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Medical waste found at Prescott’s waste transfer station

A semi trailer unloaded vials of blood and other materials described as a biohazard at the Prescott waste transfer station on Sundog Road, Saturday, Sept. 30, said Jeff Jones, Prescott Fire spokesman.

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One dies in head-on crash near Mayer

One person was killed when a pickup truck and an SUV collided on Highway 69 near Mayer on Tuesday, July 11.

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Sheriff’s deputy stops vehicle, seizes 11 pounds of meth

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped a car for an equipment violation on Saturday, Jan. 13, found nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine in the car, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Rabid fox on Bloody Basin-area ranch results in dogs, horse being put down

BLOODY BASIN – A rabid fox that bit a horse on Dec. 2 resulted in two dogs and the horse being euthanized, said Dwight D’Evelyn, Sheriff’s spokesman.

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Sheriff: Con artists impersonating court officers and process servers

Following a “deluge” of con artists impersonating court officers in phone calls, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is warning people not to fall for their demands for money, said Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

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Prescott Valley Police warn drivers to lock vehicles

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Police said that a rash of vehicle burglaries here took place when “nearly all” of the vehicles hit were parked overnight with the doors unlocked.

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Prescott Valley Police looking for impaired drivers this weekend

Police will conduct a DUI and seat-belt enforcement detail this Thanksgiving weekend through Saturday, November 26

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Threat at Chino Valley school leads to arrest

CHINO VALLEY – Police arrested a 16-year-old student of Chino Valley High School Monday, Nov. 21, after he told police he had made “threatening statements toward the school,” Chino Valley Police Lt. Vince Schaan said.

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Prescott Valley police emphasize ‘See Something, Say Something’ effort

The Prescott Valley Police Department’s primary goal is to encourage everyone to sharpen their awareness of their surroundings, according to Community Service Officer Jerry Ferguson.

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Home invasion suspects sought

Deputies are seeking information on a home invasion in Walker.

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Slow going on I-17, but no crashes

Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13, was reminiscent of weeks ago when a 24-vehicle pileup happened on Interstate 17, however, this time slow going was likely a motorist seeking help and construction.

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Arrest made in Rimrock murder

A 17-year-old suspect was arrested in a Friday night Rimrock murder case.

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Firefighter injured in fall from Prescott HS roof

PRESCOTT – A firefighter fell about 15 feet from the roof of Prescott High School Thursday, Sept. 29, and was injured.

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Kayaker rescued from Verde River

NEAR CAMP VERDE – A novice kayaker, thrown from her boat, was rescued from the Verde River Sunday, Sept. 25, thanks to a family member who called for help when she didn’t show up at her pick-up point.

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Armed homeowner wards off Cornville burglar

CORNVILLE – A man who heard a burglar rummaging through his cabinets on Saturday, Sept. 17, confronted the suspect with a handgun and ordered him to lie on the floor, but the suspect got away when the homeowner had to leave the room to call police, Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

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One injured in Highway 89A motorcycle crash

PRESCOTT VALLEY – A man was seriously injured Saturday, Sept. 17, when he crashed his motorcycle on Highway 89A, according to a Department of Public Safety spokesman.

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Teen suspect arrested for Prescott Valley auto burglaries

Police investigating an auto burglary Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Granville subdivision arrested a teenage suspect in several similar auto burglaries near the scene, according to PVPD Lt. Jason Kaufman.

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One dead in truck rollover; names released

One person was killed and another seriously injured early Saturday morning, Sept. 17, when a blue Chevrolet pickup on Highway 89A near the Mingus Mountain area left the road and rolled, ejecting both the driver and passenger, according to a news release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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Police test stores for underage alcohol sales

Area police conducting a compliance check of 44 convenience and grocery stores on Saturday, Sept. 10, by sending in teens to try to buy alcohol, found that nine stores sold to the underage buyers, according to PVPD Cpl. Tony Lawrence.

