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Mom Who Left Kids in Hot Car Gets Probation for 18 Years

She was on a job interview in Phoenix

(Newser) - A single mother who left her two young sons in a hot car in Phoenix during a job interview was sentenced today to 18 years of supervised probation. The sentencing brought an end to the case that saw Shanesha Taylor draw sympathy around the country and collect more than $114,... More »

Cops: 5 Dead After Phoenix 'Family Dispute'

3 adult brothers, mother among the dead

(Newser) - Five adults were found dead inside a north Phoenix home yesterday after a suspected dispute about a family business, police say. The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released. But police say the three men were brothers and the dead women apparently were... More »

Miraculous Recovery for Marine Who Drowned

He makes it across finish line at Phoenix Marathon

(Newser) - Marine Staff Sgt. James Carey needed a little help to get over the finish line at the Phoenix Marathon on Saturday—but just taking part in his fourth marathon marked an incredible achievement for a man who was pronounced dead from drowning in 2009. Carey was revived after the special... More »

Guy Finds $35K Watch at Goodwill Store

Rare 1959 diving watch had $5.99 price tag

(Newser) - A Phoenix man who went into a Goodwill store looking for a used push-pull golf cart ended up leaving with a $35,000 watch—and getting change from $6 (it cost $5.99). Zach Norris, who became interested in vintage watches after inheriting one a few years ago, says he... More »

Phoenix Mom Dies After Delivering Quads

She never got to hold longed-for newborns

(Newser) - Erica Morales had always dreamed of being a mother, her friends say, but she died before she could even hold the quadruplets she gave birth to on Thursday night. The 36-year-old had been admitted to the hospital with high blood pressure Tuesday and died in intensive care soon after the... More »

Phoenix Cop Kills Unarmed Black Man

Officer said he mistook pill bottle for gun

(Newser) - As people in cities around the country protested the Eric Garner case , demonstrators in Phoenix gathered in outrage at yet another killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Rumain Brisbon, 34, was shot dead Tuesday night by an officer who says he mistook a pill bottle... More »

Horse Found Stuck in Backyard Pool

Firefighters rescue horse that roamed on owner's property

(Newser) - A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink. Mesa firefighters say the horse was wandering outside of its pen yesterday when the animal somehow fell into the backyard swimming pool and became stuck. Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith says... More »

3-Year-Old Left in Car During Choir Practice Dies

Hayden Nelson spent 3 hours in a car in Phoenix

(Newser) - America has seen its 28th death of a child left in a hot car this year, according to the Kids and Cars nonprofit, with the latest death occurring on Saturday in Phoenix. In that case, 3-year-old Hayden Nelson was allegedly left in a car outside Abundant Life Church for several... More »

Phoenix Drenched in Record 1-Day Rainfall

Flash flooding covers Ariz. freeways, snarls commute

(Newser) - Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during this morning's commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. The National Weather Service recorded 2.99 inches of rain by about 7am, breaking the old record of 2.91 inches set in... More »

Dust Storm Chokes Phoenix

It messes up flights, causes thousands to lose power

(Newser) - Thousands of Phoenix residents lost power when a huge dust storm rolled in yesterday evening, reports NBC News . The storm arrived in time to mess up the rush-hour commute and also temporarily forced a halt to incoming flights at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, reports the Arizona Republic . A... More »

Transient Arrested in Priest Murder Case

Gary Moran, 54, is charged with killing one priest, beating another

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man in the Phoenix priest-murder case after he apparently bragged about beating and robbing a priest, the Arizona Republic reports. Police booked Gary Moran, 54, last night, for allegedly gunning down Father Kenneth Walker, 28, and assaulting Father Joseph Terra, court records say. Moran is a... More »

Priest Killed in Arizona Church Shooting

Another remains in critical condition as police search for suspects

(Newser) - A priest is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting at a Catholic church last night, the Arizona Republic reports. Police responded to a burglary call, made by one of the victims, at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in downtown Phoenix and found the two victims... More »

County to Woman: No More Cartwheels at Meetings

'It's a safety issue,' officials say

(Newser) - A Phoenix woman says she has received an "intimidating, threatening, and defaming" letter ordering her to stop performing cartwheels at local government meetings. The letter to Dianne Barker from the Maricopa Association of Governments planning agency states that she has "from time to time suggested that MAG cannot... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
... More »

Veterans Die Waiting on 'Secret VA List': Ex-Doctor

Phoenix VA hospital allegedly keeps hundreds of veterans waiting

(Newser) - The Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, has secretly kept around 1,500 sick veterans waiting for health care—and at least 40 of them died waiting, CNN reports. Former Phoenix VA doctor Sam Foote says managers there found a way around the rule that VA hospitals should see patients... More »

Cops Stop Bicyclist With Girl Taken From Home

Suspect tells police he went into wrong home

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Phoenix girl is safe after a bizarre incident involving a suspected kidnapper, reports MyFoxPhoenix . A police officer on his way to a burglary call about 3am stopped a bicyclist who was riding with the pajamas-clad girl in his lap. Daniel Luna, 37, first said he came across the... More »

Passengers Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing on Plane

One happened to be a CPR instructor

(Newser) - A little relief from all the depressing air-travel news this week: Two passengers helped save the life of a baby who had stopped breathing aboard a US Airways flight, reports KTVK . According to others on the flight from Tampa to Phoenix, the drama began when a woman began screaming that... More »

Arizona Dad Charged With Ax-Murdering 13-Year-Old Son

Gary Sherrill tells cops dead boy was a demon

(Newser) - A Phoenix man is behind bars after police charged him with killing his 13-year-old son with an ax. As ABC 15 reports, police went to the home of 51-year-old Gary Sherrill yesterday afternoon after his ex-wife reported that he'd failed to return their son. Sherrill initially told cops that... More »

Gunman Surrenders After ER Bathroom Standoff

Phoenix Baptist Hospital workers evacuated as police negotiated with suspect

(Newser) - Workers had to evacuate the emergency room of Phoenix Baptist Hospital this morning after a man pulled a gun on them, setting off a standoff with police. The suspect, described as a man in his 40s, surrendered around 6am, MyFoxPhoenix reports, but not before an hours-long standoff that saw a... More »

Man May Have Killed 4 People, 2 Dogs Over Barking

Cops say loud barking may have sparked shooting spree

(Newser) - Authorities released details today from a weekend shooting attack that left four family members and two dogs dead at a central Phoenix townhouse before the gunman turned the weapon on himself. Michael Guzzo, 56, killed his next door neighbors in a deadly confrontation yesterday that may have been touched off... More »

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