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The Arizona Highway Patrol Association wants to ensure all families make it to and from their holiday destinations safely.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Scottsdale woman is accused of several DUI charges for allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 17 in north Phoenix.
Authorities say 44-year-old Carmelina Long was arrested late Monday after her vehicle was stopped by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
She was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage, DUI and extreme DUI for having a blood-alcohol level well above the state's legal limit of .08 percent.
Long's bond was set at $5,000 after her initial court appearance Tuesday.
She doesn't have an attorney yet and the court is appointing a public defender to represent her with a Dec. 3 status conference scheduled.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona legislator has been arrested and accused of driving while intoxicated.
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Arizona has found no evidence that Arizona's pension fund for public safety workers committed criminal misconduct when it valued some real estate properties in its $6.2 billion portfolio, pension officials announced Monday.
The board chairman for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Brian Tobin, said the decision by the US Attorney for Arizona closes the books on the yearlong investigation of the pension fund.
The FBI and U.S. attorney's office launched the probe last year into whether real estate values were inflated to boost performance bonuses awarded to some senior investment managers. The allegations were brought to the attention of prosecutors by former pension system employees.
"This was and is a serious allegation," Tobin said. "It's not true and it never was true."
Tobin said the investigation, and two others done by its independent auditing firm and the Arizona Auditor General that also cleared the pension fund, are examples of the system's checks and balances working correctly.
Board lawyer James Belanger said the Justice Department is completing a review of several people he would not identify. But he said he expects they'll be cleared as well.
The pension plan released a letter from the U.S. attorney to Belanger confirming the decision. Cosme Lopez, spokesman for U.S. Attorney for Arizona John Leonardo, confirmed the contents of the letter but could not comment on any additional reviews.
The pension plan for public safety employees is facing a massive shortfall between its assets and what it expects to owe police and firefighters across the state when they retire. The latest projection as of June 30 shows $12.2 billion in liabilities compared to just $6.2 billion in assets.
The pension board also fired its top administrator, Jim Hacking, in July after it was revealed that he had illegally awarded pay raises to five senior employees.
In January, new Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a new director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The director’s term coincides with the governor’s.
Mountain Pointe wide receiver Tyree Shivers (4) is tackled by Chandler free safety Mason Moran (15) and linebacker Kyle Crowley (21) during the DI semifinals football game between Mountain Pointe and Chandler at Hamilton High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
Mountain Pointe running back Brandyn Leonard (7) runs the ball while lineman Bruce Hester (56) attempts to blaock Chandler safety Jaray Mills (7) during the DI semifinals football game between Mountain Pointe and Chandler at Hamilton High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
Claiming consumers here were misled, Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors alleging it sold vehicles to Arizonans the company knew were unsafe.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines.
Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that he sued under the state's consumer fraud statutes and is seeking a $10,000 fine for each of hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles sold in the state. The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix also seeks an injunction barring GM from similar actions and an order that it hand over profits it made from selling defective vehicles.
Horne took action independent of a group of 48 states that have been jointly investigating GM, which Arizona was participating in. "I made the decision that my job was to protect Arizona citizens and that I would be doing that better if we moved ahead with the lawsuit," he said.
GM said in a statement that it is committed to setting a new industry standard for safety, quality and excellence and proactively recalling cars and trucks when it finds a defect. The company said it has not had a chance to read and assess the complaint.
Horne's actions came on the same day that news broke that he was settling campaign-finance allegations brought by the state's public campaign financing board and would pay a $10,000 fine. Horne is leaving office in January after losing to his Republican opponent in the primary after years of allegations that he violated campaign laws in 2010 and again this year.
Horne said the two developments were unrelated. "One of the questions that I was asked frequently was 'can I continue doing my job while defending against charges which I say are false charges,' and I've always said yes, I can," he said.
GM has recalled more than 30 million vehicles so far this year, including millions of cars equipped with a defective ignition switch that has been blamed for at least 32 deaths. The ignition switches were installed in many GM small cars for years, and the company has been under fire for failing to recall them until early this year.
GM has hired compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg to pay victims and their families and expects to pay $400 million to $600 million in claims.
In addition to two assistant attorneys general listed on the lawsuit, Horne brought in a Seattle law firm with a long history of class action lawsuits against major companies, including suing Toyota in a sudden-acceleration case.
The GM lawsuit alleges the company failed to ensure its products were safe, did not tell the truth about safety issues and failed to promptly recall defective vehicles. It also said GM's purported new safety culture "was an illusion given the company's egregious failure to disclose, and its affirmative concealment of, ignition switch defects and a plethora of other safety defects in GM-branded vehicles."
