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Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is expected to be named athletic director at Alabama, possibly as soon as Monday.

Jeff Stevens, a UA booster and co-namesake of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, confirmed Byrne's departure to the Star Sunday night.

Alabama's current athletic director, Bill Battle, has been at the school for four years. He is expected to retire for health reasons. Battle took a leave of absence last summer as he battled multiple myeloma.\u00a0

Byrne, 45, joined the UA in 2010 after serving as athletic director at Mississippi State and associate athletic director at both Oregon State and Kentucky. Under Byrne, the Arizona athletic department budget has grown from $45 million to $80 million. Byrne hired football coach Rich Rodriguez and baseball coach Jay Johnson, moved Wildcats' baseball program off-campus to Hi Corbett Field and oversaw renovations to Arizona Stadium and McKale Center. Byrne's next fundraising project was supposed to be a modernization of Arizona Stadium, replacing the old facility's metal bleachers with chairbacks.\u00a0

Byrne's biggest accomplishment may have been the hire he didn't have to make. The AD successfully negotiated an extension with basketball coach Sean Miller after he interviewed at Maryland in 2011. The commitment, which included a commitment to better facilities and charter flights for his team, cemented a bond between the two men and their families.\u00a0

Byrne's use of social media and email \u2014 his \"Wildcat Wednesdays\" dispatches are sent to UA fans weekly \u2014 made him ahead of the times in the older, often-stodgy world of athletic directors. Byrne was linked to openings at the Michigan, Texas and USC during his time at the UA, but rebuffed the schools' interests. If Byrne was planning to bolt, it wasn't apparent: Byrne is building a new home in Tucson; his two sons are enrolled as UA students.\u00a0

Byrne will almost certainly receive a sizable raise to run the Crimson Tide's athletic department. He made a base of $600,000 per year at Arizona; \u00a0Battle's four-year deal, signed in 2013, called for a base salary of $620,000.

By leaving voluntarily, Byrne will forego a more than $2 million stock retention bonus. Byrne would've had to stay at the UA until 2020 to collect the sum; Miller and Rodriguez have similar retention bonuses, gifts from an unnamed UA donor.\u00a0

Alabama should have no problem matching \u2014 or greatly exceeding \u2014 that figure. The Crimson Tide's football program brought in more than $100 million last year. Byrne visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, according to a report posted later Sunday by Sports Business Journal. Tide football coach Nick Saban \"gave a thumbs up on the new AD,\" reporter Michael Smith tweeted.\u00a0

The UA could turn to a handful of sitting athletic directors to replace Byrne. TCU's Chris Del Conte is a former UA associate athletic director who has overseen construction of both a new basketball arena and football plant. South Florida's Mark Harlan holds two degrees from Arizona and has connections to former Wildcats football coach Dick Tomey. Tomey worked under Harlan two years ago as a mentor to football coach Willie Taggart. Taggart was recently named head coach at Oregon.

It's unclear who will hire Arizona's next athletic director. University president Ann Weaver Hart is transitioning to a professor's role. Byrne was a member of the board tabbed to replace her.\u00a0

Check back later for more.\u00a0

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A Boston couple longing to be parents were thrilled when a Tucson woman, pregnant with twins, saw their adoption request online and chose them.

\u201cIt seemed like a fairy tale to us that she was due at Christmas,\u201d Cindy Cantrell said.

Cantrell, a journalist, and her husband, Jack McHugh, a contractor, first connected with Karla Vargas in July 2015 through California-based Adoption Network Law Center.

The idea of raising twins made them pause only a moment before they became enamored with the idea. They\u2019d been through disappointments and had their hopes for adoption dashed before.

\u201cI thanked her again and again and again for choosing us,\u201d Cantrell said. \u201cWe felt so fortunate.\u201d

They signed the contract that month and agreed to provide monthly support to Vargas through the law center. They also paid Tucson-based Oasis Adoption Services Inc. for its services for the birth mother.

In addition to rent, the couple also paid her monthly food bills, bought her maternity clothing, set aside money for counseling she might want, and paid for her phone and bus passes.

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Looking back, Cantrell sees the warning signs.

