The first time I met Octavio Castaneda Flores, he was in county stripes, his hands cuffed to a desk where he sat in the visiting room of Durango Jail. See Also: Bill Montgomery Would Rather Talk About Jodi Arias Than Judge Snow's Order, and Here's Why After Nine Months in Jail for Working Without ... More >>
Could it be that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is even more of a liberal Republican than we thought? We know he supports same-sex marriage and gays in the military. But what about his views on medical marijuana? Well, consider that he handpicked for his staff a fitness trainer/bodybuilder/book ... More >>
Manuel Antonio Gonzalez called 9-1-1 in Phoenix on Friday to report that his 22-year-old nephew had apparently drowned and was unresponsive.That boy was pronounced dead shortly after that, and police say not only was there no water for the boy to drown in where he was, but the boy's other injuries - ... More >>
Not long after the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office decided Marty Atencio -- the Army vet who died in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Fourth Avenue Jail in December -- died from "law enforcement subdual" and other causes, MCSO has another dead inmate.The Feathered Bastard has the information on Raymon ... More >>
If you're man, and had plans of going to jail to get felt up by a woman, we have some bad news.The United States Supreme Court decided today to not hear the case of a former Maricopa County jail inmate who claims a female detention officer grabbed his junk during a somewhat-nude pat down while he ... More >>
What started out as a less than stellar homemade-Christmas-gift attempt at truffle making grew into the passion and livelihood of the entrepreneurial Lou Mirabella and his wife, Denise, of Chocofin Chocolatiers.
MCSOClayton ThornburgThe Maricopa County Sheriff's Office began a press release about an escaped inmate this afternoon with the comical question "Herculean inmate? Or Darwin award?" Perhaps the questions should have been "how the hell does a guy scale five razor-wire fences without anyone noticin ... More >>
Chandler PDAnthony HamiltonThey got him."The Blue Basket Bandit," who police say is responsible for wreaking havoc on makeup aisles at several Chandler-area pharmacies, has been arrested, police say.The alleged culprit: 34-year-old Phoenix resident Anthony R. Hamilton.Chandler police Detective Da ... More >>
Anthony HamiltonPeople do a lot of crazy shit to get their hands on drugs but the "Blue Basket Bandit" may be one of the only junkies to steal eyeliner to fuel his habit.According to court documents obtained by New Times, Anthony Hamilton copped to being the infamous bandit after his arrest yeste ... More >>
From left, Zack de la Rocha, Little Joe, and Linda Ronstadt outside El Portal FridayI'm on my way down to Phoenix's Falcon Park, where one of the largest anti-Arpaio marches in history is now gathering, but I would be remiss if I didn't post a short note about the fundraiser at Maricopa County Super ... More >>
Tucson native Linda Ronstadt joins the fight against Joe this January 16In a conversation this morning via phone, Tucson native and rock legend Linda Ronstadt denounced Sheriff Joe Arpaio's reign of tyranny in Maricopa County and promised to march alongside thousands of activists planning to converg ... More >>
Just like Arpaio, J. Edgar Hoover loved dogs and compliant journalists I was up too late the other night watching a documentary on the National Geographic Channel about Hoover and his many, many sins. And aside from Hoover's reported penchant for getting himself up in drag, the& ... More >>
As mentioned in a previous blog post, at Saturday's Walk for Respect to Joe Arpaio's Tent City, I spoke with neo-Nazis J.T. Ready and "Vito Lombardi," both of whom were throwing up the sieg heil sign as they verbally attacked the marchers passing by on Durango Street. They told me that Joe had stopp ... More >>
Joe had so much fun marching inmates awaiting trial in February, he's doing it again...In an attempt to recapture his status as an equal-opportunity sadist, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's reprising his 200 Mexican March, which inflamed the Hispanic community and civil rights activists back in February. Howeve ... More >>
A KFYI squawk-jock paints a target on every undocumented worker in Arizona, as well as on himself. Now the tough guy's hiding from the rest of the media
No more Mr. Nice Gardeners: The feathered fiend on Mayor Phil's idiot stammerings after the big undocumented-workers' march
The winged wonder speaks for Jesus when it says: Keep Father Dale on his "electronic" leash! Plus, inside local Hollyweird casting calls
Dan Saban turns over materials to the FBI showing alleged improprieties by Arpaio and the MCSO.
Letters from the week of October 14, 2004
Arpaio's ditsy chief flack Lisa Allen MacPherson tells us to take her boss to court, so . . .
The lines to get into Maricopa County courthouses are about to get longer.
Mental health care for jail inmates is woeful, commissioner says
Skirt-chasing on the occasion of this weekend's Highland Games
After decades of failure, the well-intentioned still don't get it
Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Review (Sony/Legacy)
For David Hans Schmidt, there's no business like ho business
County jail faces serious shortage of mental health services
From the week of April 12, 2001
A neighborhood's trees fall victim to a better view of freeway billboards
Warehouse-district defenders retrench as two structures come down
The county's new downtown jail would destroy valuable pieces of Phoenix's past
Family horrified at funeral home's gruesome handling of body
County jails are understaffed, but there seems to be plenty of money for the sheriff's pet projects
The county's jails are crammed full. But not with the dangerous felons backers of an initiative to raise money for new jails would have you believe.
A dying narcotics agent opens his files, and out pours Miguel, just one of a legion of Mexicans who embraced drug-running as their ticket to the American dream
Rock en Espaol finds a weekend showcase spot at Melody Lounge
The Department of Juvenile Corrections helped create an overcrowding crisis in state juvenile facilities--to the benefit of a private contractor that employs two former state officials