1 Sahuarita wrestler won't face charges
The Pima County Attorney's Office has dropped charges against a Sahuarita High School student who had been charged with assault in connection with an attack on another student in a locker room.
"Upon review of all police reports and statements, as well as additional discussions with involved parties who the State considers to be credible, it is the State's position that there is insufficient evidence against the Minor to prove the charges that were filed on January 29, 2013," Pima County Attorney's Office spokeswoman Isabel Burruel-Smutzer said in a written statement Wednesday.
The student had been accused of participating in the assault of another student. Sahuarita police and court documents said a group of at least seven male students, all school wrestlers, had forced another male student to the ground, took off his pants and underwear while at least one student exposed himself and performed an unspecified lewd act over the victim.
The student who had the charges against him dropped is a juvenile.
Officer hurt in chase is in need of surgery
A 22-year-old Tucson police officer who was chasing a suspect on foot when he was hit by an SUV driven by another officer was expected to undergo surgery Wednesday.
The officer, who has been on the job for two years, was pursuing a suspect Tuesday night when he was hit, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. He was taken to a hospital with contusions, road rash, a broken pelvis, broken ribs and a knee injury that required surgery.
The officer driving the SUV is 33 years old and has been with the department for six years, Widmer said.
The chase was precipitated by a 911 call about 8:45 p.m. for a domestic-violence incident at a home in the 7200 block of East Rosewood Street, near East Speedway and North Kolb Road.
The suspect, Ronald Smeberg, 25, was outside the home when officers arrived and he ran from police. Officers later learned Smeberg arrived at the home driving a stolen vehicle, Widmer said.
Almost an hour later, as officers searched the neighborhood, it was reported the suspect was at a gas station at East Broadway and North Wilmot Road, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke.
Smeberg ran east across Wilmot, Hawke said.
In trying to capture Smeberg, a patrol car came to a stop in the middle of Wilmot and the 22-year-old officer jumped out to continue the chase on foot.
The officer in the SUV, following close behind, swerved right around the stopped patrol car to continue pursuing the suspect and that's when he hit the other officer, Widmer said.
Smeberg, who was wanted on a felony warrant for parole violation, was captured by another officer and booked into the Pima County jail.
He is facing charges of auto theft and possession of burglary tools. He also is facing several misdemeanor domestic-violence charges from the previous day when he showed up at the same home, Widmer said.
Man suffers burns from electrical panel
A Tucson man trying to change a breaker in an electrical panel suffered serious burns Wednesday.
The man, in his 60s, was burned on his chest, face, arms and back when the energized panel flashed, said Capt. Barrett Baker, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman.
Paramedics treated the man and took him to a hospital shortly after 4 p.m. from the 500 block of West Miracle Mile. The man lived at that location and volunteered to change the breaker for the building's owner, Baker said.
A Tucson Electric Power Co. crew arrived to make sure electricity was turned off to the building. City building-safety inspectors were investigating the incident, said Baker.
Man who crashed SUV says he had been shot
A man traveling east on West Irvington Road west of South Mission Road went off the street and crashed into a tree Wednesday morning.
A Pima County sheriff's detective in the area working a case witnessed the crash and went to help the man, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a department spokesman.
The man, who was driving a Hummer, told the detective he had been shot. The detective, who rendered aid, called for paramedics, who treated the man and took him to University of Arizona Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, said Bañuelos. Details on the shooting were not immediately available.
Pinal shooting might be racially motivated
A man fleeing a Florence construction site, where he shot at workers on Monday, fired his rifle again when he was pulled over by deputies, a Pinal County sheriff's official said.
Danny Davis, 53, of Florence told deputies he "was angry about the minorities working in the area," said Tamra Ingersoll, spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
"Davis showed obvious signs of alcohol impairment as he was taken into custody," she said.
No one was injured in the shootings.
Davis was booked into the Pinal County jail and is facing one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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