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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»

Furious protesters ask for Arizona re-vote

Crowd seeks resignation of county recorder and accountability for other elected officials in 3 ½ hour hearing.... Read more»

Ducey's 'Border Strike Force' statistics not adding up

DPS reports, released months after public records were requested, don't back up Gov. Doug Ducey’s claims that his Border Strike Force had the impact detailed in his State of the State address. A plan to spend $31 million on the force has been criticized by sheriffs in counties along the border.... Read more»

Wrong-way trip on I-10 ends with 2 drivers dead

A driver heading west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 died in a Saturday morning head-on collision that also killed the driver of another vehicle. The crash happened around 4 a.m. near the Twin Peaks exit in Marana.... Read more»

24 Sinaloa cartel members arrested in joint U.S.-Mexico cross-border raids

A cross-border operation in Sonoyta, just across from Lukeville, involving several U.S. agencies and Mexican law enforcement led to the arrest of 24 members of the Sinaloa cartel.... Read more»

ICE, federales involved in Lukeville cross-border arrest operation

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were involved in a cross-border operation near Lukeville, Ariz., on Friday. The effort, described by officials as "an arrest operation" targeting organized crime in Sonoyta, Sonora, includes Blackhawk helicopters flown by Mexican federal police. ... Read more»

Ducey asks feds to fund state border 'strike force'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans Monday to expand a "strike force" of state police to combat drug trafficking along the Arizona-Mexico border during a field hearing of a U.S. Senate committee in Phoenix. ... Read more»

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