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A man who led police on a high-speed chase through Phoenix apparently killed himself on live television this afternoon, Fox 10 News reports.

Cable TV's Fox News Channel was covering the police chase live, using local affiliate Fox 10's news helicopter. The suspect eventually pulled over, ran from his vehicle, and then apparently shot himself in the head.

The cable channel has since issued an apology for televising the incident.

Jami Lynn Toler wanted breast implants, but couldn't afford them. So she did what anyone in her shoes would do: She told everyone she had cancer, accepted donations for treatment, and then used the money for a breast enlargement.

Toler, 27, was originally charged with theft and fraud, but accepted a plea deal last month, pleading guilty to theft. On Wednesday, Toler was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation, reports.

Dog bite cases are a dime a dozen, but what about a dog-owner bite case?

On Monday night, Samekeita Jah-Veh Jurden was sitting down in the middle of an aisle at Target with his pit bull, The Arizona Republic reports. When Mesa officers asked Jurden to leave, both Jurden and his pit bull allegedly chomped down on one of the officers.

Many women exercising along Chandler's Western Canal have gotten more than they bargained for.

A serial flasher is reportedly haunting the area, exposing himself to women who pass his way, CBS 5 News reports. So far, 10 women have reported being flashed by the suspect, authorities said.

Maricopa County sheriff's detectives got lucky. While conducting surveillance of an East Valley hotel for alleged drug trafficking, detectives busted a large-scale prostitution ring that was previously unknown to them, reports.

In all, 51 arrests were made for prostitution, drug possession, identity theft, attempted murder, and other crimes. The officers also seized $20,000 in cash and around 65 pounds of pot.

A woman from Congress, northwest of Phoenix, claims a "spiritual healer" advised her diabetic son to stop taking his insulin, eventually leading to his death, according to

Sandi Fitzpatrick claims people in the healer's group, who call themselves "living beings," should've sought medical treatment for her 24-year-old son Joe Fitzpatrick. Now the spiritual healer could face charges for failing to report the man's death within a reasonable amount of time.

You got the call. Your friend is in jail and needs your help. It's your time to shine. The only problem is, you don't know how to go about getting your friend out.

Don't worry. We've got you covered. Below, we've included everything you need to know to bail your friend out of Maricopa County Jail.

Earlier this month, Jhessye Shockley's mom, Jerice Hunter, was arrested and charged with the murder of her missing daughter.

On Monday, Hunter pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse charges, The Arizona Republic reports. It's been nearly a year since 5-year-old Shockley went missing.

Few people have the guts to stand up to a man with a gun. Unfortunately for Andrew Murphy, that kind of bravery cost him his life.

The 16-year-old was shot when he tried to stop an armed robbery in a Phoenix park Thursday, reports. Police were able to catch up with the alleged gunman and arrest him. He's being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery, and one count of aggravated assault.

Hide your cars. An arsonist is on the loose in metro Phoenix, police say.

Early Thursday morning, the arsonist torched at least six cars in the East Valley, reports. While no one was injured, all six cars were totaled.

Chris Powell, a host on "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," and his wife Heidi had a scare last week when their 1-year-old son Cash and his nanny were victims of an alleged carjacking in Mesa.

Fortunately, the couple's nanny Kaitlyn McGrath was able to get Cash out of the SUV before the carjacker sped off, ABC News reports. Jasper Stewart, an alleged member of the Nazi Low Riders gang, has been arrested for the carjacking and charged with robbery.

Chandler police are looking for a man who has a bizarre penchant for grabbing women's legs.

The leg-grabber apparently haunts the Hobby Lobby in Chandler looking for women's legs to grab. In two separate incidents, the suspect inappropriately touched a woman and a girl, reports. So far he's eluded authorities.

A Gilbert woman apparently had it with her husband's verbal abuse, and so she came at him with a 12-inch knitting needle, authorities say.

Belinda Boyd, 53, allegedly attacked her husband after he said that he and the couple's children think "she is crazy," reports. Boyd may have proven her husband's point by attempting to stab him with the terrifyingly long needle.

Last week, we reported that a hungry homeless man was sentenced to two years in prison for killing and eating a stray cat. At the risk of becoming a "crimes against cats" blog, we're covering another bizarre feline-related incident.

On Monday, a Mesa man was arrested for allegedly killing and mutilating at least two cats, reports. Scott Andrew Graham, 39, admitted to taking 30 to 40 cats from a Mesa neighborhood, but he denied killing or mutilating them.

The tables have turned for a supervisor at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix. The FBI last week arrested a kitchen supervisor who was allegedly trading sexual favors for cigarettes with two male inmates, reports.

Carl David Evans has been charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a ward and two counts of providing contraband to an inmate. Evans may soon find out how it feels to be on the other side of the bars.