Internal Investigation Unit Disbanded at Arizona Child Safety Department

A shake-up is underway at the newly created Arizona Department of Child Safety two weeks after a new director was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey.

The move comes as rumors fly about how and why the new director, Greg McKay, replaced Charles Flanagan, who was fired earlier this month.

On Wednesday, McKay disbanded DCS' Office of Special Investigations, which had been at least partially involved in investigating staff members at the office.

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Pedro Manzo of Goodyear Chokes Foster Child Nearly to Death

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Pedro Manzo told his wife a few days ago that he wasn't sure whether he could handle both their own small kids and the two toddlers they were fostering for the state.

He knew himself too well.

On Monday, Manzo apparently lost control when the 1 1/2-year-old girl they were fostering kept throwing her sippy cup and spilling it. By his own telling, court records state, he choked the toddler to within an inch of her life.

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Drunk 15-Year-Old Stole a Mesa Police Car, Cops Say

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A 15-year-old stole a police car while officers were breaking up the party he was attending in Mesa, cops say.

The youngster's name wasn't released by police, but Mesa Police Sergeant Tony Landato says he was seen running from the home when police arrived, but returned to hop into the front seat of a police car.

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Ex-Phoenix Parks Recreation Leader Arrested, Accused of Attempted Molestation of a Minor

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Police arrested a now former City of Phoenix employee, who worked for several years as a part time recreation leader in Ahwatukee, over allegations that he attempted to molest a 13 year old girl.

Cops say that the suspect, 21-year-old Michael Hudson, resigned instead of getting fired after Parks and Recreation officials were made aware of the incident.

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Joe Arpaio Touts Arrest of 10-Year-Old in Guadalupe, and Posse's Non-Existent Role

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a press conference for his school-patrol posse.
A 10-year-old 5th-grader at Guadalupe's Frank Elementary learned a valuable lesson about "snitches" on Tuesday.

See, the boy had enlisted help in stabbing one of his classmates for "snitching," but the classmates ended up ratting him out to the teacher, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He also learned how to become a pawn for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

See also:
-New Times Rolls With Joe Arpaio's School-Patrol Posse; Nobody Dies
-Joe Arpaio Releases List of Posse-Patrolled Schools, Talks Publicity Stunts
-Joe Arpaio's Posse: The COPS Episode (Kind of)
-Joe Arpaio's School-Patrolling Posse Not POST Certified; I.E., They Ain't Cops
-Joe Arpaio's Posse People Starting Armed School Patrols; Which Schools Yet Unknown

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Governor Jan Brewer to DREAMers: State Laws Bar You from Drivers Licenses, Public Benefits Regardless of Feds' Immigration Policy Shift

See also Obama Blocks DREAMers' Deportations, Outflanks GOP
See also Jan Brewer's Response to Almost Everything About Obama Immigration Policy: Secure the Borders

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Governor Jan Brewer

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order today that blocks issuance of public benefits, Arizona driver's licenses, and state identification to individuals granted Deferred Action by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In June, President Barack Obama announced that students and young adults brought to the United States as children, and who fit certain criteria, would be granted temporary immunity from deportation and allowed to work.

And today, on the day that the feds begin accepting applications from them, Brewer weighs in with a formal executive order to remind them of the laws that have hampered them.

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Kevin Skinner, Who Police Say Called Them to Report He Killed His Mom, Pleads Not Guilty

Kevin Skinner pleaded not guilty today to murdering his mother, two weeks after police say he called 9-1-1 to report that he just killed his mother.
Kevin Skinner, the 22-year-old Phoenix man who called the cops earlier in the month to let them know he'd just murdered his mother by suffocating her with a grocery bag, pleaded not guilty this morning.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Skinner and his mom got into an argument on March 3, and when she got ready to leave her son's apartment, he attacked her and ended up suffocating her.

After going outside and laying on the grass for a while, Skinner decided to call 9-1-1 and let the cops in on what just happened.

Police responded to Skinner's Phoenix apartment around 6 p.m., and Skinner informed the arriving officers that he'd just killed his mother inside.

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Kevin Skinner Says His Mom Wouldn't Listen, So He Suffocated Her With a Grocery Bag

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Kevin Skinner's mom told her son she was leaving his apartment on Saturday night.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Skinner's response was to murder his mother by suffocating her with a grocery bag.

After going outside and laying on the grass for a while, Skinner decided to call 9-1-1 and let the cops in on what just happened.

Police responded to Skinner's Phoenix apartment around 6 p.m. Saturday, and Skinner informed the arriving officers that he'd just killed his mother inside.

Sure enough, police found Janet Skinner dead inside the apartment with a clear plastic grocery bag next to her.

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Christopher Carlson on Trial For Allegedly Forcing Extreme Grand Canyon Hikes on Grandkids

The trial began today for Christopher Carlson, who's accused of forcing his three grandkids -- ages 8, 9, and 12 -- to go on Grand Canyon hikes from hell last summer, and generally abusing the boys along the way.

On a pair of 100-degree-plus days at the Grand Canyon, park rangers discovered a summer full of alleged abuse against the boys at the hands of Carlson, described by rangers in court documents as "chronic physical abuse."

After already being forced off the trails by a park ranger after complaints from people about the boys' condition on August 15 -- after the boys had completed a 7.5-mile trail -- Carlson was spotted with some really tired-looking kids again on August 28.

Carlson and his grandkids had just finished a 19-mile trail on that 108-degree day. Another hiker died on a different trail that very day from hyperthermia and dehydration due to heat.

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Accused Sexual Predator Trolling on Free Smart-Phone App Farm Story For Victim, Police Say

A sexual predator found a victim on Farm Story, a free smart phone app, and then lured her into a private chat room, police say.
Detectives from the Peoria Police Department's Special Victims Unit arrested Jose Sanchez Figueroa, a 37-year-old Colorado man, for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a minor.

The accused perv faces multiple felony counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor, and molestation.

And he apparently was trolling for victims on Farm Story, a free smart phone application on which kids can "grow fruits, raise farm animals and decorate the most beautiful farms," according to its creators. And, they say, you can even "visit real neighbors to watch their crops grow."

Sanchez Figueroa apparently wasn't interested in growing crops.

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