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GLENDALE, Ariz. | Agency defends officers who used stun gun on handcuffed man

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Officials at a police department in metro Phoenix defended its officers who were captured on body-camera video repeatedly shooting a handcuffed man with a stun gun during an encounter in a motel parking lot. A lawsuit stemming from the July 2017 encounter alleged one Glendale officer kicked Johnny Wheatcroft in the … Continue reading GLENDALE, Ariz. | Agency defends officers who used stun gun on handcuffed man

PHOENIX | Desert attraction temporarily closes after 4 dolphin deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Dolphinaris Arizona opened in the metro Phoenix desert two years ago as marine parks elsewhere were scaling back exhibits amid criticism of the treatment of animals. Animal rights advocates took aim at Dolphinaris as well, saying that putting dolphins in pools on tribal land in the desert was tantamount to animal cruelty. … Continue reading PHOENIX | Desert attraction temporarily closes after 4 dolphin deaths

PHOENIX | Ex-prosecutor to lead health care firm’s rape investigation

PHOENIX —January 14, 2019—   A former top prosecutor in Phoenix was hired Monday by a health care facility to investigate the circumstances into how a patient in a vegetative state gave birth after she was sexually assaulted. Police are conducting a separate criminal investigation. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said Monday that his review … Continue reading PHOENIX | Ex-prosecutor to lead health care firm’s rape investigation

PHOENIX | Kavanaugh facing prosecutor said to be unbound by politics

PHOENIX — A sex-crimes prosecutor tapped by Senate Republicans to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about allegations of sexual assault could have a tough time in such a contentious political environment, Arizona attorneys who know her said Wednesday. But her boss says Rachel Mitchell is a hard-hitting attorney who is used to handling high-profile … Continue reading PHOENIX | Kavanaugh facing prosecutor said to be unbound by politics

PHOENIX | Sex offender faces court in case of 2 Arizona girls killed

PHOENIX  — For years, police couldn’t figure out how a 6-year-old girl was taken from her bedroom window while she slept in her family’s Arizona home, never to be seen again. Then came a call from a woman engaged to a convicted sex offender who had bounced around various states, leaving a trail of criminal … Continue reading PHOENIX | Sex offender faces court in case of 2 Arizona girls killed

PHOENIX | Sales director for Backpage.com pleads guilty to conspiracy

PHOENIX— The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate prostitution in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors. The plea Friday by Dan Hyer marked the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in cases in Arizona in which the site … Continue reading PHOENIX | Sales director for Backpage.com pleads guilty to conspiracy