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Rickey McGee Brisbon of Glendale was arrested Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, on a charge of domestic violence from a June 2013 case. (AP Photo/Glendale Police Department)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Glendale police are investigating the brother of an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by Phoenix police for allegations of sexual assault and threatening the officer involved in the shooting.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal court Thursday awarded more than $25,000 to a Mexican woman who claimed her five-day detention at an immigration office in Arizona two years ago was an illegal arrest.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court Thursday overturned some of a death row inmate's convictions and his death sentence in the killing of his ex-girlfriend's daughter, ruling that jurors shouldn't have heard a domestic violence expert's testimony profiling abusers and victims.
PHOENIX -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-minute bid by Gov. Jan Brewer to keep thousands of dreamers living in Arizona from getting licenses to drive.
PHOENIX (AP) — Testimony has resumed in the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after a weeklong break.
PHOENIX (AP) — A new court ruling has upheld Arizona criminal sentencing laws that allow courts to consider the emotional and financial harm inflicted on victims and their families in handing down stiffer sentences.
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Renewal by Andersen recently renovated the House of Refuge East in Mesa as part of National Make A Difference Day.
SEATTLE (AP) — She has delivered the same 64-word speech eight times already, but Gabby Giffords is struggling to get through the ninth.
"Together, we can win elections," the former Arizona congresswoman tells her Seattle audience before starting to stumble.
After a moment of confused silence, an aide whispers the next line, and Giffords continues the broken sentence: "... change our laws."
Four years after she was shot in the head and went on to inspire millions with her recovery, Giffords is as committed as ever to pushing for tighter gun-control laws. But in the final days of this year's midterm elections, few candidates are willing to rally to her cause. There's little to suggest those elected next week will pursue the changes she seeks in the nation's gun laws.
As Giffords visited nine states in the past two weeks, the National Rifle Association was working in at least 30, with advertising and get-out-the-vote manpower, to strengthen its position in Washington and state capitals. She will be widely outspent this year by the NRA and others who support the rights of gun owners.
Two days after Giffords' appearance in Seattle, a 15-year-old high school student shot and killed two people and killed himself in an attack north of the city that seriously wounded three others. The shooting has barely made a ripple in the final days of the campaign.
"Long, hard haul," Giffords told The Associated Press in a brief interview after her Seattle event, using one of the short phrases that now dominate her speech.
In part by design, but also in recognition of the country's political landscape, not a single candidate in this year's midterm elections for statewide or federal office appeared with Giffords as she made her way from Maine to Washington state over 10 days.
She drew visits from Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, both Democrats, neither running for re-election next month.
"If this happened in March or December or any other time, we'd have asked other politicians to join," said Marti Anderson, an Iowa state lawmaker who helped organize a Giffords event in Des Moines. "But it's risky 15 days before an election."
Instead, Giffords took part in a series of discussions about domestic violence in smaller venues such as a Des Moines public library and a high school classroom in Portland, Ore. With the Senate majority at stake, Giffords isn't running television ads in states where Democratic incumbents are seeking re-election, among them North Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Hampshire.
The exception is Iowa, where her group announced plans this week to run television ads against Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. "Joni Ernst won't vote to close the loophole that lets some dangerous people still get guns," Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald says in the ad set to run through Election Day.
Said Pia Carusone, Giffords' longtime chief aide, "We went in knowing we had to be strategic and careful."
The NRA has no such concerns. The powerful gun-rights lobby has spent more than $27.3 million this year on elections in at least 27 states through Oct. 15, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Giffords' organization, by contrast, has spent just $6.6 million in seven states.
The financial advantage is just one piece of the NRA's strength.
"Anyone who tries to gauge the National Rifle Association by money alone is making a huge mistake," said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, citing 5 million dues-paying members and many more voters who look to his organization for guidance on how to vote on Election Day.
Arulanandam said he's grateful that Giffords is "on the mend and getting better every day," but he criticized her political goals. "People realize that regardless of what she says, her endgame is similar to Michael Bloomberg and President Obama, which is draconian gun control," he said.
Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have gone to great lengths to rebut such criticism. Recently, with little sign that an effort to adopt universal background checks will pass in Congress, Giffords has focused on promoting a measure that would prevent convicted stalkers and abusive "dating partners" from accessing guns.
In a letter opposing the measure, the NRA says it "manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as 'domestic violence' and 'stalking' simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearm prohibitions."
Giffords' team was initially hopeful, but it now concedes that the bill is not likely to come up in Congress' lame-duck session. And while the mood was largely positive during Giffords' tour, the frustration they're not connecting with voters this election season was evident.
"It's hard not to be, as a person in this country, disappointed by the lack of response," Carusone said. "But we're not surprised. We knew this wouldn't be easy."
The Children’s Action Alliance is asking candidates for the state Legislature to focus on the children.
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords pumps her fist as she testifies before a Washington state House panel in Olympia, Wash. Giffords will begin a nine-state tour in Maine on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, where she will advocate for tougher gun laws that she says will help protect women and families. Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in 2011, will seek to elevate the issue of gun violence against women and push for state and federal action to make it more difficult for domestic abusers to get a hold of firearms. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords will begin a nine-state tour in Maine, where she will advocate for tougher gun laws that she says will help protect women and families.
The former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, will seek to elevate the issue of gun violence against women and push for state and federal action to make it more difficult for domestic abusers to access firearms.
Giffords, who was shot in the head, remains partially paralyzed and continues to have difficulty speaking.
On the first stop of the "Protect All Women Tour" in Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, Giffords planned to meet with state domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officials and others.
Giffords' gun-control advocacy group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, calls guns and domestic violence "a lethal mix," noting that abuse victims are more than five times more likely to be killed if the aggressor has access to a gun.
Among the changes Giffords has sought is to include people with misdemeanor-level stalking crimes among those who are prohibited from buying firearms and to expand background checks to ensure that domestic violence abusers can't buy firearms at gun shows.
After visiting Maine, Giffords will travel to New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa and Oregon. The last stop of the tour will be in Seattle, Washington, on Oct. 22, according to details a Giffords aide provided to The Associated Press.
Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, did a similar tour across the country last year, focused on garnering support for expanded background checks.
Arizona’s candidates for attorney general clashed over immigration issues, campaign finances and their respective bona fides during a forum on Sept. 25.
The town of Gilbert will participate in the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence’s “Wear Purple Day” on Oct. 15.
Mesa Community College has organized a candlelight vigil for Oct. 6 to honor domestic violence victims.
Recently someone asked me on my thoughts about the NFL players accused of physical abuse to their wives, children and, in one case, a fiancé that has been reported by every major news outlet around the world. I shared, “One who abuses another in any way, is a coward, period.”
While Chandler has received recognition as one of the safest municipalities of its size in the country, officials admit it can do more about the fight against domestic violence.
Chandler kicked off the upcoming domestic violence awareness month with its 6th annual “Speak, Share, Survive” event at Tumbleweed Recreation Center on Sept. 18.
Joannie Sandoval will never forget the day when Gilbert police officers knocked on her door asking about her daughter’s whereabouts. It was Dec. 6, 2009, and the department had received a call from a man claiming then-21-year-old Dartanion Stroud killed Sandoval’s 26-year-old daughter, Angelita “Lita” Montano, and the police were there to verify the report.
Gilbert resident Joannie Sandoval spoke about the death of her daughter in 2009 during the Sixth-annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event in Chandler on Sept. 18. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
A clothing store located at Arizona Mills Mall will provide a portion of its proceeds to a domestic violence shelter during a four-hour stretch on Sept. 20.
A man released from prison on Sunday is now suspected in a shooting death that occurred just hours after his release.
The race for justice of the peace in the Kyrene District is, so far, peaceful
A 25-year-old man shot by Tempe police officers on Friday has died, according to a police spokesman.