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Dustin Meyer (PCSO photo)

A 22-year-old man was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault after being accused of choking his girlfriend three times.

Maricopa Police were called to the home on West Cowpath Drive at around 1 a.m. Tuesday. There, a woman told officers Dustin Meyer had tried to strangle her after an argument.

Meyer stated he was attacked first and was trying to defend himself.

The woman told police they got into an argument after Meyer refused to leave the house. She said the argument ended up in her bedroom with Meyer pinning her down on the bed while putting both of his hands around her throat. She said he choked her three times and she could not breathe.

According to the report, she used a key to defend herself, “digging her key into multiple locations of Dustin’s body.”

The woman reported diminished hearing in her left ear and a headache. Police noted abrasions on Meyer.

Police took Meyer into custody on an anticipated charge of aggravated assault per domestic violence.

Matthew Padzunas (PCSO)

Matthew Padzunas, 38, was arrested and jailed June 5 after he allegedly threw water on his wife.

He was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. at the couple’s home on West Windrose Drive when officers responded to a complaint about a possible domestic altercation.

“Officers arrived on scene and made contact with Matthew (Padzunas) and his wife at the front door,” a Maricopa Police officer wrote in their probable cause statement. “Upon initially speaking to her, I observed her to be covered in water on her head and her shirt.”

She told officers they were involved in a verbal argument about him wanting her to move out for good. Padzunas told police they were arguing about bills and other things.

“When she stopped talking to him and would not answer him, he threw water on her from a bottle in the kitchen,” the police report reads. “Matthew advised he did this because it was sort of a ‘wake up call’ so she would answer him and not ignore him.”

The report states he was placed under arrest in the couple’s front yard without incident on an initial charge of disorderly conduct.

Padzunas was in Pinal County Jail for two days. According to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, no complaint was filed against Padzunas in 48 hours, and he was released.

Kathryn Sinkevitch was sentenced to life with no possibility of parole for the murder of Michael Agerter at his rental home on Sagebrush Trail in Rancho El Dorado Dec. 16, 2016.

Kathryn Sinkevitch will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Thursday, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White handed down a “natural life” in prison sentence to Sinkevitch after she was convicted May 7 of the first-degree murder of Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016.

With a sentence of natural life in prison, she is not eligible for commutation, parole, work furlough, work release or release from confinement on any basis.

It is one of the harshest penalties in the State of Arizona, second only to the death penalty.

Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Prosecutors maintain the murder occurred because Sinkevitch did not want to share custody of the child with Agerter and the two were involved in a court battle, including DNA testing. Agerter, 31, was murdered just hours after submitting DNA samples at LabCorp.

After a little more than a day of deliberations, the jury handed down its decision.

Sinkevitch, 35, appeared for her sentencing Thursday morning wearing a maroon jail uniform, with her long blond hair down and pulled back in a pony tail.

The victim’s mother and father, who live in Ohio, spoke to the court before her sentence was announced.

Michael’s father, Mark Agerter, said the murder of his son was one of the most cowardly acts he has seen in his 60 years on the planet.

“For 35 years, I have taught and coached high school kids and had many opportunities to speak. I have prepared a script though it will not be as eloquent or as colorful in vocabulary as he (Michael) might have done,” Mark said.

He said that since Sinkevitch was found guilty on May 7, many people have “congratulated” him on the verdict. He said the word congratulations is not the right word for the situation. He said Sinkevitch’s actions may not have created a circumstance where there could be a winner.

“The end of Mike’s life did not fit the type of person that he ever was,” his father said. “A few days following (his murder), there were comments on social media from Ms. Sinkevitch’s family members that Mike got exactly what he deserved. This is very disconcerting and did not come from someone who knew Mike.”

He said he has never found anyone who knew Michael that would describe his son in any other way than as a true and sincere person.

As his father spoke, Sinkevitch just sat silently and stared at the back of his head.

“There was absolutely no reason that the events that occurred on Dec. 16, 2016, should have ever happened,” Mark Agerter said. “Mike, from a young age, tended not to be fearful of anything. It showed in everything he did from climbing trees that were too tall as a kid to his efforts playing college football.”

Two armed, female sheriff’s office guards stood very close to Sinkevitch as Agerter spoke.

“Mike truly wanted things to be right for his son,” he said. “After all, he loved children. Unfortunately, he was never allowed to meet his son. There is a reason that we must have prisons. Someone who would act in a very unconscionable and cowardly manner to take a life, like the one taken in that garage in Maricopa, Arizona, on Dec. 16, 2016, must not have the freedom to make that decision ever again.”

He thanked the Pinal County prosecutors in the case, led by Shawn Jensvold and David Ahl and Christine Forbes. He also thanked the Maricopa Police Department for all their hard work.

“Kathryn Sinkevitch may have chosen to take Mike’s life, but she will never kill his spirit. His spirit lives on forever. His family will be sure that the little boy that we call Christopher will be the most loved little boy on the planet,” Mark said referring to his grandson, of whom Michael’s parents have custody.

Michael’s mother, Leslie Agerter, also addressed the court.

She told White about her murdered son and his relationships to his siblings

She spoke about her son’s deep relationship with siblings and family. She talked about her son’s many selfless acts of kindness to family, friends and total strangers.

She also spoke about how her daughter was on the phone with Michael when he was murdered.

“She was his friend but most of all he was her big brother,” Leslie said. “She listened to Michael utter his final words and take his dying breath after Sinkevitch ambushed him in his garage.”

She said no one is perfect and Mike was no exception.

“He may not have been perfect, but he was a gentleman,” she said. “At the first incident of violence against him, he should have been out the door. Instead he stayed. He gave me a whole laundry list of reasons why he shouldn’t leave the relationship. They all revolved around her, and him wanting to make sure she could take care of herself.”

Leslie Agerter said at first her son wouldn’t leave Sinkevitch because she didn’t have a job and he was worried she couldn’t support herself. After she got a job, she said Michael stayed in the relationship to make sure she could get to work because she didn’t have transportation.

She said Sinkevitch used her son’s car to get back and forth to work while he stayed home and worked.

“And finally, when he thought she could be self-sufficient, and he was ready to leave, she became pregnant,” she said. “We are left to raise our son’s son. We decided to call him Christopher in honor of one of Mike’s longest valued friendships. Her rights as a parent have been legally terminated. My son is gone. How are we to explain to his son her actions when he is old enough to understand? I hope I am strong enough and given the wisdom when that inevitable day arrives.”

