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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

Falken press: Ally Miller's ex-aide reactivates 'Az Daily Herald' site

Although County Supervisor Ally Miller has been slow-walking her response to public records requests that could shed light on who was behind a bizarre website linked to her office, an aide who quit last week has made the site live again — using his real name this time instead of an alias.... Read more»

Sheriff suspends political rival from force over 'disruption' allegations

Sgt. Terry Staten, a Republican seeking to challenge Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos, a Democrat, has been suspended without pay — an action allowed under county policies — because the sheriff has deemed Staten's activities to be a "disruption."... Read more»1

Sheriff Babeu warns of cartel assassins in Pinal County

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has warned Memorial Day travelers of possible groups of Mexican drug cartel assassins in Arizona's western desert. Other Southern Arizona sheriffs said that they didn't see any reason to issue specific warnings in their counties. ... Read more»1

Arizona budget spends millions for unwanted Border Strike Force

The new budget deal spends millions of dollars on a new Border Strike Force created at Gov. Ducey’s request last year, but border county sheriffs say they want no part of it.... Read more»

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