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Arizona cops escape being fired after letting fellow cop roam free during jail sentence

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Earlier last month, a bizarre video surfaced of a former Mesa, Arizona policeman who allowed to roam free while serving a three-day sentence in a Scottsdale jail.

Former police lieutenant Rick Van Galder was pulled over with twice the legal limit of blood alcohol. He tried to get out of it by touting his 20 years of service as an officer, but it didn’t work. He ultimately had to serve the three-day sentence. Doing so, however, was hardly a jail sentence. Galder was allowed to eat fast food with the other officers and his wife, he spent most of his time in the detention manager’s office and was given a key card to allow himself to come and go as he pleased.

Friday, Arizona reporter Wendy Halloran at KPNX updated the story, detailing the light sentence those involved seemed to score for their role in the incident.

Three jail staffers, detention manager Jeff Landrum, Sergeant Don Vogel, and Sergeant Kris Keilich, have been demoted. Only department police commander Bruce Ciolli was suspended. All Ciolli received was one-week suspension without pay.

When the video came to light, Police Chief Alan Rodbell was shocked and appalled by the incident, assuring swift action. Yet, in the end, the men will lose their last increase in pay, but they will keep their jobs.

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Pay chart for jail officers (Screen capture KPNX )

Pay chart for jail officers (Screen capture KPNX )

Ciolli was the commander who requested Galder serve his time at the Scottsdale jail. The two are also long-time friends. Typically, the rules and regulations are that no prisoner stays in that facility for more than 48-hours and Galder’s sentence was for 72-hours. Rodbell admitted that he reluctantly granted the 72-hour hold for Galder.

“There’s no testimony from anybody at this point that I am aware of that says that Commander Ciolli gave any direction to anybody in the detention center on how this gentlemen should be treated once he came in,” said Rodbell.

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KPNX reports that Ciolli’s personnel file says his annual salary is roughly $143,000 and that his one-week suspension cost him roughly $2,750.

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Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay

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Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.

In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.

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Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US

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Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.

The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.

The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."

Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.

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Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition

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A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.

The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.

This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."

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