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Woman charged following fatal drug-related attempted robbery

Reports say that 22-year-old woman is facing multiple charges following an alleged drug deal that turned into an attempted robbery and murder in Arizona. According to police, the woman and her boyfriend had plotted to rob a man of his marijuana when he arrived at her Phoenix apartment to sell it to the couple. The man allegedly had 50 pounds of marijuana, and police say the couple had convinced him that they planned to buy it for $22,000.

According to reports, the dealer and a woman described as the go-between arrived at the woman's apartment, and the woman's boyfriend emerged from a closet with a gun. Police say that he forced the dealer and the go-between to the ground, but as he was attempting to tie them up, he got into a struggle with the dealer. He was shot in the head while the dealer was shot in the torso, and both men died.

Man detained after Arizona BB gun hostage-taking episode

An alleged burglar has been detained by Pima County deputies in the aftermath of a home robbery gone wrong. The 21-year-old man was allegedly in the process of burgling a home when the homeowner surprised him and took the man's pistol. However, the man was then able to regain control of the situation after the homeowner went outside to contact authorities; the man allegedly discovered a BB gun that resembled an assault rifle inside the home and used it to take the homeowner hostage when he returned inside.

Deputies say that they ordered the man to go to the ground when they arrived. Instead, the man allegedly turned and took aim at one of the deputies, leading to the deputy shooting the man. The man survived and was transported to a hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. He was charged with burglary in the first degree as well as two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Son of well-known actor detained on drug charges

Arizona residents may be interested in a recent drug case involving the 20-year-old son of the actor Robert Downey Jr. On June 29, authorities detained the 20-year-old man on suspicion of drug possession after a traffic stop in West Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Reportedly, the actor's son was one of three occupants of a vehicle that was pulled over by authorities for an undisclosed reason. While authorities did not detain the other two occupants, they did take the actor's son into custody on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine, the LASD stated. The 20-year-old man reportedly faces an August 29 court date in connection with the incident.

Police searching for man who allegedly robbed gas station

It was reported on June 28 that the authorities were searching for a man who was believed to be involved in the robbery of a Phoenix gas station. According to the report, the incident occurred at a SuperPumper store located near the intersection of Tatum and Shea boulevards on June 10 at approximately 9 p.m.

The man was accused of pulling a handgun on the clerk. She told the authorities that the man told her to give him the money and that he did not want to hurt her. After being handed the money, the man fled from the scene on foot.

Arizona father and son sentenced to 15 years

Media sources report that a Maricopa County father and son have both been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison in connection to various drug charges. Police initially took the men, ages 47 and 24, into custody after allegedly accusing them of running a widespread drug trafficking operation that transported narcotics to the East Coast and Midwest.

As part of their investigation, police reportedly seized approximately $400,000 in assets including numerous weapons and vehicles. In addition, authorities accused the two of having earned more than $1 million in the course of trafficking more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana from Mesa. The pair was among 12 others that were reportedly indicted in connection to the case.

Man faces charges after shooting at moon

A 39-year-old Arizona man was taken into custody in Prescott after he allegedly fired a handgun at the moon while inside a local residence, according to media sources. Reports indicate that the man is now facing seven charges in connection with the June 6 incident, including endangerment, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

The other occupants of the residence reportedly left the building after hearing several shots fired. These witnesses told officials that the man had started firing out of a window after commenting that he had seen Halley's Comet. During the investigation, the man told law enforcement officials that he did not intend to hurt anyone with the firearm, and no injuries were reported at the residence.

Man accused of robbing Arizona GameStop identified

Police took a 41-year-old man accused of robbing a GameStop in Gilbert into police custody on May 30, authorities reported. Police also suspect that the man was involved in another GameStop robbery in Glendale, reportedly.

The alleged robbery of the Gilbert store took place at approximately 11:30 a.m. on May 24. Police claim the 41-year-old man was armed with a gun during the robbery. On May 29, police released to the public surveillance video and photos purportedly related to the robbery. Multiple tips from the public helped police identify and detain the 41-year-old man the next day, according to police.

Drugs, vehicles confiscated in Mesa

Arizona and California law enforcement officials confiscated more than $600,000 worth of drugs and stolen vehicles and took five people into custody on May 29. The Arizona Department of Public Safety reported that the defendants allegedly wrote down a vehicle identification number from a ruined vehicle as they found a similar vehicle to steal. They then switched the VINs and adjusted the vehicle title in California by using a title stolen from Arizona. The Department of Public Safety initially looked into the problem of possible stolen vehicles in the area several months prior, after a vehicle was listed on Craigslist under questionable circumstances.

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division reported that the titles were stolen in March 2012, and 13 vehicles were recovered. Numerous state and local agencies cooperated together to serve 10 search warrants in two cities in California as well as in Mesa. The task force called the investigation 'Operation Bloodhound."

What the 100 deadliest days means for teen drivers

Memorial Day is more than just the unofficial start of summer. For teenagers, it is a step closer to summer vacation and the freedom and fun that the break provides. For many high-school kids and those getting ready to enter college, this time of year is like no other because they are able to spend more time with friends and go places they would not usually go (because of school).

Unfortunately, the summer is also known as a dangerous time for young drivers. Especially considering that during this time of year, young people are apt to experiment with drugs and alcohol. They also may not realize (or appreciate) the dangers of driving while intoxicated, and this ignorance commonly leads to preventable accidents.

Why having an attorney is important in criminal matters

The arrest of a woman who left her two young children in the car while attended a job interview has sparked controversy throughout Arizona. Essentially, allegations are swirling that she is a victim of circumstance and that the state systems that were previously available (that are no longer there) are the main culprits in this crime.

According to police, the two-year-old and six-month-old boys were unharmed when they were taken from the vehicle. The boys’ mother was jobless, and was struggling to get back on her feet in order to provide a home for her children. Since her arrest in March, she has been barred from seeing the children. In her next hearing, she will ask, a Maricopa County judge for permission to see them.