Armando Jay Ramirez, a former Phoenix cop and state medical-fraud investigator, has been indicted on suspicion of defrauding veterans' groups and state and federal agencies. Ramirez, 40, worked for the Phoenix Police Department's South Mountain Precinct for about five years until his 2011 domestic ... More >>
Can someone get Councilman Sal DiCiccio a towel? The District 6 representative is dripping in irony after his latest call for "significant reforms" at Phoenix City Hall, including "ending lobbyist nepotism and implementing policies to end personal ties between elected officials and their staffs."
A neutered version of the bill that would have gotten rid of the corrupt cops in Colorado City passed the House yesterday.House Bill 2648 was approved by the House with a 52-7 vote, after one of the primary purposes -- disbanding the "Marshal's Office" in the polygamist town of Colorado City -- was ... More >>
El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook bemoans that residents in her community are lodging fact-starved concerns and complaints with the city. Her solution? She gets city employees to address these oft-complained about topics with PowerPoint presentations and handouts at a public meeting, but she doesn't both ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's big press conference this morning alleged illegal coordination between Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign. See also: -Attorney General Horne Hired Carmen Chenal to a Highly Paid Top Post -- ... More >>
Matinee Energy, the Tucson mystery company with ties to two controversial brothers, has plans to build a large-scale, 120-megawatt solar-power plant in Benson.But even if the firm manages to complete the project, which claims a construction budget "up to the maximum of $444 million," it isn't clear ... More >>
Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios has been calling for embattled Sheriff Paul Babeu to step down from his post as the county's top cop. In the past few weeks, several individuals have lodged allegations against Babeu that he abused his power, was complicit in the abusive conditions at the DeSisto S ... More >>
Dave Hendershott, the disgraced former chief deputy under Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, will invoke his right against self-incrimination if asked to testify in the job appeal hearing for fired deputy Joel Fox.Barry Markson, Hendershott's lawyer, told Judge Robert Sparks in the appeal hearin ... More >>
Retired Colonel James Burnes pleaded guilty today to two felonies related to thefts totaling $2 million -- from charities. Military charities.According to a court spokesperson, Burnes entered a guilty plea for two of the initial eight charges for stealing the money that was supposed to go to mili ... More >>
A Maricopa County jury convicted Harold "Bud" Lee Jr. of three felony counts related to gambling on Friday, including conspiracy and illegal control of an enterprise. The 68-year-old Lee, who once served as a Phoenix Justice of the Peace, was allowed to remain free fro ... More >>
El Mirage Mayor Lana MookEl Mirage officials are planning to declare victory regarding the narrow approval of an $8.5 million bond at a special City Council meeting this afternoon.Their adoption of election results comes two days after the Attorney General's Office opened an investigation into wh ... More >>
Arizona kids have about a 15-percent success rate when trying to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from retail outlets across the state -- and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is pissed."For every 20 minors that walk into a store in Arizona to buy cigarettes, three of them -- without f ... More >>
A Tempe couple who alleged discriminatory treatment by their apartment manager were paid $197,500 in a settlement with a Texas company.That's the largest fair housing lawsuit settlement in the history of the civil division of the state Attorney General's Office. The case began in 2007 under ... More >>
www.stupidfunnytshirtgifts.com"World Elder Abuse Day" actually exists, but is a bit misleading -- it's not a day designated for beating the crap out of old people, it's to raise awareness of people beating the crap out of old people.Wednesday is the official day to not beat up old people, and Ari ... More >>
Jared Lee LoughnerA San Diego-based psychiatrist was appointed today to evaluate Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old lone suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage on January 8. U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns appointed Dr. Matthew Carroll to perform Loughner's mental competency exam, accordin ... 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 >>
Department of Public Safety"Cocaine's a hell of a drug" - Rick JamesTo the right is what 85 pounds of cocaine looks like. This pile of coke, as well as about $28,000 in cash, was found in a Peoria home yesterday by officers from the Department of Public Safety. The home, at 8014 W. Yucca Road i ... More >>
Lisa HauserLisa Hauser, an attorney for Governor Jan Brewer, blasted Arizona's Citizens Clean Elections Commission after its members refused to take further action on matching funds for this year's election cycle.In a tense, two-minute speech, Hauser blasted the commission for "turning your ... More >>
www.ebaumsworld.comSomeone must have given probable gubernatorial candidate and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard the first lesson in Politics 101: Old people vote.On Monday, Goddard announced that his office will be holding a series of "Senior Anti-Crime Universities," ... 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 >>
Another high-profile hire for Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard: He's just made Tim Nelson (pictured), former candidate for Maricopa County Attorney, his chief deputy. Goddard's office sent a news release out about this a few minutes ago. No doubt, Chewie over at Sonoran Alliance is banging ou ... More >>
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says the state's proposed budget will force him to lay off half of his criminal division staff and "endangers the future of every Arizonan." These strong words come from a news release just put out by Goddard in response to the proposed budget hammered out by s ... More >>
State Treasurer Dean Martin (at left) is named in a lawsuit against the state by a group of Arizona municipalities who don't want to pay millions of dollars in new fees. And Martin hopes he and the state will lose. The treasurer sent a letter today (reprinted below) to state Solicitor General Mary ... More >>
Military recruiters are grabbing student info from local schools without parents' permission
Robert Owens, A gifted con artist linked to an astonishing murder-for-hire plot, may go free because he's compromised law enforcement.
The governor needs to help abused women and children in Colorado City. Now.
Where there's underage smoking, there's fire
Unsuspecting consumers are getting ripped off by the hundreds. The Supereme Court is working to stop this unauthorized practice of law.
Two Wilson Elementary school board members are about to get the boot. Yippee.
A west Phoenix neighborhood pays the way for activist Donna Neill to gain control. But who gets stuck with the final bill?
People are sick and animals are dying near TRW's air-bag plant in Mesa.
Friends say controversial police sting contributed to store owner's demise
The best essay--and 10 bucks--wins this Glendale coffee house
First lady's furniture, gubernatorial aides' cell phones were provided by Department of Corrections
Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband, Earl, have come out swinging against her challengers--real and imagined
HUNDREDS OF VALLEY MOTHERS PUT THEIR TRUST IN A COLLECTION AGENCY THAT TURNED OUT TO BE A SCAM. THEY AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE THE LOSERS
No one's laughing this year