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Bus strikes pipes on remote interstate, killing 4
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Arcadia Firefighter Disappears Chasing Runaway Dog on Hike
An Arcadia firefighter who went missing Friday during an off-duty hike in the Fillmore area of Los Padres National Forest was the subject of an ongoing search Tuesday. Jennifer Gould reports from Fillmore for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 17, 2014.
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Bus strikes pipes on remote interstate, killing 4
BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) -- A bus rolling through a remote stretch of desert struck a load of metal pipes scattered across a dark California highway Wednesday, then slid down an embankment and overturned in an accident that killed four passengers and seriously injured at least seven others. Only a minute or two before the collision, the pipes had tumbled from a flatbed truck that jackknifed after drifting into the dirt median on Interstate 10, the main road linking Southern California and Arizona, the California Highway Patrol said. It was the second serious crash in a month involving a truck and passenger bus in California. In April, a big rig smashed head-on into a charter bus carrying high school students on a university visit, killing 10 people. Wednesday's crash occurred around 2:15 a.m. just west of Blythe, near the Arizona border, where the eastbound truck's spilled cargo obstructed both lanes in each direction. The truck carried dozens of pipes, some as long as 50 feet. As of late Wednesday afternoon, the interstate remained closed. The bus was about three-quarters through its 800-mile trip from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles. Authorities believe there were 33 passengers aboard, but they were checking that against the trip manifest. Seven passengers were seriously hurt and taken to hospitals, and 14 others sought evaluation of minor injuries, according to CHP officer Jason Gerard. Neither driver was hurt. As the driver of the truck, whose identity was not released, tried to pass slower vehicles in an area with a 70 mph speed limit, he drifted onto the dirt shoulder and lost control, CHP Lt. Cmdr. Gustavo Guzman said. Other drivers would have struggled to see the pipes until they were in range of a vehicle's headlights. The interstate has no lights, and the night had only a half moon. Almost immediately, two eastbound passenger vehicles struck the pipes, though nobody was hurt in those crashes, Guzman said. About a minute later, the bus bore down. Richard Lee of La Mirada was sleeping in the passenger seat of an SUV that hit the pipes before the bus. He said he woke to two loud pops, got out and soon after saw the lights of what he thought was another truck approaching from the opposite direction. "When I found out about the casualties I felt very, very lucky that I survived," Lee told KABC-TV. The truck was operated by VG Transport and based in Rialto, east of Los Angeles. According to federal safety records, VG Transport has not been involved in any crashes reported to state officials over the past two years. Those records say the company has only one truck. The truck passed three inspections over the past two years. After one of the inspections, a driver was not allowed to finish the trip for reasons that were not immediately clear. The registration for the 2006 Freightliner expired in January, according to records with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The man listed as the contact for VG Transport, Victor Esteban Galvan, could not be reached for comment. No one picked up at the listed phone number, and the voice mail box was full. The driver of the bus, operated by El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express Inc., had taken over the route in Phoenix, said Terri Kasinga of California Department of Transportation. The company received a "satisfactory" safety rating as of its last review in February, according to federal inspection records. Other records kept by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show the company's 55 vehicles have been involved in five crashes since June 2012, one of which involved a single death. When reached by The Associated Press, the bus company said it was preparing a written statement to be issued later Wednesday. Blythe is a city of about 25,000 people in eastern Riverside County, about 225 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Signs on I-10 urged drivers to find alternate routes, and authorities were diverting vehicles onto frontage roads, but traffic backed up for several miles on either side of the accident site Wednesday afternoon. --- Weber reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer Justin Pritchard in Los Angeles contributed to this report. © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. -- BLYTHE, Calif. — Authorities say four passengers were killed and at least seven were seriously injured when a passenger bus overturned on Interstate 10 in Southern California early Wednesday after a tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes into lanes. California Highway Patrol Officer Jason Gerard says three passengers were flown by helicopter and four others were taken by ambulances to hospitals. He says 14 others were taken by bus to a hospital for evaluation of minor injuries including bumps and bruises. The driver of the bus was unhurt. The crash occurred around 2:15 a.m., just west of Blythe near the Arizona border. The bus, with 32 confirmed passengers, was traveling from El Paso to Los Angeles. All lanes of the interstate were expected to remain closed until at least