MCSO Commanders Dave Hendershott and Paul Chagolla Threatened Reporter for Doing Her Job, Says Report; Joe Arpaio's Response Unclear

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Deputy Chief Paul Chagolla is alleged to have threatened a reporter with arrest, and put her baby in CPS custody, all because she did her job.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio won't say whether one of his deputy chiefs, Paul Chagolla, deserves to be investigated for allegedly threatening an Arizona Republic reporter two years ago.

Arpaio would only tell us yesterday that "it's not over" -- a reference to the still-unfolding scandal of mismanagement and allegedly criminal behavior by members of his command staff. He's right about that.

Arpaio got rid of two of his closest aides, Dave Hendershott and Larry Black, because of the findings in the six-month internal investigation conducted by the Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's office.

Chagolla, a protege of Hendershott's, remains one of Arpaio's top men.

Yet Babeu's investigative report details the comically insane suspicions that Chagolla and Hendershott claimed to have about Republic reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez -- and how they allegedly threatened numerous times to arrest her and put her child in CPS custody.

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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez

Dave Hendershott

Last year, both the Republic and New Times reported how Wingett's name had appeared in Sheriff's Office documents related to the bug sweep. The full story, as we've learned, is much juicier. Chagolla, Wingett Sanchez, and Republic editor Randy Lovely declined comment for this article.

In her interview with Babeu's investigators, Lisa Allen, Arpaio's spokeswoman, described Chagolla as "clearly under the influence and thumb of David Hendershott," the latter being "about the scariest man I've ever met."

In early 2009, Hendershott told Wingett, reporter JJ Hensley and a Republic editor -- on the record -- that his office was investigating the sweep for electronic-listening devices mentioned in one of Wingett Sanchez's recent articles.

Wingett Sanchez called Maricopa County officials for comment. And then Hensley reportedly called Chagolla and let him know that the paper was on an article about the investigation. Hensley, Chagolla claims, told him that Wingett Sanchez had called county officials about the investigation and apologized because her article apparently played a role in launching it.

Astonishingly, Chagolla claimed to investigators that when Hendershott first told the reporters about the investigation, it was most likely a "fact finding meeting" for Hendershott. In others words, Chagolla believed Hendershott hadn't been telling reporters an interesting bit of news -- he'd been involving them in an investigation without their knowledge. And when Wingett Sanchez called the county -- well, this crack lawman figured that might be some kind of illegal tip-off.

He thought it fell "into the realm of aiding, alerting [county officials] so that they can discard potential evidence," he told investigators.

Chagolla told Hendershott and internal affairs chief Terry Young about his conversation with Hensley. We're sort of creeped out by the way Chagolla describes Hensley as some kind of snitch, later telling Babeu's investigators that Hensley sometimes helped him "understand, you know, what was happening in his newsroom."

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Lisa Allen

A year later, after Arpaio had put Hendershott on adminstrative leave, Wingett complained to Lisa Allen that he and Chagolla repeatedly had threatened to arrest her over the incident.

"Next week, Yvonne, you're going to be arrested ... and your child is going to end up with Child Protective Services," they said, Wingett Sanchez told Allen, adding that she could barely speak about it without getting "emotional."

The threats to Wingett Sanchez came in person and, at least once, by telephone, Allen reported.

"She was always threatened that her child would end up in the hands of CPS, which was very upsetting to her," the report states.

Allen suggests that she received gobbledegook from Hendershott and Chagolla when she asked them to explain why they believed Wingett Sanchez had done anything wrong.

Hendershott "really believed that Yvonne had committed some sort of a crime. Seemed to me she was just doing her job as a reporter, but he thought it was a crime," Allen told investigators.

Allen tells New Times that she talked to Loretta Barkell, the agency's chief financial officer, about Wingett Sanchez's allegation. They decided it would be best if Allen reported what she'd heard to IA chief Terry Young.

"If it was true, someone had to be held accountable," Allen told us last night.

But no one's been held accountable, as far as we can tell.

After talking to Young, Allen also told Sheriff Arpaio about the threats to Wingett Sanchez.

Young contacted Wingett Sanchez and Hensley, who told him they wouldn't participate in the investigation.

Young's investigation apparently ended there. But it shouldn't have, because Chagolla can still be investigated without the reporters' assistance. Munnell Memo report investigators asked Chagolla briefly about the incident, and he claimed he never threatened Wingett with arrest or that he'd have her child put in CPS custody.

