Arpaio to undergo deposition in lawsuit by Flake’s son

Arpaio to undergo deposition in lawsuit by Flake’s son

PHOENIX (AP) – Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled to be interviewed in a lawsuit that alleges his office pursued animal cruelty charges in 2014 against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son to politically damage the senator.

Arpaio is scheduled for a deposition Thursday in Austin Flake’s lawsuit over the investigation into the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his in-laws.

The younger Flake and his wife were in charge of the dogs while the in-laws were out of town.

The in-laws initially said the animals died after a dog chewed through an air-conditioning wire.

An expert later determined the AC unit failed because it wasn’t properly maintained.

Charges against the young couple were dropped.

The in-laws have pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Arpaio’s office denied that the investigation was politically motivated.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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