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MISSING: Sheriff looking for Rio Rico woman

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public to help locate a missing Rio Rico woman. Jeremie Roach, 69, was last seen walking away from her residence in the Ranchos del Rio subdivision. She is described as barefoot and wearing a white shirt and black pants. If you see her, call 5

TUCSONNEWSNOW.COM - 2018-03-20 16:01:30

Two immigrants found in woman's trunk

Two illegal immigrants were found in the trunk of a 23-year-old Tucson woman who fled from the Interstate 19 checkpoint near Tubac on Friday afternoon and was chased for almost 25 miles. A Nogales Border Patrol Station agent directed the woman, who was driving a Nissan Altima, to a secondary inspect

GREEN VALLEY NEWS AND SUN - 2018-03-21 00:54:00

Steller column: Tradition says jury in border agent's murder case won't convict

'Can you be fair?" U.S. District Judge Raner Collins asked some version of that question dozens of times Tuesday as a jury was chosen in the second-degree murder trial of Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz. Not surprisingly, over and over, this crowd of 94 Southern Arizona residents said they could b

TUCSON.COM - 2018-03-21 02:14:00

US agent goes on trial in Mexican teen cross-border killing

A U.S. Border Patrol agent is going on trial on a second-degree murder charge this week in a rare Justice Department prosecution of a fatal cross-border Mexico shooting. Lonnie Swartz is charged with opening fire from the Arizona side of the border into Nogales, Mexico more than five years ago and k

TUCSONNEWSNOW.COM - 2018-03-19 23:53:38

Commercial trucks to "fly" over Nogales, Ariz.

Buy Now Drivers of commercial trucks and passenger vehicles queue on Mariposa Road (Arizona 189) as they wait to turn onto northbound Interstate 19. The Mariposa Port of Entry is the gateway for most of the winter produce entering the U.S.Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star The sight of commercial tr


Rio Rico break-in gets migrant six-month term

A Superior Court judge handed down a six-month prison sentence to an undocumented immigrant who spent the night in a residence in Rio Rico that he and another suspect entered illegally. Cristian Manuel Cortez Ruiz, 25, was sentenced Feb. 26 by Judge Thomas Fink after he pleaded guilty to one count o

NOGALES INTERNATIONAL - 2018-03-20 07:00:00

Human smuggling attempt stopped by BP agents

A Tucson woman is facing charges for human smuggling after speeding away from an immigration checkpoint on Friday, March 16, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. The 23-year-old sped away from an Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint, after a Nogales Station BP agent direc

TUCSONNEWSNOW.COM - 2018-03-19 23:15:11

Married BP agent fled scene because he was with a stranger

A witness took a photo of a driver later identified as Ellis McKenzie-Morales shortly after a hit-and-run crash in Sahuarita on March 1. A witness took a photo of a driver later identified as Ellis McKenzie-Morales shortly after a hit-and-run crash in Sahuarita on March 1. A Border Patrol agent cite

SAHUARITASUN.COM - 2018-03-20 22:22:00

Fatal crashes up on I-19, but overall wrecks down

This year is proving to be an exceptionally deadly year for travelers on Interstate 19, but the number of wrecks overall is down. There have been four fatal collisions with five deaths on the 27-mile stretch of I-19 between Arivaca Road and San Xavier Road between Jan. 1 and March 15, compared to on


Border Patrol agent to go on trial Tuesday in 2012 shooting death of teen

After being postponed five times, the trial of a Border Patrol agent who shot through the border fence and killed a 16-year-old Sonoran is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the U.S. District Court in Tucson. The trial of Lonnie Swartz, the first Border Patrol agent to be federally charged in a use-of-fo


Ports and Border: Hard drugs seized, sex offender caught

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry referred a 19-year-old Tucson man for further inspection of his Chevy truck. A drug-sniffing dog then alerted officers to more than 24 pounds of meth, worth almost $73,000, stashed in the truck's bench seat.


Four people busted in border drug smuggling

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs Border Protection officers apprehended four people involved in a separate smuggling attempt at Arizona's port of Nogales. The smugglers attempted to smuggle 67 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin into the U.S. over the past four days. Earlier that morning, officers refe


Council ousts interim city attorney after five weeks

The Nogales City Council voted 4-3 to fire Interim City Attorney Mark Williams on Thursday amid complaints that he brought divisiveness to City Hall and was acting as a "gunslinger" for Mayor John Doyle. The vote ended a tumultuous five-week stint for Williams that was marked by employee resignation


Four canopies installed at Nogales Port of Entry

NOGALES, Ariz. - As cars cross the border from Mexico into the United States at both the DeConcini Port of Entry and Mariposa Port of Entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who inspect them will have more protection from nature's elements. That's all thanks to four new "shade sails," tha