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APNewsbreak: Girl said Uzi was too much for her

PHOENIX (AP) - Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder.

Her family members were focused on the girl because they thought she was injured by the gun's recoil and didn't immediately realize instructor Charles Vacca had been shot until one of his colleagues ran over.

The reports say the family took a shuttle from Las Vegas about 60 miles south to the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona.

Vacca was standing next to the girl on Aug. 25 when she squeezed the trigger.

The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward and killed Vacca.

Prosecutors are not filing charges in the case.


Man arrested in shotgun shooting of ex-girlfriend

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police have arrested a 55-year-old man in the shotgun shooting of his former girlfriend in her home.

According to police, Shannon Leshin on Saturday was found face-down in a pool of blood on the floor of her bedroom by her college-age daughter and another person who lived in the home.

Police later arrested Gary Lee Michaels, who made an initial court appearance Sunday. Court records don't list an attorney for him.

A police affidavit said investigators were told the Michaels was trying to rekindle his relationship with Leshin but that he had complained that she was seeing somebody else.


Stolen trailer with recreation equipment recovered

PHOENIX (AP) - A stolen trailer containing thousands of dollars of sporting and camping equipment for a youth program has been recovered.

The theft from the Refuge Youth Center on Deer Valley Road occurred late last week. Surfboards, tools and camping equipment were among the items taken.

The thief or thieves cut a chain link fence and a lock.

The center relies on donations to provide recreational events and trips for children from throughout the Phoenix area in exchange for good grades at school and good behavior at home.

The trailer was found late Monday when it was spotted in a nearby neighborhood, Most of the items were still inside.


2-year-old boy drowns at Tucson apartment complex

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A 2-year-old boy has drowned at a Tucson apartment complex.

Fire Capt. Barrett Baker says an adult found the child in a hot tub in a gated pool area Monday evening and that another adult started to perform CPR.

Fire personnel then arrived and took over but efforts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Baker says the drowning is the first for the year in the city of Tucson and the third water fatality in Pima County this year. According to the Drexel Heights Fire District, those include two involving children.


Lake Havasu search for man unsuccessful

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Crews of about a dozen boats from law enforcement and search-and-rescue agencies searched unsuccessfully in Lake Havasu for a possible drowning victim.

Today's News-Herald reports that the search was conducted Monday after the unidentified man reportedly went under water and didn't surface.

Agencies with personnel participating in the search included the sheriff's departments from Mohave and San Bernardino counties, Lake Havasu City police and fire departments and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The search was focused near Windsor Beach at Lake Havasu State Park, where the man had gone under.


Man convicted for role in Phoenix meth ring

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man has been convicted of racketeering and conspiracy for his role in an interstate methamphetamine trafficking ring.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that a Chaves County jury found Matias Loza guilty last week for working with AZ Boys' - a criminal syndicate authorities say brought large amounts of methamphetamine from Phoenix to Otero County.

The 33-year-old Loza was then sentenced to nine years in prison for second-degree felony racketeering and three years for third-degree conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Loza's trial was moved to Roswell because of pretrial publicity.

Loza also is charged with one count of first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony conspiracy to commit murder in the 2011 death of 31-year-old Richard Valdez. He has pleaded not guilty.


Republicans to note Goldwater's kickoff tradition

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Yavapai County Republicans are remembering Barry Goldwater's tradition of launching his political campaigns in Prescott.

According to the Daily Courier, the Yavapai County Republican Party plans a free public celebration on the 50th anniversary of Goldwater's Sept. 3 kickoff in Prescott of his 1964 presidential campaign

He'd actually begun the tradition of campaign kickoffs in Prescott in 1952 during his first campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The county party's remembrance rally will be held Wednesday evening in the ballroom of the Hotel St. Michael across from the courthouse steps.

Goldwater's son, Barry Goldwater Jr., will share memories of his father's life in politics and Yavapai County Republican Party Vice Chair L.G. Mace will display his extensive collection of Goldwater campaign memorabilia.

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