Mesa Crime

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  • Mesa Police Lieutenant Faced Firing for Super-Extrem...

    Monday Aug 22 | via Phoenix New Times 

    A Mesa police supervisor was facing termination before he retired last week following his recent conviction for super-extreme DUI, a police spokesman says. Richard "Rick" Van Galder, who had more than 20 years on the force, was stopped in February with his wife, Teresa, a Mesa PD homicide detective, as they were trying to make it home after a day of golfing and drinking.

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  • Man wounded by police during shootout after chase ar...

    Monday Aug 22 | via Yuma Sun 

    Mesa police have formally arrested a 48-year-old man who was hospitalized after being shot by police during a shootout following a mid-July chase across much of the Phoenix area. An attorney listed in court records as representing Rothrock didn't immediately return a call for comment on the allegations.

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  • Man who led Mesa officers on 35-mile chase taken int...

    Monday Aug 22 | via The Arizona Republic 

    A 48-year-old man pursued by law-enforcement officers from Mesa to Goodyear in July was held on several charges after his recent arrest. Man who led Mesa officers on 35-mile chase taken into custody A 48-year-old man pursued by law-enforcement officers from Mesa to Goodyear in July was held on several charges after his recent arrest.

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  • $1K reward offered in Chandler LA Fitness stabbing d...

    Friday Aug 19 | via The Arizona Republic 

    A bouquet of flowers sat on the doorstep of Shivaswamy Hosakote, the man fatally stabbed outside a Chandler gym on Thursday. $1K reward offered in Chandler LA Fitness stabbing death A bouquet of flowers sat on the doorstep of Shivaswamy Hosakote, the man fatally stabbed outside a Chandler gym on Thursday.

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    Related Topix: Health Club, LA Fitness, Chandler, AZ, Mesa, AZ

  • Little-known Olympic boxer Chuck Walker's feats unma...

    Tuesday Aug 16 | via Washington Times 

    When you look at a photo of the great 1976 United States Olympic boxing team - the greatest this country has ever produced, this year being the 40th anniversary of that squad - you see, of course, Sugar Ray Leonard and the start of a legendary Hall of Fame career. You see the Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon , both of whom would go on to become heavyweight champions - Michael moving up after dominating the light heavyweight division to upset Larry Holmes for the championship, and Leon shocking the world by taking the title away from Muhammad Ali after just seven professional fights.

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  • PD: Man caught pawning $40,000 stolen ring 8 mins ago

    Tuesday Aug 16 | via ABC15.com 

    A man working as an employee for an air duct cleaning business allegedly robbed a Scottsdale woman of her $40,000 wedding ring and tried to pawn it for just $600. Scottsdale Police report that on July 8, a woman who lives in the area of 101st Street and Thunderbird Road contacted them saying that someone stole a diamond wedding from her home.

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  • Man jailed without bond in Mesa-area barricade situa...

    Monday Aug 15 | via The Arizona Republic 

    A man arrested after a SWAT team entered his east Mesa residence after a two-hour standoff Saturday jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct with a weapon, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Offic Man jailed without bond in Mesa-area barricade situation A man arrested after a SWAT team entered his east Mesa residence after a two-hour standoff Saturday jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct with a weapon, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Offic Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2bvhOkW A man arrested after a SWAT team entered his residence in eastern Maricopa County after a two-hour standoff Saturday was jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

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  • Mesa police shoot and kill murder suspect

    Saturday Aug 13 | via The Arizona Republic 

    Mesa police shoot and kill murder suspect A department spokesman said the shooting occurred as Mesa police officers were "contacting a homicide suspect." Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2beb0Vr Three Mesa police officers opened fire on a murder suspect late Friday, killing him.

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    Related Topix: Violent Crime, Mesa, AZ

  • Man who caused Phoenix Sky Harbor lockdown in 2014 g...

    Thursday Aug 11 | via The Arizona Republic 

    A man who caused an hours-long lockdown of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after a botched drug deal and shooting at a nearby gas station in 2014 pleaded guilty Thursday to four charges stemming from the incident and subsequent police chase. Man who caused Phoenix Sky Harbor lockdown in 2014 gets 10A1 2 years A man who caused an hours-long lockdown of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after a botched drug deal and shooting at a nearby gas station in 2014 pleaded guilty Thursday to four charges stemming from the incident and subsequent police chase.

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    Related Topix: Drugs, Tempe, AZ

  • Couple arrested after woman allegedly hits Larimer C...

