Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Burned body found Tuesday is ID'd as Marana woman, 21


Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2010 12:00 am


Authorities have identified a burned body found near Corona de Tucson on Tuesday morning as that of 21-year-old Amber Christine Padilla of Marana.

Her body was found by a man walking his dog in the area of East Camino Aurelia and South Houghton Road, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The area is southeast of Tucson.

Deputy Jason Ogan said investigators don't know when Padilla was last seen.

Authorities are still waiting for the results of an autopsy performed Wednesday and hoping forensic evidence will give them some clues.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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Making Southern Arizona a drug-free, fear-free zone

By Lionel Waxman, Inside Tucson Business
Published on Saturday, January 01, 2011

The Obama administration announced plans for tighter security along the United States border with Mexico as it voiced fears that violence from the growing drug war would spill over into this country. That might have been the assurance on which 21-year-old Amber Christine Padilla relied when she went for a stroll in the desert south of Tucson, presumably on Dec. 11.

Her body, burned beyond recognition, was found Dec. 14 by a man walking his dog.

President Obama gave his assurance on March 25, 2009. Since then his plans, whatever they may have been at the time, have proved to be non-existent to inconsequential.

Add the name of Amber Padilla, who lived in Marana, to the growing list of Americans killed on American soil by foreign agents. In a gross understatement, a Pima County Sheriff’s spokesman characterized Padilla’s death as “suspicious.”  She leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

Padilla was not in an isolated area. She was not in the wilds of a gunnery range. She was just walking.

She might have stumbled upon a meeting of drug carriers and who knows what else? Maybe she saw too much to live. Why her body was burned remains a mystery.

Torture is the hallmark of the druggies for those who offend them. Inquiry produced only denials that Amber Padilla was involved with drugs in any way.

Padilla’s particular death may be unrelated to Mexican drug smuggling, but shows signs that it was. There have been other deaths and there are no doubts about how they happened.

In any case, it illustrates how dangerous it is becoming to pursue normal activities in our own backyards.

In the last 10 years on these pages, I have warned no fewer than 229 times that our homes and businesses are located on land due to become a battleground.

Drug mobsters have made refugees of residents of parts of the Mexican state of Nuevo León who were forced to abandon their homes to drug cartel gunmen.

Now I am, for the 230th time, warning that it is coming here and there is nothing standing between it and us but a welcome mat woven in Washington, D.C.

Even now, Phoenix officials are squabbling over whether their city is the kidnap capital of the nation, or only No. 2. The official number for 2009 was 340.

I don’t know who said it first but I’ve said it often: A nation with no borders is no nation at all.

Mexico, with all its violence and thuggery is adding to indigenous violence and thuggery in the United States. When more people realize this, one of two things will happen: Either the U.S. federal government will awaken from its torpor or Americans will quietly start to leave for safer territory, effectively ceding the Southwest part of the country to Aztlan.

As for now, the somnolent Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her sponsor, Barack Obama, are either bewildered or treasonous. Take your pick.

While American troops are fighting to protect Afghanistan who is protecting Americans in America? A few grievously outgunned border patrol agents and county sheriffs.

The people violating the U.S. border are more than just illegal immigrants. Many are soldiers of an advancing army. Not the impotent army of Mexico’s government. They are the armies of competing drug cartels. They must be met with military force.

We are not safe in our homes. We are not safe on our streets or highways. We are not safe in our wilderness recreation sites. Civil police cannot be expected to repel it.

If the U.S. national government won’t perform its fundamental purpose — the prime purpose for which it was established, protection of the our citizenry on our land — then it has become more of a burden than a benefit and must be thrown off.

Katy Sabin Memorial Page



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Remembering an Angel:
Katie Sabin

by Kevin Caruso

Katie Sabin, 16, was a sophomore who attended Marana High School in Marana, Arizona. She was an intelligent, talented, beautiful, and caring person. And she was always ready to help her friends.

"I always asked her for help.and she was always willing to help; she was so smart, and she had so much going for her," said Rori White, a classmate of Katie's.

Katie was a wonderful person, and everyone liked her.

But for years Katie had been dealing with an abusive, sick, cruel, criminal father who sexually molested and raped her. Katie did not know how to handle the abuse, so she kept the horrible emotions inside. And she felt that she could not tell anyone about the sexual assaults.

Katie became depressed. Deeply depressed.

When she was 16, she did eventually tell some of her close friends about the rapes; and she told them that she believed she might be pregnant because of the rapes, and if she received confirmation that she was pregnant she would die by suicide.

On April 30, 2004, Katie was talking on the phone with a friend and expressed how depressed she was. She talked about the horrible sexual assaults that her father committed against her, and then she started talking about wanting to die by suicide.

After Katie hung up the phone, she went to her parents' bedroom to obtain their handgun.

She then shot herself in the head.

The friend that was on the phone with Kaitie, knowing that she was suicidal, ran to Katie's home with another friend to check on her. They found her dead and called the police at about 2:40 p.m. on April 30.

