Homer Moore, Onetime UFC Fighter, Arrested in 1999 Cold Case Murder

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Homer Moore (right) after winning an MMA fight.

A local mixed martial arts trainer who once fought in a UFC event was arrested on Monday for his alleged involvement in a 1999 murder in Mesa.

Homer "Rock" Moore, 42, was arrested by Tempe police and the U.S. Marshals Service on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Karam Hussein Jabbar.

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LGBT Advocates Cast a Pall on the Phoenix PD and the Valley's Gay Community

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Brian Stauffer

Chris Wilson sits quietly in a small, gray room. He's slouched forward, his forearms resting on his lap, his wrists handcuffed.

It's August 7, 2012, almost 9 p.m.

Wilson is tense, antsy.

A Phoenix police detective walks in, greets him, and explains that he has been accused of engaging in sexual contact with minors — two teens, one 17, the other 14.

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Joe Arpaio's Contemptuous of the Court, So Judge Snow Should Find Him in Contempt

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Forget playing chicken with this guy Judge Snow, it's a waste of time...

Among other things, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a liar and a coward.

To prove my point, I could go into Arpaio's history of dodging debates with re-election rivals, his opportune moments of amnesia under oath, and his sloughing off responsibility for MCSO scandals onto subordinates.

But let's examine more recent events: Arpaio's latest shenanigans regarding the ACLU's groundbreaking civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio.

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A Free Meal and Possible Book Deal? The East Valley Tribune is On the Case!

Categories: Media, Schmedia

The East Valley Tribune is a pale reflection of its former Pulitzer Prize-winning self, thanks to the journalism-light business model of its current owner, 10/13 Communications.

That's why we were initially stunned when we saw a Trib reporter had penned an article about a murder mystery a couple of weeks ago, which is a departure from the staff's standard happy-news fare.

But our joy soon turned to bemusement. As Eric Mungenast explains in his lede, the deciding factors for choosing to bring this South Carolina whodunit to his readers were the offer of a free meal and to help a private investigator gin up publicity for a possible book or film deal about the case.

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Daryl Washington Gets Probation on Aggravated-Assault Charge

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Daryl Washington (right) back in his college days at TCU.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was sentenced today to a year of supervised probation for aggravated assault.

Washington, 27, was arrested in May after getting into a fight with the mother of his child. Washington was accused of choking the woman and breaking her collarbone after an argument at the woman's apartment in Phoenix.

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Jan Brewer Vetoes New Tax Break for Religious Groups

Categories: I'm Only a Bill
Matthew Hendley

Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy that would have created new property-tax exemptions for religious groups.

Legislative budget analysts predicted the bill could have cost the state an additional $2.1 million starting in 2016.

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Distracted Driving Causing Crashes in Arizona, but Cell Phones Not the Biggest Cause

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People who text and drive are notoriously bad drivers, but according to recent crash statistics, most accidents caused by distracted driving don't involve cell phone use.

As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the results of car accident information they collected from November 2013 to April 2014.

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Jan Brewer Vetoes Two Pro-Gun Bills; Signed Two Into Law Last Week

Categories: I'm Only a Bill

Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a pair of pro-gun bills, just a few days after she signed two other pro-gun bills.

The two she vetoed yesterday were House Bill 2339 and House Bill 2517. The first was another version of a bill she's vetoed before, which would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons into public buildings under certain circumstances. The other bill would have made tougher penalties for counties and cities that try to make their own gun regulations that are illegal under state law.

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Phoenix Residents Caught Driving More Than 1,200 Pounds of Pot Back From Mexico on 4/20

An RV similar to one of the motor homes used in the smuggling attempts this weekend.

Today in Found at the Border: Three Phoenix residents were caught trying to bring back more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana to the United States in RVs, on the pot holiday of "4/20."

If the more seasoned drug-smugglers can get caught crossing the border by hiding drugs in specially fabricated compartments or inside bodily orifices, you can bet the pot-filled RV plot didn't go over so well.

