Crime & Public Safety

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Court Documents: Grandmother Admits to Shooting Twin Boys

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 12:34 PM

First responders were called out to a home in the Flowing Wells area Thursday, April 4 after multiple gunshot victims were reported. Two children were found dead at the residence, and a 55-year-old woman was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. - TUCSON LOCAL MEDIA
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  • First responders were called out to a home in the Flowing Wells area Thursday, April 4 after multiple gunshot victims were reported. Two children were found dead at the residence, and a 55-year-old woman was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

On Friday, April 5, police arrested Dorothy Flood, 55, on two counts of first degree murder after two boys were found dead in a home on the 2400 block of West Kessler Place in Flowing Wells.

According to court documents recently obtained by Tucson Local Media, Flood admitted to shooting both of her grandchildren twice each, in their heads and torsos, and then attempted to kill herself by taking an unknown quantity of prescription medication. Flood told the police, "she alone was responsible for her grandchildren's deaths."

According to the Pima County Sheriff, Northwest Fire District personnel responded to a medical call near North La Cholla Boulevard and Ruthrauff Road at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Upon arrival, "they discovered an unresponsive adult female inside the residence. While providing medical care, they also discovered two children with obvious signs of trauma and determined they were dead. The female had symptoms of an apparent overdose and was transported to a local hospital."

The victims were identified as 8-year-old twins, Jaden and Jorden Webb. Flood was the grandmother and guardian of the boys, as their mother is deceased. Both boys were autistic.

Flood is currently being held in the Pima County Adult Detention Center on a $250,000 cash only bond. According to court documents, it’s believed that if released, Flood could make another attempt on her life.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Tucson Woman Arrested After Two Children Found Dead (Update)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 2:49 PM

Dorothy Flood, 55 - COURTESY PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
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  • Dorothy Flood, 55

Police arrested Dorothy Flood, 55, on two counts of first degree murder after two minors were found dead in a home on the 2400 block of West Kessler Place on 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.

According to the Pima County Sheriff, Northwest Fire District personnel responded to a medical call near North La Cholla Boulevard and Ruthrauff Road.

Upon arrival, "they discovered an unresponsive adult female inside the residence. While providing medical care, they also discovered two children with obvious signs of trauma and determined they were dead. The female had symptoms of an apparent overdose and was transported to a local hospital."

The victims were identified as 8-year-old twins, Jaden and Jorden Webb. Flood was the grandmother and guardian of the boys, as their mother is deceased. Both boys were autistic.

According to court documents, Flood admitted to shooting both of her grandchildren twice each in the heads and torsos, and then attempted to kill herself by taking an unknown quantity of prescription medication. Flood told the police, "she alone was responsible for her grandchildren's deaths."

Flood is currently being held without bond in the Pima County Adult Detention Center, as if released, it is believed she will make another attempt on her life.  

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pima County Hires New Jail Population Coordinator

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 11:58 AM

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Last week Mike Steber became the newest addition to the Pima County Sheriff Department's correctional staff as a jail population coordinator.

His job is to continuously review the jail's roster and case management system to identify individuals currently in jail for non-violent offenses who correctional officials believe, once released, would be unlikely to miss scheduled court appearances, according to a county press release.

Sheriff Mark Napier explained the necessity of the new hire in the release.

"My job is to not only make Pima County a safer place but to also ensure that we are spending taxpayer funds appropriately," said Napier. "Part of achieving both is ensuring that the right people are incarcerated in our jail for the right reasons. This will reduce costs and keep our county safer."

By consulting with the other agencies such as the county's Attorney's Office and public defenders, they can work with inmates who are willing to seek substance abuse or mental illness treatment, or get involved in housing assistance or social services programs. It's all about keeping the jail population as low as possible while still ensuring public safety.

Steber will also keep an eye out for other programs that can serve as a better alternative to being kept in custody.

"We don't want repeat business," PCSD Chief Deputy Byron Gwaltney said in the release. "In my experience, many people do better and are less likely to re-offend if they remain connected to the community and the social services available on the outside."

Steber's hire comes as the latest move by the county to address issues with incarceration. In April 2016, Pima County received a $1.5 million Safety and Justice Challenge Grant, provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to identify ways to reduce the jail population where necessary. Their goal is to reduce the population by 26 percent from 2014 to this year.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Oro Valley Murder Suspect Held on $10 Million Cash Bond

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 12:29 PM

Thirty seven-year-old Trevor Draegeth was arrested and charged with first-degree-murder after his wife, Laurie, was found dead in their Oro Valley home the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 12. - PHOTO COURTESY ORO VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • Thirty seven-year-old Trevor Draegeth was arrested and charged with first-degree-murder after his wife, Laurie, was found dead in their Oro Valley home the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Court records show that Trevor and Laurie Draegeth were involved in an argument the night before the latter was found dead in their Oro Valley home.

When Oro Valley Police Department Officers arrived at the Draegeth home on East Brearley Drive the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 12, Laurie was found face up in her bed with a gunshot wound to her left eye. An officer also observed two bullet holes in a nearby wall.

Laurie, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the medical examiner's report, Laurie was killed by a "perforating gunshot wound to the head." The death was ruled a homicide by Eric D. Peters, MD from the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.

According to the interim complaint filed with the Pima County Justice Court, Trevor, 37, told officers he and his wife had been arguing about finances the night before. He said he was later awoken by his wife, who allegedly wanted to continue the discussion.

