Donations made to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office MASH unit for animals

Donations to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s MCSO Animal Safe Haven, also known as MASH, are slated to be accepted on Feb. 3 by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The supervisors, at a meeting that begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Supervisors’ Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson in Phoenix, are slated to accept the […]

MCSO Sheriff Arpaio warns of phone scam

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning residents of a telephone scam where the callers are using real Sheriff employee names to demand money for failure to show up for jury duty, according to a press release.

Sheriff Arpaio said his office became aware of a victim today who was scammed out of $3544.50. Other calls are coming into the Sheriff’s office today reciting the same kind of scam.

Sheriff Arpaio says today’s victim tells of a caller posing as “Officer Chris Hegstrom,” an actual Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer whose name frequently appears on TV or in newspapers.

The so-called “Officer Hegstrom” told the woman she owed $3544.50 for failure to appear for jury duty. When the victim got verification after calling the Sheriff’s Office that a Chris Hegstrom actually works for the Office, she sent the $3544.50.

Sheriff Arpaio is warning residents: his Office NEVER calls anyone asking them to pay for fines stemming from a failure to appear or any other kind of court imposed fine.

If residents receive such calls, hang up and NEVER send anyone money.

3 Mesa teens suspected of firing projectiles at passing vehicles, MCSO says

Ten pedestrians and four vehicles were targeted by three 18-year-olds who fired three-quarter-inch granite landscaping rock with a sling-shot in Mesa and Queen Creek Saturday, Sept. 12, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Mesa residents Aaron Nottingham, 18, Albert German, 18, and Christian Cook, 18, were arrested Sept. 13 and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of assault, endangerment and criminal damage. Another individual, an 18-year-old male, is being investigated on charges related to the event, MCSO said.

Just before 7 p.m. Sept. 12, MCSO received a 911 call where an individual reported his vehicle had been struck by an unknown projectile while in the town of Queen Creek, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a press conference Sept. 13. The incident followed 11 reported cases of highway incidents that are being investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, according to a MCSO press release.

Suspect Pacheco sought to frame ex-lover who lives in Mesa, MCSO says

The investigation began at around 2:15 p.m. Friday, when a sheriff’s civilian employee on the fifth floor — where the sheriff, his chiefs and other high-ranking officials and assistants are located — opened a letter addressed to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, with a return address from a named individual in Scottsdale. A preliminary sample test by Phoenix Fire Department revealed that the powder contained cornstarch and the substance was taken to the state laboratory for further testing to ensure that nothing else was uncovered, according to the release.

Sheriff’s detectives determined that the Scottsdale address on the envelope was fake and tracked down the named individual in Mesa. Upon arriving at his door, the man’s nephew informed them that his uncle was at work at Casino Arizona. The man was located at the casino and told the detectives that he had been having issues with a former girlfriend. He showed the detectives his phone, which contained more than 6,000 texts from Alma Pacheco. Some of the texts stated that if the man didn’t hear from Ms. Pineda, she would send cornstarch to the police in an attempt to get him in trouble.