Arizona in Brief: Wrong-way driver killed in Tempe
Arizona DPS: Wrong-way driver killed in Tempe
TEMPE (AP) — Authorities say a wrong-way driver is dead and another driver injured following a crash on a Tempe freeway.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the wrong-way vehicle was eastbound in westbound lanes of State Route 202 near Scottsdale Road when the crash occurred early Saturday morning. The DPS says the wrong-way driver was dead at the scene and that the other driver’s injuries aren’t life-threatening.
No identities were released.
The freeway’s westbound lanes have reopened after being closed several hours.
Former Flagstaff officer charged again for punching woman
PHOENIX (AP) — A former Flagstaff police officer has been indicted anew for punching a woman in the face while trying to arrest her in an encounter captured on video.
A Feb. 8 indictment charged Jeffrey Brandon Bonar with aggravated assault in the 2016 encounter with Marissa Morris during an eviction when the then-officer thought there was an active warrant for Morris’ arrest.
The Arizona Republic reports that Bonar changed his last name to Wilson after he married, but court records still use Bonar.
The new indictment was issued after a judge ordered grand jurors to reconsider information that might clear Bonar, who has pleaded not guilty.
Defense attorney Marc Victor said his client looks forward to having a fair trial that considers all of the facts.
Bonar resigned in 2017.
Zinke plans to visit refuge, monument along US-Mexico border
TUCSON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona.
Interior Department officials say Zinke’s planned border visit over the weekend will include stops at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
An announcement of the visit says Zinke plans to make an “on-the-ground assessment” of the refuge and tour the monument.
Both facilities are under Zinke’s department. They’re located within the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, which is a busy crossing point for drug smugglers and people entering the United States illegally.
The National Mining Association says it will meet with Zinke on Monday morning around Phoenix. Zinke also has a planned discussion later that day with tribal leaders and a press briefing on the impact of opioids in American Indian communities.
Tucson woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into US
TUCSON (AP) — Federal border officers have arrested a Tucson woman on suspicion of trying to smuggle drugs from Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the 21-year-old’s vehicle was subjected to a secondary search at the Port of Nogales on Wednesday night.
One of the agency’s drug canines led officers to the discovery of 2 -1/2 pounds of heroin.
They also found 2 pounds of methamphetamine.
The drugs in total were worth an estimated $49,300.
Authorities seized the drugs and the car. The woman, who was not identified, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators.