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Sheriff's Dep't GV commander claims political payback in demotion by Napier

The commander of the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff's Department was demoted Sunday and transferred to the Foothills District. Terry Parish — who was an outspoken supporter of former Sheriff Chris Nanos in the November election — was demoted, with a $30,000 pay cut, on the first day new Sheriff Mark Napier was in office.... Read more»1

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Napier ousts Nanos in Pima sheriff race

Three Arizona counties will no longer have controversial sheriffs, as Pima's Chris Nanos was defeated by GOP challenger Mark Napier, while Maricopa's Joe Arpaio was voted out and Pinal's Paul Babeu didn't run again as he pursued a failing bid for Congress.... Read more»1

Radtke pleads not guilty to misusing RICO funds

A former high-ranking member of the Pima County Sheriff's Department entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court Friday. Chris Radtke, the ex-chief deputy, is charged with seven counts related to alleged misuse of civil forfeiture funds, including purchases to benefit an employee cafe run by his niece.... Read more»

Radtke indictment unsealed: Pima's chief deputy accused of $500k in laundering, theft

In an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday, the former chief deputy of the Pima County Sheriff's Department is accused of conspiring to launder money and six counts of theft of public funds, totaling more than a half-million dollars over five years. Chris Radtke resigned Monday following the federal charges.... Read more»2

Nanos attacks critics, calls Carmona a 'blatant liar'

Beset by accusations that he is responsible for a "broken leadership culture" at the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Chris Nanos defended himself during a press conference Wednesday and called Dr. Richard Carmona, a 30-year veteran of the agency, a "blatant liar" with "anger issues" and "barely anything more than a wannabe deputy."... Read more»

Following indictment of chief deputy, Carmona again hits at Sheriff Nanos

Following the indictment of Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, a group of deputies reiterated their claims Tuesday that the Pima County Sheriff's Department is suffering from a "broken leadership culture" created by Sheriff Chris Nanos. ... Read more»

PCSD's Chief Deputy Radtke indicted for RICO funds misuse

The second in command of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, has resigned his post after being indicted for misusing RICO funds forfeited by alleged criminal organizations. ... Read more»3

Carmona blasts Sheriff Nanos, who denies claims as 'political'

Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General and veteran of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, accused the current sheriff of "unacceptable" behavior and said that deputies "lived in fear" for their jobs. Sheriff Chris Nanos hit back, saying the attack was "politically motivated." ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Nanos' candidacy part of a bigger problem in Pima politics

It snows more often in Tucson than new blood washes through a county department, which is what elections are supposed to provide. It would be nice to elect people to run the county who didn't draw a public paycheck prior to being placed in office. ... Read more»1

Tucson police, community leaders meet following Dallas shootings

Community leaders and the heads of three local police forces met Friday and said they would work to maintain a dialogue with communities of color following an attack on police officers in Dallas. Hours after the meeting, a Tucson officer shot and killed a man who was holding a knife. ... Read more»

Sheriff, Az cops sign on to White House plan to cut jail populations

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos is convinced that his department might have prevented the 2011 shooting of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords if it had the mental health resources it does now. That’s why Nanos is excited about the Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which includes a focus on mental health in an effort to reduce local jail populations.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Heraldgate is needlessly spinning out of control on Ally Miller

After Miller walked out of a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, it's clear this story is rapidly gyrating out of her control. She's playing a losing game of "why are you hitting yourself?" Miller needs to stop, take a breath and fully comply with public records requests and be open and transparent. The Herald saga is a ridiculous reason to toss away a political career. ... Read more»2

Missing hiker found dead in Ventana Canyon

Four people have died from heat-related causes following a record-breaking heat wave in the Tucson-area. On Tuesday morning, search and rescue teams found the body of Marcus Turowkski, 33, who disappeared during a hike along the Ventana Canyon trail on Sunday morning. ... Read more»

Sheriff's Chief of Staff Bradley Gagnepain dead at 59

Bradley Gagnepain, a longtime employee of the Pima County Sheriff's Department and the chief of staff for Sheriff Chris Nanos, died Sunday night. He began his career in 1978 as a reserve deputy, rising to bureau chief and then retiring in 2014. He returned to PCSD as an advisor.... Read more»

Record heat kills 3, rescuers continue search for missing hiker

Three people died, and one man remains missing, in separate incidents as record-breaking heat in the valley made outdoor activities dangerous in the Tucson area. Sheriff Chris Nanos said, "We're asking people not only to avoid outdoor activity to the morning, but just to avoid it entirely." ... Read more»

Ex-Ally Miller staffer 'confesses' he was behind bizarre blog

Timothy DesJarlais, a staffer for Ally Miller who quit his post after becoming the focus of an ongoing investigation into a peculiar political website, the "Arizona Daily Herald," has now owned up to his lies — at least in part. After denials, diversions and a false crime report, he wrote a "confession" to Miller.... Read more»2

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