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PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a mechanic is dead after being crushed by a car he was working on at a Phoenix used automobile dealership.
Phoenix Fire Department officials say the 43-year-old victim had been working beneath the car Tuesday at Fred Carries Contracts Inc. when a jack slipped, causing the vehicle to fall on his chest.
Phoenix police say Salbador Gonzalez was dead by the time Phoenix police and firefighters were called to the dealership.
Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona prison teacher has blamed state officials over an attack in which she says she was stabbed and raped by a convicted sex offender she was left alone with in a penitentiary classroom.
Her attorneys filed a lawsuit Tuesday saying the Arizona Department of Corrections failed to provide adequate security and the prison's health care provider didn't properly evaluate the prisoner charged in the assault.
The January attack has raised questions about prison security after reports showed she was put into a room full of inmates with no guards nearby. Authorities say the 20-year-old blamed in the assault had lingered behind after others left the room, then repeatedly stabbed the victim with a pen before raping her.
Arizona's workplace safety agency launched an investigation of prison policy after The Associated Press reported the details in June. The review is ongoing, a Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman said.
Corrections Director Charles Ryan, who is named in the lawsuit, was not immediately available, but prison officials have said they cannot comment on the lawsuit.
Corrections spokesman Doug Nick has called the attack "a cowardly and despicable crime, for which the inmate is rightfully facing prosecution."
He says the safety of all staffers is the department's "paramount priority, and we have reached out to the victim to offer our full assistance and support."
The lawsuit filed in Pinal County Superior Court doesn't seek specific damages. In a precursor July legal claim, attorney Scott Zwillinger asked for $4 million and wrote that the state could lose $10 million if the case went to trial.
Nick has said previously that "the department vigorously disputes allegations made in the employee's claim against the state, and new allegations being made to the media."
The lawsuit says Corizon Health, the state prison system's health care provider, improperly assessed Harvey's mental health. The lawsuit said that led prison officials to classify him as a relatively low-risk offender, allowing him access to the classroom. A Corizon spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment Tuesday.
In an AP interview, the 34-year-old teacher said she mainly blames Ryan, who she says allowed lax training, staffing shortages and poor security at the Eyman prison in Florence, south of Phoenix. The AP does not identify those who say they are victims of sexual assault.
Jacob Harvey, 20, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault in the case. His lawyer has declined comment on the case.
At the time of the attack, Harvey was being held in a unit that holds about 1,300 rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders.
He was in the first year of a 30-year sentence after being convicted of raping a Glendale woman in 2011. Prosecutors said Harvey, who was 17 at the time, knocked on a woman's door asked for a drink of water, then pushed his way in and repeatedly forced himself on the victim, whose 2-year-old child was in the apartment at the time.
The prison teacher also describes a violent attack and says the department left her vulnerable and unprepared for it.
"I remember trying to fight him off," she said. "The only thing I remembered from self-defense was to tuck my head so he would not choke me."
She said she also remembers getting stabbed, screaming and being unable to activate a panic button on her two-way radio.
She said she had received only four hours of self-defense training before being placed in classrooms, which guards did not regularly monitor, despite regulations calling for three checks each hour.
During the interview, she said radios were prone to battery problems and in short supply. If one wasn't available, she'd be pressured to hold class anyway, she said.
The teacher says she feels traumatized by the attack.
"There's times where I think I'm doing good," she said. "Then I just come crashing down. I haven't been sleeping well."
Authorities say a worker has died after being electrocuted in Chandler Friday night.
State lawmakers voted Thursday to buckle under to federal rules to protect workers from falls – but only if they're forced to do so.
Heavy monsoon rains last year coupled with light snowpack this winter will combine to make for a more dangerous fire season this year, state Forester Scott Hunt predicted Wednesday.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies under proposed legislation that's drawing opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America.
It's that time again - but not for Arizona.
State senators took the first steps Wednesday to putting the county sheriff between federal agencies and Arizona residents and businesses.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate a nonprofit hospice and nursing home, as a matter of conscience don’t want to be in the position of providing abortifacients and contraceptives under Obamacare, as most employers are required to do.
Calling the findings legally unjustified, the state Forestry Division on Thursday is challenging the findings of liability and $559,000 in fines by state safety officials in the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.
The state Industrial Commission voted Wednesday to impose the maximum permissible $559,000 penalty on the state Forestry Division after the deaths in June of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
East Valley residents have an opportunity to play an important role in a research project that should have a profound effect on cancer research over the next three decades.
NEW YORK — Each night, people in apartments all over New York City are cleaning up, putting out fresh towels and clearing out — to rent their private space to strangers from around the world.
A free program organized by the American Red Cross offers businesses tips on what to do to prepare for all of the worst-case scenarios.
There are few stories as disheartening as those of Good Samaritans who come to the rescue of others – only to have kindness repaid with a nasty lawsuit. The first inclination for many is to help our fellow man, yet, as director of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), I’m often asked “should I help or stay out of the way?”
Jesse Atencio is the assistant director/consultation manager Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Climate change, and the consistently hotter and drier weather that comes with it, is largely the cause of the recent “sharp increase” in the number and intensity of wildfires, NASA officials said Friday.
An Arizona State University professor has been nominated by President Obama to join the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday the deputy state forester spoke out of turn in expressing his view that the head of the Granite Mountain Hotshots was at least partly responsible for his own death and that of 18 of his colleagues.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — What the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove" did for dolphin slaughter in Japan, "Blackfish" may do for killer whales living in captivity while performing at marine parks.
McDonald’s restaurants in Arizona will host an event to give away more than 28,000 backpacks to area children.
A construction worker fell approximately 30 feet at a construction site Monday morning in Gilbert.
WASHINGTON — Your bosses want you to eat your broccoli, hit the treadmill and pledge you’ll never puff on a cigarette. But a new study raises doubts that workplace wellness programs save the company money.
On a 39-17 vote the House approved a measure allowing businesses to shield certain information about their violations of health and environmental laws from those who might seek to sue them.
Sixteen-year-old Jesus Yanez doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but that’s the role he found himself in when he saved another student’s life at Mesa’s Westwood High School.