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Police ID man suspected of barricading self in someone else’s Scottsdale home



a man looking at the camera: James B. Stark III


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James B. Stark III

Police on Tuesday identified a man who barricaded himself in someone else’s Scottsdale home as 41-year-old James B. Stark III of Mesa. 

Stark on Sept. 21 was observed speeding in a school zone along Miller Road when a Scottsdale Police Department officer stopped him, according to a probable cause statement police submitted to the Maricopa County Superior Court. 

He “stopped long enough” for the officer to walk toward the car but then sped away before crashing less than a mile away near McKellips and Scottsdale roads, court documents said. 

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Stark eventually entered a nearby home from an unlocked rear door and hid in a corner of the living room before being noticed by a woman inside, according to court documents. He later told police he

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Arson suspected in fire at St. Paul ‘nightmare’ house where man was fatally shot a day earlier

A suspicious fire struck a home Sunday where a man was shot to death a day earlier in St. Paul, authorities said.

The blaze at the residence in the 800 block of E. Lawson Avenue, which has drawn a substantial amount of police attention this year, was being investigated as a possible arson, Fire Department personnel at the scene said.

A 37-year-old man showed up at the home about 2:20 a.m. Sunday while intoxicated and “attempted to enter the crime scene that was protected by crime scene tape and monitored by officers,” said Police Sgt. Mike Ernster.

The man was told by police to leave, but he sat down on the drive and defied the officers’ orders, Ernster said. Police arrested him and booked him in jail on suspicion of obstructing the legal process, a misdemeanor.

Police left the scene about 9 a.m. only to return about two hours with

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