Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Jan. 8-10
PHOENIX – An Arizona man was arrested for breaking into the U.S. Capitol, a strip club must change owners following multiple shootings and State Farm Stadium will be used as a massive coronavirus vaccination center.
Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
The Arizona man dressed in horns, face paint and bearskin headress known as Jake Angeli was taken into custody and charged with multiple counts for his role in breaking into the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.
Angeli, whose real name is Jacob Anthony Chansley, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a release by the US Department of Justice.
Chansley stated that he came as a part of a group effort, with other “patriots” from Arizona, at the request of the President that all “patriots” come to D.C. on Jan. 6.
A trio of shootings last year has led to a shutdown order for Phoenix strip club VLive on Thursday.
The order from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control came after the shootings, which occurred on June 20, Sept. 11 and Sept. 27, resulting in one death and multiple injuries.
The department previously suspended the strip club’s liquor license on Oct. 2 in relation to the shootings, prohibiting the club, located near the intersection of University Drive and 40th Street, from selling alcohol at all, according to a department press release.
The order states that VLive, which is currently owned by DE Entertainment, LLC, must be sold to new owners by May 1 in addition to paying a $30,000 fine. If they do not sell the club by then, the department will revoke its liquor license.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Friday that State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, will be used as a 24-hour coronavirus vaccination site.
The state-run stadium site will hold a soft launch on Monday afternoon for law enforcement and other protective service workers. Appointments for eligible groups will begin Tuesday.
The stadium’s role as a vaccination site will help speed up the distribution of vaccines as Maricopa County moves into the initial stages of phase 1B distribution.
“As we move into a much larger population of Arizonans prioritized for the vaccine, the state is working 24/7 with our local partners to get more doses into the arms of those who need them,” Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services director, said in a press release.
Authorities have determined that human remains found north of Rimrock, Arizona, on New Year’s Day belonged to a missing man from California.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered the remains of Shane Rollman, 31, in a wash near Dry Beaver Creek, 2 miles northwest of the McGuireville rest area.
Authorities said Rollman’s remains were in a thick brush and in advanced state of decay.
His body was given to the YCSO medical examiner, who was working to identify the cause of death.
Rollman’s vehicle was found abandoned at the McGuireville rest stop on Sept. 23. Rollman, from West Covina, California, could not be located during an ensuing search.
Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 11,201 new coronavirus cases and 105 additional deaths from COVID-19.
The state’s documented totals moved to 618,546 COVID-19 infections and 10,141 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard.
As of Saturday, Arizona had the second-highest coronavirus case rate and death rate per capita nationally in the last seven days, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Arizona’s weekly percent positivity for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in the community, is the highest it’s ever been.
So far this week, 24% of the 139,341 people who were tested got a positive result. The percent positivity was a record 25% last week.