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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Great Bank Account Debate; Arpaio Believes Media Are After Him
On Monday, Morgan Loew reported that the Attorney General's Office is investigating several bank accounts maintained by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that are kept separate from other county funds:

One of the accounts is the RICO fund that contains money from property confiscated from criminal activity.

The other is the Jail Enhancement Fund, which is supposed to be used to increase the value, quality, desirability or attractiveness of county jail services or operations.

According to JEF Guidelines and state law, the money is supposed to be deposited with the county treasurer. But that's not happening in Maricopa County.

In a news release posted on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Truth Behind the Headlines page, the Sheriff's Office argued that it can do whatever it wants with these funds, such as purchase a nearly $500,000 inmate transport bus. Nevertheless, the office did not address the fact that its use of the funds was under investigation.

The Sheriff's Office did, however, attack KPHO:
Like so many other overdramatic “investigative” stories generated by Channel Five on the Sheriff’s Office, this particular story was reinvented from information covered by the Arizona Republic several months ago that has already been responded to by the Sheriff’s Office...

Channel Five’s tactic is usually to find a new person to interview like Byron Schlomach form the Goldwater Institute and lead their audience to believe that they have a new exclusive story...

The documents “obtained” by Channel Five on last night’s story were supplied by the Sheriff’s Office through public records requests. How channel five can suggest that the Sheriff’s Office is failing to be transparent is beyond us.

The truth is, these funds are audited every year and the Sheriff’s Office has never been found to be in violation of any state laws. Channel five never supported their accusation about violating state laws with any proof or evidence. Another Channel Five tactic; put an idea into the public’s head by making an accusation that they have no evidence to support.

In other news, the Sheriff's Office published an e-mail sent from ABC 15's news director to one of its investigative reporters:
The letter shows that Channel 15’s news director now wants his investigative reporter, Bernstein, to “come after” the Sheriff. The letter did not admonish Bernstein to be fair and impartial in his coverage of Arpaio but rather to “COME AFTER” him.

Given the email correspondence printed below, Sheriff Arpaio and the Office as a whole fully expect that Channel 15 will soon line up behind KPHO 5 and KPNX 12 as well as the Arizona Republic in a collective effort to denigrate Arpaio and the Office at every given opportunity.

What the Sheriff's Office does not include in the publication of the letter were the e-mail headers that state when the e-mail was sent. In fact, it was sent shortly after the news broke that a grand jury had been convened to look into allegations of abuse of power by Arpaio and his office.

The Phoenix New Times wrote its own commentary on the letter. This was shortly after the paper released an issue with a cover story on the court tower investigation.

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Anonymous Richard Nixon said...

I am not a crook!

March 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

And Gasser and friends believe him! (The present tense is intended.) No matter what those hard-working reporters dug up from their sources who were there. What did they know?

Sometimes knowing what you're talking about proves ignorance or stupidity. And so forth. :-)

March 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Sherrif Joe and we should all be thankful and proud of what he has done for all of us..I don't see anyone else willing to do what he has but as usual they are the same people quick to point the finger.
We should support him in every way.. and back him up.

March 3, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that everyone needs to leave Joe Arpio alone. He is the only person with any courage to go around and take care of our illegal immigrant problem! Weather it be any race!! There is no reason for us to sit here and go against someone that is standing up for the rights of this country! We as a country need to stand up for ourselves and not let this happen! The US spends over 200 billion per year on illegal immigrants as a whole and that is just disgusting!

March 3, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CBS 5 should find a new target, he was elected by the majority of us. If they continue this blatant witch hunt, they are going to turn off a lot of viewers.

March 3, 2010 at 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that the majoraty of County voters support Joe on his stand aginst illegal's entering the county, and they also beleive that he is treating inmates as they should be treated. However, his constant concern over those who appose him doesn't give any of us (voters) a "goog feeling". If he suspects coruption within the county he should contact the FBI.
By the way: Whatever happened to the story of the beauty shop that was told it couldn't offer live fish patacure ????? I'm still waiting for an update (on that story).

March 3, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he was elected by the majority of us."

Yes he was elected by dumasses like you. Look at your lapse in judgement to let such a crooked and devious evil individual remain in control of one of the biggest sheriffs departments in the country. Never you mind, justice is coming and the fat man you admire is going away forever soon!

March 3, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so funny watching Arpaio complain about how some folks are out to get him. He reminds me of a five year old who cannot understand the normal interactions of adults. How scary it is that he is in charge of the MCSO. I will be glad when this mental midget is gone!

