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Sheriff Arpaio and chief deputy to appear in court Monday

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his chief deputy are heading to court Monday morning.

A federal court judge has ordered them to appear at a status conference on a racial profiling ruling.

Judge G. Murray Snow is concerned that the sheriff's office may not be complying with his earlier injunction that forbids his officers from racially profiling suspects.

The judge cited a training session that was videotaped before a 2013 crime suppression sweep. In the video, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan can allegedly be seen telling deputies that the judge's order is "ludicrous" and "crap."

Arpaio said he doesn't know what to expect today.

"Let's see what happens," said Arpaio. "I don't know what's going on. He just asked me to come there."

Arpaio insists that isn't racially profiling suspects, and that he has reached out to the Hispanic community, even during the crime suppression sweeps.

"I stopped two cars myself," said Arpaio. "I didn't know who was inside the cars. It was too dark! (It turns out) they were all Hispanics. They saw me and (shouted), 'Hey, Sheriff! We love you! The next thing (they are having me pose) for pictures with them. That's kind of an outreach. Two times that happened!"

Meanwhile, Arpaio said his attorneys are appealing the judge's earlier ruling.

"I promised from day one that we would appeal this case."

Arpaio said his attorneys filed the paperwork just before the March 14 deadline, and the case is now in the hands of the appellate court.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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