Both the prosecutors and defense attorney Bret Huggins agreed there is little choice but to give Sinkevitch a natural life sentence.

Huggins told the court he had already filed an appeal and asked to be withdrawn as defense council for Sinkevitch. He asked the court to appoint another defense attorney to handle the case in the future.

White asked Sinkevitch to stand and asked if she had anything to say to the court and she only replied, “No.”

The judge then sentenced her to serve the rest of her natural life in prison with credit for already serving 896 days in custody.

A Curious Coincidence

Leslie Agerter said there is an ironic twist to the murder of her son, something she learned after Sinkevitch was convicted of the murder.

“In a roundabout way it brings everything full circle,” she said. “In December of 1984, Mark and I drove his sister to her new home in Houston, Texas. We decided to attend the Blue Bonnet Bowl between TCU and West Virginia. We watched the West Virginia quarterback lead his team to an astounding victory. On that same trip, I discovered I was pregnant with Michael and here today, 34 years later, we stand before that same quarterback who now presides over the state’s astounding victory over Sinkevitch.”

The quarterback of West Virginia at the Blue Bonnet Bowl in 1984 was Judge Kevin White.

 

Devin Hardman was arrested by Maricopa Police for possession of a narcotic drug, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer stopped to assist him on May 29 at 1:22 a.m.

In a police probable cause statement, the officer wrote, “I observed a vehicle with its lights on stopped on the side of the road near Wolf Drive and Powers Boulevard. I parked my patrol vehicle behind the white and color vehicle … and conducted a welfare check. I observed four occupants inside the vehicle. As I approached the vehicle I observed smoke coming out of the driver’s side window.”

The officer approached the vehicle and identified Hardman as the driver.

“At this time, a strong odor of burnt marijuana was emanating from inside the vehicle,” the officer wrote in the report.

After asking all occupants of the vehicle if they had a medical marijuana card, Hardman was read his Miranda rights and allegedly disclosed there was marijuana inside the vehicle and that all four of them were smoking it, according to the report.

Hardman said the marijuana belonged to him.

Wayne Edwards was arrested by Maricopa Police on charges of aggravated domestic violence assault, aggravated domestic violence and assault May 31 about 4 p.m.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, about 5:41 p.m. police responded to a residence on West Cydnee Drive about an assault.

A woman reported that her husband, Edwards, attacked her while attempting to get her car keys. Though Edwards denied it, the woman had an injured right wrist according to the police report. She also participated in a sexual assault examination performed by a nurse.

Police discovered Edwards had previously been arrested on domestic violence charges six separate times in the past 84 months.

Elisia Uglade (PCSO)

A woman was charged with possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia May 29 during a traffic stop by Maricopa Police about 4 p.m.

According to a police probable cause statement, two officers stopped a silver Chrysler minivan for a civil traffic violation in the AutoZone parking lot on North John Wayne Parkway. Elisia Ugalde, 33, was identified as the driver of the vehicle based on her Ak-Chin Tribal Identification Card.

An officer located a small clear baggie which contained methamphetamine inside her bra, according to the police report. Ugalde told police she took it from another passenger inside the vehicle, so he would not get into trouble.

She was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

During a search of the vehicle, police found Edgar Espinoza lying in the rear portion of the van. Espinoza was wanted on a warrant out of the Western Pinal Justice Court with a bond of $500 required. He was placed into handcuffs.

During a later search police found tinfoil in his front left pants pockets with evidence of a black burnt residue consistent with smoking methamphetamine. Officers also found a glass pipe in the vehicle they believe was used for smoking methamphetamine.

Espinoza, 26, was booked into the Pinal County Jail on the warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kenneth Lewis (PCSO)

May 23, charges against a suspected home invader were enhanced due to aggravating factors.

Kenneth Lewis, 43, was shot by a Maricopa homeowner after he allegedly broke into three houses April 4 in the Cobblestone Farms subdivision. The residents of two of the three houses were home at the time.

Aggravating factors listed by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office include “the taking or damage to property in an amount sufficient to be an aggravating circumstance, physical, emotional or financial harm to a victim and at least one of the victims was 65 or older or a disabled person.”

Initial charges against Lewis were criminal damage (recklessly defacing or damaging property of another person) and three counts of second-degree burglary.

Lewis was shot in the shoulder after allegedly breaking into the third house.

One of the victims from the first house Lewis allegedly broke into, Erik Keen, stopped Lewis after he was shot and exiting the third house. He held him on the driveway of the house where Lewis was shot until police arrived.

Maricopa Police released video footage of two police officer body cameras when they arrived at the scene late last week. Some images may be disturbing.

The homeowner shot at Lewis twice, hitting him once. The homeowner was not charged for the shooting, as police believe it was self-defense.

Lewis remains in the Pinal County Jail on a $5,000 bond and will be back in court June 7 for a pretrial conference.

 

Gregory Flood Jr. (PCSO)

 

Those carrying marijuana might want to re-think calling the police for a ride across town, especially if wanted on warrants.

On foot along North Porter Road about 10 minutes before 11 p.m. on Saturday, a man identifying himself as Sean Stevens called the Maricopa Police and said he was “being chased by unknown suspects.”

Upon arrival, a Maricopa Police officer spoke to the man, who again said his name was Sean, “and advised me he was being chased by two unknown people, with an unknown description. Sean requested a courtesy ride to his residence on West Hayden Drive,” according to a police report.

“I provided Sean a courtesy ride to his residence and knocked on the front door,” the police officer wrote in a probable cause statement. “I made contact with a resident, who advised me no one by the name of Sean Stevens lived at the residence.”

The resident came to the police car and identified “so-called Sean” as Gregory Flood Jr.

Flood was wanted on two warrants from Maricopa Municipal Court with bond amounts of $817 and $458. As Flood was placed under arrest, the police officer searched him and located a green “Traffic” cigarette box in his possession, according to the probable cause statement.

“I recognized the odor of marijuana emanating from this box, so I searched the box and found what I recognized as a joint containing a green leafy substance,” the officer wrote.

Flood allegedly admitted to officers it was marijuana. Tests proved it was, according to police reports. Flood was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail on the warrants and one count of possession of marijuana.

