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A trial date has been set for a former Northern Arizona University professor accused of stalking U.S. Forest Service firefighters and a student.

According to federal court records, a trial date of May 1 has been set for Melissa Ann Santana. She has pleaded not guilty to three counts of making false statements to law enforcement officers and five counts of stalking.

Santana is accused of harassing two Flagstaff Hotshot firefighters and a NAU student between February 2015 and September 2017. According to court documents, she allegedly used several different identities, emails, telephone numbers and social media accounts to stalk the three. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 40 years, according to court documents.

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Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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