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Phoenix Stabbing Leads Detectives To Stolen Radioactive Material

Jared Atkins
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Jared Atkins.

A stabbing at a Phoenix convenience store shortly after midnight Sunday led Phoenix police to something nuclear in nature at the suspect's home.

When officers tracked down 25-year old Jared Atkins at his central Phoenix home, they learned he had several radioactive gauges stored in his car.

"They're actually radiological tools to measure the density of items," said Tommy Thompson with Phoenix police. "And, yes, so they do contain radiological elements."

For that reason, Thompson said they called the FBI for support, and managed to lure Atkins out of his home after several hours of negotiating.

"He surrendered, came outside of his apartment without incidence," Thompson said.

They found the three gauges and, "none of them had been breached, and at no time were they a threat to the community."

Thompson said Atkins stole the gauges were stolen from his employer.

The clerk, who was stabbed at the gas station store, suffered minor injuries.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.