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TPD to create database of SB 1070 checks

In the wake of a settlement agreement between South Tucson and the ACLU, the Tucson Police Department will establish a database to track calls to immigration authorities required by Arizona's SB 1070.... Read more»1

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Update: 9-year-old runaway located after missing overnight

A 9-year-old boy who ran away from his Midtown home after a fight with his father Sunday afternoon has been located. Police said he "spent the night at the home of a close family friend, who was unaware that police were called and looking for him."... Read more»

Cop booted for sexual assault allegations charged with fraud

A former Tucson Police Department officer, booted from the force and facing sexual assault charges, was arrested Tuesday night on fraud charges while detectives investigated him for suspected weapons violations. Benjamin Gaballa, 24, was kicked out of the department in late August, and arrested a month later following an investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman as he took her to the Pima County Jail.... Read more»

14-yr-old arrested after another gun report at Santa Rita

A 14-year-old student at Santa Rita High School was arrested Thursday, charged with false reporting after the school was the site of a police investigation of a report of an armed man for the second time in two days. Thursday's incident was not related to Wednesday's lockdown, police said.... Read more»

Activists decry, TPD chief defends use of pepper spray during protest

The day after an immigration protest led to the use of pepper spray and pepper balls, immigration activists met in the chapel of the Southside Presbyterian Church to voice their frustration with the Tucson Police Department and Chief Roberto Villaseñor.... Read more»2

Fired cop booked for sexual assault

A Tucson police officer fired last month after a female prisoner at the Pima County Jail alleged inappropriate conduct was booked into that same jail himself Wednesday, charged with 2 counts each of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Benjamin Gaballa joins 25 other TPD officers who were fired or resigned while under investigation since July 2009.... Read more»1

TPD boots officer from force

A Tucson police officer was fired Thursday after an internal investigation into "inappropriate conduct," a spokeswoman said. Benjamin Gaballa, on the job for 11 months, was dismissed and is under criminal investigation.... Read more»

Police locate missing elderly woman with dementia

An 80-year-old woman with dementia who was missing on the East Side was located Monday afternoon. Billie Wilson, who left her adult care home in the 7600 block of East Edison Street around noon, was found, a department spokeswoman said.... Read more»

TPD recruiting new officers

The Tucson Police Department plans to hire new officers this spring. A recruiting drive began Friday, with applications accepted until Feb. 24. The starting salary for new officers is $45,510 per year. ... Read more»

Missing elderly couple located in Tempe

Updated: An elderly Tempe couple, who had last been seen Saturday in Tucson, were found and returned to their home. John Charles Stegmeier, 89, and his 90-year-old wife, Marie Montana Stegmeier, both have have mental deficiencies associated with dementia.... Read more»

200 guns turned in at Jan. 8 buyback

More than 200 unwanted guns were turned in to be destroyed in exchange for $50 grocery store gift cards Tuesday. The buyback was aimed at honoring the victims of the Jan. 8, 2010, Safeway shootings.... Read more»1

ID released on carjacking suspect killed by cops

Tucson police Monday released the name of the carjacking suspect shot and killed in a confrontation that also killed a police dog last Wednesday. Fernando Velarde-Loureiro was shot multiple times by officers after he brandished a handgun after a carjacking and high-speed chase.... Read more»1

TPD: Increased police presence near schools

Tucson police are increasing their patrols near local schools after Friday morning's mass shooting in Connecticut, a department spokeswoman said. Officers will step up their watch over schools with Tucson city limits as a precaution, said TPD's Sgt. Maria Hawke.... Read more»

TPD: Missing disabled man located

A developmentally disabled man who went missing in Midtown earlier Monday has "returned to his group home and is in good condition," a police spokeswoman said.... Read more»

Police seeking help locating missing 28-year-old

Tucson police are seeking public assistance locating a 28-year-old Tucson man, Shaun Michael Searle, who they say might be suicidal. Searle's family has not heard from him since June 5. Searle has outstanding warrants in at least two misdemeanor cases.... Read more»1

Dorothy Adjovu, mayor's assistant, found dead

Executive assistant to the mayor and Democratic campaigner Dorothy Adjovu, 21, was found dead in her home Wednesday morning, police said. A candlelight vigil in her memory is set for Friday night at El Presidio Plaza, downtown.... Read more»1

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