Feds: Abdullatif Aldosary, Alleged Casa Grande Bomber, Suspected in Murder Prior to Bombing

Abdullatif Aldosary
Filings by federal prosecutors confirm that Abdullatif Aldosary -- the Iraqi refugee accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande in November -- is suspected of killing a man just days before the bombing.

New Times first reported the murder allegation in May, although neither police nor the County Attorney's Office would verify it.

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Heith Fink Is the Tempe Cop Caught Texting While Riding Motorcycle

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Several Valley news stations have shown the above photo of a Tempe cop texting while driving his police motorcycle on a highway, although it appears the police department was not very forthcoming with the identity of the officer.

New Times will let the cat out of the bag here, and tell you this is 14-year veteran Officer Heith Fink.

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Abdullatif Aldosary, Alleged Casa Grande Bomber, Now a Murder Suspect?

Abdullatif Aldosary
Abdullatif Aldosary -- the Iraqi refugee accused of detonating an "explosive device" outside the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande in November -- apparently will be charged in a murder that occurred just days before the bombing.

Orlando Requena, 26, was working the overnight shift at Arizona Grain in Maricopa on November 27 when a man in a ski mask approached him about 2:30 a.m. and shot him dead.

See also:
-Debbie Schlussel: Why Did Paul Gosar Do Nothing About "Known Terrorist" in District?
-Abdullatif Aldosary Held Without Bond
-Suspect in Casa Grande Bombing Has a History Involving Porn
-Abdullatif Aldosary Facing One Charge Related to Casa Grande Explosion
-Abdullatif Aldosary Accused of Bombing Social Security Office
-Explosion Reported at Casa Grande Social Security Office

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Pinal Sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll UPDATE: Board Said To Uphold His Firing

See also: One-on-One Time With a Pinal County Deputy -- Whose Claim He Was Shot by a Drug Smuggler Is Full of Holes -- Produces Startling Results

See also:  Pinalcchio: Renowned Forensics Experts Say a Pinal County Deputy's High-Profile Tale About Getting Shot After Encountering Drug Smugglers Doesn't Add Up

Louie Puroll, the fired Pinal County sheriff's deputy who famously reported being shot in April 2010 by a band of drug-toting illegal aliens in the remote Vekol Valley between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, has lost a bid to get his job back, a sheriff's spokesperson tells us.

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Deputy Louie Puroll wanted his job back, but no such luck.
Sheriff Paul Babeu fired Puroll in late 2010 after the 15-year veteran of the central Arizona agency lied to internal affairs investigators about the content of a startling interview he did with us inside an Interstate 10 truck-stop restaurant some weeks after the controversial desert shooting incident, an alleged clash which the deputy sustained a superficial gunshot to his lower back.

The spokesperson, Tim Gaffney, tells us that he can only confirm that Pinal County's Merit Commission yesterday afternoon upheld Puroll's firing on seven of the nine counts that the agency brought against the deputy. The vote came after an oft-delayed hearing that spanned a period of several weeks.

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Kyle Levitt, Tempe Murder Suspect, Actually Is a Student at Arizona State University

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Tempe PD
Kyle Levitt
Despite earlier reports from the Tempe Police Department that the men involved in yesterday morning's shooting weren't students at the nearby Arizona State University, it turns out the alleged shooter actually is.

Kyle Levitt, the 25-year-old Tempe resident who police say fatally shot 20-year-old Gabriel Batten, is an undergraduate student at the University, Tempe Police Sergeant Jeffrey Glover confirms to New Times.

ASU's student directory shows Levitt is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in psychology -- at least he was until yesterday.

Glover says Levitt was expected to graduate from the University soon, possibly after this semester, which ends in a few weeks.

Levitt's accused of shooting Batten after an argument over loud music at a pool inside the Haven Luxury Apartments near Broadway Road and McClintock Drive early yesterday morning.

