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SILVER ALERT-Paul Roberson-Mesa PD

Paul Roberson left his home on the morning of 7/13/18 in his Ford truck to go to the Costco at Country Club and Baeline in Gilbert, AZ.  He intended to get gas prior to a planned trip to his cabin in Strawberry, AZ.  Mr. Roberson suffers from the early stages of dementia and has COPD and emphysema.  He uses an inhaler which he may have wit him.  He walks slowly due to a previous back surgery and typically uses a can which was found left at home.  The vehicle description is a white 1993 Ford F-150 2 door pickup with an Arizona registration of 4NY210.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Mesa Police Department
Contact Person: 
Laura Colon
Date: 
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 710-5859
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Paul Robreson
Age: 
76
DOB: 
Wednesday, January 21, 1942
Height: 
5'11"
Weight: 
153
Hair Color: 
Grey
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Baseline and Alma School in Mesa, AZ
Vehicle License Plate: 
AZ--4NY210
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Ford F-150 2door truck
Vehicle Year: 
1993
Vehicle Color: 
White
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Arizona Border Strike Force Seizes 99 Pints of Codeine

The seized narcotic has a street value of about $150K
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 6:45am
- For Immediate Release -

Tucson, Ariz. — On Monday July 9th, 2018, during a traffic stop along I-10, members of the Arizona Border Strike Force (ABSF) made two arrests and seized 99 pints of codeine which can be sold for over $1,500 per pint.

The drug which is commonly used in cold medication, is popular with younger people as a key component of so called “purple drinks.” Drug users mix codeine with soft drinks in order to obtain a high.

The street value of the seized codeine is estimated at around $150,000.

Arrested were Micah Owen-Forney, 22 and Lubre Peeler, 24; both are Maryland residents. They were charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, transportation of narcotics and conducting a criminal enterprise.

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Mesa Man Arrested for Impersonating a Police Officer

Authorities want to know if anyone has been stopped by police impersonator in a black Dodge Charger
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 8:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — A police impersonator chose the wrong vehicle to try and pull over on July 11, 2018. Two AZDPS troopers were on patrol along State Route 51 in an unmarked yellow Ford Mustang which is used primarily to target aggressive drivers. The troopers observed a black Dodge Charger equipped with law enforcement style emergency lighting visible through its rear window. A registration check of the license plate revealed it belonged to a private citizen.

 

Shortly thereafter, the impersonator activated his Dodge Charger’s red and blue flashing lights and attempted to pull the troopers over. When the troopers decided not to pull over for the impersonator, the Charger drove alongside the troopers and the driver began yelling and waving his hand at the troopers to pull over.

 

The troopers then identified themselves by activating the police emergency lights on their patrol vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on the impersonator. The troopers discovered the driver was a uniformed armed security guard traveling in his personal vehicle. The Charger was equipped with a police style siren, lights and radio scanner.

 

Matthew Allen Disbro, age 44 of Mesa, was arrested for impersonating a police officer. He was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail.

 

“Motorists need to feel confident that when they are pulled over by law enforcement they are dealing with a state - certified peace officer. Criminal behavior like that exhibited by the suspect, undermines public confidence and makes it difficult for troopers and other law enforcement officers to perform their job,” said AZDPS Major Deston Coleman of the Highway Patrol Division.

 

Authorities want to know if you have had contact with the suspect and have been stopped by a Dodge Charger with law enforcement style emergency lights, please contact AZDPS at 602-644-5805.

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Silver Alert- Wesley Douglass- Clarkdale P.D.

On 07/11/2018 Wesley Douglass left his home in Clarksdale, AZ,  driving to Luke Airforce Base. Douglass was expected home on 07/11/2018 at 1400 hours. Luke Airforce Base has no record of of Douglass arriving at the Base.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Clarkdale Police Department
Contact Person: 
Sgt. Florisi
Date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:15am
Contact Phone: 
(928) 649-7726
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Wesley Douglass
Age: 
78
DOB: 
Thursday, November 13, 1930
Height: 
5'6"
Weight: 
150
Hair Color: 
Gry
Eye Color: 
Blu
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Luke Airforce Base
Vehicle License Plate: 
7F87VT
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Mercury/ Mariner
Vehicle Year: 
2007
Vehicle Color: 
White
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SILVER ALERT, Gordan Zeena-Active

After 2200 hours on 07/10/2018 Zeena apparently left on foot from his car home in the area of Indian Bend and Pima Roads. He does not have a cell phone, and does not have access to a vehicle. In prior incidents he has wandered away to his wife's residence (near Flagstaff), a local Phoenix Homeless shelter, or the nearby stores. Zeena has a Traumatic Brain Injury. He is communicative and his injury sometimes interferes in his memory, as well as having minor dementia.

