1 killed, 2 injured in east-side crash

One person was killed Tuesday afternoon and two others were injured in a car crash on Tucson's east side.

The accident occurred just before 1 p.m. at Houghton and Tanque Verde roads.

Randolph Kavrik, 62, was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to a hospital, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Traffic investigators determined that Kavrik was driving a Mercury Marquis east on Tanque Verde and ran a red light at Houghton, Widmer said.

A southbound Toyota Yaris on Houghton entered the intersection facing a green light, and struck the driver's side of the Mercury Marquis, said Widmer.

A man who was a passenger in the Marquis and the driver of the Yaris were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, said Widmer.

Drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash, said Widmer.

Carmen Duarte

Pedestrian fatally struck by train south of D-M

A man was struck and killed by a train just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, near East Valencia and South Craycroft roads south of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said.

The train was traveling west when the man was struck, Widmer said.

No further information was released.

Kimberly Matas

Credit-card thief charges $20K in just 10 hours

A fancy watch, an expensive cup of coffee and some men's underwear were among the $20,000 in purchases a Tucson credit-card thief racked up in just 10 hours.

Pima County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man who obtained a membership to an LA Fitness gym in Tucson to gain access to the locker room facilities and steal the credit cards, Deputy Tom Peine, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said.

Sometime before 10 a.m. Dec. 30, two credit cards were stolen. In less than an hour, the thief had already made his first purchase at Starbucks. Ten hours and $20,000 in purchases later, the spree ended with dinner at an El Charro restaurant. During the intervening hours, the man purchased electronics, jewelry and men's underwear at a Tucson Macy's department store, Peine said.

"It seems the suspect also frequented other LA Fitness gyms in the Tucson area and even in Phoenix and Scottsdale," Peine said in a news release.

The man is about 6 feet tall, weighing 220 pounds. He has short salt-and-pepper hair with a receding hairline and he may speak with a Russian accent.

Anyone with information can call 911, 88-CRIME or Detective Laura Gil at 351-6634.

Kimberly Matas

Credit cards, checks taken from car; two sought

Marana police are looking for a man and a woman who broke into a car and stole credit cards and checks.

The pair, each believed to be about 30 years old, might be driving different vehicles, a blue 1998 to 1999 Volvo four-door sedan with tinted windows, and a white 1990s-model Chevy pickup with a black bed liner but no rear bumper, Sgt. Jose Alvarez, spokesman for the Marana Police Department, said.

On Jan. 12, a car parked in the 8900 block of North Yellow Moon Drive in Marana was broken into and the owner's purse was stolen. The thieves used stolen credit cards and checks to make purchases of just more than $1,000 at two Tucson Walmarts and three Circle Ks, Alvarez said.

Anyone with information can call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Probe launched in case of 2nd trash-can puppy

A criminal investigation has begun after a second puppy found in a park trash can was turned over to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

The puppy, a 9-week-old chocolate mixed-breed, was found in a trash can at Kennedy Park Monday by park employees, said Sara Gromley, a Humane Society of Southern Arizona spokeswoman.

The puppy was turned over to a couple by the park employees, and the couple took the dog to the Humane Society.

She was "severely emaciated, dehydrated and very hungry," said Gromley of the dog now named Kennedy.

The first abandoned puppy, Oscar, was adopted Monday. He was found wrapped in a plastic bag in a trash can at Reid Park in January.

Michael Duffey, an animal cruelty investigator with the Humane Society, filed a report about Kennedy with authorities, and 88-CRIME has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, Gromley said.

Anyone with information can call 88-CRIME.

Carmen Duarte