Law & Order Briefs

2013-06-13T00:00:00Z 2013-06-13T08:12:18Z Law & Order BriefsCramen Duarte, Kimberly Matas and Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucsonan, 67, faces exploitation charges

A 67-year-old Tucson man who was having an illicit online relationship with a teen in Minnesota was arrested Wednesday.

Gary Duane Keith faces four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. Keith was booked into the Pima County jail.

The Rochester Police Department received information that a 13-year-old girl was having an online relationship with an adult male, including the sharing of child pornography, Widmer said.

Investigators found out the man was portraying himself as a teen, said Widmer.

Investigators contacted TPD's Internet crimes against children unit, and the joint investigation led to a search warrant of Keith's home in the 4200 block of North First Avenue, near East Limberlost Drive.

Detectives found videos depicting child pornography and evidence of Keith's communication with the Rochester teen, Widmer said.

Detectives also found out that Keith assisted in youth ministry at a local church. Police would not release the name of the church.

Investigators are concerned that Keith may have had inappropriate contact with other teens and ask that anyone with information call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Carmen Duarte

Police identify man found dead in park

The body of a 50-year-old man was found in a midtown park after reports of a shooting, Tucson police said.

Niles Ceasar was found Tuesday night on the south side of Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Avenue, which is southeast of East Grant Road and North Sixth Avenue.

Police responded to a 911 call about a shooting at 9:35 p.m. and found Ceasar dead, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Woman killed, another injured in shooting

One woman was killed and another injured during a shooting on Tucson's south side Tuesday night.

Deputies are looking for a man in connection with the incident.

Deputies found Augustina Soto, 25, at about 8:40 p.m. when they responded to a report of gunshots, Deputy Tracy Suitt, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said in a news release.

She was found in the driver's seat of a car in the 4900 block of East Butterweed Drive, southwest of East Valencia Road and Interstate 10. Soto was dead when deputies arrived.

A female passenger in the car suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was taken to a hospital.

Investigators are looking for Stephen J. Malone, 29, for questioning in the shooting.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Man convicted in burning death

A Tucson man was convicted of first-degree murder in Pima County Superior Court on Wednesday for setting a woman on fire.

Anthony Lewis, 55, went to Angela Hudson's house on the 1600 block of East Grant Road in September 2008, poured gasoline from a soft-drink bottle onto her and then set her ablaze.

While still on fire, Hudson ran to the house of a neighbor, who helped extinguish the flames. She suffered burns over 35 percent of her upper body.

Hudson died in a Phoenix hospital five months later. She was 44.

Hudson and Lewis had been acquaintances but in early 2008 she filed a restraining order against him. He later violated the order numerous times.

Lewis also was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of burglary in the second degree. The jury found him not guilty on two other burglary counts.

He faces life in prison without the possibility of release. A sentencing date had not been set.

Patrick McNamara

Bisbee driver likely died before crash

A Bisbee man whose car went off the road Tuesday likely died before the traffic incident, officials said.

David Star, 66, was found dead just after 4:30 p.m. He was in the driver's seat with his seat belt on, Officer Raul Molina, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said in a news release.

Star had been driving southbound on Arizona 80 about four miles south of Tombstone when his red Toyota 4Runner crossed the center line, struck a fence and drove off the east side of the road, Molina said. The vehicle traveled about 400 feet into the desert before it came to a stop.

"Initial indications are he suffered a fatal medical event which preceded the collision," Molina said.

Kimberly Matas

Man found dead in house fire is ID'd

Police have released the name of a Tucson man whose body was found in a burning house earlier this month.

The body of Andrew Bartlett, 27, was found by firefighters who were called to a blaze at about 11:30 a.m. June 2 in the 1900 block of North Julius Stravenue, near North Craycroft Road and East Pima Street.

The fire remains under investigation, but it does not appear to be arson, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Widmer did not provide any information about the cause of Bartlett's death, but said it was "not criminal in nature."

Kimberly Matas

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