Here's an easy way to identify a crackhead -- if a guy actually has a rock of crack-cocaine stuck to his head.Police say that's how 52-year-old George Figueroa was arrested for possession of a narcotic drug for the sixth time.
An inmate at the Durango Jail died last night -- and it wasn't at the hands of a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officer, according to the MCSO.MCSO Officer Chris Hegstrom tells New Times the death is being investigated as a "natural causes death."Hegstrom says he won't identify the de ... More >>
If you're a criminal, illegal immigrant, or just don't want to get hassled by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's boys in beige, avoid West Phoenix tomorrow -- the MCSO's staging its latest "crime-suppression operation."The MCSO isn't saying where it will focus its op, only noting that it will be in Phoenix and ... More >>
The last time we caught up with the Meat Puppets it was mostly to talk about the 'Arizona scene' after a rough week at Austin's South by Southwest music conference.Regrettably, I didn't even mention the band's new record Lollipop in that piece. But, yes, the Puppets put out a brand new record thi ... More >>
Josh, son of Russell, back in stirState Senate President Russell Pearce's son Joshua Trent Pearce was arrested February 9 by the Mesa Police Department on outstanding warrants issued by the Maricopa County Superior Court. Currently he's cooling his heels in Durango Jail.The thirty year-old unemploye ... More >>
Clayton Thornburg had a brief taste of freedom yesterday.A guy wearing nothing but pink socks was seen running towards 35th Avenue near the Durango Jail yesterday. The problem with that -- aside from the guy being naked -- is he was an inmate at the jail who'd just scaled five razor-wire fences a ... More >>
Erica O'Neil Cabeza de vaca, burrito style. Served up by Andale Mexican Food. Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles ... More >>
California videographer Naui's footage from the pepper spray incidentI am so disgusted by today's events at the big anti-Arpaio march to Joe's jails that I hardly know where to begin. The saddest part of it is that a mostly-peaceful demonstration of over 10,000 persons, which ended with a concert by ... More >>
from Ernesto YerenaErnesto Yerena: The agit-prop Delacroix of the anti-Joe, pro-immigration reform movementIf the editors over at Phoenix's daily fishwrap had half a brain, they'd relegate their star columnist E.J. "Milksop" Montini to checking typos in the classifieds, and make Richard Ruelas his r ... More >>
Image: Arizona Department of CorrectionsCharles Byrd A former Maricopa County jail inmate who was stripped to his underwear and felt up by a female guard-in-training during a search did not have his rights violated, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Charles Byrd, who was convicted of ... More >>
Following up on yesterday's blog item about the hunger strike in Joe's jails, I spoke with Maricopa County Board of Supervisors spokesman Richard DeUriarte this afternoon, and he confirmed that a massive hunger strike did take place yesterday in MCSO's Durango Jail. DeUriarte said that on Cinco de ... More >>
from MCSO.org Durango Jail, where some of the 500 hunger strikers are being held Phoenix civil rights activist Salvador Reza and Univision Channel 33 are reporting that there is a hunger strike on in Joe's jails, with about 500 prisoners joining in the action to protest the atrocious food ser ... More >>
Zack de la Rocha at the anti-Arpaio rally Saturday in front of Tent City -- footage by Dennis Gilman If you only read the coverage of Saturday's anti-Arpaio march in Phoenix's paper of record, and/or watched it on our local news channels, you wouldn't know that neo-Nazis were present in the nativis ... More >>
Before today's successful march of thousands from the Wells Fargo building in downtown Phoenix to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's gulags, many in the Phoenix activist community tried to dissuade civil rights leader and march organizer Salvador Reza from taking on Arpaio in such a bold, uncompromising way. They ... More >>
Arpaio sticks it to the prisoners, while rumors of provocateurs in tomorrow's march aboundSheriff Joe Arpaio is officially freaking out over the May 2 anti-Arpaio Walk for Respect, which will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Wells Fargo building downtown (100 West Washington Street) and continue on ... More >>
The folks that put thousands in Phoenix's streets February 28 to protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the 287(g) program are ready to do it again May 2, with Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha slated to participate as he did before.The difference this time is that the anti-Arpaio march wil ... More >>
Come as your favorite inmate murdered by Joe's guards...There are so many to pick from. It's Halloween, and I see dead people. In Sheriff Joe's House of Horrors, of course. Yep, any of Joe's gruesome gulags could double as a Haunted House of the Dead, from the Fourth Avenue Jail, where the Robert C ... More >>
Watson in better days... The (alleged) salon bandit strikes again! Minus the hand-in-bag trick this time. Seems Joe Watson's reaching out for help from friends and family from behind the walls of Sheriff Joe's Lower Buckeye housing unit, asking for some help with scrilla 'cause he needs it to pay ... More >>
When new Choos aren't enough
Any way you add it up, kids at one Valley middle school were dealing meth out of their backpacks
Our nightlife ninjas brave crackheads and broken bra straps to party 'til dawn at RedMonkey
Letters from the week of August 5, 2004
There's a difference between justice and vengefulness -- something that's lost on Sheriff Joke.
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys keep rockabilly a-hoppin' in a 30-year-old school bus
With prospects drying up for Latin rock, a gifted guitarist returns to the acoustic sounds of his youth
From the week of November 30, 2000
Year after year, Murphy school district officials watched their students die in a hail of violence. They decided to take matters into their own hands.
For gangbangers and delinquents, Project Challenge boot camp is a last chance to avoid prison
County supervisors erase any notion of compromising to preserve historic buildings
On Madison Street, crowds of crack-addicted homeless are plaguing police and downtown businesses. But no one seems to be doing much about it.
Casa de Locos has the audience, it just lacks the gigs
Complaints about tainted food and inmate abuse pour forth in wake of Tent City riot
Sheriff Arpaio's deputies say his vaunted posse does little more than waste money and slake their boss's thirst for publicity
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.