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Arizona troopers rescue children from father after threatening to take them to Mexico

Authorities in Idaho alerted AZDPS, which led to the recovery of three young children and the arrest of their father
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:45pm
- For Immediate Release -

Mohave County — On January 16, 2019, the Idaho State Police notified the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) about a parental kidnapping which took place within the jurisdiction of the Nampa Police Department in Idaho. Nampa police then told AZDPS the suspect had threatened his wife about taking their children to Mexico.

Nampa detectives told AZDPS the kidnapper and his three children were in Arizona and eventually led troopers to the suspect vehicle traveling northbound along US 93 at milepost 142, near Wikieup, Arizona. At 4:30 p.m., troopers initiated a traffic stop and took Jose A. Hernandez Jr., age 25 of Nampa, ID, into custody. Three children, ages 18-months, 3 and 5-years-old were also in the pickup truck along with an 18-year-old woman.

The children were flown by an AZDPS Ranger helicopter and crew to a Kingman hospital where they were evaluated and deemed unharmed. They were turned over to the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

The 18-year-old woman was not a suspect in the case and was released.

Hernandez and the investigation were both turned over to AZDPS detectives. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail on a no-bond felony warrant out of Nampa, Idaho.

Nampa police detectives are working with  AZDPS  detectives to extradite Hernandez back to Idaho. Sergeant Brian Jones of the Nampa Police Department said, “We can’t thank Arizona troopers enough. Because of their assistance, the children were found safe and this case has a positive ending.”

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MAC's Towing

Storage Location: 
201 N Ten Pond Pl
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

United States

Phone: 
(520) 458-8696
Contact Name: 
Miki Couchoud
District: 
09 - Sierra Vista
Tow Area #: 
4
Tow Truck Class(es): 
Light
Medium
TSA Upload: 
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MAC's Towing

Storage Location: 
201 N Ten Pond Pl
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

United States

Phone: 
(520) 458-8696
Contact Name: 
Miki Couchoud
District: 
09 - Sierra Vista
Tow Area #: 
4
Tow Truck Class(es): 
Light
Medium
TSA Upload: 
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2018-12-01

Crime Lab File Upload: 
Upload Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE DPS LOCAL RETIREMENT BOARD PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL RETIREMENT SYSTEM

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the DPS Local Retirement Board endeavors to ensure the accessibility of its meetings to all persons with disabilities.  If you need an accommodation for the meeting, please contact Leanne Lunsford at (602) 223-2147.  Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Department of Public Safety
Training Conference Room (Compound)
2010 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

United States

Agenda: 

1.         Approval of minutes of the December 20, 2018 meeting.

 

 

2.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Ansumana Dukuly

 

 

3.         Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Training Conference Room (Compound), 2010 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #2, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(2) for purposes of discussion or consideration of records, information or testimony exempt by law from public inspection.

 

 

4.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Jason Seeger

 

 

5.         Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Training Conference Room (Compound), 2010 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #4, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(2) for purposes of discussion or consideration of records, information or testimony exempt by law from public inspection.

 

 

6.         Re-hearing Request Regarding Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Terry Lincoln

 

 

7.         Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Training Conference Room (Compound), 2010 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #6, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(2) for purposes of discussion or consideration of records, information or testimony exempt by law from public inspection.

 

 

8.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Reynaldo Cruz

 

 

9.         Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Training Conference Room (Compound), 2010 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #8, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(2) for purposes of discussion or consideration of records, information or testimony exempt by law from public inspection.

