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Cops: Shackled Inmate Runs Across Arizona Freeway

He allegedly kicked out a police van window to escape

(Newser) - Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle. Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Adam Arlington broke out of the city police van bringing... More »

Ariz. Trooper Helps Mom Give Birth in Her Car

Miguel Rincon was dealing with a speeding driver when more pressing matters arose

(Newser) - Miguel Rincon was trying to settle up a speeding violation Saturday on a highway outside Bisbee, Ariz., when things went in a totally unexpected direction. A car pulled up behind him, and the driver told Rincon that her granddaughter was about to give birth, the AP reports. But Courtney Benavidez... More »

Veterans Memorial Appears Only Once a Year

For a few moments every Veterans Day, everything comes together

(Newser) - Like Indiana Jones and the staff of Ra , a "perfect" tribute to men and women of the US armed forces can only be seen at a certain time on a certain day once every year, Q13 reports. That special moment: 11:11am Nov. 11, also known as Veterans Day.... More »

Arizona Dumps Plan to Crowd-Source Border Fence

The state only received $265K or about 0.5% of its goal

(Newser) - Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using millions of dollars in private donations are instead directing the money to buy equipment for a border sheriff's office after the state received just a fraction of the donations needed. The decision Monday by... More »

Mom, Son, 5, Found Dead in Ariz. Hospital Room

Police suspect murder-suicide

(Newser) - A mother and her 5-year-old son were found dead Saturday in the boy's hospital room, and authorities in Arizona are treating their deaths as a murder-suicide, reports NBC News . "We don't have any reason to believe that it is not," says a Mesa police rep. Dead... More »

Cops: Man Left Granddaughter, 5, in Desert With Loaded Gun

He reportedly told her to 'shoot any bad guys'

(Newser) - After downing a cheeseburger and a handful of drinks Sunday evening, Paul Rater called home and ordered his wife to come get him, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says, per the Arizona Republic . But instead of his wife showing up at the South Buckeye Equestrian Center, the cops did—... More »

3 Rare Quakes Rattle Arizona

Phoenix area hit by surprise temblors—including a magnitude 4.1

(Newser) - A councilwoman in Tempe, Ariz., thought her dog fell off the bed Sunday night—but the cause of the rumble and thud she heard turned out to be more earthshaking than that. At least three earthquakes startled the Grand Canyon State Sunday night, with the largest weighing in at a... More »

Giant Inflatable Pumpkin Escapes, Terrorizes Phoenix

Giant gourd broke free from its restraints, wreaking havoc on city streets

(Newser) - It's the Great Untethered Pumpkin, Arizona! Halloween tricks came early for some drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix area Thursday when a giant inflatable pumpkin bounded down the roadway in high winds. The 25-foot-tall, 350-pound pumpkin escaped from its display promoting the Peoria Sports Complex's Monster Bash, sailing... More »

Homemade Shotgun Backfires on Kid, 13

Teen built gun with instructions found online: police

(Newser) - An Arizona teen underwent surgery on Sunday after accidentally shooting himself with a homemade shotgun he'd assembled with instructions found online. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the 13-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he tried to fire the weapon and was hit in the rib cage by a projectile... More »

Documents: Arizona Tried to Illegally Import Execution Drug

Federal agents stopped the shipment at the airport

(Newser) - Arizona tried to illegally import a lethal injection drug, but federal agents stopped the shipment at the Phoenix airport, according to documents obtained by the AP. Arizona paid nearly $27,000 for sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that has been used to carry out executions but is no longer manufactured by... More »

Prosecutor: NAU Shooter Got Gun From Car

'There is no indication of self-defense here'

(Newser) - The 18-year-old Northern Arizona University freshman charged with shooting four members of a rival fraternity during a fight early Friday is accused of leaving the fracas to get a gun from his car, the Arizona Daily Sun reports. “I just want to be clear that there is no indication... More »

9 Hospitalized After Being Trampled at Ariz. Music Fest

2 have life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - As many as 12 people were injured after a crowd rushed a stage during a music festival last night at a park near the city's downtown, authorities said. Tempe fire officials tell KNXV-TV that nine people were taken to a nearby hospital after the 7pm incident at Tempe Beach... More »

Dad of Suspected Freeway Shooter: 'Preposterous'

Leslie Merritt linked to at least 4 of the shootings, say police

(Newser) - The 21-year-old man arrested yesterday in connection with the string of shootings plaguing an Arizona freeway is suspected in at least four of them, the Arizona Republic reports. Police say a gun owned by Leslie Merritt Jr. was linked to the first four shootings that took place Aug. 29 and... More »

Suspect Arrested in Phoenix Freeway Shootings

'Arizona Republic' IDs suspect as Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21

(Newser) - A suspect has been arrested in a string of shootings along Phoenix-area freeways that have kept drivers on edge for weeks, state officials said tonight. A spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey said a man was taken into custody around 7pm at a Walmart in Glendale, a suburb west of Phoenix.... More »

7 Hikers Posed for Photo Before Floods Killed Them

Rains came just hours later

(Newser) - Seven avid hikers in safety helmets, wetsuits, and climbing harnesses smiled for a group photo before heading into the mouth of a narrow canyon in southern Utah's Zion National Park. Within hours of them entering Keyhole Canyon, dark skies unleashed fierce rains that sent water surging through the chasm,... More »

Boy Who Murdered at Age 8 Can Go Back to School

15-year-old killed father, another man in 2008

(Newser) - An Arizona boy who confessed to killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old has been cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school, prompting outrage from the prosecutor and the family of a victim. The boy, now 15... More »

Cops: Man Held in Freeway Shootings Not Main Suspect

Chief thinks more than one person is behind the attacks

(Newser) - A man questioned in a string of Phoenix freeway shootings is not the prime suspect and investigators are pressing ahead with leads in the case that has left the city on edge for two weeks, authorities said today. A 19-year-old man from a Phoenix suburb who was detained yesterday at... More »

Men Questioned in Phoenix Freeway Shootings

Police may have found suspects in string of attacks

(Newser) - Police may have found their suspects in the freeway shootings that have terrorized Phoenix over the past two weeks. The Arizona Department of Public Safety confirms to the AP that authorities are questioning two people in relation to the shootings today. No additional information was given, but police were reportedly... More »

Vigilante 'Bolt Force' Trying to Solve Ariz. Shootings

But Phoenix cops investigating freeway shootings want Bolt Force to back off

(Newser) - They bill themselves as "the nation's first and only armed volunteer crime fighting force that specializes in law enforcement and preservation of order." And this week, members of Bolt Force are turning their attention toward solving an Arizona mystery that's been frightening residents and puzzling police:... More »

Cops: Phoenix Freeway Shootings Are 'Terrorism'

Phoenix cops probe 10 incidents in 11 days

(Newser) - Authorities in Phoenix say it definitely fits the definition of terrorism: Somebody has been shooting at vehicles along a downtown stretch of Interstate 10 and there have now been 10 incidents in the space of 11 days with no arrests made, CNN reports. The head of the Arizona Department of... More »

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