Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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:
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is publicizing its 82nd "criminal employment" operation, which resulted in the arrests of four women.
As usual, the workers were arrested in the investigation, and the four employers -- Zipps Sports Grill, Chompie's, Bradford Allen, and Best Western -- where deputies served search warrants were hailed for their cooperation in an MCSO press release.
So what do you do when you have the FBI breathing down your neck (again), you've been ordered to give back $400,000 in illegal campaign contributions (again), and allegations of your using the Arizona Attorney General's Office as your re-election headquarters have been so well documented that both conservative U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and über-conservative U.S. Representative Matt Salmon (Republicans, like yourself) have asked for you to ditch your re-election effort?
If you're Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, you pretend all is well, file your signatures to get on the ballot, ignore the plaintive cries of your employees for legal counsel, and put your chief deputy, Rick Bistrow, on the job, organizing a whitewash.
Last week, Arizona Republic reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez scored a fistful of e-mails from AG underlings begging for lawyers in the wake of allegations by ex-AG employee Sarah Beattie, which implicate Horne's executive staff in campaign work on state time.
The e-mails were sent around noon on May 8, after interviews with Beattie had appeared both on this blog and in the Arizona Capitol Times. About a week earlier, Beattie's resignation letter, which stated that Horne's office was "not following campaign laws," had been made public.
MCSO Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz, in a shot taken from his Facebook profile
If there never had been a monitor appointed by Judge G. Murray Snow in the ACLU's big civil rights case, Melendres v. Arpaio, it's unlikely that we would know as much as we do about late MCSO Detective Ramon Charley Armendariz.
And yet, Armendariz, who the Sheriff's Office says took his own life by hanging May 8, remains a riddle, even as he points in death toward a panoply of grotesque corruption.
The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales issued an emergency message on Sunday warning United States citizens to take the "highest precautions regarding personal safety in and around Nogales."
The message says this warning is due to "credible threat information," but as of today, Tuesday, there's been no word of what the threat is.
As a city with a lot of transplants, there are a lot of lessons people are going to learn after moving here.
Here are 10 things transplants will learn at some point after their move to Phoenix:
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