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Governor's Office of Highway Safety Awards Thousands of Dollars in Grants to AZDPS for Impaired Driving Investigations

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:30am
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) has received $58,000 in federal funds, specifically to help with expenses for troopers taking part in various training programs designed to help detect impaired drivers.

The training programs include:

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN)
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)
  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement training course (ARIDE)
  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) certification course
  • DRE Instructor certification course
  • Drug Impairment for Educational Professionals (DITEP) program
  • Forensic Phlebotomy program

The money will specifically be used to defray travel costs as troopers travel across the state to attend and in many cases, serve as instructors in these classes. As an assist agency, AZDPS receives requests regularly to facilitate SFST, ARIDE and other related courses statewide. The grant funding allows troopers to support other public safety agencies.  The funds will help with overtime costs which provide troopers with additional opportunities to attend impaired driving related training.

"The Arizona Department of Public Safety is grateful for the continued partnership with Director Alberto Gutier and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. GOHS's continued commitment toward highway safety in Arizona means AZDPS can continue to provide enhanced enforcement efforts as well as providing our troopers with specialized equipment that supports public safety in Arizona," said Lt. Colonel Wayde Webb, Assistant Director.

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Silver Alert Siniscal - Active

The Surprise Police are currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Paul Siniscal, who was last seen in the 16800 block of west Statler Drive at around 8:00 pm last night (February 17th). According to family members, Mr. Siniscal has been diagnosed with several medical conditions that he is currently receiving treatment for.    

 

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SILVER ALERT-Thelma J. Craig--Active

Thelma Jean Craig, 74 years old, 5’ 04” tall, weighing 140 pounds, with white hair and brown eyes. Thelma has a medical condition that may cause her to appear confused or disoriented. She was last seen wearing an orange shirt, red floral scarf, and tan skirt.

On 2/17/18 at approximately 1:00 P.M. Thelma was last seen on foot in the area of North 55th Avenue and West Palm Lane in Phoenix, Arizona.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Phoenix Police Department
Contact Person: 
Detective Somershoe
Date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:15pm
Contact Phone: 
(602) 262-6151
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Thelma Jean Craig
Age: 
74
DOB: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Height: 
5-04
Weight: 
140
Hair Color: 
WHITE
Eye Color: 
BROWN
Race: 
Black or African American
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
MARICOPA/PHOENIX
Vehicle License Plate: 
NONE
Vehicle Make/Model: 
NONE
Vehicle Year: 
NONE
Vehicle Color: 
NONE
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SILVER ALERT-Frances Brown--Active

Peoria Police seek the public’s help in locating Frances Brown, an 84-year-old woman. She is described as a white female, 5’6’, 150 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a dark colored top and pants.

Frances was last seen in the area of Lake Pleasant Marina at approximately 9:30 AM on 2/16. Frances left after they arrived at the lake area.  It is believed she is in a white, 2018 Honda Accord, with Arizona license plate CFK7738.  According to family, Frances suffers from memory issues.  Frances is from Tucson but has not returned to their home. It is unknown where she may have been headed.

Frances does not have any other clothing with her and does not have a cell phone in her possession. Anyone who sees Frances is encouraged to contact the Peoria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 623-773-8311. A photo of Frances is attached. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Peoria Police Department
Contact Person: 
Sergeant Wong
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:15am
Contact Phone: 
(623) 773-8311
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Frances Brown
Age: 
84
DOB: 
Friday, June 9, 1933
Height: 
5'6"
Weight: 
150
Hair Color: 
Brown
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Maricopa/Peoria
Vehicle License Plate: 
AZ CFK 7738
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Honda Accord
Vehicle Year: 
2018
Vehicle Color: 
White
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DPS Teams Up With the Arizona Cardinals for the Kids

Captain Tony Mapp of DPS joined coaches from the Arizona Department of Public Safety to bring a football program to less fortunate communities. The game plan of this community outreach program was to, not only teach kids the fundamentals of football, but to teach them the fundamentals of life through commitment and determination. 

