Delich competent to stand trial; TPD looking for witnesses; I-10 crash; Missing mother

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Doctors at the Arizona State Hospital in phoenix have declared accused cop killer David "Nick" Delich competent to stand trial.

Delich is charged in the June 2008 shooting death of Tucson police officer Erik Hite during a 20-mile chase across the city.

Hite was shot in the head and died the following day. Delich has a long history of psychiatric issues, but claims he never meant to hurt anyone. His next court hearing is Monday.


Tucson police are looking for help finding witnesses to a murder Saturday night at a midtown convenience store.

Three customers saw the fight inside the Circle K on Speedway near Country Club but left before patrol cars arrived.

Detectives hope those people will come forward with what they know.

Jesus Preciado, 21, has been booked into the Pima County jail on aggravated assault charges.


An update to last week's crash off I-10 in Marana. We now know the reason why suspect Joel Morando fled.  He was smuggling marijuana.

The 25-year-old took off during a traffic stop near Picacho Peak, and led highway patrol officers on a 30-mile chase which ended when he slammed into a pickup truck, killing the driver.

Turns out Morando's Pontiac contained 153 pounds of marijuana.

DPS estimates the street value at about $85,000.  Morando faces a huge list of charges now including murder.


Tucson police are looking for a missing 28-year-old old mother.

Marlana McElvaine was last seen two months ago, September 12 at her home near I-19 and Irvington.

Family members say McElvaine wouldn't leave her two kids without letting anyone know where she is.

She's 5'7", 155 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos of Big Joe, Xavier and Athena on her upper right shoulder and visible scars on her inner right forearm.

If you know anything call 911 or 88-crime.


Residents in Sahuarita sound off on plans to build power lines near their home, all to serve a proposed copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Tucson Electric Power just wrapped up an open house meeting to discuss alternative routes for a new line that would supply the Rosemont Mine.

The proposed 138-kilavolt line would connect a switchyard about three and half miles southeast of Sahuarita Road to a site near the proposed mine site.

The Arizona Corporation Commission will have the final say over the power line's route.


Tonight a public meeting was held for the Grant Road improvement plan.

The citizens at the meeting were informed on several aspects of the project, including the first improvement project.   Which is at the intersection of grant and oracle.

Construction is expected to begin in 2011 on that part.  As the project progresses some of the resident's homes will be torn down.

The $2.1 billion plan is the largest of RTA's voter approved projects and it will take over 15 years to complete.


Several students at Townsend K-8 school today got much needed "early" Christmas gifts.

They got a free pair of shoes.  Courtesy of Citi Bank. Citi employees donated over 180-pairs of new shoes to children in the Tucson Unified School District.  After learning many children in the district are struggling.

"We have a lot of students who are coming from refugee situations but there is also just hard times all across the board, and anytime a child comes to school we kind of want them to put aside all those things about shoes and food and clothing and all those sorts of things things and just really focus on learning and so this is just a way that we can get their heads clear," said Townsend Barbara Kohl.

Townsend received 25-pairs of shoes.  The Educational Enrichment Foundation of Tucson delivered them.