March 3, 2010 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

It's not about finding a target- journalists report the news. Corruption and abuse of power is news. That's what Joe's accused of doing, and how would you or I find out about that if they didn't report it?

March 3, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope KPHO continues to report accurate information about Apraio the bully of Maricopa County!

March 3, 2010 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Mark Gasser said...

Anything for a good story,

When it comes to Joe, the media is no different than the boss of the newspaper in the Spider man movie, who always printed stories saying Spiderman was bad, just to sell a story. All the medias so called investigative reporting, has yet to find anything on Joe that wasn't already known. None of their stories ever lead to Joe being arrested or changed with anything illegal, yet they act like that is exactly what they are doing. What they are really doing is, keeping the real news from us by making news out of nothing. They make up stories about Joe, just to sell news, and at the same time, they blind the majority to what is really important to us. Entertainment, not the real Joe, is what we see in the news.

March 4, 2010 at 1:53 AM  
Anonymous Mark Gasser said...

To lawn order who said this,

("channel 5 gets it’s quotes from goldwater members" Huh? You just make up your facts. What are you talking about? And what is a goldwater member?)

What is it you are talking about? Do these words ring a bell from the article you posted?

(Byron Schlomach, chief economist at the conservative Goldwater Institute) This is who Channel 5 interviewed in your article.

You post a link to an article, now you pretend not to know what is in it? Hmmm, and what about these words of yours?

( And super funlgert lipmef sylington. Uh huh. Everybody sing now.)

What is up with that? Are you lost for words, when your own evidence against Joe is proven to be media spun bull crap? Obviously.

March 4, 2010 at 2:48 AM  
Anonymous Mark Gasser said...

to anonymous who posted this,

(It is so funny watching Arpaio complain about how some folks are out to get him. He reminds me of a five year old who cannot understand the normal interactions of adults. How scary it is that he is in charge of the MCSO. I will be glad when this mental midget is gone!)

Excuse me but, didn't you just prove your own statement against Joe as being reality? It sounds to me, you are one who for sure wants Joe's head. I understand, it's obvious you got your facts from the news and jumped on the band wagon.

Next time, learn the truth instead of allowing your self to become an angry blind sheep. The truth really doesn’t hurt near as bad as not knowing it. The truth is, Joe is for the majority, and the media is ran by the system. Joe only tells it like it really is. The system really doesn’t like that, but I sure do. So should you.

March 4, 2010 at 3:20 AM  
Anonymous Mark Gasser said...

This Great Bogus News Story,

The Great Bank Account Debate? What a joke, these words of KPHO are just to much. To much of nothing for sure. First of all, KPHO is not doing any investigation. That is being done by the Attorney Generals office. Yet they have the gull to print this? (Nevertheless, the office did not address the fact that its use of the funds was under investigation.)

What is your point KPHO? Why would Joe’s office say anything about it? That is the job of the Attorney Generals office isn’t it? When and if the investigators find any wrong doing, we will hear about it. Your story has not provided any news or evidence or any proven information against Joe or his office, as usual.

Once again, KPHO is twisting the truth, just to sell a story. Like the bus Joe bought. I am willing to bet anything, Joe’s office will not be found guilty for Joe buying a new toy. Joe didn’t buy the transport bus to cruise around in. We won’t see it parked in Joe’s driveway either. This bus was bought because it was needed to transport all the prisoners we have here, it’s not a toy. If the county can’t afford a half million dollar bus, how can they afford a four hundred million dollar court house? Where is the story about this HUGE waste of money? Oh I almost for got, the media is ran by the system. The same system Joe bucks.

March 4, 2010 at 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be so glad when this cirus is over and Sheriff Joe is no longer in office!

March 4, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched the reports on the abuse of power allegations. Man! The testimony of Polk is riveting! Joe is gone for sure! I wonder what made him think he could get away with that? Good bye Joe!

March 4, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY God ...these PRO JOE folks actually foam at the mouth when faced with the truth about their HERO....he is a 60`s style good ole boy crooked sheriff that has finally been caught ....THE ENDS DO NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS ... Andrew Thomas is nothing but a BAG BOY for the sheriff ..BY the way NOT everything the sheriff does involves illegal immigration , as you like to spin ............My spin ?????? sooner or later MONEY AND POWER CORRUPT ......... THERE SHOULD BE A term limit for political office ......................

