A grand jury has indicted the four principal suspects, including the son of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, in the deaths of more than 20 dogs at a Gilbert dog-boarding facility. Austin Flake, his wife, Logan, and the owners of the facility, Jesse Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, now face multiple felony count ... More >>
Sean Quaid was just another Arizona gun owner on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he became a hero. Police say Quaid thwarted a bank robbery in north Phoenix on Wednesday by first swiping the keys out of the robbers' getaway vehicle, then shooting one of the thugs who carjacked a pickup truck in the parking ... More >>
Local law-enforcement agencies have had plenty of run-ins with Phoenix's professional athletes over the years. Below, check out our picks for the 20 most memorable arrests of Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Coyotes, and Phoenix Suns athletes:
Two Phoenix Fire Department captains accused of lying in an arson probe won't be charged criminally, but their actions have spurred a reform of investigative procedures. In July, officials with the state Department of Public Safety recommended that Captains Sam Richardson and Fred Andes be charged ... More >>
DUI task forces around the state arrested 544 people on DUI charges over Labor Day weekend. That's an increase over the same weekend in 2013, when the task forces arrested 503 people on DUI charges.
A Phoenix police officer's fatal shooting of Phoenix resident Michelle Cusseaux will be investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Cusseaux, 50, was fatally shot by Phoenix Police Officer Percy Dupra on August 14, after police say she threatened officers with a hammer when they went t ... More >>
DUI task forces around the state arrested 389 people on DUI charges over Independence Day weekend.That's pretty much on-par with the DUI enforcement over the same weekend last year, when 361 people were arrested on DUI charges, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Phoenix criminal-defense attorney Dwane Cates was robbed at gunpoint inside his office last month.Cates says if the men are caught, he'll fight for a "second chance" for those robbers and ask that they be placed on probation if it's their first offense.
Arizona State University is one of 55 higher-education institutions nationwide that's being investigated for possible improper handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today released the list of all the schools under investigati ... More >>
The Arizona Senate approved a bill that would make it a felony to share someone else's nude pictures without his or her permission.Although the House already approved the bill, it was amended in the Senate to classify the sharing of "revenge porn" as a domestic-violence crime, which essentially make ... More >>
No surprise here: Phoenix isn't exactly one of the safest cities in Arizona.Read on to find the 10 safest cities in Arizona, where you might die of boredom, but most likely not as a result of a violent crime:
From Friday through St. Patrick's Day yesterday, DUI task forces around the state made 413 DUI arrests.Although you might expect most of the arrests to have come yesterday, a majority of those arrests (233) were actually made on Friday and Saturday.
Lawyers for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne have hit upon yet another less-than-ingenious strategy to save him and his outreach director Kathleen Winn from being found guilty of campaign finance violations, and possibly fined $1.2 million. That is, to accuse FBI agent Brian Grehoski - one of the ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 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 >>
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 >>
The Scottsdale Police Department's second fatal officer-involved shooting this month was caught on camera, as a neighbor recorded the confrontation between the Scottsdale officer and 72-year-old Preston Phillips last month. Unfortunately, that 19-year-old neighbor released the video to KPHO Channel ... More >>
A group of men dressed up like a SWAT team and armed with assault rifles robbed and kidnapped three people connected to a pot-selling scheme last month in Litchfield Park. One of the terrified victims jumped from the trunk of a Jaguar going 60 mph while being taken to a desert location. The victim ... More >>
A 72-year-old man was shot and killed by Scottsdale police Wednesday in the department's second fatal officer-involved shooting this month.Preston Phillips Jr. was shot by the officer around 6 p.m. after, police say, Phillips drove up next to the officer, pulled a handgun out of his holster, and "di ... More >>
Alan Champagne, the man Phoenix police believe is responsible for the deaths of two people found in a homemade coffin in a backyard earlier this month, apparently had some help in the murders and burial of the victims' bodies.Champagne's girlfriend, 22-year-old Elise Garcia, was arrested on Monday o ... More >>
James Drorbaugh describes every computer user's worst nightmare: While he was away or inattentive, an unscrupulous, perverted acquaintance downloaded hundreds of disgusting images and videos of child pornography, resulting in a raid of Drorbaugh's home and, ultimately, a pending prison sentence of ... More >>
A Valley attorney and former Maricopa County medical examiner is accused of running over and killing a woman who was lying in a roadway while driving drunk, then driving away.Aimee Lorine Butel, listed in court documents obtained by New Times as an attorney for the Phoenix law firm Knapp & Rober ... More >>
James Oliver Drorbaugh, 35, will get four to six years in prison when he's sentenced on May 6 for possessing child pornography, his plea agreement shows. Drorbaugh, who's lived in Payson and Chandler, was busted in 2011 after an undercover FBI agent downloaded child porn from his computer using a f ... More >>
Alan Champagne, the man Phoenix police believe is responsible for the deaths of two people found in a homemade coffin in a backyard earlier this month, pleaded not guilty this morning to murder charges.Champagne, 42, has an extensive record of murder-related crimes, allegedly. Champagne, who was alr ... More >>
A retired Mesa cop is accused of molesting two kids, as well as sharing child porn with a man who was recently arrested in a Homeland Security investigation.Search warrants served in the case provided police with several allegedly smoking guns, like the picture of Millsaps ejaculating into Hello Kit ... More >>
A judge sentenced a former Pima County Sheriff's deputy for his role in ripping off drug smugglers, attempting to distribute marijuana, and aiding a drug trafficking organization. Francisco Jimenez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to commit offenses again ... More >>
Court documents released in the arrest of convicted murderer Alan Champagne show how police believe Champagne's responsible for two bodies in a homemade coffin in a backyard in Phoenix.Champagne, 42, was arrested yesterday on first-degree murder charges, a day after landscapers unearthed human remai ... More >>
Ian MacDonald, the man accused of fatally stabbing former ASU wide receiver Tyrice Thompson outside a Scottsdale bar in late January, was "pissed" and "acting like a dick" before the stabbing, a witness tells New Times.That source, who was at the Martini Ranch bar with MacDonald's group that night, ... More >>
The Phoenix Police Department arrested a man suspected of murder, after he and his partner - who eventually died from his wounds - were shot during a drug deal in June.Daniel Albert Alvarado, 29, has been charged with murder and two counts of intent to sell marijuana. According to a PD report, Alvar ... More >>
Sure enough, Phoenix police believe Alan Champagne -- the convicted murderer who happened to be a former resident of the house where human remains were found yesterday -- is responsible for those remains.Additionally, Phoenix police say there were actually two bodies in the coffin, which was unearth ... More >>
The 26-year-old Tempe man arrested in the murder of former ASU wide receiver Tyrice Thompson has been released from jail.Ian MacDonald, a former Marine who had a "top security clearance" -- at least, according to his lawyer -- is accused of stabbing Thompson outside the Martini Ranch bar in Scottsda ... More >>