Bank robberies seem so blasé these days -- the creepy man walking into the bank, handing a note to a teller demanding money, and taking off before cops arrive.But so much more goes into it: what to wear, how to conceal your face, and how to haul away your loot. Styles vary, and there is some creati ... More >>
Having a robber sneak up behind you with a knife while you're at an ATM is undoubtedly scary as hell.If a robber sneaking up behind you with a knife looks like the guy in the photo above, we're guessing an involuntary bowel movement is the only logical reaction.
A Scottsdale woman was kidnapped from her garage yesterday and driven to a bank, where she was told by her kidnapper to empty her account or he'd harm her and her mother. A bank teller tipped off the cops, who came and arrested their suspect -- 40-year-old Thanh Andrew Harlan.Scottsdale Officer D ... More >>
If you know this guy, call the cops.The man pictured above is responsible for three bank robberies over the past month, and cops need the public's help tracking him down.
If you've seen this guy -- or a $60 bill -- call the cops.Valley cop shops are asking the public's help in tracking down the "$60 Bill Bandit," who authorities say is responsible for a string of bank robberies that occurred in the east Valley over the last few months.The nickname is funny for one ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Adam Ramsower robbed a bank so he could move out of his parent's home. Wish granted.Adam Ramsower isn't the only 30-year-old who's had to move back in with his folks during this ultra-marathon of a recession. But he's the only one we'v ... More >>
Peoria Police DepartmentThis guy robbed a bank. If you know him, call the cops.Well, the sun came out today, which, here in the Valley, often means a local law enforcement agency needs the public's help in tracking down some bozo who robbed a bank.The latest bank heist is brought to you by the Ph ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Cesar Angeles-Ballester (a.k.a. Angeles-Ballesteros) was arrested in connection with last week's brazen kidnapping of four people.Four family members kidnapped in Phoenix last week remain missing despite the arrest of a man who allegedly tr ... More >>
The "No Tricks Bandit" We figured it was only a matter of time before the FBI came up with a new, lame moniker for the man responsible for robbing four Valley banks in the last week and attempting to rob another on Tuesday. We figured right.The FBI's bandit-naming department did ... More >>
For a starter that appears on practically every restaurant menu, from Olive Garden to Postino, bruschetta (broo-SKETTA) is a remarkably appealing -- and mispronounced -- dish. The concept is simple: toast a slice of crusty bread and top it with pretty much whatever sounds fr ... More >>
Arizona's lackluster Legislature is looking to call its next special session the week of December 14 to discuss ways to bridge the state's $1.6 billion budget gap. Despite having no plan other than Governor Brewer's one-cent sales-tax increase that has failed time and time again in the Repub ... More >>
www.gawker.comArizona state government has managed to blow through a $700 million loan from the Bank of America in less than a week, and that wasn't even enough to keep things going. According to Treasurer Dean Martin, his office had to dip into internal sources to come up w ... More >>
Senator Carolyn AllenLast Thursday, the Arizona Legislature failed to pass pieces of legislation that would shave about $400 million off of the state's $2 billion budget shortfall. The special session was supposed to reconvene today, but it seems as though that's not happening either.The pr ... More >>
State Treasurer Dean MartinRemember when banks were lending money to people that had no means of paying it back and the entire economy came crashing down?The Bank of America apparently has no memory of this because it just approved a $700 million loan to the Arizona state government, which ... More >>
Two juveniles were arrested by Phoenix police for allegedly shooting at traffic signs and speed enforcement cameras with BB guns. DPS officers stopped a black Volvo after reports of shots fired on eastbound Interstate 10 and took a male and a female into custody. There were reportedly five ju ... More >>
Buy Sandwiches. ...At least that's what they say at BisonWitches, a quaint sandwich restaurant just off 6th and Mill, hidden behind the Bank of America building. Yes, 'Buy Sandwiches,' is a clever colloquial contrivance, but at $7 a sandwich, it strikes one as more of a creed. At BisonWitches, ... More >>
The jaguar that was captured, collared, and euthanized at the Phoenix Zoo may not have had chronic kidney failure. The jaguar, named "Macho B," was put down because of a terminal diagnosis, but a pathologist now says tissue samples show the animal may have just been dehydrated...Steve Nash scored 31 ... More >>
Jorge Gutierrez likes to spend a lot of time at Desert Schools Federal Union. The locations are convenient, and he likes the easy-to-work-with employees.Most of all, he likes the money.The FBI alleges Gutierrez robbed the credit union in the Ahwatukee/Chandler area five times, including twice at two ... More >>
Whatever happened out there in the desert, the case is closed for a Border Patrol agent accused of shooting an illegal immigrant in cold blood. The agent, who says he was attacked with a rock, won't face another trial for the alleged crime. John McCain's political future may be in doubt, but maybe ... More >>
Deputy Secretary of State Kevin Tyne will be soon-to-be Governor Jan Brewer's chief of staff, and Brewer has named a Who's Who list of familiar names from previous GOP administrations to her transition team, which will be led by (gulp - for those with long memories) Chuck Coughlin. Here's the team: ... More >>
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Letters from the week of April 15,2004
Late-night robberies. High-tech heists. Coercions, confessions and cover-ups. It's just business as usual at a Phoenix ATM company.
Building new cultural facilities is a risky business for Valley cities.
Lunch with an accomplished writer
Barry Goldwater's widow says the conservative institute that bears his name is twisting his legacy
When the WWF comes to town, everyone is an extra
Lucina Rivera's cafe provides good food and camaraderie to the homeless and dysfunctional. It's not a charity. It's just Mama's Place.
A HEALTH-CLUB MEMBER GETS A WORKOUT CORRECTING QUESTIONABLE ELECTRONIC WITHDRAWALS FROM HER BANK ACCOUNT
DEAN BREWER WAS ALREADY UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR BANKRUPTING A MORTGAGE COMPANY, SO ARIZONA REGULATORS LET HIM TAKE OVER CHARTER TITLE, AND $8 MILLION IS MISSING.
HOLIDAY DO-GOODER'S CHECKS AREN'T SO GOOD, EX-EMPLOYEES SAY
The ghosts of Christmas trees past