 

Rashawn Grady (PCSO)

Rashawn Grady, 23, is accused of taking a child’s belt after threatening him with a concealed handgun on May 25.

He is held in the Pinal County Jail on a $100,500 bond and charged with armed robbery and shoplifting.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, two juveniles reported being victims of an armed robbery on North John Wayne Parkway and Smith-Enke Road about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

“The juveniles stated the suspect, later identified as Rashawn (Grady), pulled up next to them and asked if they wanted any weed,” a police officer wrote in their report. “They said they told Rashawn no and Rashawn then got out of the vehicle and told (name redacted) to give him his belt.”

The report described the vehicle as being “in traffic” when the driver stopped and got out of the car to approach the juveniles. According to the report, three witnesses then saw Grady lift his shirt and expose a concealed handgun in his waistband. They said Grady took the belt and drove away.

The minors, whose ages are not given, were able to give police a description of the man and the car he was driving, an older silver Nissan Altima. Grady was located at Bashas’ grocery store based on their description.

During an interview with police, Grady was initially inconsistent about the encounter, according to the report, but eventually admitted to having contact with the juveniles.

“Rashawn said he did not rob the juvenile,” the police officer wrote in their report. “Rashawn said the juvenile was a ‘b—h’ and gave him the belt when he asked. Rashawn would not admit to having a gun and would redirect the question when asked.”

Also, when police contacted Grady at Bashas’, he was found to have taken a full cart of groceries from the store without paying for them, leading to the shoplifting charge.

He was arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail for booking. He was also wanted on a felony warrant out of Maricopa County with a $500 bond amount.

Dontai Sweat (PCSO)

A Maricopa man was charged with misconduct involving weapons May 24 when Maricopa Police found a knife on him after he stated he did not have any weapons during a traffic stop.

On May 24, Dontai Sweat, 33, reported to family members that “he was being chased by the mafia,” according to a police probable cause statement. Prior to the arrival of the police, dispatch ran a wants-and-warrants check, finding he was wanted on a warrant out of Casa Grande with a $200 bond. He also had a suspended driver’s license.

When police arrived, they saw Sweat drive away from the scene and located him a short time later at the intersection of Van Loo and Kennedy Court in Rancho El Dorado.

He initially refused to exit the vehicle when directed by police, according to the report, and officers asked him if he had weapons. He said he did not.

After he consented to a search, police allegedly found “a fixed blade knife, approximately 4 inches in length, in his front left pants pocket.”

He was placed under arrest for misconduct involving weapons as well as the warrant out of Casa Grande. He was later booked into Pinal County Jail.

On Saturday afternoon Rudolph Simarro was arrested by Maricopa Police for Driving under the influence of alcohol and domestic violence disorderly conduct.

“Rudolph (Simarro) was stopped for failing to stop for the stop sign coming from McCord Drive onto Duncan Drive,” an officer wrote in their probable cause statement. “As I was speaking with Rudolph, a reporting party called Maricopa Police and reported a vehicle matching the description of Rudolph’s vehicle was seen driving erratically on West Neely Drive.”

Simarro told officers he had been in a verbal argument with his daughter and an officer noticed he had scratches on his arm. He told police they were from a brush with a bush.

The officer asked him to step out of the vehicle and noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Simarro allegedly told police he had two beers.

A field test was conducted, and officers observed two indicators of impairment.

While tests were taking place on Simarro, another team of officers went to where his daughter was located on West Neely Drive.

She told police Simarro was driving erratically up and down Neely Drive and left skid marks on the roadway and curb.

She said that he tried to get into the house, but she wouldn’t let him in “due to him misbehaving due to being drunk.”

She told police he had been staying at her house for the past month and that he attempted to break into the house when she wouldn’t let him inside, eventually getting in and physically fighting with her, her mother and a brother.

She said Simarro left once but returned, “to collect his items but got into physical altercations again.”

Simarro was arrested and charged with DUI with a blood alcohol content in excess of 0.08 and domestic violence disorderly conduct.

Shortly after midnight on May 12, Maricopa Police contacted Nathan Dickerson and his girlfriend sitting in a vehicle near Rosa Drive and Miranda Way.

An officer asked Dickerson if he had any alcohol in the vehicle.

“Nathan (Dickerson) stated, ‘No,’ and then he reached in his pocket and gave officers a small baggie of cocaine,” an MPD probable cause statement reads. “Nathan, a short time later, disclosed that there was a plate and rolled-up dollar bill with cocaine on them. A search of the pickup truck was done and a white plate with a white powdery substance on it and a rolled bill nearby with white residue on it. Field testing was completed and showed positive for cocaine.”

Dickerson was charged with suspicion of possession of a dangerous drug, cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to MPD, and released at the scene.

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Michael Dematteo, 37, was arrested by Maricopa Police Monday on suspicion of having dangerous drugs, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

About 2 p.m. a Maricopa Police officer was on patrol near Meghan Drive and Arizona Avenue when they identified a green van travelling at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to get behind the van to run a license registration and “as soon as I pulled behind the vehicle it sped up and ran the stop sign,” the officer wrote in a probable cause statement.

The van stopped when the officer engaged their vehicle’s emergency lights.

Dematteo was identified as the driver of the van. He was wanted on a City of Maricopa warrant with a $500 bond.

During a search, officers allegedly located a broken pipe that appeared to be a methamphetamine pipe. A white substance was identified inside the pipe which later tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

He was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail. He remains there pending the posting of a $2,500 secured bond and a $200 cash only bond.

Anthony Moore (PCSO photo)

Anthony Moore, 21, of Maricopa, wanted to fight the employees of a fast-food restaurant Monday morning but he went to jail instead.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause report, the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant on North John Wayne Parkway called police just before 10 a.m. The manager said there was a disruptive man in the restaurant who was trying to fight with employees.

“Once the male exited the store, the male grabbed a rock and threw it at the entrance door, shattering the door,” an officer wrote in the report.

One of the employees said the man who threw the rock was her ex-boyfriend. Employees said the man was yelling, “F— you, I am a gangster; you are afraid to call the police.”

The employees also told police the man was the driver of a black Lexus that was registered to Moore, who lived on West Alamendras in Maricopa. Officers located Moore at his home and promptly secured him in the back seat of a patrol car.

