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AZDPS Former Employee Arrested by FBI

Sedona AZ — On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in coordination with Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS), arrested former AZDPS employee Rene Algara as a result of an FBI criminal investigation. Previous to his arrest by the FBI, Algara was terminated by the Department of Public Safety. Algara was arrested on 21 felony charges related to money... 

Arizona Amber, Blue and Silver Alerts Systems Upgraded

Sedona AZ — The Arizona’s Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is responsible for sending emergency alert messages to the public in three critical areas: Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts and Blue Alerts. These alerts have the capability of reaching the Arizona public using two different emergency systems. The first is called the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which is used by TV and radio operators to... 

Former Sedona High School Student Arrested for Possession of Deadly Weapon in School Zone

Sedona Red Rock Junior-Senior High School, Sedona AZ, was the scene of a school lockdown after a former student, Thomas Zielinski, drove to the school with a firearm with the stated intent of confronting his girlfriend and another male. Sedona AZ – The Sedona Police Department has begun the next phase of ensuring school safety following the arrest last Friday, August 30, of 19-year-old Thomas... 

Tip Leads to Stolen Vehicles at Maricopa Chop Shop

Sedona AZ — On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, the Arizona’s Border Strike Force (ABSF) Vehicle Theft Task Force (VTTF) investigation lead to a search warrant resulting in the recovery of several stolen vehicles, stolen car parts, the arrest of one suspect, and the dismantling of a chop shop. James M. Zavala, 46, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for ten counts of theft of means of... 

AZ DPS Funds Law Enforcement First Protector Training

Sedona AZ — The Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC), will be hosting a two-day “First Protector” train-the-trainer for 150 state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers statewide September 18 – 19, 2019, in the Phoenix area. The training will utilize the A.L.I.C.E (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) Active Shooter Response with the goal of taking this training... 

Death and Stabbing on AZ 89 North of Flagstaff

Gray Mountain AZ is north of Flagstaff AZ on SR 89. Sedona AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate an AZ Highway 89 death and stabbing near Gray Mountain, Arizona on August 5, 2019. As the incident occurred on a state highway and involved moving vehicles, the Arizona Department of Public Safety was charged with assisting the CCSO investigation. Detectives have... 

Phoenix Career Criminal Arrested on 38 Counts

Sedona AZ – On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s (AZDPS) Career Criminal Unit arrested 28-year-old Lewis Martinez, a career criminal, for: • Armed Robbery • Trafficking in Stolen Property in the First Degree (11 Counts) • Money Laundering • Misconduct Involving Weapons • Organized Retail Theft (6 Counts) • Organized Retail Theft Use of Instrument to... 

AZ Couple Facing Charges After Defrauding Victims

Sedona AZ  — On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives arrested and booked 42-year-old Kent Burton and his wife, 36-year-old Carly Burton and charged them with the following: • Aggravated taking the identity of another or entity • Forgery • Fraudulent schemes and artifices • Fraudulent schemes and practices/willful concealment • Perjury by inconsistent... 
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