Hot Links: Jaywalking, Scams, and a Convicted Ex-Minister

Silent Witness is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the death of an Anthem resident. Richard Smith, 59, was killed in his home in early August, in what police believe began as a home invasion...As school reconvenes, Gilbert police are warning students and parents that they will issue citations to jaywalkers who do not heed their warnings. The fine for jaywalking is $210...Mesa company Aerocast International has won a multimillion dollar contract to make aluminum and magnesium castings for Sikorsky Aircraft Company. Aerocast will add 50 employees locally to manufacture the parts for the contract...

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office wants to warn employers of a scam. According to a business owner in Cottonwood, she received a phone call informing her that one of her employees had been arrested and instructing her to wire money to Florida for the employees' bail. The owner of a Sedona resort also received a call. Authorities are asking anyone who receives a similar call to write down the number...A former youth minister in Tucson was convicted of molesting a teenage girl over the course of a year. Christopher Scott Decaire was convicted after prosecutors presented DNA tests that proved the semen on the teenager's jacket was Decaire's. He faces more than 50 years in prison...An early morning collision shut down Valley Metro Light Rail for an hour this morning. Two vehicles collided near 16th street and Washington, and four women were taken to the hospital. Two were in serious condition, and two suffered minor injuries. Light Rail reopened at around 7 a.m.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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