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YC Baseball Splits on Day One of Zinger Bat Invitational

YC Baseball Splits on Day One of Zinger Bat Invitational

The No. 13-ranked Yavapai College baseball team split its contests Friday afternoon at the 2022 Zinger Bat Invitational. In game one, the Roughriders defeated Salt Lake Community College 3-0 and fell in game two 7-6 to the No. 14-ranked Coyotes of the College of Southern Nevada. Overall, the Roughriders now move to 4-1-1 on the season. 

Game One

Pitching was the story in the Roughriders 3-0 victory over the Salt Lake Community College Bruins in game one. Freshman utility man Ben Zeigler got the start and went five scoreless with six strikeouts and just two hits allowed. Sophomore righty Ben Staiger took the ball from Zeigler and threw four shutout innings with six strikeouts as well and just one hit allowed. 

Yavapai, unknowingly, received the game-winning run in the bottom of the first inning when redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer led the game off with a single to left and later scored on a two-out two-run homer off the bat of freshman infielder Alex Ulloa. 

In the bottom of the third, YC added an insurance run. Sophomore outfielder Brycen Tambone singled to start the inning and moved to second on a walk from Rimmer. Sophomore infielder Jo Stevens then singled to right to bring in the final run of the contest. 

Ulloa led the offense with two hits while Rimmer, Tambone, Stevens and sophomore infielder Kade York all finished with one. 

Game Two

Yavapai’s nightcap matchup with No. 14-ranked College of Southern Nevada was a nailbiter all the way until the end. 

After a couple of scoreless innings, the Coyotes took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on a pair of RBI singles. 

The Roughriders then rallied in the bottom of the fourth and tied the game up at 2-2 after redshirt-sophomore outfielder Amari Bartee drove in freshman infielder Rocco Gump who doubled to start the inning. After a steal, Bartee scored to tie the game on an RBI single off the bat of sophomore utility man JT Taylor. 

In the top of the fifth, CSN scratched another run across for a 3-2 lead but saw the lead evaporate in the bottom of the fifth after Stevens’ sacrifice fly tied things up. 

In the bottom of the sixth, YC took a 4-3 lead after redshirt-freshman outfielder Jack Nehls walked with the bases loaded. Yavapai’s lead, however, didn’t last quickly either as the Coyotes pushed four runs across in the top of the seventh. 

The Roughriders then cut into the 7-4 lead with a two-run homer off the bat of sophomore utility man Ryland Zaborowski in the bottom of the eighth. 

In the bottom of the ninth, the Roughriders brought the winning run to the plate, however, the Coyotes held them scoreless and brought the final score to 7-6. 

On the mound, YC pitchers allowed just three earned runs while striking out 17 Coyotes. Sophomore righties Nate Ward, Matt Bachelier and Ethan Bell all logged four strikeouts while freshman lefty Justin Hanson tallied five in just two innings of work. 

At the plate, Ulloa, Bartee and sophomore catcher Alton Gyselman each had two hits while Rimmer, Gump, Taylor, Zaborowski and sophomore catcher Kenneth Jimenez all had one. 

Up Next

The tournament continues for the Roughriders on Saturday as they will face the No. 2-ranked Central Arizona College Vaqueros at Sloan Park at 2 p.m. That game will have live stats available on GoRoughriders.com/Live

– D.J. Irwin

DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM IN A RESIDENCE

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 Contributed By -PIO Supervisor Traces Gordon

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 11:42 PM, Prescott Valley Police Officers responded to the 3700 block of N. Taylor Drive due to a report of gunshots being fired in the residence.

A roommate had been awakened by gunshots and fled the residence with her two dogs and called police. 

Upon arrival, officers heard multiple gunshots coming from the residence.  After several announcements were made over a public address system, the resident exited the home, surrendered, and was placed into custody. 

Upon investigation, officers learned the resident, a 77-year-old military veteran, was having hallucinations and yelling about “the enemy” being in the house.  Officers’ investigation revealed several rounds had been fired from a handgun inside the house.  Officers contacted surrounding residents and thankfully no one was injured.

The resident was transported to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital for treatment. Charges were submitted to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office for review.  The charges are Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct with a Firearm/Recklessly Handle a Firearm, Discharging a Firearm in City Limits and Discharging a Firearm in Town Limits. 

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Prescott Valley Police Department:

Non-emergencies: (928) 772-9267; 911 for emergencies 

Residential Structure Fire

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Contributed by, Scott Luedeman, Division Chief/Professional Services

On September 23, at 5:30 PM, Prescott Regional Communication Center received several 911 calls reporting a structure fire in the 1000 block of Leslie Street in Prescott. When Crews arrived on the scene, they found heavy fire and smoke conditions coming from the rear of the structure. Crews found heavy involvement in both the exterior and interior of the house with extension into the attic. A total of 5 engines were utilized on the scene including 3 fire engines and 1 truck company from Prescott Fire Department and 1 engine from Central Arizona Fire and Medical. Other resources dispatched were a Battalion Chief, Prescott Fire Dept’s utility truck, 2 Lifeline Ambulances, and Prescott Police Dept. The 2 occupants of the house were able to escape and were treated for minor injuries on the scene by lifeline ambulance. They did not require transport to the hospital.

It took crews approximately 1 hour to gain control of the fire and they remained on scene until 10 pm to finish extinguishing the remaining hotspots. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Photos Credit Deputy Fire Chief Cory Moser

Motorcycle Collision results in Fatality

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Our condolences to the family-TPT

Contributed by –Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Scott Mascher – Sheriff

On September 23, 2020 around 11:45 AM, deputies were dispatched to a motorcycle vs. truck collision in the area of Antelope Road and Thunderbird Trail, Cordes Lakes. The caller indicated a motorcycle rider lost control and collided head on with a truck. A truck driving down a dirt road

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The driver of the involved trash truck stated he was west on Antelope Road and saw a motorcycle moving in a south/easterly direction towards him. The rider appeared to lose control and collided with the front of his truck. Another witness confirmed the statement indicating the rider went left of center, or the wrong way on Antelope Road, before colliding with the truck. 

The rider was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital where he passed away as a result of the injuries. 

The rider was not wearing a helmet. He is identified as 34-year-old Troy Redmond of Cordes Lakes. His family has been notified. 

The YCSO Collision Investigation Team was called out to gather evidence and handle the investigation. Preliminary findings indicate speed and failure to control vehicle are factors.  An autopsy is pending.  

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Mayor Pro Tem Orr To Host “TGIF” Informal Discussion Friday, September 25 from 5-7 p.m. at Western Heritage Center

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City of Prescott
Communications and Public Affairs 
Office: 928-777-1220-

Prescott, AZ (September 23, 2020) Prescott Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr will host another installment of “TGIF” this Friday, September 25 from 5-7 at the Western Heritage Center.   TGIF invites citizens to have an informal conversation about city and community matters in Prescott.    

“I am excited to restart the TGIF event,” said Mayor Pro Tem Orr.  “This installment of TGIF takes place during the 4th Friday Art Walk around downtown Prescott, so come out, and enjoy an evening of art and conversation.”  

U.S Census Bureau to have all data collected by Sept. 30th, 2020

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Terri Farneti

Public Health Coordinator

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to have all data collected by September 30 so it can meet a federal deadline of December 31 to deliver that population information, which is used to determine federal funding for the next 10 years and the distribution of political representation.   

Census in-person employees, or enumerators, are local residents who have been hired and trained to interview residents and capture a more accurate count for the decennial census. Enumerators will follow up with households who have not yet completed the 2020 Census online, over the phone or through mail, and will carry a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. 

While enumerators will wear a mask and have completed a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods, residents can minimize the chance of an in-person visit by quickly responding to the census online, over the phone or by mail. 

The 2020 Census is open to all households to complete on line at https://2020CENSUS.GOV, over the phone by calling 844-330-2020 or 844-468-2020 for Spanish, and by paper through the mail. Residents who do not have their unique 12-digit number, received on a census invitation mailed to their home, can still complete the census online. 

COVID-19 information en español:  https://azhealth.gov/covid-19

PANT Detectives busy Arresting those involved in Dangerous Drug Activity- Release provides Overview of Recent Search Warrants/

  1. In recent weeks, Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) detectives developed information about sales of meth from a home in the 900 block of Pike Place, Prescott. The sales involved 59-year-old Kenneth Wesson who lived at the home. On September 10, 2020, detectives obtained a search warrant for Wesson and his residence. Prescott Police Officers initially located Wesson outside the home and took him into custody. During the search, detectives seized more than 23 grams of meth along with marijuana and numerous items consistent with drug sales. A person looking at the camera

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Wesson was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Fortifying a Drug House, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond.

  1.  Information obtained during the search warrant on Pike Place indicated 74-year-old Carlton Godwin was selling drugs to Wesson. As a result, PANT detectives obtained a search warrant for a location in the 300 block of S. Alarcon Street, Prescott. When the search warrant was served, Godwin fled from the living room into the bathroom where he apparently flushed illicit drugs. At the time of the warrant, detectives seized a fentanyl tablet and suboxone strip. A person smiling for the camera

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Godwin was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on 2 counts of Possession of Narcotic Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 2 counts of Misconduct Involving Weapons (possession of deadly weapons as a prohibited possessor). He was released the following day. On September 17, 2020, the Prescott Police Department arrested Godwin for DUI, Possession of Narcotics, and Theft of a credit card. He is held without bond on these cases. 

  1. On September 15, 2020, PANT detectives served a search warrant in the 3400 block of Cactus Drive, Chino Valley. The search warrant was obtained based on reliable information that meth was being sold from the home with the dealers identified as 22-year-old Michael Jarvis and 26-year-old Cheyenne Yetter, both from Chino Valley. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of 12.5 grams of meth packaged and marked with prices for sales along with numerous pipes, needles, and paraphernalia consistent with drug sales –see photo. A person looking at the camera

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Prior to service of the warrant, Yetter and her mother, 48-year-old Jacqueline Book, were stopped in a white Volvo on Road 3 North in Chino Valley and detained. A person posing for the camera

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A 6-year-old child and her mother were found at the home when the warrant was served. Jarvis was arrested inside the home and admitted ongoing sales of meth over the last several months. Yetter denied selling drugs even though detectives had a factual basis to prove otherwise. 

Jarvis was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Sale of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in custody without bond. 

Yetter was booked into the Camp Verde Detention on charges including Sale of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She remains in-custody without bond. 

Book was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and has been released pending further court proceedings. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Yavapai Silent Witness has a New Deal for Methamphetamine Dealers

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Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system and creates physical and psychological dependence.  Arizona is now experiencing a marked increase in the number of dealers and users of the dangerous product.  Federal, state, and local law enforcement saw a 342% increase in the methamphetamine seizures from FY 2015-FY 2019.  In 2019, most of the overdose deaths in Maricopa and Pima counties (670) were due to methamphetamine. (above information from “Methamphetamine” an article by the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership.  See the link below) Image.jpeg

https://goyff.az.gov/sites/default/files/meeting-documents/materials/agenda_item_4_methamphetamine_in_arizona_1.pdf

One overdose fatality is too many!  In acknowledgement of the threat methamphetamine poses to our county, the Yavapai Silent Witness Board wants the public to know there is now a $400 minimum cash reward available to individuals who provide information leading to the arrest of methamphetamine dealers.  We emphasize that is a minimum amount.  Depending on the magnitude of the case, the reward could be substantially higher.  Our goal is in line with law enforcement’s desire to diminish this drug’s hold on our community and reduce the myriad of crimes associated with its sale and use.  

To provide information on this or any other crime to Yavapai Silent Witness call 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip a www.yavapaisw.com.  All calls/tips are always anonymous.

You Have Been Warned-YCSO Targets Cornville Road for Traffic Enforcement

On September 16, 2020, utilizing grant funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, a YCSO deputy conducted traffic enforcement along a stretch of Cornville Road outside of the Cornville community area. In the past few months, there have been several serious collisions along this section of roadway. During the morning commute over a 3-hour time span, the deputy completed 5 traffic stops with each driver receiving a speeding citation. Out of the 5 citations written, the high speed was 76 MPH and the average speed violation was more than 18 MPH over the posted speed limit. The target patrol area covered a section of Cornville Road in a 50 MPH speed limit zone.  A car parked on a dirt road

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As the deputy was returning to Prescott, he observed a vehicle driving 90 mph on Highway 169 while passing another vehicle. The violator vehicle was passing westbound traffic and nearly caused a collision with eastbound traffic during her passing maneuver. She was issued a criminal speed citation for Exceeding 86 MPH. The section of road has also been the scene of several serious and sometimes fatal collisions. 

The focused traffic enforcement was in conjunction with the Verde Valley Task Force which enforces speeding violations in high traffic and high complaint areas around the Verde Valley. During some of the enforcement operations, the task force will include the Department of Public Safety, Camp Verde Marshalls Office, along with the Cottonwood and Sedona Police Departments.   

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Cold Case Homicide

We need your help!

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in solving a cold case homicide.  It has been 18 years since the victim in this case went missing from the Prescott area.  

On September 19, 2002, 60-year-old Arleen Cilione was celebrating her birthday not knowing it would be her last.

That evening, Arleen stopped at Donna’s Hut bar, went to the American Legion in Prescott, and returned to Donna’s Hut which was located off of West Goodwin Street in the Park Plaza shopping center.  Arleen was seen in the company of two men in front of Donna’s hut bar in the parking lot. A van was also in the parking lot and may have been involved in her disappearance. Four months later Arleen’s decomposed body was found off White Spar Road south of Prescott. Evidence showed Arleen had been murdered.

Witnesses recalled seeing 2 taxi cabs parked in the Park Plaza parking lot on Goodwin right around 9 pm. YCSO detectives have identified both cab drivers, thanks to the public’s help.

Arleen was a 60-year-old white female who was 5 feet 2 inches tall weighing 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the names of the men Cilione was speaking within the parking lot or on the van and its occupants is asked to contact Yavapai Silent Witness.

If you provide any information that leads to an arrest in this case, you could earn a cash reward.  To provide information please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at yavapaisw.com.  Remember all tips are anonymous.

Cow Canyon Fire: September 14, 2020

The Cow Canyon Fire, ignited by lightning on August 18, 2020, on the Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, grew to approximately 455 acres from the start to September 8, when it received a fair amount of precipitation. September 9, a helicopter flew into the area and landed to allow personnel to cut brush and younger trees away from the Franz Cabin and corrals. Since then, the fire has slowly increased in size to 470 acres.

The temporary trail closure order is still in effect. The following trails are closed for public health and safety due to wildland fire activities along the trails:

Cow Flat Trail (#55) beginning at the trail junction of Bonanza Bill Trail (#23), following the Cow Flat Trail (#55) to the southwest until it meets the junction of WS Lake Trail (#54).

Lanphier Trail (#52) at the trailhead and the junction of National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 281, following the trail to the southeast until it meets Cow Flat Trail (#55).

South Canyon Trail (#53) at the trailhead and the junction of  NFSR 281, following the trail to the southeast until it meets Cow Flat Trail (#55).