The first: Vargas did not contact the couple as promised after she learned the babies\u2019 genders.

She also told them her cellphone was going to be turned off, which was perplexing because Cantrell and her husband were paying the bill. And a couple of times she asked them to pay rent early because her landlord was \u201cgoing on vacation.\u201d

\u201cIt was always something,\u201d Cantrell said. \u201cI knew she\u2019d had a tough life and it made me uncomfortable and sad, but I kept giving her the benefit of the doubt.\u201d

Vargas also didn\u2019t seem interested in meeting the couple \u2014 which Cantrell said they respected as her choice \u2014 but then suddenly changed her mind and had them come the weekend there was a pro football game in Phoenix.

Vargas and her sister, both Dallas fans, kept suggesting they all go see the game and were so focused on getting there that, to Cantrell, it seemed that was the reason they\u2019d invited the couple out.

But there was also a tender moment that September weekend, when Vargas invited Cantrell along to an ultrasound appointment. Cantrell said when she saw the twins, she felt overcome with love and excitement.

\u201cI thought, \u2018This is real. This is happening,\u2019\u201d she said.

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Communication after the Tucson visit became increasingly sporadic.

On Nov. 10, Cantrell\u2019s mother-in-law died unexpectedly, leaving the couple grieving and busy handling details.

Vargas was out of touch, too, so on Nov. 29, Cantrell sent a text to her. \u201cIs everything OK between us?\u201d she asked.

Vargas responded, \u201cYes. Why?\u201d

McHugh, Cantrell\u2019s husband, exchanged text messages the next day with Vargas\u2019 twin sister, whom they knew as Lucy, explaining they\u2019d been unable to get much feedback from Vargas and wondered when they should fly out to Tucson. The text exchange shows Lucy told them her sister\u2019s doctors thought the twins would arrive Dec. 14.

Meanwhile, Oasis Adoption was trying to contact Vargas, who was so evasive the owner made some calls trying to figure out why, Cantrell said.

Soon, the couple received a conference call from the agency and the California law center: Vargas, they were told, had secretly given birth on Nov. 15, two weeks before the reassuring texts.

The twins were in a local hospital\u2019s neonatal intensive-care unit for a couple of weeks before Vargas took them home Nov. 30. Only she and her sister knew that, records show.

Then, on Dec. 1, a text from Vargas\u2019 phone came through to the law center, which had withheld payment when Vargas couldn\u2019t be reached: Rent was due and funds were needed for the supposedly expectant mother.

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A month later, in January 2016, Cantrell contacted the Tucson Police Department. She said she hoped an investigation would prevent other couples from being victimized.

Vargas, a 35-year-old who has had 12 children and a long history of child-welfare issues, had gone through with at least one adoption before. \u201cThat\u2019s where we gained our hope from, and that\u2019s where she learned the system,\u201d Cantrell said.

Detective Jennifer Burns said it was the first time she\u2019d heard of adoption fraud allegations in her 16 years with Tucson police, including a decade working financial crimes.

\u201cThe case started up quite a discussion,\u201d Burns said of her unit. \u201cWe were not familiar with the laws of adoption.\u201d

Burns and her supervisor were motivated to try to build a case by two things Cantrell reported: Vargas kept the births a secret and then tried to get money after the babies were born while pretending to still be pregnant.

Burns said that during her investigation, Vargas admitted she didn\u2019t want to give up the twins she was carrying and kept it quiet to get money.

Vargas and her sister, Lucianna Lopez, set them up from the beginning, Burns said, by telling them Lopez was Vargas\u2019 landlord and exaggerating by $100 per month the amount of the rent due. The couple did not know the sister \u201cLucy\u201d they would later meet was the same person posing as Vargas\u2019 landlord, police records show.

The total in rent and other living expenses paid by the couple to Vargas over the four to five months amounted to $6,014.

Vargas admitted in a December plea hearing only that she lied about the amount of rent due, said her attorney, Michelle Bowen. Vargas turned down an interview request by the Arizona Daily Star.

Vargas pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony for attempted fraud scheme and artifice, said Benjamin Mendola, a deputy Pima County attorney. She is being held at the Pima County jail; bond is set at $11,000.

