Prison for DUI driver who killed cyclist

The 23-year-old driver in a fatal DUI crash that killed a man riding home from work on his bicycle was sentenced Monday to 4 1/2 years in prison and five years' probation.

Samantha Baldwin was driving a friend's car at about 1 a.m. on May 19, 2012, after a night of partying. On Arizona 86, commonly known as Ajo Highway, near Milepost 167 she drove the car off the road and struck Craig Brian Lewis, 46, who was riding a motorized bicycle in the right shoulder.

Baldwin stopped. Then she and her friend got out of the car, switched seats and drove off.

Baldwin pleaded guilty to one count each of manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

She had one prior DUI conviction in 2008 in Minnesota, according to court documents.

Baldwin was sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez.

Veronica M. Cruz

2 big loads of pot seized in desert

Border Patrol agents made two large marijuana seizures over the weekend in Southern Arizona.

On Friday night, agents discovered 34 bundles of marijuana abandoned near the community of Pisinimo on the Tohono O'odham Nation, west of Tucson.

The drugs weighed 1,768 pounds and had a street value of about $800,000, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On Saturday, a CBP helicopter crew saw three smugglers transporting what looked to be drug bundles near Growler Valley Road, southwest of Ajo.

When the smugglers saw the helicopter they abandoned their ATVs. Agents on the ground recovered 25 bundles of marijuana from the ATVs, weighing a total of about 1,100 pounds. The street value of the drugs was about $555,000. The smugglers got away.

Two of the ATVs were seized. The third had been reported stolen in Pinal County.

All the marijuana was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Cooking-oil fire damages home

Cooking oil on the stove caused a fire that destroyed a kitchen and displaced the home's resident, a Tucson Fire Department official said.

At about 1:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters were called to a house in the 5000 block of South Cherry Avenue, near East Irvington Road.

The resident said she had been heating up cooking oil in the kitchen when she went into the living room. When she returned to the kitchen, the oil was on fire. She called 911 and was told to leave the house.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in about eight minutes. There were no injuries. A damage estimate was not available.

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