Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Nov. 1-3
Five people were injured in a shooting, a rap-metal band will make a tour stop in the Valley and a 1-ton boulder appears after going missing.
Here are some stories that headlined the news cycle, both locally and nationally, over the weekend.
One person is dead and four people, including two officers from the Special Assignments Unit, were injured during a shooting at a in Phoenix on Saturday.
Police were called to a home on the corner of 28th Street and Atlanta Avenue around 8 p.m. where they negotiated with a 32-year-old suspect who had barricaded himself inside of the home.
A 36-year-old policeman was shot, but he is in stable condition. Another officer, a 34-year-old male, suffered a bite from a police K9, but he is also in stable condition.
Two women inside the home were shot, but they are now in stable condition. The third person in the home, a man, did not sustain any injuries.
The suspect was shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
“Both officers are expected to make a full recovery and we’re very thankful for this,” Phoenix police chief Jerri Williams said during a press conference on Sunday. “This is one more example of how the Phoenix Police Department and other enforcement agencies have dangerous situations where they’re running into danger in order to make our community safe.”
The rap-metal band posted five tour dates on Instagram on Friday, including one in Phoenix.
While there was no venue announced, Rage Against the Machine will play in the Valley on March 30, 2020.
The band last performed together in 2011. According to Setlist.FM, the band’s last Arizona appearance was in December 1999 at America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena).
As if by magic, Wizard Rock reappeared after it was reported missing several weeks ago.
The 1-ton boulder was discovered on Friday while a Prescott Forest employee was patrolling the Prescott Basin.
“We are thrilled the Wizard Rock was returned, and are grateful that whoever took it was conscientious enough to give it back to the public” Sarah Clawson, ranger for Prescott National Forest’s Bradshaw Ranger District, said in a Friday press release.
Officials said they are considering relocating the black rock with white quartz streaks to a new spot, making it more visible to visitors.
It’s illegal to remove minerals from national forest land without a permit, and violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and six months in jail.
A Cave Creek woman was convicted of attempted first degree murder.
68-year-old Connie Eskelson was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Friday for trying to poison her husband.
Sheriff’s Office detectives said Eskelson used her Amazon Prime account to order ethylene glycol, an active ingredient in antifreeze, and put some in drinks for her husband until he got sick.
Before the year ends, the Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah border will close and others in the region are on track to shut down or reduce their output in the next few years.
The changes will impact hundreds of people who mine the land and are forcing many into early retirement. The Hopi and Navajo tribes will each lose millions of dollars of income.
U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, an Arizona Democrat who represents both tribes, recently introduced legislation that would temporarily help replace lost coal revenue and create training and educational programs for displaced workers.
At the height, mining operations in the region employed 700 mostly Native American workers. The power plant had more than 500 employees, 90% of whom were Navajo.
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