She could be ordered to spend up to 8.7 years in prison or up to five years on probation at her sentencing Tuesday before Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley.

Lopez also was indicted on charges of fraud and forgery, and her case is still pending. Her attorney, Richard Kingston, would not talk to the Star.

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Catherine Braman, executive director of Oasis Adoption Services, would not comment on Vargas\u2019 case specifically but said she has heard of only one other Arizona case in which a birth mother was prosecuted for fraud.

\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of safeguards in place,\u201d said Braman, who has operated her agency since 2000 and worked in adoption since 1996. \u201cWe work really hard to not let that happen.\u201d

Kristin Yellin, chief legal counsel with the Adoption Network Law Center, said her organization provides legal oversight in adoption cases and financial protection if a birth mother changes her mind.

Yellin\u2019s organization has reimbursed the Boston couple for the money they spent supporting Vargas.

\u201cWe have to let our clients know we may never know the whole truth about any particular individual,\u201d Yellin said. They do records checks on any birth mother seeking adoption for her child. \u201cIf there are things like fraud or bad checks or drug issues in the past, yes, we will let them know.\u201d

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The twins \u2014 a boy and a girl \u2014 are now 14 months old, their well-being and current caregivers not a matter of public record.

Cantrell and McHugh started training to be foster parents last fall, a final attempt to adopt the twins, who were removed from Vargas\u2019 care by Arizona\u2019s Department of Child Safety in May.

But a short time after completing the initial steps, the couple realized how complicated and prolonged that process would be and have since entered into an adoption agreement for another baby.

While they are overjoyed to have another chance to become parents, Cantrell said it has taken a long time to recover from an experience she describes as \u201cpsychologically violent.\u201d

Cantrell said having Detective Burns invest so much time in investigating their case \u201chas gone a long way toward helping me heal from trauma that is still difficult to describe.\u201d

\u201cShe listened to me, she asked how I was doing,\u201d Cantrell said. \u201cI expected our interactions to be very businesslike, but she reached out from a place of compassion and empathy.\u201d

Usually, Burns said, the crimes she investigates are property crimes related to businesses or banks, situations where people are disappointed but not brokenhearted. But this case resonated with her, from one mother to another.

When she learned Cantrell and her husband were advancing toward adopting another child, she sent them gifts, all things her own children had enjoyed when they were young: a rattle, a special blanket and a Baby Einstein music player.

\u201cIt felt like a victory for them,\u201d Burns said. \u201cI wanted a happy ending for her. I didn\u2019t want her to give up.\u201d

The gifts from the detective were among the first presents they received for the adoption that\u2019s now underway.

\u201cWe looked at her note,\u201d Cantrell said, \u201cand we both cried.\u201d

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Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller finally did comment on Allonzo Trier\u2019s status Monday, in a way that might be fitting after the sophomore guard\u2019s 18 unexplained absences.

\u201cAllonzo\u2019s situation is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime situation,\u201d Miller said Monday, on the College Hoops Podcast, later adding: \u201cI can\u2019t even say that I\u2019m optimistic. I\u2019m just kind of neutral. It\u2019s a very, very unique situation.\u201d

Miller later added: \u201cWe have our fingers crossed that at some point maybe he gets the green light, but at this point I can\u2019t say when or even if it\u2019s going to happen.\u201d

Miller\u2019s \u201conce-in-a-lifetime\u201d statement spoke to the bizarre nature of Trier\u2019s season-long suspension, over which the UA and NCAA have declined to detail. Trier has also not been made available for comment since he began sitting out games on Nov. 1.

By making his statement, Miller also appeared to further back away from a Pac-12 Networks\u2019 Jan. 7 report during the UA-Colorado game that Miller told them he believed Trier would play sometime this season.

During his news conference with local reporters later Monday, Miller was asked if not being optimistic was now how he felt.

\u201cI\u2019m ambivalent,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation. So when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control.

\u201cFor me, the purpose every day is we have to coach Rawle (Alkins), Kobi (Simmons), and all of those guys. We are coaching Allonzo. Academically he\u2019s in a great place.

