Terry Goddard Presents Spirit of Compassion Awards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 26, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today presented his office’s “Spirit of Compassion” award to three Phoenix residents who stepped forward to help crime victims. The awards were presented at the Attorney General’s Office Victims’ Rights Week recognition ceremony.

The awards were presented to Dr. Louis Core and Dr. Bradley Sandvik, both Phoenix dentists, and to Doug Stegman, owner of Stegman Dental Labs in Phoenix.

Three Past and Present Apache County School Officials Indicted

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 24, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of William Bean, 52, former Red Mesa Unified School District Superintendent, Stewart Waite, 35, former Red Mesa Unified School District Business Manager, and Sadie Tso, 53, Red Mesa School Governing Board President, on theft and fraud charges. Waite was also charged with forgery.

The Red Mesa Unified School District is located in Teec Nos Pos in Apache County. It serves approximately 900 students from kindergarten through high school.

Terry Goddard Stepping Up Efforts Against Tobacco Sales to Minors

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 23, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his Office will be increasing enforcement efforts against retailers who illegally sell tobacco products to minors. In cooperation with the Arizona Department of Health Services and local law enforcement agencies, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office will be conducting more undercover investigations of retailers to reduce sales to minors across the state.

Attorney General Goddard and ADEQ Director Owens Announce ASARCO to Pay $77,500 Penalty for Air Quality Violations in Gila County

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 19, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens announced today that ASARCO, Inc. will pay a $77,500 penalty under a consent judgment with ADEQ for air quality violations in Gila County.

Terry Goddard Launches Student Loan Investigation

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 18, 2007) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he is opening an investigation into possible violations of state law in the handling of student loans in Arizona.

The Attorney General’s Office will look into whether any Arizona schools have improperly chosen some lenders in preference to others and whether unlawful payments have been made to schools or individuals from the student lending institutions.

Former State Mine Inspector Given 30-Day Jail Sentence

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 17, 2007) Former State Mine Inspector Douglas Martin, 67, was sentenced today to a 30-day jail term starting in one year, April 16, 2008, and 18 months supervised probation. The sentence followed Martin’s guilty plea last month to one felony count of conflict of interest.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Gama told Martin that if he did well on probation, the Court at a later date could vacate the jail term.