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2013-05-07T00:00:00Z 2013-05-07T08:14:33Z Law & Order BriefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cops: Man in stabbing suspected an affair

The man sought in connection with the stabbing of another man on the University of Arizona campus last week believed the victim was having an affair with his wife, documents show.

The victim was arriving for work on May 1 when he was approached by his co-worker, Jose de Jesus Cuevas-Hernandez, who asked him about jumper cables and then stabbed him twice, according to a search warrant.

The stabbing happened shortly before 7 a.m. near the Park Student Union on North Tyndall Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.

"It appears Mr. Hernan-dez believed that the victim was having some sort of an affair with his wife, which has not been substantiated ... and attacked him for that reason," a UA police officer wrote in the search warrant.

The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life- threatening injuries.

Police are still searching for Cuevas-Hernandez, who fled in a Chevrolet Malibu.

The vehicle was found the day after the stabbing at the home of one of his friends, according to the search warrant. The resident of the home told police Cuevas-Hernandez had been staying in his shed for a few days, the search warrant said.

Cuevas-Hernandez is described as 5-feet-6 inches tall with dark curly hair, a bushy mustache and a mole on his right cheek.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Veronica M. Cruz

San Diego man charged in 1976 Tucson slaying

A San Diego man has been arrested in the 1976 killing of a Tucson woman, police said Monday.

Bruce McCullough, 66, had been linked to the slaying since shortly after the body of Donna Smith was found in the midtown home the pair shared. Smith was 20 years old when she was killed, McCullough was 28.

Detectives had reviewed the case several times over the years, and each time McCullough was identified as the likely suspect, Sgt. Maria Hawke said Monday in a news release.

McCullough had assumed a new identity, but apparently started using his real name again in January. Detectives tracked him to a home in San Diego, where he was arrested Thursday.

McCullough has been booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Detectives also located Smith's mother, who still lives in Arizona, and informed her that an arrest in her daughter's slaying had been made.

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Woman gets probation in child-abuse case

Daniella Mazitis of Tucson was sentenced to five years' probation Monday for second-degree child abuse.

Mazitis, 24, pleaded guilty in February 2011 to one count of child abuse for allowing her 23-month-old son to be injured under circumstances likely to cause death or serious physical injury.

The boy weighed 19 pounds, had several broken bones, a lacerated kidney and a leaking pancreas when Mazitis took him to the hospital in May 2012.

Mazitis' ex-boyfriend, Arnoldo Alonso, also pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse for failing to seek medical attention for the malnourished boy. He was sentenced to lifetime probation in March 2013.

Alonso has to serve 12 months in Pima County jail as part of his probation terms.

Mazitis was sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Jane Eikleberry.

Veronica M. Cruz

Ex-care home worker gets prison for forgery

Lisa Marie Boone-Scott, a former employee of a Marana adult-care home, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for forging checks belonging to a 91-year-old patient.

Boone-Scott, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery in February.

She forged two checks totaling $1,666 and made five unauthorized ATM withdrawals from the victim's account for a total of $2,500, according to court documents.

Boone-Scott was convicted of a similar offense in Yuma and served time in prison in California.

Boone-Scott could have received probation; how-ever, Pima County Superior Court Judge Paul Tang said that would not be appropriate given the similarities of the offenses.

Veronica M. Cruz

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