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August 19, 2013

The damaged tractor at Turf Paradise is shown. (Photo: Silent Witness)

Someone took criminal damage to the extreme at Turf Paradise.

"We're talking almost [$500,000] in damage," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch. "To the extent that someone even drove one of the high-end tractors all over the place, ripping up fences and eventually destroying the tractor."

The damage happened over three different days in July 2013, while the track, at 15th Avenue and Bell, was closed.

The Silent Witness reward in this case is up to $6,000.

To read more about this case, click here.


Our next case takes us back to July 1, 2005 at Wild Bill's Saloon near 27th Avenue and Glendale.

"This is a sad story," said Burch. "Twenty-eight-year-old Chad Cassidy went to the saloon with a friend. The bar was closing so he and his friend walked out."

Two men, driving a 1974 Pontiac Bonneville that was light green with primer spots and had a white vinyl top, approached Chad and his friend.

"There were armed with a rifle and confronted Chad for money. It was a robbery," said Burch. "And for whatever reason, as they were leaving, one of the suspects shot Chad with a shotgun."

Even though Chad and his buddy cooperated with the robbers' demands.

Burch said Chad lived in the Valley until he was 18 then moved to Wisconsin. One of five children, Chad liked fishing, motocross, camping and was known for his great sense of humor. He was also the father of 10-year-old twins. He had just found out about them and was excited to meet them. He came back to Arizona to get to know them. It was during his return visit that he was killed.

To read more about this case, click here.

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About the Author


Years with the company: 18

More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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