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Court Dismisses All Criminal Charges in Marana/Saguaro Ranch Trespass Cases. Judge Declares Marana’s Actions an Improper use of Criminal Process.

by admin on Oct.15, 2009, under Uncategorized

Released: 10.15.09
All charges have been dismissed against Defendants Sharyl Cummings, Steve Blomquist and Tracy Chamberlain in the Marana/Saguaro Ranch Public Easement Trespass Cases.  The Town of Marana began criminally citing anyone carrying a protest sign while walking on the disputed public easement after the Town gave quitclaim deeds to various developers/landowners in Saguaro Ranch. The Defendants promptly filed a motion to dismiss. They argued that there is a legitimate ongoing controversy over the public’s right to use an easement through the scenic Tortolitas - an easement which Saguaro Ranch’s predecessors deeded in perpetuity to the public. The Defendants submitted a form of order asking the Court to dismiss the claims with prejudice.

The Oro Valley Prosecutor’s office took over the case after the Town of Marana declared it had a conflict due to the existence of the civil lawsuit regarding the public easement, in which Marana is a defendant. 

The Oro Valley Prosecutor’s office agreed with the Defendant’s position. 

The Court not only granted the order, but went one step further, handwriting onto the order that the dismissal was granted “Pursuant to Rule 16.6D as the interests of justice requires it because the charges were an improper use of criminal process”.    

For previous news coverage of this case, see Explorer Articles by, Al Petrillo: “Town Sued over abandonment of easement below Tortolitas“ & “Marana Trespass Case Transferred to Oro Valley Court“    

Court pleadings and ruling can be accessed at - Pleadings A copy of the complaint can be viewed at: Lawsuit 

-Tracy Chamberlain



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[WHY] Are Marana Council Members above law enforcement?

by admin on Jul.23, 2009, under Uncategorized

Patti Comerford

Patti Comerford

We have all heard that Marana asked their police officers to take pay cut/pay freezes and/or hiring freezes, as well as asking that town employees make charitable contributions to the town so the town can meet it’s budget crisis - followed by Council Members voting in their own pay raises. So in an effort to create additional revenues it was not inconceivable that Marana would begin with increasing traffic citations. To that end, I’ve heard Marana wants DPS officers who write tickets issued on I-10 to appoint Marana as the court of appearance rather than Pima County Consolidated Courts so that they can generate more revenue. And, I have also read citizens in rural outlaying areas of Pima County have voiced concerns about Marana Police officers sudden focus on issuing tickets in communities outside the town’s limits.

However, it appears that while town employees and the public at large are helping to pay down Marana’s financial spending, recent documents indicate that at least one Marana Council Member appears to feel she is immune to personal accountability or the same level of law enforcement by the Marana Police Dept..

On, or about, April 10, Marana Councilwoman Patti Comerford, was stopped by a Marana Police Officer while traveling 50 in a 35 mph speed zone, and only received a “verbal warning,” with a courtesy email from the police chief to the town manager.

Wow, the only one who seems to be making out like bandits in Marana are the elected few, while the rest of us poor schmucks pay their way.

Not only is it wrong that elected policy makers appear to hold them self above the citizens they govern, but wasn’t Ms. Comerford’s campaign platform to “improve public safety?” And wasn’t she part a recent “ethical” grandstand dispute regarding Tim Escobedo’s reappointment to a board because of his 2007 DUI?

What hypocrisy! Ms. Comerford was not slightly over the speed limit, this was gross disregard for public safety as well as a waste of Marana’s public and financial resources. Speeding as she was, is the type of reckless disregard that often results in senseless deaths, and equates with same level of dangers which result from DUI’s.

So much for Marana’s new ethics policy for elected and public officials. What we need are elected officials with real character and personal accountability.

-Tracy Chamberlain

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