Was last week's posse crisis triggered by a former Cold Case Posse's whistle-blowing article on March 7? Surprise Tea Party member Brian Reilly, the former posseman, believes so. A new policy affecting posse cars and other vehicles put into effect on Thursday suggests he could be right.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's comrades in his sham "investigation" into President Obama's birth certificate ought to be committed to a mental-health institution.Why? Consider the "prime suspect" for faking Obama's birth certificate, according to one of the birthers in on Arpaio's gag -- Phoenix New Times.
Dale Hausner, one of the two serial shooters who combined to kill six people in the Valley between 2005 and 2006, died today at age 40 from "unknown causes."An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman says Hausner was found unresponsive in his cell at the state prison complex in Florence just aft ... More >>
The day after a high-ranking Justice Department official blasted former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke for lying about one memo leaked to a reporter, Burke committed an even worse leak. That's just one damning finding in a U.S. Inspector General report about the actions of Burke in the Fast & F ... More >>
In case you're wondering what kind of people think that the government orchestrated the Boston bombing, it appears that they're the same people who believe that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has discovered fraud in President Obama's birth certificate.One such person is New Hampshire Republican State Representa ... More >>
We're not entirely sure what separates good accountants from bad accountants, but we can say with some certainty that only a terrible accountant would get caught stealing cash several times.That said, 39-year-old west Valley accountant Michelle Hice is allegedly a terrible accountant.
The Tucson Police Department says a 22-year-old high school teacher's aide was involved in a sexual "incident" involving six male students.We'd love to tell you exactly what happened, but the cops were first to discover the video of the incident, filmed by one of the six students involved.
More than five years after the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio learned his agency had mishandled hundreds of sex-crime investigations, no one has been disciplined and a key report on the matter has yet to be released to the public. The investigation into what happened is fraught with negative im ... More >>
Making good on her June 7, notice of claim for $10 million against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, veteran AG investigator Meg Hinchey filed suit Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleging that Horne and his underlings are engaged in an ongoing campaign to ruin Hinchey's law enforceme ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's big press conference this morning alleged illegal coordination between Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign. See also: -Attorney General Horne Hired Carmen Chenal to a Highly Paid Top Post -- ... More >>
State Representative Ben Arredondo's lawyers say they just got so much information from the government about what the FBI's been up to that they're going to need almost two extra months to deal with the stuff.After Arredondo was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, attempted extortion, and making ... More >>
Given the headlines about an FBI investigation into Attorney General Tom Horne, he's requesting the same "media prominence" be given to the fact his accuser said his complaint was not based on "direct evidence."There ya go.The news came Monday from the Arizona Capitol Times that Horne was being inve ... More >>
A judge wants to know whether a criminal investigation is open on Joel Fox, the fired Maricopa Sheriff's Office captain at the heart of the infamous "SCA" campaign-financing scandal. Which is great, because so do we. Fox has been fighting to get his job back in a lengthy appeal proceeding that beg ... More >>
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 >>
Phoenix police found the body of a man in the bottom of his pool last night who just happened to be a suspected kid-diddler.Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos tells New Times that detectives went to the Phoenix home of 58-year-old James Ziarnick about 9 p.m. yesterday to talk to him about an investiga ... More >>
The overall ineffectiveness of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's illegal immigrant roundups aside, one of our biggest criticisms recently has been that they're conducted under the guise of "employer sanctions" operations, despite the MCSO's having never arrested a single employer -- only emplo ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office can keep large portions of the Babeu report hidden until Captain Joel Fox's disciplinary process is complete, a judge told the Arizona Republic and Channel 12 News (KPNX) today.The newspaper and TV station had sued the MCSO to force an immediate and complete disc ... More >>
Kholood Eid This is the face Joe Arpaio makes when you ask him about Mexican drug cartels infiltrating his office.Don't mention how the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was infiltrated by a Mexican drug cartel to Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- unless, of course, you want to watch him hijack a press ... More >>
