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Finding evidence of false statements by sheriff's investigators, the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday gave the owner of a chain of Phoenix area restaurants a chance to undermine — and possibly escape — charges he knowingly hired undocumented workers.
An Arizona State University student has received 18 months probation and a deferred jail term of 45 days on Nov. 19 in connection with the fatal fall of 18-year-old ASU freshman Naomi McClendon.
Another election season has come and gone. You might reasonably conclude that, once again, no ballot fraud occurred in Arizona, from the absence of any news accounts. But that’s almost certainly not true.
PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ron Barber Tuesday fell short of the votes he needed to overcome Republican Martha McSally's lead in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District race, barring a recount change or the late tally of a small number of outstanding provisional ballots that swings the race his way.
Barber was trailing McSally by 133 votes after Pima County election officials counted about 2,660 remaining ballots from the district Tuesday.
McSally said she was confident her lead would hold.
An estimated 200 conditional provisional ballots could still be counted if voters go to the county recorder's office and show needed identification by Wednesday. Not all of those are in the 2nd District.
McSally is a former Air Force pilot who lost to Barber in 2012 but redoubled her effort this year. National Republicans spent millions of dollars to back her, while national Democrats spent heavily to defend Barber.
If the count holds at less than about 200 votes between the candidates, it triggers an automatic recount. That would happen early next month.
A recount in a statewide race last occurred in 2010, when Proposition 212 failed by just 192 votes after nearly 1.6 million were cast. The results changed the total for each side by 33 votes but did not change the outcome
About 220,000 votes have been cast in the current 2nd District race.
Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Secretary of State Ken Bennett, said the swing in the 2010 race was tiny, and he would expect the same to happen if the Barber-McSally race goes to a recount.
"People should trust in the fact that elections officials will come up with the same number or thereabouts twice," Roberts said. "Our election equipment is something that works very well."
The race is one of only five congressional seats still undecided nationally. Three House seats in California and one in New York also remain too close to call.
Barber picked up 162 votes Monday and was trailing McSally by 179 votes on Tuesday morning. But he picked up just 46 votes after the final batch of verified provisional ballots were counted.
Barber spokeswoman Ashley Nash-Hahn in a statement said the race remained too close to call.
"This is the closest congressional election in Arizona history," she said. "The law calls for an automatic recount in a race this close, and that is where we are headed."
She also noted that nearly 800 provisional ballots were rejected by the county recorder.
McSally's campaign failed in an effort to challenge some provisional ballots on Monday, and both sides have lawyers watching the counting.
She said in a statement that she's grateful for the support she's seen during the weeklong vote-counting.
"There are still ballots left to count, but we are confident that when all ballots are in, our lead will hold," she said. "We will continue to provide oversight of the process until then."
If McSally wins, it will be the only victory out of three Arizona congressional seats held by Democrats that Republicans targeted this year. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema easily won re-election.
Barber had an early lead on election night, but the race swung to McSally early the next day when Cochise County began reporting its results and Barber has never regained the lead.
McSally was 509 votes ahead on Friday, but Barber picked up 168 votes on Sunday and 162 votes Monday, cutting that lead to the current 179. Elections workers counted 5,434 ballots on those days.
McSally and Barber faced off in a similar battle during the 2012 election. Barber trailed for days, finally taking the lead on the Friday after Election Day. The race remained too close to call for another week.
Barber had won a special election to replace his former boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords, just months before the November 2012 election. He was with Giffords the previous year in Tucson when she was shot in the head and ultimately had to step down from her seat. Barber was hit in the thigh and cheek.
PHOENIX -- Arizona cannot require people to produce proof of citizenship before they register to vote, at least not for federal elections, a federal appellate court ruled Friday.
It has been a somber two weeks for the members of the Chandler Police Department after losing two of their brothers in a four-day span.
Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
Tens of thousands of outstanding ballots have left the results of several statewide races up in the air.
PHOENIX -- Tens of thousands of outstanding ballots have left the results of several statewide races up in the air.
Nabers in Chandler will provide veterans a free meal to active and retired veterans on Nov. 11.
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.
The American Red Cross has blood donation events scheduled across the East Valley in October.
The city of Mesa advises people to be wary of scammers taking advantage of the ramifications of the Sept. 8 storm.
Hawkeye is a large mixed breed guy that came to Friends for Life Animal Rescue from the Yuma Humane Society. His family turned him in ... the owners said they had no time for him. He is about 2 years old. He is a very nice boy and silly as well. Volunteers at the shelter have been working with him, teaching him commands such as lay down. It has been observed that he is food possessive and, because of this, he should be an only animal in his new home. Hawkeye is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. He currently lives at Friends for Life’s adoption center, 143 W. Vaughn Ave., in downtown Gilbert. His adoption fee is $125.
Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who robbed a Chase Bank Wednesday.
An Arizona State University professor who accused campus police of excessive force when they arrested her has been sentenced to nine months of supervised probation.
This beauty’s name is Lafawnda. She’s a Snowshoe cat, about 12 years old. She was returned several months ago due to no fault of her own. This is actually the second time she was returned. The first time she was in her home for nine years, but her owner became ill and could no longer care for her. The second time she was returned because her family was moving and couldn’t take her with them.
The ASU professor who made nationwide headlines after video showed her confrontation with Arizona State University police has plead guilty.
A campus police officer accused of using excessive force on an Arizona State University professor during an arrest is on paid administrative leave.
Veteran Yuma state senator Don Shooter will have a foe in the Aug. 26 Republican primary.
Two new assistant principals were hired by administrators at San Tan Charter School in Gilbert for the 2014-2015 school year.
Immigrant-rights advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging business raids by an Arizona sheriff's office that have led to the arrests of hundreds of immigrant workers on charges of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.
Hundreds of homeless in the East Valley converged near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mesa Temple on Tuesday for “Project Connect” — a monthly event hosted by Valley of the Sun United Way.
“If Republicans are blaming Hillary Clinton for the deaths at Benghazi, I believe that George Schultz should be held responsible for the 241 dead servicemen killed in Beirut, Lebanon by terrorist suicide bombers. But they won’t because that would show them as the hypocrites they are, not to mention it would sully the memory of Saint Ronald.
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.