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Wed, June 19

Arizona in Brief: Las Vegas carjacking ends in Arizona

KINGMAN — Two people who allegedly fled the scene of a carjacking near Hoover Dam were apprehended more than 70 miles away in Kingman, Arizona.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports the incident started on Saturday night in North Las Vegas when shots were allegedly fired at a commercial vehicle from the suspect vehicle south of the Hoover Dam.

The driver was uninjured but bullets struck the vehicle’s radiator.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper responding to the carjacking call began trailing the vehicle on Highway 93.

The suspect vehicle ran over stop sticks as the pursuit headed south before crossing a center turn lane and colliding with a bus in Kingman.

A male and female were taken into custody after trying to flee on foot.

No passengers were injured in the bus crash.

80 messenger pigeons die in house fire

PHOENIX — Eighty messenger pigeons that were bred in a Phoenix home’s backyard have died in a fire.

Firefighters responded early Saturday morning to the blaze that started in the back of one home and spread to a nearby home.

A Phoenix fire department spokesperson said 80 homing pigeons died due to exposure.

About 150 pigeons total were at the residence. One of the homeowners is a messenger bird association member.

The homes’ residents and four dogs escaped unharmed. Officials say 10 people have been displaced.

It’s unknown how the fire started.

Man gets 4 years in prison for ammo smuggling into Mexico

TUCSON — A California man was sentenced to four years in prison for his convictions in a scheme nearly two years ago to smuggle ammunition and rifle magazines from Arizona into Mexico.

Miguel Ochoa-Ruiz of Concord was sentenced Friday in Tucson for his smuggling and conspiracy convictions.

Authorities say Ochoa-Ruiz bought 2,000 rounds of ammunition and 248 high-capacity rifle magazines that were then given to 23-year-old Guadalupe Carillo-Villa of Tucson to smuggle into Mexico.

Carillo-Villa was arrested during the smuggling attempt.

The next day, authorities who regarded Ochoa-Ruiz as a person of interest from the earlier smuggling attempt encountered him at a fast-food restaurant in Nogales, Arizona.

Authorities found another 11,000 rounds of ammunition in Ochoa-Ruiz’s possession.

Carillo-Villa has pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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