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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from March 22-24

Mar 24, 2019, 7:18 PM | Updated: May 20, 2020, 4:58 pm
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A Mesa man accused of bestiality, a stabbing on a Valley freeway and Gov. Doug Ducey’s message to Congress.

Here are some stories that headlined the news cycle, both locally and nationally, over the weekend.


Police arrest man in Mesa for allegedly having sex with his cat

A 40-year-old man was arrested in Mesa on multiple charges of animal abuse for allegedly having sex with his cat.

Michael G. Navage was booked Wednesday on felony charges of bestiality and intentional cruel mistreatment of an animal and a misdemeanor charge of inflicting physical injury on an animal.

Navage was arrested after police responded to a call at an apartment near University and Val Vista drives.

The officer found probable cause for arrest based on witness statements and a veterinarian’s examination of the cat.


Man accused of fatally stabbing woman after car crash on freeway

A Phoenix man was accused of fatally stabbing a woman after being involved in a car crash Friday on a Valley freeway.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 25-year-old Fernando Acosta was arrested Friday night in connection to a stabbing that occurred on the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway near the Thunderbird Road off-ramp in Peoria.

Acosta was booked into jail on first degree murder and aggravated assault.

DPS Trooper Kameron Lee said witnesses saw a man stabbing a woman inside the car and on the ground outside of it after the crash.

The car went off the road, crashed through the canal, drove up and hit a fence, Lee said.


Gov. Doug Ducey calls on Congress to help Arizona with released migrants

Days after immigration officials dropped off hundreds of migrants at a Phoenix bus station, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called on Congress to help the state respond to what he called a humanitarian crisis.

“I’m thankful to the faith-based community and the nonprofits that have stepped up to help in this situation, but resources are running thin, people are overwhelmed,” Ducey told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Friday.

On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials dropped off about 150 people, mostly Central American families, at a Greyhound station at Buckeye Road and 24th Street.

“We’ve been able to deal with it so far, but my thought here is that we have to plan ahead. This is likely going to continue and we’re going to need more resources to deal with it,” Ducey said.

“Ideally, I’d like to see Congress act on this situation. We’re never going to have it perfect at the border, but certainly we can improve the situation.”


MCSO: Boy dead after being pulled out of Lake Pleasant

A 16-year-old boy has died at the hospital Friday night after being pulled out of Lake Pleasant earlier that afternoon.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was in critical condition after going under the water while swimming near the Desert Tortoise Campground at Lake Pleasant.

Two bystanders helped pull the boy from the water where he was transported to a nearby hospital, according to authorities.

MCSO later said in a tweet the boy passed away at the hospital.

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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from March 22-24