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Man accused of robbing Payson casino gets 5 years in prison

PHOENIX — A man accused of robbing a Payson casino with another employee has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Ryan Pearson of Payson had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.


It Soon Will Be Illegal to Text and Drive in Arizona

The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would prohibit forms of distracted driving. One of the approved bills, sponsored by Republican State Representative Noel Campbell, targets people who use their cellphones while driving. The other bill, sponsored by State Senator


Lakes and streams gush money in Gila County

Go sit by a stream and consider this: Water-based recreation lures 170,000 folks into the out-of-doors every year in Gila County. Make a note: Gila County only has 52,000 residents.


2 men linked to death of Henderson man arrested in Arizona

Officers in Phoenix on Wednesday arrested two men linked to the suspicious death of a Nevada man found dead last week in his Henderson home, Henderson police said Thursday. The Henderson and Phoenix police departments arrested Victor Denogean, 21, and Jose Ortiz-Casillas, 20, each on one charge of m


Payson Unified recognized as national Capture Kids Hearts leader

Payson Unified School District just received recognition as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School from the Flippen Group. But the program took awhile to take hold.


Arizona police release graphic video of deadly officer-involved shooting

Arizona police released a video Wednesday that showed a man throwing a wrench at deputies before they shot him to death while responding to a call from family members concerned for the man’s mental health on Friday.


Company in Arizona says it can build border wall better, faster and cheaper than anyone

COOLIDGE, Arizona — The states neighboring Mexico are looking at options, along with the federal government, on how to build a fence or wall along the border. Build 218 miles of border fence with access roads for the Border Patrol. Incorporate high-tech surveillance and facial recognition cameras. P


The Southwest always has a fire season

The Camp Fire that decimated Paradise, Calif. and killed 85 people in a town much like Payson loomed over Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin’s annual fire season preparation meeting on April 10.


Wildlife officials say 2019's first known Southeast Arizona bear sighting was April 2

Wildlife officials thought they had a video, with a timestamp showing April 6, of Southeast Arizona's first confirmed bear sighting of 2019, but they've since obtained an earlier photo.


Arizona's brush with potential hacker during 2016 election

PHOENIX — The 2016 Presidential election was not a nail biter in Arizona. But leading up to it there were concerns about maintaining its integrity. For Bill Maaske, the Chief Information Officer for the Secretary of State, it began with a phone call in July 2016. It was from the State's Chief Inform


Young woman accused of trying to pass fake cash at Country Thunder

FLORENCE (3TV/CBS5) -- Country Thunder is over for another year, wrapping up with 11 arrests during the four-day fest. That's not terrible, considering some 30,000 people attended the country concerts each night.


Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names

PHOENIX — Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.


Arizona Politicos React To Mueller Report

On Thursday, the report prepared by Special counsel Robert Mueller was release to the public and react was swift and predictable. The report found that investigators did not uncover any evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russians. The report covered 10 specific episodes relate


Arizona governor signs 'Blow Dry Freedom' law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill into law Tuesday to abolish occupational licensing requirements to blow dry hair in the state, a move he has praised as a “big win for freedom and Arizona workers.”


Southern Arizona will be hoppin' with Easter egg hunts this weekend

Tucson community organizations are gearing up for the Easter holiday with activities for the whole family. Saturday egg hunts will prepare little ones for what’s in store on Easter Sunday, and music and activities will get you in the spring mood.


Arizona House sends proposal banning use of cellphones by drivers to Gov. Ducey

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Arizona is set to become one of the last states to ban texting while driving after a bill passed the Arizona House, but the state's action could take it a step further, almost entirely taking the phone out of your hand.


Payson Council on the fire merger

The firefighters love it. And the fire departments around the state that have merged love the result. Still, interviews with the Payson Town Council reveals deep skepticism about a proposal to merge the Payson, Hellsgate and Houston Mesa fire departments into a single joint powers authority (JPA), o


Payson clinches 3A East baseball title share

If they beat Show Low at 6 p.m. tonight, Payson’s baseball team clinches the 3A East championship outright. And that’s just how the Longhorns want it. It’s not a must win, since they need only one win in their final three games to claim the region crown. They’ve already assured themselves of at leas


Payson's senior night showdown

Buckle up Longhorn softball fans, we’re experiencing some turbulence. No one could have expected a smooth flight to a 3A East softball championship for any team in this most competitive of regions.


Globe and Ray school districts to get new buses

Three more area school districts are slated for new buses in the fifth and final round of Arizona’s Lower-Emission School Bus Program awards. In his April 8 statement, Governor Doug Ducey announced $5 million in funding to buy 45 new school buses for rural school districts and charter schools across