Motorcyclist crashes into deputy's vehicle

A man on the northwest side has life-threatening injuries after crashing a motorcycle into a sheriff's department SUV as it was parked on the side of the road Wednesday afternoon.

The deputy had responded to a call at about 2:30 p.m. of a man running in and out of traffic near North Thornydale and West Cortaro Farms roads. By the time the deputy arrived, the man had fled on a motorcycle, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

As the deputy was sitting in his SUV along the southbound lane of Thornydale, he saw a motorcyclist coming up behind him at a high rate of speed. As the cyclist got within a couple of hundred feet of the SUV, the rider lost control and the motorcycle slammed into the deputy's vehicle, Bañuelos said.

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

Bañuelos did not provide the name or age of the man.

Kimberly Matas

2-year-old girl drowns in Florence pool

A 2-year-old girl drowned at a community pool in Florence on Tuesday night.

The child, Lillian Serrano, was with her mother, Stacie Rubianes, 20, and other adults and children, at the Magma Ranch Community Pool at 10980 E. Desert Mountain Blvd. in Florence at about 8 p.m., said Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, in a news release.

Rubianes "didn't see Lillian wander away," Gaffney said. "The child was found near the steps of the pool, floating, by an individual who was at the pool with his family."

People at the pool immediately started CPR and she was flown via medical helicopter to a hospital, but she was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later, Gaffney said.

Detectives are investigating the drowning.

Kimberly Matas

Man gets probation for role in Outlaw brawl

A man who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for participating in a brawl at a northwest-side bar was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday in Pima County Superior Court.

Robert James Russell, 42, pleaded guilty for his role in a fight at the Outlaw Saloon, 1302 W. Roger Road, in February that left one man injured.

The injured man was one of three people attacked the night of the fight.

The others included his mother and a friend. The three had gone outside the bar to smoke when they were verbally and later physically assaulted.

At least nine other people have been arrested in connection with the fight.

Patrick McNamara

On StarNet: Find an interactive crime map for Tucson and Pima County at