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Why is it that PCSO's big newsworthy hits on smuggled drugs or smuggled humans are mostly all taking place on Interstate 10?
What about crimefighting aloing the rest of Pinal County's state highways and local roads? Not so "easy pickin's" there? Real police work.
Is that the best Babeu's little ones can do to make him look good? The election is over. Put Gaffney back on the shelf (where he belongs) until 2016.
And what's with this lady's claim to being an "exotic dancer?" Sounds almost as believeable as Babeu's earlier claim that he was "thick and caliente."6 months ago
Nice letter, Mr. Babeu.
Babeu often campaigned on the term "perishable trust." Friendship can also be perishable. As Babeu now starts to rewrite border issue history, he reaches for that friendship with Dever that he piddled away. Babeu needs the boost and Dever can no longer keep the lid on the Babeu boastings.
Babeu's former associate has passed away. Larry Dever leaves a solid legacy (as a sheriff, as a leader, as a man) that few really need to comment much on. Babeu, having established no legacy, now tries to rebuild things that he pushed aside. He feels he can rescript his closeness to a great man. What friendship there was, Babeu pushed aside in February when he tried to recover from the Jose issue and to save his run for Congress. Babeu never looked back.
Babeu, show us a photo of you and Larry Dever taken in the past seven months. There is none.
Babeu, show us your personal or agency phone records for any phone call to Larry Dever since February 18. There should be but one. That would be the one you made two months after he called you on the 18th to see how you were doing. You never called the patient Dever back until he mentioned it in an interview with New Times.
Babeu, explain some of your close political buddies that are border activists. Make those vigilantes. Explain Larry Dever's published comments that their groups Southwest Border Sheriffs and Border Narcotics Intelligence are FRAUDULENT. You and your lackeys huddle closely with Mike Presnell and Ryan Sudrick (two guys that claim they take down smugglers in the desert). You wine and dine and politick with them regularly. They are questionable lads close to the stature of JT Ready.
Explain the FRAUDULENT description calmly made by "Arizona's Sheriff." These clowns are some of your best friends. Larry Dever wasn't. You walked away from that friendship when your knickers got wrinkled with the Jose Orozco accusations.
No other sheriff in Arizona has taken to the stage with the death of Sheriff Dever. Several have made comments and that is most appropriate. No other sheriff jumped into a media madness like Babeu tried to create - for HIMSELF.
We are all well aware and appreciative of the long life of service Larry Dever gave to his county and to law enforcement and his role as a father. Those things will long be remembered and respected. Babeu's "but what about me?" interviews are kind of sad, but were expected.
For Dever to have shown up anywhere in his hat and boots was normal and respectable. For Babeu to dress up in the same goofy plaid shirt with his white hat on his shaved head, now that wasn't normal. A police uniform doesn't make the man. Infatuated with uniforms, Babeu's collection of sheriff costumes establishes his manhood no more than his military uniform (that was sullied by his acts and comments).
While Babeu is shouting from the rooftops, he is also busy shoveling and covering his misdeeds and mismanagement,
Things Larry Dever never had to do.
8 months ago
Leon, you missed a couple of the recent columns by Bill where he discussing great work done by Tempe PD.
While your favorite, Babeu, was babbling B.S. about the Vekol Valley tragedy, Tempe PD was at work solving the crime. Where were the Babeu border boys when it all happened? What? They don't work weekends? The pilot doesn't either? How unfair and insensitive of the cartels to keep doing business on weekends and holidays.
The only thing getting ridden to death over and over again is the Pinal County taxpayers. Babeu has cost, is costing and will be costing (long after he is gone) the county taxpayers for his misdeeds, his mismanagement and his flawed spending. Add to that the lawsuits that have been filed.
The good news, Leon, is that he will long be remembered for the Babeu legacy of deceit, corruption, overspending and his addiction to being anywhere and everywhere in the nation (news and media events) instead of taking care of business here at home.
Historically, it's not just Bill. It's a lot on inquiring people. Your man Babeu, a lifetime member of NRA, was dropped by NRA (after they helped build him) when discussing 2nd ammendment issues. In December NRA News began going to Paul Gosar for any comments and observations. Paul was no longer significant. Glad you signed up for the lifetime, Paul? This NRA drop was two months before Jose came up for air and Paul made his private life public. 11 months ago
1) Babeu just couldn't let it go with an "I don't know" that Saturday morning.
2) Babeu and Henry continued to support the anonymous caller who claimed his brother-in-law and four friends went the night before to Vekol Valley in an SUV to do illegal things. That's what the sheriff and his chief kept saying.
That's pretty specific. Not just missing, but missing in Vekol Valley and doing illegal things. Let's hear the tapes for the several calls the homicide investigators claim to have had with this anonymous caller, referred to in several PCSO press releases.
And let us know, did his bro-in-law ever come home? The five have been missing on their crime venture for almost two weeks. He must really be worried ... unless it was another propped up story by the Babeu staff to bolster his claims.
So Babeu had TEN missing persons that weekend, five of which were the Tempe family. Where are the other FIVE that were out doing wrong in Vekol Valley? Or were they never missing.
Let's hear those tapes of the (perhaps non-existent) conversations your bogus crime claims were based on, Babeu. Yes, seemingly trivial thing, but so are most of the law enforcement claims he has made in his short career.
11 months ago
Before that grand plan of Congress, he was going to run for re-election as sheriff (to staff he often reminded: you are here to make me look good) in 2012 and the quit to run and be elected as Governor. After one term he intended to run for President.
Don't laugh, those were his words several times to his upper staff.