 

 

10.       Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) Applications:

 

                       Daniel Lugo, effective December 31, 2018

                       Walter Mercer, effective December 31, 2018

                       Marcy Cox, effective January 31, 2019

 

 

11.       Termination of Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)/Normal Retirement:

 

                        Andrew Williams, effective January 31, 2019

                        Carri Stubblefield, effective February 4, 2019

 

 

12.       Termination of Retirement Benefit:

                         Patrick Wyatt, deceased December 31, 2018

 

 

13.       Surviving Spouse Benefit:

 

                         Candy Porter, surviving spouse of Patrick Wyatt, deceased December 31, 2018 (Pending Receipt of Application)

 

 

14.       New Business:

 

                        Board election

 

 

15.       Old Business:

 

 

16.         Expenses:

 

                       MCN                    $1,920.00

 

 

 

Signature: 
Dated this 16th day of January 2019
Carri Stubblefield, Chairperson
DPS Local Retirement Board
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Active--Silver Alert--Thomas Donnelly--Tombstone Marshalls

Today at 02:30 am Mr. Thomas Donnelly left from a hotel in Tombstone Arizona in a Red Ford Taurus with Minnesota License plate of 786VRN.  He was last seen wearing a dark green jacket with a light shirt and khaki pants.  He suffers from Dementia.  If located please contact Tombstone Marshall's Office.

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January 11, 2019

Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Controlled Substances
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Backlogged Cases: 
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Average Turnaround Time (days): 
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The Crime Lab at the Arizona Department of Public Safety has released a status update regarding their backlogged cases. These cases are culminate from the four laboratories across the state: Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Lake Havasu. 

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SILVER ALERT-Brian Harburn-Located

Oro Valley, Arizona (January 11, 2019) – The Oro Valley Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating 86 year old Brian Harburn. Mr. Harburn lives at Splendido Retirement Community, 13500 N Rancho Vistoso and is the primary caretaker for his wife. He left Splendido for a 1:00 p.m. doctor’s appointment today and has not returned home. Mr.

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SILVER ALERT-Brian Harburn-Located

Oro Valley, Arizona (January 11, 2019) – The Oro Valley Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating 86 year old Brian Harburn. Mr. Harburn lives at Splendido Retirement Community, 13500 N Rancho Vistoso and is the primary caretaker for his wife. He left Splendido for a 1:00 p.m. doctor’s appointment today and has not returned home. Mr.

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1969 Down the Highways: "Paul Died a Hero!"

1969 marked the beginning of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. This change came as a recommendation from the then governor who said to, “assemble state-level law enforcement activities into a single, effective governmental unit." It consolidated the functions and responsibilities of the Arizona Highway Patrol, the Enforcement Division of the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, and the Narcotics Division of the Arizona Department of Law. With this also came The Digest, the Department's very own publication featuring stories about the Department and its employees.  

1969 Digest Down the Highways

 

Now, in 2019, we celebrate 50 years of the Department and take a look back at notable accomplishments, unfortunate tragedies and feel good stories from the years, or as we like to say, from Down the Highways. Sit back and take the road trip through history with us; once a week we will post a feature story, exactly as it appeared within the respective Digest publication, from the last 50 years, starting in 1969 all the way up to 2019.

 

1969: In this week’s entry we look back at the tragic death of Highway Patrolman Paul Edward Marston, who died on June 9, 1969. The below story was featured on the front page of the Vol. V, No. 5, June-July 1969 issue of The Digest.

 

"Paul Died a Hero!

Highway Patrolman Paul Edward Marston is dead. Paul died a Hero in the line of duty! Paul was killed... June 9, 1969 by an escaped convict in Chino Valley, Arizona.

Paul died in the line of duty protecting you and me ... making Arizona and the United States a pleasant, habitable place rather than a jungle of lawlessness where no man or his family would know the happiness of safety.

Paul chose his career as an officer of the law as his record indicates ... he realized his responsibilities to his Country and to each of us ... even as he realized the perils of his profession.

With each succeeding year the job of officers of the law becomes more difficult ... recent court rulings have not made their jobs any easier ... Yet, each day they report for duty they lay their lives on the line, just as Paul did yesterday!

There is no more honorable profession than a dedicated Law Enforcement Officer!

... but, as I have said before, they are the lowest paid considering their duties, and receive less recognition than any other profession. You and I talk about law enforcement, crime in the streets, yet we allow our city, state and nation to appropriate money for many less worthwhile projects while the real protectors of our lives and homes remain underpaid! Their staff's undermanned, and many, many times the officers themselves held up to ridicule!

