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Hundreds attend funeral for Isabel Celis, once-missing Tucson girl

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:10:16 -0400

More than 450 mourners gathered to celebrate the short life of 6-year-old Isabel Celis, who disappeared five years ago from her Tucson home.


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Robbers steal diabetic strips at knifepoint from Phoenix CVS

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:18:15 -0400

Two men robbed a CVS in Phoenix earlier this month for diabetic strips, according to police.


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Phoenix police seek Little Caesars robbers

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:20:42 -0400

Phoenix police are searching for a couple who tried to rob a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant.


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A new direction for the downtown Phoenix homeless campus

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:25:24 -0400

Maricopa County is handing over ownership of land to the non-profit Human Services Campus, which has been operating on the land for more than a decade.


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Wind gusts reach 50 mph in Phoenix area

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:24:13 -0400

The Valley is under a wind advisory through Friday night after 50 mph gusts hit the Phoenix-area


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West Valley cities reach pre-recession revenues

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:11:42 -0400

Avondale, Goodyear and Peoria are in the midst of budget-making. Here's what to expect.


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Children's vaccination rates drop in 2016 as exemptions rise

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:52:55 -0400

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the percentage of students exempt from getting vaccines rose across all age categories in 2016, reversing two years of decreasing exemption rates.


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Grand Canyon rangers: Body found is likely that of missing Tenn. teen

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:31:44 -0400

The Grand Canyon National Park says that a body that was found on Friday is likely of a 14-year-old hiker who went missing nearly two weeks ago while in the bottom of the canyon during a family trip.


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Woman gets 14 years in prison for Mesa high-speed crash that killed 2

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:15:14 -0400

A woman who caused a fatal high-speed collision in Mesa in 2014 has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and four years of probation upon her release.


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Lin Sue Cooney: 6 myths of hospice care

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:04:25 -0400

As I walk through the cereal aisle at Safeway, someone taps me on the shoulder. I already know what’s coming.


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Banner Health offers warning about teens, suicidal thoughts

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:10:17 -0400

Banner Health is urging parents to be on alert after seeing a spike in teenage patients who reported having suicidal thoughts.


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Sparky joins ASU staff to surprise future Sun Devils

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:09:46 -0400

Arizona State University staff members, along with ASU mascot Sparky the Sun Devil, traveled to high schools around the Phoenix area on Thursday to surprise students who have been admitted to the university.


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Phoenix Councilwoman Debra Stark adjusting to political rough-and-tumble

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:32:55 -0400

More than a month after wining the special City Council election in north Phoenix, Councilwoman Debra Stark is settling into her post


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Sandra Day O'Connor's former house, a center of civility in Tempe, gets flung with mud

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:23:10 -0400

It would not be a misstatement to say the O'Connor House is the antithesis of mudslinging. But the mud was flying Friday


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Crews contain brush fire northwest of Phoenix; State Route 74 reopens

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:25:32 -0400

A brush fire that spread across 12 acres of land northwest of Phoenix was contained by fire crews late Friday afternoon.


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Former Phoenix officer gets life in prison for Loop 202 killings of wife, Good Samaritan

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:00:46 -0400

Christopher Wright pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife and a man who tried to help her on a Valley freeway last summer.


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Man killed by train in Peoria

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:58:50 -0400

A man was walking on the tracks near Cotton Crossing and Grand Avenue when he was hit, police say.


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Phoenix honors 38 officers who died in line of duty

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:07:48 -0400

Phoenix police officers and their supporters gathered at Phoenix City Hall Thursday evening to honor the 38 fallen Phoenix officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.


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Goodyear police: Dad used stun gun on 11-year-old son

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:52:22 -0400

The situation was reported to DCS by officials at the child's school, according to court records, which also say the child had been "struck with a martial arts stick." 


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2 firefighters hurt when SUV hit ambulance in Sun City

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:56:03 -0400

A Sun City Fire Department ambulance was struck by another vehicle Friday afternoon, sending two firefighters to the hospital, officials said.


