Armando Jay Ramirez, a former Phoenix cop and state medical-fraud investigator, has been indicted on suspicion of defrauding veterans' groups and state and federal agencies. Ramirez, 40, worked for the Phoenix Police Department's South Mountain Precinct for about five years until his 2011 domestic ... More >>
This Saturday, March 22 the 5th annual Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival will hit the streets of downtown Chandler, bringing together pit masters and craft brewers from around the country for a celebration of all things grilled and meaty. And organizers HDE Agency promise this year's event w ... More >>
Based on an analysis of headlines from local news outlets, it would appear that everyone and their grandmother opposes Arizona's Senate Bill 1062.By yesterday afternoon, the Arizona Capitol Times counted 84 businesses and business groups in public opposition to the "religious freedom" bill, includin ... More >>
The Iraqi refugee who's accused of killing a man in Maricopa and planting a bomb at a Social Security Administration office in Casa Grande was sentenced to five years in prison on federal weapons charges.Abdullatif Aldosary still faces state charges related to the murder and the bombing.
Thanks to the language differences between Anglos, Mexicans, and various Native American tribes, there are a whole lot of places around Arizona that no one really seems to know how to pronounce.Check out 10 such places, along with our best ideas for how they're supposed to be pronounced:
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 crime spree sparked by a fear of Alice Cooper's restaurant, to a new pot-smu ... More >>
If you didn't happen to be in Casa Grande when Jimmy Eat World played this show, back in May, you may find it more convenient to head out to Tucson for a show from this year's Readers' Choice for Best Local Band. If you weren't really into "The Middle," for some reason, fear not--there's more going ... More >>
It's coming. College kids are circling the Valley in hand-me-down Corollas; especially eager snowbirds are lying to their friends back home about it being A Dry Heat, even in August; the days are very gradually getting shorter. And big touring acts, who've stayed away from Phoenix all summer, are an ... More >>
It's been a couple weeks since Edward Snowden ratted out the National Security Agency, and most of America's still in a major twist over said revelations of government's Orwellian-style surveillance tactics. And maybe in the mood to riot, stage a few protests, or -- at the very least -- preach the t ... More >>
Jimmy Eat WorldParamount Theatre, Casa Grande, ArizonaThursday, May 9, 2013 Jimmy Eat World's Arizona tour turned out to be excellent news for local fans of the band, who get a belated chance to see them in the kind of venues they played before their national breakout more than a decade ago. The gr ... More >>
One of the bands you can see this week around Phoenix has a famous song called "A Praise Chorus." Another of the bands you can see this week titled the first song of their first album "Penis." See which one of those bands is Jimmy Eat World after the jump!
Abdullatif Aldosary -- the Iraqi refugee accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande in November -- apparently will be charged in a murder that occurred just days before the bombing.Orlando Requena, 26, was working the overnight shif ... More >>
Jimmy Eat World's new album is due out this June, and the Arizona natives announced today that they'll be touring the state in May. If you're in Phoenix or Tucson, though, you might have a drive ahead of you -- they're eschewing the usual venues for dates in Yuma, Flagstaff, Casa Grande, Wickenburg ... More >>
Abdullatif Aldosary -- the Coolidge resident accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande a couple weeks ago -- pleaded not guilty today on two charges related to that bombing.Aldosary, an Iraqi refugee, faces just one charge related ... More >>
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar wants Homeland Security officials to explain to him why Abdullatif Aldosary -- the Coolidge resident accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande last week -- has been allowed to stay in the United St ... More >>
A federal judge ordered Abdullatif Aldosary -- the Coolidge resident accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande Friday morning -- to be held without bond.In the detention order, the magistrate judge says Aldosary there's no possible ... More >>
Abdullatif Aldosary, the Coolidge resident accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande Friday morning, was hit with two charges yesterday, although just one of those charges is related to the bombing.The other charge is related to th ... More >>
There's not too much information out there about Abdullatif Aldosary, the Coolidge resident accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande Friday morning.He's apparently an Iraqi refugee, he did a short stint in prison, and from what we ... More >>
An explosion was reported this morning at about 8:30 a.m. at the Casa Grande Social Security Administration building. According to an Associated Press report, the small explosion happened near the back entrance to the office building. No injuries were reported.
