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Search and rescue workers locate Castle Canyon Mesa man

PRESCOTT – On Monday, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) search and rescue crews located a missing 43-year-old Castle Canyon Mesa man who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

According to the YCSO report, at around 7 a.m. Friday a Castle Canyon Mesa couple reported that they had not seen nor heard from their son, Dan Michael Mecikalski, since Thursday afternoon. The couple reportedly was concerned because of required medications that he had left behind.

Mecikalski reportedly told his parents that he was going out prospecting in the area of Bannie Mine, south of Lynx Lake near Prescott.

Gene McFarland, YCSO forest patrol sergeant, requested that the Yavapai County Air Posse conduct an aerial search, and on Monday the Air Posse sighted Mecikalski's truck in a remote area southeast of Lynx Lake.

At around 3 p.m. that day, McFarland requested activation of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Response Team, and units and personnel from Tracking and Search Dog Units K-9 responded. Three members of the tracking unit then took over the search, and at about 7 p.m. they located Mecikalski, who was in good condition and required minimal medical assistance for dehydration and hypothermia.

Search and rescue crews completed their mission at around 7 a.m. Tuesday when emergency personnel took Mecikalski to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

In other police news:

• Cooperation between three agencies led to the recent arrest of one of Yavapai County's most wanted fugitives who resided in the Dominican Republic.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) report, deputies on Friday extradited 65-year-old James Baxter McCleve, a former Chino Valley resident who was wanted since 1986 as part of Yavapai County's "Catch-22" program. McCleve was wanted on a felony arrest warrant for failure to appear, and the Yavapai County Superior Court subsequently convicted him in absentia on three counts of child molestation and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Based on information received from the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, investigators of the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted YCSO regarding the validity of an outstanding felony warrant. According to embassy staff, McCleve reportedly had suffered a stroke and was recovering at a Dominican Republic hospital. After contacting McCleve's family to advise them of his condition, authorities reportedly learned about his true identity. FBI investigators reportedly contacted YCSO and advised that, based on the warrant, they would assist the agency and deport McCleve to the states.

On Friday, Deputies Paul Mehaffie and Jay Murray reportedly went to Miami, Fla., where they met with FBI officials. After arresting the fugitive, deputies then extradited him to Yavapai County. He is in custody at the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott awaiting his May 13 court hearing.

• Authorities have arrested a 38-year-old Prescott Valley man on charges including seven counts of burglary in connection with burglaries that reportedly occurred at a local business.

According to the Prescott Valley police report, at around 2:15 a.m. Saturday, officers arrested and booked Jerry W. Whitting into the Yavapai County Jail on seven counts of burglary and seven counts of felony criminal damage charges.

The Many Trails RV Sales business, located in the 6800 block of Highway 69, has reportedly been a target of a number of burglaries and criminal trespasses that triggered police to set up surveillance. As a result, they reportedly were able to identify the suspect. Police are currently investigating other burglaries that may involve Whitting.

Anyone with information regarding this case or other property crimes may contact Prescott Valley Police Detective James Edelstein at 772-9261 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

• Prescott Valley police arrested and booked a 32-year-old Prescott Valley man and a 20-year-old transient into the Yavapai County Jail on charges including possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the police report, at around 12:30 a.m. Monday, officers conducted a routine traffic stop at Great Western and Highway 89A. The driver, Dustin Roberts of Prescott Valley, reportedly was driving on a suspended driver's license.

After searching the vehicle, police reportedly found more than a pound of marijuana. The passenger, Christina Lucero, was reportedly in possession of 20 ounces of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $12,800.

• Prescott police arrested a 28-year-old Prescott man on charges including four counts of shoplifting, which allegedly occurred at Kmart on Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

According to the report, at around 2:30 p.m. on April 12, police arrested William Raymond Marshal after a woman reported suspicious activity occurring in the garden center area of Kmart. The suspect fled the scene on foot as she reported it to the store's security. Police arrested the suspect near the Yavapai Regional Medical Center shortly after.

Marshal allegedly took 55 DVDs from Kmart valued at $1,008. He allegedly was involved in three other shoplifting incidents including the one that occurred at Kmart two weeks ago. Police allege that Marshal took about 100 DVDs at that time.

Police reportedly were able to recover about $3,300 out of estimated $6,300 of stolen property.


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