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MPD officers discuss a car described as stolen from Tempe. Photo by Mason Callejas

Maricopa Police Department took a man into custody after stopping a vehicle on Honeycutt Road in the Heritage District around 5 p.m. Friday. Area law enforcement agencies were on the lookout for a stolen rental car reported by the Tempe Police Department. MPD spotted a vehicle matching the description and pulled it over after it exited Pershing Street in a high-risk stop. Officers initially had guns drawn. The male driver was taken into custody without incident, according to MPD.

Wellington Pyne (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa man is accused of aggravated assault and child abuse after allegedly hitting a child with a hanger.

Wellington Pyne, 38, was arrested Monday at home on Starlight Drive in Maricopa Meadows after Maricopa Police Department received a domestic-violence call around 1 p.m. A witness described as a stepchild accused Pyne of “always beating the children with broken hangers,” according to the police report.

In Monday’s incident, the reporting party claimed Pyne had beaten his biological child with a hanger for “peeing on the floor inside the house.” Though the witness did not see the interaction between Pyne and the child, the witness alleged to have heard about 10 strikes and the sound of crying.

An investigating officer reported seeing “multiple injuries” to the child’s bottom and back. The injuries were described as fresh and raised on the skin surface. “The injuries appeared consistent with the shape of the hanger that was found,” the report states.

A witness told police Pyne hit the child with a “pink stick” several times, a stick later identified as the hanger.

Pyne told police he was upset about the peeing incident and spanked the child on the bottom with an open hand two or three times while the child was wearing jean shorts. He denied ever using a hanger for discipline and said the child’s injuries came from rough-housing with the other children.

The hanger was photographed and taken as evidence. Pyne was taken into custody and booked at the Pinal County Jail in Florence.

 

Pat and Doug Urbaniak like the idea of MPD's Special Needs Registry.

The Maricopa Police Department launched a program this month that aims to provide assistance during emergencies to certain residents.

The Special Needs Registry is a free, voluntary service to any resident who has “a significant medical condition, (is) bed bound, wheelchair bound, blind, deaf or (has) an emotional or behavioral disability,” according to an MPD new release.

Law enforcement and emergency personnel who respond to calls will have information about participants’ abilities, health, behavioral and medical information and emergency contacts. Residents can also submit a recent photo of themselves.

Shalom Gindiri, a special education teacher and mother, said she supports the service.

“Many times, I have thought to register my children so that if they ever interact with police they will understand what to do, and police officers will understand their needs,” Gindiri said.

People with autism or intellectual disabilities may not be able to follow basic instructions, Gindiri added, which she said could lead law enforcement to perceive such behavior as insubordination.

“(First responders) need to understand if the person in the house can walk or function at the appropriate age level to render the correct assistance,” Gindiri said.

Maricopa resident Pat Urbaniak is her husband Doug’s full-time caregiver inside their Maricopa home.

Doug became paralyzed after being diagnosed with West Nile Virus four years ago.

Pat called the registry a “marvelous idea” and expressed interest in utilizing the service.

“I have wondered about something like that for a long time because I thought if I ever have to call for an emergency for him they need to know where we live and that there is a handicapped person here,” Pat said.

To enroll, pick up applications at the Maricopa Police Department or email VAPS@Maricopa-az.gov. Participants will receive a decal for optional display on a home or vehicle window.

The personal information submitted to MPD will remain confidential and will only be used by emergency and authorized personnel, according to the release.

For more information contact MPD Community Programs Manager Mary Witkofski at 520-316-6800, option 5.

 

Maryroefina Catha (PCSO photo)

Police say the manager of a local grocery chain was the victim of assault at the hands of an alleged shoplifter Friday.

Maryroefina Catha, 40, was arrested the morning of June 15 at the Bashas’ grocery store for allegedly attempting to steal a six-pack of beer, a box of wine and margarita mix.

Prior to her arrest, Catha attempted to exit the building with the stolen items. The store manager reportedly confronted her and attempted to “secure” the woman’s purse.

That’s when Catha “grabbed (the manager’s) neck and arms from behind” and claimed she had a gun in her purse, according to a Maricopa Police Department report.

A responding officer noted abrasions on the manager’s shoulder and side. Catha denied stealing the alcohol and allegedly admitted to physically grabbing the store manager.