March 4, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe = Boss Hogg! LOL!

Hendershott must be cletus!

March 4, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has long been said that the best sanitizer for corruption is shining the light of day on it. Keep up the good work Arizona media. We depend upon journalists to make sure the Arpaios and Thomas's of the world are exposed for what they are.

Arpaio and Thomas have tried to stifle a free press in the past, i.e., the New Times fiasco, but neither can continue to be allowed this kind of abuse of journalists.

They lost then and they'll lose again and again until they are driven from office.

Max of Scottsdale

March 4, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be glad when he's behind bars like an immate. He deserve it.

March 4, 2010 at 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

Well, Mark and Arpaio's minions- looks like your spin isn't fooling anyone. You obviously don't get the point of the news (and more importantly of a "free press"). Now that the facts are gushing out- you are in a panic. It's only going to get worse. All the accusations and other nonsense you can make up won't change that, nor will your ever-childish name calling.

Your circular logic seems only to appeal to those who choose to rationalize going in circles. That might be as few as two people who post here from what I can tell.

You should've taken my advice weeks ago- run away!!! It looks like people now want law enforcement authorities who will enforce the law, and not just (literally) make a show of it.

March 4, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see the Apraio gand try to stifle free press reporting by KPHO. Try some illegal investigations, please! The new lawsuits generated would make for great press!

March 4, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the job that channel five is doing about joe arpaio's why is it he does not have to account to nobody about the way he is spending money,1 millon on bus,70,000.00 on a personly car and we can imagine what he has done with the rest,of drug money, him and his posses has come across,if he had truned over just what he spent on the bus and his car we would not be fired teachers,police,firemen and be in mess this state is in.theY are doing such a great job on imigration, they dont even know what mix blood person is from a mexican! because they pulled me over! and the last time i checked my son and i dont even have spainish blood in us.and when i cursed them out they said they was sorry and gave my son ticket because they had to give me a reason,before i called the newS STATION! my son light went out so we were delayed for that, but it was during the day! WOW !!!!!!!!! AND UNTILL I OPEN UP MY MOUTH AND THEY ASKED ME FOR I D, I TOLD THEM I DONT HAVE TO SHOW U NOTHING! IS WHEN THEY RELIZSED THEY HAD MESS UP RACIAL PROFILEING? WRONG RACE!

March 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is great, and doing a great job, GO JOE, he is doing what he keeps getting elected to do

March 4, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He sucks.

The end.

March 4, 2010 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

Gasser- you left out your original nonsense which prompted my post. Here's my WHOLE post for those who want the WHOLE truth and not just the parts you like or prefer to interpret:

* * * * * * *
[Mark Gasser said] "The truth is best seeing by what is never mentioned in their words." [I replied] And super funlgert lipmef sylington. Uh huh. Everybody sing now.

What are you on, Gasser? Do you have a CO detector?

* * * * * * *

So no, I am not at a loss for words, but you appear to be at a loss for logic when the entire post is viewed. Of course, that's not the way Arpaio's supporters do business. Read the posts here and you'll see, Mark, that people are not fooled by your and other Arpaio supporters' tactics. So Arpaio will finally get what is coming to him.

March 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope Apraio gets what he deserves! I hope his fall from grace is extremely humiliating!

March 4, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems as though people hate Sheriff Joe because he is dealing with the Issues of illegals committing crimes and stealing peoples identity.
lets call it what it is "STEALING"
stop the complaining against the person who is taking action against something that has been a long time problem.
If people from other countries want to come here they need to do it the right way with proper documents.
Sheriff Joe is not abusing his authority and does not discriminate until I see different from Sheriff then maybe my thoughts would be different. Face it MOST of the ILLEGALS here are from Mexico so why is this "racial profiling"? I guess people are just ready to SUE and TRY to expose something that is not even there, is this what's on peoples agenda now a days. Get over it and be glad that we have someone who is able to do something about it and is doing it the RIGHT WAY...

March 5, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


March 5, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only people that hate Joe are people who have common sense and dislike bigots and tyrants! Go Joe! Straight to retirement!

March 5, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Lawn Order said...

"It seems as though people hate Sheriff Joe because he is dealing with the Issues of illegals committing crimes and stealing peoples identity" If that's so- why is this the first time I've seen this as a rationale for what you call "[hating] Joe"?