We need to ask one of those guys if it is better to be on Babeu's upper staff or is it okay just to be on the staff in general.May 13, 2012
His campaign co-chair in Arizona is Paul Babeu. Before he takes trips like this, does he even bother to check his co-chair's "baggage?"
A lot of the stuff you can easily find there isn't in the category of "family values." Not even close.Feb 11, 2012
Leon, Lucy Babeu is a real person and was a real victim. Fact. Find your humor somewhere else.
I don't want to distract from the theme of Mr. Richardson's column, however, since you seem so much into comedy, stay tuned.
Instead of SNL, you will soon be seeing how funny denial is in the whole Babeu family when some of the same facts and statistics you demand of Mr. Richardson are asked of another sheriff you hold so dear: Paul Babeu.
Facts. Statistics. When you go to Mr. Babeu for answers, try the same topics. Warm up on sex crimes in general. Then work into sex crimes within the family. Bring extra paper for note-taking. Maybe even a tissue or two.
Yes, humor is on the horizon and when the real, long-hidden Babeu family stories come out, you can laugh all you want. I don't think your other hero, Paul Babeu, will be laughing with you.
Now back to the Richardson column and Arpaio's way of doing business.Dec 20, 2011
Thank you, Leon.
We waited anxiously (over 48 hours) for you to finally bring us your dependable "Multidisciplinary Protocol for reacting to anything critical of Arpaio, Hendershott, Fox, Black or ... when stated by Richardson."
Dispute the facts presented here. Challenge the writer for things that you might find are wrong or misstated.
Even better, take a little time and be a "guest commentator" for the Trib yourself. The Trib seems to be open to an endless variety of viewpoints on many topics.
But do a little better than jousting at windmills, or LE gurus or whatever.
We look forward to your column.Dec 17, 2011
MR666 and Leon both were incorrect.
Mr. Richardson clearly wrote "politically popular sheriffs" but you seem to have missed his use of the plural of sheriff.
Arpaio AND Babeu might be the politically popular sheriffs. Neither are addressing significant problems and both are grandstanding regularly for the media and for their hoped for voters. Yes, politically popular. Please do not unfairly leave Babeu out of things.
Other accurate terms for the two could include: Inefficient, corrupt, careless spender, ego driven, not accountable and not transparent.
Mr. Richardson is talking about child abuse prevention. Instead of following that theme, we get tugged by you two into discussing hate and yes, the continuing Sheriff Buffoonery that does seem to get Mr. Richardson's attention. And it should.
But this column was about the welfare of our children. There are critical funding needs and there are shortages. The money sweep by the legislature and the gifting of Babeu in his private war are established facts, not a declaration of hate by the writer.
Surely, the Trib would be open to either of you writing about things you feel are important and then you could choose or not choose to write "without blaming the problem, directly or indirectly, on Sheriff Arpaio" or "Sheriff Babeu" or "Bill Richardson."
Rather than his comments being a personal hatred for any individual, I regularly see in Mr. Richardson's writing a unique pursuit and discussion of things that he feels need to be discussed. A spirited pursuit and discussion at times? Certainly. But not hateful against anyone.
Relax. 'Tis the season.Dec 5, 2011
LeonC, there is no vendetta against the boy-sheriff. There was no withdrawal by Adams from your mythical Arizona Public Safety Widows, Orphans and Disabled Account. It was public money that was needed elsewhere.
The only person that needs to move on is Mr. Babeu.
Though a small part of Mr. Richardson's column, over a million dollars was appropriated from a strained state budget specifically for Babeu. Adams, Pearce, Brewer and their minions all agreed and insisted that money should go ONLY to Babeu's comedy show in the desert. Other sheriffs needed not to apply.
What did state taxpayers get out of the deal? A quarter century old helicopter that took over $800K of the endowment for further follies. No accountability on his part. And it sits, next to the antique Piper Cub he just had to have.
Want to see vendetta? Ask any of the 23 upper command/civilians that he has added (with only $1.3M a year in additional salaries) to his elite operation as at-will or probationary employees. You won't hear a word from them because if they speak ill of the annointed one, they are gone - and several have fallen by the wayside for doing that. He has their loyalty, more clearly defined as being under the same grip of fear that his mentor, Arpaio, has going.
Want to see vendetta? Wait until the Pinal taxpayers finally realize what Boy Wonder has been costing and will cost the county for years to come. Pending lawsuits in the millions based on direct actions by Babeu.
Speaking of dumping of money on Babeu's desk, the key thing to watch with anything he does financially: it is always with other people's money, in his personal life and in his political pursuits. His personal finances are going to be finally seen by the public. His several foreclosures and loan defaults in Massachusetts, his foreclosures in Pinal County, all public record. He and his little brother have bankrupted their parents who have been providing the boys their lifestyle here. There is at least $90K HELoC money floating out there somewhere.
Let's see, three years as a school marm with troubled kids, three years on the streefs of Chandler, three years playing I'm-not-really-here as sheriff, and now he wants the fame, power, prestige and money that comes with being a member of a do nothing Congress (well qualified, based on his life experience) - are we seeing a pattern here?
Laugh off any criticism of your adored sheriff Babeu. Get back with us when the curtain is finally drawn and you see what is really there. Babeu is not the focus of this article other than his unashamed acceptance of his "battle money" that could have gone for useful needs as Mr. Richardson has opined.
And to NoBB, Babeu also falls into your quest for the bottom line, with your tossing fake and coward in the mix. With that, do let us know when you find why the celebrated war-zone (EEOC officer) National Guard major left their employ abruptly. Another curtain that will be interesting to see drawn back. No, don't think it was DADT. Twenty years and as a field grade officer he didn't even get a cake?
Things aren't slowing down for the education of the public as to the real Paul Babeu. Be patient as it is just beginning.Nov 22, 2011