Law & Order Briefs

2013-03-08T00:00:00Z Law & Order BriefsStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Police ID man shot to death at his home

A 21-year-old man fatally shot at his home Wednesday on Tucson's south side was identified as Andres Ballesteros, police said Thursday.

Ballesteros' mother and stepfather arrived home about 4 p.m. and found their son lying in the doorway of their house in the 400 block of West Kentucky Street, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman.

Homicide detectives ask anyone with information to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

June murder suspect arrested at border

A Mexican national wanted in connection with a Tucson slaying last summer was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday, authorities said.

Alejandro Talamantes-Osorio, 28, of Nogales, Sonora, was stopped for questioning by federal agents when he crossed through the pedestrian gate at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry in Nogales, said Juan Osorio, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman.

During a records check, Talamantes-Osorio told officers he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for a homicide in Tucson, Osorio said.

He was turned over to Tucson police homicide detectives Thursday, and booked into the Pima County jail as Alejandro Talamantes, police Sgt. Chris Widmer said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Talamantes for the June 12 shooting death of Ramon Bracamonte, 23, at an apartment complex at 6200 S. Campbell Ave. Talamantes faces first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges.

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Man who killed self linked to bank heist

A California man who committed suicide after encountering Cochise County deputies has been linked to an armed bank robbery in Tucson, authorities said Thursday.

Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman, gave the following account:

On the evening of Feb. 28, Cochise County sheriff's deputies tried to talk to Kirk Luethy, 53, of the Los Angeles area, while he sat in a vehicle. Luethy fled and after a short chase pulled over, stopped and shot himself.

Deputies later found evidence linking Luethy to a robbery earlier that day at Pyramid Federal Credit Union, 4491 N. Oracle Road.

Another suspect charged in bar beating

A ninth suspect was arrested Thursday in an assault on three people outside a north-side bar last month.

Brittany Trostle, no age available, was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of three counts of aggravated assault, said Deputy Tom Peine, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Investigators are searching for one more participant in the assault that occurred at about 2:40 a.m. Feb. 17 on three people outside the Outlaw Saloon, 1302 W. Roger Road, Peine said.

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Two women sought in gem-show scam

Police are looking for two women who scammed a man out of several thousand dollars last month.

The man was in town for the annual gem shows and was staying at a downtown hotel, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. Just before midnight Feb. 10, the victim received a phone call from a man he mistook for a friend. The caller told him his car had broken down and he needed money, which the victim agreed to lend him, Widmer said.

The caller said he would send two women to the hotel to pick up the cash. The women, who were photographed by surveillance cameras, are thought to be between 25 and 30 years old. One is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 to 140 pounds. She was wearing denim pants and a gray or white hoodie-type jacket. The other woman is about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 to 140 pounds. She was wearing dark-color tights and a camouflage jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Impostor poses as a rodeo champion

A woman impersonated Marana rodeo star Sherry Cervi and set up a sham company to obtain 500 cellphones and $8,000 in saddles, according to a hearing in a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.

Susan Rowan, 39, of Vanderbilt, Pa., pretended to be world champion barrel racer Cervi, prosecutors said.

Rowan ordered the cellphones from Sprint Communications, causing the company $430,000 in losses, authorities said. And she used Cervi's name to meet men and to obtain two custom saddles, they said.

Rowan told Sprint "that she was a wealthy rodeo star with a business interest" and employees in need of cellphones, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Kitchen said. Public defender Linda E.J. Cohn disputed the prosecution's loss totals and some other details, but otherwise would not comment. Rowan is free on bail until her July 2 sentencing.

Cervi is a three-time world champion racer and 11-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, according to published reports.

The Associated Press

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