Flash flood watches issued for most of Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) - Flash flood watches are in effect for most of Arizona Tuesday as moisture from Tropical Storm Odile (oh-DEEL') begins moving its way northward across the desert Southwest.
The National Weather Service says heavy rain is expected this week across most of the state, including the Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff areas.
While an initial period of rain associated with Odile's outer band began Tuesday, forecasters say the bulk of the rainfall is expected between late Tuesday night and into Thursday.
According to the weather service, the watches will remain in effect through Thursday afternoon.
Dozens of railcars derail from train in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Crews are cleaning up after 39 railroad cars carrying empty freight containers derailed from a Union Pacific freight train in southern Arizona amid rain.
The derailment occurred Monday night near Picacho (pih-KAH'-cho) Peak, about 40 miles northwest of Tucson. Television news footage showed cars off the tracks.
The cause of the derailment isn't immediately known, but Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the train crew reported shortly before the derailment that it was slowing the train because of rain.
The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the area late Monday evening.
Davis earlier said the 107-car train pulled by three engines was going from Houston to Los Angeles and that empty freight containers were the only cargo.
Davis says the derailment blocked both sets of tracks.
Man who was minor when killing occurred released
PHOENIX (AP) - A 62-year-old man who served more than 44½ years in prison for a 1970 Phoenix killing committed when he was 17 years old has been released from prison.
The Arizona Department of Corrections discharged Ray Chatman on Monday, three days after he pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to second-degree murder and was resentenced to time already served.
Chatman originally was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole for the killing of convenience store clerk Kenneth Meiner during a robbery.
Chatman's case was reopened because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that juvenile offenders could not be sentenced to a mandatory term of life without parole. Chatman was a minor when Meiner was killed.
Man who drove to Arizona to surrender is sentenced
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A 55-year-old man who drove to Arizona from North Carolina to turn himself in for a 1997 killing has been sentenced to 10½ years in prison.
Matthew Gibson had pleaded guilty in August to manslaughter in the killing of 38-year-old Barbara Leone Brown in Bullhead City, where Gibson used to live.
Defense attorney Ron Gilleo said that his client found religion and the crime weighed heavily on him.
Authorities said there would have been no case but for Gibson turning himself in.
A judge in Kingman sentenced Gibson on Friday.
Brown was found with multiple skull fractures and blunt-force trauma. Her husband had reported her missing from their Kingman home several days earlier.
Gibson drove to Arizona from Vilas, North Carolina. He surrendered to police in Winslow on June 5.
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