Police survey the scene of a fiery collision on Aviation Highway in which the driver of the Toyota, right, was killed at midday on Wednesday.


Fiery car crash kills woman on Aviation

A woman was killed Wednesday and another person was taken to a hospital after a fiery crash in midtown Tucson.

The two-vehicle collision occurred just before 11:30 a.m. on East Aviation Parkway at 22nd Street, said Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department.

A silver Toyota Corolla that the woman was driving was "heavily involved in flames" when firefighters arrived, Baker said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

She was the only one in the car. Her identity will be confirmed during an autopsy by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office, Hawke said.

The driver of a black Mustang was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said Hawke.

Traffic detectives said the Mustang was traveling west on East Aviation, and the Toyota was making a left turn onto 22nd Street, Hawke said.

The driver of the Toyota did not yield the right-of-way to the driver of the Mustang, Hawke said. The cars collided and came to a stop just west of a traffic signal at the intersection, and the Toyota burst into flames, she said.

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No one injured in apartment fire

Seven people were displaced from three apartments after a fire Wednesday in a complex on the city's southeast side.

No one was hurt in the fire at the complex at 3250 S. Pantano Road, said Capt. Barrett Baker, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters were sent to the fire shortly after 5:30 p.m. after 911 calls reported smoke and flames coming from the rear of one apartment, Baker said.

Heavy wind spread the fire to two other apartments, and it took 25 firefighters under 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control, said Baker.

A family of five will be assisted by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the tenants of the other two apartments will stay with relatives, Baker said.

He said the cause of the fire and a damage estimate were not known.

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SWAT team deployed in arrest at restaurant

A 43-year-old man who was wanted for aggravated assault was taken into custody at a south-side restaurant Wednesday afternoon.

Lawrence Torres Medina "came out peacefully" from Chuky's Cahuamanta restaurant at 4573 S. 12th Ave., and turned himself over to police, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

According to Hawke:

Medina was wanted for an aggravated assault involving a deadly weapon March 18. The incident occurred at the restaurant.

Details about the assault incident were not released.

Police went to the restaurant about 11 a.m. Wednesday when they found out that Medina was expected to return to Chuky's.

Medina was inside the restaurant, and everyone inside came out of the restaurant, but Medina did not.

The Special Weapons and Tactics team and hostage negotiators were called to the scene because of safety concerns.

South 12th Avenue between Michigan Drive and Oklahoma Street was closed to traffic for more than an hour while police were at the scene.

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Man, 21, gets prison in case involving girl

A Utah man was sentenced to four years in federal prison for taking a Tucson girl to Texas with the intent to have sex with her.

Jordan Munah Yow Choy Anthony, 21, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, will also be placed on lifetime supervision and have to register as a sex offender when he is released.

Anthony pleaded guilty in November.

In 2011, Anthony used the Internet and a phone to communicate with a 14-year-old girl in the Tucson area, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In March 2011, Anthony traveled from Utah to Tucson to pick up the girl at her residence. He traveled with the girl to Galveston, Texas, with plans to go to Florida, the release said.

On March 18, 2011, Anthony was arrested in Galveston by local police.

He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins.

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