“During the ride back to the station, Anthony (Moore) stated, ‘I didn’t know the rock would break the glass.’ Once back at the police station, I asked Anthony if he was cursing at employees. Anthony stated he does not curse or get mad, he gets ‘paper.’ I asked what that meant, Anthony says he gets paid,” the report reads.

Moore was charged with criminal damage, disorderly conduct and driving while suspended. He was booked into the Pinal County Jail.

Michael Johnson (PCSO photo)

 

Michael L. Johnson was arrested by Maricopa Police Friday morning after he allegedly bit his girlfriend during an altercation.

According to an MPD report, a verbal argument was going on between Johnson and his live-in girlfriend at 4 a.m. on the backyard patio of their residence on West Cydnee Drive.

“During the argument, Michael (Johnson) took her LG cellphone from her hands,” the probable cause report reads.

She attempted to get the phone back, and a physical altercation began.

“During the physical altercation, Michael bit her on her left arm near elbow, causing minor redness in the shape of a bite mark,” the report reads.

She told officers after the physical altercation, Johnson threw her phone on the ground and broke the screen. Johnson told officers the phone accidently fell during their physical altercation.

“Michael stated he took the phone because it’s the only thing he has control over her with,” the report reads

Johnson was booked into the Pinal County Jail.

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Thursday afternoon, a 2-year-old boy was found at the bottom of a pool in the Senita subdivision.

The child apparently got out of the back door of a house on Cowpath Road around 5 p.m. and fell into a pool that was not fenced, according to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

The boy’s mother dove into the pool and pulled the child out. The mother also gave him CPR and revived him.

The child was awake and alert when police and fire and medical personnel arrived at the scene. The child was taken to the hospital.

Alvarado said he is doing fine this morning.

Family thanks all who helped in 'two-year ordeal'

Kathryn Sinkevitch was convicted of murder Tuesday after a day of jury deliberations.

Despite defense attorney Bret Huggins claims, prosecutors do not believe there are grounds to appeal the conviction of  Kathryn Sinkevitch.

“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict because it is entirely consistent with the evidence presented at trial,” Pinal County Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Bureau Chief Shawn Jensvold said after  Sinkevitch was found guilty of first-degree murder this week.

Immediately after the verdict on Tuesday, Sinkevitch’s counsel made it clear they intend to appeal.

A jury convicted 34-year-old Sinkevitch in the 2016 death of Michael Agerter in Maricopa. Jensvold and Deputy County Attorney David Ahl led the prosecution.

“The evidence, which was both direct and circumstantial, pointed directly to Sinkevitch, and there is no reason to suspect that anyone else killed Michael,” Jensvold said.

The Agerter family released a statement through the Pinal County Attorney’s Office:

“On behalf of Mike’s friends and family, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone involved in achieving this verdict. From the first officer on site that continuously talked to Mike even though it was clear he was gone, through the ranks to Detective [Michael] Dennison, Deputy County Attorneys David Ahl and Shawn Jensvold, we thank you. The behind-the-scenes effort, work and support given by Paralegal Christine Forbes and Victim Advocate Sonia Campos were incredibly invaluable to our family throughout this two-year ordeal. The team spent countless hours away from their families so ours would finally attain peace. Also, to the jurors who were tasked with making the painful decision of enacting justice for Mike. He took every legal precaution to protect himself and was trying to do the same for his child. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. Mike’s attempt to protect the child he never met escalated her aggression towards him, ultimately leading to his death.”

On Dec. 16, 2016, the City of Maricopa Police Department received multiple 911 calls of shots fired at a home on Sagebrush Trail in Rancho El Dorado. When police arrived on scene they discovered 31-year-old Agerter shot in the head and back. Agerter was seated in his car, parked in his garage.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police soon discovered Agerter was on the phone with his younger sister at the time he was murdered.

Agerter had a home surveillance system at his residence. After watching some recorded footage, detectives saw what appeared to be a female subject walking quickly from a white minivan parked diagonally across the street from Agerter’s house just after he pulled into his garage.

The subject was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and shoes, gloves and carrying papers in one hand with a bag draped over her shoulder. The subject was outside the views of the cameras briefly, then reappeared and scurried back across the street to the white minivan and sped away. Police ran a background check on Agerter and discovered that he had been in several legal disputes with Sinkevitch.

Agerter and Sinkevitch were romantically involved until they broke up in March 2016. In April 2016, Agerter was granted an order of protection in Maricopa County Superior Court against Sinkevitch. Records show Agerter made efforts to conceal his new address from Sinkevitch. Police also discovered Agerter filed a motion to establish paternity and requested parenting time with his and Sinkevitch’s son, who was born in October.

Agerter never saw his son before he was murdered, and the paternity results later confirmed he was the boy’s father.

During the investigation, police tracked Sinkevitch to a residence belonging to her friend and co-worker. Sinkevitch’s gray Mitsubishi Mirage and her co-worker’s white Chrysler Town and Country were parked outside the residence.

The van appeared identical to the van seen on Agerter’s home surveillance system.

Sinkevitch’s co-worker denied driving to Maricopa during the afternoon of Agerter’s murder. Sinkevitch claimed she was at work all day. However, upon reviewing workplace surveillance video, detectives discovered Sinkevitch had left in the middle of the day.

Police confirmed Sinkevitch had ample time to drive to Agerter’s house, commit the murder and return to work. Police arrested Sinkevitch in Avondale on Dec. 21, 2016, after receiving a tip. Witnesses told police Sinkevitch owned a handgun, but a gun was never located.

“We agree with defense counsel’s assessment that the defendant received a fair trial. As reflected by the fact that they deliberated over two days before returning a verdict, it is clear that the jurors took their responsibilities very seriously. However, we disagree that any legal errors were committed during the trial that are likely to result in the defendant’s conviction being overturned on appeal,” Jensvold said.

Sinkevitch will be sentenced on June 6, at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse. With capital punishment off the table, at that time she will receive a natural life sentence.

Seth Post, 26, was arrested by Maricopa Police May 2 on accusations of forgery, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to a police probable cause statement, a man reported two of his checks were missing on May 1 and on the morning of May 2 one of them cleared his bank and was written for $110.

The check was written in payment to Post, who is his stepson.

The man provided copies of the allegedly forged check to Maricopa Police. Officers determined the signature on the check did not match the account holders signature.

The man also discovered his debit card had been used to pay for an Uber ride on April 28 for $39.74.