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Police hunt for men who pointed gun from black truck in Gilbert, Mesa

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:55:31 -0400

Gilbert police were searching for three men who reportedly pointed a gun out the window of a black truck toward a woman.


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Colts defensive lineman David Parry avoids jail in Scottsdale golf-cart crash

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:35:55 -0400

NFL player pleads guilty to disorderly conduct and attempted unlawful means of transportation.


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Police identify man with pellet rifle who was detained near Bostrom High School in Phoenix

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:06:14 -0400

Police received multiple reports that the man had been walking around with a rifle and pointing it at people and things.


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How a Chandler restaurateur is serving burgers and feeding souls

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:29:56 -0400

Wimpy's Paradise doesn't just sell burgers, it offers free hugs to patrons and passers-by alike.


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Burying Micah: A line in the paper, a life unlived, a farewell unforgotten

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:22:27 -0400

It was a brief notice in the obituaries, unseen by most, but for Micah, this was his whole life.


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5 Phoenix-area freeway projects to avoid this weekend

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:38:17 -0400

A stretch of northbound Interstate 17 near downtown Phoenix will be closed this weekend for rubberized-asphalt resurfacing.


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Border Patrol: Off-duty agent suspected of starting Sawmill Fire

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:08:32 -0400

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has confirmed one of their off-duty agents is suspected of starting the Sawmill Fire burning in southern Arizona.


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DPS hands over Phoenix freeway-shootings evidence to police

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:24:09 -0400

A DPS spokesman said the evidence was shared to help police with their investigation into a murder suspect.


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Family of teen shot dead by Tempe police decries lack of prosecution

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:30:26 -0400

The family of a teen shot dead by a Tempe police lieutenant has denounced the county attorney's decision not to criminally charge the lawman.


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Mother of girls killed in wrong-way crash accepts daughter's GCU diploma

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:03:49 -0400

Cathy Hocking shook her daughter's diploma with pride on the Grand Canyon University stage Thursday morning.


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Judge rejects motion for mistrial in NAU shooting case; jury returns to deliberations

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:35:27 -0400

Judge Dan Slayton rejected a mistrial motion in the first-degree murder trial of former Northern Arizona University student Steven Jones. The jury returned to deliberations after hearing a special instruction from the judge.


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Can't afford the rent, can't afford to move: The new housing crisis

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:16:02 -0400

A decade after the Great Recession, Arizonan Katrina Taylor has hard choices and little help.


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12 years after Yuma's La Mesa Street killings, a jury will decide if there is enough evidence to convict the man accused

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:24:28 -0400

The man now on trial for killing a six people in 2005 looks nothing like witnesses' initial description of the killer. But some crucial physical evidence — and the absence of an alibi — may weigh against Preston Strong.


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Running wild: A USA TODAY Network investigation

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:01:07 -0400

Tens of thousands of mustangs still roam the American West. As their numbers grow, and homes for them dwindle, the real burden is not on the horses, but on the people.


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Landen Lavarnia shooting: What we know, what we don't

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:17:40 -0400

The fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy in Phoenix, which resulted in murder charges against his parents, leaves multiple questions.


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The myth of parole in Arizona

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:44:36 -0400

In 1995, Danny Valdez got caught up in a drug deal where a man died. Valdez was charged with murder. He took a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty.


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A hidden tribe, a disastrous school and finally, a cry for help

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:06:00 -0400

In a remote corner of the Grand Canyon, Havasupai parents are suing the federal government for failing to educate their children.


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Is uranium mining near the Grand Canyon safe? The answer may be in the water

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:35:23 -0500

Beneath the Colorado Plateau, valuable uranium is laced amid ancient rock, waiting to be mined. Alongside it seeps the water that feeds the Colorado River and the cities of the Southwest. Life and death, environmentalists warn, are connected underground.


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Feds scrutinize Navajo housing agency; new records suggest remodeling costs $1M per unit

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:41:01 -0400

After a 2016 Republic investigation, Navajo Housing Authority comes under HUD scrutiny as new questions arise on costs to fix, build reservation homes.


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