Wednesday afternoon. Drivers should expect long delays as traffic in both directions is detoured onto frontage roads in Blythe to get around the crash on the California side of the border. Also, drivers should expect an extended closure Wednesday morning. Blythe is about 150 miles -- nearly 2.5 hours -- west of Phoenix. -- Passengers removed from crashed bus in California BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say all passengers have been removed from a bus that crashed in California, killing four people and seriously injuring seven others on Interstate 10 near the Arizona border. California Highway Patrol Officer Jason Gerard said Wednesday that seven seriously hurt passengers were taken to hospitals, and 14 others sought evaluation of minor injuries such as bumps and bruises. The crash occurred around 2:15 a.m. when a tractor-trailer spilled its load of steel pipes into all lanes west of Blythe. The bus, with 32 confirmed passengers, was traveling from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles. The remaining passengers were taken into Blythe to be interviewed by investigators. All lanes of the interstate remain closed. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. A tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto a highway, triggering a bus crash Wednesday that killed four people and seriously injured at least seven others on the main road linking Southern California and Arizona, authorities said. The crash occurred around 2:15 a.m. on Interstate 10, just west of Blythe near the Arizona border, where the eastbound truck jackknifed onto the median and spilled its cargo into all lanes in both directions, according to the California Department of Transportation. The westbound bus either swerved to avoid the pipes or struck them and overturned, sliding across the shoulder and 50 feet down a slight embankment, Kasinga said. The bus, with 32 confirmed passengers, was traveling from El Paso to Los Angeles. Four vehicles in the eastbound lanes also crashed, injuring an unknown number of people. The four fatalities were aboard the bus, said Terri Kasinga of the transportation department. Seven seriously hurt bus passengers were taken to hospitals, and 14 others sought evaluation of minor injuries such as bumps and bruises, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jason Gerard. The driver of the bus was unhurt. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions, and drivers were urged to find alternate routes. All lanes of the interstate were to remain closed until at least Wednesday afternoon, Kasinga said. The bus, operated by El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express Inc., had switched drivers in Phoenix, Kasinga said. It was not known if the driver was among the victims. The company sent smaller charter buses to transport the uninjured passengers. A message seeking comment from the bus company was not immediately returned. The highway patrol was investigating. Blythe is a city of about 25,000 people in eastern Riverside County, about 225 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. -- 4 killed when tour bus overturns in chain-reaction crash near Blythe. photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/latfoto">@latfoto</a> <a href="http://t.co/SIxqZ0LfLd">http://t.co/SIxqZ0LfLd</a> <a href="http://t.co/7pMexRz4iT">pic.twitter.com/7pMexRz4iT</a> — Marc Martin (@latpix) <a href="https://twitter.com/latpix/statuses/469158345060802561">May 21, 2014</a> For more on Arizona highway conditions visit ADOT's Travel Information site at <a target="_blank" href="http://az511.gov">az511.gov</a> or call 511. Updates are also available on the <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/arizonadot">ADOT Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT)</a> and on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/AZDOT">Facebook</a>. Expect delays this morning on I-10 WB at the AZ/CA border due to a fatal crash. Traffic's detoured onto a frontage road in Blythe. — Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArizonaDOT/statuses/469089660908494848">May 21, 2014</a>
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Wildfire in Oak Creek Canyon reaches 4,500 acres
OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) -- Hundreds of firefighters poured into Arizona on Wednesday to battle a wind-whipped wildfire in a canyon near Sedona that sent up choking plumes of smoke and scuttled Memorial Day weekend plans in the popular hiking and camping area. Authorities warned about 3,200 residents between Sedona and Flagstaff that they need to be ready to evacuate if the fire makes another advance. The blaze earlier Wednesday doubled in size to 1 1/3 square miles and could grow by nightfall to 2,000 acres, or about 3 square miles. Arizona authorities are fearful that the fire could be a prelude for what could become a devastating wildfire season amid a drought that has left tinder-dry conditions across the state. The fire broke out at the start of the tourist season and closed the main road between Sedona and Flagstaff - two cities that attract many visitors in summer months. The fire is burning near Slide Rock State Park, a popular recreation area because of its natural rock water slides. Sophie Lwin, of Peoria, said she had relatives from the Los Angeles area coming in for a weekend at the Butterfly Garden Inn, which had to evacuate because of the fire. She said the area is her favorite destination, and she and her husband visit the Sedona area at least five times a year. "It's Memorial Day weekend. It's going to be so hard and so expensive to get anything anywhere else," she said. About 200 firefighters and other personnel are already