Tempe Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Injured Man Pushing Bike

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Justin DeValk and Valerie Oudin made a public appeal on Thursday for help finding the hit-and-run driver who struck DeValk in Tempe on Monday.
Police and the victim of a Tempe hit-and-run crash this week made a public appeal on Thursday for information and witnesses in the case.

Justin DeValk, 21, a Mesa Community College student, appeared before reporters and TV cameras near the crash site on Broadway Road near College Avenue, his head and right arm wrapped in bandages.

"He swerved and hit me," DeValk says of the driver. "I'm just trying to figure out who he is."

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Phoenix Elementary School Worker Arrested on Child-Porn Charges

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A college student working in a job-placement program at a Phoenix elementary school was arrested on child-porn charges.

Travis Kinkaid-Mata, 27, worked in the library at Phoenix's Longview Elementary School, near 12th Street and Indian School Road, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

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Spikes Found Planted in the Ground on Forest Land Near Happy Jack

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Someone has planted foot-long pieces of rebar fashioned into spikes in the Coconino National Forest.

Forest Service officials say five of these spikes have been discovered near the Happy Jack area.

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Allison Clement and Ryan Reed Charged Again With Murder of 2-Year-Old Savannah Cross

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A year and a half after a 2-year-old girl was killed at an unlicensed Phoenix babysitting business, two people have been charged in the girl's death.

Allison Clement and Ryan Reed, the couple who ran the babysitting service, had previously been charged in Savannah Cross' death, but those charges were dropped in September.

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Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shoots Naked, Erratic Army Veteran

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An army veteran was shot and killed by a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy yesterday in Fountain Hills, the Sheriff's Office says.

David Brandstetter, 26, was walking naked in traffic at around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, prompting two calls to 911 as drivers swerved to avoid striking him, MCSO reports.

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Ian MacDonald, Alleged Killer of Tyrice Thompson, Jailed Again After New Incident

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The man accused of fatally stabbing former ASU wide receiver Tyrice Thompson outside a Scottsdale bar last year has been arrested again, this time for another allegedly violent incident.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Ian MacDonald -- who had been released from jail on the murder charge last year on just $75,000 bond -- is now accused of assaulting his girlfriend and a dog, as well as threatening two people with a firearm.

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Thomas Woods Accused of Murdering Step-Brother at Fourth of July Family Get-Together

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A family get-together at Tempe's Kiwanis Park on the Fourth of July ended with a man murdering his step-brother, police say.

According to police, 37-year-old Thomas Woods shot his step-brother, 33-year-old Martin Woods, as a result of an escalating fight between the two at the park, near Mill Avenue and Baseline Road.

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Ersula Ore Support From Viral Video Results in Officer Being Put on Leave

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Under pressure from supporters of professor Ersula Ore, Arizona State University announced on Wednesday that the officer who arrested her in May has been put on leave.

The power of a viral video seems to be at work here, since ASU had previously ruled that the actions of ASU police officer Stewart Ferrin were A-okay. Since Channel 3 News, (KTVK-TV) obtained and aired Ferrin's dash-cam video of the May 20 arrest, though, ASU's been back-pedaling furiously.


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Shonya Sam of Navajo Nation Gets 14 Years for Disfiguring Child in Horrific Attack

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A Navajo woman was sentenced to about 14 years in prison on Tuesday for a horrific attack committed against a child she reportedly believed was "evil."

Shonya Tanya Sam and her brother, both of Many Farms, put the 7-year-old girl through a bizarre, hellish experience for several days in early January 2013, records show, leaving the girl disabled.


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Former Phoenix Boy Scouts Leader Accused of Molesting Multiple Boys

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A former Phoenix Boy Scouts leader and his roommate are accused of committing sex crimes against five boys between 1983 and 2003.

A boy actually filed a complaint with the Boy Scouts alleging now-65-year-old Bill Challberg molested him back in 1986. The boy didn't go to police, and it wasn't until October of last year that a new risk-assessment employee with the Boy Scouts of America discovered the complaint, and turned it over to police.

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