Public Safety Roundup: New Kidnapping; Air Units Searching for 85-year-old; Witnesses Help Catch Robbers at Wal-Mart; Sheriff Arpaio Wakes Up

Tuesday morning cop news releases:

*Mesa police and Pinal County air units began searching for a lost 85-year-old woman before dawn this morning. Mesa police Sergeant Ed Wessing states, "Cell phone contact was made last night and it is believed she is in south Pinal County." The search was still going on at about 7 a.m.

*At about 1:30 this morning, a woman was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at  857 North Dobson, with the door wide open. Bad idea. Two would-be gangbangers robbed her of a cell phone and cash. But it ain't the punks' day. On-the-ball eyewitnesses -- no doubt armed with mobile phones -- noted the bad guys' red getaway car. Cops stopped their dirty ride at Alma School Road and Main Street, taking three suspects to jail.

*Phoenix police report a kidnapping near 27th Avenue and Van Buren and are asking news choppers to stay away.

*The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office "breaking news alert" e-mail system reports this morning that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is on Twitter:

From: Wednesday - June 17, 2009 7:28 AM To: Subject: Sheriff Joe on Twitter!

Of course, this is old news by now:

Perhaps the "Web team" wanted subscribers to read an important bulletin on Arpaio's Twitter account, such as the one on Monday, June 15 at 2:20 p.m., "Woke up."


1. In any case, I would still love to meet @Joe_Arpaio I think it would be an interesting conversationabout 12 hours ago from web 2. I will give you an autographed copy of Joe's Law and we can get a picture togetherabout 12 hours ago from web 3. An open challenge to Faux Joe Arpaio: Come meet with me face to face in my office, and stop using my name here on Twitter...about 12 hours ago from web 4. They were also rewarded with non-jail food for lunchabout 14 hours ago from web 5. They were able to overcome the obstacle of being in jail to accomplish something productiveabout 14 hours ago from web 6. I am very proud of the 12 juvenile inmates that I graduated today from Hard Knox Highschool.about 14 hours ago from web 7. Interesting points Ed makes here.7:02 AM Jun 16th from web 8. Surprisingly I didn't hear any complaints about the liver and onions. Must be better than what they normally get in my jails6:11 PM Jun 15th from web 9. PM Jun 15th from web 10. Just was over at the Tents being filmed by the Discovery Channel. Nice people. The inmates weren't as happy to see me however...2:59 PM Jun 15th from web 11. Amar'e Stoudemire as the newest honorary deputy2:58 PM Jun 15th from web 12. -2:56 PM Jun 15th from TwitPic 13. - A very nice cake that staff brought in for me today2:56 PM Jun 15th from TwitPic 14. -2:55 PM Jun 15th from TwitPic 15. I am proud to say I will be swearing in an NBA player tomorrow as an honorary deputy2:22 PM Jun 15th from web 16. **woke up2:20 PM Jun 15th from web 17. The nicest thing about waking up when you are 77 is the fact that you at least wole up.2:20 PM Jun 15th from web 18. what a wonderful dinner, I hope it is going this well in the jail with the liver and onions...5:33 PM Jun 14th from web 19. The best restaurant in Fountain Hills- Appian Way Bruno's place5:33 PM Jun 14th from web 20. My beautiful wife Ava took me out for my 2nd favorite meal at my favorite restaurant; calamari and linguini5:32 PM Jun 14th from web


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