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Arizona in Brief: Man wanted by feds on multiple charges arrested in Phoenix

Man wanted by feds on multiple charges arrested in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities say a man wanted on multiple charges has been captured in Phoenix after barricading himself in a home.

U.S. Marshals Service officials say 47-year-old Elmer McFarland III was taken into custody after a brief struggle Wednesday night.

McFarland was wanted by Pima County authorities on a probation violation warrant for a previous conviction for transportation for prostitution and escape.

Authorities say McFarland now is facing new criminal charges for sexual exploitation of a minor out of Maricopa County.

The warrant for McFarland’s arrest was issued in June and the U.S. Marshals Service had been pursuing him since July.

It was unclear Thursday if McFarland has a lawyer yet for his case.

Arizona agency says it addressed sexual abuse concerns

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s health services department says it addressed how shelters for immigrant children dealt with allegations of sexual abuse.

The comment came in response to criticism by an activist group wanting more oversight.

The department said in a statement that it had

conducted extensive inspections of all 13 Southwest Key facilities and will increase future monitoring.

A group known as Uncage and Reunite Families called on Gov. Doug Ducey Thursday to commit to another and independent investigation of the shelters, saying the health department effort didn’t suffice.

In a statement, the health department said it has limited jurisdiction but works with local police to make sure abuse is reported and investigated. It says surveyors stay onsite if they encounter a situation where children are in immediate danger. Southwest Key has said it welcomes more oversight.

Arizona voters break record for primary turnout

PHOENIX (AP) — A record-breaking number of Arizona voters cast ballots in this year’s primary election.

State election officials say 1.2 million voters mailed in a ballot or showed up at the polls for the Aug. 28 Primary Election. That beat the previous record of nearly 1 million voters in the 2010 primary.

The total for 2018 represents around 33 percent turnout.

The uptick was fueled by a hefty increase in participation by Democrats.


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