Katie did not leave a note, but the police found a journal that she had kept in which she detailed the horrible sexual abuse that she endured.

The disgusting sexual molestations and terrifying rapes began when Katie was only 7 years old - she had endured ten years of incessant sexual assaults and abuse by her piece-of-garbage "father."

"We believe [the sexual assaults] began pretty much around 7 or 8 years old and it was going on until the last 3 or 4 months," said Sgt. Tim Brunenkant, spokesman for the Marana Police Department.

The police also interviewed many of Katie's friends and relatives who said that they believed that sexual abuse had occurred.

"Basically when we looked at the journals, a diary from Katie, the writings were pretty specific on what actions were going on inside the home, and from that and the interviews, we were able to determine the sexual abuse was happening," said Sgt. Brunenkant.

"It's been really difficult," said Jan Truitt, principal of Marana High School. "What a tragic situation it is for a bright young girl to feel so helpless."

Ricky Sabin, 45, the sick, cruel, disgusting loser who should not even be called "father," is in custody and has been charged with nine felony counts, including continuous sexual abuse of a child.

And Denise Sabin, 42, Katie's mother, has been charged on three counts, including child abuse. She knew about the rapes, but did nothing to stop them.

So, Katie was not only victimized by her sick, cruel, criminal father, but also by her sick, cruel, criminal mother, who knew what was going on, and did nothing.

I can only hope that these two disgusting losers spend a long, long time in prison -- and then rot in hell.

We miss you Katie.

Your were a wonderful, precious person.

You were loved deeply by your friends.

And now you are an angel.


I am always deeply sickened and deeply outraged when I hear about a precious young girl who is molested by a criminal loser.

And I am always deeply saddened and deeply affected when the victim dies by suicide.

I cannot imagine the horror that Katie must have faced on a daily basis. And the excruciating physical and emotional pain that she endured.


Sadly, many young girls who are sexually assaulted attempt suicide.

A Massachusetts study indicated that about one-third of high school students who are sexually abused attempt suicide. The study also found that victims battle depression, have a proclivity for substance abuse, feel ashamed about the abuse, and oftentimes blame themselves for the sexual assaults.

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, regardless of how old you are, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

And call the police.

Tell people who you trust.

It is always a crime when someone sexually assaults you. Always.

And if that person is a parent, you still need to call 1-800-656-HOPE and call the police.

No one, and I mean no one, ever has the right to assault you sexually. It is always wrong. And it is always inexcusable.

And remember that the sexual assault is NEVER your fault -- it is ALWAYS the fault of the rapist and abuser. Never, ever feel like you have done anything to cause the assault. The rapist and abuser is 100% responsible for the crime. So please be gentle with yourself.

Most victims of sexual assault do not report the crimes to police or reach out for help. But you MUST report the crime and reach out for help. Whoever sexually assaulted you needs to be brought to justice for the crimes that were committed against you, and we need to try to prevent the loser from assaulting others. So please report ALL sexual abuse to the police immediately.

And PLEASE reach out for help. Sexual assaults are horrifying experiences and you need help from others in coping with them. So call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE for help. Call now if you need to.

And if you were assaulted long ago and have not yet received help, please reach out for help. It is never too late to ask for help.

Call 1-800-656-HOPE right now. People want to help you.

And if you are suicidal, please call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE.

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Marana Man Goes to Prison for 37 Years for Molesting Own Daughter



By J.D. Wallace, KOLD News 13 Reporter

posted 5/13/05

Continuous sexual abuse of a child and sexual contact with a minor are the charges that Ricky Lee Sabin is guilty of doing to his own daughter, 16 year old Katie Sabin. Katie's aunt defines it in much simpler terms.

"Rape. And I want it understood that molestation is a really kind word. But the act is not molestation. It's rape,” said aunt Laurie Lancellotti.

Katie Sabin committed suicide in late April of last year, and is seen with Ricky Lee in an unrelated story in the picture to the left.

She had already been molested by her grandfather, her mother's father, who went to prison and died shortly after his release. During family counseling for that loss, Ricky Lee Sabin began molesting Katie.

Katie's suicide was never a proven result of her sexual abuse, but it didn't stop family members from making that connection.

"All I see is a little eight year old girl, saying, don't worry grandma, it'll be alright. Well it's not alright, Rick, because I don't have that little girl anymore,” grandmother Patricia Horton said to Sabin in court.

"This is something that I will never have again. Look at what you have done. You pulled that trigger, you and your wife,” cousin Linsey Lancellotti said. Denise Sabin pleaded guilty on Tuesday to not reporting the abuse. She will be sentenced next month to a sentence that ranges from parole to a year or two in prison.

"She was a beautiful soul and she's gone now and it was needless, because someone couldn't keep his hands to himself,” Laurie Lancellotti said.

Ricky Lee Sabin, 43, received a total of 37 years without parole, which was only a few years shy of the maximum sentence. He will be almost 80 when he gets out of prison

A Marana man convicted of sexually abusing his daughter was sentenced Friday. Ricky Sabin will spend 37 years in prison with no chance of parole.

