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Arizona in Brief: Pima County authorities arrest man in killing of homeowner stories

Pima County authorities arrest man in killing of homeowner

TUCSON (AP) — Pima County sheriff’s officials say an arrest has been made in the killing of a Tucson-area homeowner found dead in his home on the city’s northeast side.

The Sheriff’s Department says 34-year-old Frank Eugene Martinez Jr. was arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, second-degree burglary and unlawful use of means of transportation in the killing of 71-year-old Robert Belman.

Belman’s truck was missing when deputies making a welfare check found him dead Thursday, but sheriff’s officials say the truck was found along with Martinez.

Deputies checked on Belman because he hadn’t been seen for a few days.

It’s not known whether Martinez has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Apache Junction man pleads guilty to sexually abusing teens

FLORENCE (AP) — A 36-year-old Apache Junction man has pleaded guilty to dozens of charges related to sexual abuse of teenage girls.

Johnny Bollinger is scheduled to be sentenced May 15 in Pinal County Superior Court after pleading guilty Monday to 36 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, five counts of involving minors in drug offenses and six counts of disorderly conduct.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that investigators discovered sexually explicit material on Bollinger’s laptop after he was arrested in March 2017 on disorderly conduct charges.

Girls later came forward and told investigators that Bollinger sexually abused them and documented the acts on camera. One girl said he gave her methamphetamine before sex.

Bollinger’s wife, 40-year-old Paula Bollinger, awaits trial on charges of involvement in the abuse.

Panel nominates 4 for Pima County Superior Court judgeship

TUCSON (AP) — A state screening commission has nominated four Pima County Superior Court officials for appointment to fill a vacant judgeship.

The nominees recommended by the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are Casey F. McGinley, Lee Ann Roads, Gilbert Rosales Jr. and Laurie B. San Angelo. The retirement of Judge Richard S. Fields created a vacancy.

McGinley is a current Superior Court judge pro tem, Roads is a court hearing officer, and Rosales and San Angelo are commissioners.

McGinley and Roads are Republicans. Rosales is an independent, and San Angelo is a Democrat.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will make the appointment.

Navajo Nation approves $2.4 million for veterans facility

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care.

Navajo Nation council members voted 19-0 this week to give $2.4 million toward the construction of a service center for veterans in the community of Thoreau.

The center, which will be about 33 miles (53 kilometers) east of Gallup, will offer physical therapy as well as medical services.

Thoreau Chapter Veterans Committee Commander Lester Emerson says they will work with the state Department of Veterans Services to hire a doctor to be based there.

Emerson says the hope is that veterans will no longer have to make the two-hour journey to Albuquerque for medical services.

The facility also will have a space for events and meetings.

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