\u201cHe does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d

Miller thanks Byrne

Miller praised departing UA athletic director Greg Byrne for spearheading a $30 million renovation of McKale Center and overall leadership since arriving in 2010, a year after Miller was hired by then-AD Jim Livengood.

\u201cI have a hard time believing that an athletic director anywhere did a better job for his university than he did here for us at Arizona,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIn the seven years he was here a lot of great things have happened. \u2026 I couldn\u2019t imagine a better relationship, better leadership.\u201d

Miller said the McKale renovations, which were completed in 2014, came at a \u201ccritical time.\u201d The Wildcats have recruited Top 5 classes every year since 2011, and Miller has often said that the renovations have a big effect on recruiting targets, who often visit in the offseason when there aren\u2019t games to take in.

\u201cYou walk into McKale right now ... it looks like a brand new arena, it shines, and the impact is for everybody,\u201d Miller said. \u201cTelevision, fan base, our team, the guys who play here, and from a recruiting perspective, that is a big, big deal on why young people choose the place that they go to school. ...

\u201cIf it impacted our ability to be better, then he was going to find a way to get that done for our program.\u201d

Miller said Byrne\u2019s decision to leave is also an \u201cempty feeling\u201d because of the close relationship they have developed since Byrne was hired away from Mississippi State in 2010.

Rim shots

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It's here! The strongest winter storm of the season will be arriving to town tonight, and a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday morning for elevations above 5,000 feet.

Expect light to moderate valley rain and mountain snow tonight through tomorrow morning, then moderate to locally heavy rain (and mountain snow) as early as Friday afternoon. Storm activity is expected to peak Friday night into Saturday morning, but gusty winds are very likely during this storm.

High: 60

Low: 49

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UV index 0, visibility 10.0 miles
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No precipitation today
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9 am: Mostly Cloudy, 47
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10 am: Mostly Cloudy, 50
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4 pm: Mostly Cloudy, 57
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5 pm: Mostly Cloudy, 56
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6 pm: Mostly Cloudy, 53
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Wind 9 MPH NE, 1% chance precip.
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7 pm: Mostly Cloudy, 51
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8 pm: Partly Cloudy, 50
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10 pm: Mostly Cloudy, 50
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63% humidity, UV index 0
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11 pm: Chance of Rain, 50
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66% humidity, UV index 0
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Friday

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12 am: Chance of Rain, 50
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Wind 11 MPH S, 40% chance precip.
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69% humidity, UV index 0
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1 am: Chance of Rain, 50
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73% humidity, UV index 0
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2 am: Chance of Rain, 49
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74% humidity, UV index 0
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3 am: Chance of Rain, 50
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4 am: Chance of Rain, 49
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5 am: Chance of Rain, 49
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After 6\u00bd years as Arizona\u2019s director of athletics, Greg Byrne will be named to a similar position at the University of Alabama, possibly as soon as Monday.

Jeff Stevens, a prominent UA donor and the co-namesake of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, confirmed Byrne\u2019s departure to the Star late Sunday.

Byrne is expected to be replaced on an interim basis by Erika Barnes, the UA\u2019s senior associate athletic director and a former Arizona softball player.

Byrne, 45, will replace Alabama athletic director Bill Battle, 74, who has undergone treatment for multiple myeloma cancer for two years. The school announced Battle\u2019s retirement late Sunday, after word broke that Byrne was headed to Tuscaloosa.

Arizona made an effort to retain Byrne, Stevens said, but the athletic director chose to return to the Southeastern Conference. Byrne served as Mississippi State\u2019s athletic director from 2008-10.

\u201cGreg was offered similar money at Arizona,\u201d Stevens said. \u201cBut at the end of the day he chose to go to Alabama.\u201d

Byrne makes about $700,000 per year at Arizona. He recently received a $500,000 bonus for staying at the UA through 2016.\u00a0

Byrne, the son of a former athletic director at Nebraska, Oregon and Texas A&M, was hired by Arizona in March 2010, replacing Jim Livengood. Byrne told the Star that an athletic director is fortunate if he can endure 10 years on the job \u201cbecause of inherent political issues that arise.\u201d

Byrne did not respond to a request for an interview Sunday night.

