Man caught on video ditching pickup truck, and other local news

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z 2013-07-11T08:05:44Z Man caught on video ditching pickup truck, and other local newsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Man seen ditching stolen pickup truck

It wasn't quite as exciting as a chase scene from "Grand Theft Auto" or "Gone in Sixty Seconds." Nevertheless, police say a man managed to get away after ditching a stolen pickup truck on Tucson's east side.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating the man in the June 13 theft. A still photo taken from surveillance camera footage shows the man getting out of a stolen red truck, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release. He is between 5 feet 10 inches tall and 6 feet tall, weighing between 230 and 250 pounds. He has brown hair and a tattoo on his lower right leg.

The man was spotted behind the wheel of the truck as it was being towed by another truck in the 7300 block of East Rosewood Street, near East Speedway and North Kolb Road.

At some point the driver towing the stolen truck untethered the vehicles and fled. As the man left behind tried to start the stolen pickup, he was approached by two security guards from a nearby building. After they all spoke, the man ditched the truck and walked away, Hawke said.

A short time later, a man living nearby reported the red pickup had been stolen, Hawke said.

Anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the man should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Cocaine found taped to woman's behind

A Phoenix woman is facing drug charges after border officers in Nogales say they found 3 pounds of cocaine taped to her butt.

Dora Anna Gutierrez, 39, was arrested at the Morley pedestrian gate Tuesday after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs on her body, a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says.

The 3 pounds of cocaine was valued at just over $24,000.

In a separate incident that day, Vanessa Elizabeth Palacios-Cortez, 34, of Nogales, Sonora, was arrested after officers say they found 14 packages of methamphetamine inside the front seats of a Buick sedan she was driving.

The methamphetamine weighed nearly 24 pounds and had an estimated value of nearly $365,000, the agency said in the release.

The drugs and car were seized and both women were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Arizona Daily Star

Woman gets jail term in child-custody case

A woman who pleaded guilty to attempted custodial interference was sentenced in Pima County Superior Court to 130 days in jail and three years of probation Wednesday.

Danielle Lovemore, 22, took her 1-year-old daughter to Mexico with the child's father, Luis Fernando Palacio, 26. The child had been in the custody of state Child Protective Services.

The pair also took Palacio's 2-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, although he was supposed to return her to her mother.

The U.S. Marshals Service brought Lovemore and Palacio back from Hermosillo, Sonora, in March.

Lovemore will receive 117 days' credit on her jail term. She also was sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

Patrick McNamara

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