Sex offender could get 500 years in prison

LAVEEN, Ariz., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A former Laveen, Ariz., church worker could be facing a prison sentence of more than 500 years after he was convicted of multiple sex crimes.

Dozens of illegal immigrants found

TOLLESON, Ariz., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- About three dozen illegal immigrants were found in the back of an abandoned semi-tractor trailer early Sunday in Arizona.

500th human smuggling case prosecuted

PHOENIX, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Arizona's Maricopa County, which has prosecuted at least 500 human smuggling cases, uses a unique statute aimed at squelching illegal immigration.

Tyson sentenced to one day in jail

PHOENIX, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Boxer Mike Tyson was sentenced to one day in jail, three years probation and fined $3,600 Monday for a felony drug-related charge in Arizona.

Coroner: Death in airport cell accidental

PHOENIX, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A woman detained at the Phoenix airport died of accidental asphyxiation while handcuffed in a holding cell, a coroner's report released Friday said.

Ariz. family reeling from fatal dog attack

PHOENIX, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A family in Maricopa County, Ariz., is struggling to understand why their family dog turned on 4-year-old Tori Whitehurst and mauled her to death.

Bomb found in nuclear worker's truck

PHOENIX, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A contract employee has been detained after an explosive device was found in his truck as he tried to enter an Arizona nuclear power plant, police said.

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Woman gets 10 years for sex attack

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A Tempe, Ariz., woman who stabbed her lover during sex to drink his blood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Seven alleged human smugglers arrested

PHOENIX, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A recent raid of a Phoenix home resulted in the arrest of seven people accused of smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States, police said.

Lawyer hired in Phoenix airport death

PHOENIX, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A prominent Phoenix lawyer has been hired to represent the family of a woman who died in police custody after a disturbance at the city’s airport.

Handcuffs may have strangled irate flier

PHOENIX, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A woman who died in an airport holding cell may have been strangled while trying to free herself from handcuffs, Phoenix police said.

Mike Tyson enters guilty plea

MESA, Ariz., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty Monday to felony drug possession and driving under the influence in Arizona.

8th grader suspended for gun doodle

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- An eighth-grader has been suspended from his Maricopa County school for doodling a picture of a gun on an assignment, the Arizona Republic reported Thursday.

Clinic investigated in liposuction deaths

ANTHEM, Ariz., July 13 (UPI) -- An Arizona medical clinic is under investigation after three people died following liposuction surgery.
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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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