Man who shot at cops sentenced to hospital

A Tucson man who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of aggravated assault was sentenced to 10½ years in the Arizona State Hospital on Wednesday.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini sentenced Rodney Bruce Woodville on three counts of aggravated assault after his plea of guilty except insane.

Woodville was accused of shooting at Pima County sheriff’s deputies in May 2012 when they responded to his home on the 5600 block of West Louisiana Street after neighbors reported hearing a loud argument. When deputies arrived, they realized Woodville was alone.

He fired a weapon at the deputies and hid inside the house. Woodville later set off a homemade explosive device before deputies arrested him.

At the sentencing, Woodville said his strange behavior was the result of an untreated snakebite and exposure to radon gas. He also said the radon exposure had caused previous residents of the house to become ill.

Woodville’s attorney, Kevin Burke, noted his client was experiencing many “psychological difficulties” at the time of the incident.

Drug bust near Sells nets $2M-plus in pot

More than $2 million in marijuana was seized Tuesday west of Sells.

Agents on the ground and in the air discovered two vehicles, a silver Chevrolet extended-cab truck and a red Hummer H2, hidden under camouflage-patterned tarps and concealed in the dense brush.

A third vehicle, a dark-color Dodge truck, was found nearby, hidden under a camo-tarp and concealed with brush.

The three vehicles were loaded with a total of 4,311 pounds of marijuana that had an estimated street value of $2,155,500.

The vehicles were seized, and the drugs were transported to the Casa Grande Border Patrol station for processing.

“It was a good seizure,” said Agent Brent Cagen, of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Kimberly Matas

Patrick McNamara