    Friday Aug 5 | via Denver Post 

    A couple in their late 60s were both arrested Thursday night at a KOA campground near Fort Collins after the wife allegedly struck a Larimer County deputy with a flashlight and her husband allegedly tried to bite deputies. The deputy who was struck by a flashlight suffered minor injuries, according to a Friday news release by the Larimer County Sheriff's Department.

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  • Prisoner who caused brain damage of elderly inmate g...

    Thursday Aug 4 | via Denver Post 

    Pleading for lenience, a 36-year-old convict told a federal judge Thursday that when another inmate called him a vulgarity he had no choice but to pummel the inmate nearly to death with steel locks because if he didn't do so, other convicts would attack him. Timothy Stagner argued he was simply abiding by a rule established by inmate culture within the U.S. Penitentiary Florence.

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  • Survivor of Orlando shooting honors Mesa teen

    Tuesday Aug 2 | via The Arizona Republic 

    Patience Carter, who was one of 50 people injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting in June, said Jason Josaphat of Mesa saved her life. Survivor of Orlando nightclub shooting honors Mesa teen: 'Jason found the courage to cover me' Patience Carter, who was one of 50 people injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting in June, said Jason Josaphat of Mesa saved her life.

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  • Mesa police unveil plan to improve policing

    Tuesday Aug 2 | via The Arizona Republic 

    The Mesa Police Department over the past six months has worked to put in writing how it wants to do business: with accountability and transparency, using the best law-enforcement policies, tactics and training. Mesa police unveil plan to improve policing, community relationships The Mesa Police Department over the past six months has worked to put in writing how it wants to do business: with accountability and transparency, using the best law-enforcement policies, tactics and training.

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  • Man from Ghana arrested in El Paso for sex trafficki...

    Saturday Jul 30 | via Dallas Morning News 

    Federal authorities in El Paso say an 18-year-old man believed from Africa is held without bond on a sex trafficking charge after he was arrested for bringing two 15-year-old girls from Phoenix and then prostituting them on an internet classified website. FBI assistant special agent Keith Byers says authorities arrested Edema Missiadan after police in Mesa, Arizona, relayed information that a girl possibly was being forced into prostitution in the El Paso area.

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  • 18-year-old from Ghana arrested in El Paso for alleg...

    Saturday Jul 30 | via Dallas Morning News 

    Federal authorities in El Paso say an 18-year-old man believed from Africa is held without bond on a sex trafficking charge after he was arrested for bringing two 15-year-old girls from Phoenix and then prostituting them on an internet classified website. FBI assistant special agent Keith Byers says authorities arrested Edema Missiadan after police in Mesa, Arizona, relayed information that a girl possibly was being forced into prostitution in the El Paso area.

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  • African refugee, 18, arrested in Texas 'for traffick...

    Friday Jul 29 | via Daily Mail 

    Missiadan told a federal judge he was US citizen, but FBI says he is a citizen of Togo in Western Africa An 18-year-old man believed to be a refugee from Africa is being held without bond on a sex trafficking charge after he was arrested for allegedly bringing two 15-year-old girls from Phoenix and then prostituting them on a classified website. FBI assistant special agent Keith Byers says authorities arrested Edema Missiadan after police in Mesa, Arizona, relayed information that a girl possibly was being forced into prostitution in the El Paso area.

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  • Man, 18, arrested in El Paso for sex trafficking gir...

    Friday Jul 29 | via Valley Morning Star 

    Federal authorities in El Paso say an 18-year-old man believed from Africa is held without bond on a sex trafficking charge after he was arrested for bringing two 15-year-old girls from Phoenix and then prostituting them on an internet classified website.

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  • Mesa mother arrested on child abuse charges, inciden...

    Thursday Jul 28 | via KOLD-TV Tucson 

    MESA, AZ - A Mesa mom was arrested for suspected child abuse after family members caught the incident camera, police said. According to court documents, Myracle Angelita Mejia, 21, "violently slammed" an 8-month-old boy multiple times and slapping him on July 18. Minutes later, she allegedly flipped the victim over and slammed him down again and slapped him.

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    Related Topix: Law, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Mesa, AZ

  • Brighton Publishing releases 'The Godfather of Souls...

    Thursday Jul 28 | via PR Log 

    MESA, Ariz. - July 28, 2016 - PRLog -- Brighton Publishing LLC announced the eBook release of The Godfather of Souls by author Paul "Doc" Gaccione.

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  • MCSO: Man in Mesa-area standoff had threatened to ha...