MPD forwarded charges of class 1 misdemeanor shoplifting and assault, also a class 1 misdemeanor.

Catha has one prior shoplifting charge out of Maricopa County in April.

Roary Howard Jr. (PCSO photo)

Conversations between family members prompted a disturbing call to police last week.

Officers with the Maricopa Police Department received reports June 14 that a Maricopa man living in Senita had sexually abused “several” minors.

Howard Roary Jr., 58, was arrested later that day on two counts of sexual assault, sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation. The offenses allegedly occurred in his Maricopa home on Toya Street and in California.

Roary is not a registered sex offender. He’s had prior arrests in Maricopa County for disorderly conduct, fighting and threatening.

Before being transported to the Pinal County Jail, police reports state Roary denied sexually abusing and molesting children.

Roary will be in Pinal County Superior Court June 22 for a bail bond hearing. He’s in custody on a $50,000 secured bond.

The Maricopa Police Department recently arrested a man after he allegedly missed his court date for driving on a suspended license.

But it’s what reportedly happened when officers booked Eduardo Luna into jail June 9 that turned a misdemeanor case into multiple felony recommendations.

A report from MPD alleges Luna attempted to conceal drugs and paraphernalia on his person while being processed into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility in Florence.

“(Luna) verbally identified the items as a meth pipe and meth, which he claims he concealed behind his testicles,” the report states.

In addition to the class 1 misdemeanor failure to appear charge, Luna also faces three drug offenses: promoting prison contraband, a class 2 felony; dangerous drug possession, a class 4 felony; and drug paraphernalia possession, a class 6 felony.

Maricopa Amateur Radio Association will be holding an annual emergency preparedness drill known as Field Day from June 23 at 11 a.m. to June 24 at 2 p.m.

The objective of this drill, with participants across North America, will be to make as many radio contacts as possible in a 24-hour period using equipment that is either solar or battery-powered.  Running “off the grid” simulates the loss of the power grid and tests radio amateur’s abilities to get emergency radio traffic passed in spite of the absence of commercial electrical power.  These field day events have been held across the country since 1933.

The local drill will be at the Maricopa Police Department substation at Copper Sky.  Portable antennas and radios will be deployed.  Anyone interested in amateur radio or emergency communications is welcome to stop by.  Interested parties may even operate the radio equipment under the supervision of licensed operators.

Amateur radio, often called “ham radio,” has been around for a more than a century.  In that time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed radio operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. It includes people of all ages and walks of life. Most U.S. astronauts have an amateur radio license.  Hams are just people who enjoy learning and being able to communicate around the world. Hams not only can build and modify their radio equipment but are responsible for inventing some of the modern electronic conveniences we use today

To obtain a license, radio amateurs must pass a series of tests on radio electronics, communications protocol, and operating practices, and answer questions on Part 97 of the FCC rules and regulations.  All ham radio activities are on a volunteer basis.

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Maricopa Police Department has seen a dramatic drop in property crimes compared to the first quarter of 2017.

Crimes of burglary, theft and vehicle theft fell by about 50 percent. Though MPD is too cautious to call it a trend (second-quarter numbers may still show something different), the department does credit public engagement.


“We partnered with the Vehicle Theft Task Force and a car-watcher program,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

In the first quarter of 2017 (January, February and March), there were 15 vehicles reported stolen. This year, over the same time period, eight vehicles were stolen.

Theft, including shoplifting, is Maricopa’s top crime. There were 146 such incidents reported in the first-quarter last year. This year, it was down to 73.

Alvarado said MPD implemented programs and reached out to shopkeepers to explain how they could “change little things to cut down on shoplifting.” Businesses seem to have been receptive, he said.

Residents have also responded to MPD’s requests to call in any suspicious activity, Alvarado said, with MPD making that a little easier with its app.

Whether the first-quarter numbers are a trend or a temporary impact, Alvarado said MPD is glad to see the public engaged in preventing and reporting crimes.

Two juveniles in a crosswalk were injured Monday when they were struck by a vehicle making a left turn.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the two juveniles had the right of way while crossing State Route 347 on Bowlin Road at around 6:24 p.m. The vehicle, driven by Izmenia Ledezma, was traveling east on Bowlin and turning north onto SR 347.