If Paul's death can help you and me, our City, County, State and Nation to stop and consider these things carefully and soberly then Paul will not have died in vain. Our deepest sympathy to Rosalind, Paul's wife, Sherry, his 5-year-old daughter and Brian, his 3-year-old son. (Re-print Prescott Courier)”

 

Check back every week to see where we make our next stop in history from Down the Highways! Next week’s stop: 1970!

 

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Police Officer Struck and Killed by Distracted Driver While Conducting Traffic Stop

A Salt River police officer was killed by man texting and driving along SR 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 4:15am
- For Immediate Release -

Scottsdale, Ariz. — The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is investigating a fatal collision involving a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community police officer, that occurred on January 8, 2019, at 6:04 p.m. The Salt River Police Department officer was struck by a distracted motorist while he was standing by the driver’s side door of the passenger car he had stopped.

 

At 6:02 p.m. Officer Clayton Townsend was conducting a traffic stop on a white passenger vehicle for expired registration northbound along SR 101, just south of the McDowell Road off-ramp, within the right-side emergency lane.

 

At 6:04 p.m., Officer Townsend was standing at the driver’s side door of the vehicle he had stopped when a black passenger vehicle entered the right-side emergency lane, collided with the white passenger vehicle and then struck Officer Townsend. Officer Townsend sustained head trauma during the impact. The driver of the white passenger vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Another Salt River police officer arrived on the scene and began rendering aid to Officer Townsend. Officer Townsend was transported to Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center and was pronounced deceased at 6:35 p.m.

 

The driver of the white passenger vehicle was also transported to Honor Health Scottsdale Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

 

During the investigation on scene, the driver of the black passenger car told AZDPS detectives he had been texting during the time his vehicle entered the right-side emergency lane and struck the police officer. A witness told detectives that the driver of the black passenger car was looking down at his phone just before crossing over two traffic lanes and then striking the officer.

 

The driver of the black passenger car, identified as 40-year-old Jerry Sanstead of Scottsdale, was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail for Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Endangerment.

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John Kerr - Silver Alert Active

Mr. Kerr left his home home at approximately 725 a.m. to go for his morning walk which usually takes him two hours to complete. His established route is in the area of Dobson/Rio Salado Parkway/Canal. 

Mr. Kerr suffered a traumatic brain injury many years ago and has recently been diagnosed with Dementia. He becomes easily confused and has other medical issues that can cause syncopal episodes. 

He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt/blue jeans and gray tennis shoes. He should be wearing glasses and his hair is shorter than depicted in the photo.  

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SILVER ALERT-Mary K. Holthaus

On 1/3/19, Mary Holthaus was reported missing by family and they last spoke with her on 12/28/18.  On 1/1/19, Mary's vehicel was captured on video leaving her neighborhood near 5900 W. Bell Road.  Mary does suffer from a form of dementia.  Mrs. Holthaus was driving a white 2001 Toyota Camry with an Arizona plate of 931SLT

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New Year's Holiday

2018 - There were 30 DUI arrests from December 31, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. through January 1, 2019, at 6:00 a.m.

2017 - There were 23 DUI arrests from  December 31, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., through January 1, 2018, at 6:00 a.m.

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Silver Alert- Dekarion Butler

Dekarion Butler was last seen in area of North 17th Avenue and West Glendale Avenue on 12/30/2018 at approximately 5:00pm. Dekarion is a non-verbal autistic male. Likes fast food establishments and gas stations.

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Silver Alert- Dekarion Butler

Dekarion Butler was last seen in area of North 17th Avenue and West Glendale Avenue on 12/30/2018 at approximately 5:00pm. Dekarion is a non-verbal autistic male. Likes fast food establishments and gas stations.