Smoke may be visible east of Hwy. 191 on the Alpine and Clifton Ranger Districts, west of Saddle Mountain, and near the town of Glenwood, New Mexico. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and active prescribed burns can be found on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s webpagehttps://azdeq.gov/

For further information, please contact the Alpine Ranger District at 928-339-5000 or email Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests at as_portal_comments@usda.gov

This classic scam, in part known as the ‘Sweetheart Swindle,’ is described in detail so that others may be alert to the technique and avoid the loss

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Note: This fraud scheme, the basis of which has been around for years, is presented in detail to provide insight as to how the scammers cultivate and use their victims. The case documented here is a little different as a major investment firm was also scammed in the process. 

In late June of this year, deputies met with a 66-year-old Dewey man who requested to report a fraud. The victim told deputies he had received a letter from his financial firm thanking him for opening a wire transfer. He immediately contacted his financial advisor based in California who confirmed a wire transfer of $65,000 into a Wells Fargo bank account. The victim knew at this time something was wrong because he never requested the money transfer. The financial advisor provided emails that appeared to originate from the victim’s true email address requesting the transfer. The victim also obtained a copy of the wire transfer distribution form from the advisor showing a request for the $65,000 transfer with his signature. 

The case was forwarded to a YCSO detective specializing in complex fraud schemes. He confirmed that suspects were able to hack the victim’s email address, gain the trust of the financial advisor and request a $65,000 transfer to the Wells Fargo account provided. The detective also learned another $52,500 transfer was attempted but stopped by the victim after learning about the first transfer. A review of the emails purportedly from the victim showed the chain of events that authorized the $65,000 transfer to a new Wells Fargo account and then attempt to transfer another $52,500 into a different account. 

The detective completed a search warrant for details on the completed $65,000 transaction. In early July, the records were received and showing identification of the account holder who was based out of North Carolina. A transaction history revealed numerous purchases of ‘Green Dot’ cards at $508 each visit and following each transaction, the money was transferred or wired to a specifically named individual. The detective contacted a police agency having jurisdiction at the business where the ‘Green Dot’ card purchases were taking place and they were able to access security video and identified the purchaser. The follow-up also showed wire transfers to Nigeria by the same person. A picture containing device

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From the detective – “This is common for scammers to get innocent victims to open bank accounts and stolen funds will either be wired to the account or they will have victims deposit the checks and then are later instructed where to wire or send the money from there.  They will use this person until fraud is detected by the banking institution or Law Enforcement and the funds are frozen, or in most cases by the time the fraud is detected the money has already been cleaned out of the account.’ 

On July 13, 2020, the detective was able to speak with the female-identified in the video as the account holder in North Carolina. She claimed meeting a person online (most of these connections occur on dating sites) who identified himself as ‘Johnny Depp’ and requested to hire her to handle some financial transactions. He instructed her to open a Wells Fargo account and told her he would be depositing funds in this account for distribution to his business associates. She opened the account and provided him with the routing numbers and told her he was from the United States but was currently stuck in Italy.   The suspect stated he needed her to send him money so that he could get back home to the United States and they could meet. She complied and over the last few months, she sent money to Italy and Nigeria but became suspicious when Wells Fargo froze the account. What followed was threatening text messages from an east coast phone number in which ‘men would be sent over to pick her up and interrogate her.’ 

During the investigation, the detective found additional victims and ‘go-between’ victims involved with the same financial institution and shared this information with their investigators. 

The detective concludes his report as follows (edited) – ‘It is pretty clear that the scammers are using unsuspected victims to launder fraudulently acquired funds. The scammers have them withdraw or wire the money in forms that are extremely hard to trace.  Throughout the entire time, the victims are made to believe they are in a relationship with someone that they have never met or will meet.  Once they clean out the account, the victims are directed to open new accounts, or the bank has closed or frozen those accounts and the scammers move on to the next victim.’ 

The ongoing effort by the fraud detective resulted in the scam account being frozen by court order. On September 8, 2020, and more than $62,000 was received by the cashier’s check and will be returned to the financial services company as they suffered the loss on behalf of the reporting party. 

Please see the following link to the FBI for further details on this scam – 

https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/news-podcasts-inside-sweetheart-scams.mp3/view

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

PRESCOTT VALLEY POLICE OFFICERS SAVE LIVES

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Many Northern Arizona area law enforcement agencies, along with Partners Against Narcotic Trafficking Task Force (PANT), have recently made significant arrests concerning drug and fentanyl uses and sales, there is still too much availability of these deadly items on our streets and in our communities.

Since October 2019, The Prescott Valley Police Department, along with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority have responded to fifty-seven reported drug overdoses within the Town of Prescott Valley, Arizona. 

Due to the amount of drug-related overdoses within the Prescott Valley area, the Prescott Valley Police Department applied for federal and state funding through the Arizona Department of Health Services to purchase NARCAN / NALOXONE.  This grant was approved and as a result of the funding, NARCAN has been issued to ALL police officers within the Prescott Valley Police Department.  Officers have received the appropriate training to administer the below NARCAN to those in need.

Of the fifty-seven medical calls for service over the past year, Prescott Valley Police Officers arrived on scene and administered NARCAN to sixteen separate individuals, resulting in saving twelve lives. The drugs used to overdose included fentanyl pills, methamphetamine, Percocet, heroin and melatonin.

The Prescott Valley Police Department has seen that many drug dealers are manufacturing pills containing fentanyl to look like or simulate the appearance of legitimate medication. Our department is urging people to not take medicines from unknown sources or prescribed medication/s belonging to others.

Found, Unused, or Unneeded medication/s may be safely deposited at the Prescott Valley Police Department, or in any pharmacy department at Walgreen Drugs. 

If you or someone you know has a drug problem, there are options available for you! The Northern Arizona Crisis Line, 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 877-756-4090. The sale or use of drugs is not a victimless crime.  DO YOUR PART in reporting the illegal use of or sales of illicit drugs to the PANT hotline at 928-778-0558.  You may also contact Yavapai County Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

The Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, or 911 for emergencies.  

Moonlight Movie Nights at Ken Lindley Field

Moonlight Movie Nights at Ken Lindley Field
Sponsored by The Harold James Family Trust


In collaboration with the City of Prescott Parks and Recreation Services
Produced by Hero Party Rentals
For contact: Ryan@heropartyrentals.fun
Hero Party Rentals: 928-439-4376
Moonlight Movie Nights September 18th and 25th: Last 2 FREE MOVIE SCREENINGS of the
season!
Gates open at 5 pm with several pre-movie activities.
Hero Party Rentals will provide a Kids Zone featuring several bounce castles. Stack’d Food
truck will be on-site along with a Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream booth! Prescott Real Estate Agent
Leila Ranzi of Keller Williams, Northern AZ, will be setting up a tent to get the socializing
started for singles and newcomers!
At 7:30 pm, as the sun sets, our blockbuster film will be projected on a massive 40 foot
inflatable screen.
Below is the schedule of the remaining three films:
September 18th
The Parent Trap
(1961)
September 25th
Trolls!
Mark your calendars and come join us at Ken Lindley Field this summer!
Social distancing guidelines will be followed at this outdoor event. All bounce castles and
vendors will follow health safety guidelines.
Moonlight Movie Nights is sponsored and made possible by a generous donation from the
Harold James Family Trust. It is produced by Hero Party Rentals in collaboration with the City
of Prescott Parks and Recreation Services.
Additional Sponsors include Findlay Buick GMC, Magic 99.1, The Daily Courier, and
SignalsAZ.com.
For more information visit the Moonlight Movie Nights Facebook page at fb.com/
moonlightmovienightsprescott .

PRIMER: Arizona Sends Help To States Battling Wildfires

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As wildfires endanger lives and property in places like California, Oregon, and Washington, Arizona is stepping up to send help. State agencies including the Arizona National Guard and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, along with local and federal response teams based in Arizona, are sending assets and manpower to aid in fire suppression efforts.

Here are some ways Arizona has responded:

Arizona National Guard
The Arizona National Guard last week mobilized approximately 30 citizen-soldiers to California from the 98th Aviation Troop Command in response to a request for wildfire fighting assistance. The Guard’s initial support will span approximately two weeks and includes three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters equipped with wildfire suppression capabilities and specially trained aircrews certified in wildfire response.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
The Department of Forestry and Fire Management has sent 36 engines, six water tenders and two hand crews to California, Oregon and Colorado to assist on various incidents. In total, 227 personnel from Arizona are assigned on fires throughout the three states. 

Due to the extreme demand for wildland firefighting resources throughout the west, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management also sent two agency Battalion Chiefs to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington to train some of their military personnel in wildfire suppression. Upon the training’s completion, the Department assigned the military members into two hand crews and mobilized them to California for fire assignments. 

In addition to state assets, hotshot crews from the U.S. Forest Services also have mobilized in support of operations throughout the west and northwest.

Plants that Screen for Privacy and a Sense of Seclusion

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By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener,

Now through Thanksgiving is the best time to plant privacy screens for the maximum growth necessary to have seclusion next year. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it can feel like prying eyes are looking right into your home. Not only does your privacy seemingly disappear, but that neighbor’s debris pile comes into clear view!


 As plants drop the last of their autumn-colored leaves, our gardens can feel naked, but evergreen plants “clothe” a winter landscape.

The solution to both of these unwanted invasions of privacy is not rocket science. Simply plant a wall of living trees and shrubs to block an undesirable view and to create needed privacy! Enable enjoyable hot tub sessions without prying eyes from that too-close-for-comfort neighbor.

Pictured is an excellent example from a local hedge plant that looks it’s best year-round; it’s  Golden Euonymous. Again, planting the shrubs now for maximum autumn rooting is critical for a lush, leafy wall next spring.

To successfully add evergreens to a landscape, there are several essential steps worth your time and energy.

The most important requirement for evergreen trees to thrive is drainage. Blend one shovelful of Watters Premium Mulch into every three shovelfuls of native earth to pack around each plant’s roots. Feed new trees with Watters formulated 7-4-4 “All Purpose Plant Food”. The cottonseed meal in this naturally local plant food promotes robust root formation while maintaining good foliage color. Lastly, water your newly planted trees with a solution of ‘Root & Grow’. This water additive encourages the roots of a plant to form a deep, healthy system.

When you’re ready to choose the trees for your living wall of green, read through the list that follows. This is the ‘Go-To’ list when starting a living wall in and around Prescott.

Colorado Spruce – Very cold-hardy, this spruce is the perfectly symmetrical Christmas-tree-shape. It’s an excellent choice as a holiday tree or as a semi-formal accent in a large yard. It makes a stunning evergreen background for contrasting foliage colors and flowering shrubs.  It dramatically highlights autumn leaves from other trees and shrubs in the yard. Line up several as a windbreak or to quickly diffuse lights and sounds along busy streets.

Pinyon Pine – This dense pine is easy to care for and as cold hardy as any native can be. Its thick green needles are sturdy and more numerous than those of other pines, with less needle drop in summer. Thick and 25′ tall, it makes the perfect windbreak and an effective shield from prying eyes.

Deodar Cedar – This is the largest of the screening plants, growing to over 50 feet tall and 20 feet wide. It is one of the fastest-growing screen plants with a growth of 2-3 feet every year! As with most upright evergreens, this cedar can thrive on low water use, drought conditions, and drip irrigation. Make sure to give it plenty of growing space because, with its long, swooping branches of Arizona Blue foliage, this tree will need it!

Juniper – Finally, let’s look at the juniper family. Hillspire, blue point, and Wichita are on the extensive list of plant-in-autumn junipers available at Watters Garden Center. Juniper forests surround us, so it’s a no-brainer that junipers are naturals to add to our landscapes. Pick the color and height you like; all grow well in this part of the world.

Arizona Cypress – MY favorite native evergreen is the Arizona cypress. This specimen tree grows just like an alligator bark juniper in size and color but grows faster and fills in better than other evergreens. Growing to over 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide in just a few years, you can see why this is the number one choice for a planted screen. There are more screener choices, such as the larger evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees, like aspens. We’ll discuss those varieties another time.

Book just Published! The Secret Garden: Plants as a Natural Screen is an all-local gardening book where I’ve presented more in-depth detail about screening plants. Free copies are available for download at WattersGardenCenter.com under ‘LEARN’.

Until next issue, I’ll be at Watters Garden Center helping local gardeners plan living screens for their yards.

Ken Lain can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, or contacted through his web site at WattersGardenCenter.com or  Top10Plants.com.

Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission to Hold Special Meeting

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Tuesday, September 15, 9 a.m. to Reconsider AED Matters

 The City of Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 15th at 9 a.m. to reconsider items previously approved at the meeting on Thursday, September 10.  All of the matters that were passed regarding the proposed annexation agreement with Arizona Eco Development- (AED), will be reconsidered, and placed for a fresh vote.  

According to City Attorney Jon Paladini, this is due to a procedural issue, which was raised by Commissioner  Tom Hutchinson.   “Despite votes in the affirmative to support Arizona Eco Development’s proposed annexation, master plans and rezoning, a procedural question has led applicant AED to request another hearing and vote by the Prescott Planning Commission on the project,” said Paladini.  

During the Thursday September 10th Planning Commission hearing, the second of two for the project, commissioner Hutchinson raised an obscure Planning Commission bylaw that purportedly allowed one commissioner to prevent a vote from taking place. When staff later researched the bylaw in question, it discovered that this bylaw does in fact exist, but the bylaw conditions that power to when an “item is being considered by the Commission for the first time.” 

Because the annexations and rezoning had received two hearings and provided two opportunities for the Commission and public to discuss and consider the proposals for both the north AED parcel and the south AED parcel on August 27 and September 10, it was the City staff’s opinion that the bylaw did not apply.

However, at the request of applicant Arizona Eco, a third Planning & Zoning Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at 9am for the Commission to further discuss, consider and vote again on the annexations, master plans and rezoning. 

“Although the applicant agreed with the City staff’s conclusions because this project is one of the most significant decisions Prescott has faced in the last 50 years, the applicant out of an abundance of caution requested a third meeting to ensure utmost transparency in the process and to avoid any questions of procedural irregularities,” Paladini went on to say. 

A new series of votes will also provide additional opportunity for Commission members to explain their reasoning behind their respective votes, according to Community Development Director Bryn Stotler. 

This Planning and Zoning Commission meeting of September 15 will be held as an in-person meeting with a 30 person limit in the Council chambers.  The meeting will also be viewable on  Zoom, and on the City of Prescott Facebook page.  For more information, contact the City of Prescott at 928-777-1100.

The Flagstaff Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own.

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According to a press release from the department on Sunday afternoon, Officer Jarrett Shughart was found dead at his home on Saturday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound the department announced in a press release Sunday afternoon.

Officials say officers arrived at his home for a welfare check when they discovered Shughart’s body.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s office has taken over the investigation, which remains ongoing.

Officer Shughart began his career with the force in October of 2014. During his tutelage, he served as a Field Training Officer and was recently re-assigned due to an undisclosed injury.

“At this time the family requests privacy; funeral arrangements are unknown at this time. The City of Flagstaff and the members of the Flagstaff Police Department extend our deepest condolences to Officer Shughart’s family and friends,” officials said in a statement.

