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Linda Burchfield Arrested for Aggravated Assault

On June 1st, 2011 at 12:02 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 53000 block of Prickly Pear Road, Maricopa in reference to a stabbing. When deputies arrived on scene, they spoke to the adult male victim who had multiple stab wounds and cuts. He was later transported to Maricopa Medical Center where he underwent surgery as a result of his wounds.

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Professional Standards Reviewing Incident with ICE Detainee

Good afternoon.  During the past two days, I have gotten several media and public inquiries into an incident which occurred in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center involving Detention Officer Dan Lovelace.  "Trusted Law Enforcement Sources" have been telling people that Detention Officer Lovelace abused an ICE detainee.  I have gotten phone calls saying the abuse involved punching and kicking of a detainee.  Those allegations are completely false.

Although this case is currently under review by our Professional Standards Unit, I am releasing the News Release below describing the incident in full detail.

-- PCSO PIO Tim Gaffney

Reviewing Incident with ICE Detainee

On July 23rd, 2010 an ICE detainee was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. The detainee was booked by ICE as a “Level 3”, the highest custody classification placed by the Department of Homeland Security ICE, due to the detainee’s past history. On August 24th, 2010 the detainee had a disciplinary charge after returning a razor blade with paper in place of the blade.

On December 11th the detainee was in recreational area with eight other individuals. The detainee had an opportunity to use the restroom 12 minutes prior to his request to use it again. The detainee was told he would have access to the restroom as soon as another detention officer completed his health and welfare check of other detainees.

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Military Service Argument Leads to Christmas Day Shooting

On December 25th, 2010 at 8:04 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 9-1-1 call in the 6700 block of Stacy Street in Florence regarding a shooting. When deputies arrived on scene, David Provost (age 24 - Navy) was located outside of the residence. David had a single gunshot wound to his left foot. Dustin Jakes (age 27 – ARMY) was located inside of the residence.

David and Dustin are prior roommates and both are on leave from their respected military branches of service. Dustin invited David over to his family’s home for Christmas. The two men began to argue over which branch of service was better, Army or Navy. The confrontation escalated into a physical fight. Dustin recently had surgery on his shoulder, his arm was in a sling and he could not defend himself from the physical attack. Dustin feared for his safety and pointed a handgun at David. David said, “What are you going to do shoot me? I don’t care, shoot me” as he advanced on Dustin. Dustin fired two rounds from the handgun towards the floor. One of the rounds struck David in the foot.

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Fed Funds to Aid First Time Homebuyers, Stabilize Neighborhoods

FLORENCE, AZ – Pinal County has received $3,168,315 in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP3) funds.  These are funds made available through the U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Program’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  The program provides targeted emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire, redevelop or demolish foreclosed properties.  This will meet the HUD objective of stabilizing neighborhoods damaged by foreclosure, vacancy or abandoned properties.

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Fatal Collision in Arizona City Alcohol Related

On December 26th, 2010 at 3:07 a.m. a citizen driving on Lamb Road just north of Laguna Street in Arizona City reported coming upon a single vehicle rollover collision. Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to investigate.

It was determined during the investigation, James Bowen (age 29 of Arizona City) was driving his 2005 Nissan passenger car southbound on Lamb Road. He drove his vehicle through the northbound lanes of traffic and onto the east shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then drove back across all lanes of traffic and through the west shoulder of the roadway and into some soft dirt. The front end of the vehicle dug into the dirt causing it to roll over several times.

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Fatal Accident in San Manuel

Fatal Accident in San ManuelOn Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 5:08 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious injury accident on Water Tank Road in San Manuel.  The location is on a private dirt road.

When deputies arrived on scene, it was determined a 2007 Polaris Ranger was being driven northbound on the dirt road.  The 1985 Ford Bronco was being driven southbound on the same dirt road.  The two vehicle struck head on when they both reached the top of the hill.  The force of the head on impact caused the Ranger to rollover onto its top.

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Nearly Century Old Documents Provide a Peek into County’s History

The pages may be somewhat faded, the type is very small and the people are long gone, but a set of documents, almost 100 years old, reveals life in Pinal County at the beginning of statehood.

This surprising find comes to the county via Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco who presented the historical documents to Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Pete Rios.

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New Director Appointed for Animal Care & Control

Lt. Kaye DicksonPinal County sheriff lieutenant Kaye Dickson, has been named director of the county's Animal Care & Control unit.  Lt Dickson was appointed last Monday, after previous director Ruth Stalter, stepped down.

Board and County Manager are very appreciative of Lt Dickson's past service at the Sheriff's Office.  Her experience in law enforcement will be of benefit to the people of Pinal County and the staff at Animal Care & Control.

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No Injuries in Plane Crash Near the Town of Mammoth

On May 16th, 2011 at 2:09 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a plane crash near the town of Mammoth.  The reporting party advised they were on Cooper Creek Road near the Cooper Tree Ghost Town.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found the single engine plane upside down.  The pilot of the plane was Thomas Trotter (age 48 of Bremerton, Washington) and his passenger was Christopher Gardett (age 47 of Laguna, California).

