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Judge seals videos in Border Patrol agent's murder trial

Federal prosecutors asked to seal evidence collected in the murder trial of a Border Patrol agent in the 2012 cross-border shooting that killed a Mexican teenager in Nogales. The government confirmed that two videos of the incident exist and will be used as evidence against Agent Lonnie Swartz. ... Read more»

Justice Dep't won't charge CBP agents for Taser death at border crossing

The Justice Department announced Friday afternoon that it will not file charges against federal officers involved in the 2010 death of a man during an altercation at the port of entry in San Ysidro, Calif.... Read more»

Douglas rancher gets prison for slapping Border Patrol agent

A Douglas-area rancher was sentenced to eight months in prison by a federal judge in Tucson on Thursday for slapping a Border Patrol agent during a 2014 altercation.... Read more»3

Mexico's Supreme Court rules in favor of recreational marijuana use

Mexico took an important step Wednesday toward legalizing marijuana: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of four plaintiffs' right to produce and use cannabis.... Read more»

Red-light cameras switched off, radar vans parked

You won't have to check TucsonSentinel.com's listing of radar vans before heading out for your commute anymore. In the wake of an overwhelming vote to end Tucson's photo traffic enforcement programs, the city has put the brakes on the red light cameras at eight intersections, and sent photo radar vans back to the garage.... Read more»

Immigrant jumps from moving truck fleeing I-19 checkpoint

A man suffered scrapes and bruises after smugglers ordered him to jump from a moving vehicle as they attempted to flee Border Patrol agents at the I-19 checkpoint last week, authorities said. ... Read more»

$4M in pot seized near Douglas

Federal officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized more than four tons of marijuana worth more than $4 million near Douglas on Monday and arrested four men. ... Read more»

Training exercise at D-M means alarms, sirens Tues-Thurs

What officials are calling a "routine operational readiness exercise" will lead to increased activity on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this week. ... Read more»

Tucson Border Patrol chief leaving for Texas

The head of the Border Patrol in the Tucson Sector, Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, will take on the role of head BP agent in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, officials said Monday. ... Read more»

Mass release of U.S. prisoners spells deportation for hundreds

Almost a third of 6,000 federal prisoners scheduled to be freed between Friday and Tuesday will immediately be turned over to U.S. immigration authorities for deportation proceedings.... Read more»

For big railroads, a carload of whistleblower safety complaints

As both a veteran railroad worker and union official responsible for safety, Mike Elliott became alarmed when he learned of trouble-plagued train signals. At times they would inexplicably switch from red to yellow to green – potentially creating confusion that could lead to a crash.... Read more»

Committee, cops union split on pick for TPD chief

A citizens panel that interviewed the three finalists to become the next Tucson police chief made a clear choice Thursday, but expressed reservations about the lack of local candidates. The police union, meanwhile, was lukewarm at best about all three potential top cops, with the least support evident for the committee's first choice. ... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Community questions for TPD chief candidates

In an attempt to add a bit more depth about these candidates, I have dug into each finalist beyond what is found on their resumes and offer my own summation of their law enforcement careers as well as questions I believe should be posed to them when they sit down with various committees set to interview them.... Read more»

UA pharmacy dean charged with sexual assault

The dean of the University of Arizona Collge of Pharmacy has been charged in an alleged sexual assault that took place at his home, authorities said. J. Lyle Bootman was indicted by a grand jury in the Oct. 2 incident, and arraigned in court on Wednesday.... Read more»1

One of four candidates for TPD chief drops out

One of the shortlisted candidates to be the next chief of the Tucson Police Department has withdrawn his name from consideration. Larry Esquivel, who's resigning as head of the San Jose, Calif., police department in January, has pulled out of the Tucson interview process.... Read more»

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