The juveniles suffered minor injuries, described as scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones. They were transported to a hospital as a precaution.

Ledezma stopped after the collision.

According to MPD, she was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

 

Terrance Words (PCSO photo)

A woman called authorities last week alleging the father of her child was attempting to break down the back door to her home.

The incident reportedly occurred May 31 at 7:16 p.m. on Bishop Drive in Rancho El Dorado.

Before officers arrived, Terrance Words, 29, allegedly kicked down the door, entered the home, argued with the victim and damaged a television before leaving the residence.

MPD arrested Words less than 10 minutes later when officers pulled over his vehicle on Lakeview Drive near State Route 347.

“(Words) admitted to kicking in the back door of the house so he could get his car keys and leave the residence,” the police report states.

The suspect allegedly told police the woman locked him in the backyard.

The reporting officer also alleged in the report that Words admitted to arguing with the woman after she asked him to leave the home and to kicking a table “which caused a television to fall.”

The traffic stop also resulted in police discovering Words was driving on a suspended driver license, according to the report.

MPD forwarded charges of criminal damage domestic violence, a class 2 misdemeanor; disorderly conduct domestic violence, a class 1 misdemeanor; and driving on suspended drivers license, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Maricopa artist Jennifer Scribner talks to MPD Chief Steve Stahl about her logo design. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

This year, Maricopa Police Department hosted a contest asking local artists to submit ideas of a logo for the planned Family Advocacy Center.

Friday, MPD announced the winner was Jennifer Scribner, whose “Helping Hands” design will be on FAC materials and inside the facility. As stipulated, the logo includes symbolic colors.

The FAC will treat victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Celebrating her 22nd wedding anniversary (she’s married to Maricopa Community Development Director Martin Scribner), the artist said she had been a victim earlier in life and had to rely on the helping hands of others to recover.

Below, Chief Steve Stahl talks about FAC, and Scribner explains her design:

 

A parked vehicle and an electrical box were damaged Saturday after a woman allegedly struck them with her vehicle and fled the scene, according to police.

The incident reportedly took place near a home on Big Dipper Drive in Province around 5 p.m., May 26.

Witnesses told the Maricopa Police Department a vehicle hit and subsequently pushed a Ford pickup truck approximately 10 feet into an electrical utility box owned by Electrical District No. 3.

The suspected at-fault vehicle was described as a silver SUV being driven erratically in the area.

The truck received damage to its rear passenger-side corner, taillight and bumper. The electrical box was “broken off from the concert base it was on,” according to an MPD police report.

About an hour later, MPD officers located a vehicle in the Villages subdivision matching the description given by witnesses. They eventually made contact with the alleged driver, Rebecca Wallace, at a residence on Ryans Trail.

There, officers noted damage on the passenger side of Wallace’s Chevy Equinox that “matched the damage to” the Ford pickup in Province.

Police said Wallace allegedly admitted to being involved in the accident. However, she then reportedly told an officer she no longer wanted to speak to police.

“(Wallace) was also found to be impaired,” the report alleged.

MPD forwarded charges of class 6 felony criminal damage for the estimated $1,000 worth of repairs to the truck and utility box; failing to fulfill duty on striking an unattended vehicle, a class 3 misdemeanor; and striking a fixture on a highway, also a class 3 misdemeanor.

A DUI charge is pending on the results from Wallace’s blood sample, according to the report.

Carlos Soliz (PCSO photo)

Witnesses to a verbal fight between a motorist and his pedestrian girlfriend told police the man drove in opposing lanes of traffic while pursuing her.

The May 16 incident initially occurred on Maricopa–Casa Grande Highway at approximately 11:36 a.m.

Police arrested Carlos Soliz, 38, at the Pershing Road intersection after independent witnesses reported his alleged reckless behavior behind the wheel.

A Maricopa Police Department report alleges Soliz pursued the woman and “left the roadway to block her safe passage on the sidewalk,” causing an unreasonable inconvenience and hazard to traffic.

The woman then attempted to run to the opposite side of the roadway. Soliz allegedly exited his vehicle near the highway and Pershing Road and continued to verbally fight with his girlfriend, according to the report.

