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PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Congress and the courts
PHOENIX -- Arizonans are not entitled to details of exactly how police departments can track cell phones -- and their owners -- a judge has concluded.
PHOENIX (AP) — A high school aide is facing a charge of child prostitution after being arrested in a Phoenix police sting operation.
A Catholic priest assigned to an east Mesa church is among five men arrested by Mesa police in a sting operation that targeted prostitution involving underaged girls.
Mesa police say the department conducted operation “Buyer Beware” in which undercover detectives posed as underage females.
For cinema buffs, a cruise on The African Queen is a dive into reel world of Key Largo
ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a 65-year-old man is recovering after being attacked by a swarm of bees and stung more than 100 times near Eloy.
Pinal County Sheriff's dispatch received a call about the bee attack Monday afternoon.
Dan Cecil's son says his father was attacked while operating a back hoe on his ranch, but the man wasn't allergic to bee stings.
Emergency crews rendered aid at the scene.
Cecil then was transported by Eloy Fire Ambulance to Banner Casa Grande for further medical evaluation.
Saying Tucson has been “uncooperative and evasive,” the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to immediately order it to turn over documents about use of a device by the police department that allows it to track cell phone users without their knowledge.
PHOENIX -- Saying Tucson has been "uncooperative and evasive,'' the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to immediately order it to turn over documents about use of a device by the Police Department that allows it to track cell phone users without their knowledge.
In legal filings in Pima County Superior Court, attorney Dan Pochoda pointed out to Judge Douglas Metcalf that he had ordered city to provide the ACLU with a list of each document it believes it does not have to disclose "with enough information to make it identifiable.'' Metcalf also directed the city to explain why it is being withheld.
What the ACLU got, Pochoda said, was a list of documents the city already said it had given to Metcalf for him to review in chambers along with "vague, speculative, and conclusory rationales for withholding the requested items.''
Pochoda said the request, submitted by investigative reporter Beau Hodai, was very specific about wanting data about the purchase and use of device, sold by Harris Co. originally as the StingRay and later as Hailstorm, along with what appears to be a new non-disclosure agreement between the Tucson Police Department and the FBI about what it would and would not make public.
"Defendant simply chose not to address this request in its submission (to the court) and failed to submit any factual or legal reason to the court why the requested records should not be provided,'' Pochoda wrote.
He said the Police Department "simply ignores'' a subsequent request for information on requests for search warrants to use the equipment.
If nothing else, Pochoda said Arizona case law states if a document falls within the scope of the public record statute, then there is a "presumption favoring disclosure.'' He said that means Tucson must "prove specifically how the best interest of the state outweighs the public right to disclosure,'' something he said the city did not do.
"A purported speculative interest does not outweigh the presumption favoring disclosure,'' Pochoda wrote.
There was no immediate response from the city.
At issue is equipment the Police Department admits it bought in 2011 and has used at least five times.
The device tricks cell phones into believing it is just another cell phone tower operated by the owner's carrier. That causes the phone to report its individual identifying information and essentially allow police to use the mobile device to find its location.
Hodai, an investigative reporter, made three separate requests for the information. The case wound up in court, with Hodai represented by the ACLU, when the department failed to produce all the documents. On Aug. 18, Metcalf said the way to resolve this is for Tucson to produce a list of what it won't produce and why.
But Pochoda said what the city produced last month does not comply with the judge's order. So now he wants Metcalf to produce the records themselves.
In his own filing at the time, City Attorney Michael Rankin told the judge he believes the items not produced are exempt from Arizona's public records laws.
There is a catch-all category dealing with what is in the "best interests of the state.'' And in this case, Rankin argued, releasing the information would "compromise sensitive law enforcement techniques and national security interests by making the technology available to criminals.''
Rankin said the city also does not want to release "equipment worksheet'' and PowerPoint presentation to familiarize those working with the equipment with how it operates, arguing it would "compromise the effectiveness and use of this technology by both local and federal law enforcement agencies.''
In his filing with the court, Pochoda said Tucson does not dispute that records pertaining to the Counter Narcotics Alliance, of which the Police Department is a member, are public. The same is true, he said, of any communications between the department and the FBI.
"Defendant misleads the court concerning the scope of plaintiff's requests and ignores the applicable law concerning the duty to release public records,'' Pochoda told Metcalf.
Pochoda said the city's argument about the narcotics alliance records is that producing them would "easily produce thousands of pages of materials that is in no way related to the use of Harris technology.'' But he said that does not mean the records do not have to be poroduced.
"Public officials do not have the right to ignore or limit the scope of a record request based on their belief the request is too broad,'' Pochoda wrote.
Similarly, he said the city is somehow suggesting that the request for communications between the Police Department and the FBI also is overly broad. But Pochoda said the request covers less than a 12-month period.
"Despite defendant's claims that there could be 'tens of thousands of documents' responsive to plaintiff's request, defendant failed to provide plaintiff with a single responsive record,'' Pochoda argued.
Rotary started in February 1905 when Chicago lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met after dinner. The idea was to have a new club in which businessmen could get together periodically to get better acquainted. They rotated their meetings each week to the business of a member. Over the next few years Rotary transformed into a civic service club, spread across the United States and then around the world. Eventually Rotary came to Arizona and in 1914, the 100th Rotary Club was organized in Phoenix.
The chief attorney for the city of Tucson is telling a judge that national security could be compromised if it is forced to disclose some documents about how it uses equipment it has purchased to track cell phone users.
A judge has ordered the city of Tucson to provide a list of documents it refuses to make public on its possession and use of a controversial device that allows police to track cell phone users.
Sixteen men were arrested last week at a Tempe hotel during a prostitution sting, according to Tempe police.
The Mesa Police Department has arrested four men who allegedly attempted to engage in sexual activity with minors.
Last week my son asked me a profound theological question: “Why did God make stinging bugs?” Stumped, I told him to talk directly to God about it. Pausing for just a moment to consider my inadequate answer, he countered, “You know I can’t talk to God; I’m not even dead yet!” In my son’s literal but complex 8-year-old mind, prayer does not qualify as “talking to God.” Thus, his many and variegated questions about the mysteries of the universe, the meaning of life, and the purpose of wasps and biting flies, will have to wait.
William Proehl, pictured, was one of 14 people arrested for child prostitution during a sting operation by the Tempe Police Department in April. [Courtesy Maricopa County Jail]
Christopher Benson, pictured, was one of 14 people arrested for child prostitution during a sting operation by the Tempe Police Department in April. [Courtesy Maricopa County Jail]
Marc Marois, pictured, was one of 14 people arrested for child prostitution during a sting operation by the Tempe Police Department in April. [Courtesy Maricopa County Jail]
Tom Chin, pictured, was one of 14 people arrested for child prostitution during a sting operation by the Tempe Police Department in April. [Courtesy Maricopa County Jail]
Tempe Police Department detectives have reportedly arrested 30 people involved in a prostitution sting.
The Grammy-nominated Italian rock musician, who has played with the likes of Eric Clapton and Sting, performs in Chandler.
Transforming weeds, kitchen scraps and other natural elements into a rainbow of textile dyes is a concept as old as civilization itself, with dye vats dating to as early as 2000 BC.
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