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1996 Stories by Paul Rubin

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  • Finances With Wolves

    published December 26, 1996

    A few months ago, a telemarketer working out of a west Phoenix office made her pitch to an elderly Pennsylvania woman. "I'm calling from... More >>

  • ComCare Didn't Care

    published December 19, 1996

    A state agency has concluded that ComCare failed dismally in its treatment of a mentally ill Vietnam veteran who died after collapsing on a... More >>

  • Top Legal Official Investigated

    published December 12, 1996

    The State Bar of Arizona has asked a retired judge to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Bruce Hamilton, the agency's longtime... More >>

  • Sins of Commission

    published November 21, 1996

    A few Sunday mornings ago, Mary and Ernie Howard found a sitter for their three children and drove to American Legion Post 75 in north... More >>

  • A System Gone Mad

    published October 24, 1996

    Late on the sizzling afternoon of July 25, two police officers saw a disheveled black man pushing a shopping cart along a south Phoenix... More >>

  • Poison Penance

    published October 10, 1996

    Phoenix resident Donald Campbell was fed up with neighborhood dogs using his front lawn as their personal rest room. First, he posted a... More >>

  • On His Feet, On The Street

    published October 3, 1996

    The Gang Squad team members of Dauer and Puskar introduce themselves to the driver of an illegally parked car. It's almost midnight on a... More >>

  • Poverty, Phoenician-Style

    published September 26, 1996

    Wayne Legg and his wife live inside the gated community known as the Phoenician II at 65th Street and Camelback. Ordinarily, someone with... More >>

  • Serial Talker

    published September 19, 1996

    The cottage industry that is Dr. Park Elliott Dietz swept into Phoenix September 12 to discuss stalkers, famed serial murderers and other assorted... More >>

  • Porn Free

    published September 5, 1996

    Scott Virzi's legal odyssey started in October 1992, after undercover police arrested him for buying child pornography at a Phoenix hotel. ... More >>

  • A Phallacy

    published August 1, 1996

    The 1992 case of the little boy and the big, bad hospital captivated the community and Arizona legislators. Readers who lived in the Valley at... More >>

  • Copping an Attitude

    published July 18, 1996

    In a better world, June 6 would have been a fine day for Glendale police officer Janis Whitson. That day, Whitson's immediate supervisor completed... More >>

  • Back to the Temple of Doom

    published July 18, 1996

    Victoria Painter's story is an all-but-forgotten footnote in the infamous Temple murders case. But its final chapter has yet to be written. ... More >>

  • Educator Reprimanded

    published June 27, 1996

    School administrator Judith DeWalt joked with a friend and her attorney Monday as she arrived for a hearing before the Arizona Board of Education.... More >>

  • Once More With Feeling

    published June 20, 1996

    Wade Hutchins' day of reckoning has arrived. The former teacher was to be sentenced June 19 for molesting more than two dozen boys at north... More >>

  • Waiting to Inhale

    published June 6, 1996

    Luis Sharpe contacted New Times staff writer Paul Rubin several weeks ago from the Maricopa County Jail. The ex-Arizona Cardinals star said he... More >>

  • Fire Within

    published May 23, 1996

    For almost 20 years, fire captain Gary Pykare had looked death in the eye, chuckled, and gone fishing. But on May 12, the longtime business... More >>

  • One Relieved Judge

    published May 16, 1996

    A judge who was roundly criticized for releasing a shooting suspect has lost his job. Maricopa County Presiding Judge Robert Myers says he... More >>

  • Who Sprung Alleged Shooter?

    published May 9, 1996

    On April 25, Glendale police arrested Dennis Earl Bryley on charges of shooting a security guard during a burglary last July. The arrest... More >>

  • Bad Blood

    published May 2, 1996

    Glendale Police Sergeant Frank Balkcom steers his cruiser into a narrow alley. It's past midnight on a Monday in April. He's only a... More >>

  • True Detective Story

    published April 25, 1996

    Mariano Albano entered this life 44 years ago on a pool table in downtown Phoenix, a few yards from where America West Arena now stands. Two... More >>

  • Can Arizona Throw Away the Key?

    published April 11, 1996

    The mission of the "sexual predators" part of Arizona's year-old Community Protection Act sounds compelling: keeping the vilest, most aberrant and... More >>

  • Grave Misgivings

    published April 4, 1996

    A woman in a long dress sat quietly on a living-room couch as the clergymen debated how to cope with Sheriff Joe Arpaio's media machine. ... More >>

  • Crime Victims Who Kill?

    published March 28, 1996

    The aggravated-assault case against 17-year-old Lynn Ivory was full of holes, not the least of which was that the Phoenix youth's alleged victims... More >>

  • The Pro Con Man

    published March 21, 1996

    The name Stephen Charles Peterson Jr. is but a blip in the annals of Arizona white-collar crime. But the 54-year-old Peterson has earned a special... More >>

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