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June 29, 2018

Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Controlled Substances
Latent Prints
Backlogged Cases: 
54
484
38
21
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
21
55
17
21
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Crime Lab Backlog Status For:
Body: 

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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Chandler PD/ Cyler Totels/ Located

On 7/2/2018 at approximately 1947 hours, a citizen in Phoenix saw Cyler and remembered seeing him on the silver alert via a social media post. Phoenix PD went out to 28th Avenue and Cactus and recovered Cyler.

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Chandler PD/ Cyler Totels/ Active

Cyler wandered away from the bowling alley located at 6225 W. Chandler Blvd. (Kyrene Lanes) . Cyler is Autistic and has no money. If located, please contact Chandler PD. Cyler was last seen wearing a black Phx Suns Jersey, black basketball shorts with red stripe and red and white tennis shoes.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Chandler Police Department
Contact Person: 
Chandler PD
Date: 
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:45pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 782-4130
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Cyler Totels
Age: 
18
DOB: 
Monday, May 8, 2000
Height: 
5'8"
Weight: 
220
Hair Color: 
Brown
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Male
County/Location: 
Maricopa
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Property and Evidence

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides intake and output of evidence to agencies supported by the SAB, stores evidence, provides evidence to criminalists for analysis, provides for evidence disposal, and handles personal property. 

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Field Services

Field Services - Crime Scene

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides trained crime lab personnel at crime scenes to provide photography, collection of evidence, scene analysis, and scene processing. 

Field Services - Breath Alcohol

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides breath alcohol instrument training and support. 

 

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DNA Scientific Services

DNA Casework

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides the most modern DNA scientific services for the examination of crime evidence to identify or exonerate suspects. 

DNA Database

The Scientific Analysis Bureau serves as the State Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) Database for Arizona and uploads convicted offender and arrestee samples into CODIS.

 

DNA Familial

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides familial DNA analysis in select cases.

Familial DNA Analysis Flyer

 

Dna rapid

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides training and support for the statewide Rapid DNA program.

Rapid DNA Law Enforcement Program Flyer

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Questioned Documents

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides examinations of counterfeit money and documents as well as handwriting analysis and comparisons to determine authorship of questioned writing samples.

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Trace Evidence

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides analysis in the areas of bulk explosives and ignitable liquids. 

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Firearms/Toolmarks

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides firearms, bullet, cartridge case, and toolmark examination, serial number restoration, shooting reconstruction and distance determination. 

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Latent Prints

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides processing of latent print evidence, comparisons of developed latent prints to known prints, and entry of developed latent prints into AZAFIS.

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Controlled Substances

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides analysis of unknown substances to determine the amount and identity of the substance. 

Controlled substance run packets

 

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Toxicology

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides analysis of blood and urine in order to determine amounts and identities of various drugs and toxins, including both illegal and prescription drugs. The unit also provides support to the statewide DRE program.

Toxicology run packets

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Blood Alcohol

Teh Scientific Analysis Bureau provides blood alcohol analysis at all four of its regional laboratories. 

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Scientific Analysis Bureau

The Scientific Analysis Bureau at the department provides forensic services to all police agencies within the State of Arizona. The services provided by the bureau include the scientific analysis of evidence, technical crime scene assistance, secure storage of evidentiary items, training, and expert testimony. 

The bureau provides its services from four separate regional laboratories. These laboratories are the Central Regional Crime Lab located in Phoenix, the Northern Regional Crime Lab located in Flagstaff, the Southern Regional Crime Lab located in Tucson, and the Western Regional Crime Lab located in Lake Havasu City. 

