PHOENIX (AP) - The rescuer who hung from a helicopter and plucked stranded hikers from a flooded creek in Arizona says he wrapped his arms around a 4-year-old boy because he feared a harness wouldn't secure the child's small frame. Pima County sheriff's Deputy Steve West said he was relieved when the boy was safety hoisted into the rescue helicopter, away from raging rapids that stranded him and his father on a boulder Sunday.
PHOENIX (AP) - News organizations will clash with Arizona prison officials over the First Amendment at a trial to determine whether the public has a right to know who supplies execution drugs and the qualifications of people who carry out the death penalty. The operators are seeking the information in a lawsuit filed after the death of an inmate in what his attorney called a botched execution. The trial is set to begin Tuesday. Similar challenges are playing out in other parts of the country.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say life jackets are essential for anyone on a boat regardless of age following the drowning deaths of two people in Lake Havasu. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says 41-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez and 44-year-old Raul Gonzalez of Monrovia, California, died Friday after jumping into the water without life jackets.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a Goodyear man suspected of using a stun gun to discipline his 11-year-old son has pleaded guilty to child abuse. They say Darryl Ingram pleaded on Friday and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 23.
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