Arizonans who want to fight marijuana prohibition in this state have two strong allies in powerful positions: State Senator Kimberly Yee and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. Like would-be leaders of a modern-day women's temperance movement, the two Arizona politicians share a strong belief that ... More >>
If Scott Graham is responsible for all the missing cats in a Mesa neighborhood, then it's safe to say that he messed the wrong people's cats.Now that Graham was sentenced to house arrest in the case -- which involved the murders of up to 40 cats -- people are protesting outside his home.
Brendan McDonough, the sole survivor of a fire disaster that killed 19 Arizona firefighters, had sincere remorse in a 2010 vehicle-burglary case, according to a probation officer's report. The pre-sentence report depicts a motivated, young father-to-be who deserved a second chance after a crucial l ... More >>
MCSOJohnny SalazarA Chandler dad who burned his 5-year-old son with a cigarette lighter because he thought the boy was possessed was in Maricopa County Superior Court this morning where he sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to child abuse last month.In addition to the 15 years probati ... More >>
James Ray faces up to nine years in prison when he's sentenced next month.Oprah-approved snake-oil salesman James Arthur Ray says he won't be hosting sweat lodge events anymore, which is a great decision considering the last time he did, three people died and dozens were injured.Ray is currently ... More >>
www.teenidols4you.com If you're an adult and look at this and think "hawt," that's a problem. Normally, possessing photos of Jaden Smith, the star of the most recent Karate Kid movie/son of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, won't land you in prison.However, if you're a convicted sex offender cu ... More >>
MCSO Jamie Willis loves her husband -- despite the fact he seems to be building a sex dungeon in the couple's backyard.When we first learned of William Willis, an alleged cross-dressing kiddy-porn connoisseur who dug a tunnel in his house leading to a secret, underground room beneath his b ... More >>
Juan Lara's tattoo parlor will be moving from his Avondale trailer to an Arizona state prison.An amateur Avondale tattoo artist who traded a tattoo for sex with a teenage girl was sentenced to prison today after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted child prostitution and two counts of unlaw ... More >>
Joshua Pearce, freed this week after two months in custodyTo read recent accounts of state Senate President Russell Pearce's lawbreaking son Joshua Pearce, you'd think he'd only caught six days in stir for violating terms of his probation on a 2007 aggravated DUI conviction.In reality, Pearce the Yo ... More >>
Josh, son of Russell, back in stirState Senate President Russell Pearce's son Joshua Trent Pearce was arrested February 9 by the Mesa Police Department on outstanding warrants issued by the Maricopa County Superior Court. Currently he's cooling his heels in Durango Jail.The thirty year-old unemploye ... More >>
Image: Huffington PostJoe Miller, former Mohave County probation officer, was fired for publicly supporting marijuana legalization.Right to free speech: Canceled.At least, it is for Joe Miller, a former Mohave County probation officer who believes that marijuana should be legalized.As the Huffing ... More >>
Rapper DMX: Back to jail.Rapper DMX pleaded guilty this morning to a felony probation violation, and Judge Christine Mulleneaux sentenced him to a year in jail. DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) had been on probation since July, after serving four months in Maricopa County jails for a previous probat ... More >>
One of rapper DMX's many mug shotsEmbattled rapper DMX was granted a continuance at his probation revocation hearing this morning at Maricopa County Superior Court. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was on probation following his release from jail this past July. He was arrested at his home i ... More >>
www.loaz.comA Mesa high school could have been short one laptop after it was discovered a student at the school tried to steal it right out of a classroom -- in the middle of the school day.Currently on probation, 19-year-old Ismael Pesqueira was arrested yesterday after school officials at Caree ... More >>
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MCSODMX says he violated his probation by taking a "sip" of alcohol.As we reported last week, legally challenged rapper DMX is back behind bars in Maricopa County, this time for violating the terms of his probation. He's now saying the reason for his violation was a sip of alcohol at a performanc ... More >>
