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2013-08-11T00:00:00Z 2013-08-12T09:04:52Z Law & Order BriefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Arrest made in fatal Irvington hit-run

Police said they arrested the driver in a fatal Friday night hit-and-run.

Rebecca Lanette Valenzuela was driving the white van that hit 29-year-old Angelic Monica Barnes, the Tucson Police Department said in a news release.

Just before 11 p.m. Friday, Barnes was walking south across East Irvington Road just west of South Fremont Avenue. She was not in a crosswalk. Valenzuela, 18, was driving a 2004 Ford Freestar van eastbound on Irvington Road when her vehicle struck Barnes. Two others were in the van, too, police said.

Valenzuela panicked and fled, the release stated.

A family member noticed damage to the van and called police on Saturday morning.

Driver killed, 11 hurt in Interstate 10 crash

A New Mexico woman was killed and 11 of her passengers were injured Saturday morning when their minivan rolled on Interstate 10.

The van was eastbound at Milepost 219 near Picacho Peak about 7:30 a.m. when the tread on a rear tire separated and caused the van to swerve into the median.

The van rolled and ejected several people, including the driver, a 28-year-old woman from Silver City, according to Avra Valley Fire District spokesman Patrick Calhoun, and an Arizona Department of Public Safety official.

None of those in the van, who ranged in age from infancy to adult, was wearing a seatbelt, the DPS official said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Calhoun said, and three passengers had life-threatening injuries. One was taken by ambulance to a Tucson-area hospital, and two others were taken by helicopter.

The other eight victims suffered less serious injuries and were taken to a hospital in stable condition, Calhoun said.

Nine of the passengers in the minivan were under the age of 12, Calhoun said. The driver and all of the passengers were related.

SaddleBrooke man found dead in pond

A SaddleBrooke man found face-down in his pond Saturday may have drowned.

Just before 11 a.m. crews from the the Golder Ranch Fire District were called to a home in the 63000 block of East Squash Blossom, said Battalion Chief Will Seeley.

They found the 77-year-old man face-down in a pond in his backyard and tried to revive him but couldn't, Seeley said.

"It's unknown whether he tripped and fell and ended up in the pond or if he had a medical emergency and landed in the pond, he said. Details of the incident were unclear.

The incident is being investigated by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Airman found dead at Davis-Monthan

An airman from Florida was found dead Friday night at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The airman, whose name and age have not yet been released, was assigned to Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release from the D-M public affairs office.

The body was found at about 8:45 p.m. His death is under investigation.

NW-side man hurt in attack at home

A man was injured in a home invasion Friday morning on the city's northwest side.

Deputies answered a call about an unspecified problem in the 3000 block of West Coriander Drive at 10:30 a.m., said Deputy Tracy Suitt, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

The neighborhood is north of West River Road and west of North Shannon Road.

They found a 34-year-old man who was wounded in the leg, Suitt said. He was taken to a hospital.

Authorities said the incident apparently stemmed from a home invasion.

Deputies searched the area but did not find the intruders.

Anyone with information can call 911 or 88-CRIME.

TV Service back

Dish Network customers should be able to again watch CBS shows or local news on KOLD-Channel 13 starting Saturday, after losing access on Aug 1.

KOLD parent Raycom Media and Dish announced late Friday that they've reached a contract agreement to restore retransmission of Raycom TV stations in 36 markets, including Tucson.

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