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PHOENIX (AP) — Pedestrians will no longer be permitted to loiter at medians in Phoenix.
KPHO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1t8Qd6J) that city officials approved an ordinance Wednesday that makes standing in the median illegal.
The ordinance goes into effect immediately because it includes an "emergency clause."
The Phoenix City Council says the ordinance is intended to prevent jaywalking, which resulted in nearly 150 injuries or fatalities in Phoenix last year.
But advocates for the homeless say the amended law is only making things harder for people already struggling.
Violators of the law would first get a documented warning from an officer. Another violation calls for a $250 fine. Anymore violations could mean a misdemeanor charge and jail time.
Advocates say affordable housing developments in the city don't accept anyone with recent misdemeanors.
Claiming consumers here were misled, Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors alleging it sold vehicles to Arizonans the company knew were unsafe.
EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Witnesses say a teenager who fell from a Ferris wheel in suburban Phoenix lost his grip as he was climbing down the ride's support arms.
El Mirage police are investigating how the 14-year-old boy fell about 20 feet to the ground Saturday night at the El Mirage Fall Festival.
It was the final day of the two-day carnival at Gateway Park.
The boy was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has been released.
Detectives discovered through interviews that after the teen boarded the ride, he was secured with a seat belt and a pull-down safety bar.
Police say it does not appear that the Ferris wheel equipment malfunctioned, but their investigation continues.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a man smashed into a northwest Phoenix care home on purpose, killing one of the residents and damaging the facility that cares for people with traumatic brain injuries.
A car crashed into the home with two employees and five residents inside Sunday night, going through the living room and into the kitchen.
Police say the vehicle struck a 61-year-old man inside, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition. That man later died. His name hasn't been released.
Police didn't immediately identify the driver, but say he crashed into the home on purpose to try to hurt himself. Authorities say he likely will face homicide and endangerment charges.
The care home's residents were moved to another facility temporarily.
A Tempe man has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges stemming the death of a Chandler police officer.
A major knee injury to its star running back contributed greatly to Desert Ridge High School’s 21-7 loss to Brophy College Prep in the second round of the Division I football playoffs.
Mesa police rescued a woman after she fell into a canal Wednesday afternoon.
PHOENIX (AP) — An inmate who was critically injured in a fight at a Phoenix jail has died from his injuries, authorities said Tuesday.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office said Antonio Aguilar had been on a respirator after he was punched in the face during Sunday night's brawl at the Towers Jail in west Phoenix.
Sheriff's officials said Aguilar, 51, had been declared brain dead and his family decided to take him off a respirator.
At least one suspect in the fight has been identified, according to sheriff's officials who didn't immediately release any names.
The brawl is being attributed to a dispute over a "commissary issue" involving money owed between groups of black and Hispanic inmates, sheriff's officials said.
Inmates can buy toiletries, snacks and other items from jail commissaries.
Sheriff's officials said there were 45 inmates in the pod at the time of the fight and about 30 of them were involved in the fight.
No charges have been filed and officials said they were still investigating.
PHOENIX (AP) — An inmate critically injured during a fight at a Maricopa County jail isn't expected to survive his injuries.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office says the 52-year-old inmate fell to the ground and lost consciousness after he was punched in the face during Sunday night's brawl at the Towers Jail in west Phoenix.
The inmate is now on a ventilator.
His identity hasn't been released.
Officials say he was in jail on a felony probation violation.
The brawl is being attributed to a dispute over a "commissary issue," though the sheriff's office declined to further explain the dispute.
Inmates can buy toiletries, snacks and other items from jail commissaries.
Arpaio's office declined to say how many inmates participated in the fight and provide additional information about the critically injured inmate.
Back in 2007, Hamilton’s girls volleyball team went a measly 12-16. Not exactly impressive. But since then, coach Sharon Vanis has managed to turn things around. The East Valley Tribune caught up with Vanis before Hamilton’s Nov. 6 game against Gilbert to talk about the Huskies’ regular season, their approach to the state tournament and their hopes of winning a state title.
Marcos de Niza needed a big performance from their sophomore quarterback Nazareth Greer if they were going to defeat a Deer Valley team that has been solid against the run. They were also going to need their defense to have a good night.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sued the owners of a downtown Phoenix office building over a broken shoulder he suffered when he fell crossing a street.
Arpaio is seeking unspecified damages for his February 2013 injury and has alleged that the building's owners should have known about the dangerous conditions that led to the accident. The lawsuit against Hines GS Properties Inc. and the other owners was filed Oct. 29.
Hines GS Properties didn't immediately return a call Thursday afternoon seeking comment.
Mark Goldman, a lawyer representing Arpaio, said the lawsuit was filed after the sheriff made attempts to resolve the matter amicably.
"Joe Arpaio sincerely hopes that this lawsuit will cause the building owners to remedy these problems so that others are not injured," Goldman said.