Early Sunday morning, the Mayor of Flagstaff expressed her condolences.

“A Flagstaff Police Officer was lost last night. My heart goes out to his loved ones and colleagues,” Mayor Coral Evans stated. “I am thankful for our police officers and grateful for their service and commitment to our community. God bless them and their families.”

Anyone who may be contemplating suicide in the area may contact the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline at 1-877-756-4090 or WeCare Northern Arizona at 1-800-273-8252.

SWAT Callout in Cottonwood County – Domestic Violence Suspect eventually taken into custody

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Preliminary information – Around 5 AM on August 30, 2020, deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Cinnabar Drive, Cottonwood, regarding a domestic violence incident. The caller reported that 34-year-old Larry McQuay-Webb was attempting to steal her friend’s vehicle by towing it out of the driveway using a tow bar attached to his red Toyota 4-Runner. The caller’s friend is Webb’s estranged girlfriend. Webb eventually gave up trying to steal the vehicle after learning the Sheriff’s Office was on the way.  He left the vehicle partially in the roadway. Before leaving, Webb, who according to the victims routinely carries a handgun, threatened to shoot both of them. The caller noted she been staying with her friend after threats by Webb the previous day. Several children were also present in the Cinnabar Drive home at the time of the call for help. 

The prior evening, Webb had brief contact with his estranged girlfriend and her friend while they were in the 3400 block of Del Rio Drive, Cottonwood. Webb threatened to ‘blow up’ their car and followed them until they were able to drive away. Webb continued threats via text messages that night. 

Deputies located Webb’s vehicle at a home in the 3400 block of Del Rio Drive and contained the property. Attempts to contact him via cell phone were unsuccessful. Deputies learned that Webb had texted his father and confirmed he was inside the house and knew ‘the cops were there to arrest him.’ He still refused to surrender. 

YCSO’s Quick Response Team (QRT) activated providing resources to deputies dealing with attempts to contain and arrest and Webb. Note: The QRT consists of specially trained, equipped and experienced personnel who can respond to assist Patrol supervisors and personnel in dealing with complex situations. If the situation escalates, the QRT lead will request the YCSO SWAT team. A short time later due to Webb’s ongoing lack of cooperation, apparent agitation and the likelihood he was armed, the YCSO SWAT team responded along with an armored vehicle to handle the incident and further negotiations. 

As the SWAT team was staging, Webb surrendered and deputies arrested him without incident. 

Detectives recovered a firearm inside the Del Rio Drive home.  

Webb was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Trespassing, Burglary and Attempted Vehicle Theft. Bond not set as of this writing. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Bumble Bee Fire Update

Crews are currently working a wildfire in the which was spotted at approximately 9:44 this morning in the area of mile marker 4 on Bumblebee road.  It quickly grew from 35 acres to 200 acres moving in a northern direction fueled by very strong winds.

Resources from Daisy Mountain Fire Department, the US Forest Service as well as up to 5 air tankers are combatting the flames at this time.  Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies and Jeep Posse have also been sent in the event of evacuations and road closures. 

The blaze is within 1 mile of Bumblebee and 2 to 3 miles of Cleater. 

A “Set” message has been sent to the residents in the areas of Bumblebee and Cleator.  Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies and the YCSO Jeep Posse are preparing for a possible evacuation of the Bumblebee area.

ADHS Releases School Benchmarks Will Serve as a Guide for Schools as They Determine Plans for Reopening

With the health of students, teachers, and staff as their top priority, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) have partnered in the development of guidance to support the safe reopening of in-person learning in Arizona schools.

Per Governor Ducey’s June 23 Executive Order, Arizona: Open for Learning, ADHS has established benchmarks in collaboration with local public health officials and education partners to guide decisions by public school districts and charter schools on when to offer virtual, hybrid, or in-person instruction amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. Benchmarks are classified into minimal, moderate, and substantial transmission categories as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and align with the Arizona Department of Education’s Roadmap for Reopening Schools.

In the newly released Benchmarks for Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction, ADHS recommends schools consider county-specific public health benchmarks that provide recent information about community transmission. This document is designed to be used in conjunction with ADE’s Roadmap. These include benchmarks around new cases, diagnostic test percent positivity, and COVID-19 related hospitalizations measured through syndromic surveillance. For initial reopening of a hybrid based model that offers both virtual and in-person learning, ADHS recommends the following county-level benchmarks:

  • Cases: a two-week decline in weekly average cases OR two weeks below 100 cases per 100,000 population
  • Diagnostic test percent positivity: two weeks with positivity below 7%
  • COVID-19-Like-Illness Syndromic Surveillance: two weeks with less than 10% of hospital visits due to COVID-like illness

“Our focus is ensuring that Arizona students and teachers have a safe and successful academic year, even though it may look different because of the ongoing pandemic,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “We know the critical services that in-person instruction provides for our children. These benchmarks use public health data guided by recommendations from county, state, and federal experts to inform our schools on implementing a safe return to the classroom.”

A dashboard available at www.azhealth.gov/schoolsCOVID-19 indicates whether counties meet the recommended benchmarks for initial reopening of in-person learning in schools. ADHS recommends that all three benchmarks fall into the moderate or minimal transmission ranges before schools in a county consider a hybrid approach of virtual and in-person learning. When one or more benchmark categories are in the range of substantial transmission, ADHS recommends that schools work with their local health departments and start preparing for virtual learning. Data on the dashboard will be updated weekly on Thursdays.

“The public health benchmarks released today by the Arizona Department of Health Services provide our school communities much needed clarity on the safe reopening of schools,” said Kathy Hoffman, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “While it is clear that Arizona is not currently ready to resume traditional in-person or hybrid learning, we now have clear goals for knowing when it is safer to return to the classroom amid COVID-19. I urge all school leaders to use these benchmarks to make safe decisions about learning in this school year.”

ADHS has developed materials offering schools guidance on subjects such as what to do when someone is found to have COVID-19 symptoms. For children, ADHS materials include instructions on wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing, and understanding COVID-19 symptoms.

“As a mother and public health professional, I know that getting kids back in the classroom safely is important to their overall health,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “The level of COVID-19 transmission in the community is an important factor, along with the health of our health care system, in determining when it is safe to begin in-person instruction.”

The agency has also partnered with Embry Women’s Health and several Valley school districts to offer no-cost testing for students, staff, their families, and the community. ADHS will continue to expand community testing throughout the state.

Patio Extensions & Parklets for Outdoor Dining in Prescott

PRESCOTT, AZ (July 30, 2020) – In the City’s ongoing efforts to curb the impacts of COVID-19 on our citizens and support our local businesses, staff has been working diligently to create a streamlined option for restaurants to extend their outdoor seating. The following temporary procedures have been established, and business owners are encouraged to work closely with staff on this process.

  1. Restaurants that would like to extend into sidewalks that are not in City Right-of-Way
    1. Need to work with the landowners for permission, but the 48” ADA obstruction-free requirement still applies
  2. Restaurants wishing to extend into City Right-of-Way or Parking Areas may coordinate with the Public Works Department to obtain a Licensing Agreement which provides an exemption in City Code allowing chairs and tables in Right-of-Way and relaxes associated signage requirements. The following will be required in order to obtain the aforementioned Licensing Agreement
    1. Insurance Policy Documents naming the City of Prescott as Additional Insured
    2. Fencing and enclosures approved by the City of Prescott 
    3. Inspection of the proposed extension
  3. Restaurants that serve alcohol and have obtained a Licensing Agreement through the City of Prescott or have reached an agreement with Property Owner for encroachment: 
    1. File a no fee Temporary Extension of Premises Application with the City Clerk’s Office
    2. The application will be routed to the Department of Liquor License and Control for approval
    3. May be approved for up to six (6) months

It is our sincere hope that this temporary policy will allow our local businesses to continue to serve the public and sustain their business during these difficult times.

For more information regarding COVID-19 efforts in our community and city services please visit the city’s website www.prescott-az.gov or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 928-777-1245.

Yavapai County Fire Ban Lifting

As of 8:00 AM Saturday August 1, 2020, the fire restrictions for all Yavapai County will be lifted.   

This is being done in coordination with the Prescott National Forest announcement by Aaron Hulburd, Deputy Fire Staff Officer: 

The Prescott National Forest will be terminating Shooting and Stage II Fire Restrictions on Saturday, August 1, at 8:00 a.m. 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “While it is great to see Yavapai County working with the Prescott National Forest in this effort it is incredibly important to remember that the risk is not completely gone.  We need to move forward with caution and remember that you should always check with your local fire department regarding residential burn restrictions and permits.” 

It is worth noting that Fire Districts/Departments may choose to maintain some level of restrictions due to geography, identified threat, and moisture accumulation. The Yavapai County Emergency Management office will continue to support these efforts through information management and coordination with those individual organizations.  

Yavapai County Emergency Manager, Ron Sauntman stated, “Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has worked to coordinate with our response organizations in an effort to achieve alignment that may impact response to wildfire incidents.”  

Mr. Sauntman went on to state, “We must remain vigilant and consider that, although the immediate threat of wildfire is reduced, it is critical that we maintain awareness of this potentially dangerous situation. In addition, we now must focus on the potential flooding conditions that are present and will remain until the monsoon season has ended.” 

For more information, please visit www.ycflood.com or www.regionalinfo-alert.org 

For emergency notifications visit http://ycsoaz.gov and sign up for Code Red 

Prescott Valley Police remind drivers about safety in construction zones, including Sunset Lane project

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Date: July 23, 2020

Prescott Valley Police remind drivers about safety in construction zones, including Sunset Lane project

The Prescott Valley Police Department wants to remind the public about safety in construction zones. 

As construction winds down on the Sunset Lane project in particular, officers have had to step up enforcement as motorists ignore barricades and speed through posted areas. Homeowners on Sunset Lane have access through construction to get to and from their homes. However, during a two-day enforcement last week, officers stopped nearly 20 drivers who do not live on Sunset Lane. Officers observed these drivers going around barricades, exiting their vehicles to move cones, and driving off the roadway to avoid construction equipment. 

Additionally, one driver who had passed the barricades was speeding through the area and nearly hit a construction worker, and another driver, who was later determined to be impaired, struck a piece of construction equipment. 

Police remind motorists that “Road Closed to Thru Traffic” barricades mean the street may be accessed only by those who live on the road, no matter if there is room for a vehicle to drive around. A “Road Closed” sign means no driver may access the roadway. Drivers may be ticketed if they bypass a barricade and do not live on the street, or if they move cones or drive around construction equipment to access a barricaded area. 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.  You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232

Bradshaw Mountain High School will be having a Graduation Procession

Bradshaw Mountain High School will be having a Graduation Procession to celebrate the Class of 2020 at 5:30 p.m. on June 24.  A portion of Glassford Hill Road from Florentine to Panther Path will be shut down for a short time during the event.

Graduates and family members will be meeting in the Findlay Toyota Center west parking lot on North Main Street at 4 p.m. on June 24 to line up for the parade, while practicing social distancing. 

The procession will travel west on NAZ Suns Blvd. to Glassford Hill Road, then north on Glassford Hill Road to Panther Path, west to Glassford Hill Middle School, out to Bison Lane, west to Lake Valley Elementary School, and then into Bradshaw Mountain High School. Family and friends will be along the route cheering on the graduates. 

A Prescott Valley Police vehicle will lead the procession and additional officers will provide traffic control. 

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Once the procession reaches Bradshaw Mountain High School, each senior will get out of their car and receive their diploma cover. From there they will walk to the photo area to have their picture taken. They will then receive their diploma and graduation program, return to their car, and then park in their assigned school parking spot. Once all seniors have gone through the parade and received their diplomas, Principal Kort Miner will go live on the radio to announce the graduating class of 2020. 

Jack FM 94.7 radio will be playing the valedictorian speeches during the parade. Graduates will be announced as they receive their diplomas. Jack FM 94.7 radio will replay the entire event afterward for any seniors or family members that might have missed the original airplay. The yearbook staff will also be on hand to take photos.

Community members are asked to use caution and patience in the area on June 24 as Bradshaw Mountain High School honors its graduating seniors.

For more information on the procession, please call Bradshaw Mountain High School at 928-759-4100. 

The City of Prescott Reminds Citizens of Political Sign Regulations

With the upcoming elections, the City of Prescott seeks to remind citizens and candidates for office about local political sign regulations.

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Residents and business owners have the option of placing political signs on their private property.

Arizona state statute (A.R.S. 16-1019) allows for placement of political signs in city right-of-way except where the City Council has created sign free zones by resolution. On January 22, 2019, the Prescott City Council unanimously approved a resolution creating two sign free zones in areas of the city well known for visitors and tourists in order to better protect the scenic and aesthetic appeal of Prescott’s most visited locations. The creation of these sign free zones allows the City to remove political signs that are placed in city right-of-way within those areas. In the event that political and other temporary signs are found in the city right-of-way within these zones, the Neighborhood Services Division will remove the signs and contact the owners to reclaim them. The affected zones are found marked in yellow in the corresponding maps.

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Outside of the sign free zones, political signs are allowed in the right-of-way. However, even where allowed, the signs cannot impede line-of-sight for traffic or pose a danger to pedestrians using public sidewalks or right-of-way. Generally speaking, city right-of-way extends approximately 10 feet from the edge of the street.

Circumstances will vary based on the property. If you have further questions, you may contact the Neighborhood Services Division at 928-777-1320 or at code.compliance@prescott-az.gov. For a map of the affected areas, go to the City of Prescott home page at www.prescott-az.gov and search “sign free zones.”

Prescott Valley Police Department House Watch Program

With sequestering in our homes being eased and people going on vacation, it’s important to be safe as you travel. Nobody wants to return from a wonderful vacation to find that their home has been broken into. 

There are several safety and security measures that you can take to protect your home. Before you leave, it is important to make sure that each of the measures you chose is in place and is functioning properly.

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There are two basic methods to keep your home safe while you are away.  The first is to deter intruders. This can be done by installing a home security system, replacing older entry doors, install strong locks, and making sure the house is secure when you leave.

The second method is to conceal your absence. Ask a friend to monitor your home and maintain your yard. Install programmable light switches. Do not publicize your absence on social media, and stop your mail.

Prescott Valley Police Chief Steve Roser wants to remind residents of the House Watch Program which the police department provides. Both police volunteers and patrol officers will be conducting house vacation watches and special house watches twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 

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Residents may request this service by going to the Police Department’s web site, https://www.pvaz.net, clicking on Programs, and then clicking on House Watch. A direct link is available at: https://www.pvaz.net/FormCenter/Police-Department-7/House-Watch-Program-79. The form will be submitted directly off the website.

A strong neighborhood is a safe neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and look out for each other. If you see something, say something!

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.   Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232.

Forgery Investigation

Chino Valley Police Department is asking for the publics’ assistance in identifying a person of interest in a forgery.

