Shanesha Taylor Fails to Fund Kids' Trusts; UPDATE: Prosecution to Move Forward

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Shanesha Taylor
Shanesha Taylor, the Scottsdale mom who left her kids in a hot car in March while on a job interview, has blown today's deadline to fund trust accounts for her kids.

In July, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery signed off on the deal to keep Taylor out of jail as long as she used $60,000 of more than $114,000 in Internet donations to set up the trust funds.

Despite Taylor's embarrassing broken promise today, though, Montgomery does not appear to be enthusiastic about prosecuting the woman whose case has become a cause celebre.

UPDATE:Late this afternoon, Montgomery's office sent word to New Times that the prosecution will now be moving ahead. (See that and the latest news on the case below.)

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Shanesha Taylor May Not Have Enough Donated Money to Comply With Plea Deal

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Shanesha Taylor's tearful mugshot caused a flood of sympathetic donations last spring.
Shaneshsa Taylor may no longer have enough of her donated money to fund trusts for her children as required under a deferred-prosecution deal, a court motion states.

Taylor became an Internet sensation after her March arrest for leaving her kids in a hot car during a job interview, in part due to her evocative, tear-filled mugshot. She raised $114,775 in an online fundraiser, and the money helped her negotiate a deal to keep her out of jail with no conviction on her record.

See below for update.

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Sean Quaid, Local Gun Owner, Thwarts Phoenix Credit Union Heist and Kills One of the Robbers

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Sean Quaid was just another Arizona gun owner on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he became a hero.

Police say Quaid thwarted a bank robbery in north Phoenix on Wednesday by first swiping the keys out of the robbers' getaway vehicle, then shooting one of the thugs who carjacked a pickup truck in the parking lot.

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Orange Is the New Black Actress Laverne Cox Speaks Against Phoenix Prostitution Ordinance

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Laverne Cox and Monica Jones at yesterday's press conference.

Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox came to Phoenix to speak on behalf of Monica Jones, a transgender Phoenix student convicted on charges of manifesting prostitution in April.

Cox, Jones, and Jones' attorneys all claim that the Phoenix city ordinance under which Jones was arrested is unconstitutional and discriminatory. Jones' attorneys filed an appeal of her conviction this week.

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Mesa Cop Charged with Sex Crimes in the Line of Duty

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A Mesa police officer has been indicted on three felony sex-crime offenses, all of which allegedly occurred while he was on duty.

Justin Cherry, 34, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual molestation of a child.

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"High-Jump" Bank Robbery Suspect Turns Out to be Twins -- Cops Nail Them in Action

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The "High-Jump Bandit," seen here with bundles of cash, is actually two twin brothers, police say.
Phoenix police arrested twin brothers on Wednesday in connection with a series of Valley bank robberies, including one committed under police surveillance.

The arrest appears to solve the case of the so-called "High-Jump Bandit," whose prolific robberies prompted authorities to seek help from the media in late July. Alan Michael Bain and Neal Martin Bain, both 51, were booked into jail on July 30 -- immediately after robbing an Ahwatukee bank.

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Jarrett Maupin, Congressional Candidate, Takes Partial Credit for Shanesha Taylor's Plea Deal

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Jarrett Maupin, an Arizona Congressional candidate, reverend and community advocate, is taking some of the credit for Shanesha Taylor's money-for-freedom deal with prosecutors.

A controversial figure, Maupin -- president of the Phoenix-based Progressive Christian Coalition -- nevertheless was seen to be working closely in the highly publicized criminal case of the underemployed mom who left her kids in a car while at a job interview. While admitting Taylor made a mistake, Maupin says he's pleased at how well things turned out.

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Daniel Gray Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Leaving Kid in Hot Car While High

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Daniel Gray, the Phoenix dad who left his 3-month-old baby to die in a hot car last year, received a four-year prison sentence.

On August 28, Gray drove with little James in the car to the sports bar where he worked. A manager, Gray had the day off that Wednesday but wanted to check on things.


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Israel Lomeli Receives Probation in 1998 Phoenix Cold-Case Slaying of Pete Cadriel

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Israel Lomeli, arrested last year for the 1998 slaying of a Phoenix teenager, has received probation and will be released from jail in March.

Lomeli's high-publicity March 2013 arrest marked the end of tragic saga for the family of victim Pete Cadriel, who disappeared without a trace in 1998. The missing-persons case was solved partially in 2009 after police matched DNA from an unidentified body to Cadriel, and a new criminal investigation began that later led to Lomeli.


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Florence Cops Failed a Victim of Alleged Rape While Ohio Pursues Justice in Similar Case

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Florence Exposed: Our three-part series on law enforcement, or the lack thereof, in the Pinal County prison town.

Imagine the horrific scenario.

Members of a football team in a small community are involved in the alleged rape of a 16-year-old high school girl at an alcohol-drenched party.

The intoxicated victim can't remember anything, but her attack is captured on video by other students with cell phones.

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