SHOOTING VICTIM DIES
Shooting victim dies; case tied to police death
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PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix shooting victim whose alleged assailant later was killed in a shootout with police has died.
Police say 39-year-old Mario Valenzuela died Thursday of injuries suffered when he was shot on Feb. 25, allegedly by William Ray Thornton.
The Arizona Republic reports that Phoenix police were seeking Thornton on Monday in the Valenzuela shooting when the second shooting occurred.
Two plainclothes officers were wounded, one fatally, and Thornton also died in the exchange of gunfire.
CHILD PORN-EX-POSSE MEMBER
Tech finds child porn, ex-posse member arrested
SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a former member of the Maricopa County sheriff's posse in Sun City has been arrested after a computer repair technician found child pornography on the man's computer.
The Sheriff's Office says the technician found the images on a desktop computer on Monday and that additional images were found on a laptop when detectives searched 73-year-old Roger Byg's home in Sun City on Thursday.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Byg resigned from the posse last year.
He was arrested Thursday and now faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
It's not known if he has a lawyer.
Lawyer accused of murder to be released from jail
PHOENIX (AP) - A judge who granted a new trial to a California divorce lawyer accused of murder in Arizona has ordered the attorney's release from jail as prosecutors plan to appeal a ruling that threw out a jury's guilty verdict against him.
The judge also granted a request Friday from prosecutors to dismiss the case against 54-year-old Robert Fischer of Irvine, but left open the possibility that a murder charge could be filed against him in the future.
Prosecutors are continuing to press the case against Fischer and sought the dismissal in a procedural move that clears the way for their appeal of the judge's Feb. 28 decision.
Fischer was convicted in December of second-degree murder in the December 2010 shooting death of his stepdaughter's husband in Queen Creek, southeast of Phoenix.
Phoenix teacher accused of luring former student
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a north Phoenix middle school teacher is jailed after being arrested on suspicion of a sex crime involving a former student.
According to police, 61-year-old James Giannopoulos was arrested following an investigation that began Tuesday after another teacher at Centennial Middle School reported seeing Giannopoulos inappropriately close to a student.
According to police, the investigation turned up evidence that Giannopoulos and a former student allegedly exchanged hundreds of text messages in which sexual conduct was solicited and offered.
Police did not release the age of the former student but said she's under age 15.
Giannopoulos remains jailed on suspicion of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. He's been placed on administrative leave from his job.
It's not known whether he has an attorney.
USDA drought declaration now covers all of Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) - All of Arizona's 15 counties are now designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as natural disaster areas for drought, making farmers and ranchers eligible for federal low-interest emergency loans.
The latest designation by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack covers Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai counties.
The other four counties - Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma - were eligible starting late last month.
The state Agriculture Department says the federal designation is based on agricultural production losses.
It says eligible farm operators have eight months to apply for the loans.
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