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PHOENIX-HOME INVASION

Phoenix police: Man beaten during home invasion

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a man was beaten and robbed during a home invasion in which his truck was stolen.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson says the man was asleep in a chair early Thursday morning when an intruder woke him and demanded valuables.

The man was beaten, tied up and put in a bathroom, from where he heard the voice of a second intruder.

Thompson says the intruders left with the victim's white 2013 pickup with Arizona license plate AYV8813.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that Thompson described as non-life threatening.

EAGLES PLAYER-ASSAULT

Eagles excuse S Johnson from camp to handle arrest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles have excused Keelan Johnson from training camp while the safety deals with his arrest last weekend in Arizona for allegedly pushing a police officer in a confrontation outside a bar in Tempe.

The Eagles announced Friday that the team will not comment further.

Johnson, who still counts on the roster, met with coach Chip Kelly on Thursday in Philadelphia.

The safety was arrested July 19 in Tempe where he played 49 games for Arizona State on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. A probable cause statement says Johnson "violently pushed" an officer in the chest, causing him to strike his head against a tree. Police say Johnson appeared drunk and refused officers' orders.

DUCT-TAPE KILLING

Jury convicts man in Lake Havasu City killing

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Jurors convicted a man of murder in a 2012 asphyxiation killing in which the victim was bound up with 30 feet of duct tape and partially propped up on a couch in his Lake Havasu City home.

The Today's News-Herald reports that the Mohave County Superior Court jury in Kingman deliberated for less than an hour before returning its verdict Thursday on the fourth day of Michael Mears' trial.

Authorities said they found Mears' fingerprints on the duct tape that bound victim Brett Kelly. Police testified that Kelly's home had been searched for guns, drugs and money and that two guns appeared to be missing.

Judge Derek Carlisle will sentence Mears on Aug. 22. He faces life imprisonment though Carlisle could allow the possibility of release after 25 years.

COMPUTERS STOLEN

Dozens of stolen school computers recovered

PHOENIX (AP) - Police have recovered dozens of computers stolen from a west Phoenix school.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson says four teens have been arrested in the theft of about 50 laptop and desktop computers valued at between $50,000 and $60,000 from Desert Sands Middle School.

Police arrested one teenager after a burglary alarm was activated early Thursday morning. An investigation led to the recovery of the computers and the arrest of the other teenagers.

Thompson says numerous officers were involved in the recovery of the stolen property and that it was gratifying to return the computers to the school.

DEAD RABBITS

Rabbits' deaths at boarding facility investigated

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two rabbits at a Gilbert pet boarding facility where more than 20 dogs died recently.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his office executed a search warrant late Thursday at Green Acre boarding facility after a passerby reported seeing two dead rabbits in the backyard.

Phoenix had record heat Thursday for the date - 116 degrees.

The facility is already under investigation in the dogs' deaths in June. They died after being kept overnight in a room where the operators said the air conditioning went off after a dog chewed through wires.

According to a search warrant document, a doctor who examined at least some of the dead dogs said they apparently died from heat stroke or suffocation. Tests continue into those deaths.

TUCSON STREETCAR

A streetcar named Tucson officially debuts

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A new streetcar system in Tucson is officially on track.

U.S. Department of Transportation officials and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild were among those on hand Friday morning at the grand opening of the nearly 4-mile Sun Link streetcar.

Eight streetcars, which can each hold about 150 people, will cover the 18-stop route.

The line connects the University of Arizona, the University of Arizona Medical Center and the downtown area.

Construction on the nearly $200 million project began in 2012.

Federal transportation officials say the streetcar line will spur economic development and improve transit options for thousands of residents.

Streetcar rides will be free Friday through Sunday.

Regular fares are $1.50 for a one-way ride, $4 for an all-day pass and $42 for a 30-day pass.

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