    Jul 22, 2016 | via The Arizona Republic 

    A Mesa man who barricaded himself inside a home for three hours, after police said he assaulted his girlfriend and threatened her infant daughter, was arrested Thursday by deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office when he was found hiding in MCSO: Man in Mesa-area standoff had threatened to harm baby A Mesa man who barricaded himself inside a home for three hours, after police said he assaulted his girlfriend and threatened her infant daughter, was arrested Thursday by deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office when he was found hiding in Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2a6Fo6B A man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and threatening to harm her infant daughter was arrested after a three-hour standoff Thursday when Maricopa County sheriff's deputies found him hiding in a nearby trailer, officials said.

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Mesa Law

If I was arrested for DUI ,and minor possetion how long before its on back ground check? Does it have to be a conviction first ?
I was given a line of meth half of it was in my purse . I got in a car accident from car malfunction with clutch ,so the button under clutch had to me manualy pushed wile turning on key and it was in gear it shot forwaed causing damage to a store Considered undeeinflence/dui /possession how long before it will appear on my record for employment never been in trouble what kind of trouble am I in?
Get local criminal defense counsel involved. Some background checks only report convictions.
How do I show Interlock compliance to Court after one year?
Got a DUI do not have a lawyer
You will need to submit reports from the interlock company showing that you are in compliance. Typically done on a...
If I recently was charged with felony DWI in Texas can I have a prior undesignated felony in Arizona reduced to a misdemeanor?
I was planning on having an old conviction from 8 years ago set aside or reduced to a misdemeanor because it was undesignated, and I completed all the terms of probation successfully and was discharged 3 years ago. However every time I ask an attorney about getting the verdict set aside or reduced to a misdemeanor, they tell me it is not worth the money because I had a prior (illegal) conviction that was not undesignated, and it wasn't worth getting rid of one if I couldn't get rid of the other. The first one (the one that is not eligible for reduction to a misdemeanor) was going to cost me 12 grand to have an attorney represent me to set aside the verdict or get out of time post conviction relief based on the statute being used to prosecute me having been overturned by the AZ supreme court. I never got around to petitioning to have the undesignated one reduced. A few days ago after moving from AZ to TX 3 years ago I was arrested and charged with DWI with a child passenger in Texas. Can I still have this old felony reduced to a misdemeanor in Arizona in order to have some mitigation on my current felony charge in case I am convicted, or is it too late to do so now?
I am licensed in Texas where a conviction is a conviction that cannot be expunged, sealed, reduced once it is final.......
Can they test blood that supposedly has been destroyed?
The blood work from my dui in Aug '14 was not tested for drugs till March '15. Paperwork states any and all samples will be destroyed 30-60 after the incident.. I was charged then dismissed for a later indictment in Aug '15.
We get all sorts of can they questions here and it is usually for something that has already been done. They can do...
Can a motion be filed with MVD objecting to these continuances and have the hearing dismissed?
Prior to the implied consent reading after my arrest, the cynical officer took my cell phone and denied me using it when my attorney called me back twice. This is in the police report and will likely get the criminal aspect dismissed. I was scheduled for an in person MVD implied consent hearing for January 2016. The officer was granted a continuance at the last moment for needed training. I was mailed a notice it was then set to be conducted telephonically at a later date. Five days prior to the next hearing the officer is granted another continuance for more training (he needs it). The officer has been granted 4 continuances at the last moment -- I haven't asked for any, yet! I have turned down 3 job assignments to make myself available for the hearing -- my line of work sometimes takes me traveling to places that don't have cell phone access. This is getting ridiculous and is jeopardizing my job. My questions are: 1) is there a limit to the number of continuances MVD grants. 2) Other states have deadline rules that once a MVD hearing is scheduled it has to be completed within 90 days. Does Az have such a rule?
Once we know you have an attorney we should defer all questions to your attorney.
I got a dui on Aug 20th 2014. The blood drawn then was not processed and dated till March 19th 2015. They can only keep 30 days
Dui two years ago.
The statute of limitations for filing charges on a misdemeanor DUI is one year from the date of the incident. Sounds...
Can i get some help finding legal council?
I have been charged with an aggravated DUI with prior convictions. Originally I was pulled over more than a year ago. Seven months ago I sought help for the disease of addiction. I was admitted into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. I was there for 3-months and graduated into their sober living house which i have been a resident for over 4-months. The director of the rehab i was in noticed my dedication to helping others and has offered me a job. I am now a certified Peer Support specialist that works with people suffering from co-occurring disorders (Mental issues and addiction). I get a free room and I am not getting paid as of now. I have worked very hard to turn my life around and I have found that I have a passion for helping other people like me to turn their life around. Everyone deserves a chance. I am in need of help with representation for my DUI. I am looking for a DUI lawyer doing pro bono work in Maricopa county PHX, AZ.
Congratulations on your sobriety. You can certainly call the bar association and see if there are any attorneys taking...