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Arizona highway crashes increase for 6th straight year

Motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities continued their steady six-year rise in Arizona in 2016, according to the most recent data from the state’s Department of Transportation.... Read more»

Dust storm detector will alert drivers to freeway hazards

State safety and transportation officials are developing a detection system to warn motorists if dangerous dust storms are in the area.... Read more»

Arizona public records aren’t so public

More than a month ago, 19 Arizona agencies were given simple public record requests seeking data on the numbers of those requests those agencies received in 2015 and 2016. Less than half responded. ... Read more»

Arizona police might not enforce Trump’s immigration orders

Arizona law enforcement mostly say they won’t participate in widespread immigration raids that target long-term undocumented immigrants no matter what President Trump’s new executive order says. Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales police, and Yuma, Santa Cruz and Maricopa sheriffs say officers will not target those who have no violent felony offenses.... Read more»

Injured Honduran man rescued from desert by helicopter

A Honduran man was rescued from a steep cliff near Baboquivari Peak on Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, backed by a helicopter crew and a paramedic from Arizona Department of Public Safety, authorities said. ... Read more»

Texas lawmakers criticize border surge for moving crime but not stopping it

The $800 million border security operation passed by state lawmakers has helped seal off parts of the state’s southern border. But the surge has also made the rest of the area more of a hotbed for illegal activity, the state’s top law enforcement officer told lawmakers on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Man accused in Phx I-10 shootings sues Arizona, Maricopa County

A man formerly charged with a string of Phoenix-area freeway shootings has sued the state and county, claiming he was falsely arrested and imprisoned for crimes he did not commit. Leslie Merritt Jr. says he was a victim of "malicious prosecution" as authorities aggressively tried to pin him to four of the 11 shootings that terrorized drivers last year. ... Read more»

Missing 15-year-old hiker near Bisbee found safe

A 15-year-old boy, who went missing during a hike in the Mule Mountains near Bisbee Wednesday morning, was found by officials later that afternoon near Highway 80. ... Read more»

Blowing dust detours Interstate 10 in SE Az, again

A 62-mile stretch of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona, between U.S. 191 and the New Mexico border, was closed Friday due to blowing dust from a field at milepost 376 near San Simon.... Read more»

Arizona budget spends millions for unwanted Border Strike Force

The new budget deal spends millions of dollars on a new Border Strike Force created at Gov. Ducey’s request last year, but border county sheriffs say they want no part of it.... Read more»

Update: Blowing dust detours Interstate 10 in SE Az; crashes reported

Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona, between U.S. 191 and the New Mexico border, was closed Thursday afternoon due to blowing dust. At least three multi-vehicle crashes were reported, involving more than a dozen cars, including a semi-trailer, a DPS patrol vehicle, and a San Simon fire truck. Minor injuries were reported.... Read more»

Judge dismisses charges against suspect in Phx I-10 shootings

A judge on Monday threw out charges against a man accused in a series of freeway shootings that terrorized Phoenix-area drivers last year, a move that comes after ballistics evidence against him was challenged by defense lawyers.... Read more»

I-10 eastbound opens after dust storm

Interstate 10 between U.S. 191 and the New Mexico border has reopened on the eastbound side after being closed due to blowing dust. The westbound lanes remained shut at San Simon following a crash, officials said. ... Read more»

Trucker arrested when 42 migrants found in semi-trailer

Arizona DPS officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 42 undocumented immigrants in the back of a tractor-trailer near Tubac on Monday, as part of a joint investigation involving federal and state officials. ... Read more»

Phoenix I-10 shootings suspect released from custody

A man accused in a string of freeway shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area last year was released from custody after defense lawyers on Tuesday called the ballistics evidence into question.... Read more»

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