Reached by New Times, Osborne says it wasn't clear at the time whom Hendershott wanted to "crush" but that he could have been referring to Saban.

She would find out later exactly what he meant.

On October 6, 2006, Black and Fox registered two PACs with the county: Arizona Association High Ground and Arizona Association High Ground Issues. So far, so good — it was just as Osborne had advised.

But on the same day, Black and Fox also opened a bank account at Wells Fargo for their secret PAC, and this is where the contributions went. The report shows that Black and Fox never asked anyone to contribute to the two legal PACs — and the probable reason is that following the rules wouldn't have brought in as much money for Hendershott's purposes.

As would become important evidence later, all three PACs shared the same address: It was a personal P.O. box set up by Larry Black in 2005 for himself and a family member. Post office records show that Joel Fox's name was added to the account soon after.

It wasn't long before Hendershott began pushing command staff to make monthly direct deposits to the SCA account. Scott Freeman, a deputy chief over special investigations, told investigators that Hendershott said the fund would help deputies. He recalled that the chief deputy said to see Larry Black, who had "put together" the organization, about setting up a direct deposit.

When interviewed by investigators in 2009, Jerry Sheridan, the sheriff's director of detention, said he discussed the fund for the first time in Hendershott's office. Sheridan "thought the money was to be used for the sheriff," the report says, and Sheridan recalled how Hendershott (or maybe someone else) told him the fund would be "a PAC or like a PAC."

Munnell, who was Sheridan's friend, also said he thought that when Hendershott first told him about the fund, he said it was "like a PAC."

Munnell said Hendershott later coached him to tell investigators that Hendershott never said it was "like a PAC."

The reason is obvious — if the SCA was a PAC, subject to legal reporting requirements (so secret donations cannot be made to candidates), then Hendershott broke the law.

The cover story was that Fox was the only one with control over the fund, and since he was just one person, he couldn't be a PAC. Fox's position was that he was just a guy who took donations with the aim of helping fight negative media coverage of deputies. He said he didn't know why people sent money to the account or how they found out, and that it was his choice alone to give the money to the Republican Party.

(When Fox's fund was made public, Osborne, the county elections director, declared it was a PAC.)

After Hendershott learned that investigators would come calling, he stopped by Freeman's office and told Freeman that he should recall how Hendershott hadn't been involved with the SCA — that it had been Black who had solicited Freeman for the fund.

"Scott Freeman told Chief Hendershott that was not his recollection," the report states.

It wouldn't have been wise for Hendershott to be legally tied to the SCA, because he was neck-deep in the campaign, Sheridan told investigators.

It makes perfect sense: If a top campaign aide had subordinates set up the SCA, the claim of independence from the campaign falls apart.

Like Freeman, Sheridan was told by Hendershott to see Black about making SCA donations. Sheridan said he didn't contribute because Black didn't return his calls. Later, the harsh anti-Saban ad would upset Sheridan, who believed Arpaio didn't need it to beat Saban.

"Chief Sheridan thought that Chief Hendershott and Larry Black were responsible for the ad, but he had no direct proof," the report states.

Rollie Siebert, an MCSO civilian employee who works at a training center, told investigator Edwards that Hendershott asked him to make monthly payments to the fund and that they talked about the sheriff's 2008 re-election campaign in the same context as the donations. Siebert also recalled a conversation in which Hendershott told him that, as far as Saban goes, "We're well prepared, and we're gonna stick it up his ass."

Sheriff's employees Hendershott, Fox, Black, Scott Freeman, Frank Munnell, and deputy chiefs Brian Sands and Jesse Locksa ended up donating a total of $12,150. (Fox, however, had an ATM card for the account and withdrew his $2,050 contribution before the election.)

The fund really took off, though, in 2007 — when Hendershott and Black tapped into the "big money" he had mentioned in his meeting with Osborne.


On the way home from the Hurricane Rita expedition, veteran Deputy Gary Labenz died of a heart attack in his hotel room. Munnell's 2010 memo states that Fox personally selected Deputy Anthony Navarra to replace Labenz as supervisor of the Special Assignment Unit, the sheriff's SWAT team.

Munnell and other senior staff members thought the promotion was absurd, since Navarra was a rookie deputy.

Fox wrote an e-mail on October 24, 2005 — Munnell didn't state who received it — that he had picked Navarra because he needed "a certain personality that I think Tony exemplifies."

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malasangre
malasangre

the best part of this story is the right twisting in pain to ok these guys

WhatASurprise
WhatASurprise

Is Larry Black the brother of former Liquor Commission Assistant Department head Tim Black?

Cgamble49
Cgamble49

how come we (ARIZONA) end up with all the crazy people, (Brewer,Horne,Joe,Pearce,etc.)

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Guest
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ray stern, it seems obvious to anyone who can read that "what happened" in LA (Louisiana) was the unexpected death of Deputy Gary Labenz. Clearly, it affected Fox and Black deeply. Having smeared two long-time employees of MCSO for expressing their feelings to each other about his death, i sure hope you have actual PROOF that Captain Joel Fox and Larry Black are homosexual lovers, as you've so obviously implied....otherwise, you're gonna lose your ass in the forthcoming lawsuit. Good luck.

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Alexander
Alexander

Pretty blockbuster stuff if its all true. I feel like they could have left the gay part out- if it was just two drinking buddies squandering taxpayer funds & misusing authority, I think folks would be equally up in arms.

