Man is found dead in midtown parked car

Tucson police homicide detectives were investigating the death of a 24-year-old man found in a car on a central street in the city Tuesday morning.

The man, who suffered signs of trauma, was identified as Antonio Alvarez, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

Shortly after 7 a.m., Tucson Fire Department paramedics were dispatched to the 5400 block of East Burns Street after a 911 caller reported a man lying inside a vehicle parked in the street, Hawke said. The neighborhood is north of East Broadway and west of North Craycroft Road.

Paramedics determined that the man was dead and called for Tucson police.

The man was found inside a dark-colored sedan. No further description of the car was released.

Investigators believe the man died late Monday or early Tuesday, Hawke said. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Carmen Duarte

Man is hit by car on north side dies

A 58-year-old man died after being struck by a car while crossing a north-side street Monday evening.

The man was crossing West Fort Lowell Road near North Castro Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. when he was struck by a blue 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser that was headed west on Fort Lowell in the median lane, Sgt. Maria Hawke, a spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

He was taken to a hospital where he died, the release said. The man was crossing in an area with no streetlights and was wearing dark clothing, the release said.

His name has not been released. The driver of the PT Cruiser remained at the scene and was cooperative with police.

Veronica M. Cruz

Remains found SW of Tucson are ID'd

Remains discovered in the desert southwest of Tucson Friday have been identified.

The body of Jeffrey Scott Appel, 47, was discovered near West Ajo Highway and South Postvale Road, about four miles west of Ryan Airfield, by a woman who was taking a walk with her child and her dog just before sunset, Deputy Tom Peine, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said in a press release.

The body was wrapped in fabric and showed signs of trauma, Peine said.

Anyone with information about Appel should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Name of pedestrian hit by truck released

Tucson police have identified the pedestrian who died after being hit by a truck Saturday night.

Roberto V. Romero, 50, died at the scene of the incident, which occurred at about 7:45 p.m. at West 22nd Street and South Eighth Avenue, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

Romero was walking north across 22nd and a pickup truck was traveling west in the median traffic lane when the accident occurred, Hawke said.

"Detectives were unable to determine if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk at the time that he was struck. Additionally, there were no operating streetlights at the intersection, and the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing," Hawke said.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene. No citations have been issued.

Kimberly Matas

Credit-card fraud brings probation

Gilbert Pierre Peralta Jr., 40, of Tucson, was placed on three years' probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card belonging to a patient of his girlfriend.

In 2007, Ruthann Jacox, a multiple sclerosis patient, hired Lea Hughes as a caregiver. Hughes moved into Jacox's southeast-side home with her children and Peralta, her boyfriend. Jacox was hospitalized in August 2011 with deep, open bedsores that had become infected. She died three months later.

Hughes and Peralta were indicted on multiple felony charges after investigators determined they emptied Jacox's bank accounts and maxed out her credit cards, barely fed the bedridden woman and neglected her.

Hughes pleaded guilty to abuse and theft-related charges and was sentenced in August to two years in prison and five years' probation.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields also ordered Peralta to pay more than $9,300 in restitution and $1,000 to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

Kim Smith