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Scott Verbout's the guy who edits the spelling and grammar for the writers of the Casa Grande Dispatch, online at TriValleyCentral.com.He's also the guy who was arrested by Ak-Chin police last week for allegedly doing some creative writing of his own, which he sent, along with pictures of his p ... More >>
Pinal County Sheriff's OfficeTheresa RatliffA Pinal County woman was arrested last week on charges that she assaulted her husband as the two were driving near Casa Grande -- which wouldn't be much of a news story if the woman arrested wasn't Pinal County Family Court Commissioner Theresa Ratliff. ... More >>
Juan Carlos Cuadros-Ortiz was arrested this morning in Casa Grande.The Pinal County man who police say sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl on Monday has been arrested.The Pinal County Sheriff's Office announced today that 25-year-old Juan Carlos Cuadros-Ortiz was taken into custody thanks to an ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Picazzo's meatballs with fresh marinara are good at any hour, but the price is great at happy hour. The Spot : Picazzo's Organic Kitchen, 440 W. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284. 480-831-5823 www.picazzos.com Picazzo's has four other valley locations: The Esplanade; North Scottsdale; Paradise Vall ... More >>
www.funnypicturesofanything.comDepartment of Homeland Security officials confirm that a book glamorizing suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert earlier this week. The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was found Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Casa Grande substation who wa ... More >>
Representative Frank PrattA person of interest has been arrested in the Christmas Day assault of State Representative Frank Pratt in Casa Grande. The possible assailant hasn't been charged in the Pratt assault -- yet -- but was arrested in Phoenix on an unrelated warrant earlier today and police ... More >>
Frank Pratt's expected to be released from the hospital today following a Christmas Day attack and beating of the state lawmaker in his Casa Grande business. One of the weirdest details in news coverage of the weekend beating of State Legislator Frank Pratt, a Republican from Casa Grande, wa ... More >>
www.photobucket.comBorder agents from the Casa Grande Station found a truck containing about 3,300 pounds of marijuana Monday morning near the checkpoint on Federal Route 15.According to Border Agent Colleen Agle, the weed was found when agents responded to suspected illegal activity in the ... More >>
A Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy was shot and wounded today by suspected drug runners smuggling an unknown quantity of marijuana through the desert. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office identified the injured Deputy as Louie Puroll, 53, a fifteen year veteran of the departm ... More >>
A man from Phoenix was arrested by detectives from the Department of Public Safety, after a two-month investigation into an alleged scam. The man is accused of stealing invalid amusement park passes from Valley retailers and then selling them for hundreds of dollars on web site Craig's List. Auth ... More >>
Two siblings were killed yesterday in an auto accident on the I-10 near Casa Grande. The victims were driving in a dust storm that caused a deadly pile-up wreck. The siblings, teenagers Mark Eide and Katie Eide, were on their way to Dairy Queen when they got caught in the storm...Gilbert police d ... More >>
More than 13,000 students in the Glendale Elementary School District will receive free seasonal flu vaccinations from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. All shots will be administered by November 6, and parents must sign a permission form for their child to get the shot...The Potato ... More >>
A gay rights group says they were harassed by a Casa Grande police officer when they gathered to protest taxes along a city street. The group filed a complaint, and Casa Grande police chief Robert Huddleston says the incident is being investigated...Former state legislator Karen Johnson announced sh ... More >>
A Casa Grande man faked FAA certification when he conducted an inspection of a small airplane that later crash-landed, says a federal indictment. Wesley Glen Forsythe, who worked at a maintenance facility at the Casa Grande Muncipal Airport called "The Plane Man," was not a ... More >>
You're 14. You've got 100 pounds of pot and an illegal immigrant in the car, and you're being chased by a ticked-off deputy. Where do you go? The mall, naturally. On Tuesday night, a Department of Public Safety officer tried to pull over a passenger car on Interstate 10 near Casa Grande, ... More >>
The trees are dying: Researchers publish an article in Science magazine claiming global warming's responsible for tree deaths from Arizona to Canada. It's a free-for-all: Governor Jan Brewer tells state agencies to stop issuing new rules and regulations. Hundreds of people protested the ... More >>
U.S. Border Patrol shoots down an agent's request to be near his ailing mother
Chandler Ostrich Festival
Reformers have a once-in-a-decade chance to take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. Can it pass? Will it work?
Star-struck Hollywood hopefuls fight to make the scene in Phoenix's filmland fringe.
GITEM, the state's $12 million antigang task force, storms Casa Grande and shoots a smalltime scofflaw in the back
TAJUANA DAVIDSON'S NEW PARENTS HAD A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE TOWARD CHILDREN. FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE STATE PLACED HER WITH THEM, SHE WAS DEAD.
IN OTHER PLACES, ABANDONED FIELDS GO BACK TO NATURE ON THEIR OWN. IN THE DESERT, THEY NEED LAURA JACKSON'S HELP.