The sheriff has said he tripped on a sidewalk near his headquarters as he headed to a restaurant to get a bowl of soup.
He fell on his shoulder, breaking it in two places. He spent about two days in a hospital and then two weeks recuperating at his home in Fountain Hills.
Arpaio posted images and video online showing him in the hospital in the days after his fall, including one with tubes in his nose. He sold a sling he wore during his recovery in an online charity auction.
A police dog trainer from Northern California paid $2,600 for the sling. The proceeds went toward buying equipment and food for a shelter run by the sheriff's office for abused animals picked up in cruelty investigations.
TUCSON -- Gov. Jan Brewer asked the Arizona Supreme Court Thursday to quash efforts by a minority of state legislators to effectively kill the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
A driver suspected of DUI has killed another Arizona police officer. It’s become an all-too-common occurrence where a police officer is either seriously injured or killed by a DUI driver.
Austin Nightingale broke free from a pack of would-be tacklers for a 55-yard rushing touchdown to help secure the win Oct. 24 against Gilbert High School.
Perry quarterback Austin Nightingale evades a defender during the Pumas' 30-21 win against Gilbert High School on Oct. 24. Nightingale suffered a serious knee injury in 2013 but has recovered to guide Perry to a probable playoff berth. [Photo by Ethan Barnes]
A Chandler police officer on his way to work Tuesday was struck and killed by an SUV that ran a red light, according to preliminary information gathered by Gilbert Police Department.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man accused of killing and abusing his infant daughter has pleaded not guilty.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 39-year-old Duryea Dupri Bennett was arraigned Wednesday. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 17.
Bennett was booked into jail on Oct. 9 on suspicion of first-degree murder and of child abuse.
Authorities received a 911 call the previous day that 1-month-old Natalyah Bennett wasn't breathing.
Phoenix police say paramedics noticed bruising on the baby and hospital personnel also found a skull fracture, broken ribs, bite marks and injuries consistent with a sexual assault.
They say the mother wasn't home and the father was alone with seven children ranging in age from 1 month old to 14 years old.
Police say none of the other children showed signs of abuse.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona court ruling says whether a person is legally responsible for a dog doesn't hinge on merely allowing it to live on the person's property.
The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that renting a room to a dog's owner didn't make a person liable for a child's injury from a bite by the dog.
Arizona law provides that a person keeping a dog for more than six consecutive days is considered the dog's owner and liable for any injuries and damages caused by the dog.
A trial judge had ruled that the "keeping" requirement could be satisfied by a person allowing the dog to live on the person's property.
However, the Court of Appeals said a dog's owner must have care, custody and control of the dog.
A man is in the hospital after he allegedly stole a city-owned truck and crashed it into a pole, according to the Mesa Police Department.
It was three weeks ago when Chandler High manhandled city rival Hamilton, yet the Wolves found themselves behind Hamilton the past three weeks, despite identical records, for the top two spots in the rankings that ultimately determine playoff seeding.
Poston Butte’s golden season took an unexpected turn Friday night when the Broncos put up a goose egg on senior night.
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police will be investigating the criminal aspect of an assault on an Avondale officer by a theft suspect that left the officer with injuries.
The suspect, who allegedly stole a city of Avondale truck and led police on a wild pursuit, died after being shot by police.
The officer was taken to a Valley hospital after the suspect crashed the truck into his police cruiser in Avondale Thursday morning. The officer had not been identified as of 8 p.m. Thursday.
Avondale police said 43-year-old Jeremy Bustos of Avondale assaulted a City of Avondale maintenance worker then stole the worker's truck around 9 a.m. near 111th Avenue and Durango Street, prompting a ground and aerial pursuit. After a short chase, crews deployed stop sticks near the same intersection, disabling the truck. Video showed Bustos use the stolen truck to ram the officer's vehicle as the truck careered into a nearby tree. Aerial footage showed emergency crews extricating the officer from his cruiser before he was airlifted from the scene.
He is listed in stable condition.
Other officers were then seen with guns drawn approaching the truck just before Bustos got out and attempted to flee on foot. Avondale police said Bustos pulled out a machete and advanced on officers, prompting them to open fire. Bustos was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
Dorothy Reyes heard the chase from her house. "He went back and forth a few times, I'd say four times, and then all of a sudden he just hit the cop car," Reyes said.
Avondale police Sgt. Brandon Busse said, "We were very lucky that the suspect didn't hit anybody else."
Avondale police asked the Glendale department to take over the criminal aspect of the investigation.
PHOENIX (AP) — The state Department of Public Safety says one of its Highway Patrol officers has been injured in a collision on a Phoenix-area freeway.
The DPS says a motorcycle officer suffered injuries not considered life threatening during a two-vehicle collision Thursday morning on Loop 101 in north Phoenix.
No further information was immediately available.
Three people were displaced from a Mesa home Wednesday after a fire ignited in the kitchen.