Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from April 15-17

Apr 17, 2022, 7:48 PM
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(Sotheby's International Realty Photo)
(Sotheby's International Realty Photo)

PHOENIX — A gold mine property in Cave Creek hit the market for nearly $6 million, Phoenix firefighters saved five dogs from a fast-moving house fire, and a man was sentenced to life in prison for starting a fatal house fire in 2019.

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

Gold mine property in Cave Creek listed with asking price of nearly $6M

A 62-acre gold mine property in Cave Creek was listed for sale on Thursday for nearly $6 million.

The residence located at 11000 E Forest 483 Road is listed for $5,750,000 and has a mine property, a helipad close to Scottsdale and 360-degree panoramic views, according to a Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty press release.

Some features include a two-room guest house and a fitness studio, patio and hot spa, with uses for the property ranging from corporate retreats, a wilderness B&B or a dream home in the desert.

Phoenix firefighters save 5 dogs from fast-moving house fire

Phoenix firefighters saved five different dogs from a fast-moving house fire on Saturday.

Crews arrived on the scene near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road when they saw smoke coming from the roof, authorities said in a press release.

Prior to the arrival of the fire department, all occupants had safely evacuated.

While crews were deploying the hose line, the occupants informed them that the dogs were trapped inside, authorities said.

All dogs were safely evacuated from the home.

Arizona man gets life sentence for starting fatal house fire

An Arizona man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for starting a fatal house fire in 2019.

Vincent Tsosie, 28, of Tuba City, was previously convicted of arson, first-degree felony murder and second-degree murder, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona. He received concurrent life sentences.

Tsosie attempted to assault a resident in November 2019 before setting the house on fire, the release said.

The homeowner woke up during the fire but couldn’t safely escape and died.

Valley Metro light rail service to be impacted by construction until July

Construction work on an addition to the Valley Metro light rail line will impact service through early July.

Trains will come every 20 minutes through the service day until July 2 due to the construction on the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, Valley Metro said in a press release.

The public transit typically comes every 12 minutes during the week and every 15 minutes on weekends.

Some downtown Phoenix stations will also be closed due to the extension work.

Phoenix HS senior uses childhood bullying experience to create change

When Julia Rivas was 10, she was bullied by her classmates at her school for her weight after taking medication.

Kids would take her lunch saying she was too fat to eat, while also making insensitive drawing of her.

Feeling alone and out of place, the then 10-year-old Rivas would speak with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Larry Gaydos about her experiences being bullied.

The result of her interview with Gaydos was one no one could see coming. Rivas would be kicked out of her school after being the victim of bullying.

Years later as a senior in high school, Rivas joined KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad on Wednesday to talk about how being bullied and that interview as a 10-year-old changed her.

An advocate against bullying, Rivas has used her experiences from the past to now help others who may be going through what she did.

“I never want someone to feel how I felt when I was 10,” Rivas said.

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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from April 15-17