assigned to the fire, including five Hotshot crews, Coconino National Forest officials said Wednesday. An additional 15 Hotshot crews are on order, as well as 10 other firefighting crews and dozens of fire engines, officials said. A top-level fire management team was taking over command of the fire. There were no reports so far of injuries or structures burned. The exact cause of the fire wasn't known, but authorities believe it was human-caused. The fire forced the evacuations of 100 threatened businesses and homes in a 2-mile stretch north of the state park, and 15 people stayed at a shelter in Flagstaff. About 3,200 people in the communities of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands were told that they need to be ready to evacuate. "As you can see, we are dealing with some pretty extraordinary circumstances with this fire. I want to reiterate that you basically have received your pre-evacuation notice. This is your time to get ready," said Robert Rowley, emergency manager for Coconino County. The fire comes less than a year after a blaze in nearby Prescott killed 19 firefighters who were part of a Hotshot crew. As the fire moved up the canyon's steep walls, it sent up large amounts of smoke and ash and created hazy conditions in Flagstaff, about 10 miles from the blaze. The blaze presented several challenges for firefighters, including steep terrain, thick pine forest, gusting winds and the drought conditions, said Bill Morse, a Flagstaff Fire Department captain and a spokesman for firefighting managers. He also said the terrain makes it difficult for firefighters to stay in contact with each other on their radios. But Morse said calming fire conditions in Southern California have freed up extra crews to fight the Arizona fire. "Fortunately the fires in San Diego have calmed down enough for the resources to be released here," Morse said. The evacuees included Nathan and Mickella Westerfield, young honeymooners from Phoenix who arrived at a campground in the canyon Tuesday afternoon. They were headed into Sedona for dinner when they passed the fire, which was burning shrubs and trees in a small valley visible from the highway. As other passers-by stopped to take pictures of the fire, a firefighter told the couple they couldn't return to their campground to retrieve their newly purchased camping gear and other belongings, Nathan Westerfield said. "He told us, `no, we're evacuating,'" he said. "We literally have the clothes on our backs." Red Cross spokeswoman Trudy Thompson Rice said most of the 15 people who stayed Tuesday night at the shelter at a Flagstaff school were campers. The Westerfields were among those who spent the night at the shelter. A separate wildfire burned 200 acres and closed Interstate 17 near Cordes Junction in both directions for more than four hours late Tuesday. The interstate, which is the main route between the Phoenix area and northern Arizona, reopened Tuesday evening. --- Davenport and Associated Press writer Astrid Galvan contributed to this report from Phoenix. © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. -- OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) -- Hundreds of firefighters are pouring into northern Arizona to battle a wind-whipped wildfire burning in scenic Oak Creek Canyon near <a href="http://azstateparks.com/Parks/slRO/index.html" target="_blank">Slide Rock State Park</a>. Coconino National Forest officials say 200 firefighters are already assigned to the fire, including five Hotshot crews. An additional 15 Hotshot crews are on order, as well as 10 additional firefighting crews plus dozens of fire engines. The <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3874" target="_blank">Slide Fire</a> started Tuesday afternoon and authorities believe it was human-caused. It has forced the evacuations of 100 threatened businesses and homes in a two-mile stretch north of the state park. Fifteen people stayed at a shelter in Flagstaff. However, there are no reports so far of injuries or structures burned. "Fire activity is slowing toward the north and now concentrating on moving up the steep canyon walls," according to an update fire managers released at 7:15 a.m. "Resources are stationed above and below the fire. Smoke is heavy through Oak Creek Canyon and creating very hazy conditions in Flagstaff. Smoke will likely continue to drift north and be noticeable along I-17 as motorists approach northern Arizona." State Route Highway 89A is closed through the steep-walled canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff. Slide Rock State Park is a popular recreation area due its natural rock water slides. -- More crews headed to northern Arizona wildfire OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) -- Hundreds of firefighters were pouring into northern Arizona on Wednesday to battle a wind-whipped wildfire burning in scenic Oak Creek Canyon near Slide Rock State Park. About 200 firefighters and other personnel are already assigned to the 450-acre Slide Fire, including five Hotshot crews, Coconino National Forest officials said Wednesday. An additional 15 Hotshot crews are on order, as well as 10 other firefighting crews plus dozens of fire engines, officials said. A top-level fire management team was to take over command Wednesday afternoon. Calming wildfire conditions in Southern California have freed up crews for the Arizona fire, said Bill Morse, a Flagstaff Fire Department captain and a spokesman for firefighting managers. The Slide Fire has forced the evacuations of 100 threatened businesses and homes in a 2-mile stretch north of the state park, and 15 people stayed at a shelter in Flagstaff. There are no reports so far of injuries or structures