Flagstaff teacher accused of slapping kindergartner's face

A Flagstaff teacher faces an aggravated-assault charge after she slapped a kindergartner across the face, authorities say.

Salina Kinlicheeny is scheduled to have her initial appearance in Flagstaff Justice Court on Jan. 3.

The Flagstaff Unified School District's governing board placed Kinlicheeny on paid leave last month, The Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Kinlicheeny's attorney did not immediately respond to messages left Friday by The Associated Press.

Another teacher saw Kinlicheeny slap a boy who earlier was stomping his feet and having a tantrum in the school hallway, according to a police report.

Physical force is not an acceptable form of discipline, Kinsey Elementary School principal Carolyn Hardy said.

Juvenile Corrections gets access to data kept secret till now

Arizona's Department of Juvenile Corrections now has permission to obtain and study some Juvenile Court records that are normally kept secret.

An order signed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch grants the department's request for access to data on rearrests and resulting court action for juveniles released from the department's custody starting in 2007.

The department says it'll use the data to help judge its performance, particularly in comparison with other states.

The department previously had access only to records on previously released juvenile offenders either returned to its custody or placed in the adult corrections system.

Under Berch's order, information identifying individual offenders won't be included in the department's report.

She ordered the department to return the data to court administrators once the research is completed.

Tuba City man admits selling eagle feathers and other bird parts

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act by selling golden eagle and other bird parts.

Federal prosecutors say Patrick Scott, 46, of Tuba City entered his plea in federal court in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Scott faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced Feb. 26.

Court documents show that in January 2008, Scott offered a golden eagle fan for sale online. An undercover officer exchanged emails with Scott and ultimately agreed to buy the fan.

Scott was also accused of buying and selling other migratory bird parts between July 2007 and February 2009.

While the possession and use of migratory-bird feathers and other bird parts is allowed for cultural purposes by federally recognized tribes, authorities say it remains illegal to buy, sell or trade them for compensation.

The Associated Press

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