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2014-04-25T00:00:00Z Law and order briefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Woman found dead
in S. side home is ID’d

Police have identified the woman found dead late Wednesday at a south-side home.

The body of the 50-year-old Carol Straub was found at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 1300 block of East 28th Street between South Park Avenue and South Kino Parkway.

Her boyfriend arrived at the home to find her dead, and he called 911, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Straub suffered trauma, but police are not yet calling the death a homicide, Widmer said.

“There are definitely some suspicious circumstances,” Widmer said.

Anyone with information about the death can call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Kimberly Matas

Child porn brings
nearly 25-year term

A Tucson man was sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of producing child pornography, officials said.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps sentenced Lance Robert Fries, 43, to 297 months followed by a lifetime of supervised release, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona.

Fries was arrested in early 2013 after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials released details of an almost two-month-long international investigation dubbed “Operation Sunflower,” in which 245 people were arrested and 123 victims were identified. Three of the arrests were in Arizona.

The investigation revealed that Fries sexually abused a toddler multiple times, and allowed the abuse to be watched via a webcam on the Internet. Videos of the abuse were discovered in two separate child exploitation investigations involving others in Oregon and Florida.

Staff report

Couple sentenced
in home burglaries

A Chandler husband and wife who pretended to show homes for sale in SaddleBrooke in order to burglarize them have been sentenced to prison.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that  Deanna Gaw, 42, and  John Gaw, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary each.

Prosecutors say John Gaw, a real estate agent, accessed an online system in 2012 to look for homes for sale in SaddleBrooke. They say Deanna Gaw then posed as an agent and used appointment times as burglary opportunities.

Homeowners who became suspicious reported the couple in July 2012.

Deputies arrested them after finding several stolen items in their vehicle.

Deanna Gaw will serve 2½ years in prison, and John Gaw will serve 3½ years.

The Associated Press

Woman, 90, dies
from crash injuries

A woman who was a passenger in a car that was struck by a truck in midtown last month died Tuesday.

Dorothy Hill, 90, died of complications from her injuries in the March 13 crash that occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. at East Speedway and North Catalina Avenue, east of North Columbus Boulevard, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

A 60-year-old man was driving the 1983 Chevrolet truck north on Catalina and failed to yield from the stop sign at Speedway, causing the crash with a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser that was traveling west on Speedway, Widmer said.

The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and his passenger — a 55-year-old man — suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized, Widmer said.

Hill and the driver of the Cruiser, a 72-year-old woman, were taken to a hospital, said Widmer.

During the initial investigation, officers said the driver of the truck showed signs of intoxication. A DUI investigation was completed, but the driver of the truck was not arrested that day because of his injuries, said Widmer. He said felony charges are pending.

Since January there have been 13 fatalities in the city, compared to 14 for the same time last year, police records show.

Carmen Duarte

Deputies ID man sought in bar attack

Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies are asking the public for help in locating a man linked to a shooting and attack on three people Saturday.

The man  sought was identified by the agency as Rene Bravo. He is about 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs about 360 pounds, has brown eyes and a shaved head.

He is wanted for questioning in the incident, which happened shortly before 2 a.m. at Palo Verde Bar and Grill, 5801 S. Palo Verde Road, said Deputy Tracy Suitt, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

When deputies arrived, they learned that two men and a woman were attacked as they were leaving the bar following a birthday party, Suitt said.

During the attack, two men pulled out pistols and fired at the victims.

The injured men, ages 36 and 31, and the injured 27-year-old woman were taken to the University of Arizona Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Suitt said.

Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Bravo is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Staff report

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