Why does the new times keep defending these 2?
They help a stepfather get away with raping his minor daughter. Please go to
And then ask your self if you want either one of these "men" being officers of the law.
Feel bad for the girl not them.
By Monica Alonzo
By Stephen Lemons
By Jason P. Woodbury
By Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza
By Ray Stern
By Pete Kotz
By Monica Alonzo
By New Times
The "twins" were separated.
At the hearings, Hunter noted other signs that pointed to a prejudiced attitude toward Varnrobinson, observing that Hughes avoided talking to — or even looking at — Varnrobinson.
"I told Varn I thought [Hughes] was a racist," Hunter testified during the hearings, an opinion he felt the current chief's past validated.
Witness testimony from the detectives' hearings revealed that Tryon, once Hughes was chief, wasted no time building a case to fire Varnrobinson and Hunter.
Hughes admitted under oath that he never notified the detectives that they were under investigation. Nor, he testified, did he speak to the two men about the allegations against them or make a phone call to their former boss, Ingulli.
None of this bothers Mayor Rankin.
"Those guys should've been fired a long time ago," Rankin says.
Although Hughes was well aware of the feud between the detectives and Tryon, he did not question information that Tryon turned over to him regarding their professional behavior — which Hughes used when he sought to get them fired.
"Ingulli's a lying sack of shit," New Times hears Dan Hughes mutter to a town employee at the end of Jarris Varnrobinson's appeal.
The current chief's anger is understandable, if misdirected. Testimony from Ingulli helped expose how Hughes had bungled the investigation of the two detectives.
Two months after Hughes arrived in Florence, town records show, Tryon asked the detectives' sergeant to have both compile detailed descriptions of cases they had worked over the past year. The descriptions were to include the status of the cases, whether suspects were charged, and how many resulted in prison time.
"If you are asked why you need this information, you will only inform them you have requested it and it needs to be supplied for the evaluation," Tryon wrote in a September 2012 memo to Sergeant Scott Morris.
The detectives provided the information to their sergeant, who turned it over to Tryon. The lieutenant then selected certain cases that, he said, were missing written descriptions or follow-up reports or were not properly entered into a police database.
On October 1, 2012, Tryon sent a memo to Hughes, documenting what he believed was the detectives' incomplete work.
The problem was, he omitted cases with successful prosecutions, according to personnel records.
By November 8, Hughes sent his recommendation to fire Varnrobinson and Walt Hunter to the town manager.
If there were problems with case files, it is unclear why no action was taken against Morris, given that he was Varnrobinson and Hunter's direct supervisor and in charge of reviewing and signing off on their reports.
Tryon reached into the past to find another rationale for firing the detectives, a 2010 incident involving a 17-year-old girl who reported that her stepfather had raped her.
Hunter was the lead investigator in the case. He wanted the Pinal County's Family Advocacy Center to conduct a forensic interview with the girl. Hunter tried contacting someone at the center but was not immediately successful.
An FPD sergeant instructed the detective to do the interview himself at the police station and informed Hunter that the girl recently had asked what the consequences were for lying.
Armed with this information, Hunter and Varnrobinson interrogated the girl.
Complaints about the questioning — that the detectives treated her like a suspect rather than a victim — prompted Ingulli to convene a meeting with advocacy center officials, members of the County Attorney's Office, and Varnrobinson and Hunter to review their interviewing techniques.
The detectives acknowledged mistakes, and the chief settled the matter by assigning them to undergo specialized training.
All parties considered the matter closed. However, two years later, it was one of the town's stated reasons for their dismissals.
On this point, hearing officer McAnally sided with Varnrobinson and Hunter, concluding that the retraining of the detectives ended the matter.
He wrote in his judgment that Hughes' attempt "to re-create a disciplinary issue" out of an old error was "invalid." He stated that using the incident as a rationale for the men's termination was "double jeopardy."
Another cited reason for the dismissals was Jarris Varnrobinson and Walt Hunter's reinvestigation of the 2009 shooting death of 9-year-old Dustin Kemp, originally assigned to Detective Renee Klix.
Chief Hughes said "it would appear that [they] took it upon themselves to re-investigate this case in an effort to discredit fellow employees Tryon and Klix," town records show.
Had he asked either Hunter or Varnrobinson, Hughes would have discovered that they were assigned the case by Robert Ingulli, and only after a Florence police evidence technician told the then-chief that Klix had failed to properly document the crime scene.
During the September hearings, Hughes testified that Klix did a good job on the Kemp case. But according to a prosecutor from the County Attorney's Office and an FPD evidence technician, the case was poorly handled.
