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.

'Hopeless' coma victim awakens

PHOENIX, June 27 (UPI) -- A Phoenix man who was injured so badly in a car accident his wife wanted to discontinue life support has regained consciousness and basic communications.

Illegal immigrants weak link in bioterror

PHOENIX, May 19 (UPI) -- Arizona officials are wrestling with the possibility that illegal immigrants could become a weak link in efforts to control a bioterrorism attack.

Man in lockdown for exposing others to TB

PHOENIX, May 2 (UPI) -- An Arizona man with tuberculosis is being kept in a hospital jail ward for going out in public without a mask and not taking his medication.

Man jailed in tuberculosis case

PHOENIX, April 12 (UPI) -- An Arizona man who contracted drug-resistant tuberculosis in Russia is living in legal limbo in a Phoenix jail cell.

Inmates to sing for judges' consideration

PHOENIX, March 22 (UPI) -- Singing like a canary is a good thing for six contestants in the Maricopa County, Ariz., jail "Inmate Idle" competition.

Phoenix's county is fastest-growing

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Arizona's Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, is the fastest-growing area in the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

Alleged Ariz. killer to face death penalty

PHOENIX, March 17 (UPI) -- A prosecutor in Arizona's Maricopa County says the prosecution will seek the death penalty in suspected serial killer Mark Goudeau's upcoming trial.

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Condo burns as man shops for extinguisher

CHANDLER, Ariz., March 10 (UPI) -- An Arizona man's condo was nearly burned up while he ran off to Wal-Mart to buy a fire extinguisher. Maricopa County authorities said 19-year-old Jonathan Zaltel of Chandler apparently started the blaze himself while cooking up a batch of methamphetamine

Fugitive priest arrested

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A Roman Catholic priest is being held in Phoenix on charges that he assaulted a woman who worked at his Las Vegas church.

Arizona battles immigrant smuggling

PHOENIZ, Ariz., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Arizona faces a number of court battles in what could turn out to be illegal efforts to crackdown on immigrant smuggling by following the money trail.

Serial shooter suspect takes overdose

PHOENIX, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- One of the suspects in Arizona's serial shooter case apparently tried to kill himself by taking an overdose of over-the-counter antihistamines.

No charges for Billy the Kid disinterment

PRESCOTT, Ariz., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Several former local officials from New Mexico will not be prosecuted in Arizona for disinterring one of the men who claimed to be Billy the Kid.
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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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