Murder-Suicide Near Tempe, AZ

Two people were killed Tuesday morning near Tempe, Arizona, in what police believe was a murder-suicide, according to a police spokesman.

Police said David Joseph Engel, 40, fatally shot his estranged wife, 45-year-old April Louise Engel, and then turned the gun on himself at an apartment near University Drive and Greenfield Road in Mesa, writes AZ Central.

Police said say Joseph Engel had recently been served divorce papers by April, according to YourWestValley.

AZ Central reports that the couple had a history of domestic violence that started in 2008, when David Engel was arrested on suspicion of assaulting April Engel, police say. Need For Adult Diapers Is Huge In Arizona

According to, some elderly and disabled adults who need incontinence supplies in Arizona can now get them at no cost, thanks to a legal victory six years in the making.

Advocates celebrate the news, but some patients and residents are finding it doesn’t apply to them.

Incontinence briefs are covered only for those who qualify for Arizona’s Long Term Care System (ALTCS).

That means they must earn no more than $2,199 a month and be disabled to the point of needing “a nursing home level of care.”

“It’s great that those on ALTCS will be eligible to receive the incontinence supplies.  However, there is still a huge gap between those that are eligible for the program and the real incontinence item need in Southern Arizona,” said Claudette Langley, the outreach coordinator for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.

Robyn Molk hoped her elderly aunt would qualify, but the 91-year-old woman earns $35 a month over the cap.

It’s an added stress for her aunt, who already has needs that take up money, and time.

So Molk is chipping in and searching for help covering the expense, which used to be just a couple of adult diapers a day but now is up to several — totaling $250 a month.

“There are so many people on the cusp, especially now that people are living longer,” Molk said. “There are so many who could really use the help, but they are caught between a rock and a hard place. It’s just unfair.”

What Is The Water Outlook In The Western States?

According to, the state agency that operates the multibillion-dollar Central Arizona Project warns that water shortages could hit Tucson and Phoenix as soon as five years from now.

Chances are expected to rise in the next few years due to drought, growing water demand and declining water levels in Lake Mead at the Nevada border.

Over a 10-year period ending in 2026, the likelihood of urban CAP shortages is 17 to 29 percent in a given year depending on weather, particularly the impacts of climate change, CAP says.

Such shortages would occur if Lake Mead, now about 1,085 feet elevation, drops below 1,000 feet. Then the lake becomes what CAP calls a “dead pool” in which operations are sharply curtailed.

If that happens, the consequences could be dire, including:

  • Diversions from the Colorado River into the CAP’s 336-mile-long concrete canal for urban and Indian users would likely — if not almost certainly — be cut and could be eliminated, although CAP officials say that’s unlikely. Agricultural users by then would most likely have their CAP supplies reduced sharply.
  • Hoover Dam’s electric power, which is generated by the lake and serves cities and farms in three states, would be cut by nearly half or possibly much more. Arizona urban and farming users buy nearly 19 percent of the dam’s power at subsidized rates. Southern California users buy more than 50 percent. Nevada users buy the rest.
  • Las Vegas, which gets more than 90 percent of its water from the Colorado, would be unable to withdraw any. A new pump station would be needed to bring the water up, at a cost of $250 million to $300 million.
  • The U.S. Interior Secretary could intervene in advance to hold down states’ water diversions. CAP could receive 950,000 acre-feet just to meet Arizona’s core municipal needs and fulfill the feds’ obligations to Indian tribes. Nevada would get enough to meet health and safety needs. Farms’ water would be reduced drastically, and Mexico would get less water than it’s already agreed to take in times of shortage, leading to increased international tension.
  • In that case, the Interior Secretary’s discretion would replace the historic “Law of the River,” a series of laws, court rulings and regulations that have governed the Colorado’s operations for a century.

That could trigger controversy and potential litigation.  CAP officials say states and the federal government need to take action soon to prevent that from happening.

The New York Times States “Arizona could be forced to cut water deliveries to its two largest cities unless states that tap the dwindling Colorado River find ways to reduce water consumption and deal with a crippling drought…”

The federal Bureau of Reclamation forecasts that Lake Mead, a Colorado River reservoir that is the network’s sole water source, will fall to a level not seen since the lake was first filled in 1938.

If Phoenix and Tucson do not reduce consumption, “the cuts could be necessary by as early as 2019, according to an analysis by the water project, and officials said that depending on drought conditions, the chances of water cutbacks by 2026 could be as high as 29 percent,” states the New York Times.

In related news, states that the worst drought in 1000 years is coming to the Southwestern U.S. after 2050, according to a new study written by scientists at Columbia and Cornell universities and released Thursday.

Policeman In Flagstaff Shot While Investigating Domestic Violence Incident

Video by YouHitNews

Flagstaff, Arizona, Police Officer Tyler Stewart was killed while investigating a domestic violence incident last month.

The Flagstaff Police Department released video from a body camera that Stewart was wearing during the deadly encounter, which shows how the deadly encounter unfolded.

The video has been edited.

Mesa, Arizona Cop Punches 15-year-old girl: ‘If She Wanted To, She Could Have Shot Her Dead.’

A video posted to the Internet on Friday shows a female police officer using physical force to subdue a screaming teenager.  The Mesa, Arizona police officer can be seen punching and brutalizing a teen girl as her mother yells at the officer to stop.

Mesa police said the girl’s mother contacted them for help, and they stepped in after the girl refused to cooperate and then assaulted one of their officers.

According to the Free Thought Project, the 15-year-old girl was a runaway who the police officer was attempting to apprehend.

According to LiveLeak, the officer put the girl in a chokehold — even after the teen’s mother begged her and a second officer to stop, saying that the girl is asthmatic and has emotional issues.

As her legs kicked and flailed, the girl told the officers she couldn’t breathe, screaming, “Stop!” over and over.

The second officer said that everything his partner did was according to police procedure and that if she’d wanted to, the officer “could have shot her dead.”

LiveLeak video.

Sam Seder: Video Shows Difference Between How Police Treat White Men and Black Men

According to the UK Daily Mail, Edward Caruth, 38, repeatedly struggled with two police officers who were attempting an arrest him at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in West Valley, Arizona last April.

The man did later die in a hospital from the injuries.  Video footage captured by employees shows the two officers taking the time to chase and tase the unarmed suspect.

(Majority Report video.)

Bizarre: Man On Fire Runs Into Taco Bell

According to local TV station KSAZ, A man was seen engulfed in flames outside a Phoenix restaurant near 35th Avenue and Glendale on Thursday night.

The unidentified man was hospitalized in critical condition with burns to 80 percent of his body and now police are investigating how or why he was on fire Thursday evening.

Sgt. Trent Crump says the incident started when bystanders heard the man screaming.

Some ran into a nearby Arby’s restaurant for help, and manager Lindsay Riedlinger grabbed a fire extinguisher that she then used to spray the man.

Riedlinger says the man had a blank look his face and appeared to be in shock. She says he then got up and went into a nearby Taco Bell to get some water.

She followed the still-smoldering man into the restaurant until police and paramedics arrived.

According to AZCentral, the man would not tell officials how the fire started. Phoenix police are investigating.