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On Monday, an 18-year-old girl was arrested for reportedly agreeing to have sex with a man in exchange for a meal at McDonald’s, reports.

Tempe police arrested Faelyn Ritz after her and a 14-year-old friend allegedly planned to sleep with two men for fast food. Ritz is now facing a prostitution charge for the incident.

Last week, an Avondale woman died after being shot at her daughter's eighth-grade graduation, reports.

Takesha Barnes was attending her daughter's graduation at Westview High School, when she was allegedly shot and killed by Thomas Lamont Moton, her ex-boyfriend. Moton has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting.

For the first time in 5 weeks, Tucson police have released new information about the disappearance of Isabel Celis, reports.

On Friday, Tucson Police Department released around 550 pages of documents from its investigation of the girl’s disappearance. The documents include evidence of blood found at the Celis’ residence.

This week, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an alleged cat hoarder who admitted to making “feline stew” with the bodies of deceased cats, reports.

Deputies charged 81-year-old Lucienne Touboul with 26 counts of animal cruelty and neglect. This isn’t her first run in with the law for animal cruelty.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man on accusations that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted at least two people, reports.

Lee Charles Lubonne, a father of two, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. According to authorities, Lubonne used Craigslist to lure his victims.

On Sunday, two men were hospitalized after getting into a violent altercation over a racial slur, The Arizona Republic reports.

According to police, a Caucasian homeless man yelled a racial epithet at an African American man outside of a Phoenix Circle K. When the man confronted the homeless individual, things got violent.

On Wednesday, Gilbert police arrested a man for allegedly trying to make a citizen’s arrest on a jogger for running in the bike lane, the Phoenix New Times reports.

Kyle Frost was apparently so upset about a man jogging in the bicycle lane that he decided to take the law into his own hands. Frost was then booked into jail on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment, disorderly conduct, and assault.

Police have arrested an Ironwood Ridge High School art teacher on accusations that she engaged in sexual acts with two of her students on several occasions, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Melissa Ann Dalton has been charged with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor. The reported victims of the crimes were both male and 15 and 16 years old respectively.

On Friday, a man convicted of committing a series of armed robberies in the Phoenix area in 2009 and 2010 was sentenced to 42 years in prison, The Arizona Republic reports.

Stephen Bernard Young pleaded guilty to eight counts of armed robbery for three separate incidents. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Gottsfield sentenced Young to two 21-year terms for the robberies.

On Thursday, a Mesa cardiologist entered into a plea agreement over accusations that he inappropriately touched or sexually abused 19 of his female patients, The Arizona Republic reports.

In 2010, 19 of Dr. Richard Lewis’ female patients came forward, accusing the cardiologist of inappropriate sexual touching, and even rape in some cases, during treatment or examinations. Lewis was indicted on 61 counts of sexual assault and related crimes.

On Monday, Phoenix police arrested a teacher and football coach at Cortez High School on accusations that the man tried to lure a minor for sex on the Internet, reports.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, 44-year-old Jeffrey Huelster was charged with one count of aggravated sexual luring of a minor and two counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, both of which are classified as Dangerous Crimes Against Children under Arizona's criminal code.

A Phoenix woman has been arrested on accusations that she lied about having breast cancer to collect thousands of dollars which she used to buy breast implants, reports.

According to police, 27-year-old Jami Toler collected the money from family, friends, and co-workers, telling them it was for cancer treatment. Toler has been charged with felony fraud and theft.

Police now believe that a shooting that left five people dead in Gilbert on Wednesday was a domestic-violence incident, The Arizona Republic reports.

According to police, Jason Todd Ready shot and killed four members of his household, including a 15-month-old girl, before committing suicide. Ready reportedly had ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups.

On Monday, state lawmakers in both the House and the Senate approved a new bill that would revise Arizona’s anti-stalking law to incorporate electronic communications, reports.

House Bill 2549 includes both smartphone and cyber communications within its definition of stalking. However, it doesn’t include harassment on social media sites like Facebook.

Tucson police are pursuing new leads in the search for Isabel Mercedes Celis, The Associated Press reports. 6-year-old Celis vanished from her Tucson home sometime between the evening of April 20 and the early morning hours of April 21.

Police have ruled out the possibility that Isabel woke up in the middle of the night and left her home on her own. They’re now interviewing individuals captured in surveillance footage walking near the girl’s home around the time of her disappearance.