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2014-07-03T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T18:38:37Z Law & order briefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Investigators ID body

found in abandoned well

Sheriff’s deputies investigating a report of a missing man found his body in an abandoned well.

The body of 75-year-old William Sattler was found Wednesday afternoon 25 feet down an abandoned well by deputies who were following up on a missing-persons report, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Sattler died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The body was found at a property on West Phillips Road west of South Sierrita Mountain Road southwest of Tucson. The area is west of Sahuarita and south of Three Points.

Sattler was reported missing Wednesday, but the Sheriff’s Department did not release information about who filed the report.

Detectives served multiple search warrants on various locations Wednesday and one person, 51-year-old Donald Stewart, was taken into custody, a news release from the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Stewart was booked into the Pima County jail and faces one count of first-degree murder.

Kimberly Matas

SV woman arrested
on heroin charges

A 24-year-old Sierra Vista woman was arrested and faces charges of selling heroin, a city official said.

The Sierra Vista Police Department recently received a “reliable tip” that Jacqueline Brittain was selling heroin, so detectives began surveillance, said Judy Hector, spokeswoman for the city of Sierra Vista.

On Saturday, Brittain was pulled over for a traffic violation, and a drug-sniffing police dog “alerted traffic officers to the presence of a controlled substance in her vehicle,” Hector said. “With probable cause established, police searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag containing a black tar substance consistent with heroin.”

About a gram of heroin was found in the car, Hector said.

After Brittain was taken into custody, police obtained a search warrant for her residence in the 4300 block of Avenida Palermo, where they said they found another 9 grams of heroin.

The street value for all 10 grams is about $1,200, Hector said.

Brittain was booked into the Cochise County jail on a $5,000 bond. She faces charges of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale and transportation of narcotic drugs.

Kimberly Matas

Border Patrol agents
seize pot worth $1.7M

Border Patrol agents in Southern Arizona seized more than $1.7 million in marijuana and made several arrests in one week.

On June 15, Ajo Border Patrol agents discovered more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $1.1 million hidden in brush near Lukeville, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. During a search of the area, agents saw several suspects running back into Mexico, but no arrests were made.

Two days later, agents seized a Ford Taurus and arrested a U.S. citizen for smuggling people across the border near Nogales.

On June 18, agents responded to a motion sensor that was set off and found an abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe in a wash near Kohatk, on the Tohono O’odham Nation. During a search of the area, agents found 54 bundles of marijuana, worth in more than $630,000. The weight of the pot was not provided.

Two busts were made June 22.

Tucson Border Patrol agents arrested a man from Mexico after an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer making a traffic stop found he was carrying a gun and ammunition.

Later the same day, agents near Naco arrested two U.S. citizens who were smuggling three illegal immigrants in their Oldsmobile sedan — one in the car and two in the trunk.

Kimberly Matas

Tucson killer seeks execution stay

Lawyers for Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood have again asked a federal judge to stop his scheduled July 23 execution.

The 17-page complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix seeks a stay until complete documentation is disclosed to Wood about the source of the drugs expected to be used.

The previous 11 Arizona executions since 2011 used pentobarbital, but its sole manufacturer has refused to sell it to states for use in executions.

The Arizona Department of Corrections now plans to use midazolam and hydromorphone for the first time.

Wood’s attorneys said those two drugs have been problematic during recent executions in other states.

The 55-year-old Wood was sentenced to death for the 1989 killings of his estranged girlfriend and her father at a Tucson auto-body shop.

The Associated Press

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