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Mesa Mother and 12-Year-Old Daughter Dead in Possible Murder/Suicide

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A Mesa man came home from work Monday afternoon and found his wife and 12-year-old daughter dead, according to police.

A police spokesman says the circumstances of their deaths suggest a murder/suicide.

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Marijuana-DUI Case Tossed by Arizona Supreme Court in Metabolite Ruling

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Arizonans no longer risk getting a DUI for driving with an inactive metabolite of marijuana in their blood following a ruling by the state's high court.

The Arizona Supreme Court announced this morning that it was reaffirming the trial court's decision to dump the case of Hrach Shilgevorkyan, who was prosecuted for driving while impaired after a blood test revealed the presence of marijuana. New Times covered the case and overall issue in detail in our May 2013 article "Riding High."

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Joe Arpaio, "Media Whore," Pimps The Joe Show in Hollywood

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Should it surprise anyone that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once called a "media whore" by his own PR flack, will be flying to Los Angeles for the red-carpet screening of a documentary that's highly critical of him?

Still, I'm a little annoyed by news of Arpaio's attending a showing of director/producer Randy Murray's The Joe Show this Wednesday at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Grauman's Chinese Theater.

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Arizona Legislators Pass Bill to Remove Words "Disabled" and "Handicapped" From State Law

Categories: I'm Only a Bill
A parking spot for a person with disabilities.

The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that would replace the words "disabled" and "handicapped" in state law.

Democratic Representative Stefanie Mach, who was seriously injured in a car accident nearly two decades ago, says in a statement that the current language is "offensive." House Bill 2667, which passed the House and Senate unanimously, changes various laws to refer to a "person or persons with disabilities" instead.

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"Revenge Porn" Bill Passed by Arizona Senate Would Make It a Domestic-Violence Crime

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The Arizona Senate approved a bill that would make it a felony to share someone else's nude pictures without his or her permission.

Although the House already approved the bill, it was amended in the Senate to classify the sharing of "revenge porn" as a domestic-violence crime, which essentially makes the penalties even tougher.

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Fort Huachuca to Get Military's Largest Solar-Power Setup

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The U.S. Army announced today that Fort Huachuca, in southern Arizona, will get the largest solar installation of any military base.

Groundbreaking on the project is supposed to start this week, and it's part of the Army's effort to be producing one gigawatt of renewable energy on its military installations.

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Racism Accusations in Shanesha Taylor Case Based on Inaccurate Information

Categories: Myth Busted
Catalina Clouser (left) and Shanesha Taylor, two local parents suspected of child abuse.

By now, you've likely heard the story of Shanesha Taylor, who was arrested on child-abuse charges for leaving her kids in a hot car during a job interview.

People across the country who don't think Taylor committed a crime have since signed petitions and donated money to Taylor, although it seems that some people have misconceptions about the case.

Blogs and social-media posts have gone viral comparing the fate of Taylor, who is black, to another local woman convicted of child abuse, who's white. The problem is, the comparison is completely inaccurate.

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SB 1070 Harboring Provision Won't Be Restored by U.S. Supreme Court

Categories: SB1070
Jeff Kubina

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Arizona's appeal of a lower court's decision that blocked a provision of Senate Bill 1070.

Despite the high court's big 2012 ruling on SB 1070, several provisions of the law weren't at issue in that case, and the American Civil Liberties Union and others have since been fighting court battles involving those other provisions. In this case, the harboring provision of SB 1070 has been defeated.

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10 Most Stereotypical Ways to Die in Arizona

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Most people in Arizona die from the same causes as residents in other states -- heart disease, cancer, stroke...

However, there are some ways to die in Arizona that are more common or pretty much exclusive to the state. We bring you 10 of the most stereotypical ways to die in Arizona:

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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

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In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

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Arizona's Anti-Panhandling Bill Vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer

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A McLin

Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed "aggressive solicitation," also known as panhandling.

Arizona's old anti-begging statute was found unconstitutional in federal court last fall, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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