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On 06/03/2020 at approximately 4:52 pm an unidentified male presented Ace Hardware in Chino Valley with a $100 bill for payment of goods. The bill was accepted as payment and change was given for the transaction. It was later determined the bill was counterfeit and law enforcement was contacted. Chino Valley Police Department would like to speak to the male subject who presented the counterfeit bill.

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If you are able to identify this subject please contact Detective Mark Garcia at (928) 636-4223 ext. 1269 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can submit your tip to Yavapai Silent Witness online at yavapaisw.com or by calling 1-800-932-3232. 

Fire Weather Watch in effect from Friday, 11:00 AM MST until Friday, 6:00 PM MST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

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…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL ARIZONA… The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a Fire Weather Watch due to strong winds and low relative humidity, which is in effect from Friday morning through Friday afternoon. * AFFECTED AREA…Locations near Doney Park, Flagstaff, Fredonia, Grand Canyon, Jacob Lake, North Rim, Page, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Seligman, Shonto, Tuba City, Valle and Williams. This includes portions of the Coconino National Forest, Kaibab National Forest and Prescott National Forest. * WINDS…South 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY…As low as 8 percent. * IMPACTS…Any fire that starts has the potential to spread rapidly under these weather conditions. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are possible. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings. Please notify field crews of this fire weather watch.

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PRESCOTT VALLEY CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY – APPLY NOW

The Prescott Valley Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is officially going to happen. This year’s Citizen Police Academy is going to run from August 25th to October 20th.  Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm. The majority of the classes will be held at our new state of the art training room at 7601 E. Skoog Blvd., Prescott Valley. Two classes will be held at the Prescott Valley Public Library and one class will be held at the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) There is no charge for the Academy, and the public is invited. There will be no class on October 6th in observance of National Night Out.C:\Users\jrisinger\Desktop\CITIZENS ACADEMY 2017 cropped.jpg

The 8-week Academy is an in-depth look at the mission, philosophy, and operations of the department, and the extensive training that our officers receive before and throughout their service to our residents. An example of the subjects include: firearms training, special weapons and tactics, hostage negotiations, traffic and DUI enforcement, gang task force, volunteers in policing, and much more. Attendees will get to be up close and personal with our amazing K9 officers. 

News Media personnel are encouraged to apply for this educational opportunity. We appreciate the media’s cooperation in making this information available to the public.

Seating is limited to 25 in attendance and applicants must complete a background check. For information and an application, visit http://pvaz.net/805/citizens-police-academy.

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

A message from Chief Roser and the Prescott Valley Police Department

The Town of Prescott Valley is not immune from the protest that has been occurring around the country. Saturday night at approximately 7:00 PM several subjects arrived at the courtyard/parking lot area of the Prescott Valley Police Department and began to protest the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  At times the numbers exceeded 150 participants.

Police discovered that there were two individual groups involved in the protest. One group protested the unreasonable force used by law-enforcement throughout the country during various events and incidents including the George Floyd incident. The other group was supporting law enforcement in general. 

At times, the discussions became contentious between the two groups, causing our law enforcement officers to place themselves between the two groups and in harms way. After lengthy and often heated discussions between the two groups, law enforcement was able to convince the pro-law-enforcement group to leave the area and allow the others to peacefully protest their concerns. 

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The Prescott Valley Police Department also requested the assistance of our local law enforcement partners to assist in this protest and to help answer calls for service. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Prescott Police Department provided several officers to assist our town and department. Furthermore, the Prescott Valley Police Department called in off-duty staff to protect the rights of everyone at the location, to ensure that nothing was damaged, and that laws were not violated. Several arguments escalated into minor fights throughout the event; however, no one was injured. The remaining group peacefully left the area around midnight. We are pleased to say there were no reported injuries and no damage that occurred during this event.

The Prescott Valley Police Department wants to remind everyone that we are here to protect and serve everyone within our community. Our officers are highly trained professionals who deserve respect from everyone they serve. Why? Because we truly respect the rights of everyone and are simply trying our best to keep the community safe from all. We will not tolerate violence towards anyone, nor will we allow people to violate the laws of our country, state, and community. Those who wish to protest have that right to do so peacefully; however, they do not have the right to infringe on peace and tranquility of our beautiful town or neighbors.

The Prescott Valley Police Department is asking that if you wish to protest, please do so respectfully and peacefully. Do not confront those with differing views than yourself. Understand that we are not the same; each of us has different views and positions. This is the beauty of a diverse and peaceful community. We respect your right to speak peacefully and want to Thank You ALL for speaking your mind without causing concerns for others. 

The Prescott Valley Police Department also thanks the other agencies who supported us in keeping our Town safe. #WEHEARYOU

The Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies, or 1-800-932-3232 for Yavapai Silent Witness.

REMEMBER: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

Found! Chino’s 2 Missing Victims Have Been Found…

On 05/26/2020 Chino Valley Police Department received information regarding the location of Elissa’s vehicle and that Nick and Elissa’s bodies were with the vehicle in Iowa. Chino Valley Police Department immediately sent investigators to Iowa to assist in the search.

Upon arrival Chino Valley Police Department coordinated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, Waterloo Police Department and Evansdale Police Department in Iowa to search a location on Timber Oak Road in Evansdale, Iowa.

On 05/29/2020 the search confirmed Elissa’s vehicle was buried on the property and inside the vehicle were two bodies preliminarily identified as Elissa and Nick. Efforts continue to exhume the vehicle and collect evidence.

Official confirmation on the identities of the bodies found inside the vehicle are pending medical examiner results.

Charges against Mitchell Mincks and anyone who may have assisted him are pending coordination with Yavapai County Attorney’s Office and United States Federal Prosecutors.

TEEN SUICIDE RATES REACH HIGHEST LEVEL IN DECADES

As the Covid19 Pandemic continues to push communities to the breaking point, there are several groups that have not been specifically noted as vulnerable. One of these groups is our teen community. While the virus may not be ravaging this group at the same rate as other groups, our teens are facing other serious issues that demand the attention of our local child advocates. Even before the pandemic, suicide has been the second leading cause of death in teens ages 15 to 19 worldwide, across all socio-economic groups. The U.S. World News, in an article dated June 18, 2019, stated that youth suicide rates have reached a 20-year high. While we may not be able to reach teens in other places, there is a lot we can do locally to reach out to our local youth. 

The Prescott Valley Police Department recognizes the vulnerability of our local teens.  Because the pre-frontal cortex of the brain in adolescents, the part that deals with impulse control and being able to fully understand consequences of actions, doesn’t develop until these teens are in their twenties, this age group may struggle with being able to see that our current situation is not permanent.  Many of these kids come from less than ideal family situations, even before the quarantine. Domestic violence, neglect, social isolation, increased online activity and lack of adult supervision during this lockdown have only made their situations worse. There are no child advocates available to see the warning signs. Depression, drug and alcohol use and other maladaptive behaviors go unnoticed.

The Prescott Valley Police Department would like to encourage all parents, grandparents, guardians, neighbors, and friends to reach out to the teens in your sphere of influence and just check in with them. That small and seemingly unimportant interaction could be the defining moment in adverting a tragedy. If needed, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-248-TEEN (8336).  We want all our citizens, young and old, to see a brighter tomorrow. We will get through this crisis together. 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.  

Auto Theft Suspect Sought $300 Reward Offered for Information Leading to an Arrest

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying an auto theft suspect.  On April 12,  2020, between 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM, an unidentified male subject entered a home in the 1700 block of Kerley Lane in Cottonwood and removed keys for a white 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.  The suspect then took the vehicle from the garage at the residence. 

 

The vehicle was found abandoned the next morning near Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.  The subject was seen dressed in all black getting out of the vehicle and into a similar van of the same color and drive away on Camino Real towards Rio Mesa Trail.

 

Upon inspection of the stolen Chrysler, the Deputies discovered the engine to be damaged beyond repair.  Deputies located a Speedway Gas Station bag with candy wrappers inside the vehicle, which did not belong to the vehicle’s owner. Deputies obtained video footage of the suspect from the Speedway Gas Station in Cottonwood where the candy was purchased.   The male subject had entered the Speedway and purchased the items on April 12, 2020, just after 11 PM. The subject is described as a white or Hispanic male between the ages of 16 and 21 years old, 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 11 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds with black hair.

 

The subject is wanted on charges Theft of a Means of Transportation, Burglary, Trespassing, and Felony Criminal Damage.

If you provide information leading to an arrest in this case, you could earn a $300 cash reward.  To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at yavapaisw.com.  All tips are always anonymous.  

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Recent Incidents Overview – 1. Child Pornography Arrest 2. Burglary from Storage Locker containing sentimental items

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1.Child Pornography – On April 14, 2020, 60-year-old Martin Palumbo from Camp Verde, was arrested for 6 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and has since been released on a $10,000 bond. 

Background – Based on information received from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force and the Camp Verde Marshall’s Office in March of this year, YCSO detectives began attempting to identify a person downloading/sharing pornographic images of children. The images involved children, some under the estimated age of 10, engaged in sexual activity. 

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A forensic search of identification factors previously provided lead to an address on Reeves Area Road in Camp Verde. Verification through public records resulted in Palumbo’s name as a resident. A search warrant was sought and granted, and Palumbo was contacted at his home on April 14, 2020. A damaged laptop was found in the house which Palumbo eventually admitted breaking knowing the child pornography images stored on the computer would land him in jail. 

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Detectives were able to extract 6 images off the laptop all involving minors engaged in sexual activity/positions. 

 Please note – ‘The production of child pornography creates a permanent record of a child’s sexual abuse.  When these images are placed on the Internet and disseminated online, the victimization of the children continues in perpetuity. Experts and victims agree that victims depicted in child pornography often suffer a lifetime of re-victimization by knowing the images of their sexual abuse are on the Internet forever.  The children exploited in these images must live with the permanency, longevity, and circulation of such a record of their sexual victimiza­tion. This often creates lasting psychological damage to the child, including disruptions in sexual development, self-image, and developing trusting relationships with others in the future.

…. Furthermore, victims of child pornography suffer not just from the sexual abuse inflicted upon them to produce child pornography, but also from knowing that their images can be traded and viewed by others worldwide.  Once an image is on the Internet, it is irretrievable and can continue to circulate forever. The permanent record of a child´s sexual abuse can alter his or her live forever. Many victims of child pornography suffer from feelings of helplessness, fear, humiliation, and lack of control given that their images are available for others to view in perpetuity.’ Copied from  https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/child-pornography

2. Burglary, Immediate follow-up results in an arrest and property recovered – On April 15, 2020, deputies were dispatched to the 23000 block of North State Route 89 in Paulden, regarding the burglary of a storage space. The victim told deputies that he discovered multiple items and boxes missing which included valuable and sentimental collectables. Deputies were shown a plywood panel which was removed allowing access to his storage space from an adjoining storage space.  When the victim looked into the adjoining storage space, he saw one of his uniquely marked boxes inside. The estimated loss of all the property was $5000. 

Deputies contacted the storage unit manager and were provided ownership information for the storage space adjacent to the victim’s space. The owner was identified as 38-year-old Rebecca Reynolds who resides in the 23300 block of North State Route 89, Paulden. Deputies looked inside a vehicle belonging to Reynolds parked on the property and saw what appeared to be one of the victim’s boxes. Reynolds arrived a short time later after responding to a phone call from the deputy. When confronted about the theft of boxes, she initially denied any involvement and blamed another party. As deputies were going to speak to this other person, Reynolds admitted she was the thief acknowledging pushing apart the plywood divider between their storage units to gain access to the victim’s property. 

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Deputies assisted the victim by recovering his stolen items from the suspect’s storage space and vehicles parked on her property. Reynolds was arrested for one count of Burglary and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. She has since been release pending court action. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Anna Rensi’s 105th Birthday Celebration Was Successful!

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PRESCOTT, AZ (April 16, 2020) – Prescott Police and Fire units gave a special parade of public safety vehicles, to honor Anna Rensi, on her 105th Birthday on April 15th.  Anna was able to view the parade from a safe distance, and greatly enjoyed the celebration.

Attached are photos from the celebration.

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Update-March 26th Morning Update – Yavapai County Community Health Services New Case Reported in Yavapai County – Now at 7 cases

We have 3 cases in the Prescott Quad-Cities area, and 4 in the Verde Valley, all 7 cases are senior citizens and currently in isolation.

 

All Arizonans should assume the virus is present in their community and take precautions.

Governor Ducey issued an executive order on Monday requiring private labs to report all testing positive or negative.  Dr. Christ reported at a press conference on Wednesday that more than 6,600 Arizonans have been tested for the new coronavirus and a majority of the tests have come back negative, and 4.6% have been positive. 

There are 508 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona. Maricopa is up to 299 cases, Pima 75, Pinal 35, Coconino 28, Navajo 43, Apache 9, Yavapai 5, Graham 2, and Yuma 4 and Mohave now has 1.  

 

124 tests have been provided in Yavapai County with 106 negative, and 14 pending. 

 

  • Yavapai County Emergency Phone bank open M-F 8-5. Call 928-442-5103 for up-to-date local information, resources, and guidance.
  • COVID-19 Hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 to 8 p.m. each day of the week

 

Not Everyone will be Tested

Most people with COVID-19 develop mild symptoms. If you have mild symptoms, please do not seek medical care, but do stay home and practice social distancing from others in the household where possible. If you do have shortness of breath or more severe symptoms, please call your health care provider to get instructions before arriving. Different testing criteria, limited supplies, and other factors mean that not everyone can get a test, particularly people with no symptoms and minimal risk factors.

Testing is reserved for high-priority patients – those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease, or immunosuppressive therapy; and for people working in a health care environment and providing direct care to patients.

COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to

appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty

breathing. For people with mild illness, individuals are asked to stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and get

rest. For people with more severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, individuals are advised to seek healthcare.

 

For up-to-date information, see our website www.yavapai.us/chs.

March 23 Update from Yavapai County Community Health Services

There are 235 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona. Maricopa is up to 139 cases, Pima 24, Pinal 17, Coconino 17, Navajo 25, Apache 4, Yavapai 3, Graham 2, and Yuma 1.  101 Tests have been provided in Yavapai County with 84 negative, and 14 pending.

 

 

  • Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center is operational
  • Yavapai County Emergency Phone bank open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Call 928-442-5103
  • Governor established a COVID-19 Hotline administered by 211 Arizona and the Crisis Response Network

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COVID-19 Hotline

The line will respond to calls in English and Spanish and will provide important information, including:

  • How to prepare for and prevent COVID-19 spread
  • Testing information for COVID-19
  • What populations are at higher risk from the COVID-19
  • What to do if an individual gets sick
  • COVID-19 and animals
  • And a list of websites with accurate, reliable and up-to-date information

 

The line will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day of the week and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 while an individual is located in Arizona. More information can also be found at 211arizona.org/covid-19

 

Testing

Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ met this week with representatives from the Translational Genomics Research Institute, Banner Health, Sonora Quest and Mayo Clinic to discuss efforts to expand public lab testing capacity for COVID-19.

 

They also talked about establishing mobile and drive-through testing sites across the state, the governor’s office said.

 

Banner Health, Arizona’s largest health system, is launching drive-thru COVID-19 testing for prescreened patients at four sites, three in Phoenix and one in Tucson beginning today.