Our guess: Hensley's not a snitch, Wingett Sanchez isn't a liar, and Chagolla's off his rocker.

Serious doubts can be raised about Chagolla's mindset and statements to investigators here. Chagolla, a former spokesman for Arpaio's office, is well-known for his sometimes bizarre and unprofessional behavior.

Chagolla has a widespread reputation for getting nasty, a fact that Lisa Allen acknowledged after Chagolla was transferred from his post as media liaison and reassigned. "I think there are a lot of people in the media [who] are glad to see him go," Allen told us in 2008.

The kicker is that Arpaio's investigation into the supposed misuse of funds by county officials for two bug sweeps was corrupt from the start.

Babeu's investigators found that Hendershott had ordered underlings to doctor a search warrant as part of the bug-sweep probe. He wanted the County Supervisors' offices searched for evidence that the Supes had found and deactivated bugs planted by the Sheriff's Office. But Hendershott knew the MCSO had planted no bugs. Investigators wrote that they found Hendershott's illogical statements on the matter "astounding."

Knowing that the investigation was bogus, Hendershott announced to the media that county Supervisor Andy Kunasek had "stolen" county funds to the tune of $15,000 -- the cost of the bug sweeps. A grand jury rejected the investigation into Kunasek as a probable political hatchet job.

Kunasek later revealed part of a transcript from his interview with former Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon -- which seems to prove that Hendershott and Aubuchon had tried to use the bug-sweep probe to extort Kunasek into approving their choice for a replacement county attorney.

Now Arpaio's got another choice to make: What to do with Chagolla?


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Kgr8day
Kgr8day

This story is just a quagmire disgusting behavior by people who have tremendous power embued upon them by the people. And those threats to the reporter are so awful! An you know that is business as usual, if they do that at that level to a public reporter! AND it is not very complimentary of the CPS that they are so terrible in their own policies and SICKNESS that they could be used as a very serious and truly terrible threat. If things were right, a threat like that, although it be a crime and trauma to the reporter, would be considerably less ominous because a proper CPS would not participate in such shinanigans and would be no threat at all. But we all know and accept that CPS is a mess and a child placed in their care is likely to be mistreated and the parents misjudged. To threaten a person for merely asking questions, doing their job in this case, is pitiful and disgusting. To threaten to bring a child into harm over it is despicable. For CPS to be such a terrible entity, able to be wielded by sheriff's officers is so SAD. 

PaullovesAndrew
PaullovesAndrew

Paul Chagolla is the biggest pussy out there. When he was a Deputy in District 3 (Sun City) he was always running from fights, leaving other deputies to deal with them. He always screamed for back up and did not like to get his uniform dirty. He dodged calls and was afraid of confrontations. So naturally he always ran to daddy. His wife has bigger balls than him. So naturally he runs to Hendershitt and tells him I want to threaten a woman, got my back?? What a WUSSSSSSS!!!!!!  

Ricosuave
Ricosuave

From what I've heard the mistreatment and threats to the public and Maricopa County employees was just as bad at the Thomas run County Attorney's Office as it was at the Sheriff's Office. Unless you had $$$$ to give the  obese bastards. MCAO employees faced similar threats and retaliation for speaking out and complianing. Seeral Attorneys were put in there place or threatened with investigations. The the investigations were always one-sided and in favor of the office even if they were not true.

Coz
Coz

Deport that piece of shit back to Mexico would be my first choice.

>Now Arpaio's got another choice to make: What to do with Chagolla?

Coz
Coz

Man, what a nut house MCSO is, and they call this a Law Enforcement Agency ?

What a joke they all are.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Another employee now told Arpaio about something that Arpaio has claimed no knowledge of.  What sort of place is he running.  Seems like every one of his people lies about what he knew.  He needs to learn to hire honest people.   Or, is it Arpaio that has honesty-plegia?

Hock
Hock

Slightly off topic, but I still remember the first time I knew there was something odd that the Sheriff's Office...when Hendershott wanted Joe Arizona arrested for impersonating a deputy...2002 or thereabouts.  It was from that point on that no Joe supporter got any respect from me.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Unfortunately the chair of the Board of Supervisors, Andy Kunasek, doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to take appropriate action against the Flaccid Fool.

Max Wilson seems simply afraid of the guy.

Fulton Brock is thinking the FF will keep him out of jail.

The county attorney owes the FF an election.

The state attorney general owes him an election.

