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Matthew Hendley

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    July 23, 2014

    Arizona Food Stamps and Unemployment Scammers Slapped With $2.1 Million in Fines

    Arizona's Department of Economic Security is to be repaid $2.1 million by people caught gaming the food stamps and unemployment insurance programs.The agency's investigative units, with help from law enforcement, found 87 people in the last year who abused the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progr ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    10 Worst Moments on the 2014 Campaign Trail in Arizona (Already)

    We're still a month away from the primary election, but Arizona's politicians have already managed to turn campaign season into a full-blown circus.Here are the worst missteps, mistakes, and bone-headed moves from candidates already this year:

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    June 30, 2014

    Top 10 Ways to Be a Complete Cheapskate Around Phoenix

    Listen, money doesn't grow on trees. Nor does it grow on cacti.If you want more ways to save a buck or two around Phoenix, we've got 10 methods to do so:

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    June 26, 2014

    Border Officers Find Accordion Full of Meth in Nogales

    Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border in Nogales found 4.5 pounds of meth hidden inside an accordion.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an 18-year-old Mexican citizen attempted to take the accordion through a pedestrian gate on Monday.

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    June 19, 2014

    Second Fire Near Sedona 100 Percent Contained

    The Junipine Fire that broke out north of Sedona earlier this week -- the second wildfire in the area in the last month -- didn't turn into anything to worry about.The Forest Service announced yesterday that the small fire, initially estimated at 12 acres, had been 100 percent contained.

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    June 17, 2014

    Pot-Smuggling Lookouts Found in the Mountains of Pinal County

    A traffic stop in February on the southern edge of Eloy led to law enforcement discovering that marijuana smugglers had lookouts hiding in the mountains, making sure authorities didn't come into contact with the people carrying the product.The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has just announced that sh ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Phoenix Police Make Arrest in Killing of Catholic Priest Kenneth Walker

    Phoenix police have made an arrest in the killing of a Catholic priest last week.Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos says information on the suspect will be released later this morning.

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    June 12, 2014

    Photos: Aftermath of the Slide Fire Near Sedona

    The 21,000-acre Slide Fire that burned north of Sedona has created risks of falling rocks and ash and other debris being swept into water sources.The Burned Area Emergency Response team has been tasked with mitigating various hazards caused by the fire, and one of the team's reports includes several ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Arizona's One of the Most Stressed-Out States, by One Measure

    Arizonans might be some of the stressed-out people in the United States.That is, if working long hours or being unemployed, commuting a long way, not having health insurance, spending too much on housing, and living in a densely populated area are things that cause stress.

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    June 6, 2014

    Phoenix Native Among Students Shot at Seattle Pacific University

    One of the students shot yesterday at Seattle Pacific University is from the Phoenix area.Sarah Williams, 22, was in critical condition after five hours of surgery, according to a local news report.

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    May 30, 2014

    Slide Fire Near Sedona 75 Percent Contained

    Firefighters are still making progress on the Slide Fire burning north of Sedona.The containment was at 55 percent yesterday, and 75 percent as of this morning, according to the latest update from the Forest Service. The size of the fire barely grew over yesterday, to about 21,200 acres.

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    May 29, 2014

    Slide Fire Costs Up to $8 Million

    The effort to fight the human-caused Slide Fire burning north of Sedona has cost $8 million to this point, according to the Forest Service.At times, there have been more than 1,000 people working to contain the blaze, and planes and helicopters have been used continuously since the fire started nine ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Mesa Police Officer Killed by Wrong-Way Driver

    A 32-year-old Mesa police officer was killed early this morning by a wrong-way driver.A Mesa police spokesman says Officer Brandon Mendoza was actually on his way home after finishing a shift when he was hit by the driver, near the U.S. 60 and Interstate 10 interchange. Both Mendoza and the wrong-wa ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    ASU Professors: Arizona Still Two Years Away From Full Economic Recovery

    It's 2014, and some professors at Arizona State University say the state is still two years away from recovering from the economic crisis.Professors from ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business held their 2014 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, which included a discussion about Arizona's slow recovery.

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    May 9, 2014

    Pot Smugglers Lose $1.2 Million of Product Trying to Hide it Among Jalapeños

    Today in Found at the Border: Pot-smugglers are now short $1.2 million worth of product after trying to hide their stash in a load of jalapeños.This is hardly surprising, as the pot-in-the-jalapeños plot is one of the oldest tricks in the book of Mexican drug-smuggling.

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    May 9, 2014

    Military Jet Crashes South of Phoenix

    A jet from the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma crashed southeast of Phoenix.The crash of the AV-8B Harrier happened in an unpopulated area near Sacaton, and the Marine pilot ejected safely, according to updates from the air station.

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    May 5, 2014

    Phoenix Fast Food Workers Call for $15 Minimum Wage

    Phoenix fast food workers were outside a South Phoenix Burger King this morning calling for a $15 hourly wage.Arizona's minimum wage is currently $7.90 an hour, while Democrats in Congress are currently trying to get the federal minimum wage up to $10.10.

