• Phoenix police Aug 6, 2021

    US to Probe Phoenix Police Over Excessive Force Allegations

    The Justice Department is launching a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness

  • Chief Jun 20, 2019

    Man Says Fire Phoenix Officers Who Aimed Guns at His Family

    The young black man shown in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns and yelling obscenities at him and his pregnant fiancee told the City Council on Wednesday that he wants the officers fired. Dravon Ames, 22, told councilmembers that he and his family “could have lost their lives over something senseless … over a 4-year-old taking a...

  • officer Jun 17, 2019

    Phoenix Chief Says Police Response to Incident With 4-Year-Old Is ‘Unacceptable'

    The police chief in Phoenix, Arizona, apologized Sunday for her department’s “unacceptable” handling of an alleged shoplifting incident after a video showed police officers arresting and drawing a gun on a couple whose 4-year-old daughter had allegedly stolen a doll from a dollar store. “What we saw in that video isn’t in keeping with good policing,” Jeri Williams told NBC...

  • officer Jun 17, 2019

    After a 4-Year-Old Took Doll From Store, Video Shows Phoenix Police Pulling Gun on Parents

    A Phoenix couple has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city after a video showed police officers arresting and drawing a gun on them after their 4-year-old daughter allegedly stole a doll, NBC News reports. Dravon Ames and his fiancee, Iesha Harper, had just left a dollar store on May 29 with their daughters, ages 1 and 4, and...

  • Attorney Jan 24, 2019

    Newborn Baby Abandoned in Trash at Amazon Center

    The mother of a newborn girl found dead in a bathroom trash can at an Amazon distribution center told investigators she didn’t know she was pregnant, according to court documents released Wednesday. Samantha Vivier of Tonopah, Arizona, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful disposal of human remains. Following her initial court appearance Tuesday night, Vivier was released without bail and...

  • Attorney Jan 24, 2019

    Nurse Arrested in Rape of Incapacitated Woman Who Gave Birth

    A nurse who was supposed to be looking after an incapacitated woman at a long-term health care facility has been accused of raping her, weeks after the patient stunned her caregivers and family by giving birth to a baby boy , Phoenix police said Wednesday. Investigators arrested Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse, on suspicion of one count of sexual...

  • CEO Jan 15, 2019

    Ex-Prosecutor to Lead Investigation Into Comatose Woman's Pregnancy

    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 for Hacienda HealthCare will focus on patient-security procedures and...

  • CEO Jan 11, 2019

    Comatose Woman May Not Have Shown Signs of Pregnancy, Expert Says

    A doctor examined an Arizona woman in a vegetative state nearly nine months before she gave birth but did not find that she was pregnant, and a medical expert said Thursday that it’s possible she displayed no outward signs that workers who cared for her every day would have noticed either. Police are looking for her rapist and say it...

  • spokesman Jan 10, 2019

    Family Says it Will Care for Baby Born to Comatose Woman

    An Arizona woman in a vegetative state who was sexually assaulted at a long-term care facility and had a baby is recovering at a hospital along with her child, authorities said Wednesday. Commenting for the first time on the investigation since the Dec. 29 birth came to light, Phoenix police said finding a suspect is a top priority. Police are...

  • spokesman Jan 9, 2019

    Family of Woman in Vegetative State Outraged After Baby Born

    Police served a search warrant Tuesday to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering reviews by state agencies and putting a spotlight on safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. Hacienda HealthCare said it welcomed the...

  • Arizona Jan 5, 2019

    Police Investigating Arizona Care Facility After Report That Patient in Vegetative State Gave Birth

    Police in Arizona are investigating a long-term care facility after a report, based on a single anonymous source, that a woman who has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade gave birth. Phoenix police would only say that “the matter is currently under investigation,” when asked about the report of a patient in a vegetative state at...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2018

    Side Effect of Trafficking Law: More Street Prostitution?

    Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. The impact was almost immediate after the seizure of Backpage.com by the federal government...

  • Arizona Jun 5, 2018

    Suspect in 6 Slayings Targeted People Connected to Divorce

    A hunch from a retired detective helped lead police to a man suspected of shooting six people to death in the Phoenix area, some of whom were connected to his divorce, authorities said Monday after the assailant killed himself with officers closing in. A round-the-clock investigation that began late last week led police Monday to an extended-stay hotel in suburban...

  • Donald Trump May 15, 2018

    Phoenix Agrees to Settle Over 2011 Death in Arpaio's Jail

    The city of Phoenix has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to settle a lawsuit over the 2011 death of a mentally ill man who was arrested by its police officers and later died in a jail run by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ending a case in which the jail’s operator had already paid millions of dollars to the...

  • Easter Apr 5, 2018

    ‘Get Up. It's Jesus' Day.' Mom Arrested for Using Stun Gun on Son: Police

    A mother allegedly shocked her teenage son with a stun gun when she tried to wake him up for Easter, according to Phoenix police. Sharron Dobbins, 40, said she only used the noise from the stun gun to try to wake her two sons.

  • Easter Apr 5, 2018

    Phoenix Mother Uses Stun Gun to Wake Son for Church: Police

    A Phoenix woman shocked her teenage son with a stun gun to wake him for church services on Easter, authorities said.
    Phoenix police arrested 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins on suspicion of child abuse Sunday morning after her 17-year-old son alerted authorities.

  • NBC Dec 27, 2017

    Ariz. Baby Dies After Dad Bends Him to Make Him Stop Crying: Police

    An infant has died after allegedly being bent by his father because the boy was crying, Phoenix police said. A police representative confirmed the baby’s death after NBC affiliate KPNX reported it Tuesday. Charges are pending a report from the medical examiner, according to the representative. The boy’s 30-year-old father, Robert Anthony Resendiz, was booked into a Maricopa County jail...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2017

    Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted of Ignoring Judge's Order

    The political defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular and seemingly untouchable as metro Phoenix’s sheriff of 24 years ultimately led to his downfall Monday as he was convicted of a crime for ignoring a U.S. court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

  • Florida Jul 31, 2017

    Child Advocates Urge Back Seat Alarms As 2 Die in Arizona

    A proposed law that would require carmakers to build alarms for back seats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars....
    More than two dozen child and road safety groups are backing the U.S. Senate bill introduced last week aimed at preventing those kinds of deaths by requiring cars to be equipped...

  • Captain Jul 30, 2017

    Phoenix Infant Dies in City's Second Hot Car Death in 2 Days

    An infant left for about two hours in a hot car has died — the second such death in the past two days in the city, the Phoenix Fire Department said. Firefighters were called shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a 1-year-old boy in a car in the parking lot of the Free Church of God...

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