Law & Order Briefs

2013-03-12T00:00:00Z Law & Order BriefsKim Smith and Veronica Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Deputies seek man in double slaying

A man is being sought in connection with the slayings of two people on March 2 in Three Points.

Sheriff's officials said Monday they were looking for Charlie Michael Wooden, 29, in connection with the deaths of a man and woman found in the 11000 block of South Colt Drive.

Deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of suspicious activity and found the man and a woman lying on the ground in front of a home, according to a sheriff's news release.

Both had signs of trauma and were pronounced dead at the scene, which is off South Sasabe Road near West Ajo Highway.

The victims were identified as Vanessa Buster, 22, and Pluma-Blanca Jose Manual Navarro Cazares, 23.

Wooden is wanted on warrants for felony charges, including drug possession and being a prohibited possessor of a gun.

He is known to live in the Three Points area as well as near Camino Verde and Ajo Way. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

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

Wreck in Foothills kills one, injures 2

A 26-year-old Tucson man was killed Sunday night and two other men injured in what appears to be an alcohol- and drug-related crash.

Jonathan Castaneda was apparently speeding on North Campbell Avenue near East Ina Road shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday when he failed to negotiate a turn through a roundabout, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department news release.

The Infinity SUV crashed into the entry wall of the Cobblestone community, and Castaneda died on the way to the hospital. Two passengers, ages 23 and 25, remained hospitalized, one in critical condition, Deputy Thomas Peine said.

An investigation revealed that none of the men was wearing a seat belt, and there were no pre-crash skid marks on the road.

Marijuana and mushrooms - both packaged for sale - were in the vehicle along with a loaded shotgun, according to the news release.

Kim Smith

Stalker-fugitive gets over 16 yrs. in prison

A Tucson man convicted on 65 felony charges related to stalking his ex-girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 16 1/2 years in prison by Pima County Superior Court Judge Paul Tang.

Leo Rodriguez, 37, was indicted on 68 charges including stalking, trafficking in the identity of another person, computer tampering and several aggravated harassment/domestic violence charges in October 2009. He fled to Mexico in 2010 and was tried in absentia and convicted on 65 of those charges in August 2011.

During a six-month period in 2009, Rodriguez repeatedly violated an order of protection by calling, texting and following his ex-girlfriend. He also asked a Tucson Police Department officer to locate the woman and her relatives, and assaulted the woman's sister.

Before sentencing, Rodriguez apologized to the victim and his family for his actions and to the court for not being present during his trial.

Veronica M. Cruz

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