A group claiming an association to the hacking collective Anonymous says it plans to "expose" the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in the coming weeks.There are Twitter and Youtube accounts associated with the group, which claims to be doing a "tactical investigation" on the plant, located abou ... More >>
For the second month in a row, pollsters have found that Arizonans don't really know who they'd like to be the next governor.In results released today, Public Policy Polling found the leader in the GOP primary to be "undecided," at 34 percent. The leading GOP candidate is Secretary of State Ken Benn ... More >>
Two Phoenix police detectives were shot while chasing a fugitive, authorities say.The alleged shooter was killed at the scene, near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
One man shot another man in the face inside a 7-Eleven store in Chandler last night, according to police.The man's injury isn't life-threatening, but this is the second time in less than two weeks that a customer of a Chandler business shot another customer inside the store.
In addition to protests at the state capitol over Arizona's Senate Bill 1062, activists have now taken to the office of the lobbying group that developed and pushed the bill, the Center for Arizona Policy.Citizens for a Better Arizona led a delegation of people to CAP's Phoenix office today, to dema ... More >>
Based on an analysis of headlines from local news outlets, it would appear that everyone and their grandmother opposes Arizona's Senate Bill 1062.By yesterday afternoon, the Arizona Capitol Times counted 84 businesses and business groups in public opposition to the "religious freedom" bill, includin ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Arizona legislators have proposed regulations for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, which would help legitimize their operations in the state.The system of using an app to find a ride from a private driver might sound like a taxi service, but these companies aren't registered with the state ... More >>
The large plume of smoke over Phoenix is coming from a big fire in an industrial area downtown.The listed address, near the Interstate 10/Interstate 17 stack, is a distribution center for a company that sells electrical, welding, plumbing, and other industrial products.
Arizona's Senate Judiciary Committee voted against a bill that would allow industrial hemp farming in the state.Hemp farming is illegal in most states, despite the fact that smoking the plant, which is related to marijuana plants, won't get you stoned.
If you're driving from Phoenix to Las Vegas or Kingman this weekend, beware -- the Arizona Department of Public Safety is bringing out the airplane to catch speeders.According to DPS, the plane will be cruising U.S. Route 93, and the Highway Patrol officers on the ground will be along the highway, s ... More >>
It might not be surprising, but county health departments in Arizona ranked obesity the top public-health priority, according to a survey in the state's first-ever comprehensive health assessment.In the last 20 years, Arizona's had a 19 percent increase in the amount of people who are obese or overw ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the port of entry in Nogales seized a very creepy mask that someone tried to bring back into the United States.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman says an officer conducting a routine search of a car on Tuesday found "a suspicious mask that appe ... More >>
Here's a guy who's not ashamed to let everyone know how he feels about children's penises.This truck with the "NOCIRCM" license plate was spotted this morning in Phoenix, along the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway.
It appears some feathers were ruffled this week with out list of the "10 Worst Things About Snowbirds."The number-one retort we got was, but, the economy!
A guy who offered to "crop" the ears of a dog-owner's pit bull ended up hacking off the puppy's entire ear flaps with scissors and a box cutter, police say.Police haven't been able to identify the man, but a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.
The estimate of the taxpayers' tab in the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit is more than $7.3 million, the Feathered Bastard reported yesterday.While thinking of a more judicious use of $7.3 million in taxpayer money, we found these really badass jetpacks.
A 26,000 square-foot Mormon temple being built in Gilbert will be open for public tours early next year.Construction of the temple started nearly three years ago, and according to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it's the largest temple the church has built in 17 years.
A car fire in north Phoenix this morning actually turned out to be a suicide attempt.A Phoenix police spokesman says there was no vehicle accident, and the driver just set himself on fire, near Pinnacle Peak Road and 49th Avenue.
It might be a good time to stay far away from concrete trucks on the highway.In the last two weeks, four concrete-mixer trucks have crashed, and almost all of those crashes have come on busy highways during rush hour (of course).
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses in the state.Here in Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer has insisted that no undocumented immigrants, and certainly not the ones granted deferred action by the federal government's Deferred Action for ... More >>
The Phoenix Coyotes season starts tonight in Glendale.The team missed the playoffs last season, which was a shortened season, but maybe new ownership and a couple new players will make a difference this year.
Although it's been nearly three months since the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire was contained, the signs of the fire still remain in the small town.Consider the photo above of what used to be a home, which was completely burned down. Notice that the grass surrounding the foundation is almost perfectly gre ... More >>
The investigative report into the Yarnell Hill Fire has been released.Perhaps the most important part of the report is the disclaimer, "This report does not identify causes in the traditional sense of pointing out errors, mistakes, and violations but approaches the accident from the perspective that ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, a cancer-faker pleads guilty to molesting a boy, a former youth pastor gets prison for molesting a boy, two more child abusers have their day in court, and more:
There seems to be an especially high number of people who get caught having sex with animals in Arizona.Just earlier this week, when authorities said a man who was just recently jailed for allegedly branding his initials into his girlfriend's vagina had been re-arrested for allegedly having sex with ... More >>
If your commute was ruined by traffic on Interstate 10 this morning, we'll tell you that the culprit has been revealed as aluminum cans.Like, a lot of aluminum cans, which covered several lanes of traffic near the Salt River Bridge.
