Hot Links: Phony 911 Call, Toddler Shooting, and Phoenix Suns

Police say a phony 911 call on Sunday led to a police chase on Interstate 10 near Casa Grande. A Mesa man named John Michael Cook called the cops and said he was held hostage by immigrant smugglers and forced to transport illegals in a U-Haul truck. Police caught the truck, but found it empty. They believe Cook made up the story, and he now faces several charges, including unlawful flight, criminal damage, and driving under the influence....A 3-year-old boy from the San Tan Valley accidentally shot himself in the head Saturday afternoon. Police say the boy found a 9-millimeter handgun under his grandmother's couch. As of Sunday night, the boy remained in the hospital in stable but extremely critical condition...An Army National Guardsman from Yuma is a finalist to have his name on a NASCAR race. Sergeant Chris Dempsey is one of five finalists in the "Your Name Here" Crown Royal contest. If he wins, Dempsey gets the honor of naming the Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on May 1...

A small plane hit a restroom at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center in Mesa Sunday morning. The pilot of the World War II-era training plane was on a flight with a paying passenger when engine problems forced the crash-landing. No major injuries were reported, but the plane suffered major damage...The Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 114-102 on Friday night. Suns center Robin Lopez had scored 10 points and had seven rebounds in 18 minutes. The Suns will face the Portland Trail Blazers this Wednesday at US Airways Center.

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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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