Post was contacted by police at Copper Sky Park and allegedly admitted to taking the checks and attempting to cash one, according to the probable cause statement. He also admitted to the use of the card to pay Uber, the report states.

 

Ruben Alcocer, 25, was arrested April 29 on an aggravated charge of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), having a blood alcohol level of .20 or more and failure to give officers a truthful name.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, Alcocer was driving north on Porter Road about 11 p.m. and speeding. An officer believed he was going about 65 in a 45-mph zone.

The officer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Porter and Homestead Drive.

The officer said the driver told law enforcement his name was Henry Alcocer. During the investigation, the officer determined his name was Ruben, not Henry.

“While speaking with Ruben, I could smell a strong order of intoxicating liquor coming from the vehicle. I asked Ruben how much he had to drink, and Ruben stated ‘nothing.’ I asked Ruben to exit the vehicle,” the officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

After giving Alcocer field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Maricopa Police Department and advised of his Miranda warnings.

Alcocer allegedly admitted to drinking at the casino and said he had consumed seven Blue Moon beers, according to the probable cause statement. Alcocer also said he knew his driver’s license was suspended for unpaid parking tickets and that he had a prior arrest for DUI on March 1, 2017.

 

Kathryn Sinkevitch is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend Michael Agerter in Maricopa.

Monday the jury heard closing arguments and received instructions in the murder trial of Kathryn Sinkevitch at Pinal County Superior Court.

Sinkevitch is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016. Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Prosecutors maintain the murder was because Sinkevitch did not want to share custody of the child with Agerter and the two were involved in a court battle, including DNA testing.

Agerter was murdered just hours after submitting DNA samples at Labcore.

“The defense wants you to believe it could have been anyone who have committed this murder,” prosecutor Shawn Jensvold told the jury. “The person who executed Michael would have known that he was coming home that afternoon. That person also must have had some severe hatred of Michael. Execution, that’s what happened. It doesn’t make sense that it was just anyone who did this.”

Jensvold said Sinkevitch intended to kill Agerter. “That is the essence of first-degree murder.”

He said it wasn’t just one piece of evidence in this case that showed guilt but a culmination of evidence.

Jensvold discussed motive and Agerter’s unwillingness to be a part of his son’s life in the beginning but later changing his mind.

Agerter even filed for custody, and this angered Sinkevitch, according to Jensvold.

“She was so consumed with hatred for Michael … She decided murder was her only option,” Jensvold said.

The prosecutor also discussed opportunity and knowledge. He said Sinkevitch knew Agerter was to undergo DNA testing and also knew his appointment was at 1:30 p.m. that day. She left from work to murder him just an hour after receiving information about when his DNA tests were to be done, according to Jensvold.

He discussed Sinkevitch’s plan to commit the murder, saying that was why she didn’t use her work identification badge to open doors that day and used a friend’s vehicle to commit the murder.

“Why was Kathryn so careless?” Jensvold asked the jury. “How reasonable was Kathryn’s mindset at this time? The bitterness stayed with Kathryn, and she wasn’t thinking clearly.  A reasonable rational person doesn’t commit murder in the first place. He (Agerter) didn’t want her to know where he lived, and she hired a private investigator to get that information.”

He discussed DNA, soil sample and gunshot residue tests that were inconclusive.

He said the person on video at Agerter’s house was similar in stature to Sinkevitch, and the van in the video was also similar to the one Sinkevitch used that day.

Jensvold said Sinkevitch lied about what she did the day of the murder and said she didn’t take a lunch. She clearly is seen on camera leaving work that day for about three hours.

“Consider all the evidence in light of reason, common sense and experience,” Jensvold told the jury. “This can’t just be anyone. The real question is to flip it around – who else could it be besides the defendant? Who else had the motive? No one that we know of. None of the evidence has suggested that in any way. Who else had the opportunity? Who else knew specifically where Michael was going to be after returning from Labcore at 1:30? Who else would be so consumed with their hatred of Michael and self-absorbed to the point that they were willing to execute Michael and leave his family with a picture like this that they have to remember him by?”

He said normal people participate in the legal process when they have a custody problem like this.

“You don’t just go out and execute them in their garage,” Jensvold said in closing.

The defense then had their turn at closing arguments.

“This case is a circumstantial case. There is no direct evidence. There is no direct witness against Kathryn Sinkevitch,” defense attorney Bret Huggins said in his closing arguments.

Huggins said DNA is the gold standard of evidence and two DNA experts testified Sinkevitch’s DNA was not found anywhere on any evidence in the entire case.

Huggins said investigators never tested the van for gunshot residue, only two pieces of clothing that were in the van and only three microns of gunshot residue were found. A micro is 1/20 the size of a human hair he said.

Huggins said the state clearly has not proven their case against Sinkevitch.

The DNA that was found on a hair in the van didn’t match Sinkevitch, Huggins noted.

Huggins said there was no forensic firearms information available in the case. He said the soil samples in the case don’t match. He said they don’t know what size shoe made a shoeprint at the murder scene.

Huggins maintained that Sinkevitch didn’t drive the van seen at the murder scene in videos.

“Is that guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, is it?” Huggins asked the jury.

Huggins also questioned the credibility of the witnesses in this case.

“Some witnesses are just not credible,” Huggins said.

He said the case against Sinkevitch doesn’t fall together. Huggins concluded that Sinkevitch has been left with the burden to prove she didn’t commit the murder but in fact it is the state’s burden to prove she did it.

“Who caused the death of Michael Agerter?” Huggins said.

Huggins cautioned the jury to maintain their individual judgment about the case and not to be swayed by the thoughts of other jury members during deliberations.

“Too often juries become a committee of one,” Huggins said. “You get 12 people in there, a foreman is chosen and everybody else quits having any participation. The jury system doesn’t work that way. We need all of you to participate.  We are entitled to your individual judgment.”

While giving the state’s final rebuttal, prosecutor David Ahl said there is no distinction between direct and circumstantial evidence.

“There’s no dispute the defendant owned a gun, yet no gun was ever found in her apartment,” Ahl said. “None of this evidence proves that Kaythryn Sinkevith wasn’t the shooter.”

He said there is no reasonable doubt who killed Agerter.

