Associated Press

Arizona Department of Economic Security officials say a state lawmaker has been indicted on felony fraud and other charges for lying on her application for food stamps.

The charges of fraud, theft and unlawful use of food stamps against Rep. Cecilia Velasquez were announced Wednesday by DES Director Tim Jeffries.

The indictment issued by the state grand jury was unsealed Monday. Velasquez is set to appear in court on July 5.

The 42-year-old Litchfield Park Democrat didn't immediately return calls to her cellphone seeking comment.

Firefighters are working to secure the eastern flank of a wildfire that still threatens some communities in eastern Arizona.

Officials said Wednesday the fire that began in June 15 has burned almost 67 square miles – or more than 42,802 acres – and remains 24 percent contained.

The blaze is about 2 ½ miles north of Cedar Creek where 300 people live.

More than 15,000 people in Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low, along with others in the surrounding communities, remain under pre-evacuation notice.

Authorities are resuming the search inside Grand Canyon National Park for a Florida man who has been missing since Saturday.

Park officials say several ground teams and a National Park Service helicopter are joining in the search Tuesday for 52-year-old Floyd E. Roberts III.

Searchers are focusing on an area that has rugged landscape and is covered in thick brush.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday.

Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has fled home confinement in Salt Lake City less than two weeks after he was let out of jail pending trial on charges in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.

A warrant for Jeffs' arrest was issued Sunday afternoon after he took off sometime over the weekend, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch. She said authorities aren't releasing details about how he got loose.

A moderate Republican senator sought broad bipartisan support Tuesday for a compromise to block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists, a day after the chamber split along party lines to derail far more sweeping proposals.

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