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Suspect In Southern California Murder Apprehended in Phoenix

The suspect was taken into custody at a local motel
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — On Wednesday, September 12, at about 9:17 a.m., Via’a Alaimalo, 25, from California was taken into custody by detectives with the Arizona Border Strike Force (BSF) Vehicle Theft Task Force (VTTF) in the area of McDowell and 52nd Dr. in Phoenix. Alaimalo had an active felony warrant for a homicide that occurred in San Bernardino County, CA.

 

At about 7:15 a.m., detectives with the VTTF located a Ford Explorer in the parking lot of a local area motel that had been used in a homicide in San Bernardino County. VTTF detectives contacted detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and received a description of the suspect associated with the homicide. Using that description, the VTTF detectives were able to identify Alaimalo walking outside of the motel.

 

With the assistance of AZDPS Fugitive Task Force detectives and members of the AZDPS SWAT team, Alaimalo was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest he was found in possession of a .25 caliber handgun and a small amount of black tar heroin. Detectives and a crime scene investigator from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department traveled to Phoenix to assist in the investigation.

 

Alaimalo was booked into the Maricopa County jail for the confirmed homicide warrant and in awaiting his extradition hearing.

 

Captain P. Etnire, BSF VTTF Commander, said, “Our dedicated VTTF detective, coordinating resources from AZDPS with detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, led to the successful result of having the suspect taken into custody and preserving valuable evidence for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department case detectives. Criminals may think their chances of being apprehended are reduced when they cross jurisdictions, but we know by working together in a collaborative effort we can safeguard and protect our communities.”

 

The ultimate goal in the creation of the Arizona Border Strike Force is to deter, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that breach the border in their quest to conduct criminal activity in our state. Specific units within the Border Strike Force Bureau include the Canine District, the Southern Investigations District, and the Vehicle Theft District.

 

For additional information related to the homicide, please contact the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.

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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, September 20, 2018 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Department of Public Safety
2102 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

United States

Agenda: 

1.         Approval of minutes of the August 23, 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, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260,

            2102 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.         New Membership Applications:

 

                         Garrett Kuehn, Samuel Santoyo, Justin Weller, Jeremy Whisenand, James Wiedemann, and Joseph Zajicek, all effective August 25, 2018 (pre-existing)

                         

                         William Haigh, Michael Soto, effective August 25, 2018.

 

 

 

 5.         Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260,

            2102 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.         Normal Retirement Applications:

 

                         Jeffrey Brown, effective September 21, 2018

                         Jason Rod, effective September 26, 2018

 

 

7.         Termination of Retirement Benefit:

 

                        Stephen Harris, deceased August 23. 2018

                        Darrell Elmer, deceased August 26, 2018

                        Maurice “Bud” Richardson, deceased September 3, 2018

                        Richard Solomon, deceased September 5, 2018

                        Michael Contreras, deceased September 6, 2018

                        Julie Gresley, deceased September 7, 2018

 

8.         Termination of Surviving Spouse Benefit:

 

                        Elizabeth Gallery, deceased September 2, 2018

 

 

 

9.         Surviving Spouse Benefit:

 

                       Pat Harris, surviving spouse of Stephen Harris, deceased August 23. 2018

                       (Pending Receipt of Application) 

 

10.       Tyler Edenhofer Designated PSPRS Beneficiary

 

11.       New Business:

 

12.       Old Business:

 

                        5 – Year Review

                        James Casey Accidental Disability Retirement Application

                        Brandon White Accidental Disability Application

                        Dan Palmer Accidental Disability Application

                        Terry Lincoln Accidental Disability Application

 

13.         Expenses:

 

                          Law Office of Judith E. Abramsohn               $724.50

 

 

Signature: 
Carri Stubblefield, Chairperson
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Silver Alert - Manuel Cajero Hernandez - Phoenix PD

MISSING PERSON: Manuel Cajero Hernandez, 72 years old at time of disappearance, 5’05", 176 pounds, with brown eyes, with graying hair. Manuel is missing the tips of some of the fingers on his right hand.

CLOTHING: Gray long-sleeve button-up shirt, blue jeans, black boots, and a blue baseball cap.

VEHICLE: Black 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The vehicle has Arizona License Plate CGW6383. The picture above is not a picture of the exact vehicle.

DATE MISSING: September 17th, 2018 at approximately 2:00 P.M.

