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A Gilbert woman is in custody for allegedly threatening children with a gun while they were walking home from school.
Maricopa County Sheriff' Office officials say a Gilbert woman has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill young children who may have been trespassing in her front yard.
PHOENIX (AP) — A 68-year-old hiker missing since Monday has been found dead in the White Tank Mountains, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced late Thursday.
The body of Cheryl Case was located Thursday, and foul play is not suspected, an MCSO spokesman said.
Detectives believe she got off the trail at some point and ended up on the west side of the mountain, where she succumbed to the elements in the desert mountain park.
A friend reported Case missing when she failed to return late Monday from a hike in the park.
Case had been visiting the Phoenix area from California. Her hometown was not immediately known.
Her car was found at a trailhead, and searchers used horses, tracking dogs, aircraft and all-terrain vehicles in their effort to locate her.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a 68-year-old hiker missing since Monday has been found dead in the White Tank Mountains on the Phoenix area's western outskirts.
MCSO officials are looking for a 68-year-old woman who went missing in the White Tank Mountains on Tuesday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge presiding over a racial profiling case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office leveled harsh criticism against the agency Tuesday for not thoroughly investigating allegations that some sheriff's deputies were involved in thefts.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow also singled out Arpaio for publicly saying he had no regrets about launching the type of immigration patrols that the judge found to have been unconstitutional as part of the profiling case. The judge is concerned Arpaio's comments are weakening efforts to correct constitutional flaws in the agency's approach to traffic stops.
"I think he is completely undoing what the MCSO (Arpaio's office) is spending a great deal of time building," said Snow, who showed visible frustration with the agency at several points in a court hearing Tuesday. He ordered the sheriff himself to attend the training that his officers must complete as part of the profiling case.
The hearing was called to discuss the agency's investigations of a former officer suspected of shaking down immigrants and to address Arpaio's recent unapologetic comments about a 2008 immigration patrol.
Arpaio, who was in Idaho on Tuesday, didn't attend the hearing. His lawyers and one of Arpaio's top managers faced sharp questioning from the judge, particularly over the investigation into former Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz.
Armendariz was arrested in May after investigators found items belonging to others and bags of evidence at his home. Armendariz implicated former colleagues on Arpaio's immigrant smuggling squad, quit his job and later committed suicide. Armendariz is relevant to the profiling case because he was a witness at the case's 2012 trial and videos of his traffic stops were discovered after his arrest.
The judge said he had concerns that the only criminal investigation by the sheriff's office of Armendariz has been closed.
"I think you need to continue to investigate where those items came from," Snow said.
Robert Warshaw, a court-appointed official who is monitoring the sheriff's office on behalf of the judge, said another former member of Arpaio's smuggling squad has alleged that squad members had pocketed items from raids at safe houses.
Warshaw, a former police chief, said his team of police professionals has never seen more unprofessional interviews than those conducted by Arpaio's employees who are conducting the investigation. Warshaw said the interviews were replete with apologetic treatment of those being interviewed.
More than a year ago, Snow ruled Arpaio's office had systematically racially profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols. Arpaio denies that his officers have racially profiled people and has appealed the decision. The judge is requiring Arpaio's office to video-record traffic stops, collect data on traffic stops and conduct additional training to ensure officers aren't making unconstitutional traffic stops.
Tuesday's hearing also centered on Arpaio's recent comments about a 2008 immigration patrol in the town of Guadalupe that were a significant piece of the profiling case.
Asked to comment about an upcoming community meeting in Guadalupe, Arpaio told The Associated Press he had no regrets about the patrol. "With the same circumstances, I'd do it all over again," Arpaio said.
Snow said the sheriff, as an elected official, is free to make whatever public statements he wishes, but added that Arpaio sets the overall tone for his agency — and questioned whether the sheriff's comments are undermining efforts to train his deputies.
Tim Casey, an attorney representing Arpaio, said the sheriff's office is making significant changes ordered by the judge and that the agency was acting in good faith. "Good faith exists in the deed, not the spoken word," Casey said, arguing there was no cause and effect as a result of Arpaio's comments.
Cecillia Wang, a lawyer who pressed the profiling case against the sheriff's office, said the sheriff wasn't merely expressing disagreement with the judge — he was saying he would do his immigration patrols all over again.
Snow said he was willing to take such comments by Arpaio into account when deciding whether the sheriff's office has complied with the judge's efforts to fix the constitutional problems.
LAVEEN, Ariz. - Authorities are investigating a possible dog- and cock-fighting ring in Laveen after 91 animals have been found living in poor conditions at the property.
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies responded to a rural home near 79th Avenue and Baseline Road Tuesday afternoon to execute a search warrant.
Officials told ABC15 that investigators have found evidence of animal fighting, including an arena with beer cans nearby, leashes hanging from trees, multiple breeds of animals and rooster houses.
Investigators said 37 dogs were found at the property living in poor conditions. All the dogs appeared to be thin and mangy and there was no food or water in sight.
