The suspects, clockwise from top left: Michael Hamilton, Ronnie Ringo, Billy Hamilton, Akeem Johnson. Top left and clockwise, Michael Hamilton, Ronnie Ringo, Billy Hamilton, Akeem Johnson.

Oro Valley Police Department

4 men are arrested
in counterfeiting case

Four men were arrested on suspicion of fraud after allegedly using counterfeit bills to buy items from an Oro Valley Target store, according to police.

On Friday, three men bought nearly $600 worth of merchandise from Target, in the 10000 block of North Oracle Road, using counterfeit $20 bills, Lt. Kara Riley, an Oro Valley Police Department spokeswoman, said in a news release.

Staffers from that store contacted other Target stores to inform them of the incident, and within 45 minutes the three men went to a Target in Marana and tried to exchanged the merchandise purchased at the Oro Valley store for cash, the release said.

Police met with the three men as they were leaving the Target in Marana.

Officers obtained a search warrant and found items used to make counterfeit money in the hotel room, the release said. A fourth suspect was arrested at the hotel.

Billy Hamilton, 24, Akeem Johnson, 22, and Ronnie Ringo, 23, were arrested on suspicion of nine counts each of forgery, fraud schemes and organized retail theft, the release said.

Michael Hamilton, 29, was arrested on suspicion of 14 counts of forgery and fraud schemes.

All four men were booked into the Pima County jail.

Sheriff’s copter rescues

Mt. Lemmon hikers

A mother and her three children were rescued on Mount Lemmon Sunday after the group ran out of water and suffered minor injuries.

The group began hiking at about 1 p.m., and shortly before 4:30 p.m., the Southern Arizona Rescue Association responded to the mountain for a rescue, said Chief Deputy Chris Nanos of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

The rescuers learned that during the hike, one of the children suffered a possible ankle injury, another had bleeding blisters, and the group was out of water, Nanos said in a news release.

The 36-year-old woman called 911 and requested assistance. Her children were ages 12, 14 and 15, Nanos said.

A Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew hoisted the kids, and later the woman, to a nearby landing zone.

Veronica M. Cruz