NARRATIVE: On September 17th, 2018 at approximately 2:00 P.M. Manuel Hernandez was last seen in the area of North 39th Avenue and West Thomas Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Manuel suffers from a medical condition that may make him appear confused or disoriented. He only speaks Spanish.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Phoenix Police Department
Contact Person: 
Phoenix Dispatch
Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 1:30am
Contact Phone: 
(602) 262-6151
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Manuel Cajero Hernandez
Age: 
72
DOB: 
Tuesday, April 9, 1946
Height: 
5-5
Weight: 
176
Hair Color: 
Gray
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Maricopa County / 39th Ave and ThomasRd.
Vehicle License Plate: 
AZ - CGW6383
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
Vehicle Year: 
2014
Vehicle Color: 
Black
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Arizona Border Strike Force Seizes Large Quantities Of Methamphetamine And Fentanyl

Three suspects arrested and booked into jails in Pinal, Pima, and Yuma Counties
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -
TUCSONThe Arizona Border Strike Force, led by the Arizona Department of Public Safety in partnership with the United States Border Patrol’s Operation Stonegarden initiative, seized 224.9 pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of fentanyl during three successful operational deployments last week.
 
The first seizure occurred September 8th, on Interstate 10 in Pinal County, when a DPS Border Strike Force Trooper seized 52 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested Roberto Cervantes, 19, from Rio Rico, Arizona. The second seizure occurred September 12th, on Interstate 10 in Pima County, when a second Border Strike Force Trooper seized 122.9 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested Guillermo J. Parada, 24, from Phoenix, Arizona. The third seizure occurred on September 13th, on Interstate 8 in Yuma County when a third DPS Border Strike Force Trooper seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of fentanyl (approximately 4,000 pills) and arrested Martin G. Bogarin, 18, from Yuma, Arizona. 
 
Violations of Arizona traffic law led to the initial traffic stops in each incident, during which criminal indicators were observed by troopers leading to the successful searches and seizures of the dangerous drugs. The suspects involved in all three seizures were transported to the respective county jails and booked for possession of a dangerous drug for sale and transportation of a dangerous drug for sale.
 
The methamphetamine, estimated to yield more than one million doses, has an Arizona bulk pricing value of $720,000 and a street pricing value that could exceed $10 million after distribution and sale to the consumer. The fentanyl has an Arizona bulk pricing value of $25,000 and a street pricing value that could exceed $100,000. According to DPS crime lab personnel, the estimated potency of the seized fentanyl could potentially kill over 227,000 people.
 
"Arizona’s Border Strike Force works day and night to fight the everyday threat posed by drug cartels and human smugglers along our southern border. With just three traffic stops, Border Strike Force operations have stopped a significant amount of dangerous drugs from devastating more lives," said Governor Doug Ducey. "The great work of the Border Strike Force continues to protect Arizonans and make our communities safer."
 
Colonel Frank Milstead, AZDPS Director said, “Our Border Strike Force is dedicated to disrupting the flow of these extremely dangerous, deadly drugs and keeping them off, not only the streets in Arizona but across the nation. We understand the damage these drugs can cause, not only in a family, but also the community as a whole. We stand committed in our fight to combat these drugs which are plaguing our nation and destroying families.”
 
The ultimate goal in the creation of the Arizona Border Strike Force is to deter, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that breach the border in their quest to conduct criminal activity in our state. Specific units within the Border Strike Force Bureau include the Canine District, the Southern Investigations District, and the Vehicle Theft District.
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SILVER ALERT-Roberto(Beto) Pallanes-Yuma PD

Mr. Pallanes was last seen at 6:00pm near the Walmart at 2501 S. Avenue B in Yuma, AZ near the city bus stop.  Last seen wearing a grey baseball cap, burgundy checkered shirt and blue pants.  Mr. Pallanes suffers fro dementia.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Yuma Police Department
Contact Person: 
Sgt. Trabue
Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:15pm
Contact Phone: 
(928) 373-4700
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Roberto (Beto) Pallanes
Age: 
80
DOB: 
Tuesday, June 7, 1938
Height: 
5'2"
Weight: 
130
Hair Color: 
White
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
2500 block of S. Ave B
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Silver Alert

Judith Schnepf is 72 years old and suffers from Dementia. She was last seen by her family at their residence around 2000 hours. At approximately 2150 hours, she asked for water at a residence in the 1700 block of Laguna Road. Our agency received the report at approximately 0220 hours, and Search & Rescue was activated and has been searching since shortly after the call was received. Judith was reportedly last seen on foot  wearing a black jogging suit, carrying a pack of Marlboro red cigarettes, headed towards Highway 95. 

