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Phoenix – A former school district official is accused of accepting up to 700 trucks of soil from an excavation site on district property and using it to develop a housing site he owned, officials from the state watchdog said.

A grand jury indictment accuses Michael Moran, former director of operations for the Wickenburg United School District, of conflict of interest and other crimes, the auditor general’s office said in a report on Thursday.

The office said it investigated and presented its findings to the attorney general’s office after the district reported suspected financial misconduct on the part of Moran, who resigned in 2018 when questioned by the district superintendent.

Moran should have paid up to $ 70,000 for the land delivered to his property by a contractor who did the excavation work and suggested that the land be used to level the district property, the office said.

Two other companies considered for the excavation project “expressed concerns to Mr. Moran that it was not possible or not permitted to deliver soil from the district site to Mr. Moran’s personal lot, and they didn’t get the contract, ”the office mentioned.

Man who fled during trial is sentenced to 28 years for attacking motorhome

PRESCOTT – A 44-year-old man from Prescott who fled in 2019 while on trial for a brutal attack on a camper the previous year has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after being apprehended in Payson in late July, the authorities announced.

Robert David Pearsall III was out on bail when he fled two days before jurors in his trial in Yavapai County Superior Court for attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault returned a verdict of guilt. Judge Tina Ainley sentenced Pearsall on Wednesday.

The events leading up to his conviction occurred in September 2018 when Pearsall repeatedly punched the victim, whom he did not know, on the head with a large board in a remote camping area near Perkinsville, said authorities.

The seriously injured victim would likely have died without emergency help from other campers, including trained firefighters, the county attorney’s office said in a statement.

Pearsall fled the scene but surrendered a few days later. After escaping the following year during his trial, he was on the run for more than two years before being arrested on July 22 in Payson where he was living under a pseudonym, officials said.

Pearsall remains charged with failing to appear in the 2019 court proceedings and likely faces additional charges because he had two guns and methamphetamine on him and assaulted Payson’s police officer who took him down. had stopped for a traffic violation, the office said.

Police shoot domestic violence suspect in suburban Phoenix

PHOENIX – Chandler Police said they shot dead a gunman in a hotel parking lot Friday morning following a suspicious person report. The incident is currently under investigation as a domestic violence case.

Police in the Phoenix suburbs said someone called the police saying a woman was asking for help. A spokesperson for Chandler Police said two officers found the gunman in the parking lot and he “exhibited” a gun. The police interpreted this as a threat and shot him, the spokesperson said. It is not known how many bullets hit the man.

The man, who has not been named, is being treated at a local hospital, police said. No one else was injured in the shooting outside the hotel, which is also near a large shopping center.

“Both officers had their cameras worn on their bodies at the time,” Chandler Police spokesman Jason McClimans said, adding that details emerging in the case suggest that the man and woman were as a couple and that one could have hurt the other.

“It looked more like a domestic violence incident” than a suspicious person, McClimans said.

Arizona official calls for investigation after voter data was released online

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is asking Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate after voter registration records were posted online.

Voter registration registers known as the “voter register” are available to the public, but it is a crime to publish the information on the Internet. The voter register includes the name, address and party affiliation of registered voters, as well as certain telephone numbers. It shows whether the person voted in the last election, but not the candidates and questions they supported.

“It appears that in this case, information from a public documents request may have been released in violation of state law,” Richer said in a statement Thursday. “I hope that the Attorney General will look into this matter and take all necessary measures.”

Richer did not name the group responsible for the alleged violation, but a long list of voters remained accessible Thursday afternoon on a website posting podcasts, articles and other material supporting the Republican Party.

Richer and Brnovich are both Republicans.

Scottsdale man who was not given extra jail time

PHOENIX – A Scottsdale man who did not show up for his conviction in a tax fraud case has received more jail time, federal officials say.

In August 2020, Thomas Rampetsreiter was sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $ 2.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Rampetsreiter has been charged with conspiring to file fraudulent tax returns, IRS investigators say. He was ordered to surrender to begin his sentence on October 13, 2020 but did not show up.

Rampetsreiter was later arrested in Florida where he lived in a hotel under an assumed name, authorities said. He is said to have changed his vehicle’s license plate, was in possession of four cell phones and several debit cards, and had four international $ 1,000 money orders.

Prosecutors said Rampetsreiter was sentenced by a Phoenix court on Monday to nine additional months in federal prison.

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