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PINAL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEIZES $92,000 WORTH OF METHAMPHETAMINE DURING A TRAFFIC STOP
PINAL COUNTY, AZ - On Friday, March 22nd at approximately 6:44pm, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy conducting traffic enforcement o...

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP TO IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL VICTIMS IN PHOENIX CHILD EXPLOITATION CASE
PHOENIX - On Tuesday, February 12th, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Casa Grande and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested 45-year-old Scott Buckley of Las Vegas, Nevada. The investigation started in November 2018 when Buckle...

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PCSO INVESTIGATING VEHICLE-PEDESTRIAN CRASH
On Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:26 a.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was called out to a car accident involving a pedestrian at Gary Road and Charbray Drive in San Tan Valley. The investigation revealed the driver of a white Ford utility...

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PCSO INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING INCIDENT AT A PARK IN SAN TAN VALLEY
On February 6th, just after 1:15 a.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a call of shots fired at a park in the area of West Skyline Drive and North Village Lane in San Tan Valley. Deputies learned a 21-year-old victim was at a local h...

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PCSO NARCOTICS UNIT CHARGES TWO SISTERS IN CONNECTION TO A FENTANYL OPERATION IN SAN MANUEL
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed a four-month investigation after receiving information about fentanyl being sold in the San Manuel area. Investigators learned 45-year-old Angela Melton of San Manuel was selling fentan...

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PCSO IS SEEKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP AFTER AN ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION
On Thursday, January 31st, just before 10 a.m., a 26-year-old woman, was jogging in the Johnson Ranch community in San Tan Valley. The victim told investigators that she noticed someone in a vehicle following her as she was jogging near Maravil...

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PCSO K9 DEPUTIES SEIZES $48,000 WORTH OF METHAMPHETAMINE DURING A TRAFFIC STOP
On Thursday, January 24th at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy, conducting traffic enforcement along Interstate 10, pulled over a car for a moving and equipment violation. The traffic stop was made near the Casa...

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COOLIDGE MAN ARRESTED BY PCSO FOR SEXUALLY EXTORTING TWO TEENS IN AUSTRALIA
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Kai Ranaglia-Nelson this morning at his home in Coolidge. The arrest comes after a four-month investigation initiated by the New South Wales Police Force in Australia. Australian authoritie...

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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY ISSUES GRANT MONEY TO PCSO
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a total of $236,000 in grant funding by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help PCSO keep county roads safe. The money will go to assist deputies in their speed and DUI enforcement effo...

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THREE FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO A 2016 DOUBLE HOMICIDE
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a known motorcycle gang member for his involvement in a double homicide. Clint Wendelschafer was taken into custody near Ellsworth and Adobe...

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A TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS AND 191 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 PINAL COUNTY, AZ - A Pinal County Deputy, while on patrol, noticed a Chrysler PT Cruiser run a stop sign. The deputy pulled the car over near Interstate 8 and Midway Road. When the ...

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PCSO DUI TASK FORCE WORKS TO KEEP COUNTY ROADS SAFE
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office conducted intense DUI patrols over the weekend and made 129 total stops. One of the traffic stops included 48-year-old Michael Mylander of Apache J...

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THE PINAL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHARGES MAN AFTER HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND WAS FOUND SHOT INSIDE HER HOME
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 CASA GRANDE, AZ - The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was called out to a home on the 5900 block of N Fuchsia Street in Casa Grande for a burglary in progress. Someone at the house re...

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DEPUTY RAMMED DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, SUSPECT ARRESTED; INVESTIGATION LEADS TO TWO ADDITIONAL ARRESTS
Just after midnight Wednesday morning, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to pull over the driver of a black sedan near Hunt Highway and American Way. Earlier, an attempt-to-locate was put out on the vehicle in connection to a burglary at McDona...

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OPERATION QUEEN TERRAIN ENDS WITH SEVEN ARRESTS
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office completed a one month investigation into an auto theft ring, arresting all seven players involved. The investigation started after patrol deputies ...

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THREE CHARGED IN A FAIL PLOT TO SMUGGLE DRUGS INTO THE PINAL COUNTY JAIL
On April 30th, 2018 Detention Officers were inspecting inmate mail addressed to Michael Schraeder of Chandler. Schraeder is currently in PCSO custody for armed robbery charges. Upon inspection, the detention officer discovered 5.714 grams of methamphet...

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PCSO DETECTIVES ARREST 31-YEAR-OLD MAN LURING A MINOR
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Miles Valencia of Chandler after he drove to Pinal County, near Florence this morning to engage in inappropriate sexual acts with, who he believed to be, a 14-year-old female. Valencia bega...

