30 unaccompanied children were among 376 migrants who tunneled under border wall into Arizona | Fox News

The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the US tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, earlier this week before turning themselves in to the feds, a new report said Friday.

Source: 30 unaccompanied children were among 376 migrants who tunneled under border wall into Arizona | Fox News

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Baby boy born to mother in vegetative state ‘will be well cared for’ by family: lawyer

An attorney for the family of a woman who gave birth at a Phoenix nursing facility where she has remained in a vegetative state for nearly a decade said that the baby boy was “born into a loving family and will be well cared for.”

Source: Baby boy born to mother in vegetative state ‘will be well cared for’ by family: lawyer

Mysterious explosions in Arizona leaving residents in neighborhoods on edge | Fox News

Two months after seemingly-unexplained explosions started being reported in the northern part of Phoenix, a new blast over the weekend has residents concerned someone will eventually get hurt.has residents on edge.

Source: Mysterious explosions in Arizona leaving residents in neighborhoods on edge | Fox News

Waymo One, the first commercial robotaxi service, is now picking up passengers in Arizona – Los Angeles Times

Waymo’s driverless taxi service will start with only a few hundred customers.

Robot cars are now officially a real business. Waymo on Wednesday launched a commercial robot ride-hailing service in Arizona called Waymo One.

Like Uber or Lyft, customers will summon a ride with a smartphone app. But in this case, the car will be driving itself.

Source: Waymo One, the first commercial robotaxi service, is now picking up passengers in Arizona – Los Angeles Times

At least 6 killed in Greyhound bus, semi crash on I-40 | KOB 4

Bus, Semi crash closes I-40 near Thoreau

A Greyhound official said the bus was traveling from Albuquerque to Phoenix around 1 p.m., with nearly 50 passengers on board, when it crashed.

New Mexico State Police said preliminary information shows that the semi was traveling eastbound on I-40 when a tire experienced a blowout, causing the semi to cross into the westbound lanes, crashing into the bus.

Source: At least 6 killed in Greyhound bus, semi crash on I-40 | KOB 4

John McCain dead at 81 | Fox News

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a war hero who survived five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, served three decades in Congress and went on to become the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008, has died.

Source: John McCain dead at 81 | Fox News

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Anna Mae Blessing, 92, allegedly killed son in Arizona – CNN

(CNN)A 92-year-old woman allegedly killed her son in Arizona because she did not want to be sent to an assisted living facility, authorities said.

Anna Mae Blessing was charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping after authorities found her 72-year-old son dead Monday at their home in Fountain Hills, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.
Blessing hid two pistols in the pockets of her robe and shot her son several times in his bedroom, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Her son’s girlfriend was also in the room and said she heard Blessing telling her son she was tired of the way he treated her, court documents said.
“From my understanding, she had thought about it for a few days because there was a dispute regarding her son wanting to put her in an assisted living home,” Maricopa County Sgt. Bryant Vanejas told CNN affiliate KPHO.
Blessing then pointed the gun at her son’s girlfriend, who struggled with her until she lost her grip of the gun. When Blessing pulled out the second pistol from her robe, her son’s girlfriend also knocked it out of her hand, the statement said.

Source: Anna Mae Blessing, 92, allegedly killed son in Arizona – CNN

Arizona suspect linked to 4 recent shooting deaths found dead in hotel room, police say | Fox News

The suspect linked to the recent shooting deaths of four professionals, including a prominent forensic psychiatrist involved in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, in a three-day period was found dead in an Arizona hotel Monday, police said.

Source: Arizona suspect linked to 4 recent shooting deaths found dead in hotel room, police say | Fox News

Steven Pitt, Arizona forensic psychiatrist who assisted in JonBenet Ramsey case gunned down outside his office | Fox News

Arizona police are on the hunt Saturday for a suspect believed to have gunned down Steven Pitt,  an Arizona forensic psychiatrist who helped prosecutors with investigations in the high-profile 1996 killing of JonBenet Ramsey.

Investigators released a sketch of the suspect who fled the scene, described as a bald, adult white male who was last seen wearing a dark-colored hat, according to Fox 10 Phoenix.

Source: Arizona forensic psychiatrist who assisted in JonBenet Ramsey case gunned down outside his office | Fox News

(NBC News) – Police: Gun Not Pawned at Time of Arizona Freeway Shootings

The gun that police allege was used by a suspect to fire at four vehicles on an Arizona freeway in August was not pawned at the time of the shootings, police said in a report.

Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, was arrested Friday and charged in the first four ofa string of 11 shootings that occurred over two weeks and left Phoenix area drivers on edge.

Merritt said in court Saturday that police have “the wrong guy,” and that his gun had been in a pawn shop for the past two months. “I haven’t even had access to a weapon,” he said.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said in the report that they test fired a gun that Merritt allegedly pawned, and “the test fired bullets were matched to bullets and bullet fragments from the four cases.”

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Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., makes his initial appearance before a judge at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. Rob Schumacher / AP

RELATED: Arizona Freeway Shooting Suspect Denies Being Gunman

Police said in the report that “at the time of the shootings in question the firearm was not in pawn status.” Police also said that Merritt’s social media pages referenced the “I-10 shooter” case.

Merritt’s father, Leslie Allen Merritt Sr., said Saturday night that he believes his son is innocent and urged the public not to rush to judgment.

He said his son is a gun enthusiast and responsible gun owner, and that many people across Arizona — and especially in the Phoenix area — shared posts about the two-week shooting spree online.

“We have no doubt to his innocence,” Merritt Sr. said. “We hope whoever has done this — regardless of who it is — eventually is caught and faces justice for it. We feel for all the people that were subjected to this violence.”

“I would just ask that everybody let this play out in court,” Merritt Sr. said.

RELATED: Arizona Freeway Shooting Suspect Arrested, Held on $1 Million Bond

Eleven vehicles have been shot since Aug. 29. Eight involved bullets and three involved what have been described as “projectiles.” The last confirmed shooting was reported Sept. 10. There have been no serious injuries.

Merritt Jr. was charged in the first four shootings, which involved bullets. Three vehicles were shot on I-10 on Aug. 29 and a car was struck by a bullet on Aug. 30. A 13-year-old girl was injured by flying glass in one of those incidents, but refused treatment.

Merritt Jr. was charged with four counts each of drive-by shooting, intentional acts of terrorism, discharging a firearm within city limits, aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage and disorderly conduct involving a weapon. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Police last week detained a local 19-year-old man who they referred to as a “person of interest” in the shootings, but a judge ordered him released Friday and no charges were filed. He was never called a suspect.

 

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