 

Patients will not need a doctor’s order, but they will need to speak by phone with a Banner clinician before being scheduled for a testing appointment.

 

The addition of the Banner sites is expected to broaden testing in Arizona. Many Arizonans have complained about having COVID-19 symptoms but say they’ve been unable to get a test. The availability of testing has been an obstacle for some clinicians, too.

 

We will update on clinics in Yavapai County, once we receive confirmation of date/time.

 

Check out the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to assess your symptoms.

 

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For more information about this event or any of the Yavapai County Community Health Services, please contact Terri Farneti at 928-442-5596 or email Terri.Farneti@yavapai.us

www.Yavapai.us/chs/          Facebook.com/YCCHS          Twitter.com/YavapaiHealth

Yavapai County Issues Proclamation of Countywide Emergency

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, on March 19, 2020, signed a Proclamation of a Countywide Emergency.  The proclamation provides the Chairman with additional opportunities and resources to protect Yavapai County residents, working in coordination with local cities and towns, should the need arise in the future.

COVID-19 poses a serious public health threat for infectious disease spread to Yavapai County residents and visitors if proper precautions recommended by public health are not followed.  In Yavapai County, public health and health care systems have identified precautions and interventions that can mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  It is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure the spread of COVID- 19 is controlled and that the residents of Yavapai County remain safe and healthy.

The Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is authorized by the Yavapai County Emergency Operations Plan, Yavapai County Resolution No. 1967, and by A.RS. § 26-311 to declare an emergency.  During the emergency, the Chairman shall govern by proclamation and have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order in the unincorporated areas of the county, including but not limited to:

  • Imposing curfews
  • Ordering the closing of any business
  • Closing to public access any public building, street, or other public place
  • Call upon regular or auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the political subdivision for assistance
  • Notify the constitutional officers (Sheriff, County Attorney, Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Superintendent of Schools, and Supervisors) that the County office for which they are responsible may remain open or may be closed for the emergency

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    Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, does hereby determine that the COVID-19 outbreak presents conditions in Yavapai County, which may be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of Yavapai County; and does hereby declare:
    1.         That an emergency now exists in the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County
    2.         That the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors shall, during such emergency, govern by proclamation and shall have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order of the unincorporated areas of the county
    3.         That during this emergency, political subdivisions have full power to provide mutual aid to any affected area in accordance with local ordinances, resolutions, emergency plans or agreements, therefore.

Possible Flooding in Yavapai County

The Yavapai County Flood Control District is expecting widespread heavy rainfall this evening through Friday morning. This will lead to increased flood risk. The Rimrock area along Wet Beaver Creek and the Cornville area along Oak Creek are two areas that the National Weather Service is predicting that might experience water at flood stages. 

It is not recommended to drive this evening as road conditions will be hazardous and many low water crossings will be flooded. PLEASE do not risk driving through these low water crossings endangering you, your family and first responders.

Residents in low lying areas should be aware of their surroundings and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, their families, and property.

The Yavapai County Flood Control District posts updates on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountyFloodControlDistrict/

Found-Missing Person ⚠️ Alert

Reported to YCSO March 12, 2020. Subject is overdue and possibly suicidal. She was believed to be in Prescott area but made previous comments about going out to
Bloody Basin, east of Black Canyon City for reference. She is slender in build and has long dread locks. Possibly driving Silver Toyota Tundra. Deputies have been checking areas she is known to frequent, but so far no success.
ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
(928)771-3260

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SCHOOL SPRING BREAK REQUIRES EXTRA CAUTION

The Dewey-Humboldt School District will be on Spring Break the week of March 9-13, 2020. With support from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Prescott Valley Police Department is focusing on a pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle safety.  Fewer school buses transporting students means more vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles on the roadway. 

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Many areas in Prescott Valley do not have sidewalks or streetlights. The Prescott Valley Police Department recognizes the danger to our students in these areas. We encourage parents to teach children to walk against the flow of traffic.  Also, please remind them to be aware of their surroundings and not to be distracted with their cell phones. Lighter-colored clothing, reflective tape, and flashlights are also recommended for quick identification by drivers during nighttime hours.  Together, as a community, we can help keep our children safe.

 

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Spring Break also tends to see an increase in car and residential burglaries as well as other mischievous activities. The Prescott Valley Police Department encourages all residents to make sure their homes and vehicles are secure when not occupied. Remove valuable items from plain sight and from your vehicles. Take time to document (including photos) make, model, and serial numbers of valuable items. Most criminal activity is based on opportunity. Remove the opportunity and minimize crime. 

 

Safety and Protection is the theme for police officers during Spring Break. If you see anything suspicious, contact the police department.

 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY ENFORCEMENT – DON’T DRIVE “SHAMROCKED”

Contact info: Jerry Ferguson #261 / PIO

Office: Phone Number or Dispatch 928-772-9267

The Prescott Valley Police Department, in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, wishes everyone to have safe, sober St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. To help keep the community safe, the Prescott Valley Police Department Traffic Unit will be working extended hours on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 & 17, 2020. A DUI Command Post will also be in operation on March 17th at the Prescott Courthouse. The officers will be enforcing a variety of traffic violations including speed, seat belts, and Driver Impairment.

If you are going to celebrate by drinking alcoholic beverages, consider staying at home. If you’re going to be out in the community, be sure and have a designated driver to get you home safely (Uber, Lyft, etc.). You can be arrested for DUI if you are impaired to the slightest degree – and the consequences are life-changing.

Know your limit! Drive Hammered, Get Nailed! Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving! Even One Drink Can Be One Too Many! Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over! Don’t treat these as only clever clichés. Remembering and following them may save your life. The Department will also be distributing “Know Your Limit” cards at local liquor establishments.

The Prescott Valley Police Department encourages celebrating responsibly. If you see any erratic driving, notify the police department immediately.

You may contact the Prescott Valley Police Department at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergencies. 

Prescott Police Department Honors Team Members in Annual Ceremony

On Friday, February 21, 2020, the Prescott Police Department proudly awarded its 2019 employee awards to several members of the Department.  The ceremony held at the Goods from the Garden Event Center recognized the following individuals for their achievement, professionalism, and dedication to the Prescott Police Department Mission and Values: 

    Volunteer of the Year:  Presented to Citizen on Patrol Volunteer Bert Austin and Citizen On Patrol Volunteer Kathleen Ostrander for selflessly dedicating themselves to the COP Program and the Prescott Police Department by spending hundreds of hours volunteering and filling the essential roles of the COP’s. In fact, Ms. Ostrander logged over 1600 hours last year and assists the Department with traffic control at crashes, disabled vehicles in the roadway and abandoned vehicles.  Mr. Austin is a Sergeant for our COP group and does an excellent job managing the day to day operations of this very important volunteer group.

    Rookie of the Year: Presented to Officer Gahr for displaying the ideals and characteristics essential to a Prescott Police Officer and embracing our values of Integrity, Courage, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence.  Officer Gahr demonstrated a strong work ethic and compassion for those in the community he interacts with. He exhibits a willingness to go above and beyond each call he receives in order to make sure the person is satisfied with the level of service they receive.  He is a great team player and is always eager to help his fellow officers. 

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    Community Service Award: Presented to Officer Reynolds in recognition of going above and beyond to serve the community by way of her work.  Over the course of this past year, Officer Reynolds and her K9 partner Benny have gone out of their way to steal the show at many community events such as National Night Out, Shop with a Cop, Equifest, Pink Patch fundraisers, and countless demonstrations from schools to churches and of course our very own citizen academies. 

    Civilian Employee of the Year: Presented to Animal Control Officer Mr. Joe Driskill chosen as the winner of this award because he has continually demonstrated compassion and dedication for his work that is matched by few.  He often goes above and beyond in providing quality service to those in the community he serves and helps resolve their concerns. He regularly works late to handle animal control issues to lessen the burden of patrol officers working the streets. 

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    Communication Specialist of the Year: Presented to Ms. Jennifer Bass who was chosen for this award as she consistently goes above and beyond what is required, year after year. Many times with staffing issues at a critical level, she willingly helps to cover shifts.  As a CPR instructor, Jennifer teaches CPR to our dispatchers several times a year. Within dispatch, Jennifer is an excellent trainer and takes on any new trainees when asked. She is thorough in her training and will do anything she can to help her trainees succeed.  She is always willing to help and mentor anyone when needed.  

    Sworn Police Officer of the Year: Awarded to Officer Parker Mark who has greatly contributed to the success of this department.  He is the department’s phlebotomy and DRE coordinator as well as the department’s radar and laser instructor.  He ensures officers stay current with their training in these specialties as well as has trained all certified employees on the use of the radar and laser systems for the last several years.  Ofc. Parker is one of the hardest working officers of the department and the list of projects he has helped implement is endless. He spearheaded the TraCS project which has saved countless hours inputting data for the records section, limiting mistakes by officers, and creating a seamless integration with the courts and ADOT.  He has assisted with the TriTech RMS and CAD project. Ofc. Parker spent hundreds of hours with IT, officers, and representatives from other agencies building this program to fit everyone’s needs.

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    Supervisor of the Year: Presented to Sergeant Novak as he has proven himself a fair and objective leader toward the patrolmen and women in which he leads.  Sgt. Novak has a passion for this job that is contagious. He allows his officers to be proactive and handle their calls accordingly, without unsolicited input from him, showing the trust he has in his officers.  He looks after the officers he supervises and for the best interest of the department. In his supervisory role, he has been seen as an excellent resource for advice. He is not above using his own experiences to better teach and protect his officers.  

    Lifesaving Award: Awarded to Detective Jennison and Detective Brazell for their roles in locating a missing hiker on the Peavine Trail on September 18, 2019.  Using investigative tools and technology they were able to pinpoint the exact location of the missing hiker and led rescue crews to his location where he was found alive after 3 days on his own.  He was in serious medical condition and was immediately airlifted from the scene by helicopter to a Valley hospital where he was reunited with many family members. Based on his injuries, had he not been located at the time he was, he would have most likely died at the location he was found. Detectives Brazell and Jennison’s demonstration of teamwork with the use of this new technology made the successful recovery of the missing hiker possible

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Medal of Merit: Awarded to Officer Doty for his role in stopping what could have been a large scale shooting event.  On September 5, 2019, at 11:00 AM, Officer Doty responded to a call of a suspicious male at the Shell station on Iron Springs Road. Upon his arrival, Officer Doty observed the male in question inside the Shell store mart with all three store employees huddled together behind the counter. Officer Doty contacted the subject and requested to speak with him. The subject instead attempted to walk out of the store. As Officer Doty stopped him from exiting the store, he noticed the handle of a pistol in his right front pocket. Officer Doty quickly removed the firearm and placed the subject in handcuffs. The subject was escorted out of the store and asked to sit while Officer Doty conducted his investigation.  The investigation revealed that the suspect had strategically placed several loaded rifles, ammo and additional supplies throughout the parking lot of a very busy location and adjacent to a very busy intersection. The decisive actions of Officer Doty prevented the tragedy from occurring.

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Police Chief’s Recognition of Excellence: Awarded to Mrs. Joyce Anderson, Ms. Laura Willson, Mrs. Julie Wilson, Mr. Jesse Horton, Officer Parker and Officer Bardon for their extraordinary work on the implementation of a new computer-aided dispatch system and a new records management system.  Each of them put in hundreds, if not thousands, of hours into this project. Their dedication and commitment have proven to be the difference in the success of the implementation of new CAD and RMS systems with minimal interruptions to our daily calls for service.  Their collective and unique individual skills, knowledge, and abilities have been tested time and again to the fullest extent possible during the course of this lengthy and complicated project. They all faced many frustrations and roadblocks during the process, but continued to persevere, working as a team to see the project through to its final stages. Without this group of people, we no doubt would have seen significant failures and an inability to continue our day-to-day operations as needed. 

Awards were also presented to Lead Police Officer Willis, and Sergeant Gerlach, for excellence in firearms proficiency. Sergeant Gerlach also received the Department’s Physical Fitness award for scoring a perfect 100% on his last evaluation.

The Prescott Police Department would like to thank members of the Prescott Valley Police Department for helping to provide street coverage so that on-duty members of the Prescott Police Department could attend this ceremony. 

4 Super-Easy Garden Soil Tests by Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener

Successful gardening all comes down to the right soil. When plants struggle in the yard, the first step towards better plants starts with a simple soil test. Figure out the soil’s texture, composition, drainage, alkalinity, and minerals, and success skyrockets to your dream garden! Here are four simple, free, do-’em-at-home tests.

 

Worm Test

Worms are significant indicators of the overall health of garden soil, especially concerning biological activity. If you have earthworms, the chances are you also have all of the beneficial microbes and bacteria that make for healthy soil and vigorous plants. To do the worm test:

 

#1 At 55 degrees worms become active in the soil; make sure the soil is moist, but not sopping wet.

#2 Dig a hole one foot across by one foot deep and place the soil on a tarp or piece of cardboard.

#3 Count your earthworms as you sift the earth back into the garden hole.

 

If you find at least ten worms, your soil is in good shape. Less than that indicates you have a problem with a lack of organic matter to support healthy earthworms, or that your soil is just too alkaline.

 

Percolation Test

Drainage is the number one problem in mountain soils. Most of our evergreens and xeric plants die when the garden stays too wet. Even culinary herbs stop producing when their roots remain wet. To test your soil’s drainage:

 

#1 Dig a hole one foot across by one foot deep and place the excavated soil on a tarp or piece of cardboard.

#2 Fill the hole with water and let it drain completely.

#3 Fill the hole a second time with water.

#4 Track how long it takes for the water to drain.

 

If the water takes more than four hours to drain, you have drainage issues that need correcting.

 

Squeeze Test

One of the most fundamental characteristics of soil is its composition. Soils are classified as either clay, sandy, or loamy. Clay is nutrient-rich, but slow draining. Sand is quick draining but has trouble retaining nutrients and moisture. Loam is considered the ideal soil for its moisture and nutrient holding abilities.

 

To determine a soil’s type, take a handful of moist soil from your garden, give it a firm squeeze, and open your hand. One of three things will happen:

 

#1 Shape is held and crumbles when given a light poke = you have rich loam. Perfect!

#2 Shape is held and stubbornly sits in your hand after a light poke = you have clay soil. Not so good.

#3 Your soil falls apart as soon as you open your hand; you have sandy soil.  Not good at all.

Now you know what type of soil you have for gardening and can take steps to improve it.

 

The pH Test

The pH of your soil measures how alkaline 

 

or acidic your garden soil is and how happily plants will grow.  Most plants grow best in soil with a neutral pH of between 6 and 7. Plants grown in soil pH higher than 7.5 pH turn yellow, lose blossom fragrance or stop blooming altogether.  Soil needs correcting.

 

We carry pH test kits here at Watters Garden Center, and they are very easy to find online. Once you know your soil pH is a problem, you can begin working to align the pH~ for optimal growing conditions.

 

If you find you have done these tests, fertilized, and amended your soil as needed, and your garden still struggles, it’s time to enlist the help of a garden center professional.