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PCSO ARRESTS ARIZONA CITY MAN FOR SELLING METH NEAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrest 37-year-old Marcus Payne for selling methamphetamine out of a home located across the street fr...

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PCSO CONDUCTS DUI ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit was out in full force during the Memorial Day weekend. Deputies were looking for drivers who were Under the Influence of drugs or alco...

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THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY FUNDS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR COUNTRY THUNDER
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 Pinal County is hosting one of the largest Country Music Festivals in the nation. In April, thousands will be heading to Florence, Arizona, to watch their favorite country music sta...

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$400,000 WORTH OF HEROIN SEIZED BY PCSO K9 DEPUTIES
On Thursday March 22 at 4:45 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff’s K9 Deputy was conducting traffic enforcement on Interstate 10 when he pulled Luis Zazueta Lopez, 39, over at mile marker 203. During the stop, our deputy noticed inconstancies. A ...

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PINAL COUNTY DEPUTIES SEIZE $150,000 WORTH OF HEROIN AND ARREST TWO
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrests two Mexican nationals for trafficking $150,000 worth of heroin. On Monday, a K9 deputy was conducting traffic enforcement along Interstate-10 when he pulled over a car at mile marker 215 for a minor tra...

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PCSO HOMICIDE INVESTIGATORS NEED HELP SOLVING A 20-YEAR-OLD COLD CASE
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 On November 17th, 1998, Amy Anderson was located deceased in the desert near the area of Interstate-8 and Stanfield Road. Family members reported Amy missing 10 days before....

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PINAL COUNTY ADOPTS READY, SET, GO! PROGRAM
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 The unusually dry winter and warm temperatures could bring an early start to Arizona’s wildfire season, and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be prepared. The f...

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COUNTRY THUNDER CONCERT GOERS CAN RECEIVE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION VIA PENS
FLORENCE, AZ - Country music fans will be able to stay abreast of the latest updates during Country Thunder through the Pinal Emergency Notification System (PENS), The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management and Pinal County Sheriff's O...

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PCSO FUNDING TO HELP MAKE OUR ROADWAYS SAFER
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208 The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received more than $209,000 in funding from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help make our roadways safer. The money is b...

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PCSO ANTI-SMUGGLING UNIT HALTS DRUG TRAFFICKING GROUP'S EFFORTS
On February 14th, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 482 pounds of Marijuana and took 5 adults into custody. The seizure and arrests were part of a long term investigation conducted by PCSO’s Anti-Smuggling Unit in conjuncti...

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PUBLIC NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA
Notice is hereby given to all Pinal County Residents and Businesses that a public meeting will be held on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. before the Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. This wi...

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PCSO AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ARREST PEORIA MAN FOR INAPPROPRIATE CONVERSATIONS WITH UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATOR
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kevin Grellman, 31, of Peoria, for Luring a Minor. Pinal County Investigators, along with the help of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, arrested Grellman at his home Wednesday afternoon. G...

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APACHE JUNCTION MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Apache Junction Police Department, arrested and charged Christopher Roberson, 36, of Apache Junction with 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. On Thursday, January 4th, PCSO inv...

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PCSO ARRESTS VIOLENT AND DANGEROUS CRIMINAL
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Florence Police Department, helped take Daniel Villanueva, 18, into custody. Villanueva was wanted for a burglary out of Florence where two guns, a .357 handgun and an AR 15 were stolen...

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PCSO K9 UNIT TAKES FIVE INTO CUSTODY FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
On December 12, 2017 at approximately 2217 hours, a deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Chevrolet Pickup truck on Interstate 10 at mile marker 195 for a civil traffic violation. The deputy a...

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HOME SURVEILLANCE HELPS PCSO DEPUTIES CATCH PACKAGE THIEF
PCSO deputies were called out to a home near N Gantzel Road and W Empire Boulevard Thursday evening after packages were stolen from a victim’s home. Video shows a silver sedan passing the victim’s home. The car then reverses into the victim’s d...

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PCSO BUSTS DRUG DEALING OPERATION IN APACHE JUNCTION
During the past several months, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office conducted a narcotics investigation, at a home near the 2300 block of South Vista road in Apache Junction. The investigation revealed Daniel Rosenkrans, 59, and Erin Milligan, 45, w...

