Sex offender from Tucson arrested in Tempe incident

2011-05-03T07:52:00Z Sex offender from Tucson arrested in Tempe incidentFernanda Echavarri Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 03, 2011 7:52 am  • 

A Tucson man was arrested Saturday after police said he exposed himself to a college student in Tempe.

Matthew Flentge, 43, called out to a 24-year-old woman who was in the pool area at an apartment complex near Arizona State University, exposed himself and masturbated, said Sgt. Steven Carbajal, a Tempe police spokesman.

Flentge is a registered sex offender and was found guilty of having sexual conduct with a minor in 2002, according to court records. He was jailed on one count of indecent exposure, public sexual indecency and one count of failure to carry identification as a sex offender.

 

30 years for man in chase, shooting, fatal crash

A 20-year-old Tucson man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for trying to kill a deputy and for fatally injuring a childhood friend during a high-speed chase.

On July 9, Pima County sheriff's Deputy Randall Nice tried to stop Jerry Alan Nuckols for speeding when someone inside Nuckols' vehicle opened fire, striking Nice's car three times.

Nuckols struck a utility pole at West Prince Road and North Fairview Avenue while traveling about 70 mph and his passenger, John Ryback, 28, died.

Nuckols was arrested in a nearby cemetery. Tucson police found two 9 mm TEC 9s, a 9 mm handgun, a Taurus .40-caliber handgun and a silencer inside the vehicle along with 16 spent shell casings, according to court documents.

Nuckols pleaded guilty to manslaughter, drive-by shooting, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields.

Kim Smith

Podiatrist gets prison for prescription fraud

A Tucson podiatrist was sentenced to 33 months in prison, plus five years' probation Monday in a prescription-fraud case.

Corina Hollander, 57, pleaded guilty in late March to attempted conspiracy, attempted trafficking in the identity of another person, attempted fraud schemes and obtaining a narcotic drug by fraud.

At the time of Hollander's indictment last June, Assistant Attorney General Christina Vejar said Hollander progressed from writing fraudulent prescriptions for a painkiller and anti-anxiety drug for co-workers and roommates to writing fraudulent prescriptions in patient and family members' names.

Two of Hollander's office employees, Kenneth Morris and Aaron Garner, had previously entered plea agreements. Morris was sentenced to six months in jail and five years' probation. Garner is serving 1 1/2 years in prison and will also spend time on probation.

Hollander, who was sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Christopher Browning, spent time in a restoration-to-competency program after one of two doctors said she was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Kim Smith

Authorities: Call 911 first if you've got explosives

Got a souvenir grenade lying around the house? Or a coffee can full of gunpowder in the garage?

Leave it alone and call 911, urges Deputy Jason Ogan, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

On two recent occasions the sheriff's Green Valley substation had to be evacuated when residents walked in with potentially explosive materials. One person brought a pound of black gunpowder. Because it was not in its original packaging, there were no instructions for proper handling and disposal. Another person walked in with a grenade from World War I. It turned out to be inert, but deputies had to handle it as if it were live, Ogan said.

Kimberly Matas

Man gets 18 years in '04 slaying of teen

A Tucson man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for second-degree murder in the 2004 shooting death of a 16-year-old boy.

Pueblo High School junior Julio Cesar Daniel was found dead on Dec. 23, 2004, in the 7300 block of South Valley Indian Agency Road near West Los Reales Road.

Nearly five years later, Luis Said Coss-Ramirez was charged with first-degree murder after he told investigators he accidentally shot Daniel.

Coss-Ramirez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March and was facing between 10 and 22 years in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Jane Eikleberry sentenced Coss-Ramirez Monday after hearing from several people who said both Daniel and Coss-Ramirez were respectful and affectionate young men who loved their families and had big dreams for the future.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Michael Mussman told Eikleberry two Mexican nationals needed a truck to haul marijuana, and Coss-Ramirez persuaded Daniel to let them use his truck. It was they, not Coss-Ramirez who shot Daniel, ran over him and left him to die, Mussman said.

- Kim Smith

 

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