A 24-year-old Arizona man who was the victim of statutory rape by a 20-year-old woman a decade ago when he was 14, is now on the hook for child support payments after the woman got pregnant from the encounter and kept him in the dark until eight years after she gave birth to his daughter.
The man, Nick Olivas, didn't realize at the time that he was a rape victim under Arizona law, according to azcentral. So he simply moved on with his life, graduated from high school and became a medical assistant.
Two years ago, Olivas received legal notice from the state of Arizona demanding that he start paying child support for a then 8-year-old daughter he never knew he had fathered, according to an explanation on his Facebook page where friends and family have been discussing his situation. more >>
A 22-year-old man calling himself the "Dark Lord" was arrested in Prescott, Arizona after he reportedly set fire to a Bible on the steps of a rescue mission then urinated on it in an attempt to "curse Christians".
A release from the Prescott Police Department cited by azcentral said the man, Eric Minerault of Prescott, was witnessed by an employee of the Gospel Rescue Mission on Lincoln Street burning something on the steps of the building and the police were called in to investigate at about 9 p.m. last Thursday.
Minerault was discovered dressed in black and wearing a long, black-and-red robe with a pentagram necklace, according to the report. A wet Bible that appeared to have been burnt was also found near him. more >>
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has distributed over 1,200 Spanish language Bibles to illegal immigrant children and adults who are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol near Nogales, Arizona.
Largely from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, 1,000 people have received Bibles donated by the American Bible Society, along with 600 copies of "La Llave," an edition specifically written for youth. Publishing house Verbo Divino has also donated 200 copies of their Catholic Family Bible.
"This is definitely collaboration between multiple organizations," Matthew Kilmurry, director of marketing at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post Tuesday. more >>
Former Denver Broncos quarterback and outspoken evangelical Christian Tim Tebow is training for a possible NFL comeback, but admits that his future in the NFL is uncertain and that he is putting his faith in God when it comes to his football career.
Tebow, who currently works as an ESPN analyst for the SEC Network, does not consider his NFL career to be over just yet, and is training in Arizona to improve his skills and conditioning. The NFL season is less than two months away, and in spite the uncertainty, the 26-year-old says his faith is powering him through.
"One of my favorite quotes is, 'I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future,'" said Tebow, according to FOX Sports. "And in that it gives you peace to just continue to work and go after what our heart desires and when you do that, you don't have any regrets and I think that's the best way to live life." more >>
Police in Mesa, Arizona say they are currently searching for a man suspected of being responsible for six Bible arson fires in the area.
In each of the instances, a suspect has set fire to an entire Bible or pieces of paper outside the door of one of six local churches. Local clergy members have been alerted of the crime and have been advised to take security precautions, as minor damage has been made to one of the church doors. Churches are being advised to confirm their security systems are working at their church.
Sgt. Diana Williams, a spokeswoman for the Mesa Police Department, told The Republic that police are describing the matter as bias crimes, since the arsonist appears to be intentionally targeting churches. "It is being looked at as a bias crime because of the place and the manner where it is taking place,'' the spokeswoman said. "It's a message of some sort, but it's hard to tell what it is." more >>
A shocking video showing a black female Arizona State University professor being manhandled and slammed to the ground by campus police last month for allegedly jaywalking is now drawing heavy criticism and protest online despite the University declaring that the police did not act inappropriately.
"This is yet another instance of racial profiling and police brutality. The Arizona State University Police Department should drop all charges and issue an unqualified apology," notes a change.org petition that has already been signed by nearly 9,000 people in support of the professor.