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Typically the New Times embraces Homo-sexuality, unless it is a useful ploy to smear someone. If I were gay I would be outraged by this stab in the back and would boycott the businesses that advertise in this rag. Even if I were straight, I still would. There is far too much of hate mongering and hate bating by this rag. We need solutions not problems in this world.

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I honestly do not care if these men love each other or have sex together. That's none of my business. I don't understand the entire homosexual thing, but as a straight guy and a moderate old-school conservative, it doesn't affect me. Why should I give a damn about what two men do in bed? Doesn't have any bearing on my life!

This is something the new-fangled right wing conservatives should think about. What is it exactly about people's bedroom antics that make you think it's any of your business? You're supposed to be Conservatives, meaning minimal Big Brother Government attitudes. So butt out of what ain't your concern.

On the other hand, what does bother me is the lousy job the MCSO has long been doing as a law enforcement agency. Pushing a $100 million in legal costs, maybe over that by now. Endless lawsuits, mostly lost. Wrongful deaths in our jails, including a mother's unborn child. Crime ignored all over the county to fund Dog and Pony shows about illegal aliens.

Hell, MCSO isn't even all that effective at catching illegals. They completely ignore major offenders and chase the least worrisome, least costly, easiest to catch illegals while catching damned few of them AT VERY HIGH COST!

Wish I had the power, I'd fire the top 50 ranking people in MCSO. Be they law enforcement or public relations or what have you. Start at the top, boot out a bunch of these clowns.

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2 MORE QUEER BOYS DYING 2 HIT EACH OTHER UP THE BUTT !

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Wow, How embarrassing for them. Why does the media feel the need to disclose this stuff. It sounds really private and personal. Why is this an issue? Are we living in the 1950's again? How bout some real news?

Vickie
Vickie

No wonder Sheriff Joe is so "Hard-On" capturing illegals!!You can't bring charges of "Love In The 2nd Degree" if you're booted out of the country!!!Who will listen to you? lolLarry "Rubber Lips" Black. LOL

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It must be odd wanting a career in law enforcement only to be hired by MCSO and become part of a corrupt criminal organization.

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Patraulea2323

I hear there's a new movie being filmed in Arizona: "Brokeback Sheriffs" :-)

MaricopaFail
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Hahaha figures these dirty pigs would be gay too. So its not the inmates raping each other, its Joe and his ass pirates!

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Hey phoenixtimes, why don't you do some real investigative work and try and find the people who beat this giants fan to death. I bet they are LA dodgers fans, probably mexicans from LA, probably illegal too. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s...

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To Tonka II
To Tonka II

Ok, so the two Deputies Bumped Butts, who cares, not my business. As for Sheriff Joe - That man does an extremely good job. He is prone to listen to others under him and not be in complete control, but Joe is honest and above board.

How do I knwo so much you ask? Because I'm around these men every day of the week.

Church Lady
Church Lady

To quote a great lady "Well, isn't that special?" Church lady would be disappointed with all the grab assing in Maricopa and well as Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Babeu the Church Lady is coming after you!

mike
mike

You have to clean out the bowl before you make the frosting.

paulA
paulA

straight dudes don't talk to each other like that.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Alexander, I don't think anyone really gives a rip if these two are actually physical lovers. The salient part about this whole issue is that Black and Fox were NOT being truthful about their involvement in the SCA criminal actions, and they were hiding their relationship, to the point of Fox actually having a hidden email account for their emotional exchanges. Putting any criminal activity aside how do you think the families of these two must feel, if indeed they are physical lovers? Imagine the danger involved for the wives, who likely didn't have a clue as to the extent of their involvement?

I think the reporter was correct to include all facets of their activity.

mike
mike

that's funny, I pictured Black as the top too...

Tina
Tina

Just change the names of these two wayward spouses (Black and Fox) to one being male, the other female.

Doesn't make any difference if those two are homosexual, heterosexual or bi-sexual.

The bottom line is the pervasive, deliberate, crafty and knowingly unlawful activity, initiated by Hendershott to unlawfully obtain illegal campaign contributions for the SOLE purpose of re-electing ONE political office holder (Arpaio), with re-election of his partner in crime (Thomas) being thrown in for good measure. All knowingly unlawful from day one.

While the emails might add some insight and speculation as to why the cover-up and dishonesty to investigators and the court lasted so long, it doesn't alter the purposefully unlawful actions of top people in this law enforcement agency, and the sheriff's pecking order that carried out the devious plan.

Keep the focus. MCSO, remember, is a LAW enforcement agency.

HARLEYKINGMAN
HARLEYKINGMAN

ILL BET AS THEY WATCHED BROKE BACK MOUNTAIN , THEY PLAYED BEING THE 2 QUEER COWBOYS WHO WERE IN LUV WITH EACH OTHER AND TAKING TURNS GOING UP CHOCOLATE STREET !

Cindysince1992
Cindysince1992

This is news, it's news when my taxes are paying their salaries !!!

Coyotesfan123
Coyotesfan123

It is Phoenix New Times right? Los Angeles New Times. Besides I hope hope law enforcement would investigate a murder.

busman
busman

thats right the illegals are to blame for this right you bigot! just admint your most conservative racist friends are gay!!!! ROTFL...

be*nice
be*nice

Or...perhaps YOUR PEOPLE! You are so rude nd racist.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Tina, nicely said.... I always enjoy your written word.

 
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