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Mohave County Sheriff's Office
Contact Person: 
Detective McEuen
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 5:30am
Contact Phone: 
(928) 753-0753
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Judith Schnepf
Age: 
72
DOB: 
Tuesday, July 30, 1940
Height: 
5'0"
Weight: 
130
Hair Color: 
Brown
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Mohave County/ 1700 block of Laguna Rd, Mohave Valley, AZ
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SILVER ALERT-Bill Mynum-Mesa PD

William (Bill) Bynum was last seen on 09/12/2018 around 1050 hours in the area of Southern and Ellsworth in Mesa.  He left his residnece by foot and left his wallet and cell phone behind.  Bill can be social unless he realizes he is lost.  bill suffers from Alzheimers and has high blood pressure and does not have his medication with him.  Bill has difficulty speaking and may be hard to understand.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Mesa Police Department
Contact Person: 
PIO Berry
Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2:45pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 644-3147
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Bill Bynum
Age: 
77
DOB: 
Thursday, May 29, 1941
Height: 
6'01"
Weight: 
180
Hair Color: 
Grey
Eye Color: 
brown
Race: 
Black or African American
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Southern and Ellsworth in Mesa, AZ
Vehicle License Plate: 
None
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16 Hikers Rescued by Ranger Helicopter Crews in Aravaipa Canyon After Flash Flooding

State and county authorities combine efforts to air lift numerous hikers beached in remote canyon
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:30pm
- For Immediate Release -

Pinal County — During the morning of September 2, 2018, two DPS helicopters, Ranger 54 and 58, were requested by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO)  to aid with the extraction of 16 hikers who became stranded on cliffs and ridgelines due to flooding within Aravaipa Canyon.

 

The Ranger 58 crew flew through the canyon and located two campers on a plateau. During that flight, the crew observed additional hikers along the flooded canyon in need of extraction. The growing number of people needing rescue and the difficulty associated with the rugged terrain, required an additional Ranger crew [54] to respond.

 

Search and Rescue deputies and technicians with the PCSO worked with the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s (AZDPS) helicopter crews utilizing several rescue techniques. Six people were flown out by a short-haul method, which utilizes a 150-foot cable to carry people externally below the helicopter. Ten of the hikers were removed from the canyon either by the helicopters landing to load passengers or using a hover ingress. Hover ingress is a technique in which helicopters hover while  passengers are loaded onto the aircraft.

 

A total of 16 people were air lifted from various locations throughout the canyon and were all turned over to the PCSO and Kearny Fire Department. The Ranger crews flew nearly eight hours with close to 13 hours of mission time. The helicopters were re-fueled on-site by the AZDPS’ fuel truck which reduced the number of hours required to complete the rescue mission.

 

“This rescue is another example of the exceptional work of our Arizona State Troopers and the cooperation of Arizona law enforcement and first responders who rescue people that are stranded, lost or injured beyond the reach of normal emergency services,” said Lt. Colonel Ken Hunter of the Agency Support Division.

 

“This was an amazing show of teamwork. The monsoon rains caught these hikers by surprise and we are glad they called for help. Our deputy was hoisted down into the canyon by DPS and helped get those stranded hikers to safety,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

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Nevada Victims of Crime Program Looking to Help Mass Shooting Victims

AZDPS is helping the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center with providing information to survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Nevada — The Nevada Victims of Crime Program (VOCP) and the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center are encouraging survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas to apply for victim’s assistance prior to October 1, 2018.

 

To apply for VOCP assistance and to learn more about the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, please visit: https://vegasstrongrc.org/

 

The VOCP can assist victims and their families cope and recover from the physical, emotional and financial impact of violent crime by helping pay expenses related to the mass shooting. Covered expenses may include:

 

  • Hospital and Ambulance Bills
  • Medical and Dental Treatment
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Wage or Income Loss
  • Funeral and Burial Expenses
  • Loss of Support for Dependents
  • Home Health Care
  • Medical Supplies
  • Counseling Co-pays Not Covered by Insurance

 

Even if victims live outside of Nevada or don’t have any eligible expenses now, they are still encouraged to apply in case future expenses are incurred which may be covered by the program.

 

Caring staff at the center is available to answer questions about the Nevada Victims of Crime Program and they can assist anyone who needs help completing an application. The center can be reached by phone at (702) 455-2433 (AIDE) or toll-free at (833) 299-2433, and by email at: vegasstrongresiliencycenter@clarkcountynv.gov. Visit their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/VegasStrongResiliencyCenter. The address is 1524 Pinto Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89106. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Silver Alert- Stephen Simpson

Cottonwood, Ariz, —  This morning (09/11/18) at approximately 6:00 a.m. 76 year-old Cottonwood resident wandered from his residence on foot in the area of 3400 E. Godard Road and State Route 260. His name is Stephen Simpson. He is approximately

6'00" tall, 190 pounds with silver/gray hair. He was last seen wearing a gray speckled t-shirt, jeans and black tennis shoes. Mr. Simpson suffers from Alzheimer and other medical problems.