“There is no real possibility that it was someone else on Dec. 16 who jumped from that van to kill Michael Agerter,” Ahl told the jury. “For that to be true that it was someone else, Kathryn Sinkevitch would have had to have left work in Bridgett Hopkins’ van for no reason whatsoever after not clocking out, despite having her own car there. Just under an hour after leaving work her phone would have had to go dead. In this period, with her cellphone turned off for two hours, Michael Agerter was murdered. Michael Agerter was murdered just over an hour after she turned off her cellphone.”

Ahl said Sinkevitch had the motive and opportunity to kill Agerter.

“She planned it out and tried to hide her tracks,” Ahl said. “After it was over you have her telling lies that she was at work all day. You have her searching her computer on how to turn off 911 tracking on her phone. This defendant was not ready to share her child with its father because it would make her life more difficult.”

About 3 p.m. Monday, Judge Kevin D. White gave the jury their final instructions and sent them to deliberate Sinkevitch’s fate after three of the 15 jurors were selected as alternates and physically excused.

Francisco Salazar (PCSO photo)

Francisco Salazar, 30 of Maricopa, was arrested April 28 by Maricopa Police on charges of molestation of a child and sexual conduct with a minor.

According to an MPD probable cause report, a woman contacted police saying Salazar sexually assaulted her daughter “as recently as a few days ago at their residence.”

Apparently, according to the report, Salazar admitted having sex with the minor to at least three people.

“A forensic medical exam was conducted at the San Tan Family Advocacy Center, where the forensic nurse noted an abdominal vaginal exam,” the report states. During a forensic interview it was determined “this had been happening frequently over a long period of time.”

A search of where Salazar lived in Maricopa was conducted, but he was not present. It was determined he was in Mesa and was contacted by phone by a family member. He agreed to return to Maricopa for an interview with police. He was picked up by a family member and brought to the Maricopa Police Department voluntarily.

During the interview, Salazar allegedly admitted to an officer several sexual acts with the minor, according to the report.

He was arrested and booked in the Pinal County Jail, where he is held on a $250,000 bond.

MPD arrested three suspects after a lengthy investigation in Alterra. Photo by Jim Headley

On Wednesday, Maricopa Police served a search warrant on Costa Brava Avenue in the Alterra subdivision and arrested three people for dealing methamphetamine.

Arrested were Brian Hopkins, 31, Colby Valdes, 23 and Rosario Harris, age unknown.

Brian Hopkins (left) and Colby Valdes (PCSO photos)

“We served a search warrant on a drug house that we have been working on for the last three weeks,” said MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado. “We were able to make three arrests and recover methamphetamine out of the house. It was a small quantity; however, it was packaged for sale.”

Alvarado also said the suspects had scales in the house and garage.

“We were able to get some money out of it for the amount that they were selling,” Alvarado said. “There were two people arrested there that had warrants and the main individual we were looking at who was actually doing the sales out of the house.”

 

Photo by Jim Headley

 

Maricopa Police arrested a woman April 27 on suspicion of domestic violence assault after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend.

According to an MPD probable cause statement, Briana Duvall assaulted her boyfriend after he did not answer his cellphone when she called him. His reason was simple: His battery was dead.

Police were called to the front yard of his residence on West Knauss Drive just after 10 p.m. as she was screaming at him on the front porch. She allegedly struck him on the left side of his mouth with a closed fist and scratched him on the right side of his neck.

The officer answering the call, reported several abrasions on the side of the boyfriend’s neck and a small cut on his lip. Duvall was later located on Butterfield Parkway at Edison Road and allegedly admitted to the assault, according to the probable cause statement.

She was placed under arrest and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

Mark Henderson Jr. (PCSO photo)

 

Mark Henderson Jr. was arrested by Maricopa Police April 25 on suspicion of domestic violence disorderly conduct on West Giallo Lane about 6:30 p.m.

According to a police probable cause statement, officers responded to the address after Henderson’s daughter called police saying her father was causing a disturbance.

Police dispatch overheard Henderson say, “you better not have called the police because something will happen,” the report stated.

The report stated Henderson forced his way into the girl’s room and began “throwing her furniture out.”

He allegedly threw her mattress out of the room and damaged her night stand. He is also accused of hitting her younger brother and throwing more household items.

Henderson’s wife said he had cleaned up the thrown items before police arrived.

Henderson admitted to police he had become angry and that he also threatened to throw his daughter out of the house. He said he was also upset his son was misbehaving in school.

Kathryn Sinkevitch (inset) is accused of murdering Michael Agerter at his home on Sagebrush Trail in 2016.

The second day of Kathryn Sinkevitch’s first-degree murder trial opened with the testimony of Maricopa Police Sgt. Daniel Rauch.

The day was filled with police officers telling the jury about their investigation into the murder of Michael Agerter. During testimony of a Maricopa Police detective, photographs of the murder victim were openly shared to the jury and the victim’s family.

Sinkevitch is accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Agerter on Dec. 16, 2016.

Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

The initial call of shots fired that day came across radio at 2:28 p.m. Police also were told about a white van leaving the murder scene. Rauch testified how he saw a white van at Honeycutt Road turning south on Hartman right after the call came in. He stopped the vehicle with two female occupants in it.

He said the van was stopped based on the description of the suspect van from the murder scene, and he didn’t believe the two women were involved in the shots-fired call.

He then went to the scene of the crime. He was part of the team who cleared the house.

Rauch said he observed at least one video camera on the outside of the house when he arrived at the scene and he noticed a digital video recorder during a search of the house.

He discovered the victim was involved in a custody issue with Sinkevitch during initial stages of the investigation.

Defense attorney Brett Huggins suddenly asked for a sidebar in chambers just 15 minutes into Rauch’s testimony, and Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin D. White removed jury. The court was recessed while attorneys from both sides talked.

The sidebar discussion was over linking the Bridgett Hopkins van to Sinkevitch via a license plate reader. The license plate reader linked a van belonging to Hopkins, Sinkevitch’s friend, to the area of the murder. Police believe the van was used in the murder and still have it in the impound lot.

Judge White placed a limit on the prosecution’s questions regarding the license plate reader.

After the jury was returned to the courtroom, Rauch said he got information about Hopkins’ van in Mesa and Sinkevitch’s cellphone information.

Police requested a pinging of her phone to find her from her cell phone provider. Sinkevitch was in Tempe, based on the pings, Rauch said. A team of law enforcement officers drove from Maricopa to Tempe to find Sinkevitch, but her location kept changing.