A 15-year-old stole a police car while officers were breaking up the party he was attending in Mesa, cops say.The youngster's name wasn't released by police, but Mesa Police Sergeant Tony Landato says he was seen running from the home when police arrived, but returned to hop into the front seat of a ... More >>
It appears that there has been no shortage of alcohol-related high jinks in Tempe in advance of the new semester.Classes start today, and the Tempe Police Department has been running a "Safe and Sober" campaign, with an emphasis on alcohol-related crimes. The result: 371 arrests in three days.
There's a freak-out brewing over a Tucson-area school district's pledge for parents to sign, asking for them to agree to be responsible gun owners.The completely meaningless pledge asks for such controversial things like teaching children not to shoot someone during an argument.
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, an ex-Phoenix cop accused of murder goes to trial, jury selection starts in re-trial of Buddhist temple massacre suspect, a youth minister is found guilty of molestation, and more:
Members of a motorcycle club called the "Sons of Hell" claim in a federal lawsuit that they were treated unfairly by police.The lawsuit contends that cops violated their constitutional rights and treat them as a gang "based solely on their associations and friendships with the Hells Angels Motorcycl ... More >>
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they're adding a luchador as an official mascot of the team, and some people are poking fun at the move, naturally.We're not sure if you've taken a look at the mascots around Major League Baseball recently, but a Mexican wrestler in a lucha libre mask is way b ... More >>
ADOTA couch in the HOV lane at Loop 101 and Thomas Road.Aside from the clueless driving that ruins the commute for the rest of us every single day, highway backups are sometimes caused by some weird things.Unfortunately, some of these weird things aren't captured on the Arizona Department of Transpo ... More >>
Chris Spavins via FlickrStatistically, most people who are summoned for jury duty in Maricopa County just don't show up.Maricopa County Superior Court officials say they're enacting a "get-tough policy" for the people who get a jury summons in the mail and promptly toss it in the garbage.
Out of all the places where ABC 15 could have looked for people to interview about their opinions on Trayvon Martin case, it just happened to pick Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles.Perhaps the lighting at the local basketball court wasn't conducive to filming television interviews that night.
If you need to travel westbound through the Interstate 10 tunnel in Phoenix, bad news: There are a ton of watermelons all over the place.If you need a watermelon, good news: There are a ton of watermelons all over the place inside the I-10 westbound tunnel.
The Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters yesterday southwest of Prescott is still burning uncontained this morning.A time-lapse video of the fire, captured by Valley photographer Matt Oss, shows just how fast this fire is spreading.
An F-16 fighter jet crashed in a field near Luke Air Force Base yesterday evening, but both pilots were able to eject themselves from the plane, and avoided injury.According to an Air Force spokesman, the pilots "were conducting a routine training mission," and the cause of the accident is under inv ... More >>
At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.This week, all of our alleged offenders look like clowns -- figuratively, for ... More >>
If you're sneaking out of work early this Friday afternoon and you take the Loop 202 to get home, that might suck, because there are a lot of mangoes on it.
Yesterday, we posted a video billed as supposed police "brutality" during a physical arrest in Mesa that doesn't appear to be very brutal.The video, which has thousands of hits on YouTube, does include a pretty physical arrest, as well as a cop getting in a crash on his way to help, an old man tryin ... More >>
A video of supposed police "brutality" during a physical arrest in Mesa looks more like a blooper reel, including one officer slamming what appears to be his personal vehicle into another car on his way to help fellow officers subdue a suspect.Mesa Police Sergeant Tony Landato tells New Times that t ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: A 34-year-old Mexican national tried to come into the United States through Nogales yesterday with thousands of jalapeño cans.The problem was that 2,000 of those cans were light on the jalapeños, but heavy on the marijuana -- more than 3,000 pounds of it, in total.See ... More >>
A 78-year-old woman who thought she put her Toyota SUV into park outside a Mesa fabric store yesterday was incorrect, and ended up driving quite a distance into the store, hitting three people.
Today in Found at the border: A Mexican national tried to smuggle 2,000 pounds of weed into the United States by hiding the stash in bricks of charcoal.Thanks to Wilhelm Röntgen's 1895 discovery of the X-ray, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were able to see late last week that the 1,000 ... More >>
Democrat Fred DuVal has made his candidacy for governor official, as one of only two Dems whose names have been tossed around in the media for the seat in 2014.DuVal has a lot of titles you could use to describe him, like former underling to President Clinton and Governor Bruce Babbitt, lobbyist, un ... More >>
It seems like every year there's one local story that defines the news more than others. Last year, it was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson (which we got a horrific reminder of with the recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary). This year, as far as actual readership g ... More >>
We'd like to take a moment to introduce the newest addition to New Times' stable of scribes -- please join us in welcoming Matthew Hendley back to the Valley.Loyal Valley Fever-ers may remember Hendley -- he did an internship with us last year and brought us some classic yarns about stupid politicia ... More >>