PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- An early morning radio talk show has sparked questions about the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the possibility that it's abusing its power.
The questions came after a PCSO Lieutenant called conservative talk
show host Barry Young’s personal cell phone and left a nasty voicemail.
Part of the voicemail said, “Hey man I know you gotta’ spin your (explicative) to make it sound cool. Take care."
The cursing caller telephoned Young after hearing the host rant about PCSO on Friday.
Young accused the Sheriff’s Office on-air of denying him an interview with supervisor Jennifer Foster.
Foster took the now famous photo in New York of a cop giving a pair of boots to a homeless man.
Listeners wanted to know how the Lieutenant got access to Young's personal cell phone number.
“But if this guy really went into a data base to get Barry's phone number that's serious,” said show producer Andrew Babinski.
Babinski said Young and Sheriff Paul Babeu's professional relationship changed following the sheriff’s shirtless photo scandal.
“Ever since then we like to have fun,” Babinski said while talking about the sheriff on their show.
Even though Foster's done several interviews across the country,
including one with 3TV, Babinski suspects Young's show was blacklisted
because of on-air Babeu banter.
Tim Gaffney with PCSO said that's just not true.
“There's no tension there at all,” said Gaffney.
So how did the Lieutenant get Young's personal cell phone number?
Callers questioned if the lawman abused his power and got it through a county data base.
“Mr. Young has given me his cell phone number in the past. I gave out
that number. And that’s the number that he called. That’s how he got
it. There is no data base that has Mr. Young's cell phone number,” said
The PCSO spokesperson also said he has spoken to KFYI executives.
Gaffney said both offices agree this has been one big misunderstanding that stemmed from a lack of communication.
We reached out to KFYI to confirm this and were told the station has no comment.