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U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 during a firefight with an alleged rip-off crew near Nogales. Two rifles being monitored by the government as part of its "Fast and Furious" operation were found at the crime scene.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes and four other Mexican nationals have been charged in Agent Terry's killing. However, three of the four are still fugitives.

On Tuesday, Osoroio-Arellanes entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to first-degree murder, The Associated Press reports.

With sex offenders on the streets, Halloween can be pretty scary for both kids and parents alike. Arizona, unlike a handful of states, doesn't have a law governing the activities of sex offenders on Halloween. That means it's up to you to protect your kids from sexual deviants.

Don't fear though. Below, we've included some tips to help keep your kids safe while trick-or-treating.

When 15-year-old Samantha White got into a fight with her boyfriend this week, she did what any sensible teenager would do: She faked her own kidnapping.

White was reported missing Tuesday morning, after her aunt found a note that read, "You will get her back when she gets what she deserves." The disappearance led to a massive search.

White came clean about the hoax after police found her walking around a San Tan Valley neighborhood on Thursday, reports.

Eduardo De Los Reyes has been arrested for allegedly performing a fake medical examination on a 15-year-old boy at a Phoenix church, ABC 15 reports.

De Los Reyes, 46, was volunteering on a construction project at the Light of the World Church near downtown Phoenix where he allegedly performed the bogus exam. He's now facing a number of charges, including sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor.

Police investigating a car crash on Sunday got more than they bargained for when they visited the driver’s home.

Elwood Moreno drove his car straight into a block wall while going 100 mph, according to authorities. When police visited Moreno’s home they found the bodies of Moreno’s father and stepmother, ABC 15 reports. Both 57-year-old Ramsey Moreno and 69-year-old Nancy Moreno had been stabbed multiple times.

In 2010, Joselius Marquez snatched ASU student Kyleigh Sousa’s purse outside of an IHOP. When Marquez hopped in his car and drove off, he ended up dragging Sousa to her death.

On Monday, a jury convicted Marquez of first-degree murder, reports. He now faces life in prison or even the death penalty.

On Thursday, Elizabeth Johnson was convicted on three counts in the disappearance of her son “Baby Gabriel,” but not her most serious charge, The Associated Press reports.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on Johnson’s kidnapping charge, and instead found her guilty of unlawful imprisonment, a lesser charge. Johnson was facing up to 27 years in prison, but now only faces two to nine years.

Sexual predators have apparently moved on from using candy to attract their underage victims. Now they’re waving around Benjamins.

Pedro Lopez-Marroquin allegedly used a $100 bill to try to lure two young girls to his apartment for sex, CBS 5 reports. Fortunately neither girl took the bait. Lopez-Marroquin was arrested on multiple charges, including luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

It seems like every month Sheriff Arpaio is busting another pet owner for keeping too many pets in cramped quarters. Pet hoarding can have disastrous effects on animals’ health and well-being. That’s why Arizona requires permits for people who keep more than five dogs at a time.

If you plan on opening a breeding, grooming, or kenneling business — or if you just want to raise a bunch of dogs in an enclosed space — you’re going to need a kennel permit. Below, we’ve included everything you need to know to obtain a kennel permit in Maricopa County.

A family argument in a Prescott Valley apartment on Thursday turned deadly when a man shot and killed his mother before turning the gun on his brother.

Daniel Wood was able to get the gun away from his brother, Edward Wood, and ended up shooting and killing him, CBS 5 reports. Daniel was taken into police custody following the incident, but has since been released.

David Walker allegedly flew from Chicago to Phoenix to attack his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Once in Phoenix, Walker broke into his ex-wife’s house and beat her boyfriend, Adam Moring, with a baseball bat, reports. He’s now facing a slew of charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Todd Russell Fries, a Tucson business owner, was upset when a customer refused to pay a $200 bill.

So upset, that he decided to cover the customer’s home in an odd mixture of dead woodpeckers, motor oil, feces, and foam packing peanuts, the Phoenix Business Journal reports. Fries has been convicted of possession and use of a chemical weapon for the bizarre incident.

Roberto Guillen Garcia is accused of fatally stabbing his 56-year-old roommate with a butcher’s knife, reports.

Why did he do it? Police aren’t sure, but Garcia reportedly told authorities that he was hearing voices at the time.

Chad Norris has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of his missing business partner Jason Johnson.

Norris and Johnson co-owned the Scottsdale Auto Collision Center. On Monday, Norris pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, reports.

In July, Phoenix College football coach Land Jacobsen was shot in his Peoria home. He died a week later.

Authorities accuse Justin Otis McMahan of murdering Jacobsen. Now Jacobsen's family wants prosecutors to pursue the death penalty against McMahan, The Arizona Republic reports.

Despite being stabbed numerous times, William Traynor was able to wrestle his attacker to the ground and keep him there until police arrived.

Traynor woke up about 3:45 a.m. to the sound of an intruder in his home. When Traynor came face to face with 62-year-old Michael Garland, a struggle ensued, CBS 5 News reports.

An overnight gun battle at the border left a federal agent dead early Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reports.

Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was shot and killed while responding to an alarm triggered at the border near Naco. Authorities haven't yet apprehended Ivie's killers, but they're believed to be drug smugglers.

In 2002, Herlinda Pariseau was stabbed to death while walking in her north-side Tucson neighborhood. For nearly a decade, the case was cold.

Ten years later, authorities think they've found Pariseau's killer. Saul Virgen has been charged with first-degree murder for Pariseau's death, the Arizona Daily Star reports. Virgen, 37, is currently in prison for allegedly stabbing and killing a Tucson man in 2008.