Please keep an eye out for him and call 9-1-1 or your local police if you find him.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Cottonwood Police Department
Contact Person: 
Officer Phoenix
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 9:00am
Contact Phone: 
(928) 649-1397
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Stephen Simpson
Age: 
76
DOB: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Height: 
6'1"
Weight: 
190
Hair Color: 
Gry
Eye Color: 
Hzl
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Cottonwood, AZ
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Silver Alert- Stephen Simpson

Cottonwood, Ariz, —  This morning (09/11/18) at approximately 6:00 a.m. 76 year-old Cottonwood resident wandered from his residence on foot in the area of 3400 E. Godard Road and State Route 260. His name is Stephen Simpson. He is approximately

6'00" tall, 190 pounds with silver/gray hair. He was last seen wearing a gray speckled t-shirt, jeans and black tennis shoes. Mr. Simpson suffers from Alzheimer and other medical problems.

Please keep an eye out for him and call 9-1-1 or your local police if you find him.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Cottonwood Police Department
Contact Person: 
Officer Phoenix
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 9:00am
Contact Phone: 
(928) 649-1397
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Stephen Simpson
Age: 
76
DOB: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Height: 
6'1"
Weight: 
190
Hair Color: 
Gry
Eye Color: 
Hzl
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Cottonwood, AZ
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SILVER ALERT- KENNETH L MORGAN

On September 10, 2018, at approximately 1330 hours, Kenneth L. Morgan left the assisted living facility at 2365 W. Orange Grove Road. Morgan was last seen wearing a white polo shirt and black and white plaid shorts. Morgan left  the facility driving a silver 2005 Cadillac Deville bearing AZ registration BBY6402, with a AAA sticker on the middle of the back bumper. Morgan was going to Walmart on La Cholla Road near the Foothills Mall. Morgan did not take his walker or his oxygen tank with him. Morgan suffers from Vascular Dementia, COPD and numerous other health problems. Morgan is known to frequent Arizona City where he used to live.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Pima County Sheriff's Department
Contact Person: 
Detective Rogelio Moreno
Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 8:15pm
Contact Phone: 
(520) 940-5570
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Kenneth L Morgan
Age: 
95
DOB: 
Wednesday, May 30, 1923
Height: 
5' 5"
Weight: 
200 lbs
Hair Color: 
White
Eye Color: 
Green
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
11921 W Pajaro Verde, Tucson, AZ 85743
Vehicle License Plate: 
BBY6402
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Cadillac / Deville 4DSD
Vehicle Year: 
2005
Vehicle Color: 
Silver
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Simplified Laboratory Reports

The Arizona DPS Crime Laboratory is undergoing accreditation under the recently published ISO/IEC 17025:2017, “General Requirements for the competency of testing and calibration laboratories”.  The newly published ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requirements for reporting of results (section 7.8) allow for the issuance of simplified reports in conjunction with a written agreement with our customers.  By submitting evidence to the laboratory for analysis using the “Scientific Analysis Request or Non-DPS Agency Request for Scientific Analysis” forms, the customer has agreed to receive simplified reports.

The Arizona DPS Crime Laboratory will continue to report the following information:

  • a title;
  • name and address of the laboratory;
  • the location of performance of the laboratory activities;
  • the name of the customer;
  • a description, unambiguous identification, and, when necessary, the condition of the item;
  • the date of issue of the report;
  • the results with, where appropriate, the units of measurement;
  • identification of the person(s) authorizing the report;
  • clear identification when results are from external providers.
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Silver Alert-Jaime Garcia-Rojas-Active

On 09-09-18 at approximately 9:30 PM, a Silver Alert was activated for Jaime Garcia-Rojas.  At 5:00 PM, he wandered out of the house located near the 6400 block of east Oak Street (Scottsdale) accidentally and is very confused. Has brain cancer and doesn't know where he is at all. Won't ask for help and will continue to wander. Can usually only walk a few hundred feet and then has to stop and rest for a few minutes before he goes again.  Mr. Garcia-Rojas is a Hispanic Male 6'02 190, bald, brown eyes, mustache Possibly blue pajamas, white shirt, and sandals Scars on his head from surgery and lump on forehead.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Scottsdale Police Department
Contact Person: 
Detective McElley #1508
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:45pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 312-5000
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Jaime Garcia-Rojas
Age: 
79
DOB: 
Saturday, February 25, 1939
Height: 
6-02
Weight: 
190
Hair Color: 
Bald
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Maricopa/Scottsdale
Vehicle License Plate: 
NONE
Vehicle Make/Model: 
DNA
Vehicle Year: 
DNA
Vehicle Color: 
DNA
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Silver Alert-Jaime Garcia-Rojas-Scottsdale PD