Specific Areas

Quality Assurance Documents
 

  • Qualtrax Portal
     

Blood Alcohol

Toxicology

Controlled Substances

Latent Prints

Firearms/Toolmarks

Trace Evidence

Questioned Documents

DNA

Field Services

Property and Evidence
 

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-Silver Alert- Herbert Casey Sr-Active

Yesterday 6/30/18 at approximately 3pm, Mr. Herbert Casey Sr. went missing form his home in Monterey County California.  He suffers from dementia and alzheimer's disease.  Mr. Casey left his residence in his 2014 dark blue GMC pickup truck believed to be wearing Kakhi type pants with slip on boots, an orange flannel shirt with a western belt.  He may be wearing a grey baseball cap with the letterning "DAV" on it.  Mr. Casey made statements before he left that he was headed home.  He used to live in Alabama and it is believed he may head that direction on Interstate 10 eastbound.  There is credible informaiton he is traveling in the state of Arizona.  Mr. Casey may be combative if located due to dementia so please call 911 if you see the listed vehicle.   

Investigation Agency (if not in AZ/not listed): 
Monterey County SO
Contact Person: 
Monterey Count Sherriff Office
Date: 
Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 11:30am
Contact Phone: 
(831) 769-8895
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Herbert Nesmith Casey Sr.
Age: 
90
DOB: 
Wednesday, January 11, 1928
Height: 
5'10
Weight: 
190
Hair Color: 
Grey
Eye Color: 
Hazel
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Monterey
Vehicle License Plate: 
85818M1 (California license Plate)
Vehicle Make/Model: 
GMC/Pickup truck
Vehicle Year: 
2014
Vehicle Color: 
Dark Blue
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SILVER ALERT RICHARD ANDERSON ACTIVE

On 6/30/18, Richard Anderson who suffers from Alzheimers left his home in a white 2007 Honda Odyssey four door van.  Richard was last seen at approximately 7:00 PM at his home located near 6500 W Butler Dr in Glendale AZ.

Anyone having information regarding this case is asked to contact

Glendale Police 623-930-3000

Detective Sanchez 623-930-3166

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$2.5 Million in Meth Seized During Traffic Stop by State Trooper

The seizure is one of the largest in Gila County’s history
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:00am
- For Immediate Release -

Payson, Ariz. - On June 5, 2018, at about 8:00 a.m., a trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on State Route 87 near Payson. While speaking with the driver, the trooper observed indicators of possible criminal activity. During a search of the vehicle, 56.5 pounds of meth, 4.3 grams of marijuana, a handgun and over $1,000 in cash were discovered. 

State detectives took disposition of the investigation and seized the contraband. The street value of the meth is $2.5 million, making it one of the largest meth seizures in Gila County to date. 

The driver and two passengers are residents of Hobbs, New Mexico. All three were booked into the Gila County jail with the following charges:

  • Possession of a dangerous drug
  • Possession of a dangerous drug for sale
  • Transportation of a dangerous drug
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
     

Suspects:

Driver: Nicholas Y. Quezada age 24.

Passenger: Cheyanne Silco age 20.

Passenger: Cesar A. Huerta age 20 had additional charges for:

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a weapon
     

AZDPS Major George Manera said, “This is one of the largest methamphetamine seizures to occur in Gila County and will make an impact on the distribution of this type of dangerous drug throughout the country. We are committed to disrupting the flow of illegal drugs in Arizona, no matter what area it occurs in.”
 
 

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Silver Alert- Mary O'Sullivan-Schultz

Missing From: 5000 Block of E. Broadway Mesa, AZ

Missing Since: 06/28/2018/0200 hrs.

Details: ***Endangered Adult***

Mary has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and is Bi-

Polar. She habitually wanders within her care facility.

At 0200 hrs. she left the property in a NW direction on

foot.

Mary takes medications for anxiety and high blood

pressure and does not have those with her.

 

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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, June 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Department of Public Safety
2102 W. Encanto Blvd.
Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260
Phoenix, AZ 85009

United States

Agenda: 

 

1.         Approval of minutes of the May 17, 2018 and June 6, 2018 meetings.

 

 

2.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                        Pedro Rodriguez

 

 

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.         Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) Applications:

 

                      Henry Quihuis, effective April 30, 2018

                      Sigifredo Casillas, effective May 31, 2018

                      Tracy Collins, effective May 31, 2018

                      Mark Hoerrmann, effective May 31, 2018

                      Ryan Schmude, effective June 30, 2018

 

 

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

 

                        Julian Sosa, effective June 29, 2018

                        James Congrove, effective July 31, 2018

                        Rudy Lujan, effective July 31, 2018

                        Daniel Palmer, effective July 31, 2018

                        Hamilton Van Woert, effective July 31, 2018

 

 

6.         Normal Retirement Applications:

 

                        Brian Cooley, effective July 26, 2018

 

 

 

7.         Termination of Surviving Spouse Benefit:

 

                        Ramona Leonard, deceased June 1, 2018.

