Rally Against "CrAZy" Planned Before Doug Ducey's State of State Speech

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Dave Newman
A coalition of local advocacy groups are planning to rally outside the state capitol on Monday, to kick off this year's legislative session.

The event is billed as a rally against "crAZy," and ProgressNow Arizona executive director Robbie Sherwood tells New Times it's an opportunity for something of a "pre-buttal to Governor Ducey's state of state address."

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Last Photo of Firefighter and Teens Before Fatal Camelback Rappel Shows Missing Evidence

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Edgar Hernandez via Phoenix Police Department
A picture taken of Gary Johnstone and Trevor Crouse just before their fatal fall shows the now-missing orange sling.
A photograph taken by a Camelback Mountain hiker of Phoenix firefighter Gary Johnstone and two teenagers a moment before a fatal August 8 accident shows a now-missing key piece of evidence.

The picture (above), taken by hiker Edgar Hernandez, who turned it over to police, depicts a still-unidentified teen as he began his rappel.

Seconds later, the anchoring system Johnstone was using failed for still-unknown reasons, causing the three people in the picture to fall about 40 feet.

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Buckeye Teenager's Body Found in Desert, Boyfriend Arrested

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Anoush Dehkordi
The body of a 15-year-old Buckeye girl who ran away from home last week was found yesterday in a desert area, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Leah Costa ran away from home on Christmas Eve with her 17-year-old boyfriend, and deputies have arrested that boyfriend on several charges, including Costa's murder.

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Phoenix Bus Riders Warned of Possible Strike

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The City of Phoenix is warning bus passengers that bus drivers could vote to strike this week.

Phoenix Public Transit Department spokesman Matthew Heil tells New Times that the contracted bus service, First Transit Inc., informed the city that it gave a "best and final offer" to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433.

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Independent Report Gives Good Review of Arizona's Two-Hour Execution of Joseph Wood

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Matthew Hendley
An independent report on the two-hour execution of Joseph Wood earlier this year gives a positive review of how the Arizona Department of Corrections carried out the execution.

This report was commissioned by the state after the extraordinarily long execution, which went on for so long that Wood's federal public defender actually secured an emergency hearing before a judge in a bid to stop the execution, as Wood was repeatedly pumped with more and more doses of the lethal-injection drugs. Several witnesses reported Wood had a bizarre throughout, with one reporter saying Wood "gulped like a fish on land."

"The report is clear that the execution of inmate Wood was handled in accordance with all department procedures, which, as the report states, either meet or exceed national standards," Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan says in a statement. "It was done appropriately and with the utmost professionalism."

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Rumain Brisbon's Brother Accused of Threatening Phoenix Cop Involved in Shooting

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Dennis Gilman
One of the signs in memory of Rumain Brisbon, shown during protests in Phoenix.
Glendale police are investigating a claim that the brother of Rumain Brisbon threatened to kill the officer involved in the controversial shooting.

Rickey Brisbon, Rumain's older brother, was arrested on Friday on unrelated charges, but Glendale Police Sergeant David Vidaure tells New Times that Brisbon is still the subject of a couple ongoing investigations, including one pertaining to the alleged threats.

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Interim Phoenix Police Chief Expects to Make Changes to Department

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Interim Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner.
Interim Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner says he expects to make changes to the organization of the department, in the wake of the firing of former Chief Daniel Garcia.

Garcia was fired last week after a lengthy battle with the police unions, although was officially terminated for disobeying orders from the city manager. Garcia held a press conference to demand a contract from the city, and city leadership had directly warned Garcia not to hold that press conference.

Yahner didn't announce specific changes in his introductory press conference, but did say he's going to make some "little tweaks," specifically mentioning the organization structure.

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Key Evidence Missing in Probe of Camelback Mountain Fall That Killed Firefighter and Teen

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An orange piece of webbing similar to the one shown here was used by Gary Johnstone as an anchor point. The anchor failed for unknown reasons, resulting in the deaths of Johnstone and 15-year-old Trevor Crouse, and the piece of orange webbing used by them disappeared while in the custody of the fire department.
A key piece of evidence is missing in the investigation into how a Phoenix firefighter and his son's teenage friend fell to their deaths in August at Camelback Mountain.

Gary Johnstone, a technical rescue team member and veteran firefighter for 15 years with the department, was pronounced dead at the scene on August 8; Trevor Crouse, 15, the son of a Phoenix police officer, survived for 10 hours before succumbing to his injuries. Another boy who fell at the same time recovered from his injuries.

A Phoenix police report released on Thursday and reviewed by New Times only deepens the mystery of how and why three people fell at the same time during rappelling practice.

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Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia Fired

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Former Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia.
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia held a press conference yesterday, in part to demand a two-year contract from the city.

He was fired for holding that press conference.

"The chief disobeyed a direct order when he held his news conference today," City Manager Zuercher said in a statement released shortly after the press conference. "We can not expect our officers to follow orders when our chief fails to lead by example."

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Joe Arpaio Shutting Down Infamous ID Theft Unit, Known for Workplace Raids

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is shutting down his Criminal Employment Unit, which notoriously raided businesses around the county to arrest undocumented immigrant employees.

Immigrant-rights groups sued Arpaio over the raids earlier this year, and as part of that lawsuit, Arpaio submitted a notice yesterday stating that the unit is going to be disbanded.

"It's good in the sense that [Arpaio's] responding and realizing that he's going to lose this battle," Puente Arizona director Carlos Garcia tells New Times. However, an MCSO memo filed in the case says the unit's not disbanding immediately.

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