On 09-09-18 at approximately 9:30 PM, a Silver Alert was activated for Jaime Garcia-Rojas.  At 5:00 PM, he wandered out of the house located near the 6400 block of east Oak Street (Scottsdale) accidentally and is very confused. Has brain cancer and doesn't know where he is at all. Won't ask for help and will continue to wander. Can usually only walk a few hundred feet and then has to stop and rest for a few minutes before he goes again.  Mr. Garcia-Rojas is a Hispanic Male 6'02 190, bald, brown eyes, mustache Possibly blue pajamas, white shirt, and sandals Scars on his head from surgery and lump on forehead.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Scottsdale Police Department
Contact Person: 
Detective McElley #1508
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:45pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 312-5000
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Jaime Garcia-Rojas
Age: 
79
DOB: 
Saturday, February 25, 1939
Height: 
6-02
Weight: 
190
Hair Color: 
Bald
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Maricopa/Scottsdale
Vehicle License Plate: 
NONE
Vehicle Make/Model: 
DNA
Vehicle Year: 
DNA
Vehicle Color: 
DNA
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Silver Alert- Dale Mortensen- Gilbert P.D.

On 09-05-18, between 0630 and 0930 hours, Dale Mortensen walked away from his residence in Gilbert.  Dale is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Dale does not have access to a vehicle.  He lives at the residence with his wife and daughter.  Gilbert police have searched the area neighborhoods on foot, with an air unit, and with motor units.  Pinal County deputies assisted by checking Mortensen’s last known residence, but he was not there.  In addition, the department posted a missing person alert on social media channels- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and NextDoor.  The Gilbert Crime Prevention Unit also notified the area BlockWatch captains.  Police on scene did not locate any signs of foul play, or suspicious circumstances.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Gilbert Police Department
Contact Person: 
Sgt Krueger
Date: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 12:15pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 503-6500
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Dale Mortensen
Age: 
72
DOB: 
Monday, July 15, 1946
Height: 
5'9"
Weight: 
200
Hair Color: 
Gry
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Maricopa/ Gilbert
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Silver Alert-Lonnie Townsend-Active

Lonnie left for a walk at 0700 on 8/31/18, from his daughter's residence.  The area is surrounded by desert.  Tracks were found leading towards the Anthem Area in a wash.  He suffers from dementia.  A reported sighting on 8/31/18 placed him at the Goodwill store near the Anthem Outlet mall in Phoenix.  He was not located i the area.  He was last seen wearing jeans, t-shirt, cowboy blue and plaid print snap long sleve shiert wiht white tennis shoes.  He has cut his hair short.  If located please call MCSO. 

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Silver Alert-Marion Apolinar-Active

Surprise, AZ (September 1, 2018) The Surprise Police are currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Marion Apolinar, who was last seen in the 15200 block of north 135th Drive at around 3:30 pm this afternoon. According to caregivers, Mr. Apolinar has been diagnosed with mild dementia and is currently receiving treatment.    

 

Mr. Apolinar is described as a 78 year-old Hispanic male, approximately 5’06” tall, 200 pounds, with gray hair, beard, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown in color polo shirt, jeans and a straw hat. Mr. Apolinar left his residence on foot.   

 

Anyone with any information regarding the location of Mr. Apolinar is asked to contact the Surprise Police at (623) 222.4000, or 623.222.TIPS (8477), or email crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.  

 

When contacting the police; reference incident number #180900200.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Surprise Police Department
Contact Person: 
Sergeant Welch
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 11:00pm
Contact Phone: 
(623) 222-4000
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Marion Apolinar
Age: 
78
DOB: 
Thursday, June 6, 1940
Height: 
5'06"
Weight: 
170
Hair Color: 
Gray
Eye Color: 
Black
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Maricopa/Surprise
Vehicle License Plate: 
None
Vehicle Make/Model: 
DNA
Vehicle Year: 
DNA
Vehicle Color: 
DNA
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SILVER ALERT-Samuel Contreras-Active

On 8/31/18, at 0700 hours, Samuel Contreras 84 years old, with suspected dementia left 2200 W San Angelo #1126 in Gilbert, AZ on foot. Samuel failed to return and his daughter, Maria Contreras, reported him missing at 1738 hours. Maria advised Samuel has been living at this location since May of 2018. However, he had been living in Mexico for the 24 years prior and is unfamiliar with area.

