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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from September 20-22

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The last residence designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright going up for auction, a wrong-way DUI from an underage driver and the road trip of a lifetime.

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


Circular Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to be auctioned off

Phoenix’s Circular Sun House, the last residence designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is going up for auction.

According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation website, the master designed the house in 1959, and apprentice John Rattenbury took over as architect after Wright’s death in Phoenix that year at age 91.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was completed in 1967 on 36th Street north of Lincoln Drive, on the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

It’s been on and off the market several times since 2016 and was most recently listed for $2.65 million.

Previews will be held Oct. 11-14 and Oct. 16, and the live auction will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 16.


Man too young to drink arrested for wrong-way DUI in north Phoenix

A man too young to legally drink has been charged with DUI after driving the wrong way on Loop 101 in north Phoenix last weekend.

Garrett William Ruby, 20, was arrested on two counts of aggravated DUI and one count of felony endangerment, according to court documents.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to multiple 911 calls early Sunday morning about a driver going eastbound on the westbound lanes of Loop 101 near Interstate 17.

Additionally, a Phoenix police lieutenant had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with the vehicle.

When officers made contact with Ruby, he was sitting in the driver seat with the key still in the ignition and had remnants of vomit on himself.


Welfare check turns into road trip for Glendale officer, 94-year-old veteran

It started when 94-year-old Howard Benson’s son, who lived out of state, called the Glendale Police Department for a welfare check.

In the 911 dispatch call, you can hear his son say, “He’s loaded up a trailer and thinks he can drive himself to Florida. I’d like to have somebody talk to him if they could.”

A proud World War II veteran, Benson was determined to drive across the United States to get to his new assisted living facility in Florida.

That’s when retired Air Force member and Glendale Police Sgt. Jeff Turney was called.

“I responded over there and started talking to Howard and figured out he was going no matter what anybody had said,” Turney told KTAR News 92.3 FM this week.

Benson had planned to leave the following day. When it seemed like all resources had been exhausted, Turney decided that with his next three days off, he would drive the veteran cross country.


Penzone: Phone ‘blew up’ with support after Arpaio announced MCSO run

When former longtime Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced last month he would run to reclaim his old position, the phone of the man who currently holds it wouldn’t stop ringing.

Paul Penzone said his phone “blew up” for a couple of days with politicians and others pledging their support for the first-term sheriff.

Penzone, a Democrat, ended the Republican Arpaio’s 24-year run as sheriff in 2016.

“My phone blew up from every walk of the political spectrum,” Penzone told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac and Gaydos on Thursday. “There were conservative Republicans, independents and Democrats who all reached out and said ‘nah, this ain’t happening.’”

Penzone beat Arpaio by more than 10 percentage points, but the 87-year-old announced on Aug. 25 he wanted another crack at his old job.


Missing Camp Pendleton Marine found safe at Texas rest stop

A U.S. Marine believed to have left Arizona for California’s Camp Pendleton never arrived, but was found days later at a Texas rest area, unharmed.

Lance Cpl. Job Wallace was taken into custody Saturday night by Naval Criminal Investigative Service and other law enforcement officers at a rest area in Navarro County, according to a NCIS statement cited by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 20-year-old had last been seen leaving a friend’s house in Surprise, Arizona, on Monday night, his mother, Stacy Wallace, said. He was due back at Camp Pendleton after a three-day leave that took him home to the suburbs west of Phoenix and a camping trip.

About an hour south of Dallas, Navarro County is more than 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) east of Surprise and in the opposite direction from Camp Pendleton in Southern California.

The statement from Kurt Thomas, the special agent in charge of the NCIS Marine Corps West field office, did not include details about how Wallace was found or what he was doing.

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