Owner of Motorcycle Maker Sucker Punch Sallys Accused of Fraud

Gerie Leigh Clayton, the owner of Scottsdale-based custom motorcycle maker Sucker Punch Sallys, has been arrested on felony theft charges.

Scottsdale police say Clayton, 64, defrauded at least two people by taking money for custom bikes that were never made.

"They had placed orders from out of state or out of the country and made significant deposits to have the work done, and these custom motorcycles weren't put together and weren't shipped out," Scottsdale Police Officer Kevin Watts tells New Times.

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Texting Not Actually a Top Cause of Distracted Driving on Arizona Highways

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Jason Weaver
This is probably hard to believe, but it appears that texting is not actually one of the most common causes of distracted driving on Arizona highways.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety this week released statistics on distracted driving that the agency has been compiling all year, as part of an enforcement campaign focusing on distracted drivers. In both distracted-driving-related traffic stops and collisions, texting was just the seventh-most common distraction.

However, other cell phone use was the top cause of traffic stops related to distracted driving, so people on Twitter or Facebook instead of texting could have helped inflate those numbers.

"We all know that these devices are basically mobile computers . . . so there's a lot more going on," DPS spokesman Raul Garcia tells New Times.

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Tesla Installs Supercharger in Wickenburg for Trips From Phoenix to Las Vegas

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Tesla Motors has installed its eighth Supercharger battery-charging system in Arizona.

These Supercharger stations can provide Tesla vehicles with a half-capacity charge in about 20 minutes, which is roughly 16 times faster than typical public charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Scottsdale Getting an Alfa Romeo Dealership

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After a nearly two-decade absence, Alfa Romeo dealerships are going to make a comeback in the United States.

Arizona is getting two of the nation's 86 Alfa dealers, one in Tucson, and the other alongside Fiat of Scottsdale. Most of the Alfa dealers in the U.S. will be moving in with existing Fiat dealers (Fiat owns Alfa, among several other brands).

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Tesla Opening Sixth Arizona Supercharger Tomorrow in Flagstaff

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Greg Gjerdingen

You can't buy a Tesla in Arizona, but you can get it charged here.

Despite Arizona's law preventing Tesla from using its sales model in the state, the company is opening its latest "supercharger" tomorrow in Flagstaff.

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10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

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A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe.

Although Barrett-Jackson wasn't the only auto auction going down around Scottsdale this weekend, it certainly got the most attention and had the most interesting mix of vehicles up for auction.

Though no car fetched $4.6 million (as the original Batmobile did last year at the auction), several were sold for millions. Check out the 10 most expensive cars sold at Barrett-Jackson this weekend:

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Chop-Shop Owner Busted After Gearhead Recognizes His Stolen Engine in Another Car

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1995 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

If your engine was ripped out of your car, would you be able to spot your engine if you ever saw it?

For one Peoria man, the answer to that question is "yes," and a chop-shop owner was busted after the victim recognized the engine from his stolen Ford Mustang had been placed in another Mustang, which was for sale on Craigslist.

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Phoenix Drivers Safer Than Those in Any Other Big City in America, Study Claims

Phoenix's allegedly safe drivers on Interstate 10 near 35th Avenue yesterday.

This might be hard to believe if you're a Phoenix commuter, but a study says Phoenix has the safest drivers among all the big cities in the United States -- for the ninth year in a row.

Phoenix drivers, on average, go nearly a decade between collisions, according to a study by Allstate (go ahead and read the rest of this in the Allstate-guy voice).

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McLaren Dealership Opening in Scottsdale

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McLaren MP4-12C

If your car-buying options in Scottsdale seem to be getting a little weak, don't worry -- McLaren's coming.

Consider the McLaren P1, a 903-horsepower hybrid. Of course, you'll need $1.15 million, which is a little on the high side.

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Phoenix Woman Tries to Steal Car, Gets Stumped by Automatic Transmission

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Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr
If you can't figure out how to get this car to move, auto theft is probably not the right career for you.

Every so often, you'll see stories from around the country about wannabe car thieves who don't make off with their new ride because they don't know how to operate a manual transmission.

However, police say a woman who tried to steal a car in Phoenix got stumped by an automatic transmission.

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