At Arizona, Byrne began with an athletic department budget of about $45 million. In the 2015-16 fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Education reported that Arizona\u2019s athletic budget reached $85 million.

Alabama\u2019s numbers dwarf that of the UA. Alabama reported football revenues of $103 million in the 2015 season, according to USA Today; Arizona had football revenues of $23 million in the same period.

During his time in Tucson, Byrne fired football coach Mike Stoops and hired Rich Rodriguez. He also hired baseball coach Jay Johnson from Nevada, moved the school\u2019s baseball operation to Hi Corbett Field and oversaw both the opening of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and a $30 million renovation of McKale Center.

Byrne\u2019s use of Twitter and email \u2014 his \u201cWildcat Wednesdays\u201d dispatches are sent to UA fans weekly \u2014 put him ahead of the times in the older, often-stodgy world of athletic directors. He became, outside of basketball coach Sean Miller, the most recognizable member of the university.

Byrne\u2019s biggest accomplishment may have been the hire he didn\u2019t have to make. The AD successfully negotiated an extension with Miller after the coach interviewed at Maryland in 2011. The commitment, which included a vow to improve Arizona\u2019s facilities and allow Miller\u2019s team to take charter flights, cemented a bond between the two men.

Byrne did not pursue vacant athletic directorships at USC, Texas and Florida over the past year, but may have been eyeing the Alabama job. Sports Business Journal reported that he first met with Alabama officials four months ago.

Byrne flew to Tuscaloosa on Saturday, according to a report from Sports Business Journal late Sunday. There he received the blessing of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Because he is leaving voluntarily, Byrne will not collect on more than $2 million of an unnamed donor\u2019s stock retention bonus established to keep him, Rodriguez and Miller in Tucson.

Byrne was scheduled to collect his portion of the retention bonus in 2020.

Byrne left his position as athletic director at Mississippi State after 2\u00bd seasons to move to Tucson. He previously worked in fundraising roles at Kentucky, Oregon State and Oregon. Byrne grew up in Eugene, Oregon, while his father, Bill, was the Ducks\u2019 athletic director.

The UA could turn to a pair of familiar faces to replace Byrne. TCU's Chris Del Conte and South Florida\u2019s Mark Harlan both rose through the ranks under Livengood at the UA.

Harlan, who holds two degrees from the UA, is in his third season as South Florida\u2019s athletic director after serving as an assistant AD at UCLA. Del Conte, a former senior associate AD at Arizona, is in his eighth year at TCU.

Stevens said Sunday that he expects Arizona to be a destination job.

\u201cPeople are going to say \u2018Oh, my God, the ship is sinking,\u201d\u2019 said Stevens, who made his fortune in the oil business. \u201cBut the bottom line is that this is a great job and we\u2019ll find someone who wants to be here and makes a difference.\u201d

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Map: Crime in and around Tucson

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PHOENIX \u2014 The man who shot and severely beat an Arizona state trooper last week was a former member of the Mexican federal police who was in the country illegally, authorities said.

He had rolled his car on Interstate 10 before he inexplicably attacked the officer who had stopped to help.

Leonard Pennelas-Escobar opened fire on Trooper Edward Andersson early Thursday after the officer had stopped on the interstate and set up flares in a bid to get motorists to slow down. Pennelas-Escobar said something unrecognizable in Spanish before shooting the trooper, and then he started landing blows with his fists and beating the trooper's head on the ground, Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said Monday.

A passing motorist who witnessed the attack retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and fired two shots at Pennelas-Escobar after he refused an order to stop attacking Andersson. With Pennelas-Escobar incapacitated, the motorist tended to the wounded trooper but was later drawn back into the dispute when Pennelas-Escobar got up and resumed his assault on Andersson. The motorist then fired a fatal shot at Pennelas-Escobar.

\"He definitely kept him (Andersson) from having much more serious neurological injuries from this beating,\" Milstead said.

Milstead called a news conference Monday to offer more detail on the chaotic scene, but he was unable to provide an explanation on why Pennelas-Escobar attacked the officer.

