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Grand Canyon Closes Indefinitely

'It is a relief to a lot of the people in the park and community members'

(Newser) - The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors services piecemeal as the federal government initially rebuffed its request to shutter completely. On Tuesday, visitors still had access to... More »

Police Commander Shot Dead During Domestic Violence Call

2 officers injured in Phoenix shooting

(Newser) - A Phoenix police commander was killed and two other officers were injured Sunday night in a shooting on the city's north side during a domestic violence call, police say. The department says Cmdr. Greg Carnicle was killed in the incident in the 23800 block of North 40th Drive, near... More »

Appeals Court Slams Jodi Arias Prosecutor

But she's still guilty of murder, Arizona court says

(Newser) - The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Jodi Arias’ first-degree murder conviction and life prison sentence in the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend. Arias' lawyers had argued that a prosecutor's misconduct and a judge's failure to control news coverage during the case deprived her of the... More »

Sex Misconduct Case Has a Terrifying Twist

An Arizona professor had to battle anonymous accusations of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - Think academia can get nasty? Hope you're sitting down. Sarah Viren, who teaches at Arizona State University, tells a horrifying story in the New York Times Magazine . The professor was close to getting a dream job in Michigan when sexual harassment claims appeared on Reddit against her and her... More »

Body of Mennonite Woman Found 250 Miles From Home

Sarah Krause, 27, believed to have been kidnapped from Farmington, NM

(Newser) - A 27-year-old woman living in New Mexico was kidnapped, investigators say, and her body has turned up some 250 miles away in Arizona. Sasha Krause, a member of the Mennonite community, was last seen leaving her home in Farmington around 8pm on Jan. 18. She was reported missing early the... More »

Congressional Candidate Speaks After Overdose

No shame for Chris Taylor, who suspends bid to seek treatment

(Newser) - A Republican vying for Congress in Arizona has suspended his bid after overdosing on heroin. "I recently relapsed after having so many solid years in sobriety," Chris Taylor, a Safford city councilman who completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan and has struggled with opioid addiction since high... More »

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 »

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