A deputy county attorney cited Klix's shoddy investigation — including many unanswered questions — as the reason his office had pulled the case from grand jury consideration.
During the detectives' hearings, Tom Clifford, who oversees the FPD's evidence room, said he tried to use the case as a learning opportunity for an intern working with him.
Why does the new times keep defending these 2?
They help a stepfather get away with raping his minor daughter. Please go to
And then ask your self if you want either one of these "men" being officers of the law.
Feel bad for the girl not them.
AHHHHH USSAbyOBAMANATION. Reinstated is NOT the same as rehired. If you are reinstated it is ...the termination is rescinded and NEVER happened. According to Websters: REINSTATE: TO PUT (someone) BACK IN A JOB OR POSITION THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN AWAY.
If the termination wasRESCINDED then it means: take back, cancel, void; to end (a contract, law, agreement, or like in our case a termination) officiallly; to say offically that (the termination) is no longer valid!!!!!
What I find amusing is that this article glosses over some of the facts about Officer Walt Hunter and his current assignment with the Florence Police Department. In your article you state that he was re-hired with a reduction in pay, without the ability to carry his weapon or badge and is currently working in "code enforcement".
I did a little research and, according to the Arizona Police Officer Standards & Training board (AZPOST), Officer Hunter must undergo the full background, polygraph and medical examinations now that he is back with the department. (http://www.azpost.state.az.us/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.htm -- "What Happens to My Certification If I Quit or Lose My Job?" AND How Long Will My Certification Remain Inactive?") The Florence Police Department has NOTHING to do with this, regardless of whether or not you believe Officer Hunter was correctly or incorrectly terminated in the first place. Now surely, the journalist who wrote this article could have figured this out on his/her own.
Most likely the reason Officer Hunter was given a reduction in pay is because the department pays Detectives a 5% incentive for holding that position. Considering that: A) Both of the positions are currently filled and; B) Officer Hunter is most likely on probation as a new hire with the department (standard procedure for all new hires AND rehires), he would be ineligible to return to that position anyway.
Lastly because of my first point, the reexamination of Walt Hunters re-hire packet by AZPOST (over which the Florence Police Department has NO control), Officer Hunter CANNOT carry a wepon or perform any duties as a law enforcement officer, I'm sure that his working in "code enforcement" was seen as something that would best utilize his interpersonal skills that he used as an officer until such time as he can undergo field training in patrol. After all, one would think that he should do SOMETHING to earn the money the Town is paying him, right?
Again, just some facts that came to me and that I was able to back up with some simple research. Unfortunately, it appears that this type of un-biased research is beyond the abilities of the author(s) of this piece. After all, that doesn't help the cause of "yellow journalism", does it?
People! Please watch the channel 12 investigative report on Police Chief Bob Ingulli leaving the Town of Kearny uncovered. AZPOST: Ingulli lied to the reporter. Check the record.
Walt Hunter sits in the Detective office with Jarris Varnrobinson for 3 years after this investigation closes without saying a word. Chief Robert Ingulli approves the original report. Now suddenly they are all three fired, and everyone is super cop. Bob Ingulli hired Terry Tryon as his Sergeant and then his Lieutenant after testing results led to other applicants. Why did Chief Bob want Terry so bad as his lieutenant? Chief Robert Ingulli promoted officer Klix to Detective. Chief Igulli was the one who changed the promotion rules to allow him to promote officer Scott Morris to Sergeant after only one year at the department. Now Chief Bob Ingulli is running around delivering this article to his "supporters" in Florence. The same "supporters who did not vote for him in the Sheriff's election. Those of you who know, you know.
well look all you fucking pieces of shit why dnt you all say ur real fucking names you scared you kids might get fucked up!! get a better life thn try and get my dad off his seat!! he is on top and once again bringing up dumb shit! you people need to say ur true name and let me deal wit you! this is tomtom his son talk all the shit you want about me I dnt give a fuck but trust me if I do find ur name out youll hear my voice!! bring it on bitches
I have lived in some of the most notoriously corrupt counties in the United States.
Pinal County's corruption is by far worse and better organized than even Ouichatia County AR which was rated as the most corrupt County in the US in 1980.
It is a continueing criminal enterprise worthy of a RICO investigation.
Payoffs extend from the Sheriff's Office, County Attorney's Office through the Code enforcement office which is used to harrass political opponents and give special consideration to developers. At least one Supervisor was forced to resign when he was caught doing favors for an out of state developer. (no prosecution of course).
The practices are so wide spread that the Superviosrs must be involved to allow it to happen.
Unfortunately, the CA is a Paul Babeu plant. The semi-righteous CA Pinal used to have his gone. It will take the feds coming in to right these wrongs inside the Florence Police Department. If what a commenter says is true, that's coming.
