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Child Found With Meth Pipe in his Mouth, Mother Arrested
On the morning of June 11, PCSO began a child abuse investigation involving a 2-year-old male and 1- year-old female who reportedly were exposed to methamphetamine while th...

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Father Arrested for Hitting 10-month-old Foster Child in the Face
On June 9, PCSO received a call from JASON MURRAY that his 10-month-old foster child had been injured and needed medical attention at their home in the Town of Red Rock. Emergency responders and PCSO de...

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Pinal County Deputies Arrest 3 Burglary Suspects in San Tan Valley
On June 12 at about 9:30 p.m., an alert neighbor in the 5300 block of E. Vista Grande in San Tan Valley reported seeing persons jump a neighbor’s fence and kick in their door. The neighbor watched the activity and reported to PCSO when the persons w...

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Two Suspects Arrested Following a Vehicle Pursuit and both are now headed back to Prison
On Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 approaching mile marker 211. A Chevrolet Astro Van passed a fully marked K-9 patrol vehicle and then swerved out of its lane and commi...

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Eloy Man Arrested for Shooting at Neighbors
Deputies responded to an address in Silver Bells Estates, Eloy, on May 31 at 8:20 p.m., on reports of an unknown male firing shots at the victims in their backyard. On deputies’ arrival, the suspect was gone from the scene. The victims, an...

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Suspect Crashes into Deputy’s Patrol Car, Eludes Capture
Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop a reckless vehicle in the 1700 block of W. Hunt Highway. The vehicle, a silver Jeep Cherokee, exited a private drive and came close to striking a vehicle on the road. The Je...

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430 Pounds of Marijuana Seized after Vehicle Pursuit and Crash
On May 8 at 8:45 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy (K9 Unit) attempted to stop a 2002 Ford Pickup westbound on I-10 near Casa Grande. The truck fled at speeds estimated to be 95 mph before it exited the freeway and crashed in the desert. The driver...

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Update – Kearny Officer Involved Shooting Investigation
On Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. Detectives from the Pinal County Sheriff’s - Criminal Investigations Bureau were requested by the Kearny Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting. Detectives responded to a residence i...

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Former School Employee Arrested for Thefts on School Campuses
In two separate incidents at San Tan Valley elementary schools, a former school district employee, MICHAEL SHANE HERERRA, 42, of Florence, Ariz., unlawfu...

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Sheriff Highlights Cost Saving Programs at Annual Chamber Event
Sheriff Paul Babeu was the keynote speaker at the May 4 San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce annual golf outing at Encanterra Country Club. Sheri...

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Pinal County Constable Accused of Impersonating Officer
Source: http://www.12news.com/story/news/local/valley/2015/05/05/pinal-county-constable-ac...

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Early Morning Pursuit Involved Suspect who had been Previously Arrested for Felony Flight and Drug Smuggling
On Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 the Pinal County Sheriff’s Anti-Smuggling Enforcement Unit was working an operation in Hidden Valley. ...

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Suspect Arrested for Marijuana Grow in Oracle
On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. citizens from the Neighborhood Watch Program in Oracle reported suspicious activity at a business complex located at 411 East American Avenue, Suite 7 in Oracle. They reported an individual would come and go...

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Suspect Arrested for Looking Up the Skirt of a Victim
On Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 3:10 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call from an employee working as Asset Protection for the Walmart located at 1725 West Hunt Highway, San Tan Valley. The employee was reportin...

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PCSO Pursuit in Florence Ends with Arrest, Felony Warrant and Claims of Believing LE were after Terrorists
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies engaged in a pursuit leading to the arrest of a 53 year old Coolidge woman claiming she believed law enforcement was after terrorists, not her. ...

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PCSO Responding to an Increased Number of Search and Rescue Calls in 2015
So far in 2015, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has seen and responded to an increase in the number of search and rescue calls coming into its Communications Center. ...

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US Marshals Service and PCSO Work Together to Bring Man Accused of Internet Sex Crimes back to Arizona
On the evening of Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (Texas) arrested Michael Bjornstad, 43 of Maricopa, AZ, ...