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    May 1, 2014

    Jan Brewer Signs Bill Making "Revenge Porn" a Felony

    Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that will make it a felony offense to share someone else's nude pictures without his or her permission.Several other states have considered or passed similar laws recently, but the penalties passed in Arizona's law are tougher than most: If the person in the ima ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    State Auditor: Prisoners, Dead People Got Food Stamps and Welfare Benefits

    State prison inmates and dead people received food stamps and welfare benefits paid out by the Arizona government, according to state auditors.The Department of Economic Security's Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility is tasked with assessing eligibility of Arizonans for the federal programs ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    "Revenge Porn" Bill Passed by Arizona Senate Would Make It a Domestic-Violence Crime

    The Arizona Senate approved a bill that would make it a felony to share someone else's nude pictures without his or her permission.Although the House already approved the bill, it was amended in the Senate to classify the sharing of "revenge porn" as a domestic-violence crime, which essentially make ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Mesa Mother and 12-Year-Old Daughter Dead in Possible Murder/Suicide

    A Mesa man went home from work yesterday afternoon and found his wife and 12-year-old daughter dead, according to police.A police spokesman says the circumstances of their deaths suggest a murder/suicide.

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    April 17, 2014

    Arizona House Votes Down Proposal to Let Everyone Keep Backyard Chickens

    Arizonans won't necessarily have the right to keep chickens in their backyards.A bill intended to prohibit municipalities from creating zoning restrictions to prevent homeowners from keeping chickens easily passed the Senate in February, but was voted down by the House yesterday, by a 25-32 vote.

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    April 16, 2014

    Arizona Lawmakers Vote to Expand Church Tax Exemptions; Could Cost State $2.1 Million

    A bill expanding tax exemptions for churches passed the Arizona Legislature yesterday, and could cost the state $2.1 million in lost revenue.The bill, House Bill 2281, is also the third bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Police that legislators have passed this session. Others include the notorio ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Arizona Legislature Passes Five Gun-Related Bills

    No Arizona legislative session is complete without some attention paid to guns.The Senate this morning voted to approve five gun-related bills, the majority of which would generally be considered pro-gun bills, naturally.

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    April 15, 2014

    More Arizona Parents Not Having Their Children Vaccinated

    The number of Arizona parents choosing to not have their children vaccinated is increasing.Back in 2003, only 1.6 percent of kindergartners weren't vaccinated due to a personal-belief or religious exemption. As of last school year, a decade later, that rate more than doubled, to 3.9 percent.

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    April 9, 2014

    2015 NFL Pro Bowl Coming to Arizona

    The National Football League announced today that the 2015 Pro Bowl will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.Super Bowl XLIX will be held in Glendale a week later.

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    April 9, 2014

    Sky Harbor Airport Shuttle Drivers Go on Strike

    Some bus drivers and curbside "ambassadors" at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport have gone on strike.The workers are employed by a transportation company called Veolia, which is under contract with the city for the airport service. Amalgamated Transit Union officials say the contract dispute revolves aroun ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Phoenix Police Shootings the Subject of Hearing Before Lawmakers

    After 31 officer-involved shootings in Phoenix in 2013, and another eight so far in 2012, an Arizona House committee held a hearing yesterday to try to find the reasons why there have been so many shootings.Two Phoenix councilmen plus a sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department gave various explan ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Arizona Lawmakers Proposing State Immunity for Things Like Fighting Wildfires

    State legislators are proposing a law that says the state isn't liable for state employees fulfilling its duties on state land.Fighting wildfires happens to fall under the scope of that law, and the proposal is no coincidence, as precursors to lawsuits have been filed against the state in recent mon ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Two Phoenix Police Officers Shot

    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.

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    February 27, 2014

    7-Eleven Customers Pull Guns on Each Other in Chandler, One Shoots the Other in the Face

    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.

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    February 19, 2014

    Arizona Hemp-Farming Bill Voted Down by Senate Committee

    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.

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    February 14, 2014

    DPS Warns of Speed Patrols by Airplane This Weekend

    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 >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Arizona Counties Label Obesity as Top Public-Health Priorty

    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 >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Man With Serious Dislike of Circumcision May Have the Worst Custom License Plate in Arizona

    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.

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    October 22, 2013

    Better Use of Taxpayer Money: Defending Arpaio's Racial Profiling, or 73 Jetpacks?

    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.

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    October 10, 2013

    Man Sets Himself on Fire in North Phoenix

    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.

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    October 4, 2013

    Will Arizona Ever Let Undocumented Immigrants Get Driver's Licenses?

    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 >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Prediction Poll: Will the Phoenix Coyotes Make the Playoffs?

    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.

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    September 28, 2013

    Yarnell Hill Fire Report Released

    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 >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Cancer-Faker Guilty of Molesting Boy, Pastor Gets Prison for Molestation, and 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:

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    September 3, 2013

    Drunk 15-Year-Old Stole a Mesa Police Car, Cops Say

    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 >>

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    August 22, 2013

    ASU Semester Starts Off With a Bang -- 371 Arrests in Three Days by Alcohol Task Force

    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.

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    July 19, 2013

    Arizona Diamondbacks Add Luchador Mascot, Which Is Way Better Than Most MLB Mascots

    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 >>

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    July 17, 2013

    10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

    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 >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Most People Don't Show Up for Jury Duty in Maricopa County

    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.

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    June 4, 2013

    Was There Any "Brutality" in the Action-Packed Video of an Arrest Involving Mesa Cops?

    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 >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Mesa Cops Don't Seem Very Brutal in Alleged "Police Brutality" Video

    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 >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Mexican National Tries, and Fails, to Hide 3,000 Pounds of Weed in Cans of Jalapeños

    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 >>

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    February 13, 2012

    New Times Welcomes Matthew Hendley Back To the Valley

    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 >>

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