Nice expose Alonzo and Lemons. Lets hope the C.A. for Pinal Co. is not part of this filth , and can do an honest INVESTIGATION on this. Waiting for part 2 ....peace
Florence PD sounds like a certain corrupt and rogue police agency that was found by both the United States Department of Justice as well as an impartial, conservative Republican Judge to racially profile Hispanics.
So as a member of the Neal Family do you think that the Rankins would stand up for you? NO THEY WOULDNT. The charactor of Tom Rankin and his families influence in this town ARE in question in this article. Its easy for them to take the credit in this town but never the blame. You are right that people of Florence have turned their heads for along time but its out of fear of retribution from Rankin and his cronies, like Tryon.
To Todd, you act like you know for a fact that Varn's wife is a meth user. How do you know unless you smoked with her???? Its just gossip BS. Gossip is like jealousy. It grows into some kind of wicked monster! It actually destroys peoples lives. You know the Pinal Market sells meth tubes. And no one is talking about them being meth heads!! I saw someone ask for a rose ina tube. hmmm. Just because they sell pipes doesn't mean they use dope! Its called business. Also "Felony" clothing line. Who gives a rats a-- wha the name is! Its a business. He used to have a license plate that said Felony too! Does that make him condone a felon? No! Also about Varn's wife changing her name. WHO CARES
Accountability is the problem. no one who is the wrong doer in the PD is ever held accountable. If they don't like you and you are not a butt sniffer then they will find a reason to get rid of you, and anyone you call as a witness who is employed there will "not be able to recall the events". It will take a GIANT $$$ lawsuit to the town before they wake up and see that the police dept has been corrupt for years. How Tryon and Rankin became allies is crazy, Terry used to verbalize his dislike of him years ago. I guess if you can't beat them join them. As far at MESSNWITHLIVES little rant goes...who are you to make such allegations against Rankins daughter? Were you in the bed? For real. Even if what you said is true this has no bearing on her father, or this storey!! and just for the record...Rankin does not own Florence! We do!! We people are to blame, we work long hours and take the road of least resistence. We the town of Florence have turned our head to the BS for a long time. It is no secret the PD has been prejudice for decades. But times should be a changing!!!
Have you heard about Rankins kids? His daughter is sleeping with her boss. His son "Tom Tom" is a punk criminal and addict who beats women. Rankin "owns" Florence and the FPD. Wake up Tom Rankin. You are a small town hick and criminal!
Have you heard about Rankins kids? His daughter is sleeping with her boss and cheated on her husband. His son "Tom Tom" is a punk criminal and addict who beats women. Rankin "owns" Florence and the FPD. Wake up Tom Rankin!!. You are a small town hick and criminal! People from Florence really believe they are special. You are nobody's. Quit screwing with peoples lives. What makes you think you have the right to treat people the way you do?
WOW williewill troll much. Go and attack me personally because you can't debate the facts.
InjusticeForAll. Not one thing I wrote is not factual that is why you did not address them.
Does Varn's wife own a tattoo parlor that sells paraphernalia? yes.
Did she legally change her name to VarnZombie(look at her drivers license) so it did not affect his POST certification. Yes
Does Varnrobinson own "felony" clothing line. yes
Did Varnrobinson call Florence police instead of the local police(he doesn't live in the town of Florence) when his wife was in a domestic fight with her brothers. YES
If local police have been to his house over a half dozen times why as a highly trained police officer did he not call them to report the incident and delay response? to give her time to get rid of the meth.
InjusticeForAll just Read the police report
There a lot of good people for the newtimes to defend. this is not one of them.
They fucked with the wrong guys when they went after Varnrobinson and Hunter! Mayor Crackertard and his KKKGB will be lucky to hang on to their jobs. In at least one case, maybe even their freedom. One hears that an investigation by the big boys is under consideration because of this article. I hope this is true.
Let the Phoenix New Times know the facts and how you feel about this corruption by posting to this comment thread. Then go to the organizational and rally page http://www.facebook.com/InjusticeToAll. and http://twitter.com/InjusticeToAll
Contact the US Department of Justice as well as the NAACP and demand an investigation into the corruption, racism and cover-ups by the police administrators and town officials! It runs deeper then the news of this single article. So tell them what you truly know about the happenings in Florence but were afraid to state before because you feared retaliation by the town officials!
Stay tuned because the Phoenix New Times has more information and exposure to come! You will see the Town's corrupt officials point fingers, lie and then hide under the rocks from which they came! It happens the same way every time!
