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Lieutenant John Ellsworth Retires from Law Enforcement After 41 years of Service
On Friday, April 11th, 2014 Lieutenant John Ellsworth retired from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office after working over 41 years in Public Safety/Law ...

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Pinal County Sheriff’s Public Safety Communications Division Celebrates National Telecommunications Week By Giving Back To The Community
National Telecommunications Week occurs the second full week of April in dedication to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators which includes 9-1-1 operators and police, fire and EMS dispatchers. This year National Telecommuni...

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Marana Mother Killed And Her 5 Year Old Son Injured In A Two Vehicle Accident In Red Rock
On Friday, April 4th, 2014, at 9:10 a.m. a 53-year-old male from Red Rock, reported he was involved in a two vehicle ”sideswipe” accident on South Owl Head Ranch Road near East Grand Valley Drive, in the unincorporated area of Red Rock. ...

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PCSO and Rural Metro Fire Stage an Alcohol Related Fatal Collision Crash for High School Students Before Prom Night
On March 19th, 2014 sirens blared and lights flashed as the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the Rural Metro Fire Department rushed to the sc...

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Suspect Sells Marijuana Purchased from Medical Marijuana Shop to Undercover Narcotics Detective
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Narcotic Task Force received information in February of 2014 that Phillip Vaughn (age 32 of San Tan Valley) was selling hig...

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PCSO Investigates Three Vehicle Hit and Run Collision in San Tan Valley
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 3:17 p.m. PCSO deputies responded to the intersection of Hunt Highway and Gary Road in San Tan Valley regarding a three vehicle hit and run collision. ...

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Stay At Home Dad From California, Arrested In Pinal County For Possession, Transportation And Sale Of 1.88 Pounds Of Marijuana
On Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. a deputy assigned to the Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Toyota Camry (rental...

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P.C.S.O. Anti-Smuggling Unit Recovers 1,173 Pounds of Marijuana Following Pursuit
On Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 10:31 a.m. a detective assigned to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Anti-Smuggling Unit, (A.S.U.)was involved in a pursuit which started on Stanfield Rd. and Connelly Rd., in the unincorporated area of Stanfield. The...

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Suspect Deported 14 Prior Times After Entering the United States Illegally
On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:34 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy was on patrol eastbound on Interstate-10. The deputy observed the driver of a 1999 Honda Civic commit a traffic violation. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pu...

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Seizure
On Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 8:29 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the area of Highway 84 and Highway 347. The deputy stopped a Chevy HHR sports utility vehicle after he observed the driver commit a traffic violation. ...

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Traffic Stop leads to Drug Arrest and Seizure of Money, Vehicle and Firearm
On March 18, 2014 at approximately 6:25 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy was traveling westbound on U.S. 60 near mile marker 218. The deputy stop...

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Robbery/Home Invasion Suspect Shot by Homeowner
On Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 8:20 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a homeowner in the 2600 block of West Canyon Street, Apache Junction. The caller reported numerous male suspects attempted to kick in the back door...

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Search Warrant Leads to the Arrest of a Convicted Felon for Drugs and Guns
On Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office - Narcotic Task Force with the assistance of the Coolidge Police Department...

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Cartel Resupply Vehicle Stopped on Traffic Stop Food and Water Turned over to Eloy Food Bank
On Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 8:52 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff K-9 deputy was on patrol in the area of Sunland Gin Road and West Pretzer Road. He observed a 1999 Chevy E-2500 van fail to stop at a sto...

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Coolidge Civil Engineering Inspector Arrested for Sex Crimes with a Minor
A 19-year-old female disclosed to one of her friends that for the past 10 years she had been molested by a family acquaintance. The friend who was concerned for her safety notified the Pinal County Sherif...

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Traffic Stop Results in Money Seizure
On Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 1:24 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff K-9 deputy was traveling eastbound on Interstate-10 near mile marker 197. The deputy observed a 2002 Hyundai Elantra traveling in front of him...

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PCSO K-9’s Continue to Find Drugs
On Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 8:52 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff K-9 deputy stopped a 2013 Dodge Charger eastbound on Interst...

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Suspect Arrested for Sex with a Minor
On Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 3:40 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in San Tan Valley regarding a reported case of sexual misconduct with a minor. When deputies arrived at the residence, they spoke with the mother o...

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PCSO K-9 Vehicle Equipped with State of the Art Equipment To Reduce Auto Thefts and Shorten Vehicle Pursuits
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is involved with numerous vehicle pursuits each year tied to auto thefts and drug and human smuggling. Thanks to $40,158 in grant funding provided by the “Arizona Auto Theft Authority”, a PCSO K-9 deputy will have...

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Suspect in Custody for False Reporting, Escape and Burglary
On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:18 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female caller in the 200 block of north Pepper Place in the unincorporated area of Maricopa. The cal...

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PCSO and CPS Work Together to Arrest Suspect for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor
On Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 11:35 a.m. a representative from Child Protective Services (CPS) contacted the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to report a possible case of child abuse. CPS had just received a phone call on their hotline reporting a cas...

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Deputy Involved Shooting Update
On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the Eloy Police Department to assist with a pursuit involving a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was a Toyota Corolla which was reported stolen out of Casa Grande ...

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Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit
On Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 8:14 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop 2000 Ford Mustang near Alameda and Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle after he had discovered the license plate on the v...

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Life-Saving Awards to be Presented to Good Samaritans who Saved the Life of a 2 Year old Child that Fell into a Septic Tank
On Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 2 p.m. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will present “Life-Saving Awards” to three good samaritans who saved the life of a two-year-old child. The awards will be presented...

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Suspect Booked for Negligent Homicide Following Shooting
On Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 8:22 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female who said she shot somebody because she was being stabbed. Deputies arrived at the residence in the 800 block of Evergreen Road i...