Sinkevitch was finally located in the area of Hopkins’ house in Mesa, based on the cellphone pings. Officers found Sinkevitch’s vehicle in Hopkins’ driveway, along with the van they believe to be used in the murder, Rauch said.

He said officers put together a plan to capture Sinkevitch in the house, as she was already a suspect at the time. Officers had their guns drawn but not aimed at the suspects when they came out of the house in Mesa, he testified.

Officers detained Sinkevitch to conduct an interview with her, and she was placed in a patrol car after being handcuffed, according to Rauch. She was in the vehicle “for a couple of hours” in handcuffs. She was then taken to the Maricopa Police Department for interrogation.

Rauch said additional search warrants were drafted a few days later to locate Sinkevitch after she was let go. At that point, she was wanted for the murder.

Detective Michael Dennison, a Maricopa Police detective for seven years, testified he was called to the murder scene about 10 minutes after the initial call came in.

He said Agerter was found dead of gunshot wounds. He was slumped over the wheel of his Lexus with the motor running in the garage of his house. Dennison also said Sinkevitch’s name came up as a potential suspect within 15 minutes during a background check of the victim.

Dennison was at the victim’s house for eight to nine hours investigating.

He said there was a DVR in the house, and he viewed the footage from four cameras set up around the house.

He explained the video showing a woman, wearing a hoodie, running in front of the house, into the garage, stay for 10 to 11 seconds and then leaving. The video also shows a white minivan drive away after the shooting.

He said the camera angles were from above and did not recorded the face of the person running into the garage.

He said two 40-caliber shell casings were found in the garage during the investigation.

Dennison said he later viewed an interview with Sinkevitch. She told police she was at work all day and didn’t even leave for lunch.

Dennison said surveillance video from her work contradicts Sinkevitch’s statements of not leaving the building. She is allegedly seen leaving at 12:30 or 12:45 and returning three hours later, about an hour after the murder occurred.

The video from the mortgage company where she worked was also used to get a search warrant of her apartment.

During a search, investigators didn’t find a shoe that fit a shoe print found at the murder scene. The shoes Sinkevitch had on when she was first arrested at Hopkins’ place were also examined. The pattern did not match the print found, but the shoe was the right size, he testified.

No shoes matching the print at the murder scene were found.

Dennison attended the victim’s autopsy, and then also examined data related to Sinkevitch’s cellphone. The data traces the cell phone as it moves.

Her cellphone’s historical data information showed Sinkevitch leaving from work at 12:30 the day of the murder, he said. It tracked her to a location near her apartment in just 15 minutes. It was at that location until 1:30 when the phone was apparently turned off. The data continues missing until 5 minutes before Sinkevitch returned to work at the mortgage company.

Police searched Sinkevitch’s vehicle and discovered two license plates that were not associated with her vehicle or Hopkins’ van. Dennison said the plates were from an area near Sinkevitch’s apartment but did not say if they were stolen.

Prosecutors showed images of the crime scene, including photos of the victim dead in the car. Dennison said two of three gunshots fired hit the victim. One round hit the pillar between the front and rear door. Family members began weeping when seeing the pictures.

Dennison said Sinkevitch’s cellphone disappeared from data collection at 1:13 p.m. that day. He testified that he drove suspected routes he believes Sinkevitch could have driven in the commission of the murder. He drove 27 miles from Sinkevitch’s apartment to Agerter’s house in 35 minutes. He left Sinkevitch apartment at 1:07 p.m. and arrived at 1:42 p.m. during the test on Jan. 12, 2017.

In another test, the following day, Dennison said he tried another route and made the trip in 45 minutes and it was 26 miles.

Dennison also made a test trip from the mortgage company where she worked to Sinkevitch’s house. He made the trip in 10 minutes. His test trips between the mortgage company and Agerter’s house took 47 minutes at 31.8 miles.

He said Sinkevitch was “very capable” of getting from work to her house to Agerter’s house and back to work during the time she left work on the day of the murder. Dennison said he never broke the posted speed limits on the roads he tested.

Dennison examined the ADOT traffic patterns on the day of the murder, and there were no recorded traffic problems on the routes during the timeframe involved.

Maricopa Police Detective Mario Palacios testified he arrived at the scene at 4:15 p.m. that day, and other detectives brought him up to speed.

He spoke with a potential witness in the neighborhood. He viewed the home security video and noted seeing a female walking up to the house wearing a dark hoodie and tan pants. She was gone for 10-11 seconds and was then seen leaving in a hurry on the video. He said part of a white van was visible across the street. When the van took off, he said, it is wasn’t possible to see who was in the van.

Prosecutors then showed the video to the jury.

Palacios said on the day Sinkevitch was arrested, he searched Hopkins white van and found a dark hoodie in the van.

Kyle Sobotik, Sinkevitch’s supervisor at the mortgage company, testified Sinkevitch worked for the support team, helping loan officers with problems.

He said Sinkevitch was a very good worker and he had no issues with her. He also said it was unusual for her to be gone for an extended time when she was supposed to be at work.

Sobotik said Sinkevitch “didn’t seem all with it” the Monday following the murder, which occurred on Friday. He said she “kind of looked like a ghost.”

He said he checked her emails from that Friday, the day of the murder, and found more than a two-hour gap, and “that wasn’t like Kathryn. It kind of stood out.”

He said she also didn’t clock out for lunch that day.

Under cross examination, Sobotik said he didn’t see anything “strange” on the day of the murder in the office but he added he wasn’t looking for it.

Roy Rankin, a co-worker of Sinkevitch, was a member of the sales support staff when the murder occurred.

On the day of the murder, Rankin said he sat next to Sinkevitch and said they interacted with each other all the time. He said she was very knowledgeable and kind of “carried the workload of the team.”

Rankin said Sinkevitch talked about her ex-boyfriend, Agerter, and the custody of the baby. She told Rankin that Agerter was getting a DNA test and added, “she wasn’t very happy about it.”

Rankin said Sinkevitch asked him if he knew anyone who had a baby she could borrow for the DNA tests. Later under cross examination he said she did not think she was joking and, “if I would have had a baby, I think she would have taken me up on it.”

Rankin said Sinkevitch was late back from lunch on the day of the murder and kept to herself after she got back. He said she was clearly distracted that afternoon.

At 5 p.m. when the office closed for the day, Sinkevitch left right away. He said she normally would stay and make sure all the work was done for the day.

