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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.) Joe Arpaio's Flunky Dave Trombi Tangles with Dennis Gilman, Gilman Wins

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

 

What if the MCSO had a community meeting and nobody came?

That's what happened recently when the MCSO held what it called a "community after-action meeting" in a lame attempt to comply with Judge G. Murray Snow's orders in the ACLU civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio.

Videographer Dennis Gilman -- a better journalist than most in the Valley who get paid to play that role on and off TV -- attended the meeting held at a local library, and posted this YouTube report from the field.

See also: Joe Arpaio's Flunky Dave Trombi Tangles with Dennis Gilman, Gilman Wins


 

4.) Record Broken for Largest Failed Pot-Smuggling Attempt in Arizona

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
Sean MacEntee via Flickr

 

Today in Found at the border: There's a new all-time record for the largest unsuccessful pot-smuggling attempt in Arizona.

The previous record was set in January, when a Mexican man attempted to drive 14,121 pounds of pot -- with an estimated value of $7.1 million -- through the port of entry in Nogales.

See also: Record Broken for Largest Failed Pot-Smuggling Attempt in Arizona


 

3.) Mass Shooting in Glendale Stopped by Armed Citizen, According to Gun Enthusiasts

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
Tex Texin via Flickr

 

A Glendale man who apparently threatened people with an assault rifle at a party last month was shot and killed by an armed partygoer.

We checked back in on the case after discovering that gun enthusiasts have hailed the shooter, whom police have identified as 39-year-old James Rakes, as a hero who stopped a "mass shooting."

See also: Mass Shooting in Glendale Stopped by Armed Citizen, According to Gun Enthusiasts


 

2.) Moon Valley Elitists Plan to Picket the Grand Opening of a Goodwill Store

The Goodwill store opening tomorrow at Seventh Street and Thunderbird Road.
The Goodwill store opening tomorrow at Seventh Street and Thunderbird Road.
Goodwill of Central Arizona via Facebook

 

Some residents of Moon Valley, a well-to-do North Phoenix neighborhood, are not giving up their fight against a Goodwill retail store that's opening there, in their neighborhood.

With the store's grand opening scheduled for tomorrow, some residents are actually planning to picket outside the store.

See also: Moon Valley Elitists Plan to Picket the Grand Opening of a Goodwill Store


 

1.) Caleb Laieski, Prominent LGBT Advocate, Charged with Sex Crimes

President Obama and Caleb Laieski.
President Obama and Caleb Laieski.
Caleb Laieski/Facebook

 

A prominent local activist for LGBT and anti-bullying causes has been indicted on more than a dozen charges of sexual conduct with a minor.

Caleb Laieski, 18, has been nationally recognized for his advocacy, after overcoming anti-gay bullying that led him to drop out of high school. He was prominently featured in an anti-bullying documentary, earned a gig acting as a youth and diversity advocate for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton's office, and even met with President Obama and Vice President Biden to talk about LGBT youth issues.

Recently, however, Laieski was indicted by a grand jury on the sex-crime charges, in a case in which Laieski's alleged to also be a victim.

See also: Caleb Laieski, Prominent LGBT Advocate, Charged with Sex Crimes


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