Weekend wrap-up: Biggest Arizona-related stories from July 6 weekend
PHOENIX — The news cycle this past weekend in Arizona was dominated by the revelation of Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim being cited for a DUI in Chandler over Fourth of July.
Here is the latest on Keim and the Cardinals, as well as some of the biggest stories from this past weekend from Arizona and across the world.
Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim cited for DUI on July 4
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for a DUI on July 4. He was released that same night after being processed.
“We are aware of the incident on Wednesday involving Steve Keim. He fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and that this type of behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable,” the statement from the Cardinals said.
“Steve immediately alerted the team who in turn reported it to the NFL as required under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. We are continuing to gather information and will handle the matter appropriately and in accordance with all league policies as well as within the legal system.”
Keim’s statement, who was promoted to Cardinals general manager in 2013 after spending time in the team’s front office, is below.
“I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions. Everyone associated with the NFL and its teams is held to a high standard of behavior and I obviously failed to meet that. I sincerely apologize to our organization and its fans as well as to my family. I accept full responsibility for my actions and hold myself completely accountable. Moving forward, I will take the steps to ensure that I never put myself or the Cardinals in this type of situation again.”
Phoenix firefighter found dead at Arizona National Guard base
A Phoenix firefighter was found dead in his sleeping quarters at the Arizona Army National Guard base, the department announced in a release on Sunday.
According to Cpt. Rob McDade of the Phoenix Fire Department, the death of Juston Doherty was “sudden,” as he was found deceased while on active military maneuvers for the Arizona Army National Guard.
Doherty was a 15-year veteran of the department, and also served as a Technical Rescue Technician at Station 45 in Phoenix.
“Juston was also a highly-decorated Captain in the U.S. Army,” McDade said in a release. “Juston had a long and decorated military career. He was an Army Ranger and Airborne School graduate.”
Four rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; Nine left to go
Rescuers in northern Thailand on Sunday extracted four members of a youth soccer team from the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks, part of an ongoing operation to rescue the 12 boys and their coach. The head of the operation said it was going “better than expected.”
The operation to rescue the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach by having them dive out of the flooded cave began Sunday morning, with expert divers entering the sprawling complex for the complicated and dangerous mission.
Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the operation, said the four boys had been taken to a hospital.
Gary Allen the latest to join 2018 Arizona State Fair lineup
Gary Allen is the latest artist to join the list of performers for the 2018 Arizona State Fair Concert Series.
Fans have the opportunity to experience a rebellious and raucous performance by Allen when he kicks off the concert series on Oct. 5.
Instead of giving out the 2018 lineup all at once, the fair is spreading out its concert series announcements throughout the summer.
Tickets for Gary Allen are available now.
Councilman Valenzuela announces resignation to run for Phoenix Mayor
Councilman Daniel Valenzuela officially announced his resignation from the Phoenix City Council in a letter to the City Clerk on Friday.
Resigning from the Phoenix City Council by the close of business on July 16 allows him to run for the mayor of Phoenix as his resignation is required by the Arizona Resign to Run Law.
The law requires elected officials to step down from their positions before turning in election petitions for a different office.
“During this time, I have worked to make our city safer, strengthened our neighborhoods, provided regional leadership, and helped transform our economy through innovation and cultivating an environment where entrepreneurs can succeed.”
Knife-wielding man trying to elude police plunges off Phoenix freeway
A partially undressed, knife-wielding man attempting to elude police jumped off a freeway overpass near downtown Phoenix on Friday morning.
The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital and was expected to recover. Details about his injuries were not provided.
Police officers were attempting to subdue the man, who was behaving erratically, on Interstate 17 above Seventh Avenue at around 10 a.m.
Television video showed the man, wearing just shorts, climbing on top of a car in the southbound lanes before running to the side of the roadway and plunging over the guardrail.
Yankees manager sells Scottsdale home to former NFL player
It’s not often that football and baseball collide. But when it comes to real estate, anything is possible.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently finished selling his Scottsdale home to former Detroit Lions offensive lineman, Dominic Raiola.
According to Redfin, the property is located near Scottsdale and Double Tree Ranch roads, and sold for $3.165 million on June 15.
Located in the highly sought-after Paradise Valley Farms neighborhood, the 7,015-square-foot home was custom-built in 2016 on an acre of land.
Phoenix-based restaurant company expanding to San Diego
Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts is expanding to San Diego, Califronia, with plans to open four new restaurants in the near future.
According to the San Diego Tribune, two of the companies newest eateries will be in Fashion Valley, a popular shopping center north of downtown San Diego.
“We love the market, we love the people and we love the area,” Sam Fox, the CEO and founder of the company, said of San Diego on Friday. “It’s a catalyst. I spend a lot of my time in San Diego, and I would actually like to spend more time here.”
Deadly car crash in Phoenix leaves an estimated 500 people without power
Downed power lines have left an estimated 500 people without power in west Phoenix between 67th and 71st Avenue and from McDowell Road to Roosevelt Street.
According to police, a collision at 67th and McDowell took out nearby power lines and left one person dead, causing the outage.
A 2003 Ford Mustang GT and a 2004 Nissan 350Z were speed racing down the road when the two collided with each other and went out of control.
Elderly woman missing from Mesa care facility found dead
A missing Mesa woman has been found dead, according to the Mesa Police Department.
Mary O’Sullivan-Schultz, 70, was located around 7 a.m. in the backyard of a large property in the 5000 block of E. Dragoon Avenue by the homeowner, who called authorities.
Police said the initial investigation showed no signs of foul play.
A Silver Alert was issued for O’Sullivan-Schultz after she left a Mesa care facility near Broadway and Higley roads around 2 a.m. on June 28.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.