“(Soliz’s) behavior became serious and disruptive when he prevented her from walking past him until they had a conversation about issues in their relationship,” the reporting officer wrote.

The officer goes on to allege in the report that Soliz’S behavior would have continued against the victim if police hadn’t intervened.

MPD forwarded charges of disorderly conduct (class 1 misdemeanor), obstructing a highway (class 3 misdemeanor) and reckless driving (class 2 misdemeanor) against Soliz and later transported him to Pinal County Jail.

Betty Davis (PCSO photo)

A caller alerted police to a “possible sex offense” involving two allegedly nude people off the side of a local road.

Officers with the Maricopa Police Department responded to the Heritage District area of Garvey Avenue and Loma Road Wednesday around 6:46 p.m. The report refers to the intersection as a “lightly traveled road.”

Going off notes received from the call, MPD was prepared to assess the report of a man and a woman “out in the open naked” in the area near a white van.

“The caller reported the female appeared to be struggling,” according to the report.

However, once on scene, officers found a man wearing pants and a woman fully clothed.

The couple told police they had been “making out” consensually.

After the interviews, officers concluded no crime occurred.

That was before a wants and warrants check was performed. Officers discovered the woman, 43-year-old Betty Davis, was wanted on a valid warrant for failing to pay out of Mesa Justice Court with a $600 bond.

MPD transported Davis to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

Michael Moore. (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa man faces felony charges stemming from a shooting Saturday afternoon. As reported earlier, a neighborhood in Desert Cedars was shut down by law enforcement during the investigation.

Michael Moore, 25, is accused of shooting a female in the hand. Maricopa Police Department is still looking for a weapon.

MPD was called to the 44000 block of West Buckhorn Trail at around 1:50 p.m. May 19. Officers found a female with a gunshot wound to her left hand.

She reported told officers she was a passenger in a car being driven by a friend and they were retrieving mail at the address. A single shot was fired into the back window, hitting her hand. She gave officers the description and location of the suspect.

Officers saw a male matching the description getting into a vehicle. They conducted a “high-risk stop,” and Moore was taken into custody without incident.

The female was transported to a hospital. No one else was injured during the event.

Moore was booked in the Pinal County jail on charges of aggravated assault, endangerment and possession of drugs. MPD stated there was “no clear motive,” which is still being investigated.

Moore is scheduled for a hearing in Pinal County Superior Court on May 22.

A Maricopan was reportedly shot in the hand during an incident in Desert Cedars Saturday afternoon.

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According to Maricopa Police Department, a female suffered the wound in a house in the 44000 block of Buckhorn Trail in the Desert Cedars subdivision. MPD and Maricopa Fire/Medical were dispatched at around 1:50 p.m. The street was closed off to traffic.

The victim was transported to a hospital and MPD described the injury as non-life-threatening.

At the beginning of the incident, neighbors reported a white car arrived at the house and the driver left the door open as he ran into the house. MPD reported no other outstanding subject connected to the incident and did not describe how the injury occurred. Police set up a canopy on scene as they continue to investigate the shooting.

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Tony Suares. PCSO photo

Medical crews transported a local woman to the hospital Monday evening after she sustained injuries at the hands of her husband, according to the Maricopa Police Department.

Tony Suares, 37, allegedly caused temporary “but substantial disfigurement” to his wife’s face during an argument that turned physical May 15 at 6:02 p.m. in Alterra.

An MPD police report states Suares struck the victim in the face approximately 10 times with his closed fists.

The reporting officer observed multiple contusions on the woman’s forehead, nose, upper lip and both cheeks.

Suares allegedly screamed profanities while abusing the victim, which reportedly caused her to fear for her life. He was arrested on suspicion of class 4 felony aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, a class 1 misdemeanor.

During questioning by officers, the suspect said he blacked out and denied remembering anything before or after the assault. But Suares allegedly told police his wife “said something to set him off, causing him to punch her,” according to the report.

MPD transported him to the Pinal County Jail, where he remained in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa Police Department has never lost an officer on duty.

Chief Steve Stahl said he prays that day never comes. But Steve Stroud, a board member of the Maricopa Police Foundation, thinks it’s only a matter of time. In Salt Lake County in Utah, where he’s from, five officers have been lost in 25 years, he said.

