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Arizona in Brief: Jury convicts former bank employee accused of stealing money

Jury convicts former bank employee accused of stealing money

PHOENIX (AP) — A jury has convicted a former associate financial adviser of a Phoenix area bank accused of stealing money from dormant accounts that was meant to go to charities and others. The Arizona Attorney General’s office says Steven Watson was found guilty last week of one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices and seven counts of thefts.

Authorities accused Watson of taking more than $169,000 from three accounts and using it for vacations, child support, vehicles and adult entertainment.

The money was intended to go to the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and family members of the deceased customers.

Authorities say Watson stole the money in 2014. They say he told bank tellers he was authorized to request cashier checks from the accounts. Watson’s attorney, Richard Jones, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday.

Police: Cocaine found in man’s bag at Phoenix airport

PHOENIX (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested after more than 2 pounds (0.90 kg) of cocaine were found in his checked bag at the airport in Phoenix.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis says 45-year-old Jason Bunts was arrested Saturday after agents with the Transportation Security Administration discovered the drug in the bag.

Lewis says a flight was delayed briefly when the airplane returned to the gate at Sky Harbor Airport for Bunts to be arrested.

Retrial to start for man charged with killing woman in 2009

PHOENIX (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for a neo-Nazi charged with trying to kill a black man and fatally shooting the man’s white girlfriend in 2009 at a Phoenix park.

Travis Ricci is being retried in the death of Kelly Ann Jaeger after his first trial in the killing ended in a mistrial because a witness, in response to a prosecutor’s question, revealed to jurors that Ricci had spent time in prison.

He has pleaded not guilty.