A former social worker at Tolleson High School -- and current youth worker with the City of Tolleson -- is accused of sexually assaulting his 23-year-old foster son as recently as last week.Michael David White, 49, became the man's foster father when the alleged victim was 16, although the man had b ... More >>
Authorities have begun searching a landfill south of the Valley for the remains of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley.Shockley was reported missing in October. Glendale police suspect the girl is dead -- and that her mother, Jerice Hunter, killed her and threw her dead body into a trash can in T ... More >>
Glendale police announced this morning that investigators will start searching a landfill south of the Valley for the body of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley on February 6.Shockley was reported missing in October. The case is now a homicide investigation, with her mother, Jerice Hunter, as th ... More >>
The Glendale Police Department says it will move forward with plans to search a landfill south of Phoenix for the body of 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley, who's been missing since October.Glendale police told New Times last month that the case is now a homicide investigation, with Shockley's mother, ... More >>
The body of 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley was thrown in a trash can in Tempe, Glendale police now say.The Glendale Police Department says it now believes that the body of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley was thrown in a trash can in Tempe and may be in a landfill just south of the Valley.Glendal ... More >>
Jhessye Shockley was reported missing on October 11. The last time she was seen alive was September 22.The Glendale Police Department says it no longer plans to search a city landfill for the remains of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley, who was reported missing nearly two months ago.Glendale S ... More >>
A Valley attorney -- best known for representing an escort who accused baseball villain Albert Belle of stalking her in 2006 -- has been recruited to represent Jerice Hunter, the mother of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley.Attorney Scott Maasen has agreed to represent Hunter, his office confirm ... More >>
MCSOJerice Hunter is a free woman...for now.Jerice Hunter, the mother of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley -- who is suspected in the girl's disappearance -- has been released from jail.Hunter, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says, was released about 10:40 a.m today.Jerry Cobb, spokesman f ... More >>
Jerice Hunter cleaned her apartment with bleach days before reporting her 5-year-old daughter missing.Glendale police announced yesterday that they don't expect to find missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley alive, and now we know why: it appears her mother, Jerice Hunter, who was arrested yesterday ... More >>
Standout Phoenix alt-country act Tractor Pull Divas is doing a fundraiser for Helen's Hope Chest, a charity affiliated with the Mesa United Way.
The Hope Chest provides clothing and other basic items for foster children in the Valley.
Band member Ryan Brown is himself a foster parent and says he ... More >>
Alison and Gary Stuckey are the parents of at least four children, with a fifth on the way.A judge today dismissed an order of protection for the unborn baby of an Arizona couple who police believe are trying to sell the child somewhere in Utah.Utah's Third District Juvenile Judge James Michie ru ... More >>
KSL 5 NewsAlison and Gary Stuckey are the parents of at least four children, with a fifth on the way.Authorities in Utah are looking for an Arizona couple they believe traveled to their state to find a buyer for the couple's unborn baby.Why Utah? According to court documents, the couple allegedly ... More >>
Joe ForkanArizona, kicking ass? We really couldn't believe it either.Yet that's the word from Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, who's long been an outspoken critic of Child Protective Services here. We've gotten to know Wexler in the c ... More >>
Public schools send some disabled kids to private schools -- but parents can't do the same thing with state money, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled today.
The state's high court struck down two voucher programs that intended to give a combined $5 million in taxpayer funds t ... More >>
Mary Menacker, site director for the Phoenix Catholic Social Services center, seemed kind of surprised to find out her organization was reportedly detaining 14 immigrants for the government.
"We don't detain people," Menacker tells New Times. "We're not part of the legal system."
The information ab ... More >>
A professional Phoenix woman wanted to help one poor, "at risk" family. It was the type of private initiative that both political parties say will ease the harsh impacts of welfare reform.
Her three-year experiment in personal responsibility rescued an 1
Governor Symington has spoken of helping needy kids and improving the welfare system. His welfare agency, the Department of Economic Security, is famous for astonishing incompetence and children who die.