The trial will reconvene Friday at 10:30 a.m.

MPD personnel at the scene of the crime in 2016.

 

Kathryn Sinkevitch is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend Michael Agerter in Maricopa.

The jury was seated Tuesday and opening arguments took place before Judge Kevin D. White Wednesday morning in Pinal County Superior Court in the first-degree murder trial of Kathryn Sinkevitch. 

Sinkevitch is accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter on Dec16, 2016. Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, was shot and killed in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately, but had an infant son together 

The 15-member jury, including alternatesis made up of eight women and seven men.  

After lunch, Maricopa Police officer Andy Leach described the murder scene to the jury and explained how officers cleared the house after finding Agerter’s body in his vehicle. He said one of the neighbors had multiple activations on their Ring doorbell and recorded video between 2 and 3 p.m. that day.  

The officer was emailed copies of the videos. One was recorded at 2:27 p.m. and when he was asked what it showed, Sinkevitch’s defense attorney Brett Huggins objected. Defense and prosecution attorneys went into chambers to discuss the objection away from the view of the jury.   

The objection was over the prosecutor asking if the video showed a white minivan driving in front of the neighbor’s house. White overruled the objection after the behindclosed-door discussion.  

The officer said he did see a white minivan on the video drive in front of the house at 2:27 p.m. Prosecutors believe Sinkevitch was driving that minivan. 

The prosecution team showed photographs of the murder scene to the jury and the location of several shell casings in the garage where Agerter was murdered. The photographs also showed a digital video recorder that was installed in the house. 

Huggins had no cross examination of the Maricopa Police officer for the defense. 

The prosecution also called Sarah Marie Cooley, who worked with Agerter at Wells Fargo. 

Cooley said she communicated via text with Agerter the morning he was murdered. She met him for lunch that day and arrived at his house at 11 a.m.  

They ate and talked a while and he told her he was going to have DNA tests that afternoon to determine if the child Sinkevitch gave birth to was his child. She said he seemed frightened of taking the medical tests.  

Cooley said she was supposed to meet up with him that evening and talk about the test. She also provided Sinkevitch’s name to officers at the scene of the murder as she went there when she couldn’t locate him. 

The defense had no cross-examination questions for Cooley. 

The next witness to take the stand was Maikayla Lyon, a neighbor. She told the jury she heard some gunshots the day of the murder 

I heard three loud bang, bang, bangs,” she said. 

After hearing the shots, she then saw a white van drive past in front of her house at a high rate of speed. She said the shots she heard clearly sounded like gunshots from a handgun. 

“I ran out to the street as the van flew by,” she said. 

She said the large side passenger door of the van was open and the inside of the van was dark. She tried to get the license plate number on the van, but it was going too fast. 

She also said she didn’t know the victim or the suspect in the case. 

Under cross examination, defense attorney Huggins got her to say it was a Ford or Chevy minivan she saw. The van police believe Sinkevitch used was a Chrysler. 

Under redirect questioning by prosecutors, the witness admitted she probably could not tell the difference between a Chevy, Ford, Chrysler or Honda minivan. 

Doug Schamberg, who oversees IT operations where Sinkevitch works, took the stand next 

He spoke about RFID badges, which employees use to enter the building, and the surveillance cameras in the building.  

Schamberg discussed company records detailing when Sinkevitch and Bridgette Hopkins were in the building based on the RFID badges opening security doors. He said there was also surveillance video recorded on the day of the murder showing Sinkevitch entering the building using a RFID badge at 3:20 p.m. but her badge was not the one used to open that door, according to the company’s computer system, at that time.  

His testimony indicated Sinkevitch was out of the building at the time of the murder that day and had ample time to return to the office in Tempe.  

Video footage from the surveillance camera at Agerter’s home showed a school bus driving past the house before a figure entered camera range from across the street. It was apparently a female in a hoodie that obscured her identity. 

The person left camera range by walking into the garage. A few moments later, the person left quickly, crossing the street and getting into a white caravan, which left the scene. 

The trial will resume Thursday morning and it is expected to continue through May 6.  

Karla Felix was arrested by Maricopa Police on suspicion of assaulting her boyfriend April 20.

According to a police probable cause statement, Felix was placed under arrest shortly before 7 a.m. after she allegedly admitted slapping her boyfriend “on the face after finding him in bed next to her sister.”

The report continues, “The incident occurred at her mother’s residence, located on North Braden Road. Karla (Felix) continued to try and attack him which caused her to scratch his right arm when he was attempting to defend himself by holding her down.”

The sister told police Karla Felix “became upset with him at Walmart and slapped him twice on the face” about midnight. She told police, while at her mother’s residence Felix came into her room and started an argument with the boyfriend, who was also apparently in the bedroom.

 

Jose Martinez-Romero was arrested by Maricopa Police on April 17 on suspicion of domestic violence assault.

Police responded to a residence on West Nina Street, where a woman told officers her husband, Martinez-Romero, slammed her against a wall and had his hands around her throat.

The incident began, according to the woman, when she confronted him about cheating on her, according to a police probable cause statement.

The report states when confronted, Martinez-Romero grabbed her and “pushed her up against the bathroom door in the master bedroom.”

After he allegedly choked her, she walked out of the room and called police. An officer noted observing “irritated skin on the upper chest portion” of the woman in the report.

Martinez-Romero told police, she “began slapping him with a sandal and punching him lightly on his left side.”

He told police he grabbed her and pushed her against the bathroom door after being antagonized.

According to the probable cause statement, he was arrested and charged for domestic violence due to the visible injuries.

Chad Campbell (PCSO photo)

 

Chad Campbell was arrested April 9 by Maricopa Police for possession of a dangerous drug, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers conducted a traffic stop at North Wilson Avenue and Edison Road shortly before 10 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle, Tiffany Jaun, was wanted on a warrant from Casa Grande. She also admitted to having drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, according to the police probable cause statement.

Campbell and Ashley Holt were identified as passengers in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a 50-milliliter alcohol bottle with a broken pen case protruding from the side. Officers described it as a common device used to inhale drugs.

“Officers also located a small baggy with a white powdery substance within the baggy located underneath the passenger seat,” the probable cause statement reads.

Ashley Holt (PCSO photo)

The substance later tested positive as methamphetamine.

Campbell was arrested, charged and taken to the Pinal County Jail. Holt was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.