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Pinal County SWAT Team Saves Coolidge Mans Life

Michael ThornborrowMichael ThornborrowOn Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 4 p.m. the Pinal County Regional SWAT Team was serving a search warrant in the 400 block of South Washington Street, Coolidge. Michael A. Thornborrow (age 47 of Coolidge) was wanted for questioning regarding the sale of methamphetamines and other offenses.

As SWAT members were arriving on scene, Thornborrow was seen running from his backyard into the trailer. SWAT members made repeated verbal commands for him to surrender but he refused. A short time later smoke and flames were seen coming from inside of the trailer.

SWAT members risked their own lives in an attempt to save Thornborrow but he refused to come out. SWAT members had to back away from the trailer because of the intensity of the smoke and flames. A short time later, Thornborrow began to yell for help and once again SWAT members risked their lives and pulled Thornborrow to safety.

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ACLU decries danger for gay migrants in Pinal County jails

by Daniel González - Jun. 24, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

The assault took place while Ramon Catalan, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was detained by federal immigration authorities in a Pinal County jail.

Catalan, a transgender man who lives as a woman, was in a cell when four other...

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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Promotions

On December 28th, 2010 at 6 p.m. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu promoted seven of our sworn members to supervisory positions. The promotional ceremony was held at the Sun City Union Center located at 3925 North Sun City Boulevard, (Anthem) Florence.

  • Matthew Thomas was promoted from Traffic Sergeant to Lieutenant
  • John Ellsworth was promoted from Patrol Sergeant to Lieutenant
  • Robert Evans was promoted from Detective to Sergeant
  • Stacy Sherwood was promoted from Detective to Sergeant
  • Mark Guemes was promoted from Detective to Sergeant
  • Brian Aldrich was promoted from Detective to Sergeant
  • Garric Berry was promoted from Deputy to Sergeant

 

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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Promotions

On June 13th, 2011 Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu promoted four of our sworn members to the rank of Sergeant. The promotional ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Florence.

Douglas Peoble (10 years of law enforcement experience) Christopher Lapre (10 years of law enforcement experience) Matthew White (7 ½ years of law enforcement experience) Matthew McKenzie (6 years of law enforcement experience)

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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Launches “OffenderWatch”

OffenderWatchSheriff Babeu and staff announce they are now live with their electronic OffenderWatch® registered sex offender registration, management and community notification program.  OffenderWatch® will enable the Sheriff and all police departments and other management professionals such as the Courts, County Attorney’s Office, Probation and the US Marshal, to collaborate and share information in order to provide all law enforcement agencies all the information concerning sex offender movements, history and activities anywhere in the county or the state. Pinal County joins 15 other agencies in Arizona using OffenderWatch®, and soon, all agencies in the state are expected to be on-line.

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Alexandro Guerrero Assaults Detention Officer Because he Didn’t Want to be Released from Custody

Alexandro GuerreroOn April 17th, 2011 Alexandro Guerrero (age 26 of Yuma) had been ordered released from custody from the Pinal County Adult Detention Center after serving time for an outstanding “Failure to Comply” warrant out of Yuma.

While waiting in the booking area to be released, Guerrero, without any type of provocation, attacked a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Detention Officer. Guerrero punched the Detention Officer in the face as the officer was walking by him. The officer had no time to react to the vicious attack. Once knocked to the ground, Guerrero continued to punch and kick the officer.

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Click It or Ticket Enforcement

Location (Pinal County) – In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office) and other local law enforcement agencies to increase seat belt usage throughout Arizona.

Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

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Pinal County Seeks Citizen Input on Redistricting

Redistricting 2012By order of state statutes, Pinal County voters will be electing a five member Board of Supervisors in 2012, based on population data gathered in the 2010 census.  The state’s population growth also means that Arizona will gain a Congressional district.  Statewide redistricting has an effect on countywide redistricting yet the planning needs to follow a similar track and timeline.

The Board of Supervisors and Pinal County Elections Department is seeking preliminary public input through a survey that is posted online.  You can find a link to the survey under Hot Topics on the Elections Department website or you can access it directly thorough this link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZPJ796W.

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Queen Creek school district: After 13 years, a change at the top

by Hayley Ringle - Jun. 24, 2011 09:28 AM
The Arizona Republic

Superintendent James Murlless and Assistant Superintendent Tom Lindsey have worked side by side for Queen Creek Unified School District since they started within a month of each other in 1998.

So it's only fitting that now that...

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Rabies Advisory for Eastern Pinal County

Pinal County Public Health is issuing a rabies advisory and urging Pinal County residents to have their animals vaccinated against the fatal disease.  On Wednesday, a Mammoth-San Manuel area man was startled awake by something pawing at his face.  It turned out to be a stealthy skunk that had entered the man’s home through his dog door.

He was able to get the skunk outside where he killed it with a shovel.  The skunk tested positive for rabies, a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans and other animals through contact with bodily fluids.

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