burned. Slide Rock State Park is a popular recreation area because of its natural rock water slides. The fire was moving up the canyon's steep walls, sending up smoke and creating hazy conditions in Flagstaff. A resort near the fire used water sprayers to keep the flames at bay and its buildings escaped damage, Morse said. A separate wildfire in the state burned 200 acres and closed Interstate 17 near Cordes Junction in both directions for more than four hours late Tuesday. I-17, which is the main traffic route between the Phoenix area and northern Arizona, reopened Tuesday evening. The two blazes ignited amid drought conditions that have left parts of the state tinder-dry and have Arizona officials worried about the prospect of a devastating 2014 wildfire season. The Slide Fire started Tuesday afternoon and authorities believe it was human-caused. State Route Highway 89A is closed through the canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff. Red Cross spokeswoman Trudy Thompson Rice said most of the 15 people who stayed Tuesday night at the shelter at a Flagstaff school were campers. "We had a lot more than that -- maybe 30 -- come in to register and let us know where they were," she said Wednesday. The evacuees at the Flagstaff shelter included Nathan and Mickella Westerfield, young honeymooners from Phoenix who arrived at a campground in the canyon Tuesday afternoon. They were headed into Sedona for dinner when they passed the fire, which was burning shrubs and trees in a small valley visible from the highway. Other passers-by had stopped to take pictures of the fire, Nathan Westerfield said. "It didn't even seem like it was a big deal," but a firefighter told the couple they couldn't return to their campground to retrieve their newly purchased camping gear and other belongings, Westerfield said. "He told us, `no, we're evacuating,'" he said. "We literally have the clothes on our backs." © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. -- OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) -- A wildfire near <a href="http://azstateparks.com/Parks/slRO/index.html" target="_blank">Slide Rock State Park</a> in Oak Creek Canyon has forced the evacuations of some businesses and homes in a two-mile stretch north of the area. U.S. Forest Service officials say the so-called <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3874" target="_blank">Slide Fire</a> has burned an estimated 450 acres on the western slope of the canyon across the creek from Highway 89A. As of Wednesday morning, the fire was zero percent contained. The fire was reported about 4 p.m. Tuesday. It is believed to be human-caused. Highway 89A now is closed at the Oak Creek Overlook. Evacuations have been ordered at West Fork, Pine Flat, Halfway, Cave Springs and other campgrounds and day use areas in the upper canyon. Some inns, resorts and other businesses also have been ordered to evacuate by Coconino County authorities. <a href="http://www.thebutterflygardeninn.com/" target="_blank">The Butterfly Inn</a>, <a href="http://www.garlandslodge.com/" target="_blank">Garland's</a>, <a href="http://www.junipine.com/" target="_blank">Junipine Resort</a> and other businesses are affected by the evacuation order. Two Hotshot crews, four engines, two helicopters and Sedona firefighters are battling the wildfire. 100 firefighters are on the scene. More crews and air support are on the way. "Our biggest assets right now are some of our helicopters that are helping knock down the fire on the steep slopes," said Brady Smith with the Coconino National Forest. "You can't get firefighters up on those areas." The weather is having a big impact on how this fire spreads. "We do have a Red Flag Warning for most of Northern Arizona today that the National Weather Service issued this morning," said Smith. "The winds typically die down in the evening but that's a canyon area and is going to push things northward...hopefully those winds will die down as the evening progresses and then that will help us out quite a bit." The winds did start to calm down as evening fell, but not as much as fire crews had hoped. Those winds picked up again as the sun came up, pushing the fire closer to the canyon. No injuries have been reported. © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Cinco de Mayo drinks (no expensive limes necessary)
Fresh Paloma 1.5 oz. Reposado Tequila .5 oz. fresh squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit Dash of Old Fashioned Bitters Pinch of Kosher Salt. Top With Grapefruit Soda - Jarritos is Great Method: In Tall glass Add Tequila, Grapefruit juice, bitters and pinch of kosher salt. Add ice and serve with a bottle of Jarritos Soda on the side. (Note: This will work great without the alcohol, as well.) Oaxacan Medicine Man 1.5 oz. Vida Mezcal 1 oz. Ginger Syrup 1 oz. Lemon Juice Method: In shaker add ingredients and shake hard. Strain into Double Old Fashioned glass over good ice. Garnish with a flamed rosemary sprig
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How to tell if your child is ready for kindergarten