 

Watters 58th Spring Open House – consider this a personal invitation:)

March  13 – 15th

We’ve stocked up on fruit and shade trees, blooming shrubs, and flowers for this year’s event.  We also are bringing our growers from the farm to share their knowledge with local gardeners. Our 2020 gardens can be started, and this weekend we are celebrating this seasonal return to one of our favorite pastimes!

 

Until next week, I’ll be helping friends with garden soils here at Watters Garden Center.

Ken Lain can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, or contacted through his web site at WattersGardenCenter.com or  FB.com/WattersGardenCenter .

Victim Shot in Cornville – Suspect in-custody

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – On March 2, 2020, around 10:15 PM, deputies were dispatched to a weapons offense call in the 1400 block of South Chick Road, Cornville. Callers reported they could hear a man yelling and believed someone had been shot. 

Deputies were directed to an RV on the property where the disturbance was occurring and saw a male laying on the ground in front of the RV. He was later identified as 64-year-old Michael Snell who is a resident in the trailer park. During the contact with Snell, a man inside the trailer told deputies he had been shot and was not armed.

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Snell was taken into custody without incident. Deputies entered the trailer and found a 60-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. Pending the arrival of medical personnel, deputies used a chest seal type bandage on the wound from a portable trauma kit. The victim was eventually flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment and as of this writing, he is in stable condition. A handgun was recovered at the scene. 

Witnesses reported that there was some type of physical struggle between the two apparently over an ongoing neighbor dispute. The witnesses saw the suspect ‘choking’ and ‘beating’ the victim even after the victim was shot. Witnesses indicate Snell was also armed with a knife. 

Snell refused to discuss the incident other than admitting he went to the victim’s trailer to confront him about their ongoing dispute over money owed. 

Snell was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault causing Serious Injury, Burglary, Threatening and Trespassing. Bond is set at $125,000.  

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau have been on scene throughout the night to handle the follow-up investigation. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Local Environmental Non-Profit Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Community Celebration and Fundraiser

PRESCOTT, AZ – April 4th we will be celebrating the three-year anniversary of GEM Environmental– a scientific non-profit headquartered in Prescott, which brings educational resources to underrepresented students through scholarships, internships, and field experience within the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math). GEM is actively engaged in the conservation of public lands and provides data collection services, environmental monitoring/maintenance, and remediation for potentially hazardous sites. 

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This event will be held at the Windsock Lounge in Prescott and feature raffle prizes, giveaways, a silent auction, a D.J., food and much more.

“We’re giving away some awesome prizes like gift baskets, sports memorabilia, hand-made silver jewelry from local artists, and so much more to celebrate our anniversary and raise money as part of Arizona Gives Day. There are many opportunities for people to win raffle tickets between now and April 4th,” noted Eric Welsh, Executive Director of GEM. “For example, you can win free raffle tickets if you make a $5 cash donation via www.azgives.org/GEMenvironmental.”


All proceeds benefit GEM’s Educational Programs – unique hands-on science programs for underserved students throughout Yavapai County. These programs provide engaging activities, including field trips where students apply their knowledge, broaden perspectives on conservation, and gain insight into managing public lands

Complete details about the event can be found at www.gemenvironmental.org or on Facebook @GEMenvironmental.

GEM Anniversary Celebration:

April 4th, 2020

1-5PM

The Windsock Lounge

1365 Iron Springs Road 

Prescott, AZ 86301

Contact: 

Madison Link

madison@gemenvironmental.org

Who is Dr Nancy Blum DO.?

Dr. Nancy Blum DO.

So, who is this Dr. Blum and why should I read anything she writes. I’m kind of old-school (hopefully not that old though) in my sensibilities, in that saying doctor before my name should be enough, but I am aware this no longer means a whole lot.

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To be specific, I have a bachelor’s in Literary Studies, a masters in Bioethics and a doctorate in Medicine. I spent 11 years after high school educating myself and then 3 more years in residency at Parkland Hospital (yes, where Kennedy died) the county hospital of Dallas. No one sees everything, but there’s not a lot that surprises me other than how people often treat each other.

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I have now been in private practice for 17 years. I have a child, I have siblings, I have parents, I have nieces and nephews, I have their children also-I advise them all the same as I advise my
patients-they are my flock. I strive to always be an adequate shepherd, if not a good one. My interests are wide and varied-that is to say, I read, a lot. This doesn’t make me necessarily more equipped than any other human to deal with this situation (my training does
that), but it enables me to wade through volumes of information at a faster rate to discern what is important to know at any given moment. Perhaps, it helps with preparedness.

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Certainly it
can help me disseminate concise information to all who read this, as it happens. Someone mentioned on the previous blog that they were not going to turn their TV off-which is fine,
however, the information received from your TV is not always produced with your interests at heart-keep that in mind. It is designed to improve ratings, and just like a for-profit insurance
company, does not often particularly care about individuals, or communities. If ever anyone has a specific question, I will answer to the best of my ability, and what I do not know I will find
out, from reputable sources.

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Today’s topic-then is viruses, COVID-19 in particular, but you need to know what a virus is in the first place, as opposed to bacteria, mycobacterium, fungi, prions, etc… Pretend you

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are back in science class, hopefully not as bored. Newscasters keep comparing COVID-19 to Ebola-they are so far removed from each other, it is a ridiculous statement. All viruses, like any other living creature, have a drive to reproduce as many of themselves as possible within their given natural circumstances. The success of any virus, think about the common cold, works because it replicates itself, but does
not kill many of it’s hosts.

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If the common cold killed everyone, it would die off and disappear. Ebola, unless it really mutates, will never cause a massive pandemic. Yes, it’s a scary virus, but the chance of you dying of, or even contracting, one of the 5 strains is minuscule. Why? Because it it is so nasty, i.e. so virulent, it kills many of it’s carriers before it can even spread.
COVID-19 however, is a lower

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respiratory virus in it’s current form. No one really know exactly where it came from, but corona viruses have a reservoir in horseshoe bats. OK, you’ve
heard this, but what does it mean-well, bats carry it, but do not express the disease-that is they are not running around with pneumonia, coughing and sneezing. The presumption is that
the virus mutated and was picked up by another carrier. Interestingly enough, In Hong Kong a dog was found to be mildly positive for COVID-19 (don’t ask me why they tested a dog with no
symptoms when there is a shortage of tests worldwide). In SARS in particular, an intermediary was found in civets, a type of cat native to Asia and Africa. The CDC and WHO do not yet
know the source of COVID-19.
Bored yet… I hope not, knowledge is a powerful thing. More to come…

Crown King Resident arrested for impersonating a Federal Agent and Threats against community members

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 Earlier this month, deputies received reports from residents in the Crown King community regarding concern over social media posts involving 30-year-old Aaron Wells from Crown King. 

Business owners and residents alike shared information posted by Wells in which he asserted he was an ATF agent while threatening those he claimed were spreading rumors about him. He was using the moniker ‘Atf Nick,’ and was staying in a house on Sunny South Road in Crown King. Wells was known to always carry a handgun. 

Some of the comments posted by Wells: “Notice to the public of crown king – If anyone keeps rumors going around or any threats they will be held accountable for there actions,” which was followed by a specific list naming several Crown King residents. Another resident told deputies he recently had contact with Wells where Wells told him he was an undercover ATF agent, displayed a handgun and showed this resident a rifle. Deputies worked with YCSO detectives to complete an extensive background check on the behavior and statements of Wells against Crown King residents. It was confirmed that Wells was a convicted felon and not allowed to possess firearms and had an active warrant from New Mexico for Impersonating a Peace Officer. 

Deputies and detectives developed information as to the whereabouts of Wells during the late afternoon on February 21, 2020. A team of deputies was assembled and able to take Wells into custody just before 6 PM at a home on Sunny South Road in Crown King. He was armed at the time of the arrest which occurred without incident. 

Wells gave a fake name at the time of his arrest and identified himself as an ATF agent. After he was confronted with investigative information, Wells admitted he lied on both counts. 

Wells was arrested on local charges including Impersonating a Peace Officer and Prohibited Possessor along with 2 felony warrants out of New Mexico. He is being held without bond in the Camp Verde Detention Center.        

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

22-year-old Joseph Whigham from Florida Arrested…

On February 17, 2020, just before 12 PM, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a blue sedan for a traffic violation on east I40 near Ash Fork, Arizona. The driver and only occupant was identified as 22-year-old Joseph Whigham from Florida. While speaking with Joseph the deputy detected the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. 

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During a check of the sedan to locate the source of the odor, a K9 deputy found several vacuum sealed packages of marijuana hidden behind the trunk liners. Additional packages of contraband were found under seats, behind interior panels and under the dashboard. A total of 4 pounds of marijuana, 90 vape pens/cartridges and 3 pounds of THC infused candy was seized. 

Another deputy found 22 tabs of LSD in Joseph’s wallet.  

Note the packaging for the THC infused candy is hard to distinguish from classic store-bought candy, thus presenting a danger to children- click on the link below for details. 

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During follow-up, Joseph admitted he was paid a few thousand dollars to ‘mule’ the drugs to another location. K9 deputies learned the product had been purchased illegally from a dispensary in California. Detectives have notified the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction. 

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Joseph was booked into the Camp Verde Detention on charges including Possess Marijuana, Narcotic Drugs and Dangerous Drugs for Sale. He remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

2 Brothers Arrested in Paulden Area for Burglary, YCSO Seeking additional Victims

 On February 10, 2020, 2 brothers from Paulden, ages 15 and 16, were arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center for 2 Paulden area burglaries. The suspects also stole their father’s truck which was used in each incident. They were also charged with Vehicle Theft.  

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The first investigation involved a home in the 24000 block of Prairie Way, Paulden. The victim told deputies she was awakened at 2:30 AM on February 10, 2020, by an alert on her phone indicating a security video activation. Her armed husband searched the premises for suspects, but none were found. The security videos showed 2 suspects attempting to enter the garage adjacent to their home – see included screenshot. During a check of the garage area, the couple found the door to the garage unsecure and property missing. They posted portions of the security video on a community Facebook page and several people identified the suspects as brothers by name. One person indicated the brothers had bragged about stealing stereo equipment during a recent burglary. 

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Deputies learned the brothers attend Chino Valley High School and contacted administrators that same morning who, after seeing the video, identified the brothers by name. With their parents present, both suspects were interviewed at Chino Valley High School and eventually admitted to the garage burglary including the theft of their dad’s truck that night. Deputies returned to the home of the suspects and recovered the stolen stereo which had been stashed in a bush. Additional stolen items, including knives and jewelry, were also recovered from the home. 

During this investigation, another deputy was assigned a burglary incident occurring in the 22000 block of Stump Road, Paulden. A neighbor, who was watching the unoccupied property for the homeowner, noticed a broken window and found the house ransacked and a TV missing. It was unknown when the actual burglary or burglaries occurred. While the deputy was working on his report at a YCSO substation, he spoke to the deputy handling the Prairie Way burglary. Because these burglaries were within 2 blocks of each other, the deputy decided to interview the 2 suspect brothers already in custody. Both eventually admitted burglarizing this home the same morning and stealing a TV and jewelry. As a result, they were charged with an additional burglary. 

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Deputies returned to the home of the suspects and recovered a stolen 47-inch TV that was hidden in a closet. The jewelry has not been located. 

If anyone in the Paulden area around these 2 locations has noticed items missing from their property, please contact the Sheriff’s Office for follow-up. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

61 yr Old Roseanna Williams Arrested for Firing a BB Gun At DPS troopers

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On Monday, February 10, 2020, just before 6 PM, DPS troopers were asked by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to assist and respond to a domestic violence call in the 19000 block of East Spencer Street, Black Canyon City. YCSO deputies were delayed due to other priority calls. 
The initial 911 report stated that a drunk woman attempted to shoot another woman in the household with a BB gun.

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While troopers were at the residence, the female suspect fired the BB gun at one of the troopers in the chest. The female suspect was successfully Tased and then taken into custody. The trooper was not injured.  
The suspect, a 61-year-old woman, was transported to a local hospital as a precaution related to her intoxication. She is facing multiple criminal charges involving domestic violence and aggravated assault. 

UPDATE
FUGITIVE ARRESTED!! Jonathan. Bracher Arrested!

Due to some exceptional police work on the part of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Warrant Unit out of the Phoenix, Jonathon Bracher was arrested this morning in the area of West Roma in Phoenix.  Bracher is currently in the Maricopa County Jail awaiting extradition to Yavapai County. No further information is available at this time.   

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Once again, and I can’t say it enough, great job by our Arizona Law Enforcement Professionals.

See below for the original release.

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January 9, 2020

**DAY 9 OF CATCH 22 $500 REWARD***

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It’s Day 9 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ Catch 22 Program.  The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating 28-year old Jonathon Robert Bracher.

On November 21, 2017, Bracher was moving out of the victim’s residence where he had been staying for an extended period of time.  Upon leaving, Bracher stole a Ruger 10/22 .22 caliber rifle and a Ruger Mark 3 .22 caliber handgun. The Investigating Deputy responded to an address in Prescott Valley where Bracher moved to.  The deputy recovered the rifle and drug paraphernalia in the room Bracher was staying in. Bracher was not home at the time. Bracher is a convicted felon and is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  

On December 7, 2017, A Yavapai County Sheriff Deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on Bracher on northbound interstate 17 MP 247.  Bracher had a front seat passenger at the time. Bracher failed to yield to the deputy and fled in the vehicle. Bracher then drove onto southbound Interstate 17 driving in a northbound direction endangering his front seat passenger as well as other individuals on the road at the time.  The passenger told Bracher to stop and let him out. Bracher finally stopped the vehicle in the area of Bumblebee Rd. and fled on foot.  

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As a result of the above crimes, Bracher is wanted on the three separate warrants.  The first is for Weapons Misconduct, 2 counts of theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  This warrant has a nationwide extradition with $20,000 bond. The second warrant is for Weapons Misconduct.  This warrant also has a nationwide extradition with a $20,000 bond. The third warrant is for Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement and 2 counts of Endangerment.  This warrant has a nationwide extradition with a $25,000 bond.  

Bracher is described as a 28-year-old white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  He also has multiple tattoos to include writing on the left side of his neck. His last known address was on Dana Drive in Prescott Valley.

Anyone providing information that leads to Bracher’s arrest could be eligible for a $500 cash reward!  To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at yavapaisw.com.  All tips are anonymous, and you never have to give your name. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Silent Witness Alert – Catch 22 Day 21
$500 Reward

NAME: Jonathan Denis Fishback

NAME:     Jonathan Denis Fishback   

Charges:    Unlawful Use of a Means of Transportation, Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Criminal Damage, Contempt of Court, a Probation Violation stemming from an Aggravated DUI, and Possession of Marijuana, Failure to appear on a Trespass charge, and a Failure to Appear Charge for Resisting Arrest

Description:    DOB 01/07/87, a 33-year-old white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 225 pounds with multiple tattoos to include a sleeve on his left arm.  

It’s day 21 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ Catch 22 Program.  Today Yavapai County Law Enforcement is asking for your help in locating Jonathan Denis Fishback.

