Scottsdale Baby-Formula Theft Suspects Arrested

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Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with a Phoenix-area baby-formula theft ring.
An investigation into a sophisticated baby-formula theft ring in the Phoenix area has resulted in the arrests of 17 Arizonans.

Alleged ringleader Deborah Lynn Russell shipped thousands of baby-food cans to mom-and-pop retail shops on the East Coast, Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney, said at a news conference today.

Local authorities didn't know anything about the buyers, saying that part of the investigation has been turned over the U.S. Secret Service.

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Police Arrest Two Women, but Still Seek Three Suspects in Shooting of DPS Officer

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Vanessa C. Martinez, Ramon L. Bueno, and Danny Angel Vargas are being sought for questioning in Wednesday's shooting of a DPS officer.

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Phoenix police have arrested two women in Wednesday's shooting of an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer, but still seek three other people.

Police put out a bulletin tonight with pictures of the three suspects who have "information pertinent to the investigation."

The officer, who hasn't been named, survived a shot to the face in the attack but remains hospitalized.

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Purdue Pharma Offers Reward for Info on "Step Down Bandits"

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Purdue Pharma is offering a hefty reward of up to $5,000 for information on a pair of bandits who've been plaguing Valley drugstores.

The pair have struck seven "mom-and-pop" pharmacies between July 22 and October 21, according to Silent Witness. Bold and often sticking guns in the faces of employees, these bandits may not stop until they hurt someone -- and if you know, cha-ching!

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See Live Feed of Christopher Dorner in Gun Battle With Cops

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Police officials have Christopher Dorner, the alleged murderer and former Los Angeles police officer, in a gunfight right now in the Big Bear area of California.

Just a few minutes ago, the action-packed audio feed included CBS correspondent Carter Evans saying by phone that he was "in the middle of the action."

A voice then told him to "get the fuck out of there," and a massive volley of gunfire broke out.

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Roderick Deshan Wagoner Jr. Stabbed Victim Who Plunged Off Garage's Third Floor, Witness Says

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Roderick Deshan Wagoner Jr., 21, was arrested by Mesa police on Monday in connection with the stabbing death of Dustin Burton, 30.

In the Fugitive TV series and movie, nobody saw the "one-armed man" commit murder. That wasn't the case on Sunday in a Mesa parking garage, where a witness told police he saw the one-armed Roderick Deshan Wagoner repeatedly stab a man who then fell three stories.

The witness, unidentified in court records, was leaving church service near 30 West Pepper at about 8:45 p.m. on Sunday when he heard a man scream for help. The booking sheet doesn't say exactly where the witness was standing, but apparently the person got a clear view of the desperate, "bloodied" victim, later ID'd as Dustin Burton, 30, climb over a wall on the garage's third floor.

"The victim was observed clinging to the edge by his hands," records state. Wagoner, who is missing his right hand and part of his forearm, was then seen striking the victim "with a stabbing motion" -- with his left hand, presumably.

Burton fell the three stories to the concrete below.

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Michael King, Pleasure Palace Rapist Caught After He Made it Rain With Bank Robbery Loot, Wins a Trip to Prison

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Michael King, who was wanted in the rape of a Pleasure Palace porn shop employee -- that is, until he was caught robbing a bank, and tossed the stolen cash all over a Phoenix backyard -- took a plea agreement today that's sending him to prison.

King, 23, pleaded guilty today to three counts of sexual assault and two counts of attempted sexual assault, and won a 35-year trip to prison, as well as a lifetime of sex-offender probation when he gets out.

According to court documents previously obtained by New Times, King became known to police after raping an employee of the Pleasure Palace porn shop in Phoenix on October 17.

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Peoria Man Accused of Stealing Police Car -- After Being Handcuffed in the Back Seat

A moniker for Nicholas Wade Fields, to be determined by a court of law.
A Peoria man is accused of driving off in a police car this morning, after being handcuffed behind his back and placed in the back of the car.

Peoria police spokesman Jay Davies tells New Times that today's events started around 6:30 a.m., as 24-year-old Nicholas Wade Fields allegedly broke into a house and stole a Lexus SUV by driving it through a closed garage door.

While police were out looking for the stolen SUV, cops got a call from a man near the Lexus owner's home saying he was in a physical fight with a man who had broken into his house.

The man, allegedly Fields, ran away, and police eventually found him trying to break into more homes on the next street over, Davies says.

Fields was handcuffed behind his back and placed in the back of a police car -- a car that began rolling away from the scene, sans police officer.

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Michael King Held Without Bail After Raping Pleasure Palace Employee, Robbing Bank, and Throwing Stolen Cash All Over Phoenix Backyard

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This is the cash Michael King Jr. robbed from a Phoenix bank yesterday morning...and then tossed in someone's backyard.
When 23-year-old Michael King Jr. robbed a Phoenix bank yesterday morning, police already were actively looking for him in a sexual assault/robbery that happened at a Phoenix porn shop nine days earlier.

When King ultimately was arrested, he went out in a hail of cash -- stolen cash -- that he tossed all over the backyard of a Phoenix home yesterday afternoon.

Now he's in trouble.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, King got himself on the radar of the Phoenix Police Department on October 17, after he went into the Pleasure Palace porn shop at 1524 East Van Buren Street in Phoenix and raped an employee.

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