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Mon, April 22

Piñon Oaks residents suffer mailbox damage

PRESCOTT – Approximately 20 residents living in the Piñon Oaks neighborhood awoke Sunday morning to find their mailboxes damaged, according to Prescott Police Department Sgt. Kevin Perlak.

The damage occurred late Saturday night, Perlak said, adding that the damage was limited to the neighborhood's mailboxes.

Perlak added that no one living in Piñon Oaks reported any unusual activity Saturday night.

Currently, the police have not identified any suspects involved in the incident.

The police believe the suspect or suspects used a baseball bat to damage the property; however, they are still investigating the incident.


• PRESCOTT – A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Gurley and Virginia streets in Prescott Sunday morning, leaving both cars totaled and a light pole in need of repair.

At approximately 10:25 a.m., William Douglas Welch, who was driving a Chevy four-door sedan, failed to safely make a left-hand turn off Gurley onto Virginia and T-boned a white Ford pick-up truck.

Burton Fountain was driving the truck, which spun out of control and into the light pole.

Although the pole didn't fall, the impact left the light hanging by electrical wires, according to Prescott Police Department Sgt. Kevin Perlak.

Emergency personnel transported both drivers to Yavapai Regional Medical Center because the airbags in their vehicles deployed.

Perlak said he did not know whether the hospital released the drivers.

Arizona Public Safety repaired the damage caused to the light pole Sunday afternoon.

• WILHOIT – Emergency personnel airlifted a motorcyclist to John C. Lincoln hospital in Phoenix Sunday morning after he crashed on Highway 89 just north of Wilhoit.

The hospital admitted Michael Thomas of Glendale to its Intensive Care Unit with internal injuries.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., Thomas' motorcycle crashed after he failed to safely negotiate a turn in the road.

An officer who arrived at the scene spoke with Thomas, who said he was driving too fast.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. Tim Bolger, Thomas was fairly "inexperienced" as a motorcyclist.

He only had been riding for six months, Bolger added.

However, Thomas had been wearing his helmet at the time of the crash, which "probably prevented further injury," Bolger said.

DPS did not issue a citation since no other vehicles were involved in the incident.


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