The “fallen officers” memorial monument unveiled Monday morning contains no names, yet, but includes a metal U.S. flag on which names can be engraved. The monument stands in the plaza in front of the MPD substation north of Copper Sky Multigenerational Complex.

The dedication came a little later than planned, but Stahl said it was fitting it occurred a day before National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. The monument includes a quote from Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Police officers, staff from Maricopa Fire/Medical Department and elected officials attended the ceremony.

The plaza is full of brick pavers that are “sold” by the foundation to be inscribed “to honor the memory of a lost friend, family, or loved one or honor the career of an officer.”

“We officers know what we signed up for,” Stahl said. “Some families may not.”

Photo by Michelle Chance

A report of trouble in a house on Portarosa Drive in Glennwilde brought out both Maricopa Police Department and Maricopa Fire/Medical Department Monday.

The home’s occupant spoke to the police without incident.

“We made phone contact with him and he came out,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said, “but units smelled smoke and called fire to check the house out.”

MFMD spokesman Capt. Brad Pitassi also said his department had been called to the location on a report of someone with difficulty breathing.

Officers initially thought smoke might be coming from a bedroom after the house was cleared and the man was being transported to the station, but nothing was found.

MPD blocked the street to traffic. There were no injuries reported.

A near head-on collision on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway Thursday resulted in a flipped vehicle and a trapped driver but no life-threatening injuries, according to Maricopa Police Department.

The incident happened after 6 p.m. east of the intersection with White and Parker Road.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said a westbound vehicle crossed over the center line and hit an eastbound vehicle.

“The westbound vehicle from the impact lost control and flipped over,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the westbound car was trapped.”

That driver was extricated by Maricopa Fire/Medical Department. While that work was going on, MPD shut down traffic between White and Parker Road and Murphy Road. The roadway was reopened around 8 p.m.

“The driver of the westbound vehicle was cited for failure to maintain one lane and transported to Chandler with non-life-threatening injuries,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the eastbound car was not injured.”


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Kenneth Davis. PCSO photo

The Maricopa Police Department assisted in taking a sexual assault suspect into custody last week.

Kenneth Marzette Davis Jr., 27, was arrested May 3 at a home on West Griffis Drive in The Villages after the Avondale Police Department requested help from MPD.

Davis reportedly has a nationwide, extraditable warrant issued out of Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio, according to an MPD report.

“It was stated they had an open sexual assault case they were investigating and wanted to interview (Davis),” the report states.

Avondale detectives interviewed Davis after his arrest. He was later transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility.

Davis was booked on the outstanding warrant and a sexual assault charge, a class 2 felony.

A Pinal County Superior Court judge will decide Davis’ bond eligibility May 10. The suspect’s extradition status will be heard in court the next day.

Multiple witnesses at a local tavern reported observing a man “placing his hands on or around the throat” of a juvenile over the weekend.

The Maricopa Police Department arrested William Bentley May 5 on suspicion of two aggravated assault charges related to strangulation against a minor, child abuse and endangerment.

The incident reportedly occurred at approximately 7:27 p.m. at True Grit Tavern, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway.

According to witnesses, the child had been with his mother and two other juveniles at the establishment since 11 a.m.

Hours later, Bentley gave a statement to police after being read his Miranda rights.

“He said when he got to the bar where his girlfriend and the three juveniles (were), including the victim, they had dinner and the victim was ‘acting up,’ so they decided to leave,” according to the police report.

Witnesses told police the mother and Bentley yelled and screamed at the victim inside the bar.

Bentley said the child became disruptive. He allegedly admitted to grabbing the child, taking him behind a pillar and holding the victim’s wrists against that pillar.

Statements from the day-shift waitress and other tavern witnesses to the incident expand beyond Bentley’s account.

“(The witness) said Bentley had his hands around the juvenile’s throat and the juvenile was lifted off the ground,” the report states.

One witness said she ran to the pillar and yelled at Bentley to put the child down.

Crews transported the boy for a medical evaluation. The victim allegedly told medical staff Bentley “placed his hands around his throat and lifted him up,” according to the report.

The victim also informed medics of throat pain and sore arms.

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After more than two years of fund-raising, a memorial monument is about to be unveiled at the Maricopa Police Substation at Copper Sky.

