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:
From the big book of bad excuses, a Phoenix man caught lighting trash cans on fire told police he was just trying to keep warm.The main problem with his excuse was that he dropped it on one of the hottest days of the year -- when temperatures hit 115 degrees.
One month shy of her 40th birthday, former Phoenix City Councilwoman Jessica Florez died in Scottsdale on June 1. Although she reportedly died in her sleep, her cause of death has not been disclosed. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office says the death investigation remains open, and can n ... More >>
Remember the quirky case of onetime Wall Street broker, Yale Law School-educated attorney, art collector and man about town Michael Marin, who was accused in 2009 of criminally torching his Biltmore Estates mansion? The highly publicized case perhaps was most notable for how Marin said he h ... More >>
We spent a few hours last Saturday night at the 5th annual Jason Schechterle Scholarship Ball, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Retired Phoenix cop Jason SchechterleSchechterle's name (and his face) are recognizable to most Valley residents: He's the former Phoenix cop who was rear- ... More >>
www.advertise.comWell...fake boom.While bringing a bomb to an airport is one of the stupider things a person can do. Bringing a fake bomb to an airport might be one of the stupidest -- but it certainly raises the question: why would someone do it?Three African refugees were arrested after one of ... More >>
MCSOLinda Ruiz-RodriguezYou may recall the sad story of Linda Ruiz-Rodriguez, a mentally ill Phoenix woman who police say called 9-1-1 129 times since January because she wanted some attention. She was arrested last month and charged with multiple felonies for the false reporting of crimes that p ... More >>
MCSOLinda Ruiz-RodriguezPoor Linda Ruiz-Rodriguez. All she wanted was a little attention, and now she's charged with multiple felonies.Since January 1, 60-year-old Ruiz-Rodriguez has called 9-1-1 129 times to report various emergencies in her 36th Street Phoenix neighborhood. The problem, however ... More >>
We get the occasional e-mail or phone call from a variety of folks wondering what happened to the criminal case against Michael Marin. He's the onetime financial analyst, art collector and author who stands accused of torching his sprawling Biltmore Estates mansion in the summer ... More >>
Councilman Sal DiCiccioIs Councilman Sal DiCiccio playing the victim card?The councilman claims he has been the target of attacks over his political beliefs that city services should be privatized and city employees are overcompensated.DiCiccio was in a city meeting and unavailable for comment. I ... More >>
This warning was posted at a local rock gym last year. Saturday's bee attack on Camelback Mountain occurred on Hart Route, the notorious spot where a climber died six years ago in a similar incident, a fire department official confirmed today.Several news outlets covered the story over the we ... More >>
Image: Ray Stern Camelback MountainWe stepped out of the house just before 6 a.m. yesterday to hike Camelback Mountain and nearly jumped back inside. It was about 90. The air was warm and fluffy, like we'd climbed into a sleeping bag in a sauna. We weren't deterred, though ... More >>
Jeff Otto is the last one of three surviving arsonists to plead guilty in the June 14, 2009 torching of the Young Champions of America headquarters in PhoenixThe third member of a group of karate instructors who burned down the Young Champions of America headquarters last June, ... More >>
Adrian Cruz, the convicted child rapist who escaped from the Maricopa County Courthouse last year, was captured yesterday afternoon in Mexico. Mexican authorities contacted the U.S. Marshals Service to say they had Cruz in custody. Now, a Mexican judge must decide whether to deport Cruz back to A ... More >>
California videographer Naui's footage from the pepper spray incidentI am so disgusted by today's events at the big anti-Arpaio march to Joe's jails that I hardly know where to begin. The saddest part of it is that a mostly-peaceful demonstration of over 10,000 persons, which ended with a concert by ... More >>
Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico, before it burned down. Looks like the jury's still out on what caused the Richardson's fire two weeks ago, though investigators are getting closer to finding the cause, according to spokesperson Frank Salomon. Phoenix Fire Department Investigator Marika M ... More >>
Bret Tarver A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the 2001 fire that killed Phoenix firefighter Bret Tarver. Chris Benitez was 15 when he started a fire in a trash mound next to a westside Southwest Supermarket, investigators believe. Tarver was helping to bat ... More >>
We got to know an awful lot about Jack Ballentine during 2005, the year we spent with him and his fellow Phoenix Police detectives of the C-32 squad -- after which we published several stories in our "Murder City" series. Ballentine was and is a classic character: He worked as a cop ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia Commons The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office denies that a Muslim detention officer was discriminated against because of his beard, citing Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules that require a clean shave with face masks. The office's response runs counter to what ... More >>
Image: www.mike-tyson.info/pictures.htm Phoenix police reported this morning they have no news about the condition of Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter, found "unresponsive" Sunday after choking on a treadmill cord. Police so far have termed the incident a "tragic accident." The call to police about ... More >>
The early-morning fire at Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's downtown Phoenix home was caused by a refrigerator in his detached garage or an outlet the fridge was plugged into, fire officials tell New Times.Neighbors reportedly saw 40-foot flames at the structure. The garage is used as a works ... More >>
By John Dickerson The sheriff gave New Times an additional video today of inmate Juan Mendoza Farias' short-but-fatal stint in jail, but the new video – like the previous one – stops before showing what a gang of jail guards did to Farias prior to his death. On Wednesday the sheriff gave New ... More >>
Drinko 'til you (responsibly) cinco
Pack the piñata and pass the lime
Sheriff Joe's goons launched an assault to make a misdemeanor arrest. The Raid left a burned house, a terrified neighborhood and a dead dog
Trace the motorcycle's trip through time
All of a sudden, the City of Phoenix wants a chronic polluter to stick around. What gives?
Fiesta atmosphere makes grocery shopping a social event
He's Baaaack . . .
Owner of Tucson-based Safari Media Inc. indicted
Is this guy for real?
Bureaucratic drama leads to eviction notice for Planet Earth Theatre
State's buzz on killer bees? Learn to live with 'em.
In the neighborhoods that need them most, youth sports programs feel the pinch of widespread apathy
June 17 - 23, 1999
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.
Nearly three years after Amtrak's Sunset Limited was sabotaged near Buckeye, firefighters who rode to the rescue remain on the FBI's list of suspects
Is the Lone Fire a preview of California-style infernos to come?
If you need anemergency medical vehicle, just hope you're in the right partof Maricopa County. If you're not, questionable dispatching practices could prove hazardous to your health.
SARAH DUGAN WAS A LOYAL AMERICAN EXPRESS EMPLOYEE UNTIL SHE COLLAPSED ONE DAY AT WORK. HER FAMILY BLAMES THE COMPANY FOR WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
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