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Another Marijuana Load Vehicle Caught in Pinal County
On Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 7:21 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a 2000 Jeep after he had clocked it on radar speeding eastbound on Highway 84 at 90 mph in the 55 mph zone. ...

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ABC15 News Reports Inaccurate Story and Once Again Their Mistake Goes National
On Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received several 9-1-1 calls related to a single vehicle rollover accident at Fulcar Road and Hidden Valley Road. Four people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash an...

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Press Conference Regarding Safety Concerns for Ironwood Road
Today, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu held a press conference with County Attorney Lando Voyles and State Representatives Frank Pratt, T.J. Shope and Doug Coleman. The press conference was held just we...

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Alcohol Impairment Involved in Serious Injury Rollover Accident
On Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a single vehicle rollover accident in the area of Hidden Valley Road and Fulcar Road just o...

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Illegal Gains Security Clearance and Access to U.S. Air Force Base
On Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 7 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition westbound on Interstate-10 near milepost 180 for a traffic violation. ...

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Suspect Involved in Pursuit Admits to Being Deported Ten Prior Times
On Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy observed a 1997 Ford Expedition driving recklessly eastbound on Interstate-10 near milepost 200. The vehicle was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and following othe...

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Drug Cartels Increase Trafficking Activity Before the Holidays 3 Pursuits and 14 Others in Custody on Five Other Separate Cases in 24 Hours
On Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a Ford Expedition on Johnson Road near West Mayer Road after he observed the driver of the vehicle commit several traffic violations. The ...

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PCSO Deputy Involved Shooting Update
On Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the “M Passion Adult Boutique” in Picacho Peak. Two armed suspects entered the business and tied up the female employee in a back room. The female was able to escape and ...

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Illegal Immigrant From Mexico Arrested Following High-Speed Pursuit
On Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy observed a Chevrolet Tahoe driving at a high rate of speed westbound on Miller Road. The vehicle was accelerating so rapidly the backend was sliding from side to side. The ve...

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PCSO Jail Passes National Accreditation Review with 100% Compliance
On June 6, 2011, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Jail became the second jail in the entire country and the only jail in Arizona to receive national accreditation through the National Sheriffs’ Association. The Pinal County Jail received accreditation w...

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PCSO K-9s Continue to Find Suspects and Drugs
On Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 10:39 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy was on patrol near Eloy when he stopped a 2005 Kia passenger car eastbou...

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PCSO K-9’s Train with Arizona National Guard Joint Counter Narco-Terrorism Task Force
On Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 members of the Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit participated in “Airborne Operation Training” with the Arizona National Guard – Joint Counter Narco-Terrorism Task Force (JCNTF) The K-9’s a...

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UPDATE - PCSO and Fire Investigators Investigating a Deadly Morning Fire
On Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:37 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office along with the Regional Fire Department responded to a large residential structure fire in the Desert Highlands subdivision. The Desert Highlands subdivision is northeast of...

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ABC15 Falsely Reports Walmart “Trespass for Life” story
A local news story went national this week when Phoenix TV station ABC15 reported that Joe Cantrell (age 34 of San Tan Valley) was “trespassed for life from Walmart” because according to Cantrell and ABC15 he was trying to “ad mat...

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Another Pursuit Tied to Drug and Human Smuggling
On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 4:55 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy who was working with the West Desert Task Force attempted to stop a 2004 Che...

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Serious Injury Accident on North Ironwood
On Tuesday December 03, 2013 at 5:41 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff's Office received several 9-1-1 calls related to a single vehicle rollover crash on North Ironwood Drive north of McCormick Road in San Tan Valley. The callers advised the female driver...

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Residents Call PCSO to Report 10 to 30 Illegal Immigrants Running Through Their Neighborhood
On Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 9 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office began receiving several calls from individuals in a residential neighborhood in the 51000 block of West Jennifer Road outside the city limits of Maricopa. The callers reported...

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Shooting Victim Arrested for Property Crimes - Seven Burglaries Solved Shooting Suspect Still at Large
On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 1:50 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call froman individual who said they could hear an argument and a man yell, “kill him.” The caller then heard a gunshot. The caller reported this ...

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Farm Worker Assaulted by Suspect Following Vehicle Pursuit
On Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 8:03 a.m. the Arizona Department of Public Safety sent out an “Attempt to Locate” after they received information regarding two or three individuals loading bundles of marijuana into a green Ford Taurus near...

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Suspect in Custody for Domestic Violence Explosive Devices and Grenades Found During a Search Warrant
On Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 the Pinal County Sher...

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UPDATE - PCSO Investigates Homicide at Corrections Corporation of America
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is requesting Roberto Venegas-Fernandez (age 43) be charged with First Degree Murder after he killed M...

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12 Suspects in Custody for Marijuana Smuggling
On Thursday, November 21st, 2013 detectives from the Pinal County Narcotic Task Force assisted members of the U.S. Border Patrol with a marijuana smuggling investigation. At 12:30 a.m. U.S. Border Patrol agents observed a group of 14 individual...

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Suspect Arrested Again for Human Smuggling
On Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 11:17 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2003 Dodge Dakota truck after he observed the driver commit several traffic violations. The traffic stop was westbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 209. ...

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PCSO Receives Grant funding for new Digital Microwave Link
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a grant by the Gila River Indian Community for the amount of $67,517.17 to purchase new digital technology to upgrade our radio communications system. A “microwave link” is a communications system t...

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PCSO Receives Grant Funding for New Safety Equipment for Adult Detention Facility
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $6,074.33 in grant funding by the Apache Gold Casino Resort and the San Carlos Apache Tribe to purchase new safety equipment including stab proof vests and riot helmets for the Adult Detention Facility’s Sp...

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