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Since his arrest Monday by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, no prosecutor has stepped forward to take the case against Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley. As we reported Monday, the MSCO is recommending more than 95 criminal counts against Stapley, including real estate fraud...Glendale police have released a sketch of a suspected kidnapper after a seven-year-old girl told police a man grabbed her from her front yard and drove her through nearby apartment complexes before letting her go unharmed. The man, described as a white male in his 30s with possible tattoo or scar markings around his nose, was reportedly driving a dark-colored, two-door sedan...Police say a serial arsonist is targeting an apartment complex in Tempe. The complex, near Scottsdale Road and McKellips, has caught fire nine different times. Police say the fires started small but have been progressively getting bigger...

The ASU men's basketball team says it has received "a verbal commitment" from Canadian center Jordan Bachynski. The 7-foot-2 big-man has also been courted by BYU and Oregon State...A recent survey by the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitor's Bureau has found that Phoenix hotels provide a substantial source of revenue. In 2008, City of Phoenix hotels paid more than $166 million in combined property and sales taxes. Mayor Phil Gordon called the tourism industry "important for us all"...While Phoenix has adopted a law that bans sending text-messages while driving, state officials say a statewide ban is unlikely because of difficulties in enforcing the law. Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, says text-messaging is just one of many distractions and that eating a cheeseburger or putting on makeup is as much of a hazard as texting.  

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