ARIZONA NEWS

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Jan. 12-14

Jan 15, 2024, 3:05 PM

Weekend wrap-up: Arizona's biggest news stories from Jan. 12-14...

East Valley police departments have announced they're investigating various teen violence cases. To the left is a suspect in one of these cases; to the right is a screenshot of another group assault. (Pinal County Sheriff's Office Photo/Gilbert Police Photo)

(Pinal County Sheriff's Office Photo/Gilbert Police Photo)

PHOENIX — Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.


Gilbert Police release photos, more information on youth violence cases

The Gilbert Police Department released photos related to two alleged teen violence incidences:

– A group assault at a parking garage near Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue.

– Another group assault on a sidewalk near Guadalupe Road and Freestone Parkway.

Although the PD didn’t say when the assaults took place, it encouraged people to submit tips via call at 480-503-6500 or anonymously through the online tip site.


5 arrests made in connection with 2 violent attacks on minors in East Valley

Authorities said they arrested five suspects they believe are connected to violent attacks on minors in the East Valley in 2023.

One of those suspects, 20-year-old Jacob Pennington, allegedly told police he was associated with the Gilbert Goons.

This notorious group of affluent teenagers is known for committing blitz-style assaults on young boys in the East Valley.

Pennington allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old boy in November in San Tan Valley, police said.

Four additional suspects were arrested in connection to a group attack on a minor outside an In-N-Out in Gilbert.

Two 18-year-olds, Christopher Fantastic and Aris Arredondo, were arrested, along with two unnamed 16-year-olds.


PCSO announces 2nd arrest made in assault case involving alleged Gilbert Goon

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office announced it arrested a second suspect in connection to the San Tan Valley assault of a 16-year-old.

Garrett Bagshaw, 18, allegedly assaulted the minor alongside Pennington.

Police documents related to the arrest said Bagshaw, Pennington, and other assailants attacked the victim in a desert area near Wagon Wheel Road and Sun Dance Drive at about 9:45 p.m.


Former Arizona teacher sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a former Arizona teacher who allegedly sexually exploited a minor on Wednesday.

Randy Young, 44, formerly taught in Cottonwood and also coached girls sports.

A judge sentenced him to 50 years in prison, authorities said.


Loop 101, US 60 closed in metro Phoenix over weekend for projects

State transportation officials said portions of the Loop 101 and U.S. 60 would be closed in metro Phoenix over the weekend due to improvement projects.

One of those projects was for widening the southbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway from Princess Drive/Pima Road to Shea Boulevard.

The closure on that stretch of the freeway lasted from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures at a campaign rally Saturd...

Associated Press

Donald Trump wins Missouri and Idaho caucuses, sweeps Michigan GOP convention

Trump continued his march toward the GOP nomination, winning caucuses in Idaho and Missouri and sweeping the convention in Michigan.

2 hours ago

Maine man, 79, dies while hiking Pyramid Trail in Sedona...

Damon Allred

Gov. Katie Hobbs announces Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan, establishes chief heat officer

Gov. Katie Hobbs announced the state's first Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan, creating the country's first state level heat officer.

2 hours ago

Kacey Musgraves, center, performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Su...

KTAR.com

Kacey Musgraves to play Glendale concert in September

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves is scheduled to perform at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale on Sept. 27.

4 hours ago

Jose Andres Guerrero Talamantes...

KTAR.com

Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run case in Carefree from December

Police arrested a man on Friday on felony hit-and-run charges involving death as part of an investigation into a crash that occurred in Carefree.

6 hours ago

Traffic is backed up on Interstate 10 near State Route 347 south of metro Phoenix...

KTAR.com

Report lists Phoenix, Tucson among U.S. cities with worst drivers

Two Arizona cities have landed in the top 10 of a national ranking of places with the worst drivers in the nation.

8 hours ago

Caution tape in front of police car....

KTAR.com

2 police officers injured in crash with suspected impaired driver in Phoenix

Two police officers suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in central Phoenix early Saturday morning.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Jan. 12-14