Weekend recap: Here are Arizona’s biggest stories from May 6-8
PHOENIX – A water main break shut down part of US 60 in Tempe, Cyber Ninjas founder’s attorneys reportedly turn over files to the Arizona Senate, and Phoenix hit 100 degrees for the first time in 2022.
Here are some of the biggest stories that made headlines on the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
Parts of US 60 closed in Tempe as crews begin repairing water main break
Part of US 60 in Tempe remained closed Sunday due to a water main break and drivers were told to find alternate routes as crews work to repair the damage.
US 60 eastbound is closed between the I-10 interchange and Loop 101, while westbound lanes are closed between Loop 101 and McClintock Drive.
“This is the time when, unfortunately, we’re going to be a bit down,” Randy Everett, Central District Administrator for the Arizona Department of Transportation, said at a news conference.
“Allow yourself extra time, it’s probably a good time to give yourself an extra half hour of travel time when you go out.”
There is no estimated time to reopen the highway.
Everett suggests using the 202 Santan Freeway Loop to the south and the 202 Red Mountain Freeway Loop to the north to bypass the closure.
Report: Lawyers for Cyber Ninjas founder turn over files to Arizona Senate
Lawyers for Doug Logan, the founder and former CEO of Cyber Ninjas, are turning over 1,062 pages of documents to the Arizona Senate, according to the nonprofit watchdog group American Oversight.
Cyber Ninjas, the contractor who led the 2020 election review for Arizona Republicans, was held in contempt by a judge for his failure to turn over documents in January and ordered to pay $50,000 per day.
He continued to withhold cases, and after several months, the contractor’s total fines reached $4.2 million according to Friday’s report, according to Jeremy Duda from Axios.
American Oversight sued the Arizona Senate in May 2021 for releasing public documents.
“The records Logan says he is delivering to the Senate include files related to contractors Cyber Ninjas worked with to conduct the bogus ‘audit’ of Arizona, including WakeTSI, CyFir and conspiracy promoters Electoral Jovan Hutton Pulitzer and Dr. Shiva,” American Oversight tweeted Friday.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah set the daily fines, saying that at the time millions of dollars were given to Cyber Ninjas and the company failed to submit a report. proof of insolvency.
Not cool: Phoenix reaches 100 degrees for the first time in 2022
Triple-digit temperatures have arrived in the Valley.
Phoenix hit 100 degrees on Saturday for the first time in 2022, according to the National Weather Service.
The mark was reached around 2:12 p.m.
The city got a slight reprieve from when it normally hits 100 degrees for the first time in a calendar year.
It was the last date the mercury hit triple digits since 2010, when 100 degrees hit on May 21.
Phoenix police release name of officer shot dead in gas station incident, say she was discharged from hospital
The Phoenix Police Department on Friday released the name of the officer who was shot while responding to a domestic violence incident at a gas station last month and said she was discharged from the hospital .
Denise Bruce-Jones, a 24-year veteran of the force, had been hospitalized since the April 14 incident.
“This morning Constable Denise Bruce-Jones was released from Honor Health Rehabilitation and is resting and recovering at home with her family,” Phoenix Police said on Twitter.
Nicholas Cowan, 35, allegedly opened fire on two police officers, including Bruce-Jones, after they stopped at the North Phoenix gas station.
Former Arizona prison warden Ryan charged with 2 crimes stemming from January incident
Charles Ryan, the former director of the Arizona prison system, has been charged with two crimes following an incident in January at his home, authorities said Friday.
Ryan has been charged with one count of disorderly conduct involving weapons and one count of unlawfully discharging a weapon, according to the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office.
Ryan, who retired as director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation in 2019, experienced what police called “a mental health crisis” on Jan. 6 at his residence near Warner and Terrace roads.