Deputies said they found one dog dead, and two horses collapsed when deputies tried to move them.
MCSO officials said they found several types of dogs at the scene including Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and even small dogs.
"Little dogs, cocker spaniels, poodles, chained up with heavy chains. That makes you wonder what they're being used for. Are they a training tool for the bigger dogs that are here?" questioned MCSO Deputy Joaquin Enriquez
Deputies say the dogs' owner Luis Garcia is now under arrest.
Investigators said he admitted he feeds the dogs pizza scraps if he has them. He also claims he rescues the dogs from the river beds.
Authorities said they have been investigating this property for an undetermined amount of time after neighbors reported activity at the property.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office says a court-appointed official's critique of the agency's investigation into alleged wrongdoing by some of its officers contains mischaracterizations.
Arpaio's lawyers say in court papers Tuesday that the report alleges investigators failed to act on information provided to them while they examined shakedown allegations against a former deputy. It also says supervisors of the deputy, whose arrest led to the investigations, didn't take appropriate action against him.
The report has not been released to the public.
The lawyers say the document unfairly suggested the sheriff's department wasn't investigating allegations in good faith, and that the criticism centers on the fact that no criminal charges have been filed against officers.
"Such a conclusion, especially given the genesis of this particular investigation, presumes the guilt of MCSO deputies," the attorneys wrote.
The critique was made by Robert Warshaw, who was appointed to monitor the agency by a judge who ruled Arpaio's officers have racially profiled Latinos in its patrols.
The judge asked Warshaw to investigate allegations against a witness in the profiling case, now-deceased deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz. Eighteen months after the profiling trial, Armendariz was accused of shaking down immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Armendariz was arrested five months ago after investigators found driver's licenses, wallets belonging to other people, bags of evidence and more than 100 license plates at his Phoenix home.
Another discovery at Armendariz's home involved an estimated 900 hours of videos taken from cameras mounted on his eyeglasses and dashboard that were supposed to be turned over in the profiling case.
Armendariz told investigators he was innocent, and he implicated former colleagues on Arpaio's immigrant smuggling squad. After his arrest, Armendariz resigned and was later found dead in his home in a suicide by hanging, officials say.
Warshaw's report on the investigation into Armendariz's allegations hasn't been publicly released.
The sheriff's office has repeatedly denied requests by The Associated Press for updates on the investigations, and investigative reports and related documents sought through public records requests haven't been released.
The attorneys who pressed the racial profiling case against Arpaio's office filed a response to Warshaw's report, but that filing is under a court seal. The American Civil Liberties Union, the driving force behind the profiling case, declined to comment on the filing by Arpaio's lawyers.
The sheriff's office says in its latest filing that nearly 9,000 videos taken by officers during the course of their work have been collected in the investigation. It says the videos have generated 39 internal investigations.
Arpaio's lawyers said Warshaw's criticism underscores the monitor's misunderstanding about the distinction between investigations that examine criminal allegations and those that focus on policy violations.
The sheriff's office also said the monitor alleged that Armendariz's supervisors failed to take administrative action against him. Arpaio's lawyers said it already has an administrative investigation into the matter.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ordered that a copy of Warshaw's report be sent to county and federal prosecutors. He set a Tuesday hearing to discuss the critique.
Arpaio's attorneys have asked the judge to close discussions of the Armendariz investigations, while opposing lawyers said they should be open to the public.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff's officials are searching for a missing volunteer posseman.
They say 71-year-old Samuel Grider of Buckeye is believed to have last been at the Calvery Chapel in Maricopa Sunday.
Sheriff's officials said Wednesday that Grider's pickup truck has been found in a remote portion of the desert directly north east of the Sonoran National monument in the Lower Rainbow Valley.
They say Grider is a retired Army veteran who recently had hip-replacement surgery.
Grider is a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Posse
An extremely malnourished dog was taken into the care of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s animal cruelty unit after it was found suffering from several ailments in an East Mesa home on Wednesday.
Arizona universities are taking advantage of the federal government’s 1033 program which gives away military equipment and weapons for free.
A 52-year-old man has been arrested for meeting at a Tempe hotel with the intent of having sex with a dog, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Maricopa County Sheriff's officials are "confident" that felony animal neglect charges, among others, should be brought against suspects involved in the deaths of animals at a Gilbert kennel.
Republican State Rep. Bob Robson was cited Monday night for allegedly tampering with campaign signs after an incident that occurred near a Circle K store on Aug. 9.
Authorities have released the identity of a man who was hit and killed while riding a scooter over the weekend in Mesa.
Officials with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office found two dead rabbits at the Green Acre boarding facility, the same place where more than 20 dogs were found dead last month.
Dog boarding facilities in Arizona could face more regulation in the future, if one state lawmakers can gather in the votes.
Officials are searching for a 43-year-old man who was last seen tubing down the Lower Salt River on Thursday.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a man on animal cruelty charges after his pit bull was found dead at his home.