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On May 21, 2019, Fishback took a work truck from his employer without permission and drove recklessly throughout Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.  Law Enforcement attempted to stop Fishback multiple times and he fled each time. Fishback’s reckless and dangerous driving behavior was such that Officers backed off from the pursuit at times in regards for the public’s safety.   

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When he was finally captured, he was found to be driving under the influence of liquor or drugs.  Fishback was arrested and later released. He now has 4 separate warrants. The most serious of which has a $35,000 bond with nationwide extradition. 

If you provide information leading to Fishback’s arrest, you could earn a $500 cash reward.  To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at yavapaisw.com.  All calls are anonymous. You never have to give your name.  

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Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Silent Witness Alert – Catch 22 Day 21 $500 Reward NAME: Jonathan Denis Fishback

NAME:     Jonathan Denis Fishback   

Charges:    Unlawful Use of a Means of Transportation, Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Criminal Damage, Contempt of Court, a Probation Violation stemming from an Aggravated DUI, and Possession of Marijuana, Failure to appear on a Trespass charge, and a Failure to Appear Charge for Resisting Arrest

Description:    DOB 01/07/87, a 33-year-old white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 225 pounds with multiple tattoos to include a sleeve on his left arm.  

It’s day 21 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ Catch 22 Program.  Today Yavapai County Law Enforcement is asking for your help in locating Jonathan Denis Fishback.

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On May 21, 2019, Fishback took a work truck from his employer without permission and drove recklessly throughout Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.  Law Enforcement attempted to stop Fishback multiple times and he fled each time. Fishback’s reckless and dangerous driving behavior was such that Officers backed off from the pursuit at times in regards for the public’s safety.   

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When he was finally captured, he was found to be driving under the influence of liquor or drugs.  Fishback was arrested and later released. He now has 4 separate warrants. The most serious of which has a $35,000 bond with nationwide extradition. 

If you provide information leading to Fishback’s arrest, you could earn a $500 cash reward.  To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at yavapaisw.com.  All calls are anonymous. You never have to give your name.  

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Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

The Backyard Astronomer – January 2020 – The Crab Nebula
By Adam England

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On a beautiful July 4th, a group of astronomers grabbed a delicious adult beverage and sat down to watch the beautiful fireworks… No, wait, this was in the year 1054 and we are talking about ancient Chinese astronomers.

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They did however sit back (unknown if it included adult beverage or not) and watch a different show in the sky, as they recorded what they referred to as a “Guest Star” shining bright enough to be visible during the day for 23 consecutive days.  Continuing to be seen at night for nearly the next two years, modern science has concluded that what they saw was a supernova – the final stage of a massive star’s life when its hydrogen fuel has run out and the precious stability between gravity and the fusion reaction deep within the star loses balance and the star first pushes in on itself and then explodes violently. 

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For a short time, this individual star’s luminosity can exceed that of entire galaxies, hence why this supernova was seen during the daytime and recorded by not just the Chinese but also in Japanese and early Iraqi scientific literature, as well as possibly being also documented across Europe, North America, and Aboriginal Australia.

The first modern astronomer to categorize the remnants of this explosion was Charles Messier in 1758 looking for the return of Halley’s comet, and stumbled across a bright spot in the winter sky.  Quickly realizing it was not the beloved comet, and motivated by his new finding, he labeled it Messier 1 or M1 in his catalog which would grow to include the top 110 objects for both professional and amateur astronomers to observe.  William Parson sketched his view of the object in 1844 using a much more powerful telescope and documented a dense center with many appendages reaching out in all directions and dubbed his finding the “Crab Nebula”. Edwin Hubble – for whom the Hubble Space Telescope is named – was the first to note that the mass was expanding from the centuries of viewing and sketches available to him, suggesting that it must have come from some great explosion in space.

Today the Crab Nebula is one of the brightest and most studied objects in the sky.  The relative close proximity to Earth of the original supernova and 1000 years of record we have up to now allows us the unique opportunity to document how a supernova remnant expands and affects its localized region in space.  While large radio telescopes study x-rays and non-visible parts of the nebula and its pulsar, backyard astronomers can see and photograph a splendid nebula in visible light and other filters as their amateur equipment will allow.

Just above the head of Orion, the Crab Nebula is centered among some of the brightest and easiest to find stars in the winter sky.  On a straight line drawn between the stars Betelgeuse and Beta Tauri, M1 is about two thirds of the way to Beta Tauri. Most binoculars can resolve the nebula well, and with larger telescopes one can resolve quite a bit of the colorful also.

Technical stuff: Right ascension 05h 34m 31.94s, Declination +22° 00′ 52.2*, Distance 6500±1600 ly 

Adam England is a local insurance broker and small business consultant who moonlights as an amateur astronomer, writer, and interplanetary conquest advisor. Follow his rants and exploits: Twitter @AZSalesman; Facebook.com/AdamEfromAZ; IG @adamengland85

“M1” courtesy of Jeff Stillman, taken in Chino Valley, AZ. www.stillmanimaging.com.

“Crab Nebula” by Lord Rosse 1844.

The Backyard Astronomer – January 2020 – The Crab Nebula By Adam England

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On a beautiful July 4th, a group of astronomers grabbed a delicious adult beverage and sat down to watch the beautiful fireworks… No, wait, this was in the year 1054 and we are talking about ancient Chinese astronomers.

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They did however sit back (unknown if it included adult beverage or not) and watch a different show in the sky, as they recorded what they referred to as a “Guest Star” shining bright enough to be visible during the day for 23 consecutive days.  Continuing to be seen at night for nearly the next two years, modern science has concluded that what they saw was a supernova – the final stage of a massive star’s life when its hydrogen fuel has run out and the precious stability between gravity and the fusion reaction deep within the star loses balance and the star first pushes in on itself and then explodes violently. 

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For a short time, this individual star’s luminosity can exceed that of entire galaxies, hence why this supernova was seen during the daytime and recorded by not just the Chinese but also in Japanese and early Iraqi scientific literature, as well as possibly being also documented across Europe, North America, and Aboriginal Australia.

The first modern astronomer to categorize the remnants of this explosion was Charles Messier in 1758 looking for the return of Halley’s comet, and stumbled across a bright spot in the winter sky.  Quickly realizing it was not the beloved comet, and motivated by his new finding, he labeled it Messier 1 or M1 in his catalog which would grow to include the top 110 objects for both professional and amateur astronomers to observe.  William Parson sketched his view of the object in 1844 using a much more powerful telescope and documented a dense center with many appendages reaching out in all directions and dubbed his finding the “Crab Nebula”. Edwin Hubble – for whom the Hubble Space Telescope is named – was the first to note that the mass was expanding from the centuries of viewing and sketches available to him, suggesting that it must have come from some great explosion in space.

Today the Crab Nebula is one of the brightest and most studied objects in the sky.  The relative close proximity to Earth of the original supernova and 1000 years of record we have up to now allows us the unique opportunity to document how a supernova remnant expands and affects its localized region in space.  While large radio telescopes study x-rays and non-visible parts of the nebula and its pulsar, backyard astronomers can see and photograph a splendid nebula in visible light and other filters as their amateur equipment will allow.

Just above the head of Orion, the Crab Nebula is centered among some of the brightest and easiest to find stars in the winter sky.  On a straight line drawn between the stars Betelgeuse and Beta Tauri, M1 is about two thirds of the way to Beta Tauri. Most binoculars can resolve the nebula well, and with larger telescopes one can resolve quite a bit of the colorful also.

Technical stuff: Right ascension 05h 34m 31.94s, Declination +22° 00′ 52.2*, Distance 6500±1600 ly 

Adam England is a local insurance broker and small business consultant who moonlights as an amateur astronomer, writer, and interplanetary conquest advisor. Follow his rants and exploits: Twitter @AZSalesman; Facebook.com/AdamEfromAZ; IG @adamengland85

“M1” courtesy of Jeff Stillman, taken in Chino Valley, AZ. www.stillmanimaging.com.

“Crab Nebula” by Lord Rosse 1844.

PRESCOTT HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD POLICIES FOR USE

It is the goal of Prescott Unified School District #1 and the Prescott High School Athletic Department to provide well maintained and run sporting facilities on the campus of Prescott High School for our students, staff, and citizens of Prescott as well as all others who wish to use them. It is the intention of this policy to facilitate that goal. 

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This policy covers the use of Bill Shepard Field and McIntyre Community Track 

A. School Use: August-May (Use During School Year) 

During the school year, school day, or any school sponsored event, Prescott High School Athletic Facilities are closed to the public, unless previously scheduled and approved by the Athletic Director and the District Rental Coordinator. 

This includes all school sponsored practices and games/meets/tournaments. 

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B. Availability for Community Use 

The track and field at Prescott High School are only available outside of the school day from sunrise to sunset. The school day will commence at 8 am and end at 3 pm. Please refrain from using the track or field during these hours or during any school sponsored event, practice, or game. 

C. Track and Field Guidelines 

• No alcohol, smoking, vaping, or tobacco products are permitted on or around the track or field. 

• No food, chewing gum, or sunflower seeds are permitted on or around the track or field. 

• No colored sports drinks such as Gatorade, Powerade or Energy Drinks on or around the track or field. WATER ONLY 

• No glass bottles are allowed inside the track or field area. 

• No heaters, fireworks or open flames are permitted on or around the track or field. 

• Track surface will allow for a track shoe with a maximum of 3/16 inch spike 

• Turf shoes or molded cleats are suitable for the field. 

• No metal cleats may be worn on either surface. 

• No golfing, shot putting, javelin or discus throwing permitted on or around the track or field surface. 

• Appropriate liter and recycling receptacles must be used at all times. 

• No vehicles are allowed on the track. 

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• No stakes or spikes are allowed for corner flags, tents, popups or signage on the field. 

• Teams must enter the field using the cross over mats placed over the top of the track. 

• In the interest of safety, spectators are not allowed on the track or field. 

• Please do not dump ice or beverage containers/coolers on the track or field surfaces. 

• No storage of any materials or equipment is permitted on or around the track or field surface. 

• No bicycles, roller blades, scooters, skateboards, strollers are permitted on the track or field surface. 

• No chairs other than those supplied by the school district are permitted on the track or field. 

• No animals of any kind are permitted on the track or field surface or on any school district property. 

• Restrooms will not be available to the public during open community use. 

• Video surveillance cameras are in use. 

• When inclement weather or maintenance closes the track or field, there may be no activity on that track or field. 

• Walkers/runners are encouraged to alternate their use of lanes and use outside lanes while working out. 

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Please help PUSD and Prescott High School keep our facilities clean and safe. If you see any school, community member or visitor abusing the rules or witness vandalism, please contact the Athletic Department at Prescott High School at 928-445-2322. 

Cocaine Found … Read More Here

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On November 16, 2019, just before 7 AM, a YCSO deputy noticed a grey 2019 Nissan Altima with Oklahoma plates commit a moving violation – following too closely behind a white passenger car at 75 mph- while travelling north on I17 in the Cordes Junction area. As the deputy caught up to the Nissan, it was now less than a car length behind the white passenger car at nearly 75 mph. 

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The deputy was able to eventually stop the vehicle and contact the driver and only occupant, 38-year-old Marquis Jackson from Wisconsin. Jackson was extremely nervous and offered comments about his travel plans that were confusing and contradictory. The deputy, based on his training and experience, determined that Jackson may be concealing his knowledge of contraband, i.e., drugs, etc., in his vehicle. As a result, the deputy asked and received permission from Jackson to search the vehicle. 

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When the deputy began searching on the driver’s side of the vehicle, he noticed tooling marks and scratches in the paint next to the edge of the driver’s door panel. Using a wedge tool, the deputy was able to see a package at the bottom of the door wrapped in black duct tape. The concealment and type of packaging observed indicated that illegal drugs were being transported. 

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In order to properly remove the package safely, the vehicle was towed from the interstate to the Sheriff’s evidence building under the deputy’s constant view. Once at the facility, the package was removed and its contents tested which came back positive for cocaine. The package weighed 3 pounds. Jackson claimed he was unaware of the cocaine. 

Jackson was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession of drugs for sale, Transportation of drugs, Possession of drugs and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Jackson remains in-custody on a $100,000 bond. 

The Backyard Astronomer – November 2019 – The Transit of Mercury

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The vast majority of celestial events and objects are most easily observed on a dark night, when the Sun is below the horizon and the Moon is at the New phase, offering the highest contrast between the distant “faint fuzzies” and the black void of space. The best viewing of events like lunar eclipses and meteor showers is quite often at midnight or later, leaving only the most determined backyard astronomers awake to see these amazing sights with their own eyes.

Periodically the universe gives us something extra special, something we can view during the daylight hours, and close enough on a cosmic scale that nearly anyone can catch a glimpse. On November 11th, such an event will take place. Between the hours of 5:34AM and 11:03AM, the Central Highlands of Arizona will be able to watch the planet Mercury traverse the face of the Sun.

For the first time since May 2016, and the last time until November 2032, the Transit of Mercury will be visible from our part of the globe. Mercury orbits the Sun as the closest planet every 44 days. Mercury passes between the Sun and Earth about every 2.6 orbits. However, because it’s orbit is inclined at 7° to the Earth–Sun plane we are only able to view it as passing in front of the Sun on some of these regular passes. This event only happens on average every 7-8 years.

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Now before we go any further, a word of caution. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN. It doesn’t take much to protect your eyes, but it takes even less to cause permanent damage. Many people are familiar with the darkened cardboard glasses used during a solar eclipse, but because Mercury is only 50% larger than our moon and a very long way distant, you need binoculars or a telescope with at least 50x magnification to view the event. To use binoculars or a telescope to safely look towards the Sun, a solar filter is needed, which can be purchased to fit your specific equipment usually directly from the manufacturer or from online retailers. Make sure that your filter fits properly and has no holes or tears in it with every use, because even the slightest pinhole in the filter can allow damaging light through to your eyes.

One thing that I love about daytime astronomy is the opportunity to share with my friends and neighbors who are not night owls. If you have a solar filter for your scope, tell your friends so you can all enjoy the transit together. If not, find a friend who does! Remember, you won’t get to see this again for another 13 years!

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If you would like to learn more about the sky, telescopes, or socialize with other amateur astronomers, visit us at www.prescottastronomyclub.org or Facebook @PrescottAstronomyClub to find the next star party, Star Talk, or event.

Adam England is a local insurance broker who moonlights as an amateur astronomer, writer, and interplanetary conquest consultant. Follow his rants and exploits on Twitter @AZSalesman or at Facebook.com/AdamEfromAZ
Image courtesy of Joel Cohen, taken in Prescott Valley, AZ May 2016.

***CATCH 22 Day 5– Lisa Marie Belmares ***

It’s day 5 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ Catch 22 program. Today we are asking for your help in locating  fugitive Lisa Marie Belmares. Between June and September of 2017, Belmares began burglarizing  the victim’s residence in the 5200 block of Bice Road in Rimrock, AZ.  