PHOENIX -- These days, many parents are confused about when to enroll their child in Kindergarten. Some are signing up their kids as early as age four, others are waiting until they are six. Sunrise Preschools is a leader in school readiness using the creative curriculum in 25 learning centers Valley-wide. Its president, Dana Vela, is an expert in early childhood education. We spoke to her on this National Kindergarten Day about determining your child's readiness. "I think the most important thing that parents can do is make sure that their child is ready to be away from them socially," she says. "So participate with them in playgroups, maybe at church or preschool; a part-time situation where they say goodbye to their child, let their child interact with other children for a little while, and come back to pick up their child." Vela says there are some clear signs that will help you identify if your child is ready. Here are tips and milestones for parents to review to help determine a child's readiness, as well as prepare them for the jump to Kindergarten. *Become familiar with the school cut off dates. Most school districts require a child to be 5 years of age by September 1st. *Kindergarten readiness includes interacting well socially with other children their age such as playing nicely, sharing, etc. *Academically, a child should be able to listen to instructions and know the basics such as the alphabet, counting numbers and have basic fine motor skills (hold a pencil, use scissors, etc.) *If you're not sure if your child is ready, ask your child's preschool teacher to assess his or her readiness. Family and friends who know your child well and even your family pediatrician may also be able to provide insight into whether or not your child is ready for kindergarten. *Visit a kindergarten class at the school where you plan to enroll your child to get a sense of the day to day activities. Can you envision your child interacting and joining in with the tasks? Sunrise Preschools <a href="http://www.sunrisepreschools.com" target="_blank">http://www.sunrisepreschools.com</a> 480-706-2500
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Creative ideas for Easter leftovers, especially eggs!
PHOENIX -- Chances are, many folks woke up this morning wondering what to do with all that food left over from Easter meals, especially all those hard-boiled eggs. Chef Stephanie "Tess" Peterson joined us on Monday's Good Morning Arizona with some creative ways to put some of that food to good use. The first step is taking the shell off the hard-boiled egg. "What you do is you crack the bottom of the hard-cooked egg," she instructs. "You take that shell off the bottom. And then you crack the top and take it off. Now, it has to be warm. It has to be just-cooked of pulled out of your fridge and left for about ten minutes." She then demonstrated how you actually "blow" into the hole on the top to get that shell off easily. Another tip for cooking the eggs? "I put them in a pressure cooker for three minutes and then turn it off," she says. "Or bring your water to a boil. Set your timer for 12 minutes, turn off the heat and they're done." Recipes: Chef Tess Buffalo Chicken Eggs-n-Bacon salad 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 cup diced cooked chicken ¼ cup cooked bacon crumbles 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise 2 tablespoons celery, chopped 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard ¼ cup blue cheese (optional) Hot wing sauce to taste Few dashes hot-pepper sauce Directions: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Scoop into bread or buns or top fresh greens for a salad. Chef Tess Southwestern Chorizo Scotch Eggs 4 large eggs, hard cooked and peeled 2 tbsp flour seasoned with 1 tsp ancho-chile powder 4 oz good quality turkey sausage 4 oz chorizo or soy-rizo meat 1 green onions, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh cilantro finely chopped 1 egg, beaten Homemade dry breadcrumbs or a good quality crumb such as Panko Vegetable oil for deep frying Directions: Heat the oven to 350 degrees Dust the hard boiled eggs rolling them in the ancho-seasoned flour. Place the sausage meats in a large bowl, add chopped green onion and cilantro and mix thoroughly. Divide the sausage meat into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a flat cake large enough to fit around the egg. Work the sausage meat around the egg as evenly as possible whilst working hard to keep the egg shape and making sure there are no cracks. Place the meat coated eggs in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Roll the boiled eggs in the seasoned flour followed by the beaten egg, then into the crumbs and press lightly to ensure a good coating. Mist generously with a spritz of vegetable oil, or coat lightly with oil using a pastry brush. Place on a cookie tray and pop into the preheated oven for 6 minutes or until golden brown all over. Serve warm with fresh green salad and roasted chiles. For more information on Chef Tess, you can visit her website: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cheftessbakeresse.com">www.cheftessbakeresse.com</a>
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Elderly man accused in 'mercy killing' of wife goes missing
PHOENIX -- A man accused in the so-called "mercy killing" of his wife failed to show up for a court appearance Monday. Now, authorities are searching for 78-year-old Howard Rudolph of Sun City. Rudolph faces 2nd degree murder charges. He was supposed to appear in court Monday for a pre-trial conference, but never showed. Authorities believe he cut his monitoring device from his ankle. Rudolph is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Earlene in August of 2013. “I had to do it,” Rudolph told Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies after his arrest, according to court paperwork. Investigators believe Rudolph intended to kill himself after allegedly killing his 73-year-old wife inside their Sun City home. Investigators said Rudolph had written a note to his attorney containing specific instructions on how “the bodies” should be cremated and how the couple’s home should be handled. The Rudolphs had been married for 13 years. MCSO believes Rudolph is driving a white Lincoln sedan. Officials are asking for the public's help finding him.