Pearce is pushing all of them to leave the old goat alone or he will make something up that they won't like.

Unless the feds intervene there isn't much we will be able to do until the next election process....

In the mean time, let's get to thinking about someone to replace him:

http://votestauffer.com/votest...

If he is forced out of office before then he likely will be replaced by David Gonzales, U.S. Marshall, District of Arizona.

William C
William C

Leave it to the snakes you left behind. Federal justice nee to put them into receiveship. I really like wqho they have threaten. 

Not surprised
Not surprised

But how can this be, Arpaio cleaned house of all his dirtbags!  It can't be possible there are still command staff on the payroll with questionable character and records! (sarcasm) 

MCSO isn't going to be able to clean up it's organization and move forward as long as Arpaio continues as sheriff.  Time for Arpaio to resign! 

Jason
Jason

 "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Dr. Martin Luther King

Jason
Jason

When can we expect their multi-million dollar notices of claim against the county? This, to me, is an extreme abuse of police power.

The Senile Spinster and his entire fucking command staff need to go. This is complete and utter bullshit. These people were doing their jobs for God's sakes. 

Note to Dennis Burke, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama: You people have had more than 3 years time to get this old fool and his entire fucking command staff indicted, perp-walked, and fucking convicted. Get off your asses and do your Goddamn jobs. I am not paying you a fucking six and seven figure salary to do nothing but sit idly by and watch and say "oh well. You're on your own."

The above note also applies to state Attorney General Tom "Conflict of Interest" Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill "Flaccid Fool lapdog" Montgomery. Why the hell am I paying you a fucking six and seven figure salary? To sit on your asses and allow this fucking Goddamn bullshit to fucking occur?!? 

This fucking bullshit needs to fucking end. Today.

  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Chagolla is just one more of the MCSO coteri of command concubines. It appears, at the very least, that Lisa Allen is showing some signs of sanity, among a complete nut bin. It also appears that Lisa Allen and Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, are in agreement regarding the type of person Hendershott is, and what he is capable of. But, folks, he is NOT the only nut on left on the MCSO tree. 

Concerned"american"citizen
Concerned"american"citizen

 Very Sad but true I just don't get how all this "corrupt" law enforcers of the law are getting away with this..If it was a normal, good person like one of us we would be in Jail in no time..How crazy!! I just don't get why the feds have not stepped in..When is the President going to step in? I feel like i am living as they did in the past, our generation is experiencing exactly what black people did back when they were mistreated for being of color..Why is our government letting this happen with all this mounting evidence..I am a USA born and raised citizen and my parents are as well yet we feel it deep in roots. Hispanic people are being treated like 2nd class citizens and its not acceptable. I fortunately believe in the higher God energy and for that same reason I feel sorry for all this people that will one day experience the same pain that they have caused all the people of AZ..What they do to others is being done unto themselves and their families.

We the people should stand up and demand his resignation, why should he be given a choice? He lost all his choices once he committed the crimes..Enough is Enough if Obama won't take over then we the people must.

This is the "peoples" country and if we feel we are being disrespected we should push back and take back what is ours..This Sheriff's department has done enough harm his venom has spread like a wildfire and it must be stopped..

We need to step it up people and start moving this along..walks..talks and more walks will bring us justice, we must be heard and we must believe that we will prevail...Enough is enough..post this to your facebook and to twitter lets spread it like a wildfire and lets get help from all over the country just like he does with our MONEY!!

Lets start a movement and move it along now is the for this "EVIL(HITLER) like person to be put out..

Help us Stephen to get the word out...

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Shocking that someone under Arpaio's regime would be a paranoid, delusional and abusive "officer of the law." How much more information is needed for the powers that be to conclude that Arpaio and Hendershott were in cahoots the entire time with this culture of intimidation, bullying and overall "I can do whatever I want" mentality at the MCSO? Does it really take years to figure this out when you have mounds of evidence right under your nose?

Marcy
Marcy

Arpaio is dirty and the more people he cans the more people are going to want to air Arpaio's dirty laundry.

Is there anyone in Arpaio's office that thinks he was doing a good job?  

wherewasi
wherewasi

 Tommy, I've heard rumors for a while now that Gonzales is considering a run for Sheriff in 2012.  I was told this by a close associate who said that David himself told him that.  I would love to find out that the rumor is true.  I would think that he would have to make the decision soon.

I will do my best to make sure Kunasek is taken out.  Can't help with the rest of the BOS.

