Injured hiker rescued from cave in northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF — Nearly two-dozen firefighters and other emergency personnel rescued an injured hiker who couldn’t walk out of a mile-long cave in northern Arizona.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said a 44-year-old Cordes Lakes man Monday suffered an ankle injury near the end of mile-long Lava River Cavet.
The Sheriff’s Office said 23 rescue personnel from three agencies were in- volved in the 3.5-hour op- eration, which was a chal- lenge because of the cave’s darkness and rough terrain.
The hiker was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment.
The cave is located 14 miles north of Flagstaff.
Scottsdale man gets prison for 2016 sexual assault of woman
PHOENIX — A former MMA fighter who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in Scottsdale in 2016 has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Maricopa County prosecutors say 29-year-old Rodolfo Andres Ramirez also was lifetime sentenced probation. Tuesday to Ramirez was accused of kidnapping an intoxicated 22-year-old woman after she left a Scottsdale bar in September 2016.
Scottsdale police say surveillance video shows Ramirez carrying the woman over his shoulder to a parking garage.
Police say Ramirez then sexually assaulted the woman in public.
Last month, Ramirez pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.
Body found at Lake Pleasant ID’d; Death called suspicious
PHOENIX — Authorities have identified the body of a man found at Lake Pleasant in what is being called a suspicious death.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say 34-year-old Joseph Casey was reported missing on June 21 after his car broke down at the lake about 35 miles northwest of Phoenix. He reportedly was seen getting into a vehicle and trying to get a ride out of the desert to get help.
The body was found July 6 and the county Medical Examiner’s Office identified it as Casey’s on Monday. The cause of death hasn’t been determined yet.