Husand and wife dead in murder-suicide
PHOENIX -- A man shot and killed his wife in their apartment Sunday night while the couple's three young children were home and apparently asleep. Police said the man called 911 at about 11:30 p.m. and said he killed his wife. When officers responded to the Bolero Apartments at 79th Avenue and McDowell Road they found a 33-year-old black female who had been shot to death. Officers tracked her husband by cell phone to the area of 15th Avenue and Indian School Road where they found a 32-year-old black male inside a vehicle with a deadly self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said that man is the woman's husband. "We're trying to figure out what happened with this young couple, what made this man apparently kill his wife and then himself," said Officers James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Dept. The children are ages 1, 4, and 12. "We have been able to locate some family members...Child Protective Services arrived to the apartment, took custody of the children and they're going to make every effort, as they always do, to get these children with family members," said Officer Holmes. Holmes said he did not know if the children had been told yet what happened to their parents. Police have not said if there is a history of domestic violence with the couple. "I think that it's fortunate at least immediately for these kids that they were asleep. It indicates that they were not traumatized by what might have happened inside the apartment," said Officer Holmes.
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Phoenix weather: Breezy Monday
PHOENIX -- A cold front moving through Arizona ushered in a few weather changes for the new week. Monday morning, breezy and cooler conditions were observed across the state. In the Valley, winds were generally between 10 and 15 miles per hour out of the north and northeast. Those winds could get stronger during the late morning and early afternoon hours before easing up by late afternoon and evening. Temperatures are expected to peak near 85 degrees Monday afternoon in the Valley under sunny skies. Tonight, clear skies can be expected and overnight lows will dip to between 50 and 60 degrees around the Valley by Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon will be a bit warmer with a forecast high of 90 degrees. Another round of breezy weather arrives Wednesday, but skies will stay mostly clear and temperatures peak in the low 90s. Easter weekend is looking warm and mostly dry across Arizona. At this point, there is a slight chance of rain on Saturday, but dry weather is expected on Sunday with morning temperatures in the 50s and 60s and a high Sunday afternoon of about 91 degrees.
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3OYS: Man owes $4000 in taxes for cigarettes purchased years ago
PHOENIX -- Michael Sadowski isn't exactly proud that he smokes, calling it an expensive and nasty habit. "Both of my parents were smokers and, back then, everybody was," he said. After several failed attempts to quit, Sadowski started looking for a less expensive way to smoke. He found he could buy cigarettes cheaper online than in stores. "I did that back in 2007, 2008 and then, in 2009, they started the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azag.gov/tobacco/pact">PACT Act</a>, which made it illegal to sell cigarettes across state lines," he explained. So Sadowski returned to purchasing cigarettes in stores and didn't think more about it until a couple weeks ago, when he got a package from the Arizona Department of Revenue. "I was sick to my stomach; highly stressed," he recalled. "They said I owed $4,417 in back taxes, and that includes penalties and interest." The cigarettes Sadowski purhcased online more than five years ago apparently never included taxes. "Most notices of assessment or tax due from the department generally catch people by surprise," said Sean Laux, of the Arizona Department of Revenue. Laux said just because consumers buy products online, that doesn't mean they can skip out on the taxes owed to the state "For these individuals who are making purchases over the Internet, the law required you to fill out a form to report those so that the luxury tax was paid," he explained. The Arizona Department of Revenue was able to obtain records from online tobacco retailers. "Obviously, in this case, it does catch up with people," Laux said. "It's based on information that we receive and that we find, and then we try to collect the tax that's due." Sadowski said he wasn't trying to cheat the system. He just thought he was getting a smoking deal. "There's thousands of people just around the Phoenix area who buy stuff online every day, and I feel ... every person who bought anything online is in jeopardy if they did not pay state sales tax," he said.