Category: Cronkite News

Appeals court upholds conviction in Flagstaff police officer’s murder

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld Eric Michael Clark’s conviction in the 2000 murder of Flagstaff Police Officer Jeffrey Moritz, who was gunned down after a traffic stop. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Clark’s arguments that his trial and appellate attorneys were ineffective for not properly pursuing his claim of mental incompetence. Clark, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, argued at trial that he believed aliens had invaded Flagstaff and taken over the bodies of government agents, including police. His trial was delayed for years while he underwent treatment to become competent to stand trial. His current attorney said she was disappointed by the ruling . “This poor kid,” said Carla Ryan, the attorney. “Well, he’s not a kid anymore, but it’s just such a sad story.” The Arizona Attorney General’s office did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday. The case began on June 21, 2000, when Moritz responded to early-morning complaints of a pickup truck circling a residential block and blaring loud music. After spotting the truck, Moritz turned on the lights and siren of his marked patrol car and Clark, who was driving the truck, pulled over. Within a minute, however, Clark had shot Moritz at close range, then ran away. Moritz died soon after. Clark was found later that day with gunpowder...

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DIY motorcycle shop gives bikers tools, tips – and a chance to save money

PHOENIX – MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: They say if you want something done right, do it yourself. Well, a motorcycle garage in Phoenix functions around this idea, letting customers get their hands dirty and fix their own bikes. Michael Gordon takes a look at the MotorCycle Hideout. MICHAEL GORDON/CRONKITE NEWS: At the MotorCycle Hideout, owner Steve Kaloczi has only two rules for customers, be ready to get your hands dirty and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. STEVE KALOCZI/OWNER, MOTORCYCLE HIDEOUT: Many people suspect they can do certain things of maintenance, repairs and upkeep, but it just seems daunting. MICHAEL GORDON/CRONKITE NEWS: When Steve and his family first opened the shop in 2012, he wanted a place where riders could mend their bikes themselves. Christopher Stubbs has brought his bike in for repairs many times, by his estimate saving… CHRISTOPHER STUBBS/MOTORCYCLE HIDEOUT CUSTOMER: A couple thousand dollars easily. MICHAEL GORDON/CRONKITE NEWS: Customers are charged one flat-rate fee, including tools, work space and professional guidance, if needed. Working on the bikes that they love with their own hands is important to Steve’s customers, but so is avoiding the high expenses that can accompany full-service garages. CHRISTOPHER STUBBS/MOTORCYCLE HIDEOUT CUSTOMER: It’s far more expensive to take your bike to a shop. Second is time, a lot of shops are really really busy, they schedule, they over-schedule so you don’t know when you’re going to...

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New GoDaddy offices in Tempe bring play along to the workday

TEMPE – MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: One Valley company is taking the saying “work hard, play hard” to a whole new level. MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: GoDaddy opened its 150,000-square-foot global technology center today in Tempe. The space houses more than 1,000 employees. But the employees are doing a lot more than work. They can shoot hoops, skateboard, work out, rock climb and – get this – when they’re hungry, then can take a trip down the slide to get to the cafeteria. The GoDaddy CEO says sliding shaves a minute off your commute to lunch. BLAKE IRVING/GoDADDY CEO: We want this place to be as fun and integral to their lives as their home is. And frankly, to have a location that has the same kind of things that they would like to do at home just means that they’re going to spend time here and they’re going to make that the most productive time they possibly can. MEGAN GUTHRIE/CRONKITE NEWS: While 200 people have been hired to work in Tempe since GoDaddy broke ground on this building, and another 250 are expected to be hired in the coming...

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Miners rally against EPA plan they say will hit Arizona, other coal mines

WASHINGTON, D.C. – ANGELIE MEEHAN/CRONKITE NEWS: The proposed Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agency has drawn an unlikely group of opponents in Washington, D.C. – labor unions. Stephen Hicks was at a coal miners’ rally in the nation’s capital and joins us live from our Washington bureau. STEPHEN HICKS/CRONKITE NEWS: Today, members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) came to Washington to protest the EPA’s proposal, calling for an end to the proposal they say will close coal mines across the country, including those in Arizona. PROTESTERS: What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now! STEPHEN HICKS/CRONKITE NEWS: Hundreds met here in Freedom Plaza. And after a brief rally they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to demonstrate in front of the EPA, unhappy with the agency’s proposed reduction to carbon emissions. According to some in the union, there are other ways to fix the problem. MIKE DALPIAZ/UMWA WESTERN STATES REPRESENTATIVE: We’re mining it and we’re burning it but there’s no cleaning process in the middle and this government ought to step up instead of making ridiculous regulations to eliminate it. Let’s clean it before we burn it. There’s nothing wrong with that picture. STEPHEN HICKS/CRONKITE NEWS: He went on to say that the proposed regulations would have an affect on Arizona, since the Kayenta coal mine in Navajo Nation is one of the...

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Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

WASHINGTON – Four Arizona cities made the top 10 in the nation when it comes to suitable living conditions for people with disabilities, according to a recent ranking of the largest 150 cities. The Wallethub report based the rankings on 23 different measures ranging from lowest cost of in-home services to walkability to number of physicians per capita. Peoria ranked second overall, followed by Scottsdale in third place, Chandler in fifth and Gilbert in seventh place. Other Arizona cities ranged from Mesa in 37th place to Glendale at 118. Advocates said there are still gains to be made for people with disabilities – particularly when it comes to employment – but that overall they were not surprised by the state’s relatively good showing. “Well, it makes sense,” said Phil Pangrazio, president and CEO of the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living . Pangrazio grew up in western New York but moved to Arizona shortly after a car accident at age 19 left him disabled. Many people with disabilities, especially those in wheelchairs, have moved to the state over the years “probably because of the weather,” he said. Pangrazio cited the region’s relatively new infrastructure as one possible factor for the ranking . A Wallethub spokeswoman agreed that better infrastructure was a common element among the higher-ranking cities. “We were not shocked at all” by the results, said Jill Gonzalez, the...

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