Have someone read and explain the posts to you, will ya'? He is not hated any more than anyone else who breaks the law. He's abused his office, and wasted taxpayer funds on all sorts of stuff. He pays his Chief Deputy well more than twice his own salary. The list is long. People want competent law enforcement. Joe's personality cultists can't believe that it's about something other than him as a person. It's about the law and the people who pay to have it enforced completely.

March 5, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support Sheriff Joe. Kathleen Anya needs to be fired. She is really a supporter of the Mexican Invasion.

I have been watching today's report on a bus accident where at least 6 Mexican's died. It is interesting to note Anya fails to report that Mexican's cause a huge disproportionate of accidents. California and Arizona have a hit and run crisis, where the Mexican's run from the scene. Read about at:

The liberal media fail's in there duty to tell about the illegal alien accident/hit and run crisis. Instead they prefer to point their powerful cameras at the whole bus industry. I equate liberals not as American citizens but criminals that support the Mexican Invasion.

I have posted this bus problem here because there was no blog on the bus incident.

March 5, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

I am grateful that the media is finally taking a stand against Arpaio, Thomas, Henderschott and all of the other "lesser players" that have left us, the citizens of Maricopa County, wary of the powers of the MCSO and MCAO. These people have the power to destroy lives on a whim. And they do it. Over. And over. And over. I am thankful that the FBI is finally looking into it. What part of "illegal" don't you Joe-Fans understand?

March 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe has my full support. Illegals need to be GONE and the laws that are in place for our citizens need to be ENFORCED. Too many people are taking advantage of our system and the rest of us pay the price. Want proof? Camp out at a grocery cashier line and see the hundreds of dollars of food that we taxpayers give away under the food stamp program to illegals who can't even speak English. As Americans, we should be INSULTED and we should applaud people like Sheriff Joe who are smart enough and brave enough to want America to once again be a great country. Illegals have torn down our country, our economy, our school system, our medical system..... and for them, it's all free.

March 7, 2010 at 5:12 AM  
Anonymous Liz F - North Phoenix said...

Joe Arpaio handed out blind folds at the voting booths that have illegals imprinted in front of your eyes. It's an effective way to make sure you don't see everything else that is Joe Arpaio.

You people who keep ranting and raving about the illegals have tunnel vision. And, truth be told, Joe makes a big show about being tough on illegals, but really he is relatively ineffective. The economy, not Joe Arpaio, is the reason that we have fewer illegals here now than we did two years ago.

March 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Illegals have torn down our country, our economy, our school system, our medical system..... and for them, it's all free."

Actually, the people in charge of the banks and lending and wall street have done far more damage than a bunch of migrant workers can. You sound like a Nazi talking about Jews. A whole lot of dumb.

March 7, 2010 at 10:42 PM  
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March 9, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
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March 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
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March 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
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March 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
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March 11, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How true, Joe & his supporters are intune with all the corruption out of Washington using all their thugs to get amnesty passed. What needs to be collapsed is this administration that's ruining our country! Most of them should be sitting in jail doing time.

March 11, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
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March 12, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunatley there's alot of uneducated, nieve people that don't realize this is a set up against Joe & People that are trying to keep az. safe, by the corrupt people running our country, for their agenda, for amnesty! Those people are against the laws to keep us safe, don't abide by the laws. Illegal=no rights=not a legal citizen!!!!HELLO

March 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi News Editor, What an excuse,to give you a right to post or delete a comment! That sounds one sided....

March 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
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March 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how easily people are pursuaded by media, progressives, etc.that our sheriff is a criminal. You people need to get more of the story, not be a sucker to indocrination of false & what's really going on...called the truth.

March 13, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Joe.
Wish we would have voted you for president! Find a replacement that will up hold your values to cut the plague of woosies that is spreading across the US ( other countries are laughing at us wooses ).
Then run for Governor! We wish we had many more in office like you!
We need your help in N AZ also!
We will help vote you in.

March 19, 2010 at 5:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Joe!
At least he is trying.
So what if he gets one wrong once in a wile.
Everyone else is afraid to look bad or afraid the media will crucify them at every turn! That makes for bad or no decisions!
He is not afraid to try the tough cases!
He is not afraid to go after illegals,
Every one else is afraid of the media he is not afraid!
He is the only one that is not afraid!!
I do wonder why a white woman and her business is getting several loans from an origination that is supposed to help Mexican people and Mexican business any way?
collusion? Conflict of interest are two things that come to my mind!

March 19, 2010 at 5:55 AM  

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