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SILVER ALERT-Jimmie E. Thomas-Phoenix PD

Jimmie Ernest Thomas, a 71 year old Black male, standing 5’04” tall, weighing 145 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Jimmie was last seen wearing blue jean pants and an unknown color t-shirt. Jimmie is believed to be driving his 2005 Chrysler 300 with Arizona license plate of 7D92R (Veteran plate). Jimmie was last seen at his residence located in the area of 1900 West Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Per Jimmie’s family he may appear confused and disoriented and further described him as being forgetful. Currently, Jimmie’s pattern of movement appears as though he is exhibiting signs and symptoms of confusion. Sightings have shown he’s moving erratically in the west valley and as far as Quartzsite.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Phoenix Police Department
Contact Person: 
Det. C. Jansen
Date: 
Friday, December 28, 2018 - 4:15pm
Contact Phone: 
(602) 262-6141
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Jimmie E. Thomas
Age: 
71
DOB: 
Sunday, July 27, 1947
Height: 
5'4"
Weight: 
145
Hair Color: 
Black
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
Black or African American
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
1900 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ
Vehicle License Plate: 
7D92R
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Chrysler 300
Vehicle Year: 
2005
Vehicle Color: 
Silver
Photo : 
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Silver Alert

Dekarion Butler was last seen in area of North 34th Avenue and West Campbell Avenue on 12/26/18 at approximately 7:00pm. Dekarion is non-verbal autistic male last seen wearing  a blue hoodie, blue jeans and blue sneakers.

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SILVER ALERT-Patty Watts-Active

Patty Watts was last seen on 12/26/18 around 0920 hours in the area of Higley and McLellan Roads in Mesa. She left her residence in a White 2015 Toyota Camry AZ Disabled Veteran Lic plate 96S9C. She stated she was going to go shopping. The last charge on her debit card was a Circle K in Tucson around 1807 hours. Patty has not been seen or heard from since. Her family is very concerned for her welfare.

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SILVER ALERT-Patty Watts-Active

Patty Watts was last seen on 12/26/18 around 0920 hours in the area of Higley and McLellan Roads in Mesa. She left her residence in a White 2015 Toyota Camry AZ Disabled Veteran Lic plate 96S9C. She stated she was going to go shopping. The last charge on her debit card was a Circle K in Tucson around 1807 hours. Patty has not been seen or heard from since. Her family is very concerned for her welfare.

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Joseph Strifler - Silver Alert Active

Strifler left in a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country mini van, dark blue in color with a silver line, bearing license plate NBLPCPZ.  Also has a front license plate with Korean War of Chosen Few.

He was last seen wearing a Beige long sleeve shirt, Black sweatpants in the area of 1100 block of West Placita Inspirada Green Valley, Az. Strifler is known to have Dementia.

Last time Mr. Strifler went missing he was located in Globe, Az

Anyone with information on the location of Joseph is urged to call 9-1-1.

  

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SILVER ALERT-Bonnie O'Daniel-Mesa PD

Bonnie O'Daniel was last seen leaving the Costco located in the area of 1400 South Sossaman today at around 1300hrs. She has not been seen or heard from since. Family is concerned for her welfare since she suffers from severe Alzheimer's Disease. Contact Mesa PD with any information regarding this investigation.  Last seen wearing blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

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SILVER ALERT-Bonnie O'Daniel-Mesa PD

Bonnie O'Daniel was last seen leaving the Costco located in the area of 1400 South Sossaman today at around 1300hrs. She has not been seen or heard from since. Family is concerned for her welfare since she suffers from severe Alzheimer's Disease. Contact Mesa PD with any information regarding this investigation.  Last seen wearing blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

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Multiple Vehicle, Multiple Fatal Crash Closes I-10 North of Marana

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 2:46pm
Department Report Number: 
PS18762393
Preliminary Information: 

At 12:14 p.m. today there was a six vehicle four-time fatal collision on Interstate 10 westbound at milepost 232. Minutes before this collision, DPS had put out an ATL (attempt to locate) for a reckless driver eastbound on I-10. It appears this vehicle crossed the median and struck an SUV head on. A semi truck then struck the initial wreck which began a chain reaction collision. Among the six vehicles involved was a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office transport van. On board were two deputies and a prisoner. None were seriously injured. All three were transported to UMC in Tucson. There are four confirmed fatalities.

Incident Location: 
District: 
06 - Casa Grande
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