Law & Order Briefs

2011-07-16T00:00:00Z 2011-07-16T00:01:56Z Law & Order BriefsStaff and WIre reports Arizona Daily Star
July 16, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Fiery interstate crash near downtown kills 1

One person was killed and another suffered life-threatening injuries Friday night after a two-car crash on Interstate 10 near downtown, authorities said.

The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. on eastbound I-10 near Congress Street when a car reportedly traveling the wrong way on the interstate collided with another car, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

A bystander reportedly pulled a woman from a car that was on fire before firefighters arrived, said Capt. Trish Tracy, a Tucson Fire Department spokeswoman.

Both she and a man who was ejected from the other car were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. One of them died.

The crash snarled traffic in the area and forced authorities to close the eastbound on-ramp at Speedway, the DPS said.

Teen held in death linked to drug deal

A teen has been arrested in a July 9 homicide that police said resulted from a dispute during a drug deal.

Zechary Mazitis, 19, was arrested Thursday after detectives from the Tucson police gang unit received a tip that he was at a residence near North First Avenue and East Prince Road, according to Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, spokesman for TPD.

Mazitis was booked into Pima County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, abandonment or concealment of a dead body and possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor.

Investigators suspect the victim, 22-year-old Rodrigo Gonzalez, was at Mazitis' residence in the 700 block of East Buddy Lane to conduct a narcotics transaction, but a fight broke out and Mazitis shot Gonzalez. Gonzalez's body was then dumped near the intersection of North Cherry Avenue and East Kleindale Road, Ronstadt said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police want to know if you've seen suspect

The public's help is being sought to identify a man police say is responsible for at least nine armed robberies in Tucson.

Police said he enters businesses within large strip malls, usually in midafternoon, and presents a demand note saying he's armed. Witnesses say that he's calm. No weapon has been seen in any incident.

The man is described as 20 to 30 years of age, 5-feet, 6-inches to 5-feet, 9-inches tall with a medium to husky build, black hair, brown eyes, a moustache and thin beard.

Police say he commonly wears jeans and a T-shirt, aviator-style sunglasses and a hat - sometimes a black fedora-type with a white stripe.

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

Lawyers want videos of Loughner analyses

Attorneys for the Tucson mass shooter want all clinical assessments psychiatrists performed on him videotaped while he's at a federal prison medical facility in Missouri.

Jared Lee Loughner's lawyers filed the request Friday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

Loughner's attorneys say the videos have "likely evidentiary value" and they want to safeguard his constitutional rights.

Loughner has been at the Springfield, Mo., facility since May 28 after a federal judge ruled he was mentally unfit to help in his defense. He has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 rampage.

Mental health experts have determined Loughner suffers from schizophrenia and will try to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

Chemicals in home still unidentified

Authorities have unsealed a midtown home that had been under investigation for almost a week after authorities found numerous chemicals inside the home, police said.

The 34-year-old man who lives at the home was upgraded to stable condition Friday after he suffered second-degree burns at the house in the 2600 block of East Adams Street, said Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Tucson police, the FBI and other agencies had been investigating the home since Monday after the Tucson Fire Department found various chemicals at the home.

The man was driven to the hospital by his mother Monday and told authorities there might have been a fire at the home, prompting firefighters to respond.

He was later taken to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Investigators were still analyzing the chemicals Friday and did not release further information about what was found in the home.

The man is not currently facing any charges.

Tucsonan is accused of bilking elderly man

A Tucson man is facing charges in connection with the theft of more than $27,000 from an elderly client while he worked as an attorney in Richmond, Va., officials said.

Bradley Douglas Wein, 50, was arrested Friday on nine counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride.

Wein was hired by the client in 2005 to handle certain legal and financial matters, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. He allegedly used the client's credit cards to buy coins and help pay for a Florida vacation. He told a coin shop operator he was the client's son and had the credit card statements sent to his office so the family wouldn't catch on, the indictment says.

The Associated Press

Woman held in death of Tucsonan May 20

A woman who police say shot a man to death in May was arrested Friday by U.S. marshals, police said.

Victoria Ann Juaregui, 35, was arrested at a home near South Craycroft Road and East 29th Street after she was connected to the shooting death of Mauro Sosa, 46, on May 20, according to Tucson police.

Juaregui is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted robbery.

Tucson police found Sosa and his wife suffering from gunshot wounds inside a duplex home in the 2600 block of North Columbus Boulevard.

Sosa was later pronounced dead. His wife survived.

Jamar Younger

On StarNet: Find an interactive map of reported crimes in the City of Tucson, updated every morning with the previous day's data, at azstarnet.com/crimemap

Jamar Younger Kimberly Matas The Associated Press Jamar Younger

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