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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

5.) Connie Villa Smothered Daughter, 13, With Bare Hands, Admits She Tried to Kill Other Kids

Connie Villa
Connie Villa
Image: Casa Grande Police

 

Connie Villa killed her 13-year-old daughter with her bare hands after the girl refused to take pills like her siblings in a plan to deprive her ex-husband of the children, police say.

Citing "significant progress" in the investigation of the Christmas Day mother-on-daughter smothering of Aniarael Macias, Casa Grande police released a statement today that outlines details of the crime and the motive based on Villa's statements.



See also: Connie Villa Smothered Daughter, 13, With Bare Hands, Admits She Tried to Kill Other Kids


 

4.) Arizona's Top Baby Names Include Names Found in the Bible (and the Strip Club)

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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Good thing someone's been keeping track of what parents named their children last year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services released the list of the 100 most-popular baby names for boys and girls, with number one being Liam for boys (369 new Liams in 2013) and Sophia for girls (581 of 'em).

See also: Arizona's Top Baby Names Include Names Found in the Bible (and the Strip Club)

 

3.) 10 Craziest Phoenix Crimes of the Month: December

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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No matter how many police reports we read through on a monthly basis, the criminal creativity, stupidity, and craziness never ceases to amaze us.

Just when you think you've seen it all, there's always something worse. From a pair of seriously disturbing murders to a cop gone wild to a lonely guy snatching a child off the street, we bring you the 10 craziest Phoenix-area crimes of the month:

See also: 10 Craziest Phoenix Crimes of the Month: December

 

2.) Freeway Daredevils Tie Up Traffic on US 60 and Loop 202, No Arrests Made

Drivers in Oakland, California (pictured here) perform freeway stunts in January 2013. A similar event occurred on the Loop 202 in west Tempe on Sunday, DPS confirms.
Drivers in Oakland, California (pictured here) perform freeway stunts in January 2013. A similar event occurred on the Loop 202 in west Tempe on Sunday, DPS confirms.
Image: YouTube

 

Maybe you caught this show on Sunday, too.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety confirmed reports that dozens of vehicles intentionally blocked traffic while some performed stunts on parts of two freeways.

See also: Freeway Daredevils Tie Up Traffic on US 60 and Loop 202, No Arrests Made


 

1.) Five Things Arizonans Should Know About Colorado Marijuana Stores Opening Wednesday

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

 

On Wednesday, Colorado will make U.S. history when the country's first retail marijuana stores open to all adults 21 and over.

Colorado is connected to Arizona at the famed Four Corners Monument. If you already like its wonderful, camping, mountain fun, hiking, and hunting, you now have another good reason to visit Arizona's neighbor.

Here are five things Arizonans should know if they plan to indulge while there:

See also: Five Things Arizonans Should Know About Colorado Marijuana Stores Opening Wednesday



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