Belmares, who was known to the victim, stole two pieces of jewelry, multiple rifles and shotguns, a  welder, a chain saw, and a guitar. The total loss to the victim was approximately $8500. Belmares  then sold many of the items or traded them for drugs.  

In April of 2019, Belmares and an accomplice entered a separate victim’s home on Zachary Lane in Camp Verde. The victim was disabled and had asked them to help him assemble a bed frame. Belmares went into the house taking the victim’s .25 auto pistol he had in his room.  

Belmares was convicted in both these cases but has since been released on probation. She is  currently wanted on 3 separate Probation Violation Warrants, two from the above cases and one  from a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge. She is described as a 50-year-old white female,  5 feet 8 inches tall 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She also has multiple tattoos on her  left arm. Her last known address is on Bice Road in Rimrock.  

If you provide information leading to Belmares’ arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.  To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at  www.yavapaisw.com. Remember, all calls are anonymous. You never have to give your name.  

Florentine Road to close Wednesday from 8AM to 2:30PM for YCSO Sgt. Rick Lopez memorial

Florentine Road between Lake Valley Road and Glassford Hill Road will be closed Wednesday, July 6, 2022, from 8AM to 2:30PM for the memorial service of Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rick Lopez.  The memorial service will begin at 1PM at the Findlay Toyota Center, 3201 N Main Street.  

Entrances to the Findlay Toyota Center will be closed for all but law enforcement access. Public parking will be available in the field north of Findlay Toyota Center between Lakeshore Drive and Veteran’s Way. 

The service is open to the public, however, there is limited seating. The doors will open at 12:30PM. All attendees should be in their seats by 12:55PM when the doors close for the 1PM service. YCSO has noted that Sgt. Lopez’s family asks attendees to not wear somber black – “RLo” would want more  vibrant clothing! The ceremony will be Livestreamed on the YCSO Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff for those unable to be in attendance.  

A large law enforcement memorial procession will take place starting at 11AM from the Sunrise Funeral Home to Fain Road, across to Hwy 89A, and back to Glassford Hill Road to the Findlay Toyota Center. If you encounter the procession, please be patient as law enforcement honors their fallen brother.

NEW JUST RELEASED SGT. RICK LOPEZ MEMORIAL SERVICE INFORMATION

 YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF SGT. RICK LOPEZ MEMORIAL SERVICE INFORMATION

Please be advised of the following information for the memorial service for Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rick Lopez tomorrow July 6, 2022, at 1 p.m. at the Findlay Toyota Center 3201 N Main Street, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. 

Sheriff David Rhodes invites the community members to join the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in celebrating the service of Sgt. Rick “RLo” Lopez.  There will be a procession to the Toyota Center beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The procession route map is attached. 

Please note that the roads around the venue will be closed starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.  

The service is open to the public however there is limited seating. The doors will open at 12:30. The ceremony begins promptly at 1 p.m. so all attendees just be in their seats by 12:55 when the doors close.

Please note that all parking on site will be closed to the public.

The ceremony will be live streamed on the YCSO Facebook page.  Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office | Facebook

Donations for the Lopez family will be accepted at the event. 



Statement from Mayor Phil Goode Regarding the Death of Prescott Frontier Days President Chris Graff

Statement from Mayor Phil Goode Regarding the Death of Prescott Frontier Days President Chris Graff

“I was shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Prescott Frontier Days Board President Chris Graff over the weekend. Chris’ served six years as Board Chair, and many additional years as a board member and honorary member with the Prescott Frontier Days organization. We sincerely appreciate his commitment to Prescott’s rodeo culture and Western heritage.

On behalf of the Prescott City Council, and Staff, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chris Graff, as well as the entire Prescott Frontier Days organization.”

Prescott Frontier Days ®, Inc – World’s Oldest Rodeo™ organization sends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of our beloved Chris Graff

Prescott Frontier Days ®, Inc – World’s Oldest Rodeo™ organization sends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of our beloved Chris Graff, Prescott Frontier Days ®, Inc. Board President.

CHRIS GRAFF “A Community Leader and Man of Rodeo” (1960 – 2022) Chris Graff, 62, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, born May 18, 1960 in Clifton, Texas, passed away on July 2, 2022. Chris was a well-respected leader in the Quad-Cities community. He is survived by his loving wife, Denine Graff, and his four children: TC “Travis” Graff, Tasha Robbins, Erica Buckavich, Tera Stubelfield and his six grandchildren.

Born in Clifton, Texas and raised in Paulline Iowa, Chris moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1997 to raise his family and to build his commercial construction trade. Graff was a highly respected businessman across Yavapai County.

His career and community titles included:

Asphalt Paving / McCormick Construction (May 2005 – July 2022)

President of the Prescott Frontier Days ®, Inc. – World’s Oldest Rodeo™ (2016 – 2022)

Arizona AGC Member and Board of Directors Recent past Board pf Director for the Association of Rodeo Committees

Prescott Valley Chamber Member/Board of Directors Past Chair

PVEDF Member/ Board of Directors/ Vice Chair

Mohave Contractors Association Board Member and Vice President

Chris Graff began his career in the life of the World’s Oldest Rodeo™ as an honorary member for 7 years before becoming a Prescott Frontier Days ®, Inc board member. Graff was a well-respected rodeo liaison and soon earned his title as Prescott Frontier Days ®, Inc – World’s Oldest Rodeo™ Board President in (2016).

He was highly respected within the organization and known for his “no guff” methods which helped propel the organization into the successful non-profit entity it is today. “Chris was a man of heart and integrity. He will be sorely missed,” stated Ron Owsley, friend, and Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc board Vice President. Graff was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed the culture of rodeo and cherished the history the World’s Oldest Rodeo™ has brought to the community since 1888. “Graff is now a part of our rodeo’s legacy…

Governor Ducey Independence Day Statement

Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement in recognition of Independence Day:

“On this day, 246 years ago, our forefathers changed the course of human history. They declared a new nation founded in the belief that all men were created equal, with unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We honor their bold vision today as proud citizens of the United States of America.

“Independence Day is a poignant reminder of our nation’s timeless core values: democracy, liberty and freedom. It is the day we reaffirm our commitment to those values and celebrate the revolutionary ideas that remain as inspirational today as they were two and a half centuries ago.

“As we honor our nation’s independence today, please join me in recognizing Arizonans who protect our lives and livelihoods: our service members, law enforcement and first responders – thank you. Arizona is deeply proud of those who defend and protect us every day. 

“Wishing every Arizonan a happy and safe Fourth of July. And God Bless America.”

Host a Party for National Night Out

The Prescott Valley Police Department will host its annual National Night Out event at the  Prescott Valley Civic Center on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 5PM-8PM.  

If residents would like to host a National Night Out party in their own neighborhood, they can call or email Crime Prevention Officer, Evelyn Whittaker at ewhittaker@prescottvalley-az.gov or  928-772-5113 to register. Residents can request a representative from the Town or the Police  Department to come speak at their individual events.  

National Night Out is the one night a year that the police department and Town staff is on deck  to visit neighborhoods and provide an opportunity for the community to interact with officers, command staff and other Town officials. It is the opportunity for residents to get to know their police and Town personnel. 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies,  911 for emergencies. Yavapai County Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232. IF YOU SEE  SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottValleyPD or @prescottvalleypd  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PolicePV or @policepv 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/prescottvalleypolice or @prescottvalleypolice Silent Witness: www.yavapaisw.com or www.p3tips.com

Weekly Readings Based on Your Zodiac Sign: Week Of 7/3/22

Depending on the year that you were born, you might have a slightly different sun to look at then the dates listed, because the signs are off a day or two each year. If you know what yours is, just go straight to your sign. Otherwise, you can see the dates listed below. We start with Aries because it is considered to be the first zodiac sign. If you’re interested in a full, personalized chart reading, reach out to Prescott Astrology!

Aries: March 21 – April 19: This week, forget about the fears that might be holding you back and charge forward. Be bold, be brave, and carry on with life. What is holding you back? Now is the time to stop letting it control your actions. 

Taurus: April 20 – May 20: This week, try to stop worrying about the past and the future so much. You can only live in the now, and do your best. Everything else will follow, but you’ll miss some really important things going on around you if you don’t pay attention to what’s going on right now. 

Gemini: May 21 – June 20: You might have the urge to run away from a mistake or from something that happened in the past. Once you work through all the anger, frustration or sadness, you will see that you gained something valuable or learned a very important lesson.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22: This week, take some space away from others around you. You don’t want to become codependent, or have your only identity be a part of a group. You have your own thoughts, beliefs, and likes/dislikes. Embrace them, and let them shine through. 

Leo: July 23 – August 22: You aren’t alone. No matter what the world seems right now, or what your personal friendships/relationships look like… someone cares. It could be someone that you didn’t think to reach out to before, go find that person that cares this week. 

Virgo: August 23 – September 22: This is your reminder to be aware of what things really are instead of what the illusion might present. People and our own fear creates illusions and deceptions to fool us into thinking things that aren’t true. Find out what that truth is. 

Libra: September 23 – October 22: This week, what opportunities can you find? There are almost always enough opportunities around us if we take a look. It may not be ideal or most favorable, but there is probably something.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21: This week, be aware that there are always two truths. Your truth, and someone else’s truth. Neither of you are really “wrong” but you have different perspectives and because of those different perspectives, it creates two very different realities.  

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21: Have you been refusing to trust others and the world lately? You can’t stay in a “safe place” forever. If you go out and venture out of your safe place, you might realize that you’ve misplaced that distrust. Take a chance on something or someone.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19: There is a time to be fierce and unbreakable. However, there is also a time where you take the time to be vulnerable and heal from anything that might have happened recently/in the past. This is your sign to take some time to heal from any wounds regardless of if it is physical, emotional or mental. 

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18: Life has detours and throws us off what we thought we had planned for completely. However, those detours and new paths are probably going to lead somewhere better or at the very least teach you something that is important. 

Pisces: February 19 – March 20: This week, be loyal to who and what you care about. Don’t let life stop you from caring. Go out and do the things you love, prioritize yourself, and prioritize the people you love. Work on reconnecting with those things.  

Prescott Astrology does a wide variety of astrology charts, oracle readings and custom gifts! You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram to get more astrology facts!

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Phone: 928 – 237 – 1678

***CATCH 22 DAY 4 – MICHAEL WILLIAM BURCH***

SILENT WITNESS ALERT – CATCH 22 DAY 4 – MICHAEL WILLIAM BURCH

It’s day 4 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ CATCH 22 Program. Today the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is requesting your help in locating fugitive Michael William Burch.  Burch is wanted on a felony charge of Impersonation. This charge originated from a  February 2019 event in which Burch misrepresented his identity to a Yavapai County Deputy to avoid being arrested on another warrant he had at the time. Burch has been eluding law enforcement on his original warrant for several years. Burch also feigned an illness to be transported to the hospital where he later evaded and hid from deputies.  

Michael Burch

Burch is described as a white male, 55 years of age, 6 feet tall, 185 pounds with brown hair and  brown eyes. His last known address is on Mandalay Lane in Phoenix.  

If you provide information leading to Burch’s arrest, you could be eligible for up to a $1,000.00 cash  reward. To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a  tip at www.yavapaisw.com. Remember all tips are anonymous and you never have to give your  name.  

Governor Ducey Signs Legislation To Honor Veterans, Ease Burdens

Governor Ducey Signs Legislation To Honor Veterans, Ease Burdens

Governor Doug Ducey took action to continue honoring veterans, signing two bills to lower barriers for the women and men who have served our nation. 

The two bipartisan bills decrease the financial burden of licensing fees for veterans, building upon multiple veteran-focused bills signed into law this session. This includes a $10 million investment to waive higher education tuition for their spouses, a commitment made during his January State of the State address.

“Our veterans give us so much and Arizona is dedicated to finding more ways to honor them,” said Governor Ducey. “This session, we delivered. We followed up on our State of the State promise to launch a program to waive in-state higher education tuition for the dedicated husbands and wives of veterans who have served and sacrificed as well. Arizona will continue to lower barriers and give back to this selfless and courageous community.”

H.B. 2741, sponsored by Rep. Joanne Osborne, waives state business licensing fees for military spouses and honorably discharged veterans, helping those who have served their country start their own business.

The move adds to the current rule that agencies must waive any initial business licensing fee for an applicant whose income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

“I was honored to sponsor H.B. 2741, which will have huge impacts for military families and veterans who have recently been discharged from the military,” said Rep. Osborne. “In Arizona, career opportunities are widely available, and we should ensure military spouses are able to continue their careers in Arizona by waiving their licensing fees. I appreciate my fellow legislators who passed this legislation and Governor Ducey for signing it into law.”

“Through the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment, we’ve seen how consistent employment can stabilize the military family,” Retired Air Force Col. Wanda Wright, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Director said. “This fee waiver presents an important next step in knocking down barriers and creating a path to employment for service members, their spouses and veterans who have or are transitioning from military to civilian life.”

H.B. 2701, sponsored by Rep. Leo Biasiucci, reduces fees for hunting and fishing licenses issued by the Arizona Game and Fish Department for veterans. Under the new law, veterans with a service connected disability will receive a 25 percent reduction on their hunting and fishing licenses and Purple Heart recipients will have a 50 percent reduction. 

“It’s important that we continue to support those who have done so much to protect our nation: military veterans,” said Rep. Biasiucci. “H.B. 2701 does that by reducing the cost of hunting and fishing licenses for veterans in Arizona. I’m pleased to see this legislation be signed into law by the Governor, and I thank everyone who showed their support.”

“The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commission have a long history of honoring our veterans, this is another way we continue to thank them for their service,” said Ty Gray, Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “Thanks to Governor Ducey and the Arizona Legislature for the opportunity to offer this to the brave men and women who have served our country and value the role our veterans play in wildlife conservation.”

Veteran-focused bills the governor signed this session include:
S.B. 1115 in-state student status; veterans (Borrelli)
S.B. 1212 veterans’ service department; commission; continuation (Leach)
S.B. 1406 excused military absences; higher education (Gowan)
H.B. 2062 military; purple heart; VLT exemptions (Blackman)
H.B. 2223 emergency; military affairs; national guard (Blackman)
H.B. 2320 veterans’ organization; leased property; classification (Kavanagh)

BACKGROUND
Throughout his administration, Governor Ducey has worked to expand opportunities in Arizona for those who answered the call to serve our nation.

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families helps veterans build meaningful careers outside of service. 

The Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment—developed in partnership by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, and public- and private-sector partners—is a statewide plan that engages organizations to connect service members, veterans and their families to employment opportunities and other essential resources.

Under the Be Connected: Career Navigation section of the roadmap, professional career navigators assist military members, veterans, spouses and family members through resume coaching, interview preparation and career counseling. The Coalition also helps train employers in military and veteran culture, and in understanding the transition of a veteran to a civilian workplace. The Career Navigation team makes matches between career seekers and employers. 

The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services—in partnership with ARIZONA@WORK and the Arizona Housing Coalition—offers the Veteran Toolkit, which provides qualifying veterans with funds for expenses associated with beginning employment, including work clothes, tools, protective equipment, transportation and essential electronic devices.

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