Samuel likes to use the bus system to travel away from the residence. He is known to ask strangers for rides to Casa Grande or California. He frequently goes for walks in the area. When he left the apartment, Samuel was wearing a black baseball hat with the logo for Caterpillar Equipment on the front, a brown and tan collared shirt with horizontal stripes, black pants with a large belt buckle, and black shoes. On a previous incident, Samuel was located sleeping at Dobson and Main in Mesa, AZ.  A search of the immediate area, local hospitals, and law enforcement facilities were checked with negative results. Samuel should have personal identifying information on his person.  He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat with the logo for Caterpillar Equipment on the front, a brown and tan collared shirt with horizontal stripes, black pants with a large belt buckle, and black shoes. 

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Gilbert Police Department
Contact Person: 
Officer Yarbrough
Date: 
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:15pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 503-6500
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Samuel Contreras
Age: 
84
DOB: 
Wednesday, October 25, 1933
Height: 
5'05"
Weight: 
155
Hair Color: 
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Gender: 
Male
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Maricopa/Gilbert
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Silver Alert-William Edwards-Active

Mr. Edwards and his wife were driving two separate vehicles home after buying a new car. Mr. Edwards was following his wife to their residence in Green Valley. His wife got off on the off ramp at Continental RD and turned onto Continental RD. Mr. Edwards got off the off ramp at Continental RD and instead of following his wife he got back on southbound I-19. Mr Edwards was last seen at 1900hrs driving south on I-19.

He was last seen driving a white 2000 Isuzu Trooper with AZ plate 714-MDY.  

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Mesa Man in Possession of Numerous Explosive Devices Arrested by Authorities

ATF, AZDPS, Mesa and Phoenix Police evacuated several Mesa homes during ordinance disposal
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Mesa, Ariz. — On August 28, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) task force including the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Phoenix Police Department, learned Jeffery Metcalf of Mesa was in possession of prohibited weapons; specifically pipe bombs.

 

On August 29, an AZDPS led task force conducted a traffic stop on Metcalf and found bomb-making components inside his vehicle. Metcalf also advised he had pipe bombs at his residence and intended to dispose all of them in a body of water.

 

The task force obtained and served a search warrant at Metcalf’s residence in Mesa where a total of 42 pipe bombs were found along with material for the manufacturing of another possible 30 pipe bombs. These devices were determined to have enhanced lethality because Metcalf added shrapnel to each device, either internally or externally. The task force, assisted by the Mesa Police Department, evacuated the surrounding homes and began safely removing all the devices by placing them in a containment vessel for transportation to a disposal area. Due to the construction of the bombs, experts had to use complicated methods to disarm the explosives.

 

Jeffrey Metcalf, 51, was charged with Misconduct Involving Weapons.

 

“This situation could’ve had tragic consequences had it not been for the excellent work of DPS detectives, our counterparts at Phoenix and Mesa Police along with ATF. The investigation was yet another shining example of the unparalleled cooperation we enjoy in Arizona between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies”, said Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

 

“The cooperative efforts of the AZDPS task force worked quickly and decisively to ensure public safety was not compromised", said ATF Phoenix Field Division Special Agent in Charge John Durastanti.

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Demographics

Demographics are as of June 2018. Note: Numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Demographics Sworn Professional Staff Overall
Male 96% 47% 72%
Female 4% 53% 27%
White 96% 47% 72%
African-American 2% 5% 3%
Hispanic 18% 14% 16%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4% 2%
Native American 1% 1% 1%
Age 40 and above 54% 70% 62%

Total number of Troopers: 1171

Total number of Civilians: 900 

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State Authorities Remind Senator John McCain Memorial Attendees to Prepare for the Heat

With high temperatures forecasted in Phoenix, local authorities encourage everyone to take an active role in their safety
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 2:45pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, authorities expect thousands of visitors at the State Capitol. Senator John McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol where the public is invited to pay their respects and honor the senator’s life and service.

 

The temperature is forecasted to be around 106°F, which is why authorities are encouraging participants to take precautions in order to avoid serious health risks associated with heat-related illness or injury.

 

Ideally, attendees should already have started to hydrate for the memorial services. In addition, participants should wear protective clothing against the sun, including sunscreen. Failure to do so may lead to serious injury or life-threatening illness.

 

Please remain vigilant for health and other safety concerns.

 

Report potential dangers to authorities immediately via 9-1-1 or to the closest state trooper.

