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Threats Force Maricopa Elected Official to Move

Supervisor Bill Gates is in an undisclosed location, protected by deputies

(Newser) - The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona has been moved to an undisclosed location because of security concerns following the midterm elections. Supervisor Bill Gates, a Republican, confirmed the news to Fox 10 ; he also said the sheriff's office is providing a security detail. He...

Judge Rules on Monitoring Ariz. Drop Boxes

Group can keep tabs on boxes in Maricopa County, over complaints of intimidation

(Newser) - A federal judge Friday refused to bar a group from monitoring outdoor ballot boxes in Arizona's largest county, where watchers have shown up armed and in ballistic vests, saying to do so could violate the monitors' constitutional rights. US District Court Judge Michael Liburdi said the case remained open,...

Arizona Judge Says 'Law Enforcement' Not a Profession

The ruling moves Arizona closer to its first execution since 2014

(Newser) - "Historically, law enforcement has not been thought of as a ‘profession’ … and has little of the characteristics of what is typically considered a profession," according to Judge Stephen Hopkins of the Maricopa County Superior Court, per NPR . The judge rejected the latest appeal effort by lawyers...

Arizona Audit Gives Biden 99 More Votes

'Was there massive fraud or anything? It doesn’t look like it,' spokesman says

(Newser) - A widely criticized partisan audit of the 2020 election results in Arizona's Maricopa County cost around $6 million—which, according to a draft report detailing its findings, works out to almost $60,000 for every extra vote it found for President Biden. The Arizona Republic reports that rather than...

Court: Arizona Senate Can't Keep 'Audit' Records Under Wraps

It's a defeat for state Republicans, who plan to appeal

(Newser) - An appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by the Arizona Senate to keep secret records of its ongoing review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County that are in the possession of the contractors conducting the recount. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the documents sought by the...

Trump Presses the Gas on 2020 Claims in Arizona

'Nobody knows where the hell they are,' Trump claimed of mail-in ballots

(Newser) - "Take your loss and accept it and move on." Such was the advice Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs doled out to Donald Trump on Friday ahead of his Saturday appearance in Phoenix, reports the Guardian . He didn't take it. At the "Rally for Election Integrity,...

Report: In 2nd State, Records of a Pressure Campaign

Paper has records of texts, calls made by Trump, allies to Ariz. GOPers over election results

(Newser) - Newly released records show the top Republicans in Arizona's largest county dodged calls from Donald Trump and his allies after the 2020 election, as the then-president sought to prevent the certification of Joe Biden's victory in key battleground states. The records—including voicemails and texts—shed light on...

2020 Election Fight Still Alive in Arizona—and It's Heated

Audit is underway, but Republican election officials in Maricopa County call out 'insane lies'

(Newser) - If you thought the fighting over Election 2020 was over, think again. It's not only still underway in Arizona—tensions have reached a boiling point. But this isn't about Democrats pushing back against GOP claims. It's about GOP election officials in the state's most populated county...

Arizona Republican Calls Trump's Claim 'Unhinged'

Elections official wants 'insane lies' about 2020 results to stop

(Newser) - The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer on Saturday called a Trump...

Trump Supporters Gather at Arizona Election Office

They chanted 'Count those votes!'

(Newser) - Hundreds of Trump supporters gathered outside a vote-counting center in Phoenix Wednesday night to urge workers to do what they were already doing. The Arizona Republic reports that at least 200 protesters gathered outside the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center and yelled "Count those votes!" They also...

Stepdad of Teen Missing Since 2001 Arrested for Her Murder
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Teen Vanished in 2001 on Last Day of School. Now, an Arrest

Michael Turney, stepdad to missing 17-year-old Alissa Turney, has been charged

(Newser) - In 2001, a high school junior from Phoenix disappeared on her last day of school. Now, nearly two decades later, a suspect is in custody, thanks to her sister's perseverance and dogged investigative work. Arrested Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., and charged with second-degree murder in the case of Alissa...

Cops: Girl Filmed Mom Driving Drunk. Mom Calls Girl 'Heroic'

Stephanie Davis, 31, was arrested Saturday in Glendale, Arizona

(Newser) - An Arizona mom who allegedly drove home from the movies drunk with three kids in the car didn't just have the police to contend with. The Arizona Republic reports Stephanie Davis, 31, was arrested shortly after 4pm on Saturday after cops who arrived on the scene in Glendale say...

Joe Arpaio Wants to 'Make Maricopa County Safe Again'

87-year-old is running for sheriff

(Newser) - The man who used to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" now appears to be America's most tenacious ex-sheriff. Joe Arpaio, who lost his bid for re-election in Arizona's Maricopa County in 2016 and was pardoned by President Trump the following year after being convicted of criminal...

1 Big Fall, 2 Broken Legs, 3 Rattlesnakes in Arizona
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He Broke Both Legs in Fall. Then Came the Rattlesnakes

Arizona man rescued from 100-foot mine shaft after 2 days

(Newser) - An Arizona man should be a bit more comfortable in a hospital bed having spent two days stuck at the bottom of a 100-foot mine shaft. Believed to have been descending into the gold mine shaft near Aguila, 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, when he fell Monday, 62-year-old John Waddell...

Arizona's Notorious Outdoor Prison Is Shutting Down

'Circus' is over, new sheriff says

(Newser) - There's a new sheriff in Arizona's Maricopa County, and he's shutting down his predecessor's notorious "Tent City." Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November's election, announced Tuesday that he's getting rid of the open-air facility, where inmates are given...

Sheriff Joe Faces Up to 6 Months in Jail

His trial begins Dec. 6 in Phoenix

(Newser) - It's official: Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has been criminally charged with federal contempt of court and could face up to six months in jail if convicted. The case stems from December 2011 when a federal judge barred the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from conducting Arpaio's signature...

Man Accused of Plotting Terror Acts in Arizona

Mahin Kahn held without bond after cops say he made threats against gov't buildings

(Newser) - A Tucson man has been arrested by the FBI and the Arizona Attorney General's Office for threatening to commit acts of terrorism on Arizona government buildings, reports the AP . The Attorney General's Office says 18-year-old Mahin Khan appeared before a Phoenix judge Saturday morning. He was ordered held...

DoJ Investigating Long Lines 'Fiasco' in Ariz. Primary

Complaints allege unacceptable waiting times in minority-heavy areas

(Newser) - Long lines at polling sites in Arizona's March 22 primary led Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to call the night a "fiasco"—and the Justice Department to now investigate whether there were civil rights violations regarding what Stanton called "unacceptably disparate distribution of polling locations," Reuters...

Cops: Man Left Granddaughter, 5, in Desert With Loaded Gun

He reportedly told her to 'shoot any bad guys'

(Newser) - After downing a cheeseburger and a handful of drinks Sunday evening, Paul Rater called home and ordered his wife to come get him, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says, per the Arizona Republic . But instead of his wife showing up at the South Buckeye Equestrian Center, the cops did—...

Homemade Shotgun Backfires on Kid, 13

Teen built gun with instructions found online: police

(Newser) - An Arizona teen underwent surgery on Sunday after accidentally shooting himself with a homemade shotgun he'd assembled with instructions found online. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the 13-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he tried to fire the weapon and was hit in the rib cage by a projectile...

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