Adrienne Salinas Case Not Obvious Homicide, But Location of Body a "Big Concern," Police Say

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Adrienne Salinas' remains were found August 6 in Apache Junction.
The Adrienne Salinas death investigation isn't necessarily a homicide case, as police had indicated yesterday, Tempe police say this afternoon.

Investigators saw no obvious signs of foul play during their preliminary look at the 19-year-old Tempe woman's remains, which were found in Apache Junction last week, says Sergeant Mike Pooley, police spokesman. But, he adds, it's too early in the investigation to say what happened to the woman, whose body was badly decomposed.

The fact that she was found in a wash is a "big concern," Pooley says.


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Barry Jordan, Accused Pervert Whose Bad Driving Killed an 11-Year-Old, Found Guilty but Insane

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Barry Jordan, at a recent court hearing.
Barry Jordan, the accused pervert whose red-light-running spree in 2011 resulted in a crash that killed an 11-year-old girl, has been found guilty but insane.

The decision by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dawn Bergin means that Jordan will be incarcerated at the Arizona State Prison for a term yet to be set. He'll be under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, which may decide at some point that Jordan is no longer a danger to anyone and release him. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 30.

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MCSO Jail Officer Murdered Outside His Home

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A detention officer for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed outside his home early Thursday morning.

Phoenix police are investigating the murder of the eight-year MCSO veteran, Jorge Vargas, who was gunned down in the driveway of his home near 91st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

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Sun City Man, 78, Accused of Murdering Wife, Said He "Can't Stand Her Any Longer"

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A 78-year-old man who lives in the retirement community of Sun City is accused of fatally shooting his wife Wednesday morning.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies initially proposed that it could have been a "mercy killing" of a terminally ill spouse, which would be the second one in Sun City in the past year. However, court documents describe a killing that doesn't seem to provide much "mercy" for the victim.

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Gangster Shoots, Kills Fellow Gangster With Automatic Rifle in the Middle of Baseline Road

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A gang member used an automatic rifle to shoot and kill a member of his own gang in the middle of Baseline Road, police say.

The two alleged gangsters, who had arguments over a woman, were passengers in separate cars on Tuesday morning when 22-year-old Moises Gutierrez grabbed his rifle from the backseat and opened fire on the vehicle behind him, according to police.

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Joseph Aguilera Claims He Doesn't Remember Beating Elderly Homeless Man to Death

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Joseph Nicholas Aguilera told police he did not remember punching an elderly homeless man to death in Phoenix on July 11.

Aguilera, a 30-year-old Army veteran, did not deny being the man captured on surveillance footage at a nearby gas station but told police he "did not remember assaulting anyone at that date and time," according to court documents obtained by New Times.

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Joseph Aguilera Identified as Guy Who Punched an Elderly Homeless Man to Death in Phoenix

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According to police, this is Joseph Aguilera.


Phoenix police have identified the man investigators believe punched an elderly homeless man to death on July 11.

Joseph Nicholas Aguilera, 30, has been identified in the guy caught on surveillance footage at a convenience store near the scene of the crime and was booked into jail on a second-degree murder charge.

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Ex-ASU Student Found Dead in Tempe Town Lake

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Yet again, a body has been pulled from Tempe Town Lake.

Gerrick Begay, a 21-year-old Tempe resident and former student at the nearby Arizona State University, was found floating in the lake around 5:30 a.m. yesterday.

See also:
-ASU Freshman Jack Culolias' Death Plays Out Very Similar to 2011 Death
-Body Found Near Tempe Marketplace Identified as ASU Freshman Jack Culolias
-Body Found in Tempe Town Lake Identified as Willie Jigba


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Scottsdale Woman Makes Jodi Arias Look Like an Amateur: Shari Tobyne Chopped Up Her Husband, Scattered Him Over Three Counties

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While everyone's caught up in the hype of the Jodi Arias trial, we'll point out a quieter case that ended on Friday with a Scottsdale woman being sentenced to life in prison.

Shari Tobyne shot her husband of 35 years, Dwight, then chopped up his body, and left most of his remains scattered over three counties in the state.

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Tony Phung, Restaurant Owner, Accused of Stabbing Co-Owners to Death in Dining Area

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Believe it or not, Amy's Baking Company may not be the biggest "kitchen nightmare" in the Valley.

That honor goes to Phoenix Vietnamese restaurant Pho 35, where the owner allegedly stabbed two of the restaurant's co-owners to death in the dining room Thursday.

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