| Arizona Republic
Nathan Delafield woke up at the homeless shelter, not in his bed, where he’d fallen asleep, but in another family’s room.
His mom, a drug-addict with mental health issues, had carried him there as he’d slept.
The 8-year-old shivered as he looked for her.
Nathan had lived in places like this, and on the street. He had attended a half dozen schools already. Sometimes he didn’t go at all. His dad was in prison.
Now his mom was gone.
A child welfare worker took Nathan to his uncle and aunt, Kate and Randy Delafield. It was supposed to be temporary, but Nathan would grow up there, a ward of the state until he was 21.
He had marveled at their modest house. He’d never lived in one before.
His uncle was a laborer...Read More
| Arizona Republic
A person suspected of shooting another person in Chandler on Wednesday afternoon got away and later turned themselves in at a police station, police said.
Chandler police responded to a call about 4:45 p.m. of a shooting at an apartment complex near Chandler Boulevard and Alma School Road.
Upon arrival, officers found one person who had been shot and immediately transported the victim to a local hospital, said Sgt. Jason A. McClimans of Chandler police. Police helicopters searched the area and schools were briefly locked down.
The suspect walked into the lobby of the Chandler Police Department at about 5:30 p.m. and surrendered, McClimans said.
Police reported that there were no outstanding suspects and that school lockdowns had been lifted.
The iden...Read More
Two days after announcing a state trooper would not face charges for shooting and killing a Black man, the Maricopa County attorney is asking lawmakers to mandate body-worn cameras for all uniformed officers in the field.
County Attorney Allister Adel sent letters on Wednesday to six lawmakers asking for the leadership at the Arizona Legislature to come together to take action during the next session.
Senate President Karen Fann, Majority Leader Rick Gray and Minority Leader David Bradley, and House Speaker Rusty Brown, Majority Leader Warren Petersen and Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez were sent identical letters. Gov. Doug Ducey also received a copy.
Adel told The Arizona Republic she has had conv...Read More
An investigation is underway after a 17-year-old shot a man at Skyline Park in Mesa on Tuesday night, police said.
According to Mesa police, 27-year-old Christopher Clark was found with multiple gunshot wounds after a confrontation between Clark and a group of teenagers. Clark was taken to Banner Desert Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Police said a group of teenagers was gathered at the park when an argument between Clark and the group ensued. A 17-year-old boy shot Clark multiple times after Clark pointed a gun at a 16-year-old boy within the group, said Detective Jason Flam of the Mesa Police Department.
The teenagers fled the scene, and the mother of the 17-year-old boy contacted the Mesa Police Department to report the shooting, Flam said.
Police said all guns have bee...Read More
Unlicensed caregiver Christine Garthright, 51, was arrested Wednesday and accused of financially exploiting a senior, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Garthright began her duties as a paid, “live-in” caregiver for the 89-year-old victim in Dewey four years ago after moving to Arizona from Washington, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The victim, who had recently experienced a stroke and has poor sight and hearing, relied on Garthright for transportation and everyday tasks.
During this time, detectives later found that the victim had bought two cars for Garthright and her daughter, paid for her daughter’s rent in Washington and allowed the daughter to stay with them in his home for a period of ti...Read More
A man is demanding $2.5 million from the city of Tempe, saying a “hyperaggressive” police officer with a known history of using unnecessary force against unarmed Black men held him at gunpoint while looking for a white suspect.
Body-camera video first reported by The Arizona Republic shows Tempe police Officer Ronald Kerzaya holding hotel employee Trevonyae Cumpian at gunpoint for minutes. Cumpian has decided to file suit.
Kerzaya was looking for a white man wearing a black shirt and tan pants. Cumpian, 28, was wearing his work uniform, which identified him as a hotel employee...Read More
The family of Dion Johnson, the 28-year-old who was shot following a struggle with an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper, presented audio of a dispatch call of the incident, saying authorities let Johnson lie on the ground for six minutes before he got medical help.
An attorney for Johnson’s family, Jocquese Blackwell, played the audio, which was also later posted on the Facebook page of an activist organization, Phoenix Local Organizing Committee for Justice or Else. The audio was initially posted within an unlisted YouTube video. Blackwell said the family received the link to the YouTube video but did not know the origins.
“The question that the family has is, why do we have to, time and time again, find ourselves ...Read More
Joann Vega and two other executives at the now-closed Discovery Creemos Academy charter school knew they were in financial trouble during the 2016-17 academic year.
Enrollment was falling at the K-8 Goodyear charter school, and there were concerns about keeping teachers employed and classrooms open for students.
The three orchestrated an enrollment-inflation scheme to keep $2.5 million in state and federal tax dollars flowing into the school from 2016 to 2018, court records show.
Eventually, they were caught and each admitted to the fraud.
Vega on Wednesday became the second school executive sentenced in the case...Read More