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State Briefs | Chiropractor faces prison time in unlicensed dentistry case

TUCSON (AP) – A Tucson chiropractor faces prison time on convictions for fraud and other crimes for allowing an unlicensed dentist to practice out of his chiropractic clinic.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Dr. Jesus Bernal faces between 3 and 25 years in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 15 in Pima County Superior Court.

A jury earlier this month convicted Bernal of fraud, money laundering, practicing dentistry without a license, conspiracy, and illegal control of an enterprise.

The Attorney General's Office says it assisted in an FBI investigation that found that Maria Hernandez traveled from Mexico to provide unlicensed dental treatment while working in a makeshift dental office in Bernal's clinic.

Hernandez also faces criminal charges but the office says she is a fugitive believed to be hiding in Mexico.

Community college buys historic southern Arizona motor inn

TUCSON (AP) – A historic motor inn in southern Arizona has been snatched up by Pima Community College for about $1 million.

Tucson television station KVOA reports the college purchased the Tucson Inn Motor Hotel on Monday. The property, which had been in business for more than 60 years, sits next to the school’s downtown campus.

Officials aren’t sure how they’ll use it just yet, but it will be part of the college’s ongoing expansion efforts.

The inn was built in 1953, and its neon sign and proximity to downtown made it one of Tucson’s most iconic landmarks. It was shut down in 2016 for violations, as the city cited unsafe building conditions and criminal activity.

The building’s owners had expressed interest in renovating and re-opening but instead decided to sell.

Information from: KVOA-TV,