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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

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Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

5.) Joe Arpaio's Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan Mouths Off, Arpaio and Sheridan Head to the Woodshed March 24

 

Neither Sheriff Joe Arpaio nor his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan have been playing by the rules federal Judge G. Murray Snow laid down in the ACLU's big racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio.

And Judge Snow is not amused.

That's the gist of a 17-page order issued Monday by Snow, in which he scolds Sheridan for a training session, where Sheridan referred to the judge's injunction in Melendres as "absurd," "ludicrous," and "crap."

See also: Joe Arpaio's Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan Mouths Off, Arpaio and Sheridan Head to the Woodshed March 24

4.) Driver Everyone Hates Admits to Purposely Clogging Phoenix's Passing Lanes

 

If you'd like to make your blood boil, crack open the opinion pages of the Arizona Republic.

You know the people who like to camp out in the left-hand lane of the highway, impeding people who'd like to drive faster than them? This guy writing to the Republic admits that he does it on purpose.

See also: Driver Everyone Hates Admits to Purposely Clogging Phoenix's Passing Lanes

3.) Russell Pearce's Son Sean Pearce: Video of Killer Car Crash

 

The Glendale Police Department today released video of MCSO Deputy Sean Pearce's December 16, car crash, which killed 63-year-old Glendale resident John Harding.

A local businesswoman provided the video to police, and there are two angles. The first is from the southbound side of North 59th Avenue and shows Harding's gray Nissan Cube pulling out from West Hayward Avenue, when he is T-boned by Pearce's unmarked black Chevy Tahoe, which was going north on North 59th.

The second video shows where both cars ended up: across several lanes of traffic, with the Tahoe crashing into a sign on the southbound side of North 59th Avenue.

See also: Russell Pearce's Son Sean Pearce: Video of Killer Car Crash

2.) Anna Areola-Hernandez, 23, Posed as Teen Online, Had Sex with Young Boy, Cops Say

 

A 23-year-old Glendale woman who pretended to be a teen online had sex with at least one boy under 15, police say.

Anna Areola-Hernandez, who sports a tattoo of a pair of red lips on her neck, was booked into jail today on suspicion of three counts each of sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation, unlawful age misrepresentation, and "adult posing as a minor for a sexual conduct act."

Now police are asking parents to check their kids' social-media history for any sign of her.

See also: Anna Areola-Hernandez, 23, Posed as Teen Online, Had Sex with Young Boy, Cops Say

1.) 10 Arizona-Based Religions

 

With the recent debate over the possible expansion of "religious freedom" laws in Arizona, it's worth noting that the state has a great deal of religious . . . creativity.

Check out 10 religions (or spiritual organizations, or sects, or in some cases, cults) that were born in Arizona:

See also: 10 Arizona-Based Religions

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