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Quad cities DUI saturation patrol nets 12 over Labor Day Weekend

PRESCOTT VALLEY – A saturation patrol conducted by several quad cities law enforcement agencies on Saturday, Sept. 3 resulted in 115 traffic stops and 12 DUI arrests, PVPD Sgt. Jason Kaufman said

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Citing 'epidemic' numbers of IRS scams, Sheriff will use Code Red to alert residents

PRESCOTT – In an unusual move, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher has directed that the county’s Code Red phone alert system, which is usually used to warn residents of wildfire, flooding, and other imminent threats, be used to deliver a warning about the so-called IRS scam on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

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Sheriff’s deputies make 6 DUI arrests in 4 days

PRESCOTT – In a recent four-day period, Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies made six DUI arrests, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Chino Valley police get ballistic vests

CHINO VALLEY – Police here will be able to buy 12 bullet-resistant vests for their officers, thanks to donations from a gun dealer and a gun manufacturer.

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Two Bradshaw Mountain HS students face gun charges

Two students face misdemeanor and felony charges after allegedly bringing unloaded handguns onto the Bradshaw Mountain High School campus in Prescott Valley on Friday, Aug. 19.

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Power outage in Chino Valley

CHINO VALLEY -- APS reports lines down that have cut power to 3,439 customers.

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Man smoking e-cigarette while using oxygen seriously burned

CHINO VALLEY – A man who was on a nasal oxygen system suffered serious burns after an e-cigarette ignited the oxygen on Sunday, Aug. 14, Central Arizona Fire Capt. Rob Zazueta said.

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PV police looking for church burglary suspects

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Police are looking for the possible suspects in the burglary and vandalism of the First Baptist Church in the 2800 block of Lynx Lake Drive.

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Toddler found lying on Cottonwood road

COTTONWOOD – A driver headed home on East Mesa Drive found a two-and-a-half year-old girl lying in the road near Kachina Drive in the early morning of Thursday, Aug. 4, Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

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Body found on I-17 near Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – A body was found on the shoulder of I-17 northbound near Camp Verde Sunday morning, July 31, according to the Department of Public Safety.

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Black bear near downtown Prescott euthanized by Game and Fish officers

PRESCOTT – Arizona Game and Fish Department officers euthanized an adult black bear Friday morning, July 15 that was exhibiting unacceptable behavior and was a potential threat to public safety near downtown Prescott.

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Prescott hit with power outage Monday

PRESCOTT – An equipment failure was cause of a power outage around the Frontier Village shopping center on Monday, July 18, according to an APS spokesman.

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Sheriff: 2 bailiffs, suspect dead in Michigan courthouse shooting

Two bailiffs were shot and killed Monday inside a southwestern Michigan courthouse before officers killed the gunman, a sheriff said.

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Dewey man shot in leg by deputy

Domestic violence incident allegedly involved gunfire into estranged wife’s car

A Dewey man reportedly was shot in the leg by a Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy late Saturday, July 2.

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Beall’s Outlet employees robbed at knifepoint

Prescott police officers responded to a silent robbery alarm at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Beall’s Outlet Store on Willow Creek Road, after a man entered the store demanding money and displaying a knife.

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Fire crews respond to lightning strike at Mountain Club home

Lightning struck the roof of a home in Mountain Club at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Rimrock family violence shooting

RIMROCK – Two people were shot Sunday night, June 26, in a family dispute that left one man dead and another injured.

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$500 reward offered for arrest of Highway 69 rock-thrower

HUMBOLDT – Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of suspects who have, since January, been throwing large rocks at passing cars on Highway 69.

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$50k in goods stolen from Prescott antique store

PRESCOTT – A downtown Prescott antique store was burglarized the night of June 11, and merchandise worth $50,000 was stolen, according to Prescott Police Deputy Chief Amy Bonney.

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Guns, saddle, TVs stolen from homeowner while out of town

WICKENBURG – A homeowner returned from an 11-day out-of-town trip and discovered that someone had broken into his house and stolen guns, electronics, cash, and even a custom-made western saddle, according to Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Phoenix cop faces federal charges in Cleator Fire

PRESCOTT – A Phoenix Police officer and his cousin have been charged with firing tracer rounds that ignited the 141-acre Cleator Fire in the Prescott National Forest in April, according to a complaint filed in federal court.

