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2014-03-26T00:00:00Z Law & order briefs Arizona Daily Star
March 26, 2014 12:00 am

OV puppy killed
by poisoned hot dog

Spencer a 7-week-old Chihuahua, died after someone fed him a poison-laced hot dog earlier this month.

Now police are asking for the public’s help to find the person who killed the puppy.

The owner put Spencer in her yard at about 6:45 a.m. March 10 while she ran errands. When she returned three hours later, Spencer was dead. The woman lives near West Lambert Lane and North La Cañada Drive, said Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the Oro Valley Police Department.

The owner took the body to a veterinarian where a necropsy was performed. The vet determined the cause of death was a strychnine-laced hot dog, Riley said.

The OVPD Criminal Investigations Unit is seeking the public’s assistance with finding the person who killed Spencer.

Anyone with information should call 88-CRIME, 911 or 229-4900.

Kimberly Matas

Teen attacked while walking to school

A teen was attacked as she walked to school Tuesday morning and Tucson police are looking for the man.

At about 8:30 a.m., the 18-year-old student was walking to Alta Vista High School, 5040 S Campbell Ave., near East Irvington Road and South Campbell Avenue, when she was attacked.

She was approached by a man near the intersection of South Campbell and East Iowa Drive, Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

The man “grabbed her from behind in a choke hold and told her not to scream,” Widmer said. “The victim was able to fight off the suspect and ran to school where she reported the incident.”

The attacker was describes as in his 30s, 5-feet-7-inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans and had a scar on his right arm.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Suspect in 1976 killing to represent himself

A former Tucsonan accused of killing his girlfriend nearly 40 years ago has decided to represent himself at trial.

Bruce McCullough was charged in May 2013 with the first-degree murder of Donna Smith, who was 20 years old  in 1976 when she was found dead in the home she shared with McCullough.

“I want to represent myself and go to trial,” McCullough, 66, said at a hearing Tuesday in Pima County Superior Court.

Judge Richard Nichols asked McCullough if he would prefer the representation of a different public defender, but he declined.

“He won’t listen to our advice,” defense attorney Clayton Kamm told Nichols, adding that the defendant has mistrust of defense counsel.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Nicol Green asked that the trial continue as scheduled for the benefit of Smith’s family.

The county attorney had offered McCullough a plea deal to second-degree murder, which he rejected.

Nichols granted McCullough’s motion and said a defense investigator would be appointed to assist. A trial has been scheduled to start Sept. 29.

After Smith’s death, McCullough left Tucson, eventually settling in San Diego under a new identity.

At the time of his arrest, police said he was located in part because he used his real name and Social Security number when seeking medical treatment.

Patrick McNamara

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