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Text messages alert on crime sweeps

PHOENIX, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A civil rights activist says she is fighting back against controversial crime sweeps aimed at illegal immigrants in Arizona, using text messaging as a weapon.

Lawsuits won't stop jail Christmas tunes

PHOENIX, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Arizona's Maricopa County said lawsuits filed to prevent Christmas music from being played in jails will not stop the tradition this year.

Arizona sheriff out of immigration force

PHOENIX, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A controversial Arizona sheriff's department can no longer enforce federal immigration laws on the streets, U.S. officials have decided.

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Singing protesters rile sheriff

TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Controversial Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio stopped talking and left when protesters at Arizona State University began singing a protest song.

Sheriff to choose how to nab illegals

PHOENIX, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Maricopa County, Ariz., law enforcement must choose between two federal policies to pursue illegal aliens, officials indicated Wednesday.

Latinos outnumber whites in Phoenix jails

PHOENIX, July 7 (UPI) -- Hispanic inmates now outnumber whites in county jails in the Phoenix area, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports.

Focus unclear in alleged sheriff probe

PHOENIX, June 21 (UPI) -- There is no clear indication of where a federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff is heading, The Arizona Republic reported Sunday.

Ariz. sheriff: Federal probe 'unethical'

PHOENIX, June 2 (UPI) -- A high-profile Arizona sheriff has accused the U.S. Justice Department of a "political" investigation into the way he handles the cases of illegal immigrants.

Less serious crimes spur immigration holds

PHOENIX, March 30 (UPI) -- Most illegal immigrants held in one Arizona county were picked up for run-of-the-mill offenses, a government report said.

Arpaio investigated for rights violations

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a controversial Arizona sheriff for alleged civil rights violations, officials said.

Reps. call for probe of Ariz. sheriff

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Four members of Congress Friday called on the Justice Department to look into charges of misconduct by an Arizona county sheriff known for 'get-tough' policies.

Arizona sheriff pulling town's protection

GUADALUPE, Ariz., April 19 (UPI) -- The Arizona town of Guadalupe is going from intense attention from the Maricopa County sheriff's office to no attention at all, officials say.

Phoenix mayor seeks probe of sheriff

PHOENIX, April 13 (UPI) -- The mayor of Phoenix is calling for a federal investigation into the controversial and politically powerful sheriff of Maricopa County.

Arizona man charged with TB exposure

PHOENIX, March 25 (UPI) -- An Arizona man said his indictment for having tuberculosis is retaliation for a lawsuit he filed over his involuntary quarantine.

Newspaper executives arrested for story

PHOENIX, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Jailed employees of The Phoenix New Times said they were practicing civil disobedience in alerting the public the paper had been subpoenaed by a grand jury.

Clinic investigated in liposuction deaths

ANTHEM, Ariz., July 13 (UPI) -- An Arizona medical clinic is under investigation after three people died following liposuction surgery.

Man jailed in tuberculosis case

PHOENIX, April 12 (UPI) -- An Arizona man who contracted drug-resistant tuberculosis in Russia is living in legal limbo in a Phoenix jail cell.

Inmates to sing for judges' consideration

PHOENIX, March 22 (UPI) -- Singing like a canary is a good thing for six contestants in the Maricopa County, Ariz., jail "Inmate Idle" competition.

Serial shooter suspect takes overdose

PHOENIX, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- One of the suspects in Arizona's serial shooter case apparently tried to kill himself by taking an overdose of over-the-counter antihistamines.

100 migrants found in Arizona desert

PHOENIX, July 20 (UPI) -- A sheriff's deputy found almost 100 illegal immigrants in the desert 50 miles west of Phoenix when they begged him for water.

Sheriff sticks to story of throttle stick

PHOENIX, May 30 (UPI) -- A Phoenix sheriff insists damage to a car he was driving was caused by a sticky throttle, despite a mechanic's analysis to the contrary.

Sheriff's's Web cam ruled humiliating

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A three-judge federal appeals court panel in San Francisco has ruled Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Department's Internet cameras humiliated prisoners.
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