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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County authorities say a 29-year-old man has been arrested after three people posed as police officers to gain entry into a Tucson-area home to conduct a home invasion robbery.
The Sheriff's Department says two men and a woman dressed as police entered the home Thursday night, demanding money and drugs.
The two men and two residents began fighting, and the residents were able to detain one of the suspects. The other two intruders left in a dark brown SUV.
The Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Alberto Herrera was arrested and jailed on suspicion of charges that included burglary, impersonating a peace officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
PHOENIX (AP) — An August 2016 trial date has been set for a homeless ex-convict charged with beating a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shooting another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.
Gary Michael Moran has pleaded not guilty to charges that he badly beat the Rev. Joseph Terra and fatally shot the Rev. Kenneth Walker in the June 11 attack at the Mother of Mercy Mission.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Moran.
Moran was arrested four days after the attack.
Authorities say Moran acknowledged his involvement in the crime, though he initially he didn't remember what happened.
He was sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty in 2001 to misconduct involving weapons. He also was convicted in two 1989 burglaries.
Tempe police officer arrested two people in connection to a string of break-ins near Mill Avenue and Baseline.
One person is in custody after an apparent home burglary in Gilbert.
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Two men robbed a Tempe home Tuesday while a 13-year-old boy was home alone.
The Mesa Police Department is searching for a female suspect allegedly involved in two vehicle burglaries that occurred on July 10.
The mother of Brandon Mendoza, the Mesa police Sergeant who was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver in May, has penned an emotional letter to the President on immigration.
A 16-year-old boy has admitted to several burglaries and arsons recently in Gilbert.
Two suspects are in custody after hiding from police in a Tempe Walmart.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff's deputy who recently killed himself may have been shaking down immigrants in an unusual case where authorities discovered hundreds of hours of recorded traffic stops, driver's licenses, passports and other documents in the man's home during a drug investigation, according to newly released court records.
The revelations tie the allegations of racial profiling against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office to the investigation into former Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz, whose bizarre behavior earlier this month led to a standoff at his house and later, his May 8 hanging death while he was being investigated for drug possession and the trove of stashed documents and recordings.
Among the materials found at Armendariz's home were about 900 hours of recorded traffic stops; nearly 200 driver's licenses and identification cards; five U.S. immigration cards; 104 license plates; four foreign passports; and 26 credit, debit and merchant cards.
The information is detailed in transcripts of previous closed-door hearings released publicly late Friday.
While it remains unclear why Armendariz took the materials, a federal judge overseeing the racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office asked staff and attorneys during a May 7 hearing "whether or not Deputy Armendariz may have been shaking down some illegal aliens."
"That is part of our understanding," said Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan. "He very well could have. What's mysterious to me is why we didn't get any complaints from those people."
Sheridan said that after an initial review of the materials, "80 percent of those documents are Hispanic in nature." He did not elaborate in the transcripts of the hearing, and it was not clear what specifically they are investigating. Sheriff's officials did not return calls from The Associated Press. Arpaio's attorney did not immediately respond to a telephone message and email.
About a week before Armendariz's death, he was arrested for drug possession after he reported a burglary at his home. No burglars were found, and investigators believe he was either under the influence of drugs or having a manic episode. He later resigned.
The burglary call led to the discovery of the drugs and evidence and sparked an investigation.
Days later, police returned after friends of Armendariz became concerned that he was threatening to harm himself. After a standoff, he surrendered and was taken to a psychiatric center. He was evaluated and released, then later found dead.
After his arrest, Armendariz, 40, implicated other sheriff's office employees in the collection of documents, and a review of some of the recordings found in Armendariz's home indicates other officers may also have been present for what could amount to some 5,000 traffic stops, according to the hearing transcripts.
Arpaio's lawyer, Tim Casey, said a criminal investigation has been launched that may lead to witness tampering and obstruction charges.
However, during a later federal hearing on May 14 regarding the racial profiling case, Casey expressed hope that their probe would find the scandal involved just one "rogue person" — Armendariz.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow acknowledged that might be the case while also explaining that the investigation should be full and complete "no matter how high up the chain it goes."
"We will do that," Arpaio replied.
The investigation involves at least 18 detectives who are reviewing the traffic stop recordings for misconduct and others who are attempting to track down individuals whose records were found in Armendariz's home.
Nearly a year ago, Snow ruled the sheriff's office systematically racially profiled Latinos in its immigration and traffic patrols. Arpaio denies the allegations and has appealed the ruling.
In the meantime, Snow has ordered a court-appointed monitor to oversee the agency's efforts at retraining deputies and making sure the department complies with constitutional guidelines, among other things.
Hundreds of hours of recorded traffic stops were found inside the home of a former Maricopa County sheriff's deputy before his death in an apparent suicide, an attorney said Friday in revealing another potentially troubling discovery connected to the officer.
Citing 17th Century English law, the state Court of Appeals concluded Thursday that those charged with shoplifting are entitled to demand a trial by jury.
Calling the measure unnecessary, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a measure Wednesday that would have created a whole new crime for taking away someone else's gun.
“Mesa Mayor Scott Smith praised the investigation as an example of a Mesa police philosophy that targets career criminals who are responsible most crimes. He said crime in Mesa is down to a 40-year low and that street level drug sales are down 19 percent.”
Saying guns are special, the state House voted Thursday to make taking one from someone a crime.
A 20-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 54-year-old Mesa man.
A 20-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 54-year-old Mesa man.
Chandler police say 32-year-old Christopher Jon Ash was identified as a suspect in the case through photographs and surveillance video.
Authorities say a Mesa man has been arrested in connection with a string of vending machine burglaries in Chandler.
Oh no, here we go again. Arizona Republicans will be asked again this year to “hold our noses” and vote for another “centrist, compassionate” (could that possibly mean R.I.N.O.) Republican. The last time it was for Mitt “Hundreds of Millions of Family Trust Fund Dollars squirrel-awayed in so-called ‘off-shore Caribbean Island Nations’ Romney.”
An annual crime report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) shows Mesa’s continued decline in crime rate has made it one of the safest cities of its size in regards to certain crimes.
A study by a law website indicates residents of Gilbert should feel pretty safe when walking the streets during the day or at night.
Three officers from the Gilbert Police Department received recognition for their efforts in stopping a series of vandalism and burglaries at a local business.