I'm still not sure what to make of Montgomery.  We really haven't had too many opportunities to see him put to the test.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 I can't argue with you Jason.

Coz
Coz

Don't kid yourself Tommy, Lisa Allen is no better than the rest of them. I can remember getting e-mails from her years back telling me what a great guy Hendershott was.

She's as full of shit as the rest of them.

She's been blowing Bozo Joe Arpaio for 10+ years and writing stories to cover up his bullshit.

Jason
Jason

Can we add in Daisy Flores, Gila County Attorney? She had enough balls to tell Lisa Aubuchon to fuck off when she was presented with the bug sweeping "case" and the Judge Donahoe "case". 

Jason
Jason

Supervisor Don Stapley delivered letters to Obama and Holder last week I think. Let's hope Obama decides to help us. He's the most powerful man on the fucking planet. 

John
John

YES,YES,YES, AND NO BEANERS EATHER.

SHADOW WOLF
SHADOW WOLF

 Actually the real question is:

Is there anyone from the Flaccid Fool's office that is *NOT* dirty? It seems that entire top chain of command reeks of Arpaio's Disease(corruptional malfeasance). That agency(MCSO) has now become an agency run by criminal syndicates.

It's a pity that both Wingett and Hensley would not assist in the investigation of Chagolla.

Jason
Jason

Those that he canned think he's a God. 

Coz
Coz

I sure hope so !

>Gonzales is considering a run for Sheriff in 2012

Jason
Jason

Neither Horne or Montgomery have the intestinal fortitude to go after the Flaccid Fool. They merely transferred the issues to the feds, even though both Monty and Horne are state prosecutors. Any evidence of their utter weakness was laid out in an Arizona Republic article in yesterdays Valley & State on page B8.

As for Kunasek, he may still be "under investigation" by the Flaccid Fool for allegedly misspending $15,000 (compared to the $99.5 million the Old Fool was misspending from the jail-enhancement fund) sweeping the board's executive offices for bugs that the FF knows don't exist.

Fulton is so deep in the FF's pocket he's practically attached to the Senile Spinster at the hip and only an indictment would separate them. Remember, Fulton had NO IDEA about what was going on and he only recently learned of the developments when it came to his attention and he held a press conference saying so.

Max Wilson is probably the only one of the Supes to not cross the Senile Spinster. So, to avoid any confrontation between the FF and the MCBOS, Max just keeps his mouth shut and his head down. He doesn't want those unmarked Sheriff's Office cars with the Sonora license plates parked outside of his house.

Stapley has sued the county for $15 million in damages because he was targeted by the Sick Old Man and his mentally unstable right nut, Candy Ass Thomas, for alleged "public corruption." One Stapley case was recently declined by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for another round of prosecution. The second Stapley case remains under review by Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores. Recently, Stapley was up in Washington, DC where he hand-delivered letters to President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking them for help with ridding us of the MCSO shurf.

Mary Rose Wilcox has also sued the county for $4.75 million stemming from the Senile Spinster and Candy's failed attempts at prosecution for alleged "public corruption". Her case is backed by court rulings, so she may be more successful at winning a malicious prosecution claim. Her cases were refused prosecution by Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores in March or January, I can't remember. But there you have it.

Coz
Coz

Pissed off is more like it :-)I don't blame him :-)

Jason
Jason

I'm just pissed Tommy. The MCSO shurf is indeed mentally ill. This latest round of Flaccid Fool bullshit is just screaming exposure to liability. I'm sick of wiping Joe's ass whenever he fucks up. This bullshit has got to end. 

John
John

So has mary rose wilcox and EEEaaarrrrlll.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Coz, I didn't say the woman is lucid, simply showing some signs of sanity. She seems like she is taking steps to survive the falling of the wall. She may, however, drown in the moat...

Jason
Jason

Anybody that has to suck the Joker's dick must be in dire need of a job......And to do it for 10+ years......OK Now I need some alcohol...... 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 I forgot about Daisy. Not sure how I could have.. must be advanced age syndrome..

John
John

Jason,know i know you are stupid if you are kissing OBAMAS ass.Stapley is as crocked as akk the dems in office.Holder,dont even believe that jack ass.

Jason
Jason

Maybe Wingett and Hensley have testified or will testify to the federal GJ about their dealings with the Flaccid Fool and his gang of criminal syndicates. That will be doing us a great service. 

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