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Giffords to speak at Yuma courthouse dedication

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is among those who will help dedicate a new federal courthouse named after the judge who was killed in the 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson.

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group Giffords founded with her husband, announced she will speak about John Roll at Thursday afternoon's ceremony in Yuma.

U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake as well as three of Arizona's congressional representatives are also expected to attend.

Roll was one of six people killed in the January 2011 mass shooting. Giffords and 12 others were wounded.

Roll, who served as chief federal judge in Arizona, signed off on the design of the new courthouse days before his death.

The $25 million courthouse includes two courtrooms, judges' chambers and other court-related offices.


Kingman woman killed in collision during pursuit

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A 66-year-old Kingman woman was killed when her car was involving in a collision with a vehicle driven by a fugitive being pursued by a state Department of Public Safety officer.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports that collision that killed Linda Chevalier occurred Tuesday.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the pursuing officer was a gang task-force member trying to arrest 41-year-old Robert James Dodd.

Graves said Dodd was injured in the accident but is in custody and will face charges in the collision.

The state Department of Corrections lists Dodd as having absconded in 2013 while on release from Mohave County convictions for resisting arrest and flight.


Cause of death unknown for man found dead in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found in an apartment that was on fire.

Cause of the Wednesday night fire also is under investigation.

Police identify the dead man as 71-year-old Keith Thomas and say he lived in the apartment that was on fire.


Ariz. county restricts cellphone use while driving

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Coconino County has approved a new ordinance that generally bans texting and making calls with cellphones and other electronic devices while driving, though the ban has several exceptions.

County officials say the ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Board of Supervisors is an attempt to foster public health and safety by curbing distracted driving.

Along with an exception for hands-free devices, the ban doesn't apply in emergency calls to police or fire departments or to a hospital, doctor's office or ambulance service.

The ordinance takes effect on May 22.

Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan says county officials postponed passing an ordinance in hopes that the Arizona Legislature would pass a statewide law.


Ruling finds jury trial right in shoplifting cases

PHOENIX (AP) - A new state appellate court is expanding Arizonans' rights to jury trials in misdemeanor cases, ruling that additional shoplifting defendants are entitled to be judged by their fellow citizens instead of a judge.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously Thursday in a case from Peoria that people charged with misdemeanor shoplifting by removal are entitled to jury trials.

The ruling says that's because there was an historical right to jury trials in larceny cases.

Shoplifting by removal is when a person takes an item from a display or another place in a store and then doesn't pay for it.

Another Court of Appeals panel ruled in 2009 that people charged with misdemeanor shoplifting by concealment also have a right to a jury trial.


D-backs place Trumbo on DL with foot injury

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed left fielder Mark Trumbo on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his right foot and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno.

Trumbo said he felt pain while jogging to his position Monday against the Chicago Cubs and an MRI revealed the stress fracture. He goes on the DL retroactive to Tuesday.

Trumbo, who was part of a three-way trade with the White Sox and Angels during the offseason, was tied for the NL lead with seven homers and second with 19 RBIs. He was hitting .210 and tied for the team lead with 22 strikeouts for the 6-18 Diamondbacks.

Kieschnick hit .281 with three homers and eight RBIs in 18 games at Reno this season.

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