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Cops: Drunk Pitcher Enters Doggy Door, Gets Tased

Not Jacob Nix's finest day

(Newser) - A San Diego Padres pitcher tried to crawl through a doggy door into the bedroom of an Arizona couple, who responded with a Taser when they couldn't grab their gun, police say. A woman called police around 3:30am Sunday, saying her husband had discovered a man crawling through... More »

Arizona Official Accused of Adoption Fraud

Paul D. Petersen, Maricopa County’s assessor, allegedly flew women to US to give birth

(Newser) - Dozens of babies were fraudulently placed with adoptive families over a three- to four-year period, authorities say—and an Arizona elected official allegedly masterminded the scheme. Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen, who was indicted this week in three states on charges including human smuggling, sale of a child, money... More »

Toddlers Wander From Daycare Onto the Street

Seems they left Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool through a shoddy gate

(Newser) - A suburban Phoenix preschool is under investigation after several toddlers wandered away and onto a street without notice, the AP reports. The Arizona Republic reports that seven toddlers walked away from the Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool in Gilbert and into traffic Friday morning. Several drivers had to slam... More »

Man Accused of Killing 6-Year-Old Son in Horrific Tub Exorcism

Complaint says Pablo Martinez held boy he said was 'demonic' under faucet of scalding water

(Newser) - A horrific crime out of Arizona, where a father is accused of the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old son after an apparent exorcism attempt. The Arizona Republic reports that Pablo Martinez, said to be in his 30s, was arrested after the incident on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation outside Tucson,... More »

Cops: Girl Filmed Mom Driving Drunk. Mom Calls Girl 'Heroic'

Stephanie Davis, 31, was arrested Saturday in Glendale, Arizona

(Newser) - An Arizona mom who allegedly drove home from the movies drunk with three kids in the car didn't just have the police to contend with. The Arizona Republic reports Stephanie Davis, 31, was arrested shortly after 4pm on Saturday after cops who arrived on the scene in Glendale say... More »

British Tourist Dies in Grand Canyon Skydiving Accident

Pair 'encountered difficulties' during tandem jump

(Newser) - Another Grand Canyon tragedy: Authorities say a British tourist died in a skydiving accident near the canyon Sunday morning. Police say 55-year-old Christopher Swales was fatally injured after he and his skydiving partner, an instructor at a local skydiving center, "encountered difficulties" during a tandem jump, the BBC reports.... More »

Husband, Wife Escaped Using Medical Emergency Ruse

$20K reward offered for info leading to arrest of Susan and Blane Barksdale

(Newser) - A husband and wife being transported across the country to face murder charges used a medical emergency ruse and then overpowered two security guards , tied them up, and left them and a third uninvolved prisoner outside a rural Arizona town, authorities said Thursday. David Gonzales, the US marshal for Arizona,... More »

Joe Arpaio Wants to 'Make Maricopa County Safe Again'

87-year-old is running for sheriff

(Newser) - The man who used to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" now appears to be America's most tenacious ex-sheriff. Joe Arpaio, who lost his bid for re-election in Arizona's Maricopa County in 2016 and was pardoned by President Trump the following year after being convicted of criminal... More »

He Approved a Brain Study. Then His Mom's Body Blew Up

Jim Stauffer is one of 35 people suing over Biological Resource Center

(Newser) - Jim Stauffer thought he was benefiting Alzheimer's research when he donated his mother's body to Biological Resource Center five years ago. As Doris Stauffer, 73, had suffered from Alzheimer's but was without the gene linked to the disease, her son thought a brain study could be useful.... More »

Here's What the FBI Found in a Body Donation Company

The Biological Resource Center Inc. was up to no good

(Newser) - The FBI's raid on an Arizona body donation company revealed sights that can only be called gruesome. A former agent has testified in a civil suit against Biological Resource Center Inc. and its owner, saying he saw "several unsettling scenes" when the company's doors were opened in... More »

Teacher Sentenced for Sex With 13-Year-Old

Brittany Zamora lashed out in a written statement

(Newser) - An Arizona teacher was sentenced Friday to 20 years behind bars—the lightest possible punishment—for having sex with a 13-year-old student, the Arizona Republic reports. Brittany Zamora, 28, expressed remorse in the Maricopa County courtroom, but her attorney appeared to blame the boy in a news conference after the... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

He Played Rap Music in His Car. A Man Nearby Felt 'Unsafe'

Cops: Michael Paul Adams says he fatally stabbed 17-year-old whose music scared him

(Newser) - By Michael Paul Adams' own words, cops say, 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin didn't say or do anything threatening to the 27-year-old man in a Peoria, Ariz., convenience store on July 4: It was simply the rap music Elijah was listening to in the parking lot that prompted Adams to suddenly... More »

Judge: Trump Can't Use Military Money for His Wall

'All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis': California AG

(Newser) - A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Trump from tapping $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. in Oakland acted on two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended... More »

Couple Threatened by Phoenix Cops: Apologies No Good

Iesha Harper, Dravon Ames want officers involved fired after disturbing video circulates

(Newser) - Iesha Harper and Dravon Ames, a black couple with two young children seen in a video that emerged last week showing cops in Phoenix screaming at them, guns drawn, after an alleged shoplifting incident , have since received apologies from the city's police chief and mayor—but they're not... More »

CBP: Girl From India Dies in Desert on Way to US

Death took place in 'dangerous and austere location' in Arizona

(Newser) - The body of a 7-year-old girl believed to be from India was found this week in a remote part of the Arizona desert just over the border with Mexico, a death that a Border Patrol official is calling "senseless," reports the Daily Beast . Per a Customs and Border... More »

Did He Help or Harbor Migrants? The Jury Is Hung

Scott Warren is in the clear—for now

(Newser) - An Arizona man says he helped two migrants out of the kindness of his heart. Federal prosecutors say he conspired to transport the men while shielding them from Border Patrol agents. And jurors can't decide who they believe. The case, in which 36-year-old geography teacher Scott Warren faced up... More »

Woman Rescued by Chopper May Never Want to See One Again

Things literally spun out of control

(Newser) - An elderly woman who got hurt while on a hike near Phoenix is likely grateful she was pulled out of harm's way by a helicopter, though she also may be likely to never want to see a helicopter again. A video from ABC15 Arizona shows the chopper operated by... More »

Arizona Teacher Hits UK Mogul With Big Accusation

Sir Philip Green is up on 4 misdemeanor assault charges

(Newser) - No, slapping and groping aren't part of Pilates. That's why Arizona prosecutors have charged British retail giant Sir Philip Green with four counts of misdemeanor assault for allegedly groping his instructor in class, CNN reports. "I felt very taken advantage of and like, you know, just a... More »

Eighth-Grade Cornerback Gets 2 Incredible Offers

It probably helps having a coach for a dad

(Newser) - At 5'9" and 160 pounds, Cole Martin has two offers to play Division I football, though "I have a long time before I have to make that decision where I'm going to go to college." That's because the Arizona teenager is—get this—still in... More »

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