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Herman Cain Coming to Phoenix to Pucker Up For Joe Arpaio

Godfather's Pizza CEO/Gop presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio met with leaders from the Methodist Border Mission Network at his Phoenix office this afternoon to discuss -- amongst other things -- some issues the group has with the sheriff's policies towards illegal immigration.

But that's not the big news -- the big news is that presidential candidate Herman Cain is coming to town next week to pucker up to Arpaio's derriere with the hopes that he'll endorse his candidacy.

"By the way...I have four presidential candidates, running for president, two have called, one has been here in this room," the sheriff inexplicably bragged to the Methodists during a discussion about immigration. "On Monday another one will be in this room talking to me. I'm talking about Herman Cain."

Given the recent problem's with the sheriff's 79-year-old memory, we figured we'd double check with MCSO spokesman Lieutenant Justin Griffin, who confirms to New Times that Cain and Arpaio are scheduled to meet on Monday.

And, of course, Griffin says the sheriff will likely hold a press conference.

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Mesa 16-Year-Old Accused of Murdering Girlfriend's Mom Identified as Braden Matthew Rockriver; Will Be Charged as Adult

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has decided to charge a Mesa 16-year-old as an adult for the murder of the boy's girlfriend's mother.
Maricopa County Attorney's Office spokesman Jerry Cobb tells New Times that the Mesa 16-year-old accused of murdering his girlfriend's mother will be charged as an adult.

The boy, identified as Braden Matthew Rockriver, will be charged with first-degree murder, a class 1 dangerous felony; and first-degree burglary, a class two dangerous felony, Cobb says.

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Tent City Inmate Hit With Shrapnel After Bullet's Fired at Outdoor Jail

James King
In roughly the same part of Tent City where we snapped this photo of Joe Arpaio dodging pink panties thrown by female inmates -- as he sang a duet with an Elvis impersonator -- shrapnel hit a female inmate after a bullet was fired at the jail.
If the heat doesn't get to ya at Tent City, a bullet just might...

A female Tent City inmate was rushed to the hospital early this morning after she was hit with shrapnel after a bullet was fired at the jail from outside its walls, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officials tell New Times.

About 12:30 a.m., an unknown suspect fired a bullet at Joe Arpaio's infamous outdoor jail from about 120 yards away.

The bullet, MCSO Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre says, hit a fan -- or something -- inside one of the tents. Shrapnel then hit the upper-left-thigh of a female inmate.

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Richard Chrisman Shooting: Mother of Victim Files $30 Million Notice of Claim Against City of Phoenix

Richard Chrisman is accused in the 2010 murder of Daniel Rodriguez.
The mother of a Phoenix man senselessly shot by Phoenix police Officer Richard Chrisman last year has filed a $30 million notice of claim against the officer, the city of Phoenix, and the Phoenix Police Department for the wrongful death of her son.

Daniel Rodriguez -- and his dog -- were fatally shot by Chrisman when he and another officer responded to a domestic violence call at the victim's home. The call was placed by Rodriguez's mother, Elvira Fernandez, who according to the notice of claim, called police after she and her son got into an argument about a vehicle and he threw something into a wall.

"Every day, every hour, every minute and every second, since October 5, 2010, I regretted ever making that 9-1-1 call," Fernandez says.

Click here for all the details of the shooting.

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Is Sarah Palin Considering a Senate Run...in Arizona?

Arizona Senator Sarah Palin?
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, we learned earlier this week, is rumored to be planning to base her hypothetical presidential campaign in Scottsdale, but GOP sources tell New Times the one-time darling of the Conservative movement might be coming to the Grand Canyon State for a different reason: to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl.

Sadly, it makes sense.

Arizona is the Mecca of Conservative kookdom, so it would be much easier for someone like Palin to get elected here than it would be for her to get elected nationally -- where the far-right-wing agenda is much less popular.

In fact, early polling numbers show that if Palin were to run for president, she'd probably never make it out of the primary.

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