Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Nov. 4-6

Nov 6, 2022, 6:00 PM | Updated: 6:03 pm
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Kari Lake’s campaign office closed Sunday amid an investigation into delivered “suspicious letters,” an investigation was launched after a 36-year-old man died following a Phoenix fight and an Idaho man was sentenced for smuggling ammunition through the Arizona-Mexico border.

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

Kari Lake campaign office closed amid investigation into delivered ‘suspicious items’

The campaign office for Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake announced it shut down Sunday morning amid an ongoing investigation into a “suspicious envelope” delivered to the site.

“Yesterday, a member of the Kari Lake staff opened an envelope delivered to our campaign office that contained suspicious white powder,” Ross Trumble, spokesman for Lake, said in a statement.

“It was one of two envelopes that were confiscated by law enforcement and sent to professionals at Quantico for examination, and we are awaiting details.”

With two days left until Election Day, it is unknown when the office will reopen.

Police investigate death of 36-year-old man involved in Phoenix brawl

Police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old man following a fight that broke out in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Matthew Couture was found near Cave Creek and Beardsley roads around 9:25 p.m. and was unresponsive, the Phoenix Police Department said in a press release.

Couture was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.

Two nearby men involved in the fight were detained. They said their actions were done in self-defense and were released, police said.

Idaho man gets 3.5 years in prison for smuggling ammunition through Arizona-Mexico border

A 45-year-old Idaho man was sentenced last week to three and a half years in prison for smuggling ammunition into Mexico through the Arizona-Mexico border, authorities said.

Adrian Guadalupe Valdez will serve 42 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to smuggling goods from the country, Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release.

In April, Customs and Border Protection Officers attempted to inspect Valdez’s vehicle at the Nogales Port of Entry when he then ran in an attempt to flee into Mexico.

Arizonans don’t touch that dial while most of country changes clocks

It’s that time again, when Arizonans get to feel smug while most of the country scrambles to reset their clocks.

For those who celebrate, daylight saving time is out and standard time is in this weekend.

But not in most of Arizona, where we have better things to do than try to remember how the microwave clock works.

Tempe ramping up efforts to help homeless with comprehensive services

The City of Tempe is deepening its commitment to providing comprehensive services to people who are homeless.

With an emphasis on social innovation, Tempe has enhanced its homeless response in recent months by intensifying outreach, addressing encampments, refining data collection and engaging the community in its efforts with new tools.

The city is focusing on a comprehensive system of support, including street outreach, case management, social services, crisis response, mental health resources, victim and veteran services, emergency and transitional shelter, housing navigation and permanent housing solutions.

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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Nov. 4-6