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A Valley school bus driver has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, child prostitution, and supplying obscene materials to a minor, AZfamily.com reports.

Brian DiCamillo has been accused of sexually abusing children he drives to and from school each day. His wife, Jenifer DiCamillo, was arrested for failing to stop the abuse or reports the crimes to authorities, according to police.

Some people love animals too much. A Pinal couple has pleaded guilty to bestiality charges, after allegedly setting up a rendezvous with a golden shepherd mix, AZfamily.com reports.

Sarah and Shane Walker originally pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy to commit bestiality charges. However, on Wednesday, the couple apparently came clean, changing their plea to guilty.

On Friday, a 14-year-old shot a man who allegedly broke into the boy’s Phoenix home, AZfamily.com reports.

According to authorities, the boy and his three younger siblings were home alone when they heard a knock at their door. After the boy refused to answer, an intruder decided to let himself in. He was in for a surprise.

On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld one of the key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law known as SB 1070, The Arizona Republic reports.

While the Supreme Court struck down three of the bill’s contested provisions, the Court upheld what’s possibly the most controversial element: A section that allows law enforcement officials to verify a person’s immigration status. Both Gov. Jan Brewer and the Obama administration have touted the mixed decision as a partial victory.

Last night, three people were wounded when a shootout ensued during a botched home invasion, AZfamily.com reports.

According to authorities, a church group of 20 people, including children, was present at the Phoenix home when the incident took place. The same house was the target of a home invasion robbery three weeks ago, police say.

On Wednesday, a former employee at a federal prison near Phoenix was indicted for sexually abusing inmates who were under his supervision, The Arizona Republic reports.

Joe A. Martinez has been accused of sexually assaulting two female inmates while working at the Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix. If convicted of the charges, the former prison worker could spend the rest of his life in prison.

(Oh, the irony.)

On Friday, police arrested a Glendale man after he reported to police that his wife had killed herself, The Arizona Republic reports.

Thomas Bodine was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Police found Bodine’s wife dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

We've all been there. You're late to an important meeting or your daughter's recital and before you know it you're speeding. Traffic tickets have the ability to make a bad day worse.

Besides a steep fine, a traffic ticket can put points on your license, causing your insurance rate to skyrocket. So, here are a few things to keep in mind when fighting a traffic ticket in Phoenix.

Phoenix police have arrested a Casa Grande school district board member on child pornography charges, CBS News reports.

Jere Robert Hansen was arrested after investigators reportedly found several pieces of child pornography at his business in Casa Grande. Hansen has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, authorities say.

Police have arrested a man who’s suspected of stealing a rare copy of the Book of Mormon from a Mesa bookstore, CBS News reports.

U.S. Marshals and FBI agents arrested 48-year-old Jay Linford in Herndon, Virginia. Investigators found an 1830 first edition of the Book of Mormon valued at $100,000 in Linford’s apartment, authorities say.

Cosmopolitan magazine quizzes can be pretty steamy, but who knew they could be dangerous as well?

On Sunday morning, Mesa police arrested 22-year-old Noelle Clough after she allegedly stabbed her husband over a quiz in Cosmopolitan magazine, AZfamily.com reports. Clough will likely be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Riding in a paddle boat is supposed to relax you, not send you into a murderous rage, but Peoria police have arrested an El Mirage man who allegedly drowned his friend while riding in stolen paddle boats, The Arizona Republic reports.

Eduardo Mercado, Rueben Diaz, and Julian Tamayo reportedly stole two paddle boats while high on meth. After getting into an argument with Diaz about which direction to paddle, 20-year-old Mercado allegedly threw 21-year-old Diaz into the water and drowned the man, authorities say.

Authorities now have a new theory regarding the five burned bodies police found in a charred SUV in the Pinal County desert on Saturday, The Arizona Republic reports.

Initially, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told the press that the incident was probably drug-related, as the bodies were found in an area known for drug smuggling. However, now police believe that the bodies are part of a murder-suicide involving James Butwin, Yafit Butwin, and their three children.

One person was stabbed and another hurt in a bizarre brawl on Tuesday involving a screwdriver, a knife, and a bottle of soy sauce, AZfamily.com reports.

Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 37-year-old Joel Nuccio for allegedly attacking a female friend first with a full bottle of soy sauce, then with a screwdriver, according to authorities. Nuccio has been charged with aggravated assault, two counts of misdemeanor assault, and one count of disturbing the peace.

A computer can be a dangerous tool in the hands of a parent with a grudge. The sentencing hearing for a Gilbert father who created a fake porn site in the name of an assistant principal at his son’s elementary school has been postponed until next month, CBS News reports.

Robert Esparza, who was convicted last year of computer tampering and identity theft, is facing a possible prison term for creating the site. Esparza has said that his beef with the assistant principal began when the administrator confiscated his son’s iPod during a class. Instead of speaking with the assistant principal about the incident, however, Esparza decided to fire up his work laptop.

Few advances in traffic safety enforcement have proven more controversial than red light cameras. Proponents of the cameras argue that they help cut down on accidents. Others contend that the cameras merely provide revenue for the state and can actually lead to more accidents due to drivers slamming on their brakes.

Whatever the case, running a red light can lead to not only a steep fine but also points on your license. Below, we’ve included some things to keep in mind if you get a red light ticket in Phoenix.