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Arizona Prisons Criticized After Banning Book About Police Targeting Black Men : NPR

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A state prison in Florence, Ariz. Civil liberties advocates are protesting a policy that denies state inmates the right to read a book about the impact of the criminal justice system on black men. AP hide caption toggle caption AP A state prison in Florence, Ariz. Civil liberties advocates are protesting a policy that denies state inmates the right to read a book about the impact of the criminal justice system on black men. AP State corrections officials in Arizona are facing calls to reverse a ban on a book that that explores the impact of the criminal justice system […]

Sierra Vista man arrested for alleged sexual conduct with teen | Arizona News

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SIERRA VISTA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — A Sierra Vista man has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old. Alexander Leever, 24, faces charges of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Monday, May 20, police received information from a third party that Leever was having a sexual relationship with the teen. Police say additional information revealed that the relationship had been going on for a few months. On Monday, May 20, officers searched Leever’s home, and reportedly found several pieces of “evidence,” according to police. Leever was taken into […]

School counselor in Laveen accused of showing naked pictures to kids | Arizona News

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LAVEEN, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — A Laveen man working as a counselor at an after-school program has been arrested for allegedly showing naked pictures to students. Arthur Douglas, 19, faces four charges of furnishing obscene materials to minors. Police say Douglas was working as an assistant counselor at Paseo Pointe Elementary School in Laveen when he showed two students inappropriate images on his cell phone. The victims were a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. The students reported the incident to other staff members, telling them that Douglas had shown them multiple pictures of naked people and their private parts. Douglas […]

The business case for Oro Valley police investment | News

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Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier, a longtime and proud Oro Valley resident, said it simply and well. “Show me a good community, and I’ll show you a good police department,” Napier told the Oro Valley Town Council, staff and a packed house May 8. Oro Valley is a great community, with a great police department. Statistically, last year, Oro Valley was the safest community in Arizona. At our chamber, we share that accolade with enthusiasm. But there are cracks in the Oro Valley Police Department’s ability to serve. The number of sworn officers in Oro Valley is essentially the same […]

Arizona Prisons’ Ban on Book About Racism in Criminal Justice Draws Challenge

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A decision by Arizona’s prison system to ban a book about the subjugation of black men in the American criminal justice system has prompted a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union and the author. The book, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men,” by Paul Butler, says the criminal justice system targets black men by design. It also says prison should be abolished. In March, officials at the Arizona Department of Corrections decided it was “unauthorized content.” Now, Mr. Butler and the A.C.L.U. are asking the department to reconsider its decision; if it does not, further action, including a lawsuit, is on […]

Calendar of Events: May 22-30

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Prescott Military Pilots, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elks Club, Prescott Valley. …. Meet Chief Wynn, Lt. Chapman and other Chino Valley Police department … Source link

36-year-old Phoenix man fatally shot his wife, then himself

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CLOSE Readers can send news tips to azcentral.com via the newspaper’s social media channels, email or by calling the office. Wochit A man fatally shot his 36-year-old wife and then turned the gun on himself in their Phoenix home, police said Tuesday. Susan and Michael Ruf, also 36, were found dead in the home near 43rd Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road at about 7:15 p.m. Monday, police said. Neither person had been heard from since the night before, police said. It appeared Michael Ruf shot his wife and then himself, police said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Reach the […]

Phoenix FD: ‘Tornado’ of fire breaks out at vacant downtown Phoenix warehouse | Arizona News

by phxdigitalcontent@meredith.com (azfamily.com News Staff)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A fire broke out at an abandoned warehouse in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday night. When fire crews arrived around 9 p.m., they found a large fire at the outside storage area of the vacant warehouse near the area of Second and Buchanan streets. [WATCH: Vacant downtown PHX warehouse went up in flames] From a defensive position, firefighters were able to set up massive streams with water hoses to drown out the fire and prevent it from spreading to surrounding buildings. Phoenix Fire Capt. Danny Gile said he and the crews witnessed a “fire tornado” while extinguishing the […]

Mesa father charged with abusing pre-teen, teenage daughters

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Mary Jo Pitzl   | Arizona Republic A Mesa father featured in a video promoting foster care is facing sex-abuse and child-molestation charges involving four of his preteen and teenage daughters. Police arrested Mathew Legrand Arrington IV on May 17 after the girls, all adopted, came forward with stories of their father molesting them, often while sharing a bed with them, court records show. It was the second arrest for Arrington, 55, in less than two weeks. On May 7, Mesa police arrested him on one count of sexual conduct with a minor after his 12-year-old daughter told police he had penetrated her with his […]

Chandler toddler DCS case: Public access at stake

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Dianna M. Náñez   | Arizona Republic A child-welfare case put national attention on a family whose children were taken by the Arizona Department of Child Safety after police with guns drawn raided their house to check on a feverish toddler. But their hearings in Juvenile Court raised questions far beyond the police raid. In a seemingly unprecedented move, a judge first removed a reporter and a state legislator from an open court hearing, then barred another reporter from publishing news about the case, then moved to walk back those restrictions after media attorneys intervened.  On Tuesday, Maricopa County Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Timothy J. Ryan issued a new set […]