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.
While 95 law enforcement officers who died during a cop-related accidents or while chasing down some criminal activity during 2012, there were 125 deaths in 2011. And there were 128 intentional or accidental deaths in 2010. Arizona made the unfortunate list in 2012 with the death of William "Bill ... More >>
Having a robber sneak up behind you with a knife while you're at an ATM is undoubtedly scary as hell.If a robber sneaking up behind you with a knife looks like the guy in the photo above, we're guessing an involuntary bowel movement is the only logical reaction.
Something interesting was happening last Saturday during Country Thunder in Moonshine Willy's women's bathroom, because DPS officer Steven Svestka refused to leave it. Pinal County Sheriff's Department received a call around 10 p.m. saying that officer Svestka, 41, was "being disorderly and re ... More >>
Republican Representative Doris Goodale "can't explain" her opposition to the bill that was proposed to disband the "Marshal's Office" in the polygamist town of Colorado City, the bill's sponsor tells New Times.Despite county, state, and federal authorities claiming misconduct in the police force th ... More >>
See also: Blunt Justice See also: Marijuana is Real Medicine for a Long List of Ills A database of everyone who has an Arizona medical-marijuana card is being well-used by employers and law enforcement officials, a report of database users shows. The 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act requires ... More >>
Attorney General Tom Horne's efforts to replace the police force in Colorado City with deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office was killed in the state House yesterday, which turned out to be the last day of the legislative session.Colorado City, for those joining late, is the city on the Ut ... More >>
Jerald Newman was left bloodied and bruised after his arrest at a Buckeye Walmart on Black Friday. Witnesses say a cop was too rough with him. Jerald Newman, the grandpa whose bloody arrest at a Walmart on Black Friday made national headlines, hasn't yet been charged on allegations of shoplif ... More >>
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police apparently didn't get the memo -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio only racially profiles people from south of the border...Nevertheless, the RCMP confirms to New Times that it has canceled plans to have several mounties train with MCSO deputies because of the ... More >>
Photo by Matthew HendleyIn a DUI even Governor Jan Brewer probably couldn't get away with, police say an allegedly drunk 56-year-old man crashed his truck straight into Phoenix police headquarters early Thursday. Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times the man was driving his 2003 ... More >>
Dwight Wesley was sentenced to 22 years in prison for murdering his wife.A Phoenix man who brought his dead wife's body to the police station last year was sentenced in a Maricopa County Superior Court this morning.Dwight Wesley, 58, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last October, and ... More >>
A Phoenix police sergeant was found shot to death in a parking lot near the Arizona State Capitol last night.The sergeant who was shot has not been identified and police don't have any suspects at the moment.According to the Phoenix Police Department, officers began looking for the sergeant after ... More >>
Dwight WesleyBack in April, a Phoenix man dropped his dead wife off at a police station in downtown Phoenix. Today, he pled guilty to second-degree murder.According to court documents, when 58-year-old Dwight Wesley walked into a police station in downtown Phoenix covered in blood and carrying a ... More >>
A Guadalupe man run over by a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop last year will receive $600,000 in a settlement of his lawsuit.Armando L. Nido didn't pull over for deputy James Carey, (see our post about Nido's notice of claim), so Carey didn't stop for Nido. He hit Nido ... More >>
The officer killed during an undercover drug investigation last night has been identified by the Chandler Police Department as 34-year-old Officer Carlos L. Ledesma.Ledesma, a father of two, was part of an operation in which undercover officers tried to buy bails of weed from suspects arreste ... More >>
Tempe Police Department The driver of a car that looks like this one hit a guy over the weekend. The driver didn't stop.The Tempe Police Department needs your help in tracking down the person who drove a car into a Mesa bicyclist, killing him, and then fled the scene.Police Sergeant Steve ... More >>
Phoenix Police DepartmentNow-former Phoenix police officer James WrenAs we reported earlier today, a Phoenix police officer has been arrested on multiple felony charges and we now have the details of the case, which include the officer allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from drug dealers dat ... More >>
Kyleigh SousaThe Tempe Police Department today released a sketch of the man they believe is responsible for the death of a 21-year-old ASU student about two weeks ago.Tempe police Sergeant Steve Carbajal tells New Times the department's received more than 100 tips from the public since Kyleigh So ... More >>
www.sodahead.comA former sheriff's deputy in Santa Cruz County, and another man were arrested on federal drug smuggling and gun charges yesterday.Federal authorities say 29-year-old Jesus R. Contreras -- a former Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputy -- and 38-year-old Ernesto Castro were arrested y ... More >>
MCSOIf this guy, Kedrick Russell, stole your car, Phoenix police want to know about it.A Phoenix auto mechanic is behind bars after police discovered that not only wasn't he fixing people's cars, but he was stealing them, too.Kedrick Russell, 42, of Phoenix, got pinched earlier this week for stea ... More >>
www.creativealleyproductions.comThe Phoenix Police Department announced today that it's won an indictment for a suspect in a murder/sexual assault that happened in 1994.Who doesn't love a good cold-case file.On October 21, 1994, 35-year-old Eric Harmon was found murdered and sexually assaul ... More >>
In a battle between a former and current police officer, the Phoenix police union's sticking with the cop on the job. Even though the former cop is Phoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson, a longtime union supporter. Better to stand by Officer Brian Authement, a two-ye ... More >>
www.ns-knt.comAs always, we would never encourage anyone to drive drunk under any circumstance -- especially in this county -- but if you do and your drunk route home doesn't run through Mesa, maybe it should. Mesa Police Sergeant Fabian Cota says budget cuts and processing time in t ... More >>
Judicial Watch, a non-profit group based in Washington D.C., wants the state Attorney General's Office to find a way to reduce the paycheck of Police Chief Jack Harris. The group wrote a letter to Attorney General Terry Goddard recently, asking him to file a lawsuit against the Phoenix Pol ... More >>
Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris is stepping down from his position as a board member of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board after a five-year run. No reason was given for the departure in an announcement by police this afternoon (see below). The announcement itself, police say, ... More >>
Taser's stock had the biggest rise in seven years after the United Kingdom announced on Monday it would fund the purchase of 10,000 of the Scottsdale company's stun guns. The good news for Taser soured somewhat today, though, after New Scotland Yard, headquarters of London's famous Me ... More >>
Polygamists are barricading their homes in the midst of mounting legal assaults by authorities
While Arizona authorities languish, the Utah Attorney General's Office focuses on the leader of the fundamentalist Mormon Church
Letters from the week of May 23, 2002
Phoenix police officer Frank Brown's elaborate tale of a back-road ambush is drawing fire from inside his own department
Did former beauty queen CeCe Doane conspire to murder her husband with Viagra? The county attorney is investigating.
Publisher wins right to print photos of immigrants who died after entering U.S.
Neighborhood group prints a cop's racist comment, then the city clams up
When a Tempe cop was accused of a brutal sexual assault on an ASU student, the City of Tempe responded with an assault on the state's public-records law
As more businesses and neighborhoods turn to armed private security forces for patrolled services, the debate over the role of cops for hire heats up.
A VILLAGE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBER IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. HE ALSO HAPPENED TO OPPOSE A COUNCILMEMBER'S PET DEVELOPMENT.
A gun-pointing raid in Cochise County nets only a morsel of dope