 

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Driver Dead After Colliding Head-On With Commercial Truck in Western Arizona

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:16pm
Department Report Number: 
AZ1800066642
Preliminary Information: 

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 2:26 p.m., an AZDPS Trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speed eastbound along I-10 at milepost 24. The vehicle fled from our trooper at a high rate of speed. The trooper later discovered the vehicle had been used in an attempted homicide in Los Angeles, California. The vehicle then crossed the median and went wrong way where it struck a commercial truck-tractor pulling a flat bed trailer at milepost 44.7.

The suspect driver was pronounced deceased on scene at 3:43 p.m.

The driver of the commercial truck was treated at a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

We will not be releasing suspect I.D. until next of kin notification has been completed.

Incident Location: 
District: 
04 - Yuma
Image: 
Head-On Crash
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SILVER ALERT-Melodeann Burse--Active

On 2/14/18 at approximately 4:30 P.M. Melodeann was last seen in the area of North 27th Avenue and West Bethany Home Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Melodeann suffers from a medical condition that may cause her to appear confused or disoriented. The photo Is a couple years old and Melodeann now has gray hair.

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Values

The following are our seven core values supporting the tradition of Courteous Vigilance and are reflected in the acronym JUSTICE, which represents the seven points of the Department's badge.

 

A. Justice

We embrace the qualities of fairness, equality and quickness in protecting the rights of the people we serve.

 

B. Undaunted commitment

We demonstrate moral and physical courage, vigilance and diligence in duty performance.

 

C. Service

We deliver exceptional service assistance through teamwork and cooperation. 

 

D. Trust

We strive to earn and keep the confidence of the people we serve through truthfulness, communication and reliability.

 

E. Integrity

We are honest, factual and accountable while being an example of excellence on and off duty. 

 

F. Courtesy

We are respectful and polite to everyone. 

 

G. Empathy

We are compassionate and respectful in all that we do. 

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Commitments

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arizona Department of Public Safety is:

To protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity, and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens. 

Vision

The vision of the Arizona Department of Public Safety is: 

To be the national model in providing customer-oriented state-level law enforcement services.

Motto

Courteous Vigilance is the Arizona Department of Public Safety's motto and guiding principle, which reflects the pride of the Department. We provide quality, reliable and respectful service to the citizens of Arizona while being vigilant in the enforcement of the laws of the state. 

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Silver Alert-David Lewis Jr

PCSO needs your help locating David Lewis, Jr. The 72-year-old has dementia and has been missing for several hours. He was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket, blue jeans and a ball cap. He is 5’09 and 180 lbs. His last known location was driving southbound along Hunt Highway a light brown 2007 Chevy Impala with Arizona License Plate BWA1031.

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Silver Alert-David Lewis Jr

PCSO needs your help locating David Lewis, Jr. The 72-year-old has dementia and has been missing for several hours. He was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket, blue jeans and a ball cap. He is 5’09 and 180 lbs. His last known location was driving southbound along Hunt Highway a light brown 2007 Chevy Impala with Arizona License Plate BWA1031.

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Murphy's Towing

Storage Location: 
1198 Old Hwy 66
Ash Fork, AZ 86320

United States

Phone: 
(928) 853-5202
Contact Name: 
Yvonne Murphy
District: 
12 - Prescott
Tow Area #: 
3
Tow Truck Class(es): 
Light
Heavy
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Olgin Efune Recyling Company

Store Address: 
2449 W. Madison St.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

United States

Company Address: 
Olgin Efune Recycling Company
2449 W. Madison St.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

United States

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Dan Palmer

LEOSA Member: 
Yes
Address: 
PO Box 10892
Glendale, AZ 85318

United States

Phone: 
(602) 377-4405
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DPS Employees Exemplify Leadership and Public Service

This December, a new group of outstanding leaders from DPS graduated the Leaders in Training (LIT) course. These diverse men and women truly represented all of DPS, coming from all parts of the state, different bureaus and divisions, different backgrounds and filled with a variety of interests and hobbies. Through the diversity, there was one commonality:  a desire to lead by serving the agency we work for, the people we work with, and the communities we work in. These 19 men and women quickly became known as the Magnificent 7. 

