One man shot another man in the face inside a 7-Eleven store in Chandler last night, according to police.The man's injury isn't life-threatening, but this is the second time in less than two weeks that a customer of a Chandler business shot another customer inside the store.
Amid all the outrage over ASU fraternity brothers having an "MLK Black Party," in which white students mocked black people to go along with the party's theme, there is one person who's defending the students who hosted the party.Michael Meyers, who's black, and the head of the New York Civil Rights ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a decision on Arizona's ban on abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, which was found by a lower court to be unconstitutional.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had blocked the law from taking effect.
From the week of Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, DUI task forces around the state arrested nearly 4,000 people on charges of driving under the influence.According to stats provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, there were actually fewer DUI arrests this holiday season (3,942), tha ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, Debra Milke gets a break in her murder retrial, former Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman is headed to the can, an ambulance thief is also headed to prison, and much more:
Since the week of Thanksgiving, nearly 1,000 people around Arizona have been arrested for DUI by one of the DUI task forces around the state.These task forces operate from late November through the end of the year (as they have in previous years), and stats from the Governor's Office of Highway safe ... More >>
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 s ... More >>
Two Border Patrol agents received prison sentences for violating the civil rights of men they found trying to smuggle marijuana in southern Arizona five years ago.Agents Dario Castillo, 25, of Yuma, and Ramon Zuniga, age 31, of San Luis, were each sentenced to two years in prison, plus three years o ... More >>
A corrupt Border Patrol agent was sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for helping a drug-trafficking organization do its work.Former Agent Ivhan Daniel Herrera-Chiang actually got more prison time than his partner-in-crime Michael Lopez-Garcia, a former Arizona Department o ... More >>
Phoenix Police have released the names of the four people killed in a shooting rampage Saturday, October 26, at a Phoenix townhome near West Hazelwood and 17th Avenue. The name of the suspect, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, was also released. According to police, the four vi ... More >>
Five people were found shot to death at a Phoenix apartment complex Saturday morning, October 26. According to reports, two dogs were also killed. That makes nine murders in the past week (although one of those killed in Saturday's shooting spree may have been the assailant, according to prelimina ... More >>
A man convicted of seven murders was executed today at the state prison in Florence.Robert Jones, 43, is the second inmate to be put to death in the state this year.
There have been at least 13 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just last week, 27-year-old Florence resident Robert DeArman III was killed after he was checking out a friend's gun, and handed it back. One of the men accidentally pulled the trigger during the exchange, and DeA ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, a former elementary school teacher was sentenced to prison for his child-porn collection, a child molester got more prison time than a murderer, and more:
Who better to help me inaugurate a new category in this blog, entitled "Bigotry Is Expensive," than the man known for sucking all of the air out of the room and the all of the cash out of taxpayers' wallets, Sheriff Joe Arpaio? In case you missed it, Arpaio just cost us another $7.3 million-plus in ... More >>
There have been at least 12 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just this week, a Pinal County man tried to "scare" his girlfriend by pointing a gun at her and pulling the trigger. There was a bullet in that gun, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Ramiro De ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, the parents of a disabled boy take a plea deal in an abuse case, two suspected murders plead not-guilty, a former Scottsdale CPA is found guilty of theft, and more.
There have been at least 11 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just this week, a 24-year-old Phoenix woman was killed after her boyfriend's gun discharged as he pulled it out of his waistband. See the details on the 11 shootings below.
Makeshift memorials for Austin Del Castillo are set up at the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive in Tempe, where Del Castillo was shot by Tempe police earlier this month."Don't believe what the news says[,] the police definitely have a choice," read signs posted at that corner.After a week i ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, Debra "Death-Row Debbie" Milke is out of jail, two people were found guilty of murder, a man with bad excuses for hitting a bicyclist gets his punishment, and more:
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, a crappy mom gets probation for trying to give away her baby, the murder case that no jurors seem to able to agree on, Jodi Arias acts like Jodi Arias, and more:
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, the state rested its murder case against former Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman, Chris Simcox may be offered a plea deal, a frat boy may get off the hook in a flaming Everclear incident, and mor ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, an ex-Phoenix cop accused of murder goes to trial, jury selection starts in re-trial of Buddhist temple massacre suspect, a youth minister is found guilty of molestation, and more:
There have been at least 10 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just this week, a 56-year-old Prescott Valley man was killed after he asked his wife to grab his shotgun for him, and the gun discharged during the transfer, fatally wounding him.
