Day one of an administrative hearing into alleged campaign-finance shenanigans by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne found Phoenix attorney Buddy Rake's genteel Texas drawl dipping in and out of the Federal Election Commission's definition of what constitutes illegal "coordination" by a candidate. ... More >>
Among the FBI's Most Wanted are individuals from Arizona (or with ties to the state) who have evaded authorities for decades in cases involving child porn, the sexual assault and sodomy of children and defrauding the public out of millions of dollars. Suspects featured here are presumed innocent - ... More >>
A Southwest flight that took off from LAX and was headed for Austin, Texas, landed at Sky Harbor after someone phoned in a bomb threat.Statements released by airport officials indicate that the plane is isolated on one of the runways, as the 143 passengers were evacuated. Police were blocking access ... More >>
By Paul T. Bradley For those among you who are "down" and perhaps for those who are not, you know that much brouhaha was made by the FBI's inclusion of Juggalos -- ie fans of Insane Clown Posse -- in their 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. This, of course, put them in the same category as well- ... More >>
A graduate of Red Mountain High School in Mesa is accused of trying to bomb a bank in Oakland, California, but his purportedly Taliban-connected partner was an undercover FBI agent.According to the FBI, 28-year-old Matthew Aaron Llaneza, now a resident of San Jose, California, wanted to make it look ... More >>
Yesterday, we informed you that it took eight law enforcement agencies to track down a guy who stole a first-edition book of Mormon.Jay Linford's been pegged by Mesa police as the guy who lifted the 182-year-old Book of Mormon from the Rare and Out of Print Books and Art store, and he was arrested ... More >>
Talking Points Memo has discovered some names behind the FBI's investigation into state Representative/former Tempe Councilman Ben Arredondo and others, which has so far led to Arredondo's indictment on charges of bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and making false statements.How did Arredondo end ... More >>
When the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office announced yesterday that a six-month "bootlegging" investigation ended with 10 arrests, we were thinking it was a trip back to prohibition, involving Tommy guns, fedoras, and the phrase "G-Men."Nah, we checked out the criminal complaints, and it took six month ... More >>
Robert Fisher, one of the FBI's and Scottsdale Police Department's "most wanted" fugitives, may still be in Arizona, according to information relayed from the FBI.Fisher's accused of killing his wife and two young kids, then blowing up their Scottsdale home in April 2001.According to various media r ... More >>
Ralph Moreno, an unemployed ex-con on food stamps, is fighting with the federal government to keep $76,000 in cash seized at his west Phoenix home by FBI agents.State records show that Moreno and his wife, Wilma, of 6629 West Coronado Road in Phoenix, haven't earned wages for at least 10 years, and ... More >>
A bank-robbery suspect the FBI's calling the "Bearded Bandit" has struck again, as has the FBI's bank-robber-naming department.The "Bearded Bandit" may have robbed five Valley banks, but whether he actually has a beard is up for debate.According to the FBI -- and the pictures it has provided -- t ... More >>
Image: www.fbi.govA year-long child-porn investigation led FBI agents this summer to a Maricopa teenager with a personal stash of 500 videos and pictures of sexually exploited children.The case was outlined in court records filed yesterday by the Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office, which requests the ... More >>
Damn! We're in a tight spot! Where's Lisa Allen when I need her? Watching the footage of Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia-Von Borstel and his father Octavio Garcia Suarez dragged before a judge in shackles and prison stripes after their arrests on charges of bribery, theft, fraud and mon ... More >>
Warrior4god13 J.T. Ready's accuser explains his desert "Bermuda Triangle" theory There've been a couple of oddball YouTube videos kicking around lately alleging that J.T. Ready, Arizona's best known neo-Nazi, is an FBI informant. One of them, put up by the YouTube channel HOLLYWOODILLUS ... More >>
A federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a 25-count indictment yesterday against a man dubbed "The Hothead Bandit" by the FBI's over-worked bandit-naming department.Timothy John Kestle, 55, of Litchfield Park, has been charged with 13 counts of armed bank robbery and 12 counts of possessing or us ... More >>
There's a new bank robber on the loose who bares a striking resemblance to one of our favorite, horribly-named bank-robbing "bandits."You may recall the "First-Aid Bandit," later re-named the "Band-Aid Bandit," who was arrested in January after a string of robberies stretching from Gilbert to Que ... More >>
