks on two local developments is under investigation.

The ArizonaRepublic reports Republican State Rep. Vince Leach has asked the Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate Tempe’s agreement with hotel Graduate Tempe and a Bank of the West office building.

Leach’s concerns revolve around the city’s use of tax incentives called government property lease excise tax, or GPLET.

GPLET allows cities, towns, counties and county stadium districts to lease property they own to private parties and collect a lease excise tax since property taxes aren’t levied against government-owned property.

Leach contends Tempe is charging the two developments too low a tax rate.

If the city is found in violation and it’s not addressed, the state could withhold funds until the problem is resolved.

Nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana found hidden in motorhome

LUKEVILLE (AP) — Federal officers found nearly 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms) of marijuana hidden in a motorhome at the Lukeville border crossing in southern Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection says approximately 120 bundles of marijuana were found Saturday in the vehicle’s compartments, walls and the floor after a dog alerted officials.

The agency says a 55-year-old Phoenix man wo was attempting to drive the vehicle into the United States from Mexico was arrest. His identity wasn’t released.

Lukeville is 117 miles (188 kilometers) south of Phoenix and 113 miles (182 kilometers) west of Tucson.

Sheriff’s Department: Young Child safe following carjacking

TUCSON (AP) — Authorities in Tucson say a young child is safe following a carjacking.

Details are sketchy but Deputy Code Gress of the Pima County Sheriff’s says the vehicle was found, the child is safe and that two suspects are in custody.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning.

Avondale police: Man dies after being shot while driving

AVONDALE (AP) — Avondale police say a man has died after being shot while driving.

A Police Department statement doesn’t include any information on circumstances of the shooting, but azfamily.com reports that the man reportedly crashed his car Tuesday night after he was shot during an altercation with other people in other vehicles.

The statement says the incident remains under investigation as detectives talk to witnesses and try to identify any possible suspects or leads.

The victim’s identity was not released.

The incident occurred Crimson Lane and Westwind Parkway.

Arizona utility sending crews to Puerto Rico

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s largest electric utility is sending crews to help restore power to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Arizona Public Service Co. says 50 power line workers and support staff are heading to the U.S. territory in the Caribbean early this month. The company has already sent heavy trucks and other equipment to Lake Charles, Louisiana, for shipment by barge to Puerto Rico.

The APS crews are taking part in a nationwide effort by power companies to assist in the power restoration effort and are committed through mid-March.

Puerto Rico’s government said last week that more than 660,000 power customers still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria hit the island. Just 55 percent of the island’s nearly 1.5 million customers have power.