SAN DIEGO (AP) - The accidental killing of an Arizona firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents. But the ex-wife and children of instructor Charles Vacca say they harbor no ill feelings toward the girl and her family. Instead, they feel sorry for the child and want to write her a letter to comfort her. Vacca's ex-wife, Anamarie, told The Associated Press by phone yesterday she has not spoken to the girl or her parents since the accident Monday, but her children want to write the letter.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A man is in custody for allegedly burning and urinating on a Bible outside a mission in Prescott. Prescott police say 22-year-old Eric Minerault was arrested Thursday on suspicion of unlawful symbol burning. A representative of the mission called police to tell them a man was burning something on the steps of the Gospel Rescue Mission. Police say officers found Minerault dressed wearing a long black-and-red robe and a pentagram necklace. They say a Bible was found wet and burned on the ground near Minerault.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A helicopter has been seen harassing a pronghorn antelope in northern Yavapai County. The state Game and Fish Department said it is investigating archery hunters' report that they saw the helicopter chasing and herding the pronghorn on Aug. 22 and 23. The department said herding or harassing wildlife violates a state Game and Fish rule and could also violate a federal law on airborne hunting.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - A shirtless man believed to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Paradise Valley home. Paradise Valley police say 45-year-old Christopher Fulton fled the scene after officers arrived at a home Thursday night but was taken into custody at a nearby intersection. They say Fulton told officers he was extremely high on methamphetamines and had been drinking vodka.
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