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Victims identified in fatal Highway 169 crash

DEWEY – The Department of Public Safety has identified the drivers involved in a deadly crash on Highway 169 Saturday morning, June 11.

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Prescott Valley Wendy’s robbed Wednesday morning

PRESCOTT VALLEY – A man wearing a bandana over his face, and with what police believe was a gun, robbed the Wendy’s restaurant on Glassford Hill Road early Wednesday morning,

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Police will train at Glassford Middle School on Friday

PRESCOTT VALLEY – If you see police at Glassford Middle School on Friday, don’t be alarmed. They’re just training.

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Interstate 17 open between Sedona, Flagstaff; law enforcement mulling haz-mat response

Interstate 17 is open and law enforcement is working to decide how to handle hazardous material discovered in a shed near the highway.

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Chase, standoff end peacefully after Prescott Valley man flees from officer on Fain Road

An apparently drunk Prescott Valley man led police on a short chase Saturday, May 28, and tried to commit "suicide by cop" with fake handguns before giving up.

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Own a business? Don’t fall for this con

PRESCOTT – If you own a business, you may see an official-looking envelope show up in your mail, with a request that you send a payment of perhaps $125 to $150 for filing your company’s annual minutes.

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Motorcyclist killed in traffic crash near Mayer

MAYER – A motorcyclist was killed Friday morning, May 13, in a crash involving a car on Highway 69 near milepost 266, Mayer Fire Chief Eric Kriwer said.

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Overnight power outage cuts electricity to 2,700

PRESCOTT – APS power customers may not have noticed a power outage Thursday morning, May 12, because it happened at 3 a.m.

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Prescott Valley Police on the hunt for drunk drivers Cinco de Mayo weekend

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Some call May 5 “Cinco de Mayo.” Others call it “Cinco de Drinko.” If you’re in the latter group, and you decide to drive after celebrating, the PVPD will be looking for you.

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Cleator Fire now 100 precent contained

In monitoring the area for the past couple of days and observing no further activity, fire managers have called the Cleator wildfire 100% contained as of last night.

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Pile burning set for April 28 – May 2 in Prescott basin

Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin. Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. Burning will start on Thursday, April 28 and could continue through Monday, May 2, depending on weather conditions.

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Black Canyon City hit-and-run suspect sought

BLACK CANYON CITY – A man who struck a pedestrian who was getting into an SUV Saturday, April 23, throwing him 30 feet, left the scene and is now wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman said.

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Dog poisoning rumor unconfirmed; police have no reports on the issue

A rumor that someone is poisoning dogs in the Granville, Prescott Valley, area has not been confirmed.

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1 person injured in Outer Loop rollover crash

One person was injured when a vehicle rolled onto its side on Outer Loop Road near Williamson Valley Road Thursday afternoon, April 14.

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Two missing kids found safe on Mingus Mountain

Two children, a nine-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl, were found on Mingus Mountain unhurt after being lost for four hours on Sunday, April 3, sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

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Warrant sweep in the Verde nets 15

A sweep of the Verde Valley by several agencies on Wednesday, March 23, resulted in 15 arrests of suspects wanted for outstanding warrants, sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

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APS scam is back, company warns

More than 50 customers report fake billing calls in 24 hours

PHOENIX – A scam that businesses and residents living in the quad cities have seen in the past has resurfaced and consumers are being warned that con artists are again using APS to try to rip them off.

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Sheriff’s deputy keeps woman from paying con man

PRESCOTT – A Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy was able to stop a woman’s fund transfer to an Internal Revenue Service imposter and get her $1,300 back, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Sheriff’s search crew finds lost woman after GPS mapping fails her

YAVAPAI COUNTY – A woman who got lost while driving near the east end of Bloody Basin Road Feb. 27 was found by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office volunteer Backcountry Unit after she walked away from her car.

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Juvenile suspects identified in Congress-area vandalism investigation

In July 2015, two juveniles were arrested, suspected in a Congress-area shooting spree using BB guns, endangering five motorists in moving vehicles and causing criminal damage by shattering automotive glass.