Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Jan. 14-16

Jan 16, 2022, 6:30 PM | Updated: 6:42 pm
(City of Glendale Photo)...
(City of Glendale Photo)
(City of Glendale Photo)

PHOENIX — A voucher program for families to send children to private schools that was introduced by Gov. Doug Ducey opened, an new park opened in Glendale, and multiple high profile arrests were made in Phoenix.

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

Ducey’s voucher program if Arizona schools close classrooms is now open

The portal for qualifying Arizona families to sign up for vouchers if their schools pause in-person learning is now open, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday.

The Open for Learning Recovery Benefit program, which Ducey unveiled last week, offers up to $7,000 for private school tuition and other expenses that might be incurred because of a campus closure.

Child care, school-coordinated transportation and online tutoring are also covered. Details about how to apply and eligibility requirements are available online.

New 4-acre lake at Heroes Regional Park in Glendale now open

Grab those fishing poles as the new lake at Heroes Regional Park in Glendale opened on Thursday, the city announced.

The 4-acre lake broke ground in May 2021 at the park located on the northeast corner of Bethany Home Road and 83rd Avenue, according to a press release, with water being filled in last month.

People can enjoy year-round fishing at the 13-foot-deep lake, the city said, with bluegill, sunfish and catfish stocked during warm weather and rainbow trout in the winter.

Man arrested for allegedly shooting teen fast-food worker in Phoenix

A man was arrested Friday evening for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old fast-food restaurant worker in the head after an altercation in Phoenix on Thursday night, authorities said.

The Phoenix Police Department said they were called to the area near 19th and Glendale avenues around 8 p.m. and learned an employee was involved in a verbal argument with one of the customers at the drive-thru window.

Phoenix police arrest wanted man involved in multistate manhunt

A man wanted for shooting a New Mexico police officer and fleeing a Colorado jail was arrested early Friday morning in Phoenix, police said.

Elias Buck, 22, was arrested around 12:30 a.m. at a convenience store near 27th and Dunlap avenues after police received an anonymous tip of his location, police said in a press release.

When officers arrived, he took off running but was tackled and taken into custody, police said.

Phoenix man sentenced to 25 years in prison for armed bank robberies

A Phoenix man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of three counts of armed bank robbery, authorities said.

Carlos Lewis, 41, along with his co-conspirators, robbed three banks at gunpoint in late 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona said in a press release.

While Lewis’ co-conspirators pointed a gun at bank employees and customers, he would jump the bank teller counters and take cash from the teller drawers, according to the release.

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