Matt Bourne spent his spring break knocking over furniture. One day, he broke a dresser in his sister's room and pulled down a flat-screen television. He punched himself in the face, hit his older sister, and hit his mom. The family dealt with it as they normally did, taking turns cornering the 10- ... More >>
A funny thing happened in 2013. Both of us -- two curmudgeonly writers who between us have lived in Arizona way closer to 100 years than either would like to admit -- came to a shared conclusion. We like Phoenix. That's funny because for years we've loved to hate this place -- even as we wrote doz ... More >>
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been living and dying by their bullpen this season, moreso the latter than the former as of late. And last night's 9-6 thumping by the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field was a pretty agonizing demise. "This will probably be one of the toughest defeats to take," stat ... More >>
With the news that Republican state Representative Steve Smith is again trying to get the public to cut a quarter-million-dollar check to ousted Senate President Russell Pearce, we took a look at all the bills Smith's sponsoring this session.To describe the list of Smith-sponsored bills in one word: ... More >>
Former Arizona Department of Public Safety officer Roger Forney did not do such a good job getting rid of his alleged collection of child porn depicting boys "in bondage and sexual torture situations," according to details laid out by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.Forney's first problem was t ... More >>
Governor Jan BrewerFederal authorities spent more than a year investigating Governor Jan Brewer's role in collecting Social Security benefits intended for her mentally ill son, Ronald, who currently is in a state hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1990 on kidnapping an ... More >>
Bonnie Reischmann.The wife of a convicted sex offender who escaped custody -- and was promptly caught -- over the weekend has been charged with helping her hubby run from authorities.Thomas Reischmann, 54, served prison time for rape, kidnapping, and sexual assault. Following his release in 2008, ... More >>
So, a new batch of thousands of mentally ill Arizonans are going to lose most, if not all of their current benefits (counseling, transportation, etc.), ostensibly because of the state's ongoing fiscal crisis. We wrote about the dire situation a few weeks ago in "Hindsight," and w ... More >>
Walter McCarthy was found guilty but insane today of stabbing his girlfriend's father to death in north ScottsdaleLaurinda Cumming is terrified.She says her ex-boyfriend has pulled a fast one on the legal system, and now there's a chance he'll be released from custody even though he stabbed her f ... More >>
It's no secret -- not really -- that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a son who is seriously mentally ill. During her years in the state legislature and as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, she mentioned it often in passing, and earned a reputation as a big-hearted advoc ... More >>
We got an incredible E-mail a few hours ago from Alan Hedges, a Texas man whose 7-year-old granddaughter Alexia and her grandmother Mauricia Aviles (in the photo) were bludgeoned to death in 1999 by seriously mentally ill family member Rodney Aviles.The brutal murders occurred in Mrs. Aviles' hom ... More >>
An inmate escaped from the State Prison Complex in Florence Sunday morning, after cutting a hole in a fence. Police are still searching for the escapee, Yelson Moreno, 20, a Mexican national who was serving a 30-month sentence for theft...Transportation officials at the Maricopa Association of Go ... More >>
After digging itself into a $3.5 billion hole, who would actually want the state government as a tenant?The state's having a bit of a yard sale right now, and what's on the lawn? How about a hospital, a state park, and, oh yeah, the state capitol.We reported on this a few weeks ago, and belie ... More >>
The Sanchezes are American citizens who've been in this country longer than Joe Arpaio's family. The Sanchezes are criminally brown.
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Six hours after County mental health officials sent a psychotic man back home, he killed his mother and young niece.
A mental-health advocate succumbs to a brain tumor
From brilliance to madness and beyond, Jacob Martinez's artistic and personal journey has taken him further than he'd ever dreamed. The fire inside now quelled by medication, the nightmare of his mental illness is over. But at what price?
One of the Valley's most revered mental-health advocates struggles with cancer
Councilman's company sends unlicensed guards to Sky Harbor, DPS records show
'Insane' mom sentenced in 1998 burning death of two kids
Danielle Adair is a mentally ill, AIDS-carrying prostitute. But officials release her to the streets over and over and over again.
AG Napolitano turns down her 60 Minutes of fame
They spent months covered in the dust and dirt of a prison renovation. Now, dozens of officers and inmates say the state risked their lives by making them work with asbestos.
If Artie Martinez weren't deaf, he might have talked his way out of the Arizona State Hospital. Instead, he was locked up there for nearly 40 years.
State probe finds that agency's "failure to comply" with regulations contributed to veteran's death
Two agencies were supposed to be taking care of Donald Ellison. Instead, they were missing in action--and the mentally ill Vietnam veteran was left to die on the street.
The nation's premier medical criminologist imparts his profundity--and profanity
Washington state official foresees difficult days for Arizona's new "sexual predators" law
Litigation over care fo rArizona's mentally ill ended four years ago. Sowhy have private attorneys racked up more than $1 million in fees since then?
EVERYONE AGREES JOHN SAHHAR DOESN'T BELONG ON THE STREET, BUT NOBODY WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF HIM.