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USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies age 97

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away in his sleep at his Colorado Springs home Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since contracting pneumonia in October. Stratton was one of the survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii that killed 1,100 Arizona crew members. Following Stratton's death, Lou Conter and Ken Potts remain the last living members of the Arizona's crew.


Farmers push back against tracking data on groundwater wells

PHOENIX (AP) — The agriculture industry is pushing back against efforts in Arizona to track the amount of water being drawn from large groundwater wells in rural areas. State water officials say getting the data would help fill a gaping hole and help Arizona better plan for future water use. But the agriculture industry sees bills to install meters and submit annual reports, for example, as moves toward regulation. The Arizona Republic reports that the disagreements emerged during a recent meeting of a state-appointed commission that focuses on groundwater outside big cities. A dozen bills have been introduced in the Legislature this year to respond to falling groundwater levels in rural areas.


Phoenix police: 2 arrested in stabbing of man exiting a bus

PHOENIX (AP) — Police in Phoenix say two suspects have been arrested in connection with a stabbing of a 21-year-old man last month. They say 18-year-old Donovan Ames and 19-year-old Orion Warren were taken into custody Saturday night. Police say the Ames and Warren are being held on suspicion of armed robbery and aggravated assault. They say the victim was getting off a bus on Jan. 24 when one of the suspects grabbed him from behind stabbed him when he tried to get away. The suspects also allegedly stole the victim’s backpack. Police say the stabbing victim’s injuries weren’t life-threatening. His name hasn’t been released by police.


Former arms company engineer pleads guilty to weapons count

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen from China who worked for 10 years for a Raytheon Corp. subsidiary as an electrical engineer has pleaded guilty to a federal arms exportation charge. Wei Sun pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Tucson, where Raytheon Missile Systems has a large defense plant that produces missiles. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, the 48-year-old Sun acknowledged taking a Raytheon laptop to China on a 2018 personal trip and acknowledged that it contained sensitive missile material. An indictment charging Sun did not allege he actually shared any of the information but merely taking sensitive weapons files out of the country without permission violates federal law on arms exports. Sentencing was set for April 28.


Diocese of Gallup to sell historic school property in uproar

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Diocese of Gallup has announced it will sell the property of the historic Sacred Heart School to a secular charter school. The Gallup Independent reports word of the pending sale recently stunned school officials and parents amid concerns about a conflict of interest. Sacred Heart School interim principal Amy Jo Mulvaney says she was caught off guard when Aequitas Education and Hozho Academy representatives toured the school late January. The representatives said they were purchasing the campus. Gallup attorney Patrick T. Mason led the Aequitas and Hozho group. He is also the attorney for the Diocese of Gallup.


Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions. A federal judge in Tucson on Friday imposed the prison term on 50-year-old Jose Antonio Yanez of Pirtleville, a small community near Douglas. The judge also also ordered Yanez to pay restitution of over $340,000 for salary received while conspiring with traffickers. Yanez previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, receiving a bribe, and Importation of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. Yanez was also ordered to pay $340,434 in restitution to United States Border Patrol for repayment of salary received while conspiring with traffickers.


Ex-Arizona principal pleads guilty to $2.5M enrollment fraud

PHOENIX (AP) — A former charter school principal in Arizona has pleaded guilty to participating in a $2.5 million scheme to inflate enrollment at the now-closed Bradley Academy of Excellence. Former Goodyear school principal Harold Cadiz was charged with two counts of felony theft and faces up to 12 and a half years in prison for his role in falsifying student enrollment figures. Arizona public schools are funded based on the number of students, meaning each additional student brings more tax dollars. The school closed in January 2018 ahead of an audit from the state education department. Cadiz is scheduled for sentencing March 27.


Official OKs center name to inspire those fighting addiction

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius initially balked at naming a new residential treatment center for women in Bullhead City as “Hildy’s House.” But Angius ultimately went along on the condition that people be told only that “Hildy” was an alcoholic/addict who reached out for help, got it and then promised to help others. Angius had been instrumental in getting the project off the ground but said opposes naming things after politicians. Angius said she relented after thinking about the facility's purpose of saving and improving lives.