The 37-year-old Pennelas-Escobar was in the country illegally, a drug user and was believed to have once worked as a Mexican police officer, Milstead said. Still, Pennelas-Escobar had no known criminal history.

Andersson arrived at the rollover scene about 55 miles west of downtown Phoenix to find Pennelas-Escobar holding his injured girlfriend, 23-year-old Vanessa Monique Lopez-Ruiz, on the edge of the roadway.

She had been ejected in the high-speed rollover and was later pronounced dead. The cause of the collision hasn't yet been determined. Pennelas-Escobar was believed to have been the vehicle's driver.

Andersson, a 27-year department veteran, suffered gunshot wounds to the right shoulder and chest. He underwent surgery and has since been released from the hospital.

The motorist who shot Pennelas-Escobar hasn't spoken out publicly about the shooting.

Milstead said the motorist didn't serve in the military or work as a law enforcement officer, but he still had experience in using firearms. The DPS director described the motorist as a humble man with a strong religious faith.

\"He knows he did the right thing,\" Milstead said. \"He is trying to reconcile that in his mind, which is difficult to take a life even when you know it's the right thing to do.\"

Arizona has a \"defense of third person\" law that allows someone to use deadly force against another who is threatening or injuring a third person. It was not unusual that the passing driver was armed in this gun-friendly state with loose regulation.

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Suspended Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug and said he won\u2019t play again until the drug completely leaves his body.

In a UA statement issued Wednesday night, Trier said he was \u201cshocked\u201d that he tested positive for a trace amount of a banned PED in a random NCAA drug test earlier this season. He was responding to an ESPN.com report citing unnamed sources that said he won an appeal for a positive PED test but remains unable to play until he tests clean.

Trier said he suffered an injury in the offseason and said the drug was administered as part of his recovery.

\u201cI have never knowingly taken a banned substance,\u201d Trier said in his statement. \u201cAfter finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA.

\u201cThe NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored. Although I can practice and travel with the team, I am not allowed to resume playing in games until the substance completely leaves my body even at a trace amount. Unfortunately, I am unsure of when that time will be, but I hope it is soon.\u201d

Trier also thanked his family, coaches, teammates, attorney and athletic department, but said he wouldn\u2019t comment further.

There was no comment in the statement from UA coach Sean Miller or UA AD Greg Byrne, both of whom have declined to comment about Trier\u2019s status since speculation of a positive drug test surfaced in the preseason.

However, Miller recently has publicly indicated signs of frustration.

Miller told the College Hoops Podcast on Monday that Trier\u2019s case is a \u201conce in a lifetime\u201d circumstance and later told local reporters he was \u201cambivalent\u201d about Trier\u2019s chances of playing this season. Trier has missed all 18 of UA\u2019s regular-season games and also did not play in the Wildcats\u2019 two exhibition games, though he has practiced with the team.

\u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation,\u201d Miller said. \u201cSo when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control. \u2026

\u201cHe does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d

Not only has Trier been practicing all season, but Miller said Trier was cleared by the NCAA to begin traveling for the Wildcats\u2019 Dec. 3 game with Gonzaga in Los Angeles. It is unclear if that change occurred after Trier conditionally won his appeal, though Miller said at the time it represented nothing.

\u201cThe only good sign is when he walks out there and plays,\u201d Miller said.

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As dawn broke Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Greg Byrne pulled a cap low on his head and began a 90-minute walking tour of the University of Alabama campus.

He was accompanied by one of the most powerful men in Alabama, Finis E. \u201cFess\u201d St. John IV, a third-generation Birmingham-area attorney and member of the Alabama Board of Trustees.

\u201cI wasn\u2019t attempting to avoid being recognized,\u201d Byrne said Monday afternoon in his office at McKale Center. \u201cIt was early in the morning and chilly outside.\u201d

It was a power walk like few others in Byrne\u2019s 45 years.

He visited all of the Crimson Tide landmarks: the Denny Chimes, the Woods Quad and Gorgas Library. Twelve hours earlier, Byrne and his wife, Regina, were dinner guests of sainted Alabama football coach Nick Saban and his wife, Terry.

\u201cIt was awesome,\u201d Byrne says.

