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A suspect was arrested after surveillance video caught him grabbing a cell phone from a victim waiting at a Tempe light rail station.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Chandler woman who left her young son in a hot car while shopping last April was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation.
A Mesa preschool employee was sentenced to eight months in county jail and lifetime supervised probation on Oct. 31 after pleading guilty to accusations she wrapped a student in a blanket tightly.
Tempe police say they have arrested the suspect they believe has committed multiple sexual offenses in the Valley, including the assault of an elderly woman in Tempe.
Got something in your house you don't want the cops to find? Then don't leave it to your fiancée or roommate to deal with the problem.
PHOENIX -- Got something in your house you don't want the cops to find?
Then don't leave it to your fiancee or roommate to deal with the problem.
In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments from an Arizona man that federal agents had illegally searched his home. His attorney argued that because he was there but never consented to the entry, that makes the drugs they found inside inadmissible.
Judge Barry Silverman, writing for the court, acknowledged that the refusal of the occupant of a residence to consent generally makes a warrantless search illegal. And the judge said that applies even if someone else living there gave police the go-ahead.
But Silverman said what happened here is that Marlon Moore had the opportunity to object when the officers came knocking on his door. Instead, he refused to respond "and simply acquiesced in letting his fiancee deal with the police.''
Court records say the Department of Homeland Security had been tracking Moore for months as a suspect in a marijuana distribution ring. That eventually led to surveillance on his Laveen home based on a tip that a large quantity of the drug had been delivered there.
A knock on the door went unanswered. So an officer called a phone number on the taxi parked in front of the house and told the woman who answered the house was under surveillance for possible drug trafficking, and he was "in the middle of writing a search warrant.''
The woman, later identified as Moore's fiancee, came to the house and, after speaking with the officer, signed a consent to search.
She and some officers then went to the door, phoning Moore and her sister, also inside, but neither answered their respective phones. And she could not unlock the door because it had been bolted. The fiancee then called out to Moore and her sister that the police where there. When no one answered, officers sought -- and she granted -- permission to use a battering ram.
They found marijuana inside. Moore was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and sentenced to 46 months in prison.
Silverman said that for a warrantless search to be declared illegal two things have to happen.
First, the occupant must be physically present. That clearly was the case here. But Silverman said the person must "expressly refuse consent.''
"The facts at best show that Moore implicitly refused to allow the police to search the residence,'' the judge wrote.
He said it would have been one thing had Moore, after speaking the police, slammed the door and locked the deadbolt.
"Moore simply remained in the house while (his fiancee) worked with the police to gain entry to the house,'' Silverman wrote.
PHOENIX (AP) — A coalition of Arizona advocacy groups defended its practice Wednesday of dropping off early ballots for voters.
The grassroots organizations are facing an outcry in the wake of surveillance video posted last week that shows a volunteer hand-delivering numerous ballots to a Maricopa County elections office a day before the Aug. 26 primary.
"It's a nonstory. Nothing that they did was illegal," said Tony Navarrete, a spokesman for immigration advocacy group Promise Arizona. "It was them making the promise to voters that they were going to turn in their ballots during the primary."
The video has been viewed more than 360,000 times on YouTube.
A.J. LaFaro, the Republican Party's chairman for Maricopa County, said he witnessed the man, who is a canvasser for Citizens for a Better Arizona, dropping off a box full of ballots.
Lafaro said "ballot harvesting" raises issues about the security of those ballots before they're counted, even though signatures on ballot envelopes are checked by election workers.
"From the time those ballots are mailed to the time they're turned back in, lots of things can happen," LaFaro said.
Ramiro Luna, Citizens for a Better Arizona field director, criticized LaFaro and others for referring to canvassers as "thugs." According to Luna, canvassers knock on doors —mostly in Hispanic communities — and encourage voters to participate. But they are trained not to touch a ballot or mark it in any way, he said.
"The ballot is something we keep as sacred. It is between the voter and the election department. All we are doing is providing a service to make sure the ballot is counted and is turned in on time," Luna said.
LaFaro acknowledged the Republican Party has been doing the same thing when it sends get-out-the-vote volunteers to canvass neighborhoods.
"On occasion we offer to take their ballot and deliver it for them," LaFaro said. "If it's not illegal, we're going to make that offer."
But he argued it was on a much smaller scale compared to Democratic-leaning groups.
"We don't comprehend, nor do we subscribe to what we see out there on the progressive-socialist side," LaFaro said. "That gentleman bringing in several hundred ballots, what function does that serve? We still cannot comprehend why they do it."
Maricopa County Elections spokesman Daniel Ruiz said there is no law covering how a ballot gets to the poll. What counts is whether the ballot is signed and the signature can be verified. However, voters who don't plan on mailing a ballot or dropping it off in person should make sure to give it to someone they trust, Ruiz added.
LaFaro said he will urge the Legislature to change the law when it returns in January to make the process illegal.
The collection of ballots by groups like Citizens for a Better Arizona has become an issue in the Arizona secretary of state's race. The practice would have been banned under a major 2013 election law rewrite that the Legislature repealed this year after opponents collected enough signatures to send it to the ballot.
"I see no reason why any individual, whether it's a candidate themselves, a campaign operative, a party individual, myself, you, anybody, should be in possession of an extraordinary number of ballots," Republican candidate Michele Reagan said at an Oct. 7 debate. "It creates a system where there is an opportunity for fraud, and that is not acceptable."
Democrat Terry Goddard agreed that banning mass collections should be considered, within limits.
"I agree that what Sen. Reagan occasionally calls harvesting is wrong and whatever that means should be abolished," Goddard said, while warning that not all collections should be banned. "Let's look carefully before we jump, because the thing at stake is your right and my right to vote, and it seems to me that under every circumstance we ought to protect that right."
Charges have been dropped against one of three men accused of alcohol-related violations in connection with the fatal fall of an Arizona State University student.
Authorities have released the names of a man and woman in two deaths that may be related.
Two women who said they were raped by the same person at two different hotels in Mesa are suing the hotels that hired the person, alleging they did not conduct a background check on a known sex offender.
A Chandler Republican lawmaker is off the hook on charges he destroyed two political signs during last month's primary, and it's not because prosecutors have concluded that Rep. Bob Robson did or didn't do what's alleged. It's just that the allegations don't fit the charges.
Police are investigating a home invasion that took place Monday night at a Tempe apartment complex.
The Gilbert Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is encouraging citizens to host neighborhood parties in honor of National Crime Prevention Month in October.
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.
Authorities are asking for the public's help identifying a man who sexually assaulted a woman in the parking lot of Chandler Fashion Square mall.
Chandler police say a family fight led to a stabbing on a golf course.
The Mesa Police Department is searching for a female suspect allegedly involved in two vehicle burglaries that occurred on July 10.
A new preschool has opened up in Mesa after fresh renovations. Munchkins Preschool has 16,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor playground and six classrooms.
Burned or burning Bibles have been found at several places of worship in Mesa at night.
Throughout the summer break, seven schools around the Kyrene School District have had their front office remodeled to increase safety for its students and staff.
A Tempe bar owner is accused of plying a young woman with drinks during a job interview and then groping her.
If you’re a police officer in the United States, there’s one place you definitely don’t want to be, and that’s in the sights of media being talked about as that white cop who physically abused a black woman during an arrest.
The Gilbert Police Department is investigating a death after finding a body at a reportedly abandoned home on the 500 block of Leah Lane on Sunday.
Claiming new evidence of a pattern of misconduct, Attorney General Tom Horne on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dissolve the police department that patrols the polygamous twin communities of Colorado City and Hildale, Utah.
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