Phoenix man gets probation in child pornography case

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A Phoenix man arrested two years ago on child-pornography charges was sentenced to 10 years’ probation by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

Christopher Madill, 34, also must register as a sex offender, Judge Jose Padilla ordered Thursday.

He will be allowed to use a computer at work and in his home, but Madill will need to have software installed so it can log what websites he is visiting and track what he is typing.

Madill had letters written on his behalf and has maintained employment over the past two years, his attorney, Craig Gillespie, said.

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Widow in Mesa care center celebrates return of stolen rings

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Scheryl Silvio’s left ring finger was beginning to turn a little blue. A nearby employee of the Fellowship Square assisted living center in Mesa asked her if she wanted to remove the rings that had been placed on her finger minutes earlier.

Silvio recoiled.

The engagement and wedding rings were back on her finger for the first time since 2013, when a caregiver stole them from her room.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich had knelt next to Silvio on Tuesday morning and put the rings on her fingers.

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Double shooting in Phoenix was murder-suicide, police say

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A double shooting in Phoenix on Monday night appears to be a murder-suicide, according to Phoenix police.

Officials say Oliver Olague-Acosta, 34, shot and killed Iveth Susana Chavez, 33, before shooting himself. Four juveniles had either been in or just outside the house at the time, police said.

One of the children called 911 just before 10 p.m.  When police officers arrived on scene near 63rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, they encountered four children leaving the home unharmed, police said.

“The four children told officers that their mother and stepfather were arguing,” said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. “They said they heard about four gunshots.”

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Chandler police: Woman rammed police car, tried to run over officer

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A woman was booked on two charges after Chandler police accused her of ramming a police car with her vehicle and attempting to run over an officer Monday afternoon, police said.

Enriqutta Martha Herrera, 33, was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful flight, said Sgt. Daniel Mejia, a Chandler Police Department spokesman.

Herrera initially was reported as a possible impaired driver by a bystander shortly after 1:45 p.m., Mejia said. A Chandler police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on Herrera, who was driving a blue Chrysler sedan, on Arizona Avenue and Chandler Heights Road, Mejia said.

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Phoenix woman, ‘soft-hearted and loving,’ slain in Florida double homicide

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Father recalls Kassi Henderson’s big heart, her jokes, her kind spirit

A Phoenix native who was killed in the Florida panhandle was remembered Friday by her father for her strength as a person and her loving nature.

Kassi Henderson, 33, was visiting her friend Mary Reed, 61, in Florida for the winter because she hated the cold, said Kassi’s father, Brock Henderson of Phoenix.

Henderson and Reed were shot Feb. 11 and William Hawk, 75, was taken into custody the next day in a suspected domestic-violence case, authorities said.

Kassi had gone to school with Reed’s son, and when he died of cancer, it brought the two closer together, Henderson said.

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Are you a veteran? Need a job? 60 employers are looking to hire you

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More than 670 job-seeking veterans are expected to attend the Greater Phoenix Veterans Job Fair at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Thursday.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature more than 60 exhibitors including employers, franchisers, educational institutions and veterans associations, according to RecruitMilitary, a military-focused recruitment company for veterans and their spouses. Available jobs range from entry level to executive positions.

Veterans can register to participate in the job fair online at

Some of the featured companies at the fair include American Express, USAA, Farmers Insurance, ASML and the Gilbert Police Department.

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Security issue diverting Phoenix-bound flight was ‘unfounded,’ airline says

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The unspecified security issue that diverted an American Airlines flight destined for Phoenix to St. Louis on Thursday morning was unfounded, an airline official said.

Flight 534 from Columbus, Ohio, made an unscheduled landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport around 8 a.m. local time, officials said.

“The incident was deemed non-credible by law enforcement,” according to an official statement from the airline. “American plans to continue flight 534 to Phoenix shortly.”

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