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There are many ways to skin a cat, and nearly all of them will get you charged with animal cruelty.

Russell Christopher Hofstad learned that lesson the hard way Wednesday when he was sentenced to two years in prison on felony animal cruelty and burglary charges, Reuters reports.

Hofstad, who had been living in a Phoenix warehouse, reportedly admitted to officers that he killed and skinned a stray cat because he hadn't eaten in a couple days.

Nearly a year after shootings broke out at a Raiders-49ers game, a Raiders fan has been shot outside of a Cardinals game, AZfamily.com reports.

According to authorities, 57-year-old Michael Horan shot 29-year-old Chris Knight near the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Police believe the shooting may have been in self-defense.

Losing your service weapon seems like a rookie move. So it's pretty surprising that an Arizona police chief left his gun at the home of an acquaintance he visited on Friday.

A 6-year-old boy was the first to find the handgun, AZfamily.com reports. Now Cocopah Tribal Police Chief James Spurgeon could face endangerment charges over the incident.

Most parents would be horrified to find out their 17-year-old daughter was sleeping with her teacher. However, one Valley mom apparently condoned it.

Jordan Doneskey, 26, a teacher at Paradise Valley High School, has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, AZfamily.com reports. The girl's mom was apparently OK with the arrangement, allowing her daughter and Doneskey to have sex in her home. Now the mom has been arrested as well.

If you're transporting a lot of marijuana, you should probably make sure your papers are in order. On Monday, a routine traffic stop near Eloy uncovered meth, pills, and 170 pounds of pot, AZfamily.com reports.

It was all because the registered owner of the vehicle didn't have a valid driver's license. Now driver Herman Hawkins and his passenger, Cheryl Lutz, are facing a wide range of drug-related charges, including possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of a dangerous drug.

A Phoenix hookah lounge went up in smoke early Monday. Now, authorities believe that arson was the cause of the fire, AZfamily.com reports.

The Night Lover hookah lounge and pool hall at 35th Avenue and Cactus Road went up in flames about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Firefighters reportedly arrived at the scene a few minutes later and were able to contain the fire. According to witnesses, one person was seen loitering around the business shortly before the fire broke out.

Another Arizona teacher will be spending time behind bars for having a sexual relationship with a student. Brian Bizzell, a former band teacher at Estrella Foothills High School, was sentenced last week to one year in jail for having multiple sexual encounters with a 17-year-old student, The Arizona Republic reports.

Bizzell entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to three counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Bizzell now has to register as a sex offender and will be on probation for the rest of his life.

Few sights are more disturbing than an 82-year-old man in a G-string bathing suit. One of which is an 82-year-old man completely naked.

On Monday, senior citizen John Phillips allegedly exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl while sunning on the shores of the Salt River, AZfamily.com reports. Phillips was reportedly wearing nothing but a G-string at the time of the incident. He’s been arrested on two counts of public sexual indecency.

At this point, it’s universally understood that picking up a hitchhiker is a dangerous and pretty stupid move. A Mesa woman apparently forgot that point, however, and it nearly cost her life.

On Friday, the woman decided to give a stranger a ride after meeting him at a Mesa library. Once in the car, however, the man ordered the woman to drive south before stabbing her several times and leaving her stranded in a remote location, AZfamily.com reports. Now Mesa police are searching for the suspect.

Anthony “Tony” Parrinello is a stand-up guy. On Monday, he got into a verbal altercation with another man in a Phoenix grade school parking lot. He then challenged the man to a fight at a nearby Walmart. When the man didn't show up to the fight, Parrinello allegedly tracked him down and ran over him in his car.

Parrinello admits to fighting with 42-year-old Carmelo D'Alessandro, but denies running him over. Phoenix police felt differently and arrested Parrinello on second-degree murder charges, AZfamily.com reports.

Phoenix police have arrested a man who’s accused of trying to abduct a 15-year-old girl, AZfamily.com reports.

Robert Lawrence Allaire was arrested at a Phoenix home close to where the attempted abduction took place. Allaire has been booked into jail on charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted sexual assault, and aggravated assault, according to authorities.

A Phoenix police officer has been arrested on accusations that he had sexual relationships with two teenage boys, AZfamily.com reports.

Christopher J. Wilson, a 13-year veteran of the Phoenix police force, is accused of having sex with two boys, ages 14 and 17. He's facing ten counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

On Tuesday, Jared L. Loughner pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a shooting rampage that left 6 people dead and 13 others wounded, including former member of the House of Representatives Gabrielle Giffords, The New York Times reports.

The plea came shortly after District Judge Larry Burns ruled Loughner mentally competent to stand trial. By pleading guilty to the charges, including first-degree murder, Loughner was spared from the death penalty. Instead, he’ll receive life imprisonment without the opportunity for parole.

Surprise police have had a busy couple days. On Sunday, a shooting in left one Surprise man in critical condition, AZfamily.com reports. Police are currently searching for Darren “Gato” Crockett, the man believed to be responsible for the shooting.

In a completely unrelated incident, a fight in a Surprise home culminated in two men being shot early Monday morning, AZfamily.com reports. One of the shooting victims died of his injuries, while the other is currently in critical condition, according to authorities.

Phoenix police have arrested a woman who's accused of fatally shooting her husband on Tuesday night, CBS News reports.

After receiving a call about a domestic disturbance, police found 46-year-old Donald Mellon Jr. inside his Phoenix home with a single gunshot wound. Mellon was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His wife, 31-year-old Rebekah Mellon, has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

A special needs teacher at Sonoran Sky Elementary School is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student, AZfamily.com reports.

Phoenix police arrested 28-year-old Kimberly Ali after the mother of the victim found sexual messages from Ali on her daughter’s cell phone, according to authorities. Ali has been charged with nine counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of sexual abuse.