Hot Links: Vandalism, Lawsuits, and a Chandler Mansion

Three Fountain Hills high school students have admitted to vandalizing cars in the neighborhood and tagging them with racist imagery and slurs. The only suspect being named is Alex Castellanos, 18. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the students didn't have a racial motive, and they will be charged with criminal damage...Former Chandler police officer Tom Lovejoy is suing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over his arrest and prosecution on animal cruelty charges last year. Lovejoy, whose canine partner, Bandit, died after being left in a patrol car for more than 12 hours, was acquitted...Just days before its contents were to go to auction, a 13,000 square foot mansion in Chandler was burglarized. A web site showing the items up for auction went up on the Internet a few days ago, and police say the thieves were professionals. Among the stolen items were flat screen TVs, ripped right from the walls...

An inmate in the Pinal County jail was found dead of an apparent suicide on Tuesday night. Jesus Quinonez-Valaquez was being held in the stabbing death of his wife, and was found during a routine security check...Officials believe a body recovered from the Grand Canyon is that of a missing North Carolina man. The medical examiner's office will determine cause of death and if the body is that of Andrew Brunelli, who was reported missing September 4...A boy in Dorset, England opened a bag of potato chips to find only a whole potato inside. The boy's mother said the bag didn't feel any heavier than the other bags, and the potato looked frozen. The company that makes the chips is investigating.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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