Just about everyone we know who routinely plays around on the Net -- which is just about everyone -- has gotten a Nigerian scam letter. You gotta know the deal: Someone has $30 million awaiting them in a Swiss bank, or something, but only if you fork over $3,000 or so to the cause. ... More >>
The Mummy BanditAfter coming up with a bunch of the dumbest bandit names we'd ever heard, the FBI's bandit-naming department has finally hit the nail on the head with the name of the latest bank-robbing buffoon.The federal fuzz is currently looking for "The Mummy Bandit" -- the man they bel ... More >>
The FBI's Phoenix division "The Chameleon Bandit" hard at workThe FBI's bandit-naming department is at it again, and the latest bandit name is even dumber than yesterday's "no tricks bandit," who was shot last night by the Dirty Harry of the Scottsdale Police Department, as pointed out in ... More >>
The "No Tricks Bandit" We figured it was only a matter of time before the FBI came up with a new, lame moniker for the man responsible for robbing four Valley banks in the last week and attempting to rob another on Tuesday. We figured right.The FBI's bandit-naming department did ... More >>
www.thedailyshow.comTwo Middle-Eastern men were detained by federal and local authorities Saturday night at Sky Harbor International Airport after passengers on their U.S. Airways flight told flight attendants the pair was "acting suspiciously."The men weren't running up the aisles screamin ... More >>
Surveillance footage from one of the banks hit by the "High Country Bandits."Arizona's got a brand new pair of "bandits" that the FBI believes are linked to at least six bank robberies since October.The FBI is calling the bank-robbing duo the "High Country Bandits" because the majority of t ... More >>
"The First-Aid Bandit"There's a new bandit in town and authorities have given him what is possibly the least-cool moniker since the infamous "Salon Bandit." The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for the man it is calling "The First-Aid Bandit."Don't let the name fool you, this guy isn't ... More >>
Sister Marguerite BartzThe Federal Bureau of Investigation has been entirely unhelpful in allowing the media to properly report just about anything regarding the nun murdered in New Mexico over the weekend.Last week the bureau told us the murdered nun's car was found somewhere in Arizona -- ... More >>
The FBI announced this morning that it has made an arrest in the case of the nun murdered in New Mexico over the weekend -- and that's about it. Sister Marguerite BartzFor some reason, the FBI is not revealing any details about the person arrested, other than the suspect was picked up early ... 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: Feathered Bastard: Joe Arpaio Target of FBI Probe, Says Channel 5 in Report to Air Thursday Up on the Sun: Club ... More >>
Just hung up from one of our trusty "Deep Throat" sources who tells us the FBI is highly interested in the Sheriff's Command Association case. Our source says New Times articles this morning about the men behind the SCA donations were forwarded to the local FBI office. An FBI a ... More >>
The number of bank robberies in the Valley have doubled compared to the first few months of 2008, prompting authorities to pledge to work harder on the cases. From January to May 1 in 2008, robbers held up 44 Valley banks. In the same four months in 2009, they hit 88. There were 179 bank ... More >>
The FBI is the nation's premier agency when it comes to kidnappings, right? Well, not in Phoenix, the so-called kidnapping capital of the country. The FBI decided years ago that it would try not to get involved when the kidnappings involve immigrants and human smugglers. Both the FBI and ... More >>
Just in time for our blog post today about the role of the FBI in the Phoenix kidnapping crisis comes a major announcement that the FBI will focus more on the problem as part of a strategy to combat cartel violence. In a statement made today during his trip in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Hold ... More >>
Nathan Gray, a veteran lawman with experience in counter-terrorism and big-time drug smuggling, has been selected to head up the FBI's Phoenix office. The FBI didn't put out a picture of Gray, but posted a bio of him today on its Web site. Gray previously worked here in 2002 as an assistant spec ... More >>
Continental Airlines had a cold-blooded killer on board but refused law enforcement's pleas to land
Federal agents descend on fugitive polygamist Prophet Warren Jeffs' followers with 66 subpoenas. Five were served
To Yaser with love.
'Stop urban sprawl!' 'Burn the rich!' 'An acre an hour is obscene!' Is it any wonder some are rooting for the arsonists?
He was a stool pigeon for the FBI. Now Anthony Perri says the feds made him the victim of a dirty double-cross.
FBI subpoenas Posse Foundation records of sale of pink boxers
Nearly three years after Amtrak's Sunset Limited was sabotaged near Buckeye, firefighters who rode to the rescue remain on the FBI's list of suspects
Investigators check background of firefighter, repeatedly interview thosewho responded to wreck site
THE FORMER OAKLAND A'S PITCHER GOT ENTANGLED IN THE THEFT OF A MILLION-DOLLAR PICASSO. EXCEPT IT WASN'T A PICASSO.
THEY MET BY ACCIDENT AT SAGURO LAKE. A WEEK LATER, THEY WRER IN JAIL.