Fox further claimed that Labenz had told him in Louisiana, just before he died, that he should "give Navarra a shot at the SAU supervisor position, a statement that the SAU deputies were not buying," Munnell wrote.

Navarra served under Fox as the SAU's supervisor until January 2008, when a complaint was filed against him. He was suspected of sexual misconduct with a minor at his church.

Munnell's memo states that e-mails between Fox and the openly gay Navarra, discovered in an internal investigation, "revealed numerous phrases such as 'kisses,' 'hugs,' and 'love ya,' suggesting the existence of a romantic relationship between Fox and Navarra." In another e-mail, Fox told Navarra not to worry about the internal review because they were "protected."

James Miller, the MCSO's former chief of internal affairs, brought the e-mails to Hendershott's attention. But Miller was ordered by Hendershott not to interview Fox, Munnell wrote. The sexual-misconduct allegation didn't pan out, but Navarra later was charged with two felonies for misusing his computer. He later pleaded guilty in 2009 to one misdemeanor count of unauthorized access of criminal-history records and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

Fox, like Black and Hendershott, often worked at Arpaio's headquarters on the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Phoenix. To Lisa Allen, the sheriff's spokesman, Fox was an enigma — a "quiet man" who holed up most of the time in his office.

E-mails between Fox and Black from 2007, entered in the state's SCA report, show how the pair dabbled in various personal and sheriff-centric websites, including some that were related to the upcoming 2008 election.

When he wrote to Black, Fox used a different e-mail account from his typical J_fox@cox.net — he used "jdzorro@cox.net." Although he occasionally used the jdzorro e-mail account in exchanges with family members, his use of the handle in his contacts with Black seemed to bring out the romantic in him. He also touched on religion in these messages.

"I just had one of those flashes," he e-mailed to Black on May 25, 2007. He goes on to describe how there are "two kinds of Man," visionaries and missionaries. Black being the former and himself being the latter:

"You see differences between us and see a lack of unity, but those differences are precisely what make us such an effective team," Fox wrote. "It was our differences that drew us together in the first place, and our differences that keep us together now. Keep the vision. I love you."

On June 1, Fox sent Black a rambling, religious essay that concludes, "Jesus does not advocate separation. He preaches love, forgiveness, and brotherhood. Would Jesus become a Christian?"

Two months later, on August 1, Fox responded to an e-mail that Black had sent him that contained a list of domain names Black apparently had purchased and managed.

Some domain names suggested a desire to start a business together.

The list includes: electsheriffjoe.com, mcsocommand.com, officialsheriffjoe.com, sheriffcommand.com, thoughestsheriffinamerica.com [sic], blackfoxonline.com, blackfoxservices.net, blackfoxservicesonline.net, goalieproductions.com, and sheriffstars.com.

Fox asks Black, "I'm assuming the reelection site would be on electsheriffjoe . . . or do you want it on one of the others?"

The site electsheriffjoe.com became Arpaio's 2008 campaign site.

This e-mail refutes Fox's claim that he operated independently of Arpaio's campaign.


Developer Steve Ellman has been a good friend of Arpaio's for years. Ellman also is a buddy of Hendershott's.

Anna Hendershott, the chief deputy's wife, opened a restaurant in Westgate, a Glendale development of Ellman's, but it failed. Recently, the state AG's Office released another document related to an investigation into Hendershott. These records show how Munnell alleges that Hendershott may have been a "significant" investor in a Northeast Valley spot that Ellman wanted to develop. Munnell says Hendershott told Loretta Barkell, Arpaio's former finance director, to forgo the typical impact study on the land's need for police services — something that could potentially help Ellman. This case, like the SCA case, now is in the hands of federal investigators.

The mega-developer was pals with Larry Black, too, because of their shared interest in hockey and the sheriff's posse, which Black oversaw. Ellman became a member of an exclusive "advisory posse," as did some of the wealthy people he introduced over the years to the sheriff and his top men. Their names were omitted from a list of posse members that Arpaio's office released to New Times in 2009.

In early 2007, Ellman told investigators, Black asked him for a check. He said he gave Black, the guy who collected his regular campaign contributions for Arpaio, a check for $25,000. It's difficult to believe some of Ellman's statements to investigators, in part because he'd had time to prepare for the questions. He admitted during his May 2009 interview with investigators that Black had contacted him and they'd talked about the investigation.

The developer brought his attorney, former state AG Grant Woods, to the meeting with investigator Edwards. He told Edwards that he didn't know Joel Fox and hadn't heard of the SCA or the Sheriff's Command Association. It seems Black and Hendershott were Ellman's only SCA contacts, and Black apparently confused the name of the group — to him, it wasn't the Sheriff's Command Association, it was the Command Officers Association. Indeed, that's the entity to which all non-Sheriff's Office contributors wrote their checks (though all were deposited in the SCA account).

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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.)

Chucklereader
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woohoo, finding love within the confines of the mcso.This is better then reading savage love.

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THIS IS REALLY STARTING 2 GET OLD ! IF THESE 2 MUD PACKERS WANT 2 VISIT EACH OTHERS CHOCOLATE STREET , LET THEM ! IT'S THEIR LIFE , LET THEM AND ONLY THEM LIVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike
mike

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

Guest
Guest

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Ronny1note
Ronny1note

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?

Cindysince1992
Cindysince1992

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

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

Vickie
Vickie

Sheriff Joe stars in: "The SugarPlum Sheriff".Rated R

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Coyotesfan123
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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
MaricopaFail

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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your nightmare

RUASSHOLE PIERCE, YOUR NEW NAME......Mr. Az. state governor.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

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...

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...

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

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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
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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!

 
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