Simcox: I'm not guilty of sex abuse charges

A founder of the Minuteman border-watch movement has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of sexually abusing three young girls.

Christopher Simcox faces charges of child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and furnishing obscene material to a child.

The 52-year-old pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He previously denied the abuse allegations during a police interview.

He has been accused of victimizing two 6-year-olds and a 5-year-old.

The Minuteman movement stepped into the spotlight in 2005 as illegal immigration heated up as a national political issue and Minuteman volunteers fanned out along the U.S.-Mexico border to spot and report illegal crossings.

The movement splintered after Simcox and co-founder Jim Gilchrist parted ways and headed up separate groups.

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Fatal Tombstone fight results in man's arrest

One man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a fatal stabbing of a man during a fight in Tombstone.

Jonathan Gibson, 28, was stabbed multiple times in the torso and chest at about 9:30 p.m. Monday, said Carol Capas, a Cochise County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

Gibson died at a house in the 600 block of West Allen Street, said Capas.

On Tuesday, Antonio de Jesus Molina, 21, was arrested and is facing second-degree murder, Capas said.

Molina was booked into the Cochise County jail, and his bail was set at $200,000, Capas said.

Gibson's wife, Melissa Moser, 31, also was arrested on two felony warrants for larceny and trafficking in stolen property, Capas said.

Deputies arrived at the residence after they were notified by the Tombstone Marshal's Office about the fight, Capas said.

Molina and Moser were arrested later at another location.

Carmen Duarte

Bicyclist killed on Catalina Highway ID'd

The Sheriff's Department has identified the bicyclist who died Saturday morning while riding down the Catalina Highway.

Karl J. Gerschutz, 56, was killed in the accident, which happened near Rose Canyon.

He was traveling "southbound on the highway at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve in the road," said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Gerschutz left the road and struck the side of a hill, causing a fatal injury, he said.

Gerschutz was an avid cyclist and retired Air Force veteran, and he worked for Raytheon, according to his online obituary.

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