Hot Links: Standoffs, Ripoffs, and Blackouts

A Yuma man is in custody after an almost nine-hour standoff with police. Michael McCormick was wanted in connection with several vehicle thefts and burglaries. When police tracked him to a motel, he fled and broke into a trailer home, where the standoff ensued. He eventually surrendered and was taken into custody...A Tempe woman is accused of stealing more than $1 million from her employer over the course of eight years. Lorena Laverne Fortuna worked as a Human Resources Manager for Trimedica International, where police say she increased her wages several times and added her boyfriend to the payroll, without her employer's permission or knowledge. She was arrested yesterday, and reportedly admitted the thefts to police...A father and son were victims of a stabbing assault about 6 a.m. this morning. The incident occurred at their home in Glendale, and a motive is unclear. Both victims were being treated at St. Joseph's Hospital. Police are looking for a suspect, described as an African-American male in his late 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds...

Apache Junction Vice Mayor R.E. Eck could face charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon after he struck the back of a motorcycle with his vehicle last Friday. According to reports, the driver of the motorcycle punched Eck in the face (he's being charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault), and Eck responded by ramming the bike with his car...A business partner at Ace Flooring in Mesa died yesterday, after being pinned under a roll of carpet that weighed 800 to 1,000 pounds. The state Occupational Health and Safety Administration Office is investigating the accident to see if there were any violations of industry standards.

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