Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 23-24

Sep 24, 2023, 6:09 PM

Downtown Phoenix skyline...

View of the downtown Phoenix, Arizona city skyline as seen from South Mountain Park, August 28, 2018. (Photo by Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

(Photo by Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Activists played a role in the arrest of a Chandler woman accused of animal cruelty, an Arizona woman was arrested for trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the country and a Tempe police officer will compete in the Miss USA pageant.

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

Activists played key role in arrest of Chandler woman accused of abusing special needs dogs

The Chandler Police Department arrested an Arizona woman Friday on suspicions of animal cruelty, officials said.

April McLaughlin, 48, is facing 55 charges of animal cruelty. Her arrest followed weeks of social media activism from a network of animal rights advocates.

Rebecca Arizmendi, a board member of Texan shelter Yaqui Animal Rescue, led the charge.

Arizona woman indicted for trying to smuggle almost 95 pounds of meth from Mexico

A federal grand jury indicted an Arizona woman last week for trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the country, officials said.

Rosa Villanueva, 39, faces two counts: possessing meth with the intention to sell and importing drugs into the country, according to a Friday announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

Villanueva, who was from Somerton in Yuma County, allegedly tried to smuggle the drugs on Aug. 16.

Tempe police officer to compete in Miss USA Pageant as Miss Arizona

A Tempe police officer will trade in her badge for a crown next week when she competes in the Miss USA Pageant as Miss Arizona.

Candace Kanavel will try to win Miss USA at the annual event, which is being held in Reno, Nevada, on Friday.

Kanavel will be the first police officer to walk the pageant runway.

Eastbound Loop 202 reopens after for multi-car crash leaving 1 dead

Eastbound Loop 202 reopened after a fatal multi-car crash Sunday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The roadway reopened around 9:30 a.m.

Authorities closed eastbound traffic on Loop 202 near 32nd Street early Sunday after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while attempting to render aid to others from a prior collision.

Phoenix sandwich shop owner still feels weight of fight over Zone homeless encampment

The longtime owner of a downtown Phoenix sandwich shop near the Zone homeless encampment is still feeling the weight of a four-year battle even though the city finally was ordered to finish the job of cleaning up the area.

“It’s still hard. There’s still a long road to go, you know,” Joe Faillace told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Gaydos and Chad Show on Thursday, a day after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered Phoenix to abate the public nuisance of the Zone by Nov. 4.

Faillace has owned Old Station Subs at Jefferson Street and 13th Avenue for nearly four decades. The restaurant is a block away from the Human Services Campus, a collaboration of partner organizations at 12th Avenue and Madison Street that provide services to people experiencing homelessness.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

sign of Bernard Black School...

South Phoenix educator wins Gaydos and Chad’s teacher tribute for October

A south Phoenix kindergarten educator was named KTAR News 92.3 FM's The Gaydos and Chad Show's Pay Tribute to a Teacher winner for October.

2 hours ago

Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer...

Associated Press

Inmate who stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 times charged with attempted murder

A federal inmate in Tucson was charged Friday with attempted murder in the prison stabbing of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

4 hours ago

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is seen before administering the oath of office to m...

Associated Press

Here are some excerpts of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s Supreme Court opinions

Here is a collection of excerpts from Supreme Court opinions by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday at age 93.

5 hours ago

(Colton Krolak/KTAR)...

Colton Krolak

The Mesa Temple Christmas lights continue through Dec. 31

The Christmas light display at the Mesa Temple of the Church of Latter-day Saints is back and free to the public.

6 hours ago

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspect a vehicle at the Lukeville Port of Entry on the...

Kevin Stone

Major Arizona border crossing to close, with staffing redirected to catch migrants

U.S. officials are closing the Lukeville Port of Entry on the Arizona-Mexico border Monday to better deal with a surge in illegal crossings.

8 hours ago

Mugshot of Steven Ray Gault III, who was booked into jail for manslaughter after a fatal shooting i...

Woman dead, man jailed after night of drinking and gunplay in west Phoenix

A night of drinking and gunplay in west Phoenix this week ended with a woman dead and man behind bars, authorities said.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @KTAR923...

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

Follow @KTAR923...

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University: innovating Arizona health care education

Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus near Loop 101 and 59th Avenue is an established leader in health care education and one of Arizona’s largest and most valuable health care resources.

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 23-24