LIT 7 Class

 

The Department's vision statement reads, "To be the national model in providing customer-oriented state-level enforcement services". Every LIT class is required to complete a class service project that serves the community. Previous classes have served organizations within the Phoenix area, the Magnificent 7 took on a greater challenge and worked with Casa De Los Niños, serving the Tuscon community.

LIT 7 Casa De Los Ninos

 

Before the holiday season, donation boxes were placed around DPS buildings to collect toiletries, clothing, toys and educational items for children in Tuscon. Thanks to the generous DPS employees who donated, the Magnificent 7 were able to give an astonishing amount of goods to Casa De Los Niños, who provides to less fortunate families with children ranging from infant to 17 years old. 

 

The students of LIT 7 would like to thank all the instructors, their supervisors and the command staff of DPS for nurturing an organizational culture that actively works to grow leaders in its sworn and professional staff.

 

Thank you to Amanda Mozilo, a LIT 7 graduate, for contributing to this story. 

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San Manuel Elks Names Area Trooper of the Year

The San Manuel Elks, located near Oracle, AZ, honored First Responders and their families near the Oracle area. Among the First Responders was Capt. Glen Swavely, Sgt. Rudy Lujan and Trooper Angel Gomez, representing DPS and District Six.

 

Oracle Trooper of the YearTrooper Gomez was awarded Trooper of the Year in that area for his outstanding dedication in protecting the citizens of Oracle and Arizona. During 2017, Trooper Gomez made 1,429 traffic stops, which was the most within all of District Six. Additionally,  he issued 611 hazardous citations, 56 restraint citations and made 20 arrests.

 

The Oracle squad, which Trooper Gomez patrols on,  collectively made 4,632 traffic stops, issued 6,540 hazardous citations, issued 237 restraint citations, made 46 arrests and stopped 65 commercial vehicles.

 

“Our ultimate goal in the Department of Public Safety is to reduce the loss of life,” DPS Captain Glen Swavely said. “The actions of Trooper Gomez and everybody in the Oracle squad has done a tremendous job in achieving that goal.” 

 

The demonstrated professionalism and devotion to duty from Trooper Gomez, the Oracle squad and District Six, brings credit upon themselves, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the State of Arizona.

 

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San Manuel Elks Names Area Trooper of the Year

The San Manuel Elks, located near Oracle, AZ, honored First Responders and their families near the Oracle area. Among the First Responders was Capt. Glen Swavely, Sgt. Rudy Lujan and Trooper Angel Gomez, representing DPS and District Six.

 

Oracle Trooper of the YearTrooper Gomez was awarded Trooper of the Year in that area for his outstanding dedication in protecting the citizens of Oracle and Arizona. During 2017, Trooper Gomez made 1,429 traffic stops, which was the most within all of District Six. Additionally,  he issued 611 hazardous citations, 56 restraint citations and made 20 arrests.

 

The Oracle squad, which Trooper Gomez patrols on,  collectively made 4,632 traffic stops, issued 6,540 hazardous citations, issued 237 restraint citations, made 46 arrests and stopped 65 commercial vehicles.

 

“Our ultimate goal in the Department of Public Safety is to reduce the loss of life,” DPS Captain Glen Swavely said. “The actions of Trooper Gomez and everybody in the Oracle squad has done a tremendous job in achieving that goal.” 

 

The demonstrated professionalism and devotion to duty from Trooper Gomez, the Oracle squad and District Six, brings credit upon themselves, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the State of Arizona.

 

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Silver Alert-Ronald Walters

Last Seen in the area of the US 60 at Val Vista on 1-24-18 at 1730 hours. He was driving a 200 Ford ranger (AZ/ ALM4694). He suffers from Alzheimers and Dementia.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Mesa Police Department
Contact Person: 
Det. Nikolas Rasheta
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:45pm
Contact Phone: 
(480) 644-2211
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Ronald Walters
Age: 
74
DOB: 
Friday, July 16, 1943
Height: 
5'11"
Weight: 
196
Hair Color: 
Brown
Eye Color: 
Brown
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Maricopa
Vehicle License Plate: 
ALM4694
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Ford/Ranger
Vehicle Year: 
2000
Vehicle Color: 
Gray
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Arizona State Trooper Rescues Impaired Driver Stuck on Railroad Tracks

