Midtown death sparks
homicide investigation

Tucson police were investigating a homicide at a midtown apartment complex Monday afternoon.

Police received a 911 call at 2:39 p.m. after management of the Summit Ridge Apartments, 1252 S. Craycroft Road, found a man dead inside an apartment, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The dead man had suffered trauma and homicide detectives were called in to investigate, Widmer said.

No further information was available as of Monday night.

Carmen Duarte

Man gets probation for luring minor into sex

A man accused of attempting to lure a teenage girl for sex has been sentenced to 10 years probation.

Michael Scott Sanders, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation to lure a minor for sexual exploitation in March.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell sentenced Sanders Monday. In addition to probation, Sanders must complete 200 hours of community service, have no contact with minors unless approved by his probation officer, submit to counseling recommended by probation and register as a sex offender.

Sanders was arrested in December when Tucson Police officers tracked him to a meeting point where he planned to meet an underage girl for sex.

He had been communicating with what he thought was a 16-year old girl, but actually was Tucson Police.

Acting as a teen girl online, police later told Sanders the girl was actually 14 years old. He still sought to meet the supposed teenager for sex.

He originally was charged with luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual conduct with a minor.

Patrick McNamara

Manager pleads guilty in illegal hiring case

A manager for several Tucson restaurants who has acknowledged employing illegal immigrants has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Christopher Mark Evenson pleaded guilty Friday in federal court for his conduct as a manager for Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler restaurants in Tucson.

He admitted hiring people who weren’t in the country legally, paying them under the table and failing to report their earnings to the Internal Revenue Service.

Fifteen Chuy’s locations in Arizona and California were raided in April 2011 as part of the case.

Charges were filed against Evenson’s father, but were dismissed after he was found mentally unfit to stand trial.

Accountant Diane Ingrid Strehlow was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to impede and impair the IRS’ functions.

The Associated Press

Officer in fatal traffic stop is sheriff’s son 

A Sierra Vista police officer shot and killed a man during a traffic stop Sunday night, officials said. The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. when Officer Justin Dannels tried to stop a car on Arizona 92 near Golden Acres, Cpl. Scott Borgstadt said in a news release.

After stopping briefly, the driver sped off in the 3900 block of Mahonia Place. Dannels fired on the car when the driver drove toward him, the release said.

The driver, who was not identified, was fatally wounded. A passenger ran away and has not been located, Borgstadt said.

Dannels, a two-year veteran of the department, is the son of Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, Borgstadt said.

Staff report