Bryan Teague of Peoria pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts related to the 5,220-acre wild fire he caused last August in the Tonto National Forest by putting a propane tank in a campfire. Teague, 56, faces the possibility of up to six months in prison, a $5,000 fine and five years of probation on e ... More >>
Shannon Liska says her pitbull Trax didn't deserve to be shot by a U.S. Forest Service officer while on a camping trip in March. Shannon Liska's 2-year-old pitbull still has a bullet shard in its snout. The dog is now toothless on one side of his mouth, and doesn't have enough jaw bone lef ... More >>
Steven Craig Shiflet, the Mesa resident who admitted to starting the near-18,000-acre Sunflower Fire in the Tonto National Forest last year with an "incendiary shotgun shell," was sentenced Monday to probation.Shiflet fired the shell during a bachelor party in the desert near Sycamore Creek on May 1 ... More >>
A three-day bench trial has been scheduled for Bryan Teague, the Peoria man who authorities say admitted to starting last summer's "Mistake Peak" fire with a propane tank. Despite his admission, Teague has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges: carelessly placing or throwing a substance t ... More >>
Bryan Teague of Peoria, the suspect in a 5,220-acre wildland fire east of the Valley in August, has been thrown in prison several times for his persistent drinking and driving since 2000. Being a prohibited possessor, he wasn't allowed to own or carry a firearm when he wandered around 29th Avenue a ... More >>
Putting a propane tank in a campfire turns out to be an even stupider idea than we thought. After Bryan J. Teague of Peoria put a 16-ounce tank in a campfire on August 8 while on an off-roading trip in the Tonto National Forest, the predictable explosion sparked the 5,220-acre "Mistake Peak Fire," ... More >>
Steven Craig Shiflet of Mesa has been charged with three misdemeanor counts in connection with starting the 18,000-acre Sunflower Fire in the Tonto National Forest, records show. The records, first dug up by www.smokinggun.com, reveal that Shiflet managed to start the blaze by firing an "incendiary ... More >>
There have been only 10 documented bear attacks in Arizona since 1990.Three of those have come in the last month.A Tempe man hanging out at the Ponderosa Campground in the Tonto National Forest was the third person attacked by a bear this month, after the bear went into his tent around 5 a.m. yester ... More >>
Wildfire season started early in Arizona this year. There are currently four wildfires burning throughout the state, the largest of which is the Sunflower Fire, burning about 20 miles south of Payson in the Tonto National Forest. Phoenix New Times freelance photographer Andrew Pielage made the tre ... More >>
Cloud Nothings Crescent Ballroom Tuesday, February 28 When I spoke with Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings, he said he had never been intimidated by extensive touring, high-profile shows, or recording Attack on Memory, the band's latest record, with punk purist Steve Albini. The band's excellent set ... More >>
Deep in the east Valley, between the Superstitions and Saguaro Lake in the shadows of the Four Peaks, a ribbon of rolling roadway known as Bush Highway cuts through the desert.Meandering along the banks of the Salt River, this stretch of tarmac unwinds through undulating terrain lined with saguaros ... More >>
Gila County Sheriff's Office An unidentified dead body was found in this truck after fire officials extinguished a blaze that burned it to a crisp.When authorities from the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a fire off a Forest Service road ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Steven DeMarlieGood news: 44-year-old Steven Michael DeMarlie, reported missing yesterday by his wife, was found alive and well in the Tonto National Forest near Roosevelt Lake, the Chandler Police Department announced this afternoon.According to Chandler P.D. spokesman Detective Fran ... More >>
Hit the Salt River this holiday weekend
Dunlap Avenue reopened this morning, after being closed for 12 hours following a serious accident involving a Phoenix fire truck. The truck was near I-17 and Dunlap, en route to a fire, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, when a car heading north on the frontage road plowed into it. The truc ... More >>
Buccaneers shanghai the Salt
Robert Comer wrote to New Times from prison for years, predicting recently that his soul would be in the real hell "soon enough"
Mine is no longer ours
Bike Week pumps up the Valley
An endangered bird is thriving in the dry bottom of Roosevelt Lake. Too bad it's in the way of water for Phoenix.
From the week of May 24, 2001
Cave Creek rabble-rouser-cum-newspaper-publisher Don Sorchych has the town running scared
Desert Storm Hummer Tours
Quit fiddling around with Spur Cross Ranch's owners, and condemn the land
The Bureau of Indian Affairs stonewalls its desecration of a prehistoric Native American burial site
John McCain says he wants to save Spur Cross Ranch. Has he really gone Green, or is he just scrounging for greenbacks from a Cincinnati fat cat?
The battle against a mine loses its leader
A mining company mucks out its own mess at Pinto Creek
ccused conspirator Charles Knight talks about his days in the Viper Militia, why he's fighting the government's case against him, and how he fell in love with fellow defendant Donna Williams
Tribes allege that archaeological and burial sites on mine grounds are being violated
Is the Lone Fire a preview of California-style infernos to come?
A Salt River rafter rides a torrent of legal and financial troubles
A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY WANTS TO DIG A 300-ACRE HOLE BEHIND DONNA GOODALE'S HOUSE. ALTHOUGH MOST ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INVOLVED THINK IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA, THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THE EXCAVATION.
THE LAW REQUIRES THE REBURIAL OF INDIAN REMAINS. SO WHY ARE THERE STILL 700 SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET?
GAME AND FISH INVESTIGATORS STALKED THE MOST NOTORIOUS MOUNTAIN LION HUNTER IN THE STATE. HE TURNED OUT TO BE A HIRED GUN FOR RANCHERS, AND HE'D KILLED 18 CATS.
THE COUNTY ATTORNEY'S HARD-LINE POLICY ON GUN CASES HAS GOTTEN HIM GOOD PRESS. IT'S ALSO CLOGGED THE COURTS, COST A LOT OF MONEY AND NEEDLESSLY IMPRISONED FIRST OFFENDERS.
FRED SCHRADER WOULDN'T PULL THE TRIGGER IF HIS LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. UNFORTUNATELY IT DID.
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