Two under-aged Arizona youth took police on a joyride across Safford in a stolen car. The two 14, and 15-year-old boys found the car with the keys inside and could not pass up the opportunity. They stole the car and later picked up three 15-year-old girls. Police became suspicious when the car made an improper left turn. The stolen car soon began to pick up speed reaching over 100 mph.
The officer eventually lost sight of the car which was later found abandoned in the desert. Police found the three girls who had only minor bumps and bruises and were later released to their parents. The boys turned themselves in the next morning after spending the night in the dugouts at a local school. Both teenagers were arrested, booked into juvenile detention and may be charged with theft of means of transportation. The 14-year-old who admitted to driving the car may also be charged with reckless driving, unlawful flight from law enforcement, endangerment and criminal damage.
Phoenix’s Mountain Ridge High School took first place at the Arizona High School State Mock Trial Tournament on Saturday, March 23rd at the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse. Xavier College Preparatory took 2nd , with Arizona School for the Arts taking 3rd place and University High School (Tucson) taking 4th place. As the State Champion, Mountain Ridge High School represented Arizona at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Indianapolis, IN, May 9-12. They placed 15th in the nation!
Individual award winners (nominated by tournament judges for outstanding performance as an attorney) of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel’s scholarships were as follows:
Heidi Artigue (Chaparral)--$500
Alexis Carter (South Mountain)--$300
Madison Dodge (University)--$200
Sarah Molinaro (Mountain Ridge)
Margo Evilsizor (ASA)
Victoria Wisthoff (Xavier)
Jay Lusk (Basis Flagstaff)
Courtroom Artist Contest Winners
- State & Region 3 Winner: Haley McCormick, Mountain Ridge High School
- State Runner Up: Sarah Wang, Mountain Ridge High School
- Region 6 Winner: Sarah Knight, Tanque Verde High School
- Region 7 Winner: Dakota Phelps, Northland Preparatory School
On April 8th Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1139 which officially established an annual day to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy. Each year the fourth Saturday in July will celebrate this special part of our history. "Many of the blessing enjoyed by Arizonans today are because of the contributions of our Keepers of the Range: The Arizona cowboy and cowgirl. These men and women- of all races and backgrounds- are among the truest symbols of the American southwest,"said Governor Brewer. This year National Day of the Cowboy will fall on July 27.
The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office is attempting to fight the growing problem of synthetic drugs commonly known as “bath salts” and “spice”. In the beginning of August, the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office sought a motion for preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction against several stores that sell synthetic drugs. A permanent injunction in this case would create a ban on synthetic drugs. However, a motion for preliminary injunction would only stop the sale of synthetic drugs for a limited time while the larger issue of the ban of synthetic drugs is being decided.
After several days of heart-wrenching testimony the judge declared synthetic drugs a public nuisance and ordered a temporary ban of the substances. The case for a permanent ban of “bath salts” is still ongoing, but the temporary ban gives Yavapai County hope that soon these highly dangerous and unpredictable synthetic drugs will no longer be allowed in their county.
To see more information about the case click here.
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