Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from May 7-9

May 9, 2021, 6:00 PM
Tussock Fire (Twitter photo/@BLMAZFire)...
Tussock Fire (Twitter photo/@BLMAZFire)
(Twitter photo/@BLMAZFire)

PHOENIX — A wildfire burning southwest of Crown King forced three communities to evacuate Sunday, a meal kit company plans to open its largest U.S. distribution center in Phoenix and a police officer shot an armed man who was believed to have been part of a robbery on Friday night.

Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.

Wildfire burning southwest of Crown King forces evacuations

Evacuations were ordered Sunday for a wildfire burning southwest of Crown King, according to authorities.

A GO order for evacuation was issued for Minnehaha, Fort Misery and Horsethief Basin just after noon. Crown King was also put at a SET position and told to begin preparing in the event an evacuation order is issued.

A shelter is set up at Mayer High School, according to authorities.

Crown King was closed to non-residents at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The wildfire, known as the Tussock Fire, started Saturday around 2:15 p.m. and has grown to 2,448 acres as of Sunday afternoon.

Phoenix facility to become HelloFresh’s largest US distribution center

HelloFresh announced plans Thursday to open its largest distribution center in Phoenix by the end of 2021.

The nearly 440,000-square-foot facility located at 1850 S. 71st Ave. could provide as many as 1,200 jobs and will become the meal kit company’s largest shipping and fulfillment center globally.

Joining HelloFresh’s other facility in Richmond, California, the new distribution center will allow HelloFresh to strengthen its West Coast capabilities.

Phoenix Police shoot man suspected to have been part of armed robbery

A police officer shot an armed man who was believed to have been part of a robbery on Friday night, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Around 11:26 p.m., an officer patrolling 35th and Peoria avenues saw a driver point a gun out of a car and fire. It was not clear what direction the shot was fired in.

The officer alerted the Glendale Police Department, which responded that the vehicle was believed to have been used in an armed robbery near 59th Avenue and Cactus Road.

Police officers began pursuing the vehicle and the department used “tactical surveillance using the air unit,” Phoenix police said.

Around 11:53 p.m., the driver was forced to a stop using a grappler, which the Arizona Department of Public Safety said is a netting system deployed from the police car’s front bumper that locks onto the rear wheel of the vehicle that is being pursued.

The suspect, a 34-year-old man, raised a gun toward an officer as police issued commands. The officer shot at him.

There were no other injuries.

Police recovered a shotgun from the vehicle.

Arizona DPS providing security to Secretary Hobbs over threats

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is providing security for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in response to threats made to the Democrat over her opposition of the state Senate’s audit of Maricopa County election results.

DPS confirmed Friday to KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email that security was in place for Hobbs, who has detailed threats made against her in recent days as she has fought against an audit she says has shoddy policies and procedures.

Hobbs said Thursday on Twitter that a man called her office saying she deserved to die and wanted to know “what she is wearing so she’ll be easy to get.”

It was one of three threats made against her Thursday, according to Hobbs.

Jaguar cubs born at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

Three endangered baby jaguars are prowling into the Valley.

One melanistic and two spotted jaguar cubs were recently born at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park, the zoo announced Thursday.

The cubs, currently being raised on formula in the baby animal nursery, will transition to a diet with meat over the next few weeks.

This is the second announcement of new animals in the last two weeks — on April 29, the zoo announced the arrival of a baby African leopard, baby warthogs and black-backed jackal pups.

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