A month earlier, while in New York City for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet, Byrne was contacted by representatives of Alabama president Stuart R. Bell. Byrne wasn\u2019t pursing a job. In fact, he recently purchased a home at Skyline Country Club and was waiting for renovations to be completed to expedite the move.

\u201cI wasn\u2019t looking for a job,\u201d he says. \u201cI have been \u2018all-in\u2019 on Arizona from the day I got here.\u201d

Last week, while in Tampa for a meeting of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics\u2014 Byrne is the NACDA\u2019s third vice-president \u2014 he agreed to fly to Tuscaloosa on a Crimson Tide jet and meet with Saban, Bell and St. John.

He accepted the job Saturday night.

By Sunday at noon Alabama\u2019s next athletic director was back in Tucson. But Byrne didn\u2019t go home and pack. He went to McKale Center to watch Arizona\u2019s women\u2019s basketball team play Washington State.

\u201cI sat alone in a corner,\u201d he says, his voice breaking with emotion. \u201cI just love Adia. \u2026\u201d

As Byrne discussed the first season of coach Adia Barnes, he retrieved a box of Kleenex from his desk. He stopped about 30 seconds to compose himself.

\u201cRegina always told me I\u2019d cry at the grand opening of a Safeway,\u201d he said with a smile. Over the next 40 minutes, reflecting on his 6\u00bd years in Tucson, Byrne stopped three times to apply Kleenex and dab away tears.

By noon Monday, more than 280 messages had stacked up on his phone. He scheduled an early Tuesday staff meeting so he can say goodbye in person, one by one.

Let\u2019s hope he stocked up on extra Kleenex.

\u201cIt\u2019s hard to believe there\u2019s an athletic director anywhere who did a better job for his university than Greg did for us,\u201d Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller said.

Whatever Alabama is to pay Byrne \u2014 it\u2019s probably about $1 million more than the $700,000 he was paid at Arizona \u2014 it\u2019s difficult to put a value on his years at Arizona.

\u201cHe\u2019s bright and he\u2019s transparent and he did a great job there,\u201d said iconic Arizona AD Cedric Dempsey, the man who persuaded Byrne to leave Starkville, Mississippi, in 2010 and become the seventh AD in UA history. \u201cHe\u2019ll be hard to replace.\u201d

Byrne became the most untraditional athletic director in Pac-12 history. He didn\u2019t sit in a bunker, count pennies and balance budgets. He insisted on getting to know each of the school\u2019s 500 student-athletes on a first-name basis, one by one. Who does that?

If you want to get him to reach for a Kleenex, ask him about the night he toured the upper deck on the east side of Arizona Stadium, introducing himself to those in the cheap seats.

\u201cSome of those people could only afford to buy two $10 tickets to one game a year,\u201d he remembers. \u201cI loved talking to them. I really cared. I have a lot of weaknesses, but I\u2019m not a phony.\u201d

Byrne worked all sides of the UA family. He was a dinner companion of Hollywood producer Scott Stuber, flew to Florida to golf with Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and wasn\u2019t camera shy when photographers focused on him sitting with actor Greg Kinnear.

That was a strength. He created a bond with those in the cheap seats and with those who produced \u201cYou, Me and Dupree.\u201d Over time, you, me and Dupree became part of Byrne\u2019s extended family.

For the past 6\u00bd years, Arizona\u2019s athletic department enjoyed more financial growth and outside attention than at any time in history. It was an image-changer. Byrne orchestrated all of it, exchanging Twitter messages with strangers, declaring Phoenix to be \u201cWildcat Country,\u201d and raising more than $140 million to build a better football stadium, spruce up a state-of-the-art basketball arena and get the word out.

Not all of it worked. This isn\u2019t Alabama.

The UA\u2019s swimming program, once among the nation\u2019s three or four powerhouses, imploded when Byrne hired the wrong head coach. The men\u2019s golf program, once a threat to win the NCAA title year after year, has bottomed out. The man he hired to run Arizona\u2019s football operation, Rich Rodriguez, is in the struggle of his coaching lifetime.