Who better than a prisoner to criticize Arizona's prison system? The most recent issue of Prison Legal News, a monthly magazine largely written for prisoners by prisoners, features a long, detailed overview of what's wrong with the Arizona Department of Corrections, including ADC's alarming suicide ... More >>
Welcome to another installment of Most Wanted -- New Times' weekly post featuring scofflaws, including suspects in robberies, homicides and assault cases, sex offenders who've absconded, and even "dead beat" parents who aren't shelling out court-ordered child support. Suspects featured here are pre ... More >>
A motorcycle club called the "Sons of Hell" is suing several Arizona law-enforcement agencies, alleging multiple violations of their constitutional rights.The bikers claim in a federal lawsuit that cops treat them as a gang "based solely on their associations and friendships with the Hells Angels Mo ... More >>
At what point do you just toss your keys to the cops after getting pulled over for DUI?Apparently if this is the seventh time you've been pulled over for DUI, and the third time this year.
At his Wednesday press conference where he doubled-down on his support of deceitful ex-Phoenix detective Armando Saldate, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery insisted that Debra Milke, the person Saldate put on death row, would remain nonbondable pending trial. "I want to underscore, she's not ... More >>
Black and Latino leaders in Phoenix think voting rights for minorities in Arizona are about to take a step back now that Arizona and eight other states no longer need federal approval on new voting laws.They may not want to hold their breath for what they're demanding, though -- that Congress fix th ... More >>
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 >>
A male patron of Scottsdale's Martini Ranch is in critical condition with life-threatening wounds following a stabbing at the Old Town dance club and music venue early this morning. According to a report released by the Scottsdale Police Department, the 34-year-old victim was walking down the stai ... More >>
The national media (and rest of the local media) have finally discovered the lawsuit we wrote about last week, resulting from Fox News airing a man's suicide on live television last year.According to the lawsuit filed in Maricopa County, two of JoDon Romero's kids heard at school about a suicide bei ... More >>
Dale Hausner, one of the two serial shooters who combined to kill six people in the Valley between 2005 and 2006, died today at age 40 from "unknown causes."An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman says Hausner was found unresponsive in his cell at the state prison complex in Florence just aft ... More >>
Anti-abortion fanatic/Congressman Trent Franks' bone-headed argument that a "very low" number of rapes result in pregnancies ended up being a losing argument.Franks' bill banning abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy has since been changed, exempting victims of rape and incest.See also:-Franks: Not M ... More >>
A pretty surprising new trend is begining to appear not just in the states but all over the world. It's not a new ingredient or cooking technique, but rather an interest in eating prison food. Up till now if you wanted to experience what food made with minimal money and effort and in massive quant ... More >>
The family of a man whose suicide was broadcast live on national television on Fox News last year is suing Fox's parent company, claiming emotional distress.According to the lawsuit filed in Maricopa County court by the mother of three of JoDon Romero's five kids, two of the kids heard at school abo ... More >>
A new approach to evidence in domestic-violence strangulation cases has quadrupled prosecutions for the crimes and garnered an award for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Last year, County Attorney Bill Montgomery's office partnered with local law enforcement agencies and Scottsdale Healthcare ... More >>
At 11 p.m. Wednesday night, bleeding out behind a gas station is probably not what Timothy Simpson thought he'd find himself doing when earlier he visited a woman he'd been sleeping with behind her boyfriend's back. Mesa Police found Simpson with several stab wounds in his stomach, saying he'd bee ... More >>
Most Arizonans chose not to drive drunk over Memorial Day weekend, but those who did were pretty loaded.According to statistics from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the average blood-alcohol level of people caught in statewide DUI enforcement this weekend was .153 -- nearly twice the legal ... More >>
The Phoenix Police Department released a report Wednesday on the shooting death of 22 year-old Zachariah Pithan by a Phoenix Police Officer on April 20, an incident the report characterizes as "justifiable homicide." See also: -Did Phoenix Police Need to Kill Zachariah Pithan? According to the rep ... More >>
They don't call her "GED Jan" for nothin'. Following U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell's ruling this week in Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Jan Brewer, Brewer was quick to gloat and mischaracterize Campbell's decision, painting it as a vindication of her prejudiced policy. See also: -Jan Br ... More >>
The National Transportation Safety Board has decided that a blood-alcohol level of .08 is no longer the acceptable maximum for American drivers, and instead wants .05 to be the new threshold for DUIs.That obviously would have a big effect in Arizona, where the penalties for DUI are just about the to ... More >>
UPDATE: Jodi Arias Guilty of First-Degree Premeditated Murder, Jury FindsThe jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of Jodi Arias.According to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Superior Court, the verdict will be read at 1:30 p.m.See also:-Jury Deciding Arias' Fate-Psycho Killer-Jodi Arias ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's friends, birther attorneys Larry Klayman and ex-lawmaker David Burnell Smith, are doing Arpaio a solid favor in their bogus lawsuit against Respect Arizona, the group trying to recall the elderly Sheriff.Respect Arizona's legal counsel already told New Times last week that the m ... More >>
A brilliant little gem from the makers of 9500 Liberty Believe it or not, once upon a time, Republicans were the ones fighting for the expansion of voting rights. Okay, so that was more than a century ago, following the Civil War. Still, it's interesting to watch this short video by Annabel Park ... More >>