Four employees have been cleared, but drug cartels have still infiltrated the office of America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff."Four of the seven Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employees suspected of having ties to a drug-and human-smuggling operation have been cleared of any criminal cond ... More >>
Emergency medical responders at Arizona prisons have had a busy week -- four inmates have died while in Arizona Department of Corrections custody in four days.One of the deaths, DOC spokesman Barrett Marson tells New Times, is a suspected homicide.Marson says the other three deaths are currently ... More >>
MCSO Sylvia Najera (L), Marcella Hernandez (C), Alfredo Navarette (R) The arrests of three Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies is even juicier than imagined. One, a detention officer, is the baby-mama of a cartel "kingpin" and another is a former member of the sheriff's anti-huma ... More >>
James King If you contributed to Attorney General Tom Horne's campaign, he has no problem prosecuting you if you break the law -- he says.Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that he's turning over some of the investigation into the Fiesta Bowl fiasco to the Maricopa Cou ... More >>
Dave HendershottFrom what we've seen so far today, the investigative report on allegations against Dave Hendershott, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's former chief deputy, can be summed up with a cliche: Hendershott lied, cheated, and stole. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office ... More >>
Police found two dead bodies in Phoenix over the weekend, and today announced the deaths have been ruled a murder/suicide.About 2 a.m. Saturday, Phoenix police responded to a shooting near 26th Street and Clarendon Avenue in Phoenix.Witnesses told the officers they'd heard people arguing and then ... More >>
Following the second highly publicized, unsolved murder of an Arizona State University student in six months, the Tempe Police Department has come under fire for its handling of violent crimes. The department responded to media inquiries about crime statistics by issuing a press release yeste ... More >>
Andrew Thomas' publicly funded lawyer, Dennis Wilenchik, hired privated eyes to tail John Gleason, the man appointed to look into abuses by Thomas.Can you believe this nonsense? First, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy, Lisa Aubuchon, claim that county officials mi ... More >>
New Times tries to confirm rumors, but sometimes we rely on the credibility of a source. This time, that didn't work out so well.Back in November, we heard that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office had Governor Jan Brewer under investigation, and passed that rumor to you ... More >>
Doug Lingner will be leaving the Housing Authority of Maricopa County by Monday -- or else.Doug Lingner, executive director of the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, will be resigning his position.Lingner, a former Phoenix City Councilman, was the subject of a New Times cover story just five w ... More >>
captured from video by HumanLeague002Chief Deputy Hendershott during his Feb 12 depo in MelendresThe local press' lead on the recent deposition of MCSO Chief Deputy David Hendershott in the federal racial-profiling lawsuit Melendres vs. Arpaio was Hendershott's contention that a vast lefty cons ... More >>
Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen called for an investigation into Attorney General Terry Goddard at a press conference yesterday -- but failed to mention that Goddard's office is currently investigating Pullen.In fact, in Pullen's remarks, which you can see in this video posted to w ... More >>
I'm on the run this a.m., but I would be remiss if I did not point your attention to this excellent article by David Carr in Sunday's New York Times online concerning our clown of a sheriff, "A Star Turn for a Sheriff on Fox TV." Unlike a lot of other media writers who just end up blowing our top co ... More >>
Huppenthal maintains he had permission to remove the sign put up by Democratic Party volunteers. However, that crucial part of his story looks like it may fall short on supporting evidence.
Whether there was vote tampering is not the most vital question for U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton to answer
Letters from the week of August 29, 2002
Three decades ago, an unsolved murder case and arson fire scarred Lori Romaneck for life. Since 1993, she's been fighting a bureaucratic backdraft to set the record straight.
Scottsdale PD officers charge onto the reservation, spark grand jury investigation
Family says teen was disoriented and suicidal three days before death at Boys Ranch
New evidence in unsolved Phoenix murder leads to a Tacoma man of God
Federal and local regulators return to BFI's medical-waste incinerator
State's AHCCCS program under investigation by trio of federal agencies
The Arizona Republic's fealty to Symington isn't just bad for journalism, it's bad for business
RUBEN ORTEGA USED THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PURSUE HIS PERSONAL AGENDA-AND HIS POLITICAL FOES