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Carlock: Policing the city finds cops in the news

Police are supposed to solve mysteries, not create them. This week, a startling revelation followed a marathon closed meeting of the Tucson City Council: The city will stop a nationwide search for a new police chief and rely instead on its own ranks.

The Citizen decided the issue important enough to allow using two unnamed sources who confirmed the story. Who squawked? The county attorney wants to know.

We don’t have to tell them.

Other Tucson Police Department news: Off-duty Officer Allen Johnson, 26, died when his bicycle was rear-ended Tuesday on Old Spanish Trail. And Monday, we reported 10 guns had been stolen from TPD officers since 2002.

Given the size of their arsenal, that’s not bad.

County attorney probes City Council

Tucson police chief search to start over

Police chief finalists won’t heavily pursue immigration enforcement

Off-duty Tucson police officer killed as bicycle rear-ended

Ten guns stolen from cops since 2002

THE PLATE DEBATE: None of the police chief candidates said he would make enforcing federal immigration law a priority. Good. The feds have people for that. For the most part, the feds don’t investigate local murders, rapes or other violent crimes.

If officers are going to choose which laws not to enforce, some Citizen readers would prefer they’d pick the one fining drivers heavily if the word “Arizona” is obscured by a license plate frame. Now some lawmakers are trying to get that rule rolled back.

How is it the Legislature keeps passing laws it doesn’t believe in?

Proposed law cuts fines, stops for illegal plate frames

MILDCATS: For 24 years the University of Arizona men’s basketball team determined how staffers here schedule vacations. First-round losses in the NCAA meant fewer pages to put out in the subsequent two weeks.

The Final Four? A special section. A championship? Saturation coverage before, during and after.

This year, the Cats’ fortunes don’t matter so much, what with the last Citizen rolling off the press March 21.

The chances of finding a buyer are even smaller than UA’s chances of getting picked on selection Sunday.

UA loss hurts NCAA chances

Denogean: Hats off to Citizen hawker

NEW ON BOOZE: Willie Tuitama’s arrest on suspicion of extreme DUI charge Monday might hurt his chances in the NFL draft.

Local police are letting spring break revelers know they’re serious about enforcement.

Meanwhile, former Phoenix Sun and pontificator at large Charles Barkley finished his weekend at Maricopa County’s Tent City on Monday.

He didn’t have to wear pink underwear because he was on work release, said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Maybe he went commando.

Former UA QB Tuitama charged with extreme DUI

DUI checkpoints, patrols planned for spring break

Charles Barkley finishes jail time on DUI charges

KID STUFF: Of all the places to cut the state budget, laying off Child Protective Service caseworkers sounds like one of the worst. Cutting 112 from the staff makes the agency 15 percent smaller than it was earlier this year.

Said state Rep. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson: “I think it will result in dead kids.”

A salute to the young mom who gave her baby up to University Medical Center last weekend. She did the right thing under the state’s Safe Haven law.

The really lousy parents seem to think they’re doing just fine. Like Christopher Payne, accused of starving his children to death in 2006. Prosecutors say he didn’t want to pay child support.

Closing arguments are Monday. Something tells me the jury won’t be out long.

Woman leaves baby at UMC under Safe Haven law

112 caseworkers laid off at CPS

Payne jurors can’t hear of ex’s alleged threats to kids

Judy Carlock can be reached at jcarlock@tucsoncitizen.com or 573-4608. For more on these articles, see this story at www.tucsoncitizen.com.

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