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10/2009

Former Tucson Police Lieutenant Charged with Defrauding Police Union

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 1, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictment of former Tucson Police Department lieutenant William A. Ryberg, Jr., 41, of Tucson, on charges relating to his alleged theft of funds and misuse of credit cards from the Tucson Police Officer’s Association (TPOA), a collective bargaining association for Tucson Police Department peace officers.

Traffic Stop Leads to Charges for Methamphetamine Production

(Phoenix, Ariz. – October 9, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that Roberto Rodriguez, 35, of Las Vegas, was charged yesterday in Maricopa County Superior Court with possession of chemicals and/or equipment to manufacture methamphetamine, a class 2 felony.

On Tuesday night, Rodriguez was driving northbound on Loop 303 when he was pulled over by an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer in a routine traffic stop.  

Goddard: Local Control Best Way to Protect Air Quality Suit Seeks to Defend the EPA’s Approval of California Emissions Standards

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Oct. 9, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he is taking action to support local control by defending the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant states the right to regulate global warming pollution from automobiles.  Goddard, along with a coalition of 17 other state Attorneys General, this week filed a motion to intervene a lawsuit brought by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that seeks to deny individual states the ability to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

Free Mediation Training for Court Volunteers in Pinal County

(Tucson, Ariz. - October 13, 2009) The Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court, is offering a free, 40-hour mediation course to train Pinal County volunteers to help resolve local court disputes.

The 40-hour mediation training will be offered in Casa Grande, November 17, 18, 20, 23 and 24.

Mediators are neutral parties who help disputing parties reach agreements in various types of cases. Mediation is a valuable alternative to litigation; it can save time and money and reduce stress. 

Goddard Wins $1.37 Million for Consumers in Two Mortgage Fraud Cases

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 14, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he has gained a total of more than $1,370,000 in civil penalties and restitution for consumers as a result of two mortgage fraud lawsuits filed earlier this year. These enforcement actions come as part of Goddard’s crackdown on businesses that prey upon homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure.

Goddard Urges Creation of Federal Consumer Protection Agency

(Tucson, Ariz. – Oct. 14, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today voiced strong support for President Obama’s proposal to consolidate existing federal consumer protection authorities into one federal agency. The proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency would oversee the entire consumer financial market, strengthen federal consumer protections for families and individual investors and enforce the rules consistently. 

Terry Goddard to Host Crime Prevention Forum in Nogales

(Phoenix, Ariz. - October 19, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard will host a Crime and Fraud Prevention Forum in Nogales on Thursday, October 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The forum will take place in the Nogales High School Cafeteria, 1905 N. Apache Blvd.

Goddard will be joined by local elected and law enforcement officials, including Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silvia, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada, Nogales Mayor Octavio Garcia-Von Borstel and Nogales Police Chief William Ybarra.

Operation ‘Los Tusa’ Takes Down Drug Trafficking Organization Quick Action by Law Enforcement Stops Flow of Thousands of Pounds of Marijuana into Pinal County Annually

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 26, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Elizabeth W. Kempshall today announced the takedown of a violent drug trafficking organization that is believed to have smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana across the U.S. - Mexico border and into Pinal County over the past several years.  This is believed to be the first such top-to-bottom take down of a cross-border drug trafficking organization operating out of Pinal County. 

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