Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff, Getting Some Lovin' (and Help Distracting Public from PCSO Search-and-Rescue Woes) from Fox News
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been catching some serious heat over the way his office handled the search for missing hiker Christopher Hensley.
Chris Hensley and his two daughters. Superstition Search and Rescue located his body shortly after starting its search.
The PCSO's own search crew combed the Superstition Mountains for days. But it was Superstition Search and Rescue, a private, all-volunteer team ousted by the sheriff in 2009, that found Hensley's body within a couple of hours of starting its search.
Local newspapers have run stories and editorials highlighting the PCSO failures.
What does Babeu do? Schedule an appearance on Fox News? Brenda Garza Hermanson of rightwingmarket.com posted this blurb on her Facebook: "Paul Babeu will be on the Hannity Show Friday night -- Don't miss it!"
If he is making an appearance, who knows what Babeu will be railing about on the right-wing network -- immigration reform? The IRS? The Associated Press? Benghazi? It doesn't matter, really, any White House scandal will do.
Either way, local folks are intent on holding Babeu and those he assigns to search for vulnerable, lost residents and visitors accountable.
Adam Gaub, managing editor of the Maricopa Monitor, wrote one editorial with the headline: "At PCSO, pride goeth before a life."
Babeu's office claims that Tonya, Hensley's wife, didn't give it sufficient information. And it says that the team that did find him -- Superstition Search and Rescue -- only got the information it used to locate Hensley's body because of PCSO efforts.
Gaub takes the PCSO to task for its stance.
"The thought that a mother of two young girls desperate to find her missing husband would not do her utmost to share information with investigators is ludicrous. Pouring salt on the open wound of the Hensley family's life right now to avoid any acceptance of blame is the height of arrogance," he writes.