Arizona in Brief: Candlelight vigil planned for slain Arizona trooper
Candlelight vigil planned for slain Arizona trooper
PHOENIX — A candlelight vigil for a state trooper killed in the line of duty is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix.
The Department of Public Safety says the Monday evening event honoring Trooper Tyler Edenhofer will feature addresses by Gov. Doug Ducey and DPS Col. Frank Milstead.
Edenhofer was fatally shot Wednesday night along Interstate 10 in Avondale during a struggle involving several troopers and a man suspected of throwing rocks at vehicles.
DPS officials have said Edenhofer was shot with another trooper’s gun by 20-year-old Isaac D. King, who was hospitalized and not immediately charged.
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Professor works with residents to test for pollution
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Many families in Arizona mining communities have concerns about what pollutants might be in their immediate environment and in harvested rainwater for gardens.
The Arizona Daily Star reports a University of Arizona program is underway to help communities such as the mining and industrial towns of Hayden-Winkelman, Globe-Miami and Dewey-Humboldt and also on Tucson’s south side, reaching about 160 households.
Assistant professor Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, with a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, created Project Harvest, a five-year citizen science program in partnership with the nonprofit Sonora Environmental Research Institute Inc. She and her University of Arizona team train community leaders, called promotoras, to guide citizen scientists in urban and rural towns in testing for neighboring sources of industrial waste pollutants in rainwater runoff from roofs, soil and plants.
Grandson arrested in fatal stabbing of grandma in Chandler
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler say a man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of his 81-year-old grandmother.
Police say officers were called to an apartment complex near Loop 101 and Chandler Boulevard about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Upon arrival, police say the woman already was dead at the scene.
During the investigation, police say officers were led to the woman’s 30-year-old grandson.
They say the man was found at a location near the homicide scene and taken into custody.
The name of the man and his grandmother haven’t been released yet and a possible motive for the fatal stabbing isn’t immediately known.
Chandler is about 22 miles east of Phoenix.
Avondale police investigating shooting that left a man dead
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Avondale say they’re investigating a shooting that has left a man dead.
They say officers responded to a shooting call at a home near Dysart and Buckeye roads at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.
When police arrived, they found an unresponsive man with a gunshot wound.
They say he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man’s name hasn’t been released yet.
Police say there are not any outstanding suspects in the shooting, but haven’t called it a suicide at this time.
They say their investigation is continuing.
Avondale is about 20 miles west of Phoenix.
Police: Man fatally shot during parking lot altercation
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police say a 29-year-old is man dead following a parking lot shooting that investigators belief to be gang-related.
Sgt. Pete Dugan says preliminary information indicates that Avrum Diaz was with friends ready to go into a lounge Friday when Diaz was shot during an altercation with other people.
Dugan says Diaz and two other people exchanged gunfire, which resulted in Diaz being struck by multiple shots.
Dugan says many people were in the parking lot when the shooting occurred but that the suspects fled.
He says police are following up on several leads but appealing to the public for any information.
Biologists release endangered fish in Grand Canyon creek
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Biologists have released endangered fish into a Grand Canyon creek to try to improve their chances of survival.
The release of humpback chub into Bright Angel Creek in May follows efforts to remove trout that prey on them.
The humpback chub once was widespread throughout the Colorado River basin, but its numbers have declined. The largest population now is in Grand Canyon National Park.
Biologists say establishing populations outside the Little Colorado River should help the fish thrive.
The humpback chub released in Bright Angel Creek are tagged with microchips so biologists can track their growth and survival. An antenna downstream from the Bright Angel Campground tracks their movement.
Anglers who catch humpback chub or other protected native fish must return them to the water.