Man dead in garage; son, 37, arrested

A 71-year-old man was found dead inside the garage of an Oro Valley house and the man's son was arrested and booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, authorities said.

Joseph Garcia, 37, was arrested in connection with the slaying of his father, Jose P. Garcia, said Lt. John Teachout of the Oro Valley Police Department.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, police went to check the welfare of the elder Garcia, who lived in the 500 block of West Flaxen Drive, near North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard and West Moore Road, Teachout said.

An out-of-state relative of the victim called police because they could not reach Garcia, said Teach-out.

When officers arrived at the house, Joseph Garcia answered the door and during questioning he told officers that they needed to check the garage, said Teachout.

The elder Garcia was found dead. It is not known how long the victim had been dead. Investigators with the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office were at the scene Monday night and an autopsy will be performed, Teachout said.

Since April, police have responded to domestic violence reports twice at the home, but probable cause did not exist for an arrest, Teachout said. He said both of the calls involved the son.

Carmen Duarte

Tucson couple die in motorcycle crash

A Tucson couple was killed over the weekend in a motorcycle crash in Northern Arizona, officials said.

Samuel McClintock, 59, and Linda McClintock, 50, were riding a motorcycle together on U.S. 160 near Tuba City Friday when a pickup truck made a left turn, crashing into the motorcycle, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

Tuba City is about 80 miles northeast of Flagstaff.

The McClintocks were wearing helmets at the time of the crash, which happened just after 8 a.m., officials said.

They both died at the scene.

No citations have been issued, as the crash is still under investigation, according to the DPS.

Fernanda Echavarri

2 Sierra Vista men stabbed to death

Two Sierra Vista men were stabbed to death during a fight at a party over the weekend, officials said.

Deputies from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office got a call about a fight and stabbing in the 4500 block of Copper Street, south of Sierra VIsta, just after midnight Saturday, said Carol Capas, a department spokeswoman.

Conner Matthew Lull, 22, and Carlos Enrique Calderon, 23, had chest wounds when deputies and medical crews arrived, and a 23-year-old man had been stabbed in the face, she said. Lull and Calderon were taken to Sierra Vista Regional Health Care Center where they were pronounced dead.

The man who was stabbed in the face was treated and released by paramedics, Capas said.

The investigation is continuing. No arrests have been made.

Fernanda Echavarri

Unrelated shootings get man 18 years

A 29-year-old Tucson man will spend the next 18 years in prison in connection with two unrelated shootings and a drug offense.

On July 26, 2008, someone opened fire on a house twice within two hours. A 17-year-old girl and a 9-month-old infant were struck during the second shooting. The girl was shot in the elbow and the baby suffered a skull fracture when a bullet entered his neck. The baby boy was also hit in the leg.

The victims told police that Hector Ravago had been at the home earlier with a shotgun looking for his former girlfriend's current boyfriend. Ravago and Juanito Anthony Archunde were also seen running from the house after the second shooting.

On Monday, Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell sentenced Archunde to 10 1/2 years after he pleaded guilty to two felonies in the case. He was sentenced to an extra 7 1/2 years for pleading guilty in a case involving an ex-girlfriend who was shot in the hip during a drive-by. He received a concurrent prison sentence on an unrelated cocaine charge.

Ravago, 31, is serving five years on intensive probation after pleading guilty to discharging a firearm at a residential structure and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Kim Smith

Man, 27, gets 19 years for manslaughter

A Tucson man was sentenced to 19 years in prison Monday for shooting a man to death during an east-side gathering.

Jesus Javier Almaguer was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Antonio Redondo Jr., 20, but a Pima County Superior Court jury convicted him on the less-serious charge of manslaughter in June.

Almaguer, 27, was facing anywhere from seven to 21 years in prison. Pima County Superior Court Judge Jose Robles imposed an aggravated sentence, in part, because Almaguer has a past felony conviction for burglary and was legally prohibited from possessing a weapon at the time of the shooting.

The Redondo family was gathered at an apartment near East 22nd Street and South Kolb Road when Albert Chino Cota, and his friend, Almaguer, joined the group.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Casey McGinley presented evidence that when Cota began urinating off the third-floor balcony, Abram Redondo confronted him and Almaguer, 27, got angry. Abram Redondo and Almaguer got into a fistfight. Almaguer pulled a gun and shot Antonio Redondo, McGinley said.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Joel Feinman argued Almaguer acted in self-defense.

Kim Smith

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