Weekend wrap-up: here are Arizona’s biggest stories from December 10-12

PHOENIX – Southern Arizona Department of Public Safety soldiers seized more than 200 pounds of methamphetamine in a single day, a Chandler burglary suspect has been arrested for the second time in a month, and Phoenix Police is looking for the driver of a sedan in a fatal car crash.

Here are some of the biggest stories that hit the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.


DPS soldiers seize more than 235 pounds of methamphetamine in 24 hours in southern Arizona

Arizona Department of Public Safety soldiers seized more than 235 pounds of methamphetamine during a 24-hour operation in the southern state earlier this week.

DPS soldiers and the Arizona National Guard took 237 pounds of methamphetamine and made three arrests on drug-related charges Tuesday and Wednesday.

The drugs were valued at $ 1.54 million.


Chandler “career criminal” arrested for second time in a month

A burglary suspect was arrested Wednesday on multiple counts of commercial burglary for the second time in a month, authorities said.

Charles Payne had previously been arrested on November 10 on five counts of 3rd degree burglary and had been incarcerated in the Maricopa County Jail, the Chandler Police Department said in a press release.

He was released the next day and began victimizing businesses in Chandler, near Arizona Avenue, Pecos Roads in Ocotillo within 15 days, police said.

Payne walked into two restaurants, a cafe, and a grocery store between November 26 and December 1.


Driver dies in car crash where suspect fled on foot

Phoenix Police are looking for the driver of a sedan who struck and killed the driver of a pickup truck in the 75th Avenue and Williams Street area.

The officer learned of the crash when a pickup truck heading south on 75th Avenue was struck by a sedan that did not stop at a stop sign, causing a collision, police said.

The driver of the sedan fled on foot.

The driver of the van, Lewis Kemp, 55, was seriously injured and was pronounced dead at the scene.


DPS Director Silbert moved by the embrace of a young migrant boy at the Yuma border

Colonel Heston Silbert, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said he was moved by the hug of a young migrant boy during a press conference near the border in Yuma on Wednesday.

The child approached Silbert and kissed him in the middle of a press conference led by Governor Doug Ducey, which was addressing a wave of migrants coming to Yuma in recent days.

Silbert said KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show Friday the moment was unexpected.


Zoppé Italian Family Circus back in town in Rawhide in Chandler

The Italian family circus Zoppé is back in town this month with a series of family shows in Chandler.

The 179-year-old troupe are scheduled to perform 18 shows over eight dates Friday through December 19 at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center (5700 W. North Loop Road, near Wild Horse Pass).

The One Ring Circus takes place inside a round tent, featuring trapeze artists, clowns, aerial hoops, contortionists, jugglers, fire dancers and more.

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