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911 calls, body cam video released from bizarre arson, murder case | Arizona News

by John Q Public Safety
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Phoenix police have turned over audio tapes of terrifying 911 calls from a bizarre crime spree that started with arson and ended with murder. One of the calls was made by a woman whose husband was killed in their house while she was hiding from an intruder. The crimes happened on March 31, 2018 and the calls started coming in during the very early hours of the morning. [RELATED: Wife ‘grief stricken’ following alleged murder of husband; Phoenix neighborhood worried by rise of crime] “Someone just ran through and, like, poured gasoline on everything,” one caller said. […]

Mesa woman arrested for allegedly attacking boyfriend with hammer | Arizona News

by AZPSC News Feed
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — A Mesa woman has been arrested for allegedly attacking her boyfriend with a hammer on Christmas morning. The Dec. 25 incident happened at a home near Mesa Drive and Southern Avenue. Mesa police say a neighbor called them after hearing a disturbance at the home. When officers arrived at the house, police say they found 30-year-old Jessica Julianna Ruiz-Iturbe holding a hammer in her hand. Police say Ruiz-Iturbe and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument. During the course of the dispute, police say Ruiz-Iturbe threw the Christmas tree into the kitchen, knocking over several items. Police say her […]

Police investigating after woman in vegetative state gives birth at Phoenix care facility

by AZPSC News Feed
PHOENIX – A woman in a vegetative state, who has been in the care of Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix for more than 10 years, gave birth on Dec. 29 when employees did not know she was pregnant, a source told 12 News. Now, Hacienda Healthcare is at the center of a sexual assault investigation by Phoenix police.  The woman is non-verbal and cannot move on her own. According to the source, staff members did not know she was pregnant until she started moaning Saturday and when a nurse came in, the patient was crowning. The patient is in the care […]

9th Circuit Court to reconsider ruling on Arizona’s ‘ballot harvesting’ ban | Local news

by AZPSC News Feed
PHOENIX — A federal appeals court will give Democrats a new chance to argue that an Arizona law banning “ballot harvesting” is illegal. In a brief order, the majority of the judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said they want to review and reconsider a 2-1 ruling by one of their panels last year that upheld the 2016 law, which bars Arizonans from collecting and delivering the ballots of others. In that ruling, the majority brushed aside complaints from the state and federal Democratic parties that the Republican-controlled Legislature had no evidence of fraud from the practice. Nor […]

Some of the Most Important Education Issues Facing Arizona (And One Item That Doesn’t Make the List.)

by AZPSC News Feed
click to enlarge Let’s see, what are the most important education issues facing the legislature this year? Fulfilling its promise to continue raising teacher salaries is definitely on the list. So is increasing charter school transparency and oversight to weed out rampant corruption and profiteering. And decreasing teacher shortages. And decreasing class sizes. And increasing education budgets so old buses can be replaced, old schools can be maintained and old textbooks and technology can be updated. And let’s not forget ridding the state of its destructive English Immersion model for ELL students. Other problems could be addressed as well, […]

Woman in vegetative state gives birth in Arizona

by AZPSC News Feed
KPHO via CNN Phoenix police are investigating possible sex abuse at a nursing facility after a female patient recently became pregnant and gave birth. KPHO via CNN Phoenix police are investigating possible sex abuse at a nursing facility after a female patient recently became pregnant and gave birth. More headlines PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) – PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK via CNN Wire) — Police in Phoenix, Arizona, are investigating possible sex abuse at a nursing facility after a female patient recently became pregnant and gave birth. Sources said the alleged victim has been a patient at the Hacienda HealthCare facility for at least a decade […]

Pentagon asked for more help, concertina wire, on border | Arizona and Regional News

by AZPSC News Feed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, two defense officials said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for more money to build a border wall. The acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan, has not decided how to respond to the DHS request, but in the past the Pentagon has provided help when asked. At one point last fall there were nearly 5,900 active-duty troops along the border in Texas, Arizona and California to assist border patrol agents and to erect wire barriers. That […]

US court to reconsider appeal on Arizona election issues

by AZPSC News Feed
A federal appeals court will reconsider its earlier ruling against a challenge to Arizona’s restrictions on collection of early ballots and refusing to count votes cast in the wrong precinct. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday a larger panel of judges will review an appeal of a trial judge’s denial of the challenge by Democratic Party officials who said Arizona’s practices disproportionately affect minority voters. A three-judge panel on Sept. 12 ruled that not counting ballots cast in the wrong precinct and making third-party ballot harvesting a felony created “a minimal burden.” The Sept. 12 ruling also […]

Sex abuse probe after coma patient has baby

by AZPSC News Feed
KPHO Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. KPHO PHOENIX, Ariz. – A woman in a vegetative state for at least 14 years has given birth to a baby, now Arizona police and investigators are trying to figure out how it happened. A source close to the case who asked to remain anonymous told KPHO-TV that whoever did it took advantage of someone with absolutely no way to defend herself. “None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” the source […]

Police release video of Gov. Doug Ducey’s 19-year-old son arrest at Scottsdale bar | Arizona News

by (Catherine Holland)
SCOTTSDALE (3TV/CBS 5) — The Scottsdale Police Department released video of the arrest of Gov. Doug Ducey’s 19-year-old son at a Scottsdale bar last month. The body camera video, purposely blurred by Scottsdale police was taken outside of the Boondocks Saloon back on Sunday, Dec. 16. Arrest records from the Scottsdale Police Department show that 19-year-old Joe Ducey was arrested for allegedly using false identification to enter the bar. According to the police report, an officer patrolling on a bike saw a man jump over the gate at Boondocks, apparently to avoid having his ID checked at the door. While the […]