The fallen officer memorial dedication is May 14 at 7 a.m. at 17985 N. Greythorn Drive. MPD and the Maricopa Police Foundation are inviting the community to attend.

The Foundation started selling memorial bricks in 2016 for $100-$350 to help fund the monument. The memorial area can hold up to 6,000 paver bricks.

The memorial bricks were introduced “to honor the memory of a lost friend, family or loved one or honor the career of an officer.”

Marcos Martinez is accused of the brutal murder of Vicky Ten Hoven. (photos PCSO/Facebook)

The man accused of killing his grandmother earlier this year will undergo a mental examination to determine his competency to stand trial.

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Dwight Callahan ordered Marcos Jerell Martinez to a “full Rule 11 examination” in court Wednesday morning.

Martinez, with a full beard and long hair, appeared in a brown jumpsuit for his hearing May 2, but his cooperation with counsel has apparently been an issue.

Callahan recently approved a motion by the defense team to visit with their client at the door of his jail cell after concerns were filed that Martinez repeatedly “denies or refuses” to meet with attorneys, according to court documents filed in April.

The first-degree murder suspect submitted to a rule 11 pre-screening in March where a doctor recommended a full examination.

The state and the public defender’s office both nominated psychologists to fulfill the order.

Those results are expected to be reviewed in court June 27 at 9 a.m.

After the mental examination review hearing this summer, attorneys for Martinez are expected to file a motion to remand the case to a second grand jury for a new probable cause determination.

A grand jury indicted Martinez in February of premediated first-degree murder, punishable by death or life in prison, after the Maricopa Police Department forwarded additional charges of tampering with evidence and unlawful use of means of transportation in the same case. Martinez is held in the Pinal County Detention Center on a $1 million secured bond.

Martinez stands accused in the Jan. 28 blunt-force trauma death of Vicky Ten Hoven in Rancho El Dorado.


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Humberto Martinez-Herrera. PCSO photo

A domestic dispute in the Villages resulted in an arrest after police reportedly discovered a semi-automatic rifle and other firearms in the home of a prohibited possessor.

Officers with the Maricopa Police Department arrested Humberto Martinez-Herrera, 39, April 23 at approximately 11 p.m. after his wife placed an emergency call alleging her husband was intoxicated in their garage and was refusing to turn down the volume of his music.

Martinez-Herrera is reportedly a felon who is not permitted to own firearms, according to an MPD report.

Upon arrival on West Oster Drive, law enforcement interviewed Martinez-Herrera in the garage where he gave police permission to search for the guns. The report alleges MPD found one AR-15 rifle, one scoped rifle, one shotgun and a loaded pistol “within (Martinez-Herrera)’s reach in the garage.”

Police also discovered several rounds of ammunition in plain view, according to the report. Martinez-Herrera originally told police the guns belonged to his brother.

The report states he admitted to never restoring his right to possess firearms.

Martinez-Herrera eventually told police he purchased the AR-15 at a local gun show and recently fired it at a local gun range, according to the report.

The suspect’s wife also provided a digital image to officers that purportedly showed Martinez-Herrera shooting the rifle at the range.

Police forwarded one class 4 felony charge of weapons misconduct against Martinez-Herrera for “possessing a deadly weapon or prohibited weapon if such person is a prohibited possessor.”


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A man initially accused of firing a weapon toward The Duke at Rancho El Dorado was cited and released Wednesday.

Identified as Arbray Beshear, he was taken into custody at his home in Desert Park Court when a neighbor complained he was shooting a gun from the back side of his house. Maricopa Police determined the weapon was a pellet rifle, according to MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

Beshear, described in his 70s, was cited with as-yet-unidentified misdemeanor charges and not booked after officers discussed the case with the Pinal County Attorney’s office, Alvarado said.

A neighbor called police Wednesday morning with a report of shots fired near the golf course and also alleged Beshear had made threats when told to stop shooting. MPD responded by blocking streets in the area of the incident until they made contact with Beshear and took him into custody.

Undray Crew (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa man is facing multiple charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after he reportedly stripped his clothes and ran through a neighbor’s backyard in Senita last week.

The incident began April 18 when officers responded to a domestic dispute on North Tonya Street at 9:40 a.m.