, Katie Sabin killed herself at the age of 16.
Family members described Katie Sabin as a beautiful girl with a bright future, but she also had a dark secret.
Her father, Ricky Sabin was repeatedly abusing his teenage daughter from the time she was 8 years old.
Family members spoke out in disgust at his actions.
Laurie Lancellotti, Katie's aunt, looked right at Ricky Sabin when she told him, "It has killed this family for what you did to her and what you are continuing to do to us."
Cousin Linsey Lancellotti followed by telling him, "Look what you did. You pulled that trigger. You put it to her head and pulled that trigger. You and your wife, you killed my cousin, my baby sister."
Katie Sabin took her life last year. Family members say the pain was too much to bear.
Her grandfather had sexually abused her , and gone to prison.
The family went to counseling and during that time court testimony shows her father was abusing her.
Katie's grandmother,whose husband was convicted of abusing Katie, also spoke out.
A tearful Patricia Horton told her son-in-law, "You don't know the intolerable that I have suffered in this year after I went thru this with a man I loved with all my heart. That broke my heart. You took my trust and you betrayed me, too."
Sabin wrote an 8-page letter to the judge expressing remorse. He also wrote a letter to his wife where he said how he should die and go to hell where he belongs.

Marana police seek help with 1987 killing

The Explorer - AZ, USA
Marana police seek help with 1987 killing
The Marana Police Department has asked the public for help in solving a murder from 1987.
On Nov. 25, 1987, Marana police discovered the body of an unidentified woman near Interstate 10 in northern Marana.
The woman was estimated to be between 17 to 21 years old, possibly Hispanic or white, five-feet three-inches tall, 138 pounds, with brown hair. When found, she was wearing a gray sweatshirt, plaid flannel shirt, white shoes and a hooded-denim "Members Only" jacket.
Police recently had a sculptor's reproduction of the woman's likeness made.
Anyone with information about the woman has been asked to call Det. Joe Castillo or Tom Mooney at 382-2000.
A flier can be found at www.marana.com/janedoe and on Facebook under the name "Jane Doe #19."

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Update: Marana Police still looking for hit-and-run murder suspect

Posted: Sep 05, 2010 12:01 PM Updated: Sep 15, 2010 6:37 PM

Update: Police identified the victim of the hit-and run from Sept. 5 as 22-year old Patrick Pelletier from Marana.

Police say he was hit by a vehicle, possibly an SUV or a truck, near the intersection of Marana and Wentz Roads just before 2:00 a.m.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you're asked to call 911.

By Sarah Sanchez- email

MARANA, AZ (KOLD)- Marana Police are investigating the death of a man Sunday morning, an official said.

Officers responded to the intersection of Marana and Wentz Roads at 1:50 a.m. for reports of a man lying in the road, said Sgt. Chris Warren, a Marana Police Department spokesperson.

Upon arrival, officers found a man suffering from serious, life-threatening injuries, Warren said. He was airlifted to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Marana Police continue to investigate how the man ended up in the road. There may have been a vehicle involved in the incident, Warren said.

Marana Police Department is asking anyone with any information about the incident to call (520) 382-2000.

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Marana mini-van accident leaves several injured

Posted: Jun 06, 2010 4:05 PM Updated: Jun 14, 2010 9:55 AM

By Teresa Jun - email

Posted by Teresa Jun - email

MARANA, AZ (KOLD) - A traffic accident in Marana left eight people injured, including children. It happened at the intersection of Grier and Sanders Roads.

Investigators say it appears a mini-van drove through a stop sign, and crashed into a pick-up truck.

The mini-van was carrying four kids, along with the driver.

"Several of them were trapped for a while," said Capt. Adam Goldberg with the Northwest Fire District. "The driver was trapped for a while. She was extricated."

The driver of the mini-van and an eight-year-old passenger were flown to the hospital in critical condition. The three other kids in the mini-van received treatment for injuries. And three people in the pick-up truck also got hurt.  The injuries range from minor to serious.

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Mysterious crash Sunday now investigated as murder

Posted: Aug 23, 2011 9:57 AM Updated: Aug 23, 2011 9:57 AM

By Som Lisaius - email

MARANA, AZ (KOLD) - Police need your help in determining what happened to Steven McDermott.

The 41 year old Tucson man died in a motor vehicle accident last weekend.  However, an autopsy now indicates that McDermott was shot before driving his vehicle off the road near Luckett Road and Linda Lane Sunday night.

Despite the gunshot wound, authorities still believe McDermott died as a result of the crash. His official cause of death is "blunt force trauma," authorities said.

Witnesses say McDermott was involved in a fight with another person before the crash and that they heard gunshots.

We're told the other person may have been driving an older-model SUV, perhaps a Ford Bronco.

KOLD News 13 will have much more on this developing story in the next Tucson's Most Wanted.

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