Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from July 29-31
PHOENIX — Parts of the Valley received more than an inch of rain from a strong monsoon storm on Saturday night, Phoenix police arrested a man accused in a shooting at a hotel that left two dead and the Arizona Humane Society rescued 31 chihuahuas from a Tempe hoarder.
Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
A strong monsoon storm blew through the Valley on Saturday night, bringing rain to much of metro Phoenix.
Most of the heavier rainfall was documented in north Phoenix, according to Maricopa County Flood Control District rain gauges, as just over two inches was recorded in some parts.
Some areas in north Scottsdale also received more than an inch of rain, along with parts of downtown and south Phoenix.
East and West Valley cities also got some rain, but only a trace in most parts.
A man accused of fatally shooting two people at a West Phoenix hotel was arrested early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Jose Gregorio Inchaurriga Ruacho, 33, was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on multiple charges stemming from the shooting that occurred on Thursday morning, the Phoenix Police Department said in a press release.
Officers responded to the shooting at the hotel near 48th Avenue and McDowell Road at about 9:15 a.m. and found two men with fatal gunshot wounds, authorities said.
One of the victims has been identified as 64-year-old Douglas Earl Emison while the identity of the other man is still pending, Phoenix police said.
The Arizona Humane Society aided Tempe police in rescuing 31 chihuahuas from a house in dire condition on Thursday, officials said.
Animal cruelty investigators and behavior specialists removed the dogs, which ranged in age from one week old to eight years old, AHS said in a press release.
The chihuahuas are undergoing medical exams and testing for highly contagious diseases such as distemper.
Earlier this week, a Republican candidate for secretary of state in Arizona Shawnna Bolick said she is bringing her own pen to vote in-person in the election primaries.
“I talked to an inspector and he told me that it’s bleeding through in his precinct, so I decided I can bring my own pen if I want to,” Bolick told the Gaydos and Chad Show on KTAR News 92.3 FM Friday. “I want to make sure that my vote is actually counted properly.”
She said after speaking with other elections officials in the state, such as Pima County officials, many have said they don’t care what is used to vote, so long as it isn’t a red pen or highlighter.
But the newest secretary of state for Arizona will be tasked with instilling voter confidence in elections.
Bolick’s decision has potential to do the opposite.
The Arizona Department of Transportation on Friday announced the two winning traffic safety messages for its sixth contest, officials said.
“Don’t Hurry, Be Happy,” and “Signal to the left, Signal to the right, Merge real smooth,” will be displayed on overhead message boards statewide throughout the weekend, ADOT said in a press release.
The winners were named after 3,100 message contest entries were submitted to ADOT in June, then reduced to 12 finalists, in which around 3,000 votes would be cast by the public for the two winners.