Saturday, March 8 2014 9:15 AM EST2014-03-08 14:15:16 GMT
Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper. File photo
Nick Goepper's hometown of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Perfect North Slopes are hosting a parade and celebration for the 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist on Saturday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on WalnutFull Story >
Nick Goepper's hometown of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Perfect North Slopes are hosting a parade and celebration for the 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist on Saturday.Full Story >
A coalition of Syrian opposition groups has confirmed its choice for a new army chief after the former military leader refused to step down.Full Story >
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PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A member of a criminal street gang was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and multiple other felonies in a 2006 drive-by shooting in Chandler.
Rodrigo Romero Jr., 26, faces a possible life term plus an additional 397 1/2 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections when he is sentenced on April 12.
On Dec. 2, 2006, Romero, a member of the Chandler Varrio Locos criminal street gang, and two other gang members showed up at a party at a home in Chandler held by members of Southside Chandler, a rival street gang.
Romero got into a verbal altercation with Martin Contreras, a member of Southside Chandler. During the confrontation, Romero pulled out a handgun and waved it around making gang threats, prosecutors said. The two were separated by other partygoers, and Romero left the party with his two associates.
Later that evening, Contreras and other Southside Chandler members went to another party held in the front yard of a home on nearby Erie Street which was attended by other Southside Chandler members.
There were about 20 people in the yard when gunfire erupted from a red Jeep Cherokee driving toward the house. Six people were hit, including 19-year-old Lindsay Key, who suffered a fatal gunshot to her head.
Witness accounts placed Romero in the vehicle at the time of the shooting and later connected the vehicle to Francisco Louis Cervantes, one of the gang members who accompanied Romero during the events that night. However, many witnesses to the crime were reluctant to provide additional information to police investigators, and no arrests were made.
Several days after the murder, the Jeep connected to Cervantes was found burning and destroyed on an Indian Reservation. Detectives recovered a shell casing from inside the vehicle that matched casings found at the crime scene.
During the course of the investigation, Cervantes went to prison on an unrelated charge and later admitted his involvement in the shooting to a cellmate. This allowed investigators to develop additional information about the crime and present the case to the county attorney for formal charging.
On Dec. 15, 2010, a Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted Rodrigo Romero and Francisco Cervantes on multiple felony counts for the drive-by shooting and Key's murder. After a 10-day trial that began on Jan. 22, 2013, Romero was found guilty on all counts.
Cervantes is scheduled to be tried on April 3, 2013.
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31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 8:01 PM EST2014-03-08 01:01:45 GMT
Police say that one person is dead following a shooting in Over the Rhine on Friday afternoon. The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Friday on Hamer Street. Little information is known at this time.Full Story >
Police say that a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in Over the Rhine while fixing his car on Friday evening. Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 3:59 PM EST2014-03-07 20:59:17 GMT
A local marine is dead after a shooting in southern California on Sunday evening. Police say that 26-year-old Steven Kohus, of Morrow, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene in Twentynine Palms, Calif. OfficersFull Story >
A local Marine is dead after a shooting in southern California on Sunday evening. Police say that 26-year-old Steven Kohus, of Morrow, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene in Twentynine Palms, Calif.Full Story >
Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Full Story >
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact over the South China Sea early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located...Full Story >
China's foreign minister sounded a note of defiance to the country's neighbors Saturday over rival territorial claims, and said good relations with Washington depend on mutual respect.Full Story >
China will never make concessions in territorial disputes with its neighbors, while good relations with the U.S. depend on Washington respecting Beijing's sovereignty claims, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday.Full Story >
Thursday, February 3 2011 5:19 PM EST2011-02-03 22:19:13 GMT
New details have been released on a large drug sweep in Pierce Township, Clermont County. On Wednesday, a total of 17 people were indicted by a grand jury on 46 charges related to trafficking in drugs.Full Story >