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Deputies arrest Prescott Valley man on sexual assault charges

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Yavapai County Sheriff's investigators arrested a 19-year-old Prescott Valley man Tuesday afternoon, charging him with several counts of dangerous crimes against children.

In June, YCSO investigators received information about an alleged sexual assault involving a juvenile girl from the Prescott Valley area. The allegations pointed to Corey Michael Staats, a former Prescott Valley resident, as the suspect.

During the investigation, YCSO investigators became aware of an alleged second incident involving another juvenile girl from the same area and, after interviewing the alleged victim, determined that Staats had allegedly sexually assaulted her, too.

After failing to find Staats for questioning, YCSO investigators received information Tuesday about his whereabouts. Investigators, along with YCSO deputies, responded to a home in the 2800 block of Cedar Springs Lane. After questioning, investigators placed him under arrest.

Staats is currently being held without bond at the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott, facing two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual assault and furnishing drugs to a minor. The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with further information regarding this case should contact YCSO detective Mike Poling at 771-3278 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Prescott man faces aggravated assault, three theft charges

PRESCOTT – Prescott police charged a man with aggravated assault of a police officer Monday evening after responding to a report of an unwanted subject at Church on the Street, 105 W. Carleton St.

According to the police report, Richard Lester Swanberg, 61, had been issued a trespass warning on Saturday to not return to Church on the Street. When officer Todd Attenberger arrived Monday, he reportedly found Swanberg sitting in the passenger seat of an Ace City taxicab, refusing to pay his cab fare.

Swanberg apparently became upset and uncooperative when asked to pay the fare, and allegedly grabbed the open taxicab door and slammed it shut on Attenberger, striking the officer on the right shoulder.

In addition to the aggravated assault charge, officers cited Swanberg with two counts of theft of services and one count of theft. He is currently in the Yavapai County Jail, awaiting his initial court appearance.

Motorcyclist in coma after accident on Highway 89A

PRESCOTT VALLEY – A 46-year-old Mesa man has slipped into a coma after a one-vehicle accident Thursday morning on Highway 89A near the Yavapai County Fairgrounds.

According to Department of Public Safety District Lt. Frank Lopez, at approximately 6:40 a.m., Richard Clark failed to negotiate a curve at Mile Post 328 while westbound on his motorcycle approximately one and a half miles east of the fairgrounds.

Native Air transported Clark, who was not wearing a helmet, to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix with a serious head injury.

Further information was unavailable at press time.

Domestic incident leads to assault charge for local man

PRESCOTT – Prescott Police charged a man with aggravated assault Thursday night after an altercation at a Prescott residence.

According to a Prescott Police report, at approximately 9 p.m., officers responded to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where they interviewed a woman who alleged her boyfriend kicked a garbage can during an argument that struck her in the face. The woman needed 21 stitches to close a wound on her chin.

Officers next responded to a Second Street residence, where, after interviewing 18-year-old Aaron C. Ragsdale, they arrested him on charges of aggravated assault per domestic violence.

Ragsdale is currently in the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott.

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