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PCSO: Vehicle Smuggling Marijuana Rolls-over on I-8 during Pursuit
On Friday, March 20th, 2015 at approximately 4:34 a.m., a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy was monitoring traffic near Interstate-8 and Stanfield Rd. After observing a red in color Nissan XTERRA commit several...

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Two Attempted Abductions in San Tan Valley Prompted Additional Patrols
Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies are increasing patrols in San Tan Valley after responding to two attempted child abduction reports on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 and also learning of a male possibly impersonati...

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Alcohol Involved - Fatal Single Vehicle Collision Kills 27-Year-Old Female
On Sunda...

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Two High Speed Pursuits Lead to Discovery of a Stash House in Mesa
On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies, U.S. Border Patrol, DPS and Gila River Police units were involved in two pursuits that led to two arrests and the discovery of a stash house...

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PCSO Demographics Show Mirror Reflection of Those They Serve
Pinal County, Ariz. - Sheriff Paul Babeu says, "Our staff demographics truly reflect our Pinal families who we are sworn to protect and serve. We value the trust we ho...

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Fatal ATV Accident Kills Driver Injures 3 Juvenile Passengers
On Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call regarding an all-terrain veh...

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PCSO: Motocross-goer Arrested for Two Counts of Agg. Assault Against Law Enforcement
On Saturday, Feb. 7th, 2015 at approximately 10:30 pm, an off duty Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy was working security at the ET Motopark Arizona Speedway, in San Tan Valley. The deputy was dressed in his official PCSO duty uniform. ...

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Single Vehicle Milk Truck Rollover Accident
On Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at 12:28 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Communications Center received calls reporting a semi-truck pulling a...

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22 Arrested, 347 lbs of Marijuana Seized in Latest BP-PCSO Operation
Recently, Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies and United States Border Patrol agents conducted an operation in the Hidden Valley-area concentrating on combating the flow of drugs through Pinal County. In total, the multiagency operation resulted...

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PCSO Air Unit Used to Evacuate Distressed Hiker near Apache Junction
On Tues. Jan. 20, 2015, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue crew responded quickly to extricate a woman who became medically distressed while hiking in the Superstition Wilderness near Apache Junction. ...

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Sheriff Babeu Testifies before U.S. House on Obama's Failed Border Enforcement
Committee on the Judiciary, “Examining the Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation’s Immigration Laws” Pinal County, Arizona is always l...

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Three Home Invasion Suspect Nabbed after Foot Pursuit
On Fri., Jan. 30, 2015, Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Keegan Humphrey, 22 of San Tan Valley and a man believed to be responsible for three home invasions, resulting in one robbery and two burglaries occurring over the last two nights in San ...

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Andrew Salazar Charged with the 2nd Degree Murder from 2013
On Wed., Jan. 21, 2015, Pinal County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Andrew Matthew Salazar, 27 of Casa Grande, on charges of 2nd Degree Murder stemming from an incident that occurred on Oct. 11, 2013 that resulted in the shooting and death of Robert DeA...

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With the Holidays Over; Hilltop Scouts Return to Work and so Do Members of Law Enforcement
Now that the New Year has begun, drug smuggling hilltop scouts have returned to their posts and West Desert Task Force continues their interdiction of drugs entering into the United States. While smuggling remains a year-round venture for d...

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PCSO Receives Grant Funding for Speed, DUI Enforcement, and Advanced Accident Investigation Training
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $158,884.00 in grant funding by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to work Speed and DUI enforcement and host Advanced Accident Investigation Training. These grant funds allow the Pinal Co...

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Florence Man Arrested for 10 Counts of Sex Exploit of a Child; $100k Cash Bond Ordered
On Tues., Jan. 6, 2014, the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force concluded a four month investigation with the arrest of Aaron-Caleb DeCook, 26 of Florence....

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Fatal Collision on Christmas Night Kills Two Teenagers from Maricopa
On Thursday, December 25th, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received two 9-1-1 calls regarding a single vehicle rollover collisio...