 

Please arrive early in order to find an approved parking space.

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Memorial Services for Senator John McCain

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 2:00pm
Department Report Number: 
N/A
Preliminary Information: 

Lying in State at the Arizona State Capitol

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Senator McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol.

At 10:00 a.m., a private ceremony will take place inside the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol, for family and invited guests only, to honor Senator McCain’s life and service to the state of Arizona and the nation.

Following the conclusion of the ceremony, the public is welcome to pay their respects to Senator McCain in the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda starting at 2:00 p.m.

  • No firearms are allowed at the viewing. 
    • Gun lockers will be available for temporary storage.
  • Everyone is subject to a security screening prior to entry into the viewing.
  • No cameras. 
  • No photography. 
  • Small bags are permitted.
     

Guests may park at the State Fairgrounds where they will be bused to the Capitol.

A map with authorized parking locations and restricted areas is attached here. 

For additional information, click here.

Road Closures Map

Public Procession 

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., Mrs. Cindy McCain and family will arrive at the Arizona State Capitol. Senator McCain will be carried with ceremony from the Arizona State Capitol by Arizona National Guard personnel and the motorcade will depart for North Phoenix Baptist Church. 

The route is as follows:
Northbound 17th Avenue to Westbound Adams.
Westbound Adams to northbound Interstate 17.
Northbound Interstate 17 to eastbound Camelback Road.
Eastbound Camelback Road to northbound Central Avenue.
Northbound Central Avenue to second church driveway.

The procession will take approximately one half hour. The public is invited to line the route to pay their respects to Senator McCain.

A map of the procession can be viewed here

Arizona Memorial Service at North Phoenix Baptist Church

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m., a memorial service will take place to celebrate the life of Senator John McCain at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Senator McCain’s family and friends, along with state, local and tribal officials, and business and civic leaders from across Arizona have been invited to attend the service. In addition, about 1,000 seats have been made available to the public, however, requests for tickets are no longer being accepted.  
When the motorcade arrives at North Phoenix Baptist Church, the Arizona National Guard Casket Team will retrieve Senator McCain and proceed to the front of the church where the casket will be placed. The memorial service will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Security requirements:

  • The only bags allowed inside the church:
    • Small clutch bags, with a maximum size of 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, with or without a handle or strap.
    • Completely clear bags.
    • Medically necessary items/equipment.
  • All bags that adhere to the stated guidelines will be searched upon entry.
  • Photo ID and ticket are necessary for entry in the parking lot and church.
  • Guests will not be allowed re-entry if exiting the church before or during service.
     

Additional information:

  • Guest are encouraged to carpool to the church if possible.
  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the church, water will be provided.
     

A map with authorized parking locations is attached here

For additional information, please click here
 

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August 24, 2018

Type of Analysis: 
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Backlogged Cases: 
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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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Fatal Collision Kills Woman on I-10 in West Valley; Two Arrested

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 2:08am
Department Report Number: 
AZ1800341913
Preliminary Information: 

Updated at 4:30 p.m. 

Updated at 5:23 p.m., victim's last name corrected

Today, at 2:08 a.m., troopers responded to a multi-vehicle, fatality collision on westbound I-10 at 67th Avenue. A vehicle that ran out of gas was stopped in the number five lane when a second vehicle stopped behind it. As they were both stopped, a third vehicle struck the second vehicle forcing it into the vehicle that was out of gas.

 

Following the collision, the driver of the third vehicle, 35-year-old Jose Manuel Sapata Jr. of Phoenix, fled the scene and was later located and arrested. He was charged with manslaughter, endangerment, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, aggravated Assault and criminal damage.

 

The driver of the out-of-gas vehicle also left the scene after the collision. He was located and arrested. He has been identified as 26-year-old Paul Richard Portillo-Aleman of Phoenix and was charged with manslaughter, endangerment, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a fatal collision.

 

Impairment is suspected on both drivers.

 

The driver of the second vehicle, 29-year-old Marisela Noriega was declared deceased at the scene. A passenger and two infant children were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Incident Location: 
District: 
05 - Metro Central
Suspect(s): 
Jose Manuel Sapata Jr
Paul Richard Portillo-Aleman
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Ranger 1 Performs High Altitude Rescue

An AZDPS Bell 429 helicopter performed a difficult rescue within the Chiricahua Mountain range in southern Arizona
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:30am
- For Immediate Release -

Cochise County, Ariz. — On August 6, 2018, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) requested rescue helicopter support from the AZDPS in order to assist with the recovery of a Search and Rescue (SAR) technician who was injured on a  rugged section of the Chiricahua Mountain range.

