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2014-04-12T00:00:00Z Law & order briefs Arizona Daily Star

Marana woman killed in crash is identified

The name of a Marana woman killed in a crash April 4 near Red Rock was released Thursday.

Susana Lopez, 33, was killed, and her 5-year-old son was injured, according to information released by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. The boy, who was in a child-safety seat, suffered a cut on his head.

A little after 9 a.m. Lopez was driving a 2001 Kia SUV southbound around a curve on South Owl Head Ranch Road near East Grand Valley Drive in the unincorporated area of Red Rock when she sideswiped a truck in the oncoming lane, said Sgt. Pat Ramirez, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

The 53-year-old driver of the 1995 Dodge flatbed truck was uninjured.

“There was no indication of drug or alcohol impairment for either driver,” Ramirez said.

Kimberly Matas

Police: Woman stole $25K from accounts

A woman has stolen more than $25,000 from the checking accounts of two Oro Valley women whose cars were broken into earlier this year, police said.

In January, several vehicles were broken into while parked at L.A. Fitness at 8850 N. Oracle Road near West Hardy Road.

But it wasn’t until mid-March that a woman began using their credentials to fraudulently cash checks in the Phoenix area, said Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the Oro Valley Police Department.

“We count on the bad guys to use the victims stuff so we can catch them,” Riley said, “but nothing happened for two months.”

The woman was seen on surveillance cameras at bank drive-throughs using identification belonging to the victims to cash checks from their accounts, Riley said.

The suspect is about 50, has brown hair and drives a newer model black or dark gray Mercedes S-Class.

Anyone with information can call 911, 88-CRIME or Oro Valley Police at 229-4900.

Kimberly Matas

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