Carmen Fischer, a criminal-defense attorney in Phoenix, has been sentenced to three years in prison for crimes related to helping her husband, a leader of the New Mexican Mafia prison gang.Fischer was arrested last year and charged in Pinal County, accused of helping her husband Angel Garcia, also k ... More >>
It's been a blue moon or two since I gave much thought to Phoenix attorney Carmen Fischer, wife of Angel Garcia, imprisoned honcho of the New Mexican Mafia, an Arizona prison gang that takes its name from the more notorious, California-based eMe, or Mexican Mafia. But along comes a press release Fr ... More >>
A Glendale man is facing prison time thanks to being tagged in a photograph on Facebook.Augustine Escobar, 40, is a convicted felon, and is not allowed to have any firearms. According to court documents obtained by New Times, an officer cruising Escobar's publicly viewable Facebook profile found a p ... More >>
A Child Protective Services employee was arrested in a plot to hinder the prosecution of her boyfriend, a Mexican Mafia gangster, who was convicted of second-degree murder last month.The employee, 62-year-old Elida Perez, "has a long history of association with criminal street gangs," according to c ... More >>
A suspected Mexican Mafia member has been arrested in the shooting death of ex-con Erasmo Ledezma on Thanksgiving, as police say Mexican Mafia members had a "green light" to kill Ledezma because he had previously "snitched" to the cops.The alleged gangster and shooter has been identified as Steven B ... More >>
David Aranda got a bit rowdy at a Phoenix bar Saturday night, based on what the cops say -- he got kicked out for being disorderly, then came back to threaten people with a screwdriver.According to court documents obtained by New Times, employees at the MVP Sports Bar said Aranda came back with a kn ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced yesterday that a gang member was "planning to publicly assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio using a high powered rifle."The problems with Samuel Matta's alleged plot included the fact that he couldn't scrape together the $1,800 bond to see the light of day, a ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office claims a gang member was "planning to publicly assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio using a high powered rifle."The first problem with the plot of gangster Samuel Matta was that he couldn't come up with the $1,800 to bond out of jail after he stole a car and tried to r ... More >>
Forget everything you've heard about the Justice Department lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio for racial-discrimination claims, because there's an inmate who says "Joe Arpaio and stuff" saved the lives of all the "brothas" at the 4th Avenue Jail.OK, don't ac ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has ordered a lockdown on parts of the 4th Avenue Jail, as the sheriff's office says the Mexican Mafia is "attempting to control" the jail."Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered parts of the maximum security 4th Avenue Jail be placed on indefinite lockdown as ... 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 white supremacist in the nativist nut bag... A fruitcake of nativist rage and looniness baking in the Arizona sun: That's what was generally to be found at Wesley Bolin Plaza this Saturday, June 5 for the pro-SB 1070 Phoenix Rising rally, which drew around 2,000 mostly white participants to ... More >>
Here's a bit of Sheriff Joe under oath while being deposed in the Melendres vs. Arpaio racial profiling lawsuit, a deposition I blogged about a couple of days ago. (A transcript of Joe's depo is linked to therein.) Activist/videographer Dennis Gilman has posted a segment of the video, this part ... More >>
Is Sheriff Joe "America's Toughest Sheriff," or "America's Biggest Wimp"? That's what I can't help wondering as I read this latest press release from his PR staff. It lamely attempts to link the folks who protest Joe almost daily outside downtown Phoenix's Wells Fargo Building -- where Arpaio keeps ... More >>
This dastardly dodo dogs Phil "Goober" Gordon, lambastes Gilbert mayor Steve Berman, and assigns guilt for the Suns' Game 6 loss
A con man who worked for high-powered Phoenix attorneys, and who himself impersonated a lawyer, plea-bargains to theft
Robert Owens, A gifted con artist linked to an astonishing murder-for-hire plot, may go free because he's compromised law enforcement.
Joe Arpaio really has become a dangerous man
Cocaine from Mexico is the currency that drives gangster economics
Felix Medina and his gang compatriots ruthlessly ruled a south central neighborhood. Now the party's over.
There's inconvenience in store when cops interrupt a late-night Circle K run
Hundreds of inmates in state prisons need special protection from gang paybacks. When officials tried to mix them in with the general-prison population, they filed suit--and won.
When retiree Bev Tittle-Baker's neighbors convinced her to help them make the crime-infested area safer for children, they unleashed an irrepressible force for change