ARIZONA: 58 illegal immigrants in house
Authorities say they found 58 illegal immigrants in a west Phoenix drop house Tuesday following a lengthy police pursuit on a state highway. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says nine suspected illegal immigrants were found in the bed of a truck underneath some plywood after the highway chase, and three more were in the cab of the truck. Graves says officers developed information from the pursuit and found the drop house, where there were 58 suspected illegal immigrants, including two smugglers. The group had been in the house for about a day, and no evidence of violence or extortion was found. Investigators say most of the immigrants are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and they paid around $6,000 each to be smuggled into the U.S. All were taken into custody.
MONTANA: Man stuck in snowdrift feared worst
A 67-year-old country musician from Montana who spent four days in his car stuck on a remote mountain road said he wrote a goodbye letter and was preparing himself for death when he was rescued. Louis Rogers of Lakeside - who has played guitar for big names in the country music business, including Merle Haggard and George Jones - left northwestern Montana's Flathead region Thursday to make a trip to Calder, Idaho. He decided to take the remote Gold Creek Road across the Bitterroot Mountains to shave more than an hour off the trip. After about nine miles, the road got too snowy for Rogers' car, so he decided to turn around - and got stuck in a snowbank. His cell phone had no service. Rogers was weak Sunday when a Coeur d'Alene couple decided to go for a drive in the St. Regis area in their four-wheel-drive vehicle and came upon Rogers' car. The couple returned Rogers to St. Regis. He did not require hospitalization and felt better after eating.
CALIFORNIA: Charges in student fight club case
A former Los Angeles substitute teacher at a juvenile probation camp was arrested Tuesday for investigation of supervising a series of fights between students in rival gangs, authorities said. The five fights were overseen by Stephen Wesley, 43, who set rules and told students not to punch each other in the face to avoid obvious signs of injury, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Wesley was arrested at a home in the San Fernando Valley on six counts of felony child endangerment stemming from the Aug. 8, 2008, altercations, authorities said. It was not immediately known if Wesley had hired an attorney. He was being held in lieu of $600,000 bail.