Trevor told the officer he left the bedroom and entered the kitchen, though the argument allegedly continued, drawing him back into the bedroom. The man then told officers his wife “brandished a handgun and shot at him twice.”

The husband told officers his wife then shot herself while he embraced her “in a side hug.”

After the woman died, Trevor told officers he laid with her for roughly ten minutes, and tried to make her look “pretty.”

Laurie Draegeth - FACEBOOK, VERIFIED BY OVPD
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  • Laurie Draegeth
Trevor then told officers he removed the blanket from their bed and his shirt and attempted to wash them in the bathtub. He also cleaned the handgun with a bar of soap and the blanket.

After cleaning the weapon, the man told officer he placed it by the front door, and called the police. The entire ordeal took about an hour.

Over the course of the investigation, an officer noted that Laurie planned to leave her husband, and was “kicked out” of the house days before the incident. Investigators did not discover any signs of a suicide, and noted in the statement of probable cause that Laurie was “excited” about a trip with her daughters.

The two children have been in the custody of Trevor’s parents, and an officer indicated in court records that investigators fear the man may be a flight risk and could take his children with him.

An officer was later told during an interview by Trevor that “he had [$1 million] and owns a successful law firm.”

Trevor was later arrested for first-degree-murder by the Oro Valley Police Department and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center with a $10 million cash only bond.

Trevor’s next court date is set for Monday, March 19.

According to Oro Valley Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Carmen Trevizo, the last homicide took place in Oro Valley in 2013.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Crime, Punishment, and Prisons in America

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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The United States officially incarcerates more people than any other nation on earth.

Incarceration cost U.S. taxpayers more than $80 billion in 2016. Some states such as New York and Washington spend between $50,000 and $60,000 a year for each prisoner.

What does that cost buy?
What purposes does imprisonment serve?
What purpose should it serve?
Who should be imprisoned? For what? Why?
Who should operate prisons in the United States–government or for-profit corporations?

Pima County Public Library is inviting the community to explore these questions and share ideas at an upcoming FRANK Talk facilitated by Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona Sate University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

The event will take place Saturday, March 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. The event is free to attend and open to all. No advance registration required. 

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Man Dies In Custody at Pima County Jail

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:22 AM

On Thursday, Feb. 14, just after 2:00 p.m., a "use-of-force encounter" at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex resulted in the death of 53-year-old David Ray Maxwell. The corrections officer involved, Jason Hubert, was placed on administrative leave immediately following the encounter, as is standard protocol.
David Ray Maxwell
  • David Ray Maxwell

Hubert was was not injured during the encounter, and has been employed with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department since October 2007. The incident is currently being investigated by Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is unable to release any further information at this time and the department is in the process of notifying the inmate’s next of kin.

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, "Detention Complex have limited Force Options available to them. Such Options are limited to Officer Presence, Verbal Communications, Soft Empty Hand Control techniques, Pain Compliance techniques, Oleoresin Capsicum spray, and Hard Empty Hand Control techniques. At this time the investigation is still ongoing."

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Pounds of Drugs Found After Pima County Sheriff Conduct Traffic Stop

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 9:26 AM

34-year-old Jesus Maria Lopez-Verduzco. - COURTESY PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
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  • 34-year-old Jesus Maria Lopez-Verduzco.
Pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, and 10,000 pills suspected to be fentanyl are off the streets of Tucson after the Pima County Sherriff’s Department arrested 34-year-old Jesus Maria Lopez-Verduzco Tuesday afternoon.

According to the sheriff’s department, which announced the news the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 18, Lopez-Verduzco was stopped near the 1000 block of N. Euclid Road around 5:45 p.m. after a “Title 28 violation.” Title 28 under the Arizona Revised Statutes covers transportation, and PCSD was unable to immediately provide a specific violation.

During the traffic investigation, $1,916 and “several individually packaged baggies” including cocaine, heroin, suspected fentanyl, and methamphetamine were found. Lopez-Verduzco was arrested and charged for possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a narcotic drug, transportation for sale, prohibited possessor and for possessing a firearm while transporting narcotics and booked into Pima County jail.

PCSD also announced that information obtained during the stop led to deputies investigating a residence in the 1900 block of North Wilmont Road. At the home, deputies found a stolen hand gun, 10,000 suspected fentanyl pills, 11.3 lbs. of heroin, 5.76 lbs. of cocaine, and 8.78 lbs. of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of over $400,000 dollars.

According to jail records, Lopez-Verduzco is being held on $10,000 bond.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Game and Fish: Five Birds, Two Javelina, Illegally Shot in December by Pellet, BB Guns

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 10:21 AM

A radiograph shows a red-tailed hawk shot in three places. - COURTESY ARIZONA GAME AND FISH
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  • A radiograph shows a red-tailed hawk shot in three places.

After seven cases involving the illegal shooting of wildlife last month, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the public to be more aware of such incidents and report any suspicious activity.

The incidents, two in Sierra Vista and the rest in the greater Tucson area, involved wildlife being either dead on arrival for treatment, or euthanized. The animals included two Cooper’s hawks, two javelina, a great horned owl, a red-tailed hawk and a raven.

“These cases involving birds are violations of state and federal law, and the javelina case is against state law,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson, in a release. “BB and pellet guns are not legal means of hazing away nuisance wildlife. In addition, youngsters need to be taught that wildlife is not to be used for target practice.”

According AZGFD, the maximum penalty for a felony violation of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a $250,000 fine and two years in prison.

To report suspicious activity or suspected violations to Operation Game Thief, call 800-352-0700.

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