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State Briefs | Teen driver arrested in crash that killed Glendale man

GLENDALE (AP) – Authorities say a Glendale man has died after he was struck by a speeding driver.

Police say a vehicle traveling Thursday around 8:30 p.m. near 65th and Glendale avenues changed lanes to pass another car.

The vehicle then returned to its original lane. That is when it struck 53-year-old Jesse Tucker, who was crossing mid-block.

Police say Tucker was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

Investigators say the driver, 18-year-old Jose Vazquez Flores, of Phoenix, was driving more than 20 mph above the speed limit.

According to police Friday, he has been booked on suspicion of manslaughter, accidental death while driving and other charges.

Jury finds man guilty in deaths of couple in Williams

FLAGSTAFF (AP) – A jury has convicted a man of killing a couple and their dog in northern Arizona.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that jurors found Derrick Barnett guilty Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder, animal cruelty and other charges.

The prosecution said Barnett was hard-pressed for money when he killed Michael and Norma Dimuria at their home in Williams in May 2017. Authorities say he stole money and a car from them and fled to Colorado where he was captured.

A sentencing date hasn't been set. The 31-year-old Barnett faces life in prison.

The prosecution had played a recorded call between Barnett and his mother in which he said he was ready to accept responsibility.

But Barnett's attorney told jurors that none of the testimony amounted to a confession of guilt.

Police: Man fakes Down syndrome, hires women to bathe him

GILBERT, Arizona (AP) – Police say they have arrested an Arizona man who pretended to have Down syndrome and hired caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers.

According to Gilbert police, 31-year-old Paul Anthony Menchaca posed as a woman on jobsites for caregivers saying she needed assistance with her adult son. Citing court documents, ABC15 reported Thursday that three women were hired to care for Menchaca at different points over the summer, with the first saying she bathed and assisted him 30 times.

Police say all three reported Menchaca becoming aroused during baths.

He was arrested Sept. 6 on fraud and sexual abuse charges.

In a video of an initial court appearance, Menchaca said he has special needs and a low IQ level. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had obtained an attorney.

Information from: KNXV-TV, http://www.abc15.com

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