Walmart evacuated after bomb hoax call

Peoria police were called Aug. 19 to the Walmart on Deer Valley Road and 95th Avenue after calls of a bomb threat were received.

According to a police spokesperson, a suspect called the Walmart around 2 p.m. saying a bomb was in a trash can. The Glendale Police Department’s bomb squad was called in to assist.

The store was evacuated as a precaution, and after the store was searched, it was deemed a hoax around 4:30 p.m. and the incident is still under investigation.

Deceased woman found on Loop 101

Authorities are trying to determine how a woman died after she was found in her car parked on the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway in Peoria.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said they received multiple reports early Sunday of a vehicle stopped on the left shoulder of the freeway near Bell Road.

When officers arrived at the scene, they reported finding the woman unresponsive with a rope around her neck.

She later was pronounced dead.

Three lanes of southbound Loop 101 were closed for several hours as authorities investigated the death.

The name of the woman has not been released yet, and DPS officials said their investigation is ongoing.

Woman killed in accident on freeway identified

Kina Sotello, 36, was identified by police as the woman killed in a single car rollover accident Aug. 11 on the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway.

According to a police spokesperson, Sotello was driving southbound on Loop 101 near Northern Avenue around 7:20 a.m. Aug. 11 when for an unexplained reason her vehicle exited the left edge of the roadway. Sotello appears to have then over-corrected to the right and ran off the right edge of the roadway, police said.

The police spokesperson said the vehicle struck the right-of-way fence and rolled over and Sotello was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead. No other passengers were involved in the accident.

Peoria man sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Peoria resident Reynaldo Granado to 14 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor after using a messaging application to obtain images and video of child pornography.

In February 2017, Homeland Security Investigations identified an individual using the username “SluttyIvy” to obtain child pornography on a messaging application.  The account was linked to Granado. In April 2017, a search warrant was served at Granado’s residence and a tablet was found in Granado’s room that contained child pornography. Granado told Homeland Security Investigations agents that he used the name “SluttyIvy” and role-played as a female having sexual contact with children in order to obtain images of child pornography from other users of the messaging application.

On June 14, 2018, Granado entered a plea agreement to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.  On Aug. 8, 2018, Granado was sentenced to 14 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Upon his release, Granado will be placed on lifetime probation.