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Teen accused of killing cat in court Tuesday

The 17-year-old Pine boy accused of killing a pet cat by shooting him in the head with a pellet gun made a brief appearance Tuesday afternoon in Payson Superior Court.

The county attorney's office in Payson said the boy's arraignment is now scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the juvenile division of the Superior court in Payson.

Safe stolen from Creekside Restaurant

The Gila County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in at the Creekside Steak House in Christopher Creek that occurred late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

GCSO Detective George Ratliff said the Sheriff's Office received a call about the break in at 5:39 a.m. Monday.

He said when an employee came to work at the restaurant Monday morning, he saw a broken window, as well as a front door knob that had been knocked off. A safe was removed from the restaurant, and while police are not revealing how much money was in the safe, Ratliff said the amount is substantial. He is unsure at this time what else might have been taken, adding the restaurant was ransacked.

The detective said the Sheriff's Office has a few investigative leads, as well as some physical evidence that is being analyzed.

Pilot in fatal plane crash identified

The Gila County Sheriff's Office has identified the pilot of the plane that crashed in Young Dec. 18.

Detective George Ratliff said the pilot was Cynthia Anderson of Henderson, Nev.

Anderson was a board certified anesthesiologist in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Anderson did a lot of work on the Navajo Reservation and was returning from Chinle when her plane went down.

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