DMX apparently has a thing for cocaine.Since our earlier post about the arrest of DMX -- a.k.a. Earl Simmons -- we obtained some court documents that tell the real story of what the rapper allegedly did to violate his probation.Initial reports -- ours included -- were that X violated his pr ... More >>
John Whiting was a busy man in his 30 years on the run -- criminally speaking, that is.An Ohio man convicted of beating his landlord to death in Phoenix in 1978 is back in Arizona today after leaving the state in violation of his probation more than 30 years ago.John Whitting, living i ... More >>
Jeremy Tuffly was sentenced to three years probation for killing a cat after a python wouldn't.We got word on Friday that a Mesa man who killed a kitten after trying to feed it to a python was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of animal cruelty. In one of the more despicable cri ... More >>
Judge Gary Donahoe, chief of the Maricopa County Superior Court's criminal section, routinely lets criminals off without prison time, yet jailed a detention officer doing his job. That's the gist of a December 4 news release by the Sheriff's Office which cites six supposed examples of ... More >>
Tyson's mug after being booked into Maricopa County JailOne thing we failed to point out in our prior post about Mike Tyson's latest brush with the law is the fact that the former heavyweight champ is currently on probation here in Arizona.In case you forgot, in 2007 Iron Mike was convicted of mi ... More >>
Rapper DMX has some choice words of advice for his fans: "Stay the f- out of Arizona." He also appears to harbor a grudge against the sheriff of Maricopa County: "For the record, f- Sheriff Joe." The video aired by gossip Web site TMZ.com has all the cuss words bleeped out, but DMX's poi ... More >>
Earl Simmons, better known as the rapper DMX, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for abusing his dogs and theft-related charges. He's scheduled to be released on April 30.DMX also received 18 months of supervised probation, during which time he can't own firearms or animals, according to a news rele ... More >>
A war for custody of 4-year-old Raven Laws includes a spurious Alabama tribe
Amaré Stoudemire's troubled mother walks out of a rehab center again. A judge allows her to return again, but she faces probable prison time
The Phoenix Suns superstar has more to worry about than his ailing knees
The winged wonder speaks for Jesus when it says: Keep Father Dale on his "electronic" leash! Plus, inside local Hollyweird casting calls
Arizona's prisons are packed. Building more would cost millions. Governor Janet Napolitano wants to lockup even more people. But others say it may be time to let a few out.
From Governor Janet Napolitano down, Arizona authorities have protected polygamous sexual predators with their indifference
Josh Fiedler likes to think he'll bring violent Valley skinheads a better image
'Intensive probation' wasn't enough to keep mentally ill woman on her meds
Isolated, abused and lacking mental health care, do juvenile offenders leave state custody in worse shape than when they went in?
Can the Phoenix Suns' experimental basketball program really turn cons into straight shooters?
"The Big Eagle" preys again on unsuspecting investors.
It's tough to be a teen. But what happens when your friends and family are all in gangs? Five students talk about growing up in the Valley's roughest neighborhoods.
Mesa is home to a multimillion-dollar quest to quantify gang-intervention techniques
The Crips who raped a retarded girl sprang from a 'hood where too many kids aspire to the thug life
A judge said Lucia Diaz should be force-medicated to control her psychosis. Instead, she was turned loose to terrorize.
A doctor suspected of torching his own house is arrested at license hearing
Three years ago, at the pinnacle of their 15-year career, local rock heroes the Meat Puppets vanished from view, after bass player Cris Kirkwood became addicted to cocaine and heroin. The story only gets worse from there.
Judge who released an accused gunman loses his spot on initial-appearance bench
Judge, prosecutors, pretrial-services officers point fingers in the troubling release of a shooting suspect
For a decade, Stephen C. Peterson has been the Energizer bunny of white-collar scamsters. And he's still going and going...
FEDERAL MARSHALS MANHANDLED TWO MEMEBERS OF AN INDUSTRIOUS PHOENIX FAMILY. DARLENE AND JERRY SPAN HAVE BEEN ROUGHED UP BY THE COURT SYSTEM EVER SINCE.
PERRY STUART FINALLY BROKE OUT OF JAIL FOR GOOD, UNFORTUNATELY, HE HAD TO DIE FIRST.
A BIASED SYSTEM OF JUVENILE JUSTICE LEFT THAT AS HENRY CRUZ'S ONLY CHOICE