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Baby Suffocates After Mom Dies, Collapses on Him

A heartbreaking story out of Tempe, Arizona

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Tempe, Arizona, where a man woke up after working a late shift to find his wife and newborn son dead downstairs. The body of Larinique Meadows, 38, was on top of 4-month-old Denari Meadows; authorities believe the mother suffered a fatal heart attack and collapsed on... More »

Fake Skeleton Doesn't Cut It in HOV Lane

Arizona trooper cites driver

(Newser) - A 62-year-old man was cited in Arizona this week after trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger just to use the HOV lane. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a trooper pulled over the man on Thursday after noticing he had placed a fake skeleton in the... More »

Traffic Stop Uncovered $3.7M in Drugs, Police Say

Officers searched car after the driver avoided eye contact

(Newser) - Officers making a traffic stop on Interstate 15 in Arizona noticed the driver "would not make eye contact with deputies and appeared extremely nervous," ABC reports. So they called for a drug-sniffing dog that, the Mohave County Sheriff's Department report said, sniffed drugs—almost $3.7 million... More »

Report: Boy Tried to Stop Mom From Killing Baby Sister

Then Rachel Henry allegedly killed 3-year-old, her 3rd young child, all reportedly with her bare hands

(Newser) - The 22-year-old mother arrested in the murders of her three children in Phoenix smothered each with her bare hands, according to court records. The children's father and another woman described as an "aunt" were out Monday when Rachel Henry first smothered her 1-year-old daughter—initially described as a... More »

3 Young Children Found Dead, Mom Arrested

Police say she has confessed to Monday night murders in Phoenix

(Newser) - Police were called to a Phoenix home Monday night and found an awful scene: a 3-year-old boy and two girls, ages 2 and 7 months, dead in the living room. Their mother, 22-year-old Rachel Henry, was arrested, and on Tuesday police said she admitted to killing all three, AZCentral reports.... More »

Arizona HOA Says Orphan Can't Live With Grandparents

Community's minimum age is 19, lawyer says

(Newser) - A senior housing association in Arizona has given the grandparents of an orphaned 15-year-old boy a choice: Kick him out or move. Melodie Passmore tells NBC that her grandson, Collin Claubagh, has been living with her and her husband since Christmas 2018, shortly before his parents died. She says Collin'... More »

Man Last Seen Dec. 22 Found in Grand Canyon

Texas' Martin O'Connor was spotted on one of the more difficult trails

(Newser) - A Texas man reported missing on Dec. 22 was spotted by hikers late Wednesday on one of the most challenging established trails in the Grand Canyon's South Rim and rescued the next day. Martin O'Connor, 58, was seen on the New Hance Trail, which leads down the canyon... More »

Mountain Lions Killed After Eating Human Remains Near Trail

The cougars are not suspected to have killed the person in Arizona incident

(Newser) - Three mountain lions were killed by officials in Arizona after eating human remains near a popular hiking trail. The big cats, also called cougars or pumas, are not suspected of killing the person who was eaten, but the fact that they consumed the remains is troublesome because the animals are... More »

Cops: She Got Hired by Subway, Wanted to Party. Her BF Didn't

Kathy Jones accused of trying to set beau on fire because he wouldn't celebrate with her

(Newser) - Getting a new job is certainly worthy of celebration, but one Arizona woman's alleged response to a lukewarm reaction from her live-in boyfriend appears to have crossed the line. Court documents cited by KHOU and KPHO note that 46-year-old Kathy Jones was charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage... More »

Someone Just Lost Their $14.6M Lottery Prize

Monday was the deadline to claim it in Arizona

(Newser) - If you forgot to check your ticket for the June 5 drawing of Arizona's "The Pick" lottery, don't bother. The holder of the ticket with all six correct numbers, purchased at a Circle K store in Goodyear, failed to present themselves before the 5pm Monday deadline, missing... More »

The Car Ignored the Warning. Now, 3 Children Missing

Family of 9 caught up in flash flood while trying to cross Arizona's Tonto Creek

(Newser) - A Facebook post by the Gila County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning noted that three crossings over Arizona's Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin had been shut down, warning everyone not to attempt to use them. But that afternoon, what ABC15 describes as a "military-type vehicle" carrying nine... More »

She Asked the Wrong Teen to Thanksgiving. Now, a 4th Meal

Jamal Hinton, Wanda Dench made a tradition out of mistaken text

(Newser) - A text from a wrong number offering up a plate of turkey dinner has led to a beloved Thanksgiving tradition for 20-year-old Jamal Hinton. Hinton was just 17 when a woman claiming to be his grandmother invited him for dinner over a group text in 2016. A swap of selfies... More »

Nuclear Missile Silo for Sale. Asking Price? Not That Bad

Rick Ellis is selling his old Titan II silo in Arizona

(Newser) - Want a bunker with stagnant water, dead rodents, and scary 20-foot drops? For you, $395,000. That's what owner Rick Ellis is asking for his decommissioned Titan II missile silo near Tucson, Ariz. "This is the coolest listing I've had to date," his realtor tells the... More »

'Egregious' Act by Deputy Made Public Defender Cry

White deputy shown in footage wrestling black teen quadruple amputee to ground, cursing at him

(Newser) - An arrest of two teens at an Arizona group home in September has now blown up into something much bigger after KOLD News 13 saw what it calls an "explosive video" of the incident that led to their arrest. The news outlet reports that the eight minutes of footage... More »

Liberal Arizona City Rejects Sanctuary City Plan

Democratic Tucson mayor was against it

(Newser) - After Arizona passed a law that required local police to check the immigration status of people suspected to be in the country illegally, the state's second-largest city wanted to send a message. The Democrats who control Tucson designated their town an "immigrant welcoming city" in 2012, and the... More »

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 »

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