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Pastor Mark Derksen has been accused of selling drugs out of his Fountain Hills apartment, The Arizona Republic reports.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested Derkson on Wednesday, claiming the pastor sold heroin, meth, and prescription drugs. When questioned, Derksen told authorities that he sold drugs in order to bring people "closer to God," according to the MCSO.

Ricardo Castro has jealousy issues. A text message from his wife's ex-boyfriend reportedly sent Castro into a murderous rage last week, The Associated Press reports.

While arguing with his wife about the text, Castro began speeding on Interstate 10 and eventually slammed into the back of an SUV carrying six people. Five passengers, all children, were thrown from the SUV. Now Castro is facing seven counts of aggravated assault and two counts of felony endangerment.

On Sunday afternoon, 50-year-old Linda Pirelli-Brown was shot dead in her San Tan Valley home.

While authorities haven't taken anyone into custody yet, they believe the killer was an acquaintance of Pirelli-Brown's 25-year-old daughter. According to Fox 10 News, the shooting may have been over an alleged drug debt.

You know you've hit rock bottom when you find yourself robbing a dollar store.

According to authorities, brothers Dylan and Joshua Wroe tried to steal items from a 99 Cents Only store in Gilbert. When the store manager confronted them, the brothers assaulted not only him but a number of other employees as well, police said.

The Wroes are now facing aggravated robbery charges, AZfamily.com reports.

An ex-con accused of kidnapping his estranged wife and shooting at a Phoenix police officer has been taken into custody.

Angel Padilla was arrested during a raid on a house near 91st Avenue and Palm Lane on Sunday, AZfamily.com reports. He's now facing a number of charges including attempted first-degree murder.

The arrest ends a month-long crime spree Padilla is said to have carried out across parts of the Valley.

Salvador Garcia-Sanchez allegedly stabbed and killed his wife, Maria Gonzalez, with a butcher's knife last month. But it gets worse: He reportedly committed the crime in front of the couple's children.

Garcia-Sanchez has been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping for the incident. On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to the charges, AZfamily.com reports.

If Holly Solomon had only paid attention in high school civics class, her husband would probably be fine right now.

Holly apparently believed that, by failing to vote last week, her husband Daniel had helped to re-elect President Obama. She was so angry that she allegedly ran Daniel over in her Jeep, the Phoenix New Times reports.

The irony is that Arizona, of course, went for GOP candidate Mitt Romney in last week's election (though thousands of ballots remain uncounted, ABC 15 News reports), so Daniel's failure to vote likely had no effect on the election's outcome.

Roommates can be the worst. Like when they eat your leftovers or refuse to wash their dishes. Or when they tie you up and beat you with a nightstick.

A Kingman couple is accused of doing just that. According to authorities, Samuel Chambers and his girlfriend Tiffany Hill tied up Hill's roommate and beat the man with an expandable baton for several hours, ABC 15 News reports. The duo is now facing a number of charges, including kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Jared Loughner will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2011 shooting spree that left six people dead and 12 others wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Loughner escaped the death penalty by pleading guilty to a number of charges, including first-degree murder, in August. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced the shooter to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years, The Arizona Republic reports.

Last week, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office sent an undercover detective to a Sun City massage parlor. According to authorities, a masseuse offered the detective a lot more than a massage.

Deborah A. Schmidt, the owner of the massage parlor, is accused of running a brothel out of the business, AZfamily.com reports. She was arrested Tuesday night and charged with maintaining a house of prostitution.

Slavery is apparently alive and well in Arizona, prosecutors allege.

Four members of the same family are accused of using Vietnamese nationals as modern-day slaves at their Flagstaff bridal salon, Sweet Nothings/I Do I Do, CBS 5 News reports.

Huong, Joseph, Vincent, and James McReynolds are facing a number of federal charges, including forced labor.

A Scottsdale man has been convicted of doing the unthinkable.

Andre Leteve admitted to killing his two sons, ages 1 and 5, before turning the gun on himself. Leteve survived the shooting, however, and was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday, according to CBS 5 News.