PHOENIX (AP) — A truck driver arrested in a chain collision that killed one person and put another on life support told an investigator that he fell asleep while driving.
The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services.
PHOENIX (AP) — Northbound Interstate 17 has reopened after a commercial truck-tractor rear-ended four vehicles, spreading brick pavers across the roadway, and leaving one person dead Wednesday.
The northbound lanes of the freeway opened again around 2 p.m.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Tim Case said the crash occurred just after 6:45 a.m. when a commercial truck-tractor pulling a flat-bed with concrete pavers rear-ended four vehicles near Bell Road that were stopped due to the morning rush.
The truck then swerved and crashed into the median wall, which sent many of the pavers into the southbound lanes of I-17.
The first vehicle that was rear-ended burst into flames, according to Case. The driver of that vehicle was pulled out by a DPS officer and taken to the hospital where he or she was pronounced dead.
Two other individuals were transported to the hospital in critical condition.
One witness told ABC15, "The semi full-speed, no brake lights, no anything just plowed into the first car, then into the second car and then into the third car."
Air15 video showed the semi truck with front-end damage, another vehicle on its side and a third vehicle with rear-end damage.
DPS officers were seen administering a sobriety test to what appeared to be the driver of the semi-truck.
Case said the driver of the semi-truck has been taken into custody and is being questioned.
There has been no word yet on whether the truck driver faces charges.
EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Witnesses say a teenager who fell from a Ferris wheel in suburban Phoenix lost his grip as he was climbing down the ride's support arms.
El Mirage police are investigating how the 14-year-old boy fell about 20 feet to the ground Saturday night at the El Mirage Fall Festival.
It was the final day of the two-day carnival at Gateway Park.
The boy was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has been released.
Detectives discovered through interviews that after the teen boarded the ride, he was secured with a seat belt and a pull-down safety bar.
Police say it does not appear that the Ferris wheel equipment malfunctioned, but their investigation continues.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police used tire-deflating devices to finally stop a wrong-way vehicle that got on and off the State Route 101 freeway in Scottsdale several times.
Scottsdale police Sgt. Benjamin Hoster says officers also closed on-ramps to the freeway in several locations early Monday morning as the wrong-way vehicle first went northbound in southbound lanes, then southbound in northbound lanes and again northbound in southbound lanes.
The incident lasted around 20 minutes and ended with a 26-year-old woman being taken into custody. Her identity was not immediately released.
Hoster says the state Department of Public Safety has assumed responsibility for the investigation. A DPS spokesman said he know details on the incident.
Attendees of the annual Gilbert Days Parade on Nov. 22 will find a new twist and an overarching theme highlighting the best of what the town offers its residents.
Tempe Prep senior quarterback Jesse Brittain connected with junior Isaiah Brittain for a 23 yard touchdown on fourth and 3 to put Tempe Prep up 14-7 over Joy Christian.
Hamilton's safety Braxton Baniszweski (22) intercepts the pass during the D1 boys football quarter-finals between Hamilton and Skyline at Hamilton High School on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Skyline's Safety Jon Mariscal (5) wraps up Hamilton's runningback Ari Johnson's (1) ankles during the D1 boys football quarter-finals between Hamilton and Skyline at Hamilton High School on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Hamilton's free safety Sam Haggard (16) supports runningback Ari Johnson (1) after a successful run during the D1 boys football quarter-finals between Hamilton and Skyline at Hamilton High School on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Gateway Pointe Elementary School in Gilbert will host the Higley Unified School District’s first parent university event on Nov. 15.
The process of getting DNA profiles is much faster thanks to a device at the Department of Public Safety in Phoenix that pumps out a profile for detectives in just 90 minutes.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a mechanic is dead after being crushed by a car he was working on at a Phoenix used automobile dealership.
Phoenix Fire Department officials say the 43-year-old victim had been working beneath the car Tuesday at Fred Carries Contracts Inc. when a jack slipped, causing the vehicle to fall on his chest.
Phoenix police say Salbador Gonzalez was dead by the time Phoenix police and firefighters were called to the dealership.
Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death.
“I’m with President Obama on immigration. I need a new roof on my house. The Republican-controlled Congress has until the first of the year to come up with an immigration bill or I’m going to sign an executive check and get some guys to nail down my new shingles.”
Students from East Valley Institute of Technology campuses recently took first and third in a driving safety contest.
A Gilbert spa owner wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule she has a constitutional right to have fish nibble on her customers' toes and charge them for that.