Arizona in Brief: Surprise police say 2 people dead in apparent murder-suicide
SURPRISE — Police in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise say two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide.
They say officers responded to a call about a domestic dispute call around 11 p.m. Saturday in the area of Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue.
When officers arrived, they reported finding two people dead inside of the residence.
Police didn’t immediately release any information on the two people or how they died.
They say their investigation is ongoing.
Tucson police say man finds a possible human skull in trash
TUCSON — Police in Tucson say what appears to be a human skull has been found in a trash container on the city’s south side.
They say a man was digging through trash Saturday when he discovered the object and called 911.
Officers assessed the skull and notified the Pima County Office of Medical Examiner, whose staff will clean and test it although that process could take weeks.
Police say the examination should determine if it’s a human skull and the gender of the person along with possibility a cause of death.
Gilbert police say body of dead woman found in a dog park
GILBERT — Police in Gilbert say they’re investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a dog park.
They say officers responded to a 911 call around 6 a.m. Sunday at Cosmo Dog Park near Ray Road and the Loop 202 freeway.
The name of the woman hasn’t been released yet.
Police also didn’t immediately say how the woman may have died.
Arizona tribe breaks ground on $120M casino project
PHOENIX — The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has broken ground on a new casino in the Phoenix area.
Tribal officials and other dignitaries attended Friday’s ceremony. Tribal Council President Bernadine Burnette called it the beginning of a new chapter for the Arizona tribe.
The $120 million project includes a casino that will span more than 166,000 square feet or 15,420 square meters. It will include high-end dining, a sports bar and an entertainment stage.
The tribe built the first high-stakes bingo hall in the area three decades ago.
Its current casino has more than 150,000 square feet or 13,400 square meters of slot machines, bingo and card tables.
Once the new casino is complete in 2020, tribal officials say the current casino space will be redesigned for a new purpose.