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Thu, Dec. 05

Accident results in brief closure of 89

PRESCOTT – A three-vehicle injury accident on Highway 89 sent three people to the hospital on Friday and kept the highway closed for about an hour and a half.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the 11:35 a.m. crash at milepost 322 occurred when a northbound Jeep pulling a trailer lost control after the trailer began to sway. It crossed into southbound traffic and hit a passenger car. Another vehicle then struck the trailer.

Emergency personnel took three people to Yavapai Regional Medical Center – a 14-year-old girl, a 34-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man – where doctors treated and subsequently released them.


• A Skull Valley man faces an aggravated assault charge in connection with an incident on Thursday during which he allegedly assaulted a Skull Valley bus driver.

A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) report states that a deputy went to the school, where he spoke with 55-year-old Dennis Allen Christopherson who allegedly assaulted the bus driver.

Christopherson told the YCSO that he and the bus driver had gotten into a verbal altercation over an incident involving Christopherson's daughter. The girl had reported to her father that she had fallen while on the bus because she was not seated when the bus moved, according to the report.

Christopherson confronted the driver at the school bus barn and the argument escalated into a physical assault during which the suspect reportedly punched the bus driver twice in the face, the report states. Because the victim was a school employee and the assault occurred on school property, the deputy arrested Christopherson on the charge of aggravated assault.

Meanwhile, authorities are investigating the incident involving the child's fall on the bus.

• Members of New Life Christian Church obstructed traffic on Thursday at the intersection of Glassford Hill Road and Highway 69 in an effort to raise money for the needy.

Prescott Valley Police Lt. Laura Molinaro said that after the group obtained a peddler's license at the Town Hall, it decided to solicit money at the intersection. She said the license, however, doesn't allow the group to obstruct traffic by standing in the roadway.

A few officers and a sergeant ordered them off and out of the roadway and they complied. Police didn't issue any citations.

Candice McElhaney, who works at the Town Clerk's Office, said a peddler's license requires a background check on people who need it, unless they are members of a nonprofit organization. In that case, they have to show proof of tax-exemption and the town will issue the license on the spot.

She said the group re-quested the license to collect money to buy items for needy women and children.

She said the address that the group cited on its request form is in San Antonio, Texas. It didn't list the telephone number of the church that group members belong to, she said, and it is not one of the requirements to get the license. McElhaney added that it usually takes 72 hours for the police to check on a person's background before the town issues the license.

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