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Christmas Day Fire Claims the Life of Elderly Man
On Thursday, December 25th, 2014 at 10:37 a.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Communications Center began to receive multiple calls regarding a structure fire in the 52000 block of W. Fresno Road., Maricopa. The structure was a double-wide, resident...

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PCSO Organizes Three Programs to Help Pinal Families During the Holidays
Each year, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office organizes three Christmas programs to help Pinal County’s less fortunate residents during the Holidays. The three programs – Sheriff’s Toy Shop, Adopt-A-Fa...

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SCAM: Individual Demanding Money and Claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Yuma or Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
Over the weekend, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of an individual that was contacting residents by phone claiming to be with the Yuma or Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He stated he was a lieutenant and threatened to arrest ...

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Three days, three DUIs: One Uber Taxi Driver, One 100 mph Pursuit
Within a three-day period, Pinal County Sheriff‟s Deputies arrested three individuals for Driving Under the Influence; one is an Uber Taxi driver, one involved a 100 mph pursuit, and one involved a subject with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.363...

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Four-Month, Undercover ‘Craigslist’ Investigation Leads to Arrest for Sale of Marijuana
A four-month Pinal County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force investigation came to a close with the arrest of Lisa George, 28 of Mesa. The investigation began after she responded to a craigslist.com request for marijuana, saying she could help supply. U...

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Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force Mobilized through the New Year
Beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing through the month of December, the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force will be operating within Casa Grande, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction, Florence, Coolidge, and the City of Maricopa. Through d...

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PCSO: Seven Arrested for Burglaries Targeting Residences of Seasonal Visitors and Recently Deceased
Following several months of investigation, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office apprehended seven suspects alleged to have been involved with dozens of burglaries targeted at the residences of seasonal visitors and individuals listed in obituaries in the ...

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Spike in 9-1-1 Calls from Sycamore Canyon Academy since Illegal Minors Arrived
Since illegal minors were placed into Sycamore Canyon Academy, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received more emergency calls this year over the same time period last year, with four including assaults on staff. In 2013, from Aug. 1st through ...

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Two Vehicle Pursuits on the Same Day Involving Suspects who Tossed Marijuana from their Vehicle
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office were involved in two separate vehicle pursuits, where the suspects involved threw bundles of marijuana from their vehicles. ...

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PCSO Hosts Regional Training on Sex Trafficking for Law Enforcement and Service Providers
Today, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board hosted a regional human trafficking training to provide law enforcement and service providers with the tools necessary to combat human and child sex traff...

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PCSO Posse Member alerts Deputies to Dump Truck Traveling Recklessly, Leading to Pursuit and Arrest for Stolen Vehicle
On Friday, Oct. 24th, 2014 at 11:20 pm, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Posse Member alerted deputies to a dump truck driving recklessly in the area of Ironwood Dr. and Guadalupe Rd, in Apache Junction. PCSO Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle afte...

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San Tan Valley Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
On Thursday, October 9th, 2014, Detectives from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) served a search warrant at the residence of Matthew Lewis (age 28 from San Tan Valley), 4300 Block of West Kirkland Avenue,...

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Three Suspects Arrested for Weapons Trafficking
On Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Honda Accord passenger car which had been traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 178 outside the city limits of Casa Gran...

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PCSO Receives Grant Funding for Aggressive Driving and DUI Enforcement
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded three separate grants totaling $117,532.60 by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. These grants include $40,000.00 in overtime to work DUI enforcement throughout the county. The remaining f...

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PCSO Requests Public’s Help in Identifying Fraud Suspect
On Sunday, September 14th, 2014 a San Tan Valley woman discovered her credit card missing. She last used the card on Saturday, September 13th to purchase items from the Fry’s Food Store, located in the 500 block of East Hunt Highway, San Tan Valle...

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PCSO is Requesting Help from the Public to Locate the Suspect Involved in a Serious Injury Hit and Run Collision
On Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 9:43 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call regarding a serious injury hit and run collision on North Gantzel Road and East Chandler Heights Road, in San Tan Valley. ...

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