Family members told police Undray Crew, 40, had been violent toward his brother and mother. Crew was also accused of attempting to throw a metal bench into the family home’s sliding glass door and shattering a side window with his fist.

A Maricopa Police Department report stated Crew disrobed and left the residence when he got word law enforcement was on its way.

Crew then allegedly jumped a neighbor’s fence and ran through the backyard.

MPD received “multiple” calls about a man running nude, including one neighbor who reported to be “alarmed by the sight of (Crew’s) nakedness.”

Police forwarded 10 charges against Crew, including two counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal damage, six counts of disorderly conduct and one count of indecent exposure.

Photo by Mason Callejas

A garage fire threatened a home at 46058 W. Morning View Lane.

According to Deputy Fire Marshal Eddie Rodriguez, two people were in the house and made it out safely. There is still a search for four animals.

The fire call came in at 10:09 a.m. It was initially reported as a vehicle fire. A dozen fire and medical units responded to the scene. Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said 11 MPD units responded.

MFMD Assistant Chief John Storm said the American Red Cross and a local church are provided aid to the residents.

 

Joshua Paulsen (left) and County Attorney Kent Volkmer present Tyler Pappas with an award during Crime Victims Rights Week. Photo by Michelle Chance

Tyler Pappas grew up admiring his grandfather’s career in law enforcement and consumed his stories of comradery and bravery.

“It kind of stuck with me,” he said.

Pappas, now 26 years old, recently concluded his first year as an officer with the Maricopa Police Department.

His rookie year on the force has not gone without notice. In fact, it’s being celebrated.

Pappas was one of 11 law enforcement personnel recognized by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office April 10 at the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Law Enforcement Appreciation event.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 8-14.

“He definitely has an extra something special,” said Mary Witkofski, MPD Community Programs Manager.

Witkofski presented an award to Pappas for his compassionate behavior toward crime victims.

Pappas regularly stops by MPD’s victim services unit to fill a bag with stuffed animals and care items for adolescent crime victims, Witkofski told a room filled with county officers, prosecutors and Sheriff Mark Lamb.

The acts of kindness are something Pappas learned from a Chandler Police officer who comforted him as a child when he was exposed to his father’s alleged abusive behavior toward his mother.

Tyler Pappas. Photo by Michelle Chance

“Seeing that growing up gives me an edge and an insight on how to deal with other people that have been in my shoes,” Pappas said after the ceremony.

The officer who helped Pappas as a child left a lasting impression.

“(Pappas) is paying the acts forward from what he received as a child, and that’s so inspirational,” Witkofski said.

The young lawman is already excelling in his career in ways beyond his recent accolade.

Pappas said he recently made MPD’s Special Response Team.

He encourages crime victims who may be weary of law enforcement to give officers a chance.

“Reach out to us and let us show our true heart and our true side,” Pappas said. “Yes, we wear the uniform, but we’re human as well. We all go through stuff in life.”

Mary Witkofski. Photo by Michelle Chance

Police informed a local homeowner last week that two people had been illegally living in a structure attached to their home in the Heritage District.

It’s not known how long Crystal Tow, 37, and Carl Schwarz, 36, allegedly lived in the “storage closet” on North Condrey Avenue, but now they are both facing trespassing charges.

The couple had not been discovered until April 5 when the Maricopa Police Department responded to a report of possible trespassing. That’s when officers purportedly found Tow and Schwarz arguing in the backyard of the residence around 6:45 a.m.

“Carl stated he and Crystal had been living in the attached storage closet in the back of the home, as they had been kicked out of their previous residence,” the police report stated.

Drugs allegedly also were discovered.

A search of Tow’s purse and backpack revealed syringes and glass pipes, two of which tested positive for fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to the report.

Police allege Tow admitted to using methamphetamine the morning of her arrest and knowing she and Schwarz did not have permission to live on the property.

The homeowner was unaware of the uninvited guests because the house was uninhabited while it underwent renovations.

MPD forwarded first-degree criminal trespassing charges – class 6 felonies — against Tow and Schwarz after their arrests at approximately 7:33 a.m.

Tow is also tagged with additional charges of third-degree burglary, a class 4 felony; possession of a dangerous drug, a class 4 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class 6 felony.

Both were later transported to the Pinal County Jail.