Impaired driver ends up thanking trooper for saving his life after being dragged feet-first from his vehicle
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 9:30am
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McKinley County, New Mexico — An Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper acted quickly, pulling the driver from a vehicle moments before it was struck by a passing train. The driver of the vehicle had driven off the roadway – around the improved railroad crossing and became stuck on the tracks.  

trooper car and train

 

Henry (Hank) Roanhorse, a northeastern Arizona based trooper, was driving home at the end of his patrol shift when he came across the vehicle stuck on the tracks. Roanhorse was familiar with the area and knew that the tracks carried a large volume of rail traffic, often traveling at high speeds.

 

Roanhorse

When Trooper Roanhorse approached the vehicle, he found an unresponsive man seat belted and unconscious in the driver’s seat. He also smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage(s). As the trooper crawled into the vehicle to remove the driver’s seat belt, he looked up and saw a BNSF Railway train approaching from around a curve. At the same time, the railroad signal activated and the crossing arms lowered.

 

With a sense of urgency, Roanhorse pulled the unresponsive driver from the vehicle as the train approached. Struggling to carry the nearly 300 lbs. driver, the trooper lowered him to the ground, grabbed him by the feet and pulled him off the tracks. The driver regained consciousness and while unaware of the danger, fought against the trooper the entire time.  Trooper Roanhorse pulled the driver about 25 feet away from the tracks before the passing train struck the vehicle. The impact caused the vehicle to travel 150 feet away; it also sustained extensive damage.

 

car and trainclose up of carAfter the entire ordeal, the man told Trooper Roanhorse, “Thank you officer, you just saved my life.” Roanhorse stated that he just remembered hearing the screeching of the train’s emergency braking in the background as he struggled to remove the driver from the tracks.

 

This incident occurred within McKinley County, New Mexico just across the Arizona state line, on Defiance Draw Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 56-year-old Sampson Whitegoat. The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and investigated the collision.

 

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Pursuit in West Valley Ends in Crash in East Valley

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:10pm
Department Report Number: 
AZ1800034361
Preliminary Information: 

Today, at about 9:59 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) sergeant attempted to stop a red Jeep Cherokee SUV for a moving traffic violation along northbound SR 85 near milepost 138, west of the Phoenix metro area. The red Jeep SUV failed to stop for the sergeant and a pursuit was inititated northbound along SR 85.

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Assisting troopers attempted to deploy Stop-Sticks on two occasions, but the suspect avoided them. The suspect SUV reached I-10 and proceeded eastbound, generally traveling at or below the posted speed limit. While on I-10, road spikes were deployed one more time without success. While eastbound on I-10 near 59th Avenue, a law enforcement helicopter arrived on scene and began to follow the pursuit while troopers disengaged, shutting off all lights and siren.

 

The suspect vehicle traveled through the Phoenix Metro area and transitioned onto eastbound SR 202. The SUV then exited at Scottsdale/Rural Road and headed south into Tempe.

 

The suspect driver slowed for congested traffic in the area south of SR 202. Two troopers in unmarked Department vehicles attempted to box the suspect SUV in. The suspect SUV struck one of the vehicles and fled south along Rural Road. The suspect SUV then sideswiped a white SUV that was also traveling along Rural. The suspect SUV continued south and collided head-on with a black SUV within the intersection of Rural Road and Spence Avenue. This second collision caused the suspect to lose control of the vehicle; it came to final rest within the northbound lanes of Rural.

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The driver of the black SUV, a 47-year-old woman, was transported from the scene for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

 

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The driver of the suspect vehicle exited the vehicle and was quickly taken into custody. He has been identfied as 31-year-old Mitchell Timothy Taeble. He sustained minor injuries and was released from the hospital after an evaluation.

 

Mr. Taebel has an extensive criminal history that includes violent felonies and misdemeanors throughout several states and has served time in prison in New York. We are aware that Mr. Taebel has anti-government views.

 

This is an open investigation.

 

 

Incident Location: 
District: 
14 - Metro West
Suspect(s): 
Mitchell Timothy Taebel
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