But those things are predictable; there are limitations at Arizona and its $85 million athletic budget that Byrne won\u2019t encounter at Alabama, which has a budget of about $190 million.

His departure isn\u2019t unlike Dempsey\u2019s decision to leave Arizona in 1994 to become executive director of the NCAA. The right people notice when you do a good job.

\u201cGreg\u2019s reputation in the industry is very strong,\u201d Dempsey says. \u201cI thought it would be hard to keep him much longer.\u201d

With a Kleenex in hand, Byrne talked about the sleepless nights he\u2019s spent and the importance of his successor remaking Arizona Stadium, something that could cost in excess of $100 million.

\u201cThis is a special place,\u201d he says. \u201cI put every bit of myself into this job until, frankly, I ran low on energy. Before we move to Alabama, I\u2019m going to take a month off to recharge. I\u2019ve never done anything like that.\u201d

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A 12-year veteran of the Oro Valley Police Department resigned in November, after it was discovered that he used his department phone to \"sext\" and exchange lewd photos while on duty, newly released documents show.

Jason P. Lindley, 40, resigned in lieu of termination on Nov. 14, after he was placed on administrative leave with pay on Oct. 19 while the department looked into the incident, according to OVPD's internal investigation.

Although Lindley quit before the investigation was complete, investigators with department's Office of Professional Standards determined that Lindley had violated several department policies, including engaging in sexual activity on duty, neglect of duty and conduct unbecoming of a department member, the report shows.

On Oct. 12, an unidentified police officer was using an anonymous social networking app called \"Whisper\" as part of an investigation when he or she discovered a post made two days before, showing a photo of an unknown male officer wearing a ballistic vest with the text \"Do women fantasize about cops?\" written over the image, the report says.

The person who posted the photo was in Oro Valley at the time and using the screen name \"five-oh,\" which led the officer to wonder if the person was pretending to be a cop or if an actual police officer was \"inappropriately using their position of trust and authority to leverage a romantic relationship,\" the report says.

The officer entered into a private chat with \"five-oh\" and asked him to send a photo, which he or she immediately recognized as Lindley. To make sure that the user was falsely claiming to be Lindley, the officer requested a photo in uniform and received a photo of Lindley in his OVPD uniform, with the name patch and badge removed, according to the report.

The officer sent screen shots of the correspondence to Sgt. Matthew Horetski with the Office Of Professional Standards, who opened an investigation the next day.

Lindley spoke to investigators on Oct. 19, telling them that he'd been using Whisper to chat for about a year and had previously dealt with a porn addiction. He admitted to taking pictures of his genitals and receiving sexually graphic photos from women while on-duty and with his department phone, according to the report.

He was placed on administrative leave and handed over his phone to investigators, who found 20,989 images, 141 videos and 9,178 chats. Of the videos, 126 were found to be sexual in nature.

There were multiple videos of Lindley masturbating, and a cross-reference with radio logs indicated that he was on-duty while he filmed at least one of the videos.

Horetski reviewed all of the images, saying in the report that only \"a small percentage\" of them weren't related to sexual content. None of the photos reflected child pornography, but Horetski noted that dozens of the photos were concerning, either because Lindley appeared in his uniform or department vehicle, or because of the graphic sexual nature, the report said.

Investigators also found references made by Lindley that he wouldn't give a traffic ticket to a woman who provided sexual favors.

On Nov. 14, Lindley returned for a follow-up interview but submitted his letter of resignation before answering any questions.

\"I find it extremely concerning that Officer Lindley would knowingly have any of the sexually explicit material on a department issued phone, let alone the sheer volume of explicit material that was found,\" Horetski wrote in the report. \"Acting in this manner while on duty, compounded by an incident in which Officer Lindley was sending and receiving sexually explicit material with more than one person while on the way to, and while at a SWAT call out, is a serious breach of the public's trust.\"

Lindley is scheduled to appear before the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board next week, during which the board will decide whether to an accept an agreement with Lindley for discipline of his state certification, according to AZPOST records.

\"We want the community to know that when we found out about this situation, we investigated quickly,\" said Lt. Kara Riley, an OVPD spokeswoman, expressing the department's apologies to the community regarding the situation.

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