 

AZDPS Ranger 1, a Bell 429 helicopter, flew to Rustlers Park within the Chiricahua Mountain Range between Willcox and Douglas. The SAR tech was suffering from a leg injury and was located on a steep mountainside amid dense brush and pine trees at 8,900 feet above sea level. Taking the ambient temperature into consideration, the density altitude was established at 12,300 feet above sea level. 

 

AZDPS Ranger 1 lowered a trooper-paramedic to the ground with the helicopter’s hoist. The injured SAR tech was then secured into a harness (screamer suit) and raised back up to the aircraft. Once aboard, the patient was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. The mission represents the highest altitude hoist to date for Ranger 1.

 

"This rescue is one of many that highlights the amazing work of our Arizona State Troopers," said Governor Ducey. "Every day these heroic women and men take action to protect and assist Arizonans across the state." 

 

Funding for AZDPS Ranger 1 was provided through the Arizona Border Strike Force.  The AZDPS Aviation Unit participates in the comprehensive collaborative approach to help secure Arizona’s border and enhances response capabilities in the border region in concert with the Arizona Border Strike Force personnel.  The AZDPS Aviation Unit responds to emergency situations when the nature of the injury or terrain requires extraction by air.  They deliver life-saving equipment and paramedics directly to patients.  The personnel assigned to the AZDPS Aviation Unit are committed to rescuing people that are stranded, lost or injured beyond the reach of normal emergency services and bringing them to safety.

 

View rescue footage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3FJWx4k2Yc&feature=youtu.be

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John R. France

LEOSA Member: 
Yes
Address: 
PO Box 441
Tonto Basin, AZ 85553

United States

Phone: 
(928) 242-1160
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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, August 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Department of Public Safety
Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260
2102 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

United States

Agenda: 

 

1.         Swearing in of new Board Member, Chris Hemmen, and Board vote on new Chairperson to replace Shane McFarland.

 

2.         Approval of minutes of the July18, 2018 meeting.

 

3.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        James Casey

 

4.          Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260, 2102 W.                         Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #3, 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.

 

5.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Brandon White

 

6.        Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260, 2102 W.                     Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #5, 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. 

 

7.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Dan Palmer

 

 8.         Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260, 2102 W.                    Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #7, 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. 

 

9.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Terry Lincoln

 

 10.        Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260, 2102 W.                     Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #9, 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. 

 

11.       Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) Applications:

 

                        Brian Bunch, effective July 31, 2018

                        Lance Larson, effective July 31, 2018

                        Brett Thomas, effective July 31, 2018

                        Hector Benton, effective August 31, 2018

 

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

 

                       Ryan Schmude, effective July 27, 2018

                       Bernardo Castillo, effective August 23, 2018

                       Ronnie Baning, effective August 31, 2018

 

13.       Termination of Retirement Benefit:

 

                       Shannon Lewis, deceased August 11, 2018

 

14.       New Business:

 

15.       Old Business:

 

                        5 Year Rules Review

 

16.         Expenses:

 

                          Joel E. Parker                                                  $2,100.00

                          Law Office of Judith E. Abramsohn               $1,564.50

Signature: 
Shane McFarland, Chairperson
DPS Local Retirement Board
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Troopers in Northern Arizona Seize $630K Load of Black Tar Heroin

Drug seizure stemmed from a traffic stop for unsafe lane change
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 7:15am
- For Immediate Release -

Holbrook, Ariz. — An Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper stopped a vehicle along Interstate 40 for a traffic violation and discovered a load of black heroin.

On August 15, 2018, an AZDPS trooper stopped a 2007 Nissan Armada for failure to signal a lane change and excessive window tint along eastbound Interstate 40 at milepost 298 near Holbrook. An AZDPS K9 was brought to the scene and alerted to the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed 47.2 pounds of black tar heroin. The estimated street value for the load of heroin is $630,000. The suspects were traveling from Phoenix to Oklahoma.

 

Two suspects were arrested and booked into the Navajo County Jail.

 

Driver: Loreto E. Meza, age 24 of Phoenix.

Passenger: Francisca Meza Aramburo, age 43 of Phoenix.

 

The suspects were charged with possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug for sale and transportation of a narcotic drug for sale. Additional charges are pending.

 

“This is excellent work by our troopers. Interstate 40 is known to be used frequently by drug couriers trying to get their product to the east and west coast. Taking this dangerous drug off the streets helps to ensure the safety of communities everywhere. Troopers will be continually vigilant as we deter and dismantle criminal drug smuggling statewide,” said Colonel Frank Milstead.

 

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