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Man indicted for kidnappings, murders of Isabel Celis & Maribel Gonzales

Christopher Clements, 36, was indicted Friday on 22 counts for allegedly kidnapping and murdering Isabel Celis and Maribel Gonzales, who disappeared in a two-year period in Tucson beginning in 2012.... Read more»

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Napier: Ending Stonegarden in Pima County will adversely impact public safety

The Board of Supervisors ending Operation Stonegarden "was a politically motivated vote that will adversely impact public safety in our county." — Sheriff Mark Napier... Read more»

Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

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Bronson: Stonegarden collaboration with BP makes community feel less safe

I agree with Sheriff Napier's that his department should not be a proactive arm of border enforcement, and that's why our deputies should not participate in a federal program whose stated goal is to proactively engage them in enforcing federal immigration laws.... Read more»

Ducey, Napier join White House event defending ICE agents

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey were among the officials with President Trump at a White House event to honor immigration and border officials in the face of calls by some to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

Ducey touts Az border-crime effort at made-for-campaign event

Gov. Doug Ducey, in an event staged for campaign cameras, said Wednesday that Arizona will spend $2.9 million in fiscal 2019 on the multiagency "Arizona Border Strike Force" effort to stop drug trafficking and human smuggling at the border.... Read more»

Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Protective amnesia: Shutdown debate ignores 'wall' already on the border

For what it's worth, we have a wall on the border now. Fence … wall … it's all semantics. Don't think "Rent-a-Fence" It's big, vertical and and there are almost 400 miles of it. Rebrand it, extend it if we must to fix up the "Dreamers," get some kids to the doctor and go back to work. ... Read more»

Atty General to investigate Pima Sheriff's Dep't use of RICO funds

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has agreed to review whether any state laws have been violated by the Pima County Sheriff's Department use of RICO funds. The probe follows the sentencing of ex-Chief Deputy Chris Radtke on federal charges over the department's use of seized funds... Read more»

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Napier: Sheriff can't enforce federal immigration laws without harming public safety

Sheriff Mark Napier: "While I support the increased attention given to the border and welcome additional federal resources, the Sheriff’s Department does not have the capacity to engage in proactive enforcement of federal immigration laws. If local law enforcement becomes proactive in immigration enforcement, we will not enhance public safety, but rather deteriorate it."... Read more»

Sheriff shuffles commanders, cuts one bureau chief

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier is reorganizing his department after taking office earlier this month, eliminating one bureau and a high-ranking position, and combining functions under reshuffled leaders with one newly elevated bureau chief.... Read more»

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

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

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