On July 31, Ringo Starr had fun backstage at the Dodge Theatre with Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon, who gave the drummer-singer a key to the city and a proclamation for “Peace and Love Day” before the ex-Beatle took the stage to bring smiles to an adoring audience spanning all ages.
So what happened outside of Dodge Theatre on “Peace and Love Day” in Phoenix, Arizona?
- Arizona solicitation conviction for smuggling upheld
- Phoenix liquor store robbery suspect shot by DPS
- Number of illegal immigrants in Arizona drops, report says
- Sheriff Joe sweeps Phoenix for illegal street food vendors
The next day, August 1, Phoenix’s Police Department did issue some very good news: Reductions in violent and property crimes for the first six months of 2008 were the largest decreases in more than 10 years. Reported incidents of violent crime dropped 8.5% overall, homicides down 25.7%, aggravated assaults down 14.2%; property crimes down 10.4% overall, arson cases down 12%, and motor vehicle thefts down 29%.