 

 

8.         New Business:

 

 

 

9.         Old Business:

 

                          Blake Richardson Return to Work

                          James Waltermire Accidental Disability

                          James Casey Accidental Disability

                          Heather McSpadden Beneficiary

 

 

10.         Expenses:

 

                          MCN                                                   $1,920.00

 

Signature: 
Dated this 19th day of June 2018
Shane McFarland, Chairperson
DPS Local Retirement Board
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Border Strike Force Seizes 2.6 Lbs of Fentanyl

A two-milligram dose of fentanyl can be lethal
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 8:00am
- For Immediate Release -

Pima County — On June 12, 2018, a detective assigned to the Arizona Border Strike Force (ABSF) stopped a vehicle westbound along I-10 in Pima County for a traffic violation. During the stop the trooper observed indicators of criminal activity which led to a search of the vehicle where approximately 2.1 lbs of fentanyl powder was located and seized.

 

The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, Jovanie R. Perez, 34, from Las Vegas, was arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of a narcotic drug
  • Possession of a narcotic drug for sale
  • Transportation of a narcotic drug for sale

 

Based on information gained from the traffic stop and a subsequent investigation, a search warrant was obtained by state detectives and served at a location in Scottsdale, AZ. Over 700 pills of fentanyl (approximately .5 lbs) were located and seized. Additional charges are pending in Maricopa County.

 

It is important to note that the total amount of fentanyl seized during this investigation had the potential to provide a lethal dose to half a million people.

 

The street value of the total amount of fentanyl seized is approximately $63,000.

 

Colonel Frank Milstead, AZDPS Director said, “Our Border Strike Force is dedicated to disrupting the flow of this extremely dangerous, deadly drug and keeping it off, not only the streets in Arizona but across the nation. We stand committed in our fight to combat this drug which is 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 set up business 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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James Daniel "J.D." Worley

LEOSA Member: 
Yes
Address: 
3799 W. Mars Drive
Somerton, AZ 85350

United States

Phone: 
(928) 246-1759
Fax: 
(928) 627-1547
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Man Blocks Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge in Armored Truck

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:02pm
Department Report Number: 
AZ1800246913
Preliminary Information: 

On June 15, 2018, at about 12:02 p.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers received information that a man armed with a rifle and in an armored vehicle was blocking the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge, which extends over the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam.  The black armored vehicle was parked crossways across the southbound lanes of the bridge, where the Arizona / Nevada state lines meet.  The male suspect was reported outside of the vehicle holding a sign that said, “release the OIG report”.

 

All lanes of US 93, and the bridge, were closed by AZDPS troopers and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers as a precaution. AZDPS troopers were also assisted by police units from Boulder, Las Vegas Metro, the National Park Service, and Lake Mead. Air support was provided by AZDPS Air Rescue and Las Vegas Metro Police.

 

At about 12:53 p.m., the armored truck began to move, leaving the bridge and traveling southbound on US 93, failing to yield to law enforcement. At about milepost 5, on US 93, the truck ran over tire deflation devices set out by troopers and three of the truck's tires deflated however, the vehicle continued southbound.

 

At milepost 9, a roadblock was set up, blocking both the southbound lanes of US 93. As the truck approached milepost 8.5, it turned west on Cranes Nest Road, which is unpaved, and drove towards the Colorado River. Troopers and National Park Service Police followed the truck down the dirt road.

 

At about 1:28 p.m., the truck came to a stop on the dirt road with troopers and National Park Police behind it. The male driver got out of the truck and was immediately taken into custody without incident. A rifle and handgun were found inside the truck.

 

The driver, Mathew P. Wright, 30, from Henderson, NV was booked into the Mohave County Jail on the charges of:

 

-Obstruction of a highway

-Endangerment

-Unlawful flight from law enforcement

-Misconduct involving a weapon

-Terrorist acts

 

Captain Brian Swanty said, “We are pleased that the partnership and cooperation between all agencies involved resulted in the successful and safe conclusion to this incident.”

 

The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

 

Incident Location: 
District: 
01 - Kingman
Suspect(s): 
Mathew P. Wright, 30, of Henderson, NV
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Armored Vehicle Blocks Bridge
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