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Fleas collected near a popular hiking area in Flagstaff have tested positive for plague.

The results are the first evidence of reported plague activity in Coconino County this year. But health officials say the disease is common and could be more widespread.

The positive samples came from areas near Interstate 40 and Butler Avenue.

Signs went up in the infected area and rodent burrows were treated to limit possible exposure. Humans and other animals can get the disease if they're bitten by an infected flea or come into direct contact with an infected animal.

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

Authorities say a man wanted in a Colorado murder case has been arrested in northern Arizona.

Flagstaff police say 30-year-old Kenneth Ray Bastidos was taken into custody Tuesday without incident.

They say metro narcotic agents spotted a man who matched the description of Bastidos and that led to the arrest.

Police say Bastidos was being sought in connection with a May 4 homicide at a motel in Colorado's Adams County.

They say he's being booked into the Coconino County jail on a homicide warrant.

Charly Edsitty, KPNX

The killing of a Tuba City man by police in Flagstaff this week marks the ninth time city officers have been involved in shootouts or used lethal force.

Authorities say 26-year-old Verl Bedonie of Tuba City was shot Monday after threatening officers and citizens with a handgun.

Flagstaff police Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says the motive is unclear.

She says the police department's mission is to protect citizens and save lives, but the action of suspects dictates the officers' response.

Ryan Heinsius

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m. MST:

Authorities have identified a man they say was killed by police after firing a series of shots in Flagstaff and threatening people.

The shooting of 26-year-old Verl Bedonie happened during the Monday morning commute in a residential area a few blocks from downtown Flagstaff.

Police Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says Bedonie repeatedly ignored commands to drop his weapon.

At one point, she says Bedonie tried to carjack a vehicle and held the driver at gunpoint, demanding he be taken to Phoenix.

Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP

A judge has agreed to release a man charged in the fatal shooting of a student at Northern Arizona University last fall to the custody of his parents.

Steven Jones will be monitored around-the-clock with a GPS device while living at his parents' home in Glendale.

Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton said Tuesday that Jones is expected to be released once court officials in Maricopa County install the monitoring device and ensure it works.

Jones is charged with first-degree murder and assault in the Oct. 9 shooting on the Flagstaff campus.

Coconino National Forest

Authorities in Flagstaff say somebody has been intentionally starting fires near the base of a mountain overlooking the city.

 

Flagstaff police and Coconino National Forest officials say they're seeking any information on three fires started Monday along the Pipeline Trail at the base of Mount Elden and two more fire started Tuesday morning in the same area.

The fires grew to about a tenth of an acre before being put out and officials say they didn't pose any threat to nearby neighborhoods.

Flagstaff Fire Department

The Flagstaff Fire Department responded to three small wildfires early Monday morning. They’re the latest in a series of human-caused blazes in and around the city. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Melissa Sevigny

A research institute in Flagstaff traced a deadly infection in South America to tainted cancer medication. Scientists made the connection because now they can map an organism’s complete DNA.


James Gathany/CDC

A company in Flagstaff is working on a medical device to treat resistant high blood pressure with microwave energy. It targets overactive nerves.

A Flagstaff group has applied to get a minimum-wage-increase initiative on the city’s November 2016 ballot. They say boosting wages in Flagstaff would help alleviate local poverty and combat the area’s high cost of living. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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