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PCSO DUI TASK FORCE WORKS TO KEEP COUNTY ROADS SAFE
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office conducted intense DUI patrols over the holiday weekend. Our deputies made 123 total stops from November 24th-November 25th. On one of the traffic stops, a drunk driver put his vehicle in reverse and struck the deputy’s...

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PCSO OPENS NEW VETERANS UNITS
PCSO is launching a new Veterans unit at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Facility. The program is called HUMV (Housing Unit for Military Veterans). Any individual who is booked into our jail will get their veterans status verifie...

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PCSO PARTNERS WITH DEA TO ARREST DRUG TRAFFICERS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERDOSE DEATHS
Nearly 500 people have lost their lives from a suspected opioid overdose in Arizona in the last four months. The opioid and heroin epidemic is a battle impacting our communities, including Pinal County. In order to fight this problem from all fronts, t...

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A CONVICTED CHILD PREDATOR FLEES FLORIDA GETS ARRESTED IN PINAL COUNTY
PCSO’s Gang and Habitual Offender’s Stike Team (GHOST) was asked to assist a Florida Department of Corrections Probations Officer in finding Jack Iams after he fled the state. Iams was convicted of Child Abuse, Intentional Child Abuse, and Lewd and Las...

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PCSO MAKES ROADS SAFER DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH DUI TASK FORCE
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office kept the roads safer during the Labor Day weekend. During the 2017 DUI Labor Day Task Force, law enforcement took 20 impaired drivers off the road. All drivers were either under the influence of drugs or alcohol. ...

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PCSO NEEDS HELP IDENTIFYING A MAN CONNECTED TO A BURGLARY AND ASSUALT IN SAN MANUEL
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into a home and assaulted the homeowner. On Sunday, Deputies responded to a home on the 500 block of San Carlos Street in San Manuel for a burglary in pr...

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PCSO ARRESTS FOUR PEAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
A Four Peaks Elementary School Principal arrested by the Pinal County Sheriff’s office for luring teen girls online. 59-year-old Karl Judd Waggoner wa...

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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY ISSUES GRANT TO PCSO
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $14,625 in grant funding by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to give our deputies collision investigation training. This includes classes for At-scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Inve...

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PCSO DEPUTIES SEIZE MORE THAN 50 STOLEN GUNS AND EXPLOSIVES FROM A WANTED CONVICTED FELON
On Sunday, July 30th, Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies were looking for Joshua Hendrickson, who was wanted for two outstanding warrants. The warrants were connected to drug and traffic violations. Deputies located Hendrickson at a relative’...

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PINAL COUNTY INVESTIGATOR HELPS ARREST FLORIDA MAN FOR ONLINE SEX CRIMES
A 31-year-old man from Cocoa, Florida, was arrested after he agreed to meet with undercover investigators. Lee Trikojat thought he was meeting with a 13-year old girl when he was taken into custody. The investigation into Trikojat was laun...

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CRIME SWEEPS ACROSS THREE CITIES LEADS TO 20 ARRESTS
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office conducted a saturated crime sweep in the areas of Arizona City, Eloy, and Coolidge. The PCSO Crime Suppression Unit worked with the K-9 Unit, Traffic Unit, PSCO Detention, Casa Grande Police Department, Coolidg...

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A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER MAY HAVE USED “MEET UP” APPS TO TARGET
The FBI Portland Division arrested Larry Lewis Hudson, 44, who’s accused of luring girls from multiple states to engage in sexual activity online. The investigation revealed Hudson had accounts on sites like Meetme, Meet24, and Kik. He used scr...

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PINAL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEIZES 388 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA
On Friday March 24th the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office seized 388 pounds of Marijuana from inside an SUV. Members of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Smuggling Unit attempted to pull over the SUV after the driver failed to stop at a stop ...

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MAN, WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD, GETS HIGH AND HITS 14-
On March 9th, Pinal County Sheriff Deputies were called out to the intersection of San Tan Hills Drive and Boulder Creek Drive for a vehicle verses pedestrian collision. The accident happened near Skyline Ranch Elementary. A 14-year-old girl wa...

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REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION IN THE DOUBLE MURDER OF A MAMMOTH COUPLE
Pinal County Victim Services and Silent Witness are donating a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to an arrest in a violent double murder in Mammoth, Arizona. On January 31st, 2017, Mark Reynoso, 34, and Maria De Santiago, 28, w...

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79-YEAR OLD MAN DIES IN HOUSE FIRE
At 1:36 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a house fire located at the 1400 Block of E 25th Avenue in Apache Junction. Mesa and Superstition fire both responded to the scene. A woman was able to make it out of the home...

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