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Fraud, perjury allegations probed against Pima Constable Deborah Martinez

Pima County officials are looking into claims that Constable Deborah Martinez forged signatures on her election nominating petitions and lied about where she was living, saying "there is a reason to believe felony offenses may have occurred."... Read more»

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Conover reverses, will resume drug charges after Pima jail numbers stay high

Saying that her policy to reduce crowding and decrease COVID-19 risks at the jail was "undermined," Pima County Attorney Laura Conover will resume filing charges in minor drug cases, in order to direct people to treatment via court.... Read more»

Guest opinion

On shooting a man in a wheelchair 9 times in the back: A tale of 2 justice systems

When a police officer kills someone in Arizona they benefit from a very special justice system, guided by unique laws and practices granted only to police. TPD fired Officer Ryan Remington after he shot a man 9 times in the back, but three months have passed and charges have yet to be filed against him.... Read more»

Pima County Attorney pivots on eviction advice to constables

Constables serving court orders on the owners of mobile homes should not forcibly enter to carry out an eviction, Pima County Attorney Laura Conover said, walking back advice about a shift in longstanding procedures provided last month. ... Read more»

Constables have 'responsibility' to forcibly evict tenants from mobile homes, Pima County Attorney says

The Pima County Attorney's Office told constables they have a legal "responsibility" to remove tenants from mobile homes they own when evicted from rented lots, upending a long-standing policy recognized across the state. ... Read more»2

Pima County works to reduce overrepresentation of Native Americans in its jails

Native Americans are 1.8 times as likely as white Americans to be booked into a Pima County jail, which is why the county in 2016 started to address the drivers of its jail population with such solutions as pretrial behavioral-health diversion programs and warrant resolution. ... Read more»

Pima County Attorney finds 'confusion' drove voters to cast multiple ballots, declines to bring charges

After reviewing 115 incidents of local voters casting multiple ballots in the 2020 election, the Pima County Attorney's Office said Friday that the incidents were the result of "confusion" and did not warrant criminal charges. ... Read more»2

Tucson cop fired after review of fatal shooting of man in wheelchair

A Tucson police officer who fatally shot a man in a wheelchair in the back in November has been fired after an internal review. Ryan Remington still faces a criminal investigation in the death of Richard Lee Richards.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes take up tax scheme, indoor COVID masks; Council looks at housing costs

A stealth tax hike, an affordable housing plan and a "land declaration" that'll irritate the "U.S.A!" crowd are a part of a schmorgasbord of agenda items before the Tucson City Council and Pima County supervisors this week.... Read more»

Pima County Attorney to stop prosecuting simple drug cases, citing COVID

With COVID-19 cases again spiking, Pima County Attorney Laura Conover announced Tuesday that she'll no longer be prosecuting many drug cases, to avoid potential exposures in the county jail. Cases that involve other felonies will still be brought, she said.... Read more»

Pima prosecutor probes fatal shooting of man in wheelchair by Tucson cop

Pima County prosecutors will begin reviewing the fatal shooting of a man in a motorized wheelchair by a Tucson police officer two weeks ago, County Attorney Laura Conover said Friday. The officer faces potential criminal charges and is being fired by TPD.... Read more»2

Tucson cop fired after shooting man in wheelchair 9 times in the back

A Tucson police officer has been fired after he shot a man in a wheelchair at least nine times in the back Monday evening, killing him as the officer responded to a report of a theft of a toolbox. Officer Ryan Remington faces a criminal investigation.... Read more»

Pima County set to sue city of Tucson over water rates

Pima County is moving ahead with a lawsuit against Tucson over an increase in water rates for customers who live outside the city limits, following a 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors.... Read more»1

Long-time Pima County gov't attorney Chris Straub found dead near Sedona resort

Chris Straub, a top staffer for the Pima County Attorney's Office for more than 30 years, was found dead a few miles north of Sedona by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Straub had gone fly fishing in Oak Creek Canyon on Tuesday but did not return that night. ... Read more»

Advocates assist with clearing marijuana convictions, but results depend on Arizona judges

A new expungement process could give “hundreds of thousands” of Arizonans a clean slate as they ask judges to clear old marijuana offenses from their records. But the new law is still in a “gray area” that will have to be cleared up in the courts, said volunteers at a clinic offering help in drafting those legal requests.... Read more»

City's hike of some Tucson Water rates raises tensions with Pima County

Pima County officials said they may sue after the Tucson City Council voted to raise rates on users outside municipal limits. Friction over water has led to a renewal of a war of words, as politicians air long-standing grievances, including claims that stances are "greedy" and "borderline criminal."... Read more»2

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