Varnrobinson is as corrupt as they come. Just Ask His Meth head wife(who changed her last name to "varnZombie" no joke. The police had to come to a domestic at his house where she was high on Meth and fighting her brothers. Varnrobinson owns a tattoo parlor that he sells Bongs and other Paraphernalia out of. his clothing line is called "Felony".
Sorry Newtimes but It is well known in the town of Florence that "Varn" has dirt on Chief Bob, that is why he covered for him all these years. Just ask him about the time he broke into a house and took "evidence" without a warrant(or legal reason). the town of Florence had to pay those people plenty.
@USSAbyOBAMANATION and the two crack pots they have in detectives now are worthless. Lusk or Gaston now since she married, was beaten by her husbad who works for chandler police and she would not report it. Exactly the kind of hinesty an officer should have right. She was sleeping with a fireman adn her current husbad and let the fireman get arrested when he found her and him sleeping on the couch together. She attacked the fireman but let him take the rap.
@USSAbyOBAMANATION your simple research is complete garbage. The judge determined that Hunter was wrongfully termintated. This means he shoudl have never been fired. Upon reinstatement he should have been put back exactly where he was when he left. he is not a new hire as you so kindly called him, therefor he is not required to go through that process. You need to get your shit together, I would not doubt if this was Hughes or had a connection to him. Hes a racist piece of shit
@USSAbyOBAMANATION With all this knowledge of the situation we can safely assume this post came from disgraced Chief Dan Hughes himself or his wife, or maybe your just a close friend or coworker of theirs.
Well sir or madame respectfully, I think you are missing the point of the article. The other matter is that the Town of Florence technically did not consider Walt Hunter terminated after he was reinstated. According to my research, it is very uncommon to put an officer through all of the background, polygraph, etc, when they are reinstated, because technically they never left employment, especially if the town imposes sanctions after reinstatement for the time the officer was away from his post. What I have read is that the Town of Florence, stated that Hunter was on administrative leave and suspension. The only thing required by AZPOST is that the department notify them that the officer is reinstated with a simple form of explanation, which takes a couple of days for AZPOST to process. You may want to call AZPOST like I did, and thoroughly confirm your information, because this is considered an unusual situation to AZPOST.
@racheljones10050 Ms. Jones or Mrs. Tryon; whatever your real name maybe, you have made several factual errors in your statement. I guess who you actually are doesn't really matter, but don't rely on rumors, know the areas you are speaking about!
1st: The fire incident you speak of did not occur within the town limits of Kearny, this occurred within Pinal County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction (please review jurisdictional boundary maps). Kearny Police Department had an officer that was actually the first responder on scene, and provided the responding Deputies with the equipment they needed to secure the area. The Town of Florence even has area that is classified by zip code as Florence, but is within the jurisdiction of the Pinal County Sheriff. (Again please review jurisdictional boundary maps, as I have done!)
2nd: Detective Varnrobinson wasn't in the Detectives unit when the desert rape occurred. If I remember correctly he wasn't a Detective until April 2008.
3rd: Based on court documents, hearing documents and town documents, Detective Hunter made his initial complaint on Tryon as soon as he found out about the evidence being given away. This complaint and the next were ignored by then Town Manager Himanshu Patel, whom was recently fired by Pinal County, just as he ignored complaints against Tryon which was made by another detective, a couple sergeants and several members of the patrol staff.
4th: Tryon reviewed and signed off on the report of the desert rape not Ingulli. Wouldn't you say that was a conflict of interest, being Tryon was related to and personal friends with several persons involved with and associated to this travesty?
5th: Tryon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at the insistence of Patel. Due to numerous written reprimands which showed Tryon to be incompetent in the position, Ingulli attempted to demote him but once again he was protected by Patel. Tryon graduating with just a GED and no formal college education does not meet the standard qualifications, upheld by most every police agency in Arizona, necessary to hold the position of Lieutenant, even after completing a 'simple' ten week command school, which is not equal to any degree given by an accredited university. All of this verifiable, so please take the time to verify, as I have done and the New Times.
By the way Klix was promoted to Detective by Terry Tryon and Lt. Clint Lee, whom was the acting Chief of Police at that time, but I am sure you can verify this its public record. According to county records, Chief Ingulli was running for Sheriff.
What is notable is that you never deny that Tryon gave away evidence which constitutes felonies on his part. In summary, you can attempt to convolute the issue by talking about a fire, or when a formal complaint was made or when Sgt. Morris was promoted; none of it diminishes the fact Lt. Tryon committed several felonies and Det. Klix botched several serious investigations all which were ignored by the former and current administration of the Town of Florence.If you have any other statements or questions, please don't hesitate to visit my personal facebook page SeekJusticeArizona, or even visit my just cause page under InjusticeToAll. I care about my Town of Florence, which is 'Our' Town of Florence, and allegations of the nature presented by any media source should be taken seriously and investigated, without the interference of the Florence 'Good Ol' Boys'!
@king181465 Tom Tom you aint nothing but a little punk bitch. You aint going to do shit. I'm sure you were loved by many during your stay in prison.
@rhondabradley00 Paul Babeu is the first person in Pinal County that needs to go. He definitely paid Jose a lot of hush money. Haven't heard a word from Jose since the article hit.
@rhondabradley00 Keen observation. Will take feds to clean this crap-hole up. (And I thought Colorado City AZ. was bad, with Jef Flake up there prayin to PROFIT Warren JEFFS).....
@Messnwithlives Just so you know there are two sets of Neals in Florence. . . and irregardless of skin color...
@nealscrazycasa1 Varn was a prick with a stick up his ass though, so I don't feel sorry for his ass.
@FlorenceCitizen I am InjusticeForAll, I am a woman, and not associated with the Florence Police Department or the Detective Varnrobinson. If you have any other statements or questions, please don't hesitate to visit my personal facebook page SeekJusticeArizona, or even visit my just cause page under InjusticeToAll. I am just stating and reposting the facts of these cases which are of course researchable and available to the public. All you have to do is take it serious, and get the documents and you will know what I know. The Phoenix New Times took the time to investigate this matter, and report the facts they discovered! You should do the same and never assume, as you have already done!
@Messnwithlives You're giving Tom too much credit, Tom doesn't even own a car nonetheless Florence. Florence used to be a quiet small Hispanic town, now its over ran by white trash people who moved there because they work at one of the many prisons in town. It's a shame that Tom and Terry have brought this negative press to Florence. I would quickly recall Tom and if the town council were smart they would call an outside agency to conduct a thorough investigation on Mr. Tryon. He definitely needs to be fired.
@ToddDalton Thanks Mr. Tryon
Even if this is true, which I seriously doubt ("get rid of the meth." please! prove it), it doesn't alter the hard, cold facts of the current story, dumb ass! also, where you're coming from is obvious, as williewill and others note.
@ToddDalton Thanks Mr. Tyron for your comments.
@ToddDalton You must be a relative or close friend of that 'known and verified' crooked cop Lt. Terry Tryon or maybe that racist Chief of Police Dan Hughes. Oh wait, maybe your connected to the corrupt and prejudice Mayor Tom Rankin! Well it doesn't matter because your unreliable statement was just as ignorant as those people I mentioned! LOL
@ToddDalton LOL....Really, that was the funniest story you could have told.!Wow... the funny thing is that what you are saying sounds like you really "don't know" what your talking about on many levels! So keep trying, because the facts are already there posted in this story and if you knew anything about anything, you would know that Investigative Reporters do their homework before they post stories, especially those of corruption by government officials and police administrators!
is this jr or sr cuz hell I shit I both you worthless fucks for one jr you been a dick sucker for awhile now and take it in the ass you lil bitch!! and sr ur a piece of shit just like the rest of you and ur lil world look wats gonna come about either ur son cock suckers gonna get split or you can take one for ur boy!! anytime bring it!!!
@mooncricket2001 @nealscrazycasa1 Really. Just so you know he encountered racisim the first day on the job. you should grow up mooncricket2001. No one is asking for your pity. It is the fact that this type of behavior from our police department reflects badly on Florence and also the fact that our police department has been racial feed for too long and the citizens are sick of it. you sound like you grabbed the stick out of his ass and are now stirring the pot with it.
@mooncricket2001 White trash. You opinions are steeped in racism and ingnorance. At times you seem to have some intelligence and then you roll out the BS race card! Just stop already. Racism is FEAR! Conquer the fear and find out irregardless of skin tone, people are the same on the inside...want to love and be loved, be able to take care of their children, to instill values, character, and morals in them by the way they live their own lives. Why does the color of a mans skin say anything?! It is by the quality of his character and how they live their life that people should be judged by.
@king181465 is violence really anyway to solve anything. if what everyone is saying is not true why not just ignore it and let it go by the way side, rather than stir up any more trouble. I for one know the Rankins and they are not all bad. Everyone makes mistakes. However I do agree with tom tom about the osmondsums. Tom Tom, just let go of it man, things will blow over if everything is incorrect. If it is all true than just weather the storm.
@mooncricket2001 Its a free world where people can have their own beliefs. As an adult your beliefs should be based on fact or spiritual conviction. i am not one to stop you. RUN WITH IT!!