Story of Botched Mountain Search By PCSO Aired By ABC 15 Investigators

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Chris Hensley and his two daughters, Alexa and Alyssa. Hensley died in April after he fell from a rock in the Superstition Wilderness.
ABC 15 Investigator Dave Biscobing aired a story this week featuring the Superstition Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer team of wildness heroes that has successfully brought closure to families when the Pinal County Sheriff's Office's search-and-rescue team could not.

"Lost," a New Times feature in December 2012 delved into why SSAR parted ways with Sheriff Paul Babeu, including concerns by search volunteers that sheriff's command staff had little regard for safety.


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Sheriff Arpaio Wants Drones to Circle Over Jails and for Investigations

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Arpaio wants drones.
For whatever reason, (though probably nothing more than he knows it'll get him publicity), Arpaio's got it in his head that his office needs drones.

Not Heron TP-style Iran-busters, and not the all-purpose Predators., but those that more resemble remote-controlled multi-copters for sale at the mall. He's waiting for approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, ABC-15 News confirmed this week, that would make the MCSO the 22nd police agency in the country with drones, and the first in Arizona.


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Joe Arpaio Can't Arrest People for Smuggling Themselves Into Country, Judge Rules

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


The scheme by county officials to round up immigrants for conspiring to smuggle themselves into the country has been busted up by a federal judge.

As a result of yet another immigration-related lawsuit filed against the county, a federal judge ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and their successors, cannot arrest and prosecute people for self-smuggling -- a plot that was the brainchild of disbarred and disgraced former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

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Canadian Teenager May Face Charges for Saying He'll Murder "Massive Dickhead" Joe Arpaio

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that a 16-year-old Canadian boy might be facing criminal charges for threatening to murder Arpaio, who's a "massive dickhead," according to the boy's alleged e-mail threat.

Adding to the long list of non-credible "death threats" Arpaio has publicized, the boy e-mailed the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office saying that he'd murder the "dick sucking shitface" Sheriff and his family, and bomb his house.

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Joe Arpaio Can't Imagine Why Hispanic Group Doesn't Want Sheriff's Office at Their Event

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued a press release condemning a Latino organization for not allowing the Sheriff's Office to run a booth at the organization's upcoming convention.

Gee, can anyone think of a reason why the Hispanic Women's Corporation would try to keep Arpaio's office out of its event?

Maybe -- just maybe -- it has something to do with a federal judge's ruling earlier this year that the Sheriff's Office, under Arpaio, racially profiled Latinos.

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Joe Arpaio's Going After the ASU Party Scene This Weekend

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Attendees of last week's ASU football game against Sacramento State.


Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's going after the party scene at Arizona State University this weekend.

Well, the old man himself won't be out there scribbling minor-in-consumption tickets to the youngsters and telling them what life was like during the Civil War, but his staff warns of a "major crime suppression op[eration]" this weekend.

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Joe Arpaio Doesn't Get His New Monitor . . . Yet

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Attorneys for the ACLU and Sheriff Joe Arpaio still haven't agreed how MCSO is going to remedy the racial profiling a judge found in the Melendres v. Arpaio case.

However, by all accounts, the appointment of a babysitter monitor seems certain.

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Joe Arpaio Claims for the Zillionth Time That He Was Almost Blown to Smithereens

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Stop us if you've heard this one before: Someone far, far away from Maricopa County has been arrested for threatening to blow Sheriff Joe Arpaio to greasy chunks.

It's possible you've heard this one before because this happens to be the fourth time an alleged "bomb threat" has been made against Arpaio since April, the MCSO claims.

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Joe Arpaio's Armed Patrols of Schools to Continue for Another Year

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A posse member in action.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio's armed citizen patrols of schools is continuing for another school year.

Arpaio's NRA-approved posse patrols went without any serious incidents last year, when Arpaio instituted the program in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.

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California May Free Ill and Elderly Inmates, but Joe Arpaio Offers to Jail Them Instead

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Due to prison overcrowding in California, state officials there are planning to release about a thousand inmates and relocate thousands more, according to recent media reports.

The plan, according to the Los Angeles Times, is that "low-level criminals, as well as seriously ill and elderly inmates, could be released."

That's not sitting well with Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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