Sheriff Joe Arpaio's department to be monitored for racial profiling

PHOENIX, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A federal judge's ruling released Wednesday requires a monitor look over Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's shoulder to watch for any racial profiling by his staff.

Maricopa County jails in Arizona to transition to vegetarian meals

PHOENIX, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that his eight Maricopa County jails in Arizona will transition to serving only vegetarian meals to save money.

Jury deliberates in Arizona Buddhist temple massacre retrial

PHOENIX, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Phoenix jury began deliberating Tuesday in the retrial of Jonathan Doody, charged with killing nine people at a Buddhist temple in 1991.

Former transportation secretary's husband sentenced for molestation

PHOENIX, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Terryl Peters, the husband of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for child molestation.

Debra Milke to be released from death row, pending retrial

PHOENIX, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge ruled Debra Milke, in custody for 24 years, can be released on bond, pending a retrial of her murder case.

Judge says monitor will oversee operations of Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio

PHOENIX, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A federal judge says a monitor will be appointed to oversee the operations of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of racial profiling in May.

Gun used in 1991 temple massacre in Arizona focus of retrial testimony

PHOENIX, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A rifle used in a 1991 massacre at a Buddhist temple in Arizona is again the focus of testimony in the retrial of a man convicted in the nine murders.
No decision yet on date for new sentencing phase for Jodi Arias

No decision yet on date for new sentencing phase for Jodi Arias

PHOENIX, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A judge in Phoenix Monday put off setting a date for a new sentencing phase for convicted murderer Jodi Arias.

Arizona health officials want to know what sickened 74 diners

PHOENIX, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Public health officials are still trying to determine what sickened 74 people at a Phoenix-area Mexican restaurant, leaving two young diners seriously ill.

Monitor proposal holding up agreement with Arizona sheriff, ACLU

PHOENIX, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Lawyers say a dispute over the extent of a court-appointed monitor's power is delaying resolution of a suit against Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sen. John McCain reports for jury duty

Sen. John McCain reports for jury duty

PHOENIX, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he was called in for jury duty Monday in Phoenix.

Body of ex-Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo found after drowning

PHOENIX, July 29 (UPI) -- The body of former Chicago Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo was recovered from an Arizona lake Monday after a drowning accident, authorities said.

Jodi Arias appears in court, no new trial date for sentencing set

PHOENIX, July 16 (UPI) -- Convicted murderer Jodi Arias made a brief appearance in a Phoenix courtroom Tuesday, but no new date for the sentencing phase of her trial was determined.

Procession for 19 firefighters crosses Arizona

PRESCOTT, Ariz., July 7 (UPI) -- Crowds turned out Sunday to watch 19 hearses bring home the bodies of 19 firefighters killed last week fighting the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona.
Preliminary reports released on 19 firefighters who died in Ariz. fire

Preliminary reports released on 19 firefighters who died in Ariz. fire

PRESCOTT, Ariz., July 5 (UPI) -- The 19 elite firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire died of fire-related injuries such as burns and inhalation problems, preliminary autopsies indicated.
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Maricopa County
Mike Tyson, pictured in a mug shot taken by the Maricopa County Police Department, was arrested outside of a night club in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 29, 2006. The former heavyweight champion is charged with drunk-driving and drug possession after nearly crashing into a police car as he left the night club, Arizona police said. (UPI Photo/Maricopa County Police Department)

Maricopa County (pronounced /ˌmærɨˈkoʊpə/) is located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of July 2008, its population was 3,954,598, which ranks fourth among the nation's counties and is greater than the population of 24 states. The county seat is Phoenix, which is Arizona's largest city and capital. The center of population of Arizona is located in Maricopa County, in the town of Gilbert. It is by far Arizona's most populous county, encompassing well more than half of the state's residents.

The population explosion is evident in a 2007 Forbes study which ranked four of Maricopa County's municipalities in the top ten fastest-growing cities in the nation. Those included Buckeye as the 2nd-fastest-growing city, Surprise and Goodyear as 3rd and 4th, and Avondale as 9th. All four of these cities are located in the booming "West Valley" which is the area of Maricopa County to the west of the City of Phoenix.

There are five Indian reservations located in the county. The largest of these are the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (East of Scottsdale) and the Gila River Indian Community (South of Phoenix), both of which have casino gambling.

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