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Ex 'Very Happy' Man Accused in Ariz. Rampage Is Dead

Connie Jones says 'personal terrorist' Dwight Jones stalked, threatened her for nearly a decade

(Newser) - An Arizona woman says she was on "high alert" for nine years against her own "personal terrorist"—and she's relieved he's now dead. Those were the words of Dr. Connie Jones on Tuesday, when the AP notes she addressed for the first time the six... More »

Cops: Man Went on Killing Spree 8 Years After Divorce

Dwight Lamon Jones killed 6 before suicide, police say

(Newser) - A suspect who killed himself as police closed in Monday is now believed to have killed six people in the Phoenix area, police say—and at least four of them were linked to his bitter 2010 divorce. Police believe 56-year-old Dwight Lamon Jones, who shot himself at a Scottsdale motel... More »

Suspect in 4 Phoenix Homicides Over 3 Days Is Dead

Man is suspected of killing forensic psychiatrist who assisted in JonBenet case

(Newser) - A man suspected in four Phoenix-area slayings that happened over three days fatally shot himself Monday as police swarmed the hotel where he was staying, authorities said. The man, who was not identified, was suspected in the deaths of a forensic psychiatrist, two paralegals, and a counselor. The raid came... More »

Murder of JonBenet Expert Tied to 2 More Killings

2 Phoenix-area paralegals were shot a day after forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt

(Newser) - The murder of a forensic psychologist who weighed in on the JonBenet Ramsey and Columbine cases is related to at least two other Arizona killings, reports the New York Times . Dr. Steven Pitt was gunned down Thursday outside his Phoenix office, and police are now saying that the murder of... More »

Teacher Peeked at Raise, Laughed, Then Posted Salary Online

'I mean really, I need a college degree to make this?,' says Arizona's Elisabeth Milich

(Newser) - Discussing politics and religion is just as charged on social media as it was at dinner parties of yore, but now add teachers' salaries into the mix. It all comes courtesy of Elisabeth Milich, a second-grade teacher at Phoenix's Whispering Wind Academy who, per the Arizona Republic , posted a... More »

Phoenix Cops Arrest Alleged Serial Killer. Again

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. accused of killing 9 people, including mother, stepfather

(Newser) - After arresting a man for the murder of his mother and stepfather, Arizona police say they soon realized they had a serial killer on their hands. NBC News reports 35-year-old Cleophus Cooksey Jr. was arrested Dec. 17 after allegedly fatally shooting his mother and stepfather in Phoenix. Police say they... More »

Woman, 2 Kids Killed in Christmas Day Shooting

Phoenix suspect arrested after shootout

(Newser) - Police say a man shot and killed a woman and two children at an apartment complex in Phoenix on Christmas Day before getting into a shootout with officers. Police were called to the scene Monday afternoon on a report of a shooting and found a woman dead outside, the AP... More »

A Volunteer Was Training a Dog. Then It 'Turned on Her'

Carol Harris fatally attacked by Akita in Phoenix

(Newser) - An animal rescue volunteer who helped rehabilitate Akita dogs was ultimately killed by one. Carol Harris, 69, who worked with rescue group Akita Advocates, was training a dog on the grounds of Phoenix's Canine Country Club and Feline Inn when she was fatally attacked Wednesday, the group says in... More »

Police Find Body of Teacher Who Bailed Man Out

Suspect was arrested in her SUV on Monday

(Newser) - Police in Arizona believe they have found the body of Cathryn Gorospe, the kindergarten teacher who was last seen bailing a man out of Flagstaff's Cocinino County jail on Oct. 6. Police say the manner and cause of the Glendale woman's death is unknown, the Arizona Republic reports.... More »

Trump Has Clapper Worried About Nukes; 2 Reactions

Former national intelligence director leery of president's temper after Phoenix rally

(Newser) - President Trump's Tuesday night rally in Phoenix, during which he unleashed a familiar rant about the media, has brought out his critics in force. But perhaps the critic drawing the most attention is former National Intelligence Director James Clapper. "I really question his ability to be—his fitness... More »

In Phoenix, Trump Defends Virginia Remarks, Bashes Media

He doesn't pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but implies it's coming soon

(Newser) - President Trump unleashed a new torrent of criticism on the media Tuesday night over the coverage of his Charlottesville remarks. At a political rally in Phoenix, Trump also stopped short of pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but strongly he hinted he would do so soon, reports NBC News . "It’... More »

Phoenix Braces for Protests as Trump Visits for Rally

Throngs of protesters expected, and an Arpaio pardon is possible

(Newser) - The city of Phoenix is on edge as President Trump plans to visit for a Tuesday evening rally. The Hill frames the matter thusly: Will there be more supporters inside the city's convention center—it holds 29,000—or opponents outside it? One question in the balance is whether... More »

2 Tragic Baby Deaths in 2 Days in Phoenix

Zane Endress, Josiah Riggins left in hot cars

(Newser) - It's an avoidable tragedy that authorities across America want to make as rare as possible—but in Phoenix, it happened twice in two days. The first baby to die in a hot car in the Arizona city over the weekend was 7-month-old Zane Endress, who was left in a... More »

Heat Wave Is Too Much for Aircraft in Phoenix

It's too hot to fly regional jets

(Newser) - The heat wave in the Southwest has made it too hot for some planes to fly out of Phoenix. With temperatures expected to hit a near-record 120 degrees Tuesday, American Airlines has had to cancel more than 50 regional flights on Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which have a maximum operating temperature... More »

'Serial Street Shooter' Accused of 9 Murders

Police say suspect terrorized Phoenix last year

(Newser) - A suspect now in custody is behind the "Serial Street Shootings" that terrorized Phoenix for months , police say. Aaron Juan Saucedo, 23, was booked Monday on a total of 26 charges relating to 12 shooting incidents that left nine people dead, the Arizona Republic reports. Saucedo was initially arrested... More »

Guinness Shoots Down NRA's World Record Attempt

Gun-rights people are really feeling themselves post-Election Day

(Newser) - Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge a potential world record by the NRA, but after the week it's had, the NRA doesn't really care. USA Today reports more than a thousand people from 16 states traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday to take part in the "1000... More »

5 Best, Worst Airports in America

Our condolences, everyone in the New York area

(Newser) - You'd be hard-pressed to find many people who actually enjoy the rush and chaos of navigating the airport while traveling, but some airports rate better than others if you're forced to wait at the gate with your newspaper and latte. The Points Guy took a look at the... More »

Sheriff Joe Faces Up to 6 Months in Jail

His trial begins Dec. 6 in Phoenix

(Newser) - It's official: Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has been criminally charged with federal contempt of court and could face up to six months in jail if convicted. The case stems from December 2011 when a federal judge barred the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from conducting Arpaio's signature... More »

Chief: Phoenix Cops Forced Driver to Eat Pot

He says rookies made driver eat his stash

(Newser) - Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after a man alleged they forced him to eat marijuana found in his vehicle to avoid going to jail, Chief Joseph Yahner said Thursday. A fourth officer, Jeff Farrior, was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant for being aware of last week's incident and... More »

Driver Shot in Head as She Called 911 About Truck Chasing Her

Shots came from white truck with 3 men inside: cops

(Newser) - The woman told a 911 dispatcher she was being chased by three men in a truck while driving in Phoenix. Then came three gunshots, and silence. Police say the woman, who has not been identified, was shot in the head before crashing into a concrete median on State Route 51... More »

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