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PRESCOTT – A Humboldt Unified School District bus driver suffered minor injuries to her face Thursday when her vehicle allegedly failed to yield to a commercial dump truck. Students were not on the bus at the time of the accident.

According to a Prescott Valley Police report, at around noon, the school bus was northbound on Lake Valley Road when it failed to yield the right of way to the truck that was eastbound on Lake Shore Drive. The two vehicles collided at the intersection, the report says.

The bus driver received a citation for failure to yield the right of way, the report says.

In other police news:

• A two-car accident Wednesday afternoon in Prescott Valley sent two people to the hospital and delayed traffic for some time.

According to the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD), the crash took place at around 4:40 p.m. at the Highway 69 and Lake Valley Road intersection.

Prescott Valley Police Lt. P.J. Janik said the victims didn't suffer serious injuries, but the crash had slowed traffic for some time.

CYFD says that one person refused medical treatment.

Further information was not available at press time.

• A 25-year-old Prescott man faces two felony charges in connection with a family disturbance incident on Tuesday.

Scott Lewellen is in custody on one count of aggravated assault per domestic violence and one count of disorderly conduct per domestic violence.

According to a Prescott Police report, at around 5:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Nolte Drive, Lewellen allegedly pointed a handgun at his 50-year-old stepfather during an altercation, then left the house, firing a single shot into the ground.

Lewellen was not home when police arrived on the scene. An officer located and stopped him shortly there-after near Commerce Drive and Willow Creek Road.

The suspect allegedly admitted to firing a shot outside of his parents' home, the report says. Police said they also recovered a .22-caliber handgun in his vehicle.

• One person suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon in a car accident at the intersection of highways 69 and 169.

Central Yavapai Fire District Fire Marshal Charlie Cook said at around 5 p.m. a sports utility vehicle and two pickup trucks collided at the intersection.

He said an elderly man complained about chest pain and emergency personnel took him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment. Five other people refused treatment, he said.

No further information was available on the incident.

• A 34-year-old Prescott man, Jose Araujo Vaca, faces sexual assault and sexual conduct with a minor charges in connection with an alleged rape incident that involved a 16-year-old Prescott High School student.

A Prescott Police report says that on Feb. 27, an officer went to the school to investigate sexual assault claims involving a female student.

The victim reportedly told the officer that an older Hispanic man, a friend of hers, had allegedly raped her three days earlier at Goldwater Lake after she asked him to pick her up from school, the report says.

Vaca told police that he picked up the victim and her other friends from the school, and after he dropped her friends off, instead of driving her home, he took her to the lake, the report says.

The suspect denied the sexual assault allegations, but couldn't explain to the police why the victim would make up the story, according to the report. A medical exam revealed that the victim suffered acute trauma to her private parts, the report says.

• A prank bomb threat that the Sturm Ruger & Company Inc. received Wednesday morning appears to have been made from a payphone inside the same building that officials evacuated, according to a Prescott Police report.

At around 9:30, someone called the business and reported that the bomb would go off at around 10:30 a.m., the report says.

Officials reportedly evacuated and sent home most of the company's employees, the report says.

Officers, along with Ruger's management, searched the plant, but found nothing suspicious.

Through dispatch, they were able to determine that the call came from the payphone in the main area where employees take breaks and that it was a woman who called, the report says.

Police are working together with the management to narrow down a possible suspect in this case, the report says.

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