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PHOENIX (AP) — A man accused of deliberately driving his vehicle into an assisted-care home in Phoenix and causing the death of a 61-year-old man is in jail.
Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes says 48-year-old Edward Orpheus has been booked on one count of manslaughter and six felony counts of endangerment.
Police say Orpheus drove his Nissan into a bedroom at the group home around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 16.
The vehicle struck the victim, who later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
No one else was injured in the incident. The home is occupied by five adult clients and two caretakers.
Police say Orpheus had no connection to anyone in the home.
Holmes says authorities are still not sure what motivated Orpheus to purposely drive into the home.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A police officer was fatally injured Friday when he was hit by a suspected drunken driver, becoming the second officer from the Chandler Police Department to be killed in motorcycle crashes this week.
Officer David Payne, 37, was stopped at a red light about 1 a.m. when a vehicle struck his motorcycle from behind, police said. The impact threw Payne's motorcycle through the intersection.
The other driver drove away, but officers stopped him a short time later and took him into custody, police said. The driver had an 11-month-old baby with him, police said.
Payne's death followed the death of another Chandler officer Tuesday. Officer Bryant Holmes, 34, was riding his motorcycle to work when he was struck by an SUV that ran a red light, authorities said. The 20-year-old driver stopped.
"It's been a very difficult week for the department," Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said. "We have lost two exceptional and talented officers in a matter of three days."
Police said the suspect in Friday's crash that killed Payne was believed to be impaired by alcohol and driving on a suspended license.
"This is not an accident," said Sgt. Joe Favazzo, a police spokesman. "This is a crash ... It was 100 percent avoidable."
Brian Yazzie, 31, of Tempe, was arrested and jailed on suspicion of manslaughter, endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.
A Chandler police spokesman, Detective Seth Tyler, said he didn't know whether Yazzie has an attorney yet.
Payne was a seven-year veteran of the Chandler department and a member of its drunken-driving enforcement unit. "His passion was to remove impaired drivers from the roadways," Duggan said.
Payne was also a member of the Arizona Army National Guard, and he served in Iraq in 2007-2008.
A hammer blow to the head killed a Mesa man, after the hammer flew from the hand of a man who was using it to vandalize his girlfriend’s car, according to authorities.
A Chandler police officer was killed in a crash in Chandler on Friday morning.
A man has been sentenced to five years in prison in the fatal hit-and-run death of a man riding an adult-sized tricycle in Mesa in 2013.
A Mesa woman is in custody in connection with a car accident that killed a man on a motor scooter.
A man has been indicted in a freeway crash last year that killed a passenger in his car and injured an Arizona Department of Public Safety worker.
A former Williams Field High School diver was among six victims of a fiery, head-on collision that occurred during one of Utah's deadliest Fourth of July weekends in the past two decades, authorities said Monday.
The Mesa Police Department has arrested a woman who is alleged to have killed two people in a car accident on June 9.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not bring criminal charges against a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy for his part in a high-speed crash that killed a driver in December.
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“If officer-involved shootings are not investigated and handled correctly and thoroughly, the involved agency, individual officer(s), and entire criminal justice system will likely face severe criticism, loss of public trust and confidence.” -- Crime Scene Handbook, by Dr. Henry Lee, Ph.D., the former director of the Connecticut State Police Crime Lab and a world-renowned forensic scientist.
PHOENIX — It is not illegal in most Arizona cities to text and drive.
A Mesa woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2008 death of her 3-year-old niece.
A tip from a resident has led to the arrest of a man allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on Aug. 13 in Mesa.
Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor's office, the jury's verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is unlikely to spur change to any of the nation's stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
A lawfully impaneled jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. The State of Florida failed to prove Zimmerman committed any crime. The government used the full force of its powers to investigate and prosecute Zimmerman and didn’t prove its case to the jury. That’s the way the system works in the United States.
George Zimmerman's trial in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin lasted nearly three weeks and concluded Saturday night with an acquittal. The case prompted debate nationwide over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.
An author who saw his self-help business crash after he led a sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead was paroled from prison on Friday after serving nearly two years for negligent homicide convictions.
A man has been convicted in connection with a 2012 crash on a Mesa freeway that killed two people.
FILE - In this March 8, 2010 file photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia. Gosnell was found guilty Monday, May 13, 2013 of found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but acquitted in the death of a fourth baby. Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a patient. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's debate over abortion.
A jury of eight men and four women have found Jodi Arias' guilty of first degree-murder. Jurors had several options as they considered four months of testimony and evidence in the case: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal.
The jury may still be out.