Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Nov. 15-17
A Phoenix Breakfast Club employee fired for a racial slur, the death of a Goodyear boy who was hit by a school bus and an officer-involved shooting in Mesa.
Here are some stories that headlined the news cycle, both locally and nationally, over the weekend.
A downtown Phoenix restaurant reversed course and fired a server who’d used a racial slur on a food order submitted to a black coworker last month.
Executives for the Breakfast Club issued a statement about the firing Thursday night, more than three weeks after the Oct. 22 incident.
“Today, we terminated the employee who, in what he described as a joke, substituted a racial slur for his own name when putting in his own lunch order,” CEO Kyle Shivers and COO Ernie Vega said.
A boy in Goodyear has died after getting hit by a school bus on Friday, authorities said.
He was taken to a local trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the Goodyear Police Department. The victim was approximately 12 years old, according to the Goodyear Fire Department.
The incident is now being investigated as a fatal collision.
The Goodyear Police Department said the accident occurred around 4 p.m. outside Western Sky Middle School near 144th Avenue and Indian School Road.
A 27-year-old man has died after an officer-involved shooting in Mesa on Saturday morning, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 8 a.m. near Alma School Road and the Loop 202 at a business, Mesa Police Detective Jason Flam told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
According to authorities, the man was going through vehicles before business employees confronted the individual. During the exchange, the employees noticed the man had a gun.
A Phoenix high school head football coach was suspended this week as authorities looked into allegations about “inappropriate behavior” among students in the boys’ locker room.
The Phoenix Union High School District said Friday that Adan Mendoza was placed on administrative leave from his coaching position at North High School as well as his job as a physical education and health teacher.
In addition, the end-of-season football banquet scheduled for Friday night was postponed, the district said.
The district said it was cooperating with law enforcement on the ongoing investigation into the unspecified allegations.
The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent shot and wounded a Russian man suspected of crossing the border illegally in Arizona.
The agency said Friday that the man was